Matthew 24 held many prophecies regarding the time of the end. It also informed us about the Sign of the Son of Man, which reveals a great deal of detail regarding the Rapture of his saints. Matthew 24 confirms not less than four times the Rapture of His saints will occur on the Feast of Trumpets, which verifies the day and month it will happen. It also disclosed to us how the Rapture of His saints would take place in a very well organized process during a 24-hour window. Matthew 24 warned us to be prepared and to watch for it, and it even informed us of the very harsh penalty in store for those who do not.
Matthew 25 is a continuation of Matthew 24 which provides us with even more information regarding the Rapture of His saints. The Parable of the 10 Virgins further defines the timing of the Rapture while providing the reader with a somewhat baffling mystery. This mystery can best be stated by: What is the REAL difference between the foolish and wise virgins? The answer to this question will help determine who He will rapture and who He will not. Please note that just because one is left behind, does not necessarily mean that one is doomed to eternal damnation.
Just as the Feasts of the Lord are the framework our Lord is using to determine the appointed meeting times between God and Man, so is our Lord using the Hebrew wedding as the framework for the Wedding of the Lamb. If one reads what Bible commentaries have to say regarding this parable, you will find the writers are unsure and do not truly know what exactly it is that separates the five wise virgins from the five foolish ones. Many writers know that it has to do with the knowledge of Jesus Christ, but they are not exactly sure what that knowledge is. It is not because they do not know Jesus Christ at all, because if they did not, they would not have taken the time to attend the wedding. That leaves them with a mystery that is not easily solved unless one understands what the Sign of the Son of Man is.
The Parable of the 10 Virgins follows and has direct ties to the Sign of the Son of Man for a good reason. You cannot correctly interpret the Parable of the 10 Virgins unless you correctly interpreted the Sign of the Son of Man. The Sign of the Son of Man is the missing link that allows you to understand why the five foolish virgins were left behind, just as it will help determine whether or not the members of the current day church of Laodicea will be left behind when His sign appears in the eastern sky on the Feast of Trumpets.
THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS
Matthew 25:1 (KJV)
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
The first word of this Parable starts with the word “Then,” which means the subject has not changed even though the chapter number has. It is a continuation of the discussion at the end of Matthew 24, which was about the evil servant that does not know when his master will return. So what we learn here should clarify and add to what we learned in the previous chapter.
“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto” This opening phrase clearly tells us the kingdom of heaven is just like what we are going to read in this parable. Many times in the Gospels and Revelation, Jesus uses likened to or just as, and in every instance, the comparison is precisely that. Christ is informing us of things to come. He is trying to tell us that what we are about to read is the information we will need to be ready and deemed worthy when the Wedding of the Lamb takes place. For this reason, it is essential to pay close attention to EVERY word. Are you going to accept Jesus Christ at HIS word, or are you going to believe what someone else tells you regarding this parable?
All through the Bible, God has compared the relationship between Him and his people to be that of marriage; with our Lord being the Groom or Husband and His people being the wife or bride. He uses this relationship because it portrays the closest and most loving relationship known to man, with the Rapture of His saints being the marriage ceremony pictured in this parable. Many Christians believe the Wedding of the Lamb takes place in Heaven at some point in time after the Rapture, but such is not the case. The Rapture of His saints IS the Wedding of the Lamb.
“Ten virgins” Why are there “10” Virgins? Ten is the number that portrays a time of trials, a time of testing, or a test that one needs to overcome. Verse 5 reveals the trial here, which we will be discussing later. The word virgin conveys the message these are believers in Christ, or they would not be called virgins, nor would they be included in the wedding party. They must recognize him as their one true God and give glory to Him. If they were bowing their heads to another god and giving that false god the love and glory only our Lord deserves, they would be whores, and as such would not be participating in the wedding ceremony.
“Which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom” Which took their lamps is further verification this ceremony (Rapture of His saints) is going to take place in the night just as the Sign of the Son of Man depicted, and just as the verses in Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us. Mark 13:36: “Watch ye therefore, lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping.” There is no need to take a lamp unless this ceremony will be taking place at night. What is so difficult to see or understand about this? With this being the case, why do we teach that it could happen at any moment? Why does our Lord choose to carry out this wedding at night?
There are multiple reasons for our Lord to do this at night, but there is one that stands out above the rest. Our Lord Jesus Christ was born a Jew in the land of Judah. A fact little known in the Gentile world is that Jewish weddings take place at night under the stars. They perform the ceremony under the stars in a chuppah tent, which is a canopy type tent that is open on all sides. This canopy tent is the same type of tent that Abraham and Sarah occupied. Abraham’s tent was open on all sides to welcome people from all directions with unconditional hospitality. The weddings are held at night under the stars to acknowledge the blessing given by God to Abraham; that his children shall be as the stars of the heavens.
Matthew 25:2-4 (KJV)
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
“And five of them were wise, and five were foolish” Notice that it does not say And five of them were good, and five were evil. This choice of words further substantiates what we said earlier; these virgins are all worshipers of the only God, the Holy One of Israel. The only difference given between the foolish and the wise virgins is that the five wise virgins brought additional oil for their lamps and the five foolish virgins did not. That is the only difference between these two groups of virgins stated in this parable before the Bridegroom comes.
Just like the number 10 was chosen for a reason, so Christ used the number 5 for a reason. It would be a huge mistake to assume that these two equal groups in number are indicative of the percentage of virgins that will be taken and left. When in fact, as you will be able to deduct for yourself after researching this book, the percentage taken will indeed be extremely small because of all the false teachings regarding end times prophecy taught in the churches of today.
Instead, we should interpret the number 5 as it is in Scripture, which is to signify God’s grace. It tells us that one can safely assume both groups of virgins are going to experience God’s great grace before all is said and done, but the five wise virgins will experience it sooner and will not suffer the loss of the five foolish virgins.
Please take SPECIAL NOTE: All ten virgins knew the day of the wedding as they would have missed the event entirely if they did not. Do you know of anyone that has ever attended a wedding and did not know the day of the wedding? It may seem like an over-simplistic deduction to make, but many cannot see the forest because of all the trees.
Matthew 25:5 (KJV)
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
First, this is the tests we spoke of earlier when explaining the number 10 in Scripture indicates trial or testing one must overcome. The test of this parable is to discover the difference between these two groups of virgins, which should solve the riddle of why the wise virgins go in with Him to the wedding, and the foolish virgins are locked out. To accomplish this, one must remain awake and active while the bridegroom tarries. However, as stated “they all slumbered and slept.” The slumbered and slept represent two different stages of spiritual states, neither of which is complementary to the church of today.
To slumber is a state of drowsiness, which one often experiences just before going to sleep. One usually becomes drowsy when there is a lack of activity, as in just sitting around and waiting as these virgins were doing. Sleeping, on the other hand, is something that one does when they are tired. One decides just to lay down and go to sleep. Slumber will lead to sleep if nothing is done to come out of the slumber.
Both of these states very much describe the church of today. Jesus Christ has revealed everything we need concerning the end times and the Rapture of His saints, but His church has fallen asleep. They have entered into a state of slumber. The King James Bible was just too difficult to understand, so they went to one of the easy read translations rather than going to the original Greek or Hebrew and studying what each verse is saying. Little did they know it was the easy read translations that were putting them to sleep. If they had worked a little harder at understanding the Word of God, it might have been enough to wake them out of their slumber.
The church stopped singing those old songs that touch the spirit in favor of the newer louder songs that are of little spiritual value. Many churches no longer have a Sunday evening service because there was not enough attendance to justify it. They have fallen asleep by listening to the words of preachers and teachers that often rely more on what other preachers and teachers say than what the Word of God has to say. In Europe, churches are failing in large numbers only to be taken over by Muslims and turned into Mosques.
This verse is Bible prophecy telling us the church will be sleeping when our Savior calls. This prophecy is spot-on and almost fulfilled. The church is not only just sleeping; it has entered into a state of deep sleep. The Man of Sin, Son of Perdition, and Satan in the flesh has already come and gone. His revealing took place almost six years ago, and the church is still looking for him to come out of the European Union. What’s even worse, the antichrist has been here for more than 1400 years, and the church still does not know who it is! The Bible is full of end time’s prophecy, but the church of today knows precious little of it, and what they do know, in practically no way resembles what the Word of God says. Most believers are not even interested in prophecy and are perfectly content to accept what someone else tells them. Some preachers feel Bible Prophecy is too controversial and others say if it doesn’t help win souls to Christ, it isn’t worth the time. One pastor even said, nobody knows what the Book of Revelation is about, so we don’t go there.
Luke 18:8 (KJV)
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Matthew 25:6 (KJV)
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
“And at midnight there was a cry made” Could our Lord possibly make it any clearer than this? He began this chapter by telling us, “the kingdom of heaven shall be likened unto.” The only way He could make it more precise would be by stating “I will return for you during the midnight watch.” Midnight is definitely the time you would least expect it. Christians will be snug in their beds with no idea what’s about to happen! When the cry goes out, the Christian of today will react in one of four probable ways.
- They will not wake up until its noonday bright in the middle of the night, and like the five foolish virgins, they will miss the wedding.
- They will wake up when they hear the cry and not know what it is.
- They will wake up and know what the cry is, but they will not know what they must do.
- They will be waiting for the cry to go out during the midnight hour on the Feast of Trumpets. When they hear the cry, they will go outside and look to the east for the first indication of light to appear because they know this is the Sign of the Son of Man and the indication their redemption is near. That describes what the five wise virgins did.
Matthew 24:44 (KJV)
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Midnight or the time when you are sleeping is also the time when you think not as in the time you are not thinking.
According to Revelation 11:12 the cry is a voice saying “Come up hither,” or it could the saying quoted in Revelation 18:4 “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” That would suggest that the foolish virgins could be partakers of the plagues that follow after the rapture. It also supports what you read in Matthew 24:50-51 in the previous chapter, which states that the evil servant is not aware of the hour his master will be returning.
The phrase “and at midnight there was a cry made” makes it very obvious the Rapture of His saints will take place during the midnight watch. Just as He promised to the wise and faithful servant, this phrase serves to make the wise servant aware of the hour the master of the house will return. From this verse, we can deduce the call goes out at midnight, and both the wise and foolish saints are going to awaken.
There is another cry we can reference in the Word of God that went out at midnight. It was the cry of the Egyptian people when the Lord killed all the firstborn of Egypt. It is a previous example of our Lord during a time of judgment, choosing to visit man during the midnight hour. However, there is a significant difference here. During the time of the Egyptian visitation, those to be saved had to remain indoors under the protection of the blood of the lamb. At the time of His next visitation, those who are saved by the blood of the Lamb must go out to meet Him, as the next part of this verse tells us.
“Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” Please take special note that we are commanded to “go ye out to meet Him.” Do not take this LIGHTLY as if it is just a little window dressing added to this parable. It is a command, and He will expect you to leave the place you are residing and go out to meet Him. (Unless you happen to be sleeping out under the stars on this night!) This is some of the extra light (knowledge) the wise virgins possessed because of the additional oil they carried.
There will probably be some that read this and be thinking, “this is ridiculous,” but there are more witnesses in the Word of God that back this up. Here is a second witness in God’s Word that verifies when the rapture occurs, we are to “go ye out to meet Him.”
Joel 2:15-16 (KJV)
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
First, notice the blowing of the trumpet and the call for a solemn assembly. That is the textbook definition of the Hebrew word môʿēd or appointed time of the Lord. The only feast the trumpet is associated with is the Feast of Trumpets. Just as you previously saw the trumpet sounding in the Sign of the Son of Man, which is the sign of the coming of our Lord and Savior, this is also a verification of what the Bible teaches; the Rapture & Day of the Lord will occur on the Feast of Trumpets.
Second, it says, “let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.” With the bridegroom being Jesus Christ and His saints the bride; the bride is told to “come out of her closet,” or in other words, “go out to meet Him.”
It is essential to take note of the “and the bride out of her closet.” The original Hebrew word translated to closet is quite a surprise.
Remember we told you that Jewish weddings take place at night under a canopy-like tent called a chuppah. The Hebrew word used for closet is “ḥuppâ.” Huppâ is the Ancient Hebrew spelling and pronounced the same as chuppah as you can see from Strong’s Dictionary. Now we have two witnesses telling us that when the Rapture occurs, we are to “go ye out to meet Him.” Now let’s look at a third.
Revelation 3:20 (KJV)
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:20 has been interpreted in many ways, most commonly having to do with accepting Christ as Savior. However, the REAL interpretation of this verse deals with the Rapture of His saints. The proof of which is that this verse is part of the letter written to the Church at Laodicea, which represents the last church of the church age, meaning the church that exists at the time of Christ’s return. Our Lord ended His letter to each of the churches with a warning about His return; except the church of Smyrna; the church of martyrdom. They gave their lives for Christ, so there was no need to mention it. Neither did He mention His return to the Church at Laodicea because this verse is a description of the wedding supper, this verse takes place during the Rapture of the saints.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock” What door? Strong’s Greek Dictionary defines the word for door here as a portal or an entrance. This portal would be the same portal or doorway our Lord spoke of when He said; “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matthew 24:33
“If any man hear my voice” would be the cry that goes out at midnight.
“And open the door” would be the “go ye out to meet Him” and the “let the bride come out of her closet.”
“I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” That describes the moment in time when your earthly body dies and drops to the ground. Your new spiritual body comes to life when the two become one. The new spiritual body is transported up into the heavens. What you just read is the wedding supper, known as the Wedding of the Lamb. The “sup” is short for supper. The original Greek word is translated to “dine” as in dinner or the main meal of the day.
Matthew 25:7 (KJV)
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
It becomes apparent here the lamps of both the foolish and the wise were left burning while they slumbered and slept because one only trims a lamp after it has gone out and before the next use. If the lamp of the wise had not gone out, all they would have needed to do is add a little more of the additional oil they brought with them. The next verse confirms this.
Matthew 25:8 (KJV)
And the foolish said unto the wise, give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
The foolish would not have said their lamps have gone out if they were not burning a short time previously. That also tells us that like the wise virgins, they did not bring empty lamps. That verifies that the only difference between the two groups is the amount of oil they had in their possession.
Now is probably the time to say that the lamps represent the Word of God. Psalm 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Oil is a metaphor representing the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that guides us, and it is the Holy Spirit that opens to us the deeper meanings or meat of the Word of God. Like Christ, the Holy Spirit is able to turn darkness, which in this case are the unknown or deeper things in the Word of God we are unable to see, into light, which is knowledge and understanding of the Word of God, which lights our path. However, you want to look at it, it was the oil in these lamps that produced the light, and that light represents the knowledge and understanding of the Word of God. The more light one has, the more in-depth their knowledge of the Word of God. It is the amount of light (knowledge of the Word of God) each group had that should be the focus of our attention. The knowledge of the Word of God is what distinguished the “wise” virgins from the “foolish” virgins. The wise virgins brought more oil because they knew the call would go out and midnight and they would be needing to go back out into the night and look for the Groom. The foolish virgins were not aware of this.
Matthew 25:9 (KJV)
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
The cry went out at midnight announcing the bridegroom was on His way, and all of the virgins were to go out and meet him. The wise virgins knew the call would go out at midnight, but they did not know precisely how long it would be before they met him, and did not know how much more oil they were going to need. Because of this the wise virgins told the foolish virgins to go out to those that sell and buy the extra oil required. What the wise virgins said to the foolish virgins is quite similar to the counseling Christ gave to the Church at Laodicea, the church that will be experiencing the return of our Lord.
Revelation 3:18 (KJV)
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
In both cases, He is speaking of more understanding of the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ. It is one of the few things we can buy without money or price according to Isaiah 55.
Matthew 25:10 (KJV)
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
While they were still on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom came. That tells us there will not be a lot of time from when we first hear the cry to the time we are redeemed. Notice that it says “they that were ready went with Him to the marriage.” “They that were ready” includes several things. You will need to be in good standing with our Lord, meaning you know Jesus Christ as savior, your Profit, Priest, and King and there is no unconfessed sin from which you have not repented. That is another reason why our Lord would not intentionally come upon us as a thief in the night.
“And the door was shut:” As you would expect, our Lord knows who is coming and who will remain. The five foolish virgins who did not bring enough oil (light) missed the wedding ceremony. They knew the day of the wedding, but they did not know the hour they would meet the groom. That precious bit of information was included in this parable so if they would have known the groom a little better by paying more attention to the Word of God; they would have known the groom included all the information needed in the invitation. (Word of God) They could have avoided 1000 years of grief that the foolish virgins and evil servants will experience because they will miss the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 25:11-12 (KJV)
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
“Afterward came also the other virgins.” This would be all those that did not know the day of the wedding or that they would need to “go out and meet him.” They probably were awakened by the cry, or because of the brightness in the middle of the night, but they had no idea what to do until it was too late. Once the eastern light has caused too many stars to fall from the heavens, it is no longer considered to be a Jewish wedding, and therefore, too late. Once we hear the cry go out, there will be enough time to go out and look toward the eastern sky. When you see the sky begin to lighten, you know your Savior, the one who turns the darkness into light is not far away. Since we know the Rapture will take 24 hours to fully complete, we know that once we see the eastern sky begin to lighten, it will be less than an hour before our redemption happens. Luke tells us:
Luke 21:28 (KJV)
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
“Saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us“ was a cry of desperation. All of Christendom knows you don’t want to be left behind.
“But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not” Take extra special note that He said “I know you not” and not I never knew you. That alone says it all!!! If Christ said to them “I know you not” it means they did not know Him. Knowing someone is a two-way street. You cannot know someone well if they do not know you. Since this is a wedding ceremony it can be said that you may know a lot of people, but do you know them as well as a bride should know the one she is going to marry? That’s a question to which we need to know the answer!
It’s no coincidence that the reason why the foolish virgins were denied admittance to the wedding is that they did not have adequate knowledge of the Word of God. Many are probably going to question this because it does not seem just to us, but the fact of the matter is that the majority of Christians today are not even reading the Word of God, so how will they know what to do when the Rapture does happen? Their story will be the same as the five foolish virgins; if they had known beforehand what would happen, they would have taken all the necessary steps to be accounted worthy. God, in His mercy, has given us so many warnings about this, but we have interpreted them the wrong way. He has not only warned us multiple times to watch, but He has also told us when to be watching and for what we should be watching.
Jesus Christ is as Revelation 19:13 tells us, “The Word of God.” Paul says to us in Hebrews 7:17 that Christ is “a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.” Melchisedec was a prophet, priest, and king. There are many Christians that know Christ as their Priest. The Priest performed the sacrifice which Christ performed for all mankind when He gave His life to pay the penalty for our sins. By the confessing and repenting of sin and asking Him to save them many have acknowledged Him as their priest. Of this group, most will show up for church on Sunday, but they do not spend time with Christ daily. They do not spend time praying or reading the Word of God, and they do not put their faith and trust in Him. They do not give His Word or His commandments the attention they ought to. They know Him as their priest, but they do not know Him as their prophet or their king. In other words, they do not understand His Word, and they do not do the things He asked them to do. That would include things like witnessing, reading and studying His Word, and separating themselves from the things of this world. If we spend some time with Him, He will reveal to us the truths we need to know.
Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV)
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Next, there are solid Christians that spend time with Him daily. They pray and read and study His Word. They witness and live the life He asked of them by putting their faith and trust in Him and keeping His commandments because they love Him. These are they that know him as their Priest and King. There is no doubt He will extend His grace and mercy to them, but it does not mean He will Rapture them when that day comes, and it does not mean they know him as their Prophet. That may not seem important to many, but once one has a correct understanding of the prophecy He has given us, one will find they did not know Him as well as they thought they did. There can be no doubt that the five foolish virgins were lacking valuable knowledge regarding Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Word of God and Bible prophecy points to Jesus Christ. When you understand doctrine like the Sign of the Son of Man, the Wedding of the Lamb, the Feasts of the Lord, and you see how the Fall Feast Days are built right into the book of Revelation, you will need to make some adjustments. You will need to adjust some of the beliefs you have, and some of them will not help you win popularity contests down at church. However, they will help you to be ready when our Savior calls for you because you will know that when He said, “But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things,” He meant it quite literally.
Matthew 24:32-33 (KJV)
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. (Nov. 2, 1917; “The Balfour Declaration” allowing Jews to return to Israel)
He told us when to start watching. It’s believed that more than 33% of the Bible is prophecy. As you have seen, there are many prophecies of time that can be known, yet this subject is seldom brought up in any Sunday School or church sermon because many consider it not necessary. They tell us the return of Jesus Christ will come as a complete surprise to everyone, so why look at any of this prophecy stuff!
He told us what month and day to watch on; The Feast of Trumpets. He told us the day we need to be watching, and this parable has provided us; the hour or watch of which we need to be aware.
Matthew 24:43 (KJV)
But know this; that if the Goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
He told us what to look for, how much more must He do?
If the foolish virgins had known that the call would not go out until midnight and they were expected to go back out and meet the groom, they would have brought more oil. You now know what time the call will go out and that you will need to go out and look for the groom, but do you know what will happen next and for what to watch? Are you going to be a wise or foolish virgin? Has anyone told you how the Rapture is going to happen? Does what you know about the Sign of the Son of Man and the Parable of the 10 Virgins give you the impression that it is an unplanned event, a random occurrence that could happen at any moment? No!!! Everything with God is well planned ahead of time, and there are tests for us, even during the time of the Rapture.
Going out to meet Him is a demonstration of obedience as well as the faith you have in Him. Whenever Christ healed the sick and the lame, He always said, “Your faith has made you whole.” How much more whole could we possibly be made than when we are one with Him? Your opening the door is telling Him you want Him to come in and sup with you. Is it too much to ask that we be ready and waiting for Him? All our Lord asked of Naaman is that he go and dunk in the Jordan River seven times, yet he almost didn’t do it. Our Lord could have just healed Him on the spot, but that would not have demonstrated any faith by Naaman.
Matthew 25:13 (KJV)
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Please note that it is definitely not the wise or foolish virgins to whom He directs this verse. He directs it at you. For “ye” know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Why would Jesus Christ himself give us this warning if we cannot know the day and hour of our Lord’s return for us? It is obvious the virgins in this parable all knew the day of the wedding. But it was only the wise virgins that were aware of the hour and knew ahead of time what was going to happen and what to expect. That is why they brought the extra oil in their vessels.
Why is it that our teachers do not see what our Lord is telling us in this verse? He did not say “watch” because you cannot know the day or hour that the Son of man is coming. He did not say “watch” because you will never know the day or hour that the Son of Man is coming. He said “watch” because you do not know when the Son of man is coming. As you read in the last chapter, the Greek word for “watch” used here is the very same word for vigilant. Webster’s 1913 dictionary says vigilant means to be attentive to discover and avoid danger. This definition tells us everything we need to know concerning the commandment given in this verse. When our Lord says “Watch therefore,” He is telling us “be attentive to My Word, and discover the meanings of the prophecies it contains so that you will know the day of the wedding and avoid the consequences you will suffer if you don’t.
Of course, no one knew the day or hour of His return when He spoke this verse. It would have been impossible for them to know it because the fulfillment of the end times prophecies had not yet begun. Our Lord gave Bible Prophecy in such a way that it is quite difficult to see events until the time they happen. It is through our understanding the prophecies given in the Word of God that we will be able to know the day (year) and hour (Fall Feast Season) in which He will return. That is just one of the reasons it is so essential for us to keep this commandment to watch and be vigilant in studying His Word.
Also, don’t forget that if you are rehearsing the Feast Days as He commanded, He should not come upon you as a thief in the night.
The Sign of the Son of Man &
The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
Book Introduction (Read for more info contained in the book)
- The REAL 4th Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Daniel 2)
- The REAL King of Babylon (Isaiah 14)
- The REAL Key to Deciphering Time Prophecy
- The REAL Secret Prophecy of Daniel 4
- The REAL Beast of Revelation 13
- The REAL Beast that was and is not; And the Great Whore (Revelation 17)
- The REAL 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Revelation 6)
- The REAL First 4 Trumpets of Revelation 8
- The REAL 4 Angels of Revelation 9 And the Plague of Islam
- The REAL Woman, Dragon and Flood of Revelation 12
- The REAL 2 Witnesses of Revelation 11
- The REAL 70 Weeks of Daniel 9
- The FEASTS OF THE LORD; The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
- The REAL Sign of the Son of Man; and Signs of the End (Matthew 24)
- The REAL Parable of the 10 Virgins (Matthew 25)
- The Fall Feast Days as Revealed in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 6,7,8,11)
- The REAL Warning to the Church of Laodicea; the Church of Today (Revelation 3)
- Closing Thoughts & the REAL Day of the Resurrection of Our Lord