Every Christian Needs to Read This!
We are like Pilgrim on our way to Celestial City. Christ said, Strive to enter the narrow gate. That’s about the 144,000 who live through the life or death issues like Daniel, willing to die rather than dishonor God. They will be privileged to follow Christ wherever He goes in eternity and are said to be ‘virgins.’ Since the Bible explains itself, they must be the wise virgins that get into the wedding in Matthew 25.
A Call to the ‘Wise Virgins’–The Time is Fulfilled; the Kingdom of God is at Hand
#1. Is this for you? It should be. Christ said, He will make the servant who is ‘so-doing,’ ruler over all that He has, but we will be beaten with stripes if we fail to prepare. In this age of scams, shouldn’t we want the real deal from the One who hung the world in space and died for us? It must be important to Him to be giving us the highest possible reward.
Weddings are important because they affect destiny as the three wedding parables show. They are also a measure of maturity. Christ is looking for a mature bride. If we are wise, we should consider this opportunity carefully.  Note: You can click these numbers to see and then click text. Please read on.
Luke’s wedding parable says we must “open unto Him immediately.” If this were about His coming in the sky, of course, we would all be ready to go to heaven whenever He comes, but this is a different event as we will see…
To be ready immediately implies prior consideration, like James and John who heard the baptizer announce the Lamb of God (John 1:29) so when Christ called them, “they immediately left the ship and their father and followed Him,” Matthew 4:22. Our prior understanding is necessary for an immediate response when He ‘knocks.’ Please be like the Bereans with an open attitude.
While everyone deserves an invitation to the wedding, it’s the wise servants who do what they can to invite others to the wedding as in Matthew 22:3-10. Sharing this and asking your email list, Have you seen this?–What do you think? is a good idea.
#2. Moving from ‘Jesus will save me’ to what He wants from us…
There’s much preaching about relationship and the question may come to us, How can we be sure we aren’t in the group that say, “Lord, I did many good works in your name” and they hear Him say, I never knew you. Matt 7:22,23.
The answer is by having the present day application of truth. In Noah’s time, they had to get in the boat to be saved from destruction. In Moses’ day, they had to watch and pray that God would pass over them in judgment; Christ was present truth but that includes opposition, even in churches today, 1SM 406.
Present truth now is not the 3rd angel’s message or women’s ordination that may split the church. Matt 25 shows ‘the Bridegroom comes’ divides the wise from foolish. Pioneers gave that message but Christ said, ‘prophesy again’ in Rev 10:11. To be His movement of destiny, we must do so now. Why now?
Pioneers overlooked the context of the judgment in Daniel 7:10 where “the judgment was set and the books were opened.” The verses before and after are about the ‘great words of the little horn…a mouth speaking great things.’
After the ‘deadly wound’ in 1798, the pope didn’t have much to say in 1844. But in 2015, Pope Francis had great words for the US Congress and the UN on the Day of Atonement—the missing ingredient of 1844 is now satisfied.
The 1st angel’s message of judgment and Bridegroom’s coming will fit now, but we fail to see how. God executed judgment on Egypt and took Israel to a covenant that made them His kingdom (Exod 19:5,6) and Bride, Jer 3:14. Paul included the Exodus in ‘all those things happened for tupos, types and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world come.”
The pope’s visit on the Day of Atonement (time of judgment) was one of 7 ‘when-then’ signs that marked 2015, shown here: http://bit.ly/1YBiBxI But 2016 is past with nothing huge happening—why 2017? 2016 was a sabbatical year. The end-times start at the beginning of a “court week,” Maranatha, p39.
The end-times = 7 years, like Joseph’s famine, Daniel 4, Jericho fell in 7 days with 7 trips on 7th day blowing trumpets like 7 last plagues. The 7th year must be a sabbatical year when Christ ceases His mediation. http://bit.ly/2hCh6pr
Judgment will mean life or death like Daniel 1-6 but if faithful, we can live. The biblical concept is that the Judge delivers us, as in the book of Judges, but deliverance is linked to the covenant. It makes us His kingdom. Ex 19:5,6 All the covenant promises will be fulfilled to a covenant-keeping people, PK714à
To be His ‘covenant-keeping people,’ we will need to make a covenant, but with a better understanding than Israel. God got an ignorant bride, but there’s better news for us in Luke’s wedding parable, Luke 12:32-48. ‘He will make [us] ruler over all that He has’ if we meet the conditions. Let’s consider them.
Verse 35: We are to have lamps burning. This means sharing the light we have on the wedding so others can see how it will be, inviting them as in Matthew 22.
Verse 36: We’re to be ready so when He knocks, ‘we may open to Him immedi-ately.’ The Bible explains itself, and the only other place Christ knocked was for a lukewarm church that ended in an earthquake. Lao dicea means people judging. In Ellen White’s vision of an earthquake at Loma Linda, “it seemed the Judgment day had come.” 9T 93-95 cites Zeph 1:8; God punishes for reasons we don’t see
Verse 37 offers a blessing for those who are watching. Watching is protective in Matt 24:43. If the goodman (us?) had known, he would have watched and not suffered his house to be broken by the thief; Christ said, If we don’t watch He will come on us as a thief. Rev 3:3. Paul also said the day of the Lord comes as a thief with sudden destruction when they say peace & safety–Iran Nuke Treaty and we should watch, 1Thess 5:1-6. Emphasis on ‘watch,’ but what does it mean?
The Greek word is gregoreo, it means to be awake. That’s how Christ used it in Matt 26:38-41. We can’t be awake every night, but Passover was the only night it was commanded, Exod 12:10, and we should eat Lamb spiritually.
Note: When Christ said, ‘You don’t know the day or hour,’ the Greek word, eido, means be aware, consider, understand. He was telling the disciples they didn’t understand and each time He said it, He gave an example that fit a provision in their law for Passover a month later, ‘as the days of Noah’ when the Flood came with Passover timing, but in the 2nd spring month, Gen 7:4,11.
Israelites didn’t travel in winter, and if they took a long journey in spring and couldn’t get back for Passover, they were to keep it in the 2nd spring month as provided by the law in Numbers 9:10,11, a clue that fits FIVE more parables!
#1. The goodman, Matt 24:43, is on a long journey in Proverbs 7:19.20, KJV.
#2. An evil servant begins to smite, Then shall the kingdom be like 10 virgins
#3. Five virgins missed the wedding…Watch (protection)…you don’t know… (understand timing) for the kingdom is like a man traveling to a far country.
#4. In the last parable on talents, Christ took the long journey. His return will conform to His law (Num 9:10,11) still in effect till heaven and earth pass. The wise stewards knew when to expect their master and they were ready.
#5. Learn a parable of a fig tree. Our church is adding members like leaves on the fig tree, but if we don’t do what He says and ‘Prophesy again,’ we won’t have the fruit He is looking for “when summer is nigh.” (2nd Passover in May)
Christians don’t do Passover? Not by killing a lamb or eating bitter herbs,
but the appointed time, mo’ed comes from Genesis 1:14, before sin or Jews. Christ fulfilled the sacrificial part of Passover, but the timing is relevant for judgment–God “executed judgment” at Passover, Exodus 12:12.
“The types which relate to the 2nd advent must be fulfilled at the time pointed out in the symbolic service.” GC 399.4 In the context of an earthquake vision, 9T 92-95 cites Zeph 1:8. “The day of the Lord’s sacrifice” is Passover!
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if churches worldwide were to celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the eve of [2nd] Passover as Christ meant? “As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice.” Desire of Ages, 652. “In its place” suggests our doing it as the Christian’s Passover anticipating His return in judgment.
The world needs to be warned of judgment and opportunity–‘the Bridegroom comes!’ Let’s watch as He said. If we ‘wait and see,’ we won’t qualify as He said with ‘lights burning.’ ‘Prophecy again,’ (Rev 10:11) takes faith. ‘Open to Him immediately,’ Luke 12:36, is like James and John who immediately left the ship and their father to follow Christ, Matt 4:22. Are we willing to do so?
Watching (being awake, praying that God will pass over us) is shown as the way to be ready for His ‘knock’ that we saw was an earthquake, Lk 12:36,37. Now we come to the wise provision so Christ doesn’t get an ignorant Bride.
The wedding parables each have Passover imagery when there are 7 days of unleavened bread that represent doctrines, Matt 16:12. This feast, scorned in Matt 22, was not fulfilled by Christ–there was no ‘holy convocation’—He was in the grave. It’s for a prenuptial agreement to consider what Christ wants.
Christ said before He comes, Elijah “must first come and restore all things,” Matt 17:11. Elijah comes in the context of the statutes in Moses’ law, Mal 4:4,5 The statutes have a 7-fold emphasis in Ezek 20:11-24 where they are linked to Sabbaths. Covenants were also linked to7’s, like the 7 ewes in Gen 21:27,28 and the 7 annual Sabbaths God gave to Israel, Lev 23. We give Christ the 7’s.
There are 7 topics with 7-fold emphasis that fit the 7 days of unleavened bread They coincide with 7 days for Bible weddings, Gen 29:27. Unleavened bread used for communion = union with Christ and union by covenant in marriage.
The 144,000 are ‘virgins’ (Rev 14:4) and must be the wise virgins that get into the marriage. They are the Elijah movement that restores all things, based on the things the Bible emphasizes 7 times, like the statutes mentioned above. Revelation, a book of 7’s, shows how God will keep His covenant; we saw covenants are linked to 7’s.
Luke 12’s wedding parable shows that “when He comes and knocks” we are to “open unto Him immediately.” As a Bride opens to her husband when they marry, we are to open, in a feast of unleavened bread to consider topics that have a 7-fold emphasis like the statutes. This is the imagery of Luke 12:37 where ‘He will make [us] ruler over all that He has” v 44.
If we know to prepare as suggested here, and don’t do so, we will be beaten with many stripes—‘to whom much is given…much is required.’ Lk 12:47,48 Fear of what others might say kept people out of the ark. As the days of Noah, are we like Peter who was afraid of being mocked? Christ deserves a mature Bride!
After ‘prophesy again’ in Rev 10:11, the next verse is judgment when God is going to give power to His side for 1260 days before the beast gets power, Rev 11:1-7. Let’s invite others to the wedding with the best information we have, and celebrate His emblems this year, 2017 on May 11, then watch and pray that He will pass over us in judgment. It will be Thursday pm, the same night Christ did so with His disciples. We should eat Lamb by reviewing the closing scenes of what He bore for us.
April 12 is expected to support this when “the day of the Lord” begins for Jerusalem and all nations are gathered against it–“the houses rifled, the women ravished,” Zech 14:1-3. Judgment on Jerusalem at Passover will be a ‘heads up’ for Christians to keep the Lord’s Supper a month later at 2nd Passover.
If we don’t give the message and then ‘watch and pray’ on the eve of Passover, we’re at high risk for the ‘sudden, unlooked-for calamity’ COL 412 (context is midnight cry–‘the Bridegroom comes’) Paul kept the Passover (Acts 20:6; 1Cor 5:8) and warned us of ‘sudden destruction…watch.’ 1Thess 5:1-6.
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Christ’s judgment on those who opt out of the wedding invitation in Matt 22 is seen in Luke 14:24.
Summary: Christ offers two choices: “ruler over all that He has” or “beaten with stripes,” Luke 12:44-48. We can be spared stripes by sharing and watching.
“Prophesy again…judgment must begin at the house of God.” 1Pet 4:17. The judgment [krisis in Greek] and Bridegroom message went together in 1844 and fit impending crisis. All of this is relevant for the judgment of the living. 9T 20 We don’t have lots of time; the church has problems, needs a unifying message. Those who expect to ‘open to Him immediately’ need to make it a priority now.
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