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The Wedding Parables Imply We Aren’t Ready for End-Times to Begin

May 28, 2017

We are asleep with lights out in Matthew 25:5. ‘Remnant’ (KJV) scorn the invitation and have their city burned in Matt 22:6,7. Ellen White suggests the midnight cry is a ‘sudden, unlooked-for calamity’ in COL 412.1

All of this suggests that we don’t understand the wedding parables. God “exercised judgment” on Egypt and took Israel to a covenant relationship that He regarded as marriage, Jer 3:14. Paul included that history in “all those things happened to them for typesends of the world.” 1Cor 10:1,11.

The US has killed far more infants in the womb than Egypt killed and enslaved far more with alcohol, tobacco, drugs, food, gambling, sex and perversions, all of which suggest that a time of judgment is impending for the US & us?

We are to be ready, “that when He comes and knocks, [we] may open unto Him immediately.” Luke 12:36. Since the Bible explains itself, and the only other place Christ ‘knocks’ is Rev 3:20 for a lukewarm church that ended in an earthquake, we should consider Ellen White’s earthquake vision at Loma Linda as a possible knock, but how do we open to Him immediately?

The next verse has imagery of the Last Supper when Christ girded Himself to serve the disciples on the eve of Passover. Lk 12:37. Each of the wedding parables has Passover imagery. The midnight cry (Matt 25) echoes Exod 12

Passover was when God “executed judgment,” Exod 12:12. When the judg-ment of the living begins with life or death issues as in the book of Daniel, we should consider it likely at Passover because “The types that relate to the 2nd advent must be fulfilled at the time of symbolic service,” GC 399.4

EW says, “As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His sacrifice.” DA 652.2

“In its place” suggests Passover timing, but with a modification by Christ’s words, You don’t know the day or hour (eido means understand) Each time He gave examples that fit a provision in their law for a late Passover, “as the days of Noah” or “like a man traveling to a far country.” Matt 25:14.
If Israelites took a long trip in spring and couldn‘t get back for Passover, they were to keep it the 2nd spring month, Numbers 9:10,11.

In Gen 1:14, God appointed the sun and moon for mo’ed, appointed times (before sin or Jews) and the word is found in Lev 23:44 for ‘feasts of the Lord.’ The wedding parable of Matt 22 is an invitation to a feast, but it is scorned, maybe because unleavened bread at Passover isn’t appreciated.

But in antitype, the unleavened bread is teachings not leavened by church leaders, Matt 16:12. God got an ignorant bride at Sinai and this must not happen to Christ. We need unleavened ‘bread.’ It’s a 7-day feast and Bible weddings also took a week, Gen 29:27. They coincide as a pre-nuptial feast of betrothal for us to understand true worship. Example: He says, “Call me Ishi (husband)…call me no more Baali (lord) Hosea 2:16.

Just as Revelation has 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 thunders, there are 7 topics that have a 7-fold emphasis as a mark of end-time truth that’s to be restored (Matt 17:11) and Mal 4:4,5 shows the statutes as one these topics. We see they have a 7-fold emphasis in Ezek 20:11-24 where they link to sabbaths.

“Christ gave to Moses religious precepts which were to govern everyday life. These statutes were explicitly given to guard the Ten Commandments. They were not shadowy types to pass away with the death of Christ. They were to be binding upon men in every age as long as time should last.” 1BC 1104.6

The statutes & judgments “were only the principles of the ten commandments amplified and given in a specific manner, that none need err.” PP 364.1 “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.” Ps 19:7. If we had to repay five oxen for an ox that we stole, it would convert us. Exod 22:1.

The Good News is that God will write His laws in our hearts—it has an end-time or latter-day context, Jer 31:1.31, so it’s not a works trip. God’s law will be vindicated by the Bride of Christ. God will empower us as His witnesses with Elijah-like power in Rev 11:3-6. Elijah “restores all things.” Matt 17:11.

In a prenuptial agreement, we covenant re those things that have a 7-fold emphasis to be restored and share in the role of Elijah. EW was right that we will be blamed for bringing judgment as Elijah was blamed, GC 590.1

As the Bride of Christ, we are the 144,000–the ‘virgins’ in Rev 14:4–the wise virgins that get in the wedding (Matt 25) because we were ready at His knock; readiness includes watching in order to respond immediately, Luke 12:36,37

If we are “so doing” when He knocks (earthquake), “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has.” Luke 12:44. For more information on any aspect of this, please send an email to or call to discuss any questions, 928 583 7543. To the intent that we are ready and spared the stripes, Luke 12:47.

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