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The Finality of the Lord's Coming (Part 6) - Tim Conway

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    Matthew 25:1.
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    Then the kingdom of heaven
    will be like ten virgins
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    who took their lamps and
    went to meet the bridegroom.
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    Five of them were foolish,
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    and five were wise.
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    For when the foolish took their lamps,
    they took no oil with them,
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    but the wise took flasks
    of oil with their lamps.
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    As the bridegroom was delayed,
    they all became drowsy and slept.
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    But at midnight there was a cry:
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    Here is the bridegroom!
    Come out to meet him.
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    Then all those virgins rose
    and trimmed their lamps.
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    And the foolish said to the wise:
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    Give us some of your oil,
    for our lamps are going out.
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    But the wise answered, saying:
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    Since there will not be enough
    for us and for you,
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    go rather to the dealers
    and buy for yourselves.
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    And while they were going to buy,
    the bridegroom came,
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    and those who were ready went in
    with him to the marriage feast,
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    and the door was shut.
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    Afterward the other virgins came also,
    saying: Lord, Lord, open to us.
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    But he answered:
    Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.
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    Watch therefore, for you know
    neither the day nor the hour.
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    We are studying the end times.
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    And as I said to you from the beginning,
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    I don't want to go into the difficulties
    of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel.
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    I wanted to look at concepts, at texts,
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    passages of God's Word,
    that show us very plainly
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    about who the true people of God are,
    who the true Israel is,
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    about what the end looks like.
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    Not in the difficult
    passages of prophecy,
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    apocalyptic texts,
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    very difficult and shrouded prophecies
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    which historically the best
    Bible scholars have wrestled with.
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    But I wanted to just take us to
    the plain teachings of our Lord.
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    And I know there are some things
    that our Lord says that are not so plain.
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    But I wanted to look at some
    of the things that are plain.
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    Him, His apostles, what they
    have to say, just the plain words.
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    Brethren, the only safe method
    for interpreting your Bibles
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    is always to start with the
    plainest teaching on a subject.
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    Always.
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    Not to run to the most difficult first,
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    but the most
    straightforward teaching first.
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    I believe that what
    we have in Matthew 25 -
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    I will not argue with you if you say:
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    Wait, Matthew 24 has some things
    that are difficult to figure out.
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    Yes, yes. And I hope to get there.
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    But that's not where I want to start.
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    I want to bypass 24, I want to go to 25.
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    Because I want you to see some clear,
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    very clear teaching here
    about the end times.
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    We have the parable of the ten virgins,
    verses 1 through 13,
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    the parable of the talents,
    verses 14 through 30,
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    and then we have a picture of Jesus Christ
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    coming in the final judgment,
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    dividing like a shepherd divides
    the sheep from the goats.
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    This chapter can be naturally
    broken up into three sections.
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    I hope to deal with one today,
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    and, Lord willing, the next two
    in the next two weeks.
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    What all three of these deal with,
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    all three deal with the same thing.
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    They are all three pictures
    of the coming of Jesus Christ.
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    You say: How do you know that?
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    Well, just for starters,
    I want you to see something.
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    Look at verse 10.
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    While they were going to buy,
    the bridegroom came...
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    You can see that there.
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    Look in 19.
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    Now after a long time the master
    of those servants came.
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    Verse 31
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    When the Son of Man comes in His glory,
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    and all the angels with Him,
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    then he will sit on His glorious throne.
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    All three deal with His coming.
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    Now, this is a parable.
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    This is a parable.
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    What is a parable?
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    Let's break it up into
    its component parts.
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    "Para" - Anybody know what this prefix is?
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    Alongside.
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    "-ble"
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    "para-ble"
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    I know it's a "b-l-e",
    but it's abbreviated.
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    You may have heard
    the word "παραβολή".
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    What is the "bal"?
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    What does "bal" mean?
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    It means to throw.
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    We think of bowling.
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    You know in cricket,
    they don't call the guy
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    that launches the
    ball a pitcher, like we do.
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    In cricket it is a bowler.
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    Bowling is to throw.
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    And so, what is a parable?
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    It means: to throw alongside.
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    What a parable is,
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    is when I'm trying to teach on something,
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    I take a story, an illustration,
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    and I throw it alongside that teaching.
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    Why? What's the purpose there?
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    What's my objective?
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    Well, the objective is this:
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    The objective is: I'm trying to teach
    you about the second coming,
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    spiritual truths that you
    are not familiar with,
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    and so I want to help you.
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    This is what Jesus does.
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    I want to help you and
    so I throw alongside...
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    That's parable: alongside, throw.
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    You throw alongside that truth a story.
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    That's what parables are.
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    They are stories that are thrown
    alongside some spiritual truth.
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    And what they do, is:
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    They are typically a story
    of something physical,
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    that we are familiar with,
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    that is going to help us to
    understand this spiritual truth
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    that we are not so familiar with.
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    That's what it's all about. A parable.
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    The very nature of a parable
    is that it has to be interpreted.
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    If you don't have the interpretation,
    it doesn't help.
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    Now, I think, the truth is,
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    with a lot of parables,
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    the meaning is pretty obvious.
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    In some of them they're not so obvious.
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    I mean, we might wish
    that our Lord had come along
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    and interpreted every
    single parable for us,
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    just like He does some of them.
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    But I think the reason that He does
    some of them for us and not all of them
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    is to show us in the ones
    that He does interpret
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    how we ought to be
    interpreting these things.
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    He gives us some
    examples of interpretation.
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    And without the interpretation,
    these things don't help us.
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    You know, the disciples,
    you remember them?
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    They would hear His parables,
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    and then when they
    would go home they'd say:
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    Lord, explain to us what that meant.
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    And He would say things like:
    Well, the field is the world.
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    The one who casts seed is the Son of Man.
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    You see you have to know
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    what they really mean for it to help you.
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    You can't just let it stay
    in the realm of allegory.
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    We have to pull the true meaning out.
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    Well, Jesus doesn't specifically
    interpret this one for us,
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    so we need to decipher the meaning.
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    We need to look at this.
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    That's what I want to do.
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    But before we get into actually
    trying to see what things signify here,
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    let's just think about
    the parable as it is.
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    Let's think about the story itself,
    the illustration.
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    What do you have?
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    I mean... this is a wedding.
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    Is that clear to everybody?
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    If it's not clear to you, you just have
    to notice there is a bridegroom.
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    Anytime we talk about a groom,
    we're talking about a wedding.
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    And it's not too mysterious.
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    You get down to verse 10,
    you get a marriage feast.
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    Obviously this is a marriage ceremony.
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    Now, the idea with the parable is
    to take something that is common to us
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    and throw it alongside a spiritual
    truth not so common to us.
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    We would all have to admit this:
    Whatever is happening here,
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    this is a form of ceremony
    that we are not so familiar with.
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    Jesus wasn't speaking directly to us.
    He is speaking to us,
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    but He was directly speaking to His
    Jewish disciples 2000 years ago.
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    Now, even if we go to the Middle East,
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    even if we were to ask some of the folks
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    that have observed weddings
    like, say, in India.
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    You might ask the Dees',
    what are weddings like over there.
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    You know when you go to other countries,
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    you go to other times in history,
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    weddings have not always been
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    just perfectly according to our
    American 21st century model.
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    I mean, we know what a typical
    wedding should look like.
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    But you get a lot of the same components.
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    You've got virgins there,
    that's basically the bridesmaids.
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    This is not a wedding tradition
    that we are familiar with so much,
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    but you know,
    it's not a whole lot different.
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    Let me tell you basically what happens,
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    you can kind of glean this
    from the parable itself.
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    What you had, and if you look at this
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    and you just search out historically,
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    you can find and in fact they
    may do this still in other countries.
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    But you can find that what would happen is
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    you would have the groom,
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    and he would have
    his groomsmen with him.
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    And they would go to the home of the bride
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    and the bride is waiting there
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    with her bridesmaids, the virgins.
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    And he would go there with his entourage
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    and show up at her door.
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    And the bridesmaids would have lamps.
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    They would do this typically
    after dark in the evening.
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    I mean he might take off
    when it was still light
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    but the whole objective is
    they would parade through the streets.
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    They go get all the ladies
    from the bride's house
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    and then they would
    parade through the streets,
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    all the ladies having their lamps
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    and they would go to
    where the actual marriage
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    was going to take place,
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    where the vows would happen,
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    actually a lot of times where the
    consummation would take place,
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    right at the father's house.
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    And then there would
    be this marriage feast
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    and sometimes this feast went on for days.
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    That's the basic picture that you have.
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    You'll notice this:
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    There is no bride mentioned.
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    It's not necessary.
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    I'll say more about that in a second.
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    Another thing you want to notice is:
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    We have eleven individuals
    specifically named in this parable.
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    We have eleven and only eleven.
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    And they all fit into
    one of three categories:
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    You have the bridegroom,
    he is in a class by himself.
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    And then you have a second category:
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    Five wise virgins.
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    The third category: Five foolish.
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    It's just a basic overlay
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    of what we are dealing with
    here in the parable.
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    So let's think about the interpretation.
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    Look, the overarching
    theme of this parable
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    is the second coming of Jesus Christ.
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    Nobody should be in
    doubt about that at all.
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    Brethren, would you please just let
    your eyes drift back into chapter 24.
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    Let's just hit this rapid fire.
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    Matthew 24:37
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    As were the days of Noah,
    so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
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    Any question what's
    being dealt with there?
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    Not at all. The coming of the Son of Man.
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    Look at verses 38, 39.
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    For as in those days before the flood
    they were eating and drinking,
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    marrying and giving in marriage,
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    until the day when
    Noah entered the ark, ...
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    You may remember we
    dealt with these verses
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    from Luke's gospel last week.
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    ... and they were unaware until the
    flood came and swept them all away,
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    so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
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    This is about the second coming
    of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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    Verse 42
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    Therefore, stay awake,
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    for you do not know on what
    day your Lord is coming.
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    Any doubts there?
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    We're dealing about the Lord's coming.
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    Verse 44
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    Therefore you also must be ready,
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    for the Son of Man is coming at
    an hour you do not expect.
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    It's the coming of the Son of Men.
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    Verse 46
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    Blessed is that servant whom His master
    will find so doing when He comes.
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    Verse 50
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    ... the master of that
    servant will come ...
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    You see this is about
    the coming of Christ.
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    ... come on a day when
    he does not expect Him
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    and at an hour he does not know ...
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    And you know what:
    There is no chapter break
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    between chapters 24
    and 25 in the original.
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    There is no chapter break there.
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    This is the same discourse.
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    Our Lord immediately
    goes into this parable.
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    And He talks about when
    the bridegroom comes.
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    And then you have the
    parable of the talents.
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    And He talks about the
    master of those servants
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    is going to come and settle accounts.
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    And then you have
    this glorious final picture
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    of this last judgment there in verse 31.
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    When the Son of Man comes in His glory,
    and all the angels with Him,
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    Brethren, there is no question,
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    we are dealing with the
    second coming of Jesus Christ.
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    And so, here is the thing,
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    here is what this ought
    to make obvious to us.
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    Since it's crystal clear that the parable
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    is dealing with the
    second coming of Christ,
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    and since the one who
    comes in our parable,
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    verse 10, is the bridegroom,
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    it ought to be really clear to all of us
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    that the bridegroom is Christ.
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    I know this is very simple,
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    but this is how you want to
    go about interpreting Scripture.
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    It's obvious.
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    Yes.
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    The bridegroom is Christ.
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    The bridegroom is the Lord.
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    Brethren, don't you love the imagery?
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    Because, here is the thing.
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    We get different pictures
    of this second coming.
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    Remember last week, just like you saw
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    there at the end of chapter 24.
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    It's like it was in days of Noah and Lot.
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    It's a time of judgment.
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    He is going to come
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    and destruction is going
    to fall upon people
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    when they don't expect it.
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    When you look at
    the parable of the talents,
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    it's like a master who is entrusting
    things to his servants.
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    And brethren, don't you
    love the picture here?
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    It's the bridegroom.
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    It's the Bridegroom coming to take
    His people in to the wedding feast.
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    What a picture!
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    I love that imagery.
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    In the book of Revelation, you find
    the same sort of imagery.
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    Let us rejoice...
    Revelation 19:7
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    “Let us rejoice and exult
    and give Him the glory,
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    for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
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    and His Bride has made herself ready;
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    it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”
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    --- for the fine linen is
    the righteous deeds of the saints.
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    And the angel said to me,
    “Write this:
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    Blessed are those who are invited
    to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
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    You know what it brings to our minds?
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    It brings to the minds
    the love of a husband for a bride.
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    What is that?
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    Particular and special.
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    That's what it brings to our mind here.
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    It speaks, think of a wedding.
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    There is anticipation,
    there is anticipation of the intimacy.
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    There is joy.
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    We had a wedding last weekend.
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    I mean, at weddings
    there's lots of smiles,
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    there is lots of joy.
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    That's the picture here.
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    It's the husband bringing
    the bride to himself,
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    fulfilling the intimacy.
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    That's the picture.
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    It's one of the most glorious
    pictures of the second coming,
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    as it regards the church.
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    It speaks of that union forever.
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    I mean, just think:
    It's the Bridegroom,
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    the perfect Lover,
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    the perfect Husband,
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    the perfect Friend.
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    And its a picture of:
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    we are going to go under His arm forever.
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    I mean that's what we have.
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    Right now, we're betrothed.
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    Paul said to the Corinthians:
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    I feel a divine jealousy for you,
    since I betrothed you to one Husband,
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    to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
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    Betrothed now.
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    What does it mean to be betrothed?
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    Well, you know, there is a
    covenantal agreement there
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    that's binding.
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    Christ has pledged Himself to it
    and will never break that covenant.
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    It is not like our engagements.
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    That can be broken.
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    It is not like that.
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    But you know a betrothal falls short
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    of the full intimacy of the marriage
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    and that is what is going
    to happen when He comes.
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    It is going to be the consummation
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    and the feast.
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    The fullness of intimacy is yet
    reserved for us at that great day.
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    When the bride, the Lamb's wife
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    is going to be presented to her Husband
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    without spot and blemish.
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    Brethren, it says it:
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    O how blessed, blessed
    are those who are invited
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    to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
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    Let's direct our focus to the virgins.
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    Some might say:
    Hey, the parable has no bride.
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    And you would be exactly right.
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    You say, but, wait,
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    we see that the church is the bride.
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    And the church is prepared as a bride
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    and we are betrothed to Christ.
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    He is a Husband,
    He is the Bridegroom.
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    Where is the bride?
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    You have to understand this:
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    Our Lord is wanting to give us a parable
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    about some who are ready
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    and some who are not ready.
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    Can you imagine if He tried
    to do that with a wife?
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    You would really have to have ten wives.
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    Five are ready and five are not ready.
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    Or at least two.
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    If what you want to manifest,
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    if what you want to bring out, draw out,
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    is that you have some who are ready
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    and some who are not ready
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    you don't want to do that
    with wives. Otherwise what?
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    You gonna end up with some kind of parable
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    that's going to have
    polygamist overtones, right?
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    You don't want to go there.
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    The virgins, the bridesmaids
    is a perfect way,
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    it's a perfect way to display
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    exactly what our Lord wants to display.
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    There are ten, there are ten bridesmaids
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    who are waiting for the bridegroom.
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    They are waiting for the wedding feast.
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    So who are they supposed to represent?
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    You have five that are wise,
    five that are foolish.
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    Look, it's not very
    difficult to look at this
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    and recognize that when Jesus comes
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    He takes five in with Him
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    and five are shut out.
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    I think it's pretty clear.
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    That what you have is
    you have the saved
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    and they go in with Him.
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    And the ones that are outside are lost.
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    The ones that go in with
    Him are true Christians.
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    The ones that are left
    out are not Christians.
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    I think that's pretty obvious.
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    But I think we want to define them
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    a little more precisely than that.
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    I don't believe our Lord is just
    painting a generic picture here
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    of saved humanity over
    against lost humanity.
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    I think what He's painting a picture of
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    are professing Christians
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    who are sitting in the church right now.
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    Some are saved, some are not.
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    I do not believe this is a picture
    generically of all mankind.
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    You say: Why?
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    Why would you not think that?
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    Why do you think that this has to do
    with people who profess Christ?
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    True Christians and false Christians
    who are in the church right now?
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    Why do you think that?
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    Here is why I think it:
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    Because for one, when our Lord
    paints the picture, He doesn't say:
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    Well you have these virgins over here
    that are involved in the wedding,
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    and then you have the onlookers.
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    You now, the people that watch the
    parade go by, who aren't even involved.
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    What you have is you have virgins.
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    They're all virgins.
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    They're all dressed for a wedding.
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    They all have lamps.
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    You know what? On the outside they
    all look pretty much the same.
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    That's why I think that.
    That's one reason.
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    The second is this:
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    They're all waiting for the Bridegroom.
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    They're not Muslims,
    who are denying the fact
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    that a bridegroom is
    even coming, who is Christ.
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    They're all waiting for the Bridegroom.
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    The third thing here is you know
    when He says in verses 11 and 12,
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    when those virgins,
    the five foolish are shut out?
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    Listen to what's said:
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    Afterward the other
    virgins came also, saying
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    ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’
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    But He answered,
    ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
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    What does that sound a whole lot like?
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    Sounds like Matthew chapter 7.
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    And you know what you have there?
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    You have wise and foolish as well.
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    You have the wise who built their
    house on a rock, and who are they?
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    They hear the word of God and do it.
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    Over against the fools.
    What do they do?
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    They hear the Word and they don't do it.
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    Again, they're not the Muslim
    who doesn't hear the Word.
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    These are people who sit
    there under the preaching.
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    They have a Bible.
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    They hear what Christ says,
    and they don't do it.
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    These are the people, who say:
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    "Lord, Lord, we did many mighty works."
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    And He said: "I never knew you."
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    You see, it's the same terminology.
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    I believe that's what we have.
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    You know what?
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    This parable has to do with us.
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    This isn't us and them.
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    This is us.
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    This is you and me.
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    There is an us and them
    right here within these walls.
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    There are the wise and
    the foolish right here.
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    That's the picture.
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    We have the wise and the foolish.
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    And we wait.
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    That's the picture.
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    Waiting.
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    Notice verse 5:
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    The bridegroom was delayed.
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    That's what we're at.
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    The Bridegroom is not here.
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    We wait.
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    We are these virgins.
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    We are waiting.
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    Waiting.
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    What are we waiting for?
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    We are waiting for Him to come.
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    It hasn't happened as soon
    as we might have expected.
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    Notice, down in the
    next parable, in verse 19:
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    Now after a long time
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    the master of those servants came...
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    There are places in our Bibles
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    where we get the idea
    He's coming quickly, right?
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    He says it. "I'm coming quickly."
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    We don't want to say
    there is a contradiction.
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    Here it says after a
    long time,
    and delayed.
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    O, a day with the Lord...
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    Brethren, the time frame of our Lord
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    is not always according to our time frame.
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    And what is quick and what is slow?
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    But we do get this idea.
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    After a long time.
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    2000 years is a long time.
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    But that may not be as long
    as what a long time is.
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    It could be 10,000 years.
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    I don't know. You don't know.
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    It seems like in every generation,
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    there's been those who
    expected Him to come
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    and those who expected
    Him not to come.
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    It's the same now.
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    But we're waiting.
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    We're waiting.
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    There is a delay.
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    Now, notice this:
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    They sleep.
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    You see that in verse 5?
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    They all became drowsy and slept.
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    Look, I don't think we necessarily need
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    to read anything negative into that.
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    It doesn't sound good.
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    When you hear these exhortations
    to stay awake, stay awake,
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    watch, watch!
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    And then you see them fall asleep.
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    Here is the reason that I don't think
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    you want to read too much
    into their falling asleep
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    is because even the
    wise virgins fell asleep
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    and it didn't make them
    any less ready to enter in
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    when the bridegroom came.
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    You see that?
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    They both did it.
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    I don't think the sleeping here
    is the point of this parable.
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    Because they both do it.
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    It seems to be more like life is going on.
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    Remember how it was before?
    As in the days of Noah?
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    You have marriage, and giving in marriage.
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    In the days of Lot, they
    are buying and selling.
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    I think it's the same kind of thing.
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    You're getting this picture
    of the wise and the foolish,
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    and they're doing the same thing.
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    They go to sleep.
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    I don't know that you want to read
    anything specifically negative into it.
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    If there is anything foolish
    about falling asleep here
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    it's going to sleep when you're
    not ready for Christ to come.
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    That's the thing
    that's foolish about this.
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    The difference between the wise
    and the foolish is not the sleep.
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    They both do that.
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    You see what the difference is.
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    The difference between the wise
    and the foolish is the oil.
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    One has reserves of oil
    and the other does not.
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    Let's think about this oil for a second.
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    The oil.
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    What's represented by this oil?
  • 30:51 - 30:53
    We see it here, right? In 4:
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    The wise took flasks of
    oil with their lamps.
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    Oil.
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    In verse 8:
    The foolish said to the wise,
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    ‘Give us some of your oil,
    for our lamps are going out.’
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    The oil.
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    What is it?
  • 31:19 - 31:21
    I tell you this:
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    Those who go in to the
    wedding feast have it.
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    And those who are shut out don't.
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    This is what makes the difference.
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    Beloved,
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    you do not want to get shut out.
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    You must have oil.
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    So, what is it?
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    The oil is what makes the lamp burn.
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    That you can see.
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    That's obvious.
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    Oil is essential if the
    lamp is going to do
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    what the lamp ought to do.
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    Seems like the foolish
    virgins and the wise virgins
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    initially had lamps that were burning.
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    I mean, notice how the foolish virgins say
    what they say in verse 8:
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    ‘Give us some of your oil,
    for our lamps are going out.’
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    Sometimes when people
    want to interpret this,
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    they almost paint the picture
  • 32:40 - 32:45
    that the lamps of the
    foolish were never lit.
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    That's not the feeling that you get.
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    You know, the feeling that you get here,
  • 32:49 - 32:52
    is that all of their
    lamps were lit in verse 1,
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    when they went out.
  • 32:53 - 32:57
    You see they were expecting -
    and you can imagine this.
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    I mean, if you just think about this.
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    You think about a wedding like this.
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    If the groom and his groomsmen
    are going to come over
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    and they're going to get these ladies
  • 33:08 - 33:10
    and they're going to
    parade through the street
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    and they're going to go back and actually
    they have a ceremony and have a feast,
  • 33:13 - 33:17
    you'd probably like to do
    it early in the evening.
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    You don't want to come at midnight.
  • 33:19 - 33:22
    Because if you come at midnight
    by the time you get them
  • 33:22 - 33:25
    and then you go where you have to go
    and now and then it might be 12.30,
  • 33:25 - 33:28
    one o'clock, and you get
    there, and now what?
  • 33:28 - 33:30
    You gonna have a wedding and then,
  • 33:30 - 33:34
    after that, when your feast is going on
  • 33:34 - 33:36
    at three, four, five
    o'clock in the morning.
  • 33:36 - 33:39
    That's probably not
    the ideal time to come.
  • 33:39 - 33:42
    It's probably expected when
    you have weddings like this,
  • 33:42 - 33:43
    they're typically in early evening.
  • 33:43 - 33:45
    The bridegroom comes
  • 33:45 - 33:47
    and that would be a fairly obvious time.
  • 33:47 - 33:52
    The kind of picture you get here
    is they went out to meet him.
  • 33:52 - 33:54
    They're prepared then.
  • 33:54 - 33:57
    Right at the beginning it
    seems like they are ready.
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    They have their lamps, it seems like
    all their lamps are burning.
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    But you know what happens?
  • 34:01 - 34:03
    He doesn't come when they expect.
  • 34:03 - 34:06
    And so, by the time He does come,
    at midnight, what do you get?
  • 34:06 - 34:08
    In verse 8?
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    ‘Our lamps are going out.’
  • 34:10 - 34:13
    Not that they were never lit.
  • 34:13 - 34:16
    ‘Our lamps are going out.’
  • 34:16 - 34:18
    What's the difference between them?
  • 34:18 - 34:20
    The reservoir.
  • 34:20 - 34:23
    The wise ones have flasks.
  • 34:23 - 34:25
    It means they have a reserve.
  • 34:25 - 34:29
    They have something to
    keep filling their lamp with.
  • 34:29 - 34:36
    That's the picture that we get here.
  • 34:36 - 34:41
    There is something very implicit
    to this whole parable.
  • 34:41 - 34:44
    And it's this:
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    If you are a virgin,
  • 34:47 - 34:52
    it is expected that you will
    have a lamp that stays lit.
  • 34:52 - 34:53
    That's obvious.
  • 34:53 - 34:57
    Because when those virgins find
    that their lamps are starting to go out,
  • 34:57 - 35:00
    rather than just saying:
    O, well, there will be enough light,
  • 35:00 - 35:02
    your five have yours, so ours don't work,
  • 35:02 - 35:04
    we'll just leave them here
    and we'll go on anyway.
  • 35:04 - 35:06
    You can tell, this was essential.
  • 35:06 - 35:10
    They recognized it was essential.
  • 35:10 - 35:14
    So, what did they do?
  • 35:14 - 35:20
    They start crying out:
    Give us some of yours!
  • 35:20 - 35:25
    Suddenly the cry comes.
  • 35:25 - 35:29
    Bridegroom!
  • 35:29 - 35:32
    Uh oh...
  • 35:32 - 35:37
    We are not ready.
  • 35:37 - 35:39
    That's the idea.
  • 35:39 - 35:41
    Bridegroom's tarried, now He's here,
  • 35:41 - 35:44
    foolish virgins realized
    they are not ready.
  • 35:44 - 35:47
    Their oil is running dry.
  • 35:47 - 35:50
    Their lamps are going out.
  • 35:50 - 35:55
    We're told the oil must be purchased.
  • 35:55 - 35:58
    There is simply no time to go for it now.
  • 35:58 - 35:59
    It's too late.
  • 35:59 - 36:05
    It's too late!
  • 36:05 - 36:07
    Can you imagine?
  • 36:07 - 36:13
    Look, this is dealing with people
    who profess to be Christians.
  • 36:13 - 36:17
    They think it's ok.
  • 36:17 - 36:21
    And suddenly, it's too late.
  • 36:21 - 36:24
    It's too late.
  • 36:24 - 36:27
    There is simply no time to go and buy.
  • 36:27 - 36:29
    The Lord is at hand.
  • 36:29 - 36:32
    What is this?
  • 36:32 - 36:38
    Some have said the oil
    is the presence of God.
  • 36:38 - 36:47
    Some have said the
    oil is the Spirit of God.
  • 36:47 - 36:49
    Some have said it's true wisdom.
  • 36:49 - 36:50
    Some sincerity.
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    Some the Word of God in our
    hearts or its understanding.
  • 36:54 - 36:59
    Matthew Henry says the oil is grace.
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    Here is the thing:
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    If you really take...
  • 37:05 - 37:06
    If you really look at the parable,
  • 37:06 - 37:09
    and it seems like their lamps were lit
  • 37:09 - 37:12
    and now they're going out.
  • 37:12 - 37:15
    I think you run into a lot of problems
  • 37:15 - 37:18
    if you try to dissect this too closely.
  • 37:18 - 37:21
    I think one of the reasons that guys
  • 37:21 - 37:23
    are all over the place on what this is,
  • 37:23 - 37:26
    is because what it is is not essential
  • 37:26 - 37:30
    to getting the drift of this parable.
  • 37:30 - 37:34
    Brethren,
  • 37:34 - 37:38
    I don't think oil is critical
    to the primary message here.
  • 37:38 - 37:43
    The primary message that the Lord
    wants to send you and me here,
  • 37:43 - 37:49
    when He gets to the end, verse 13,
    He says this:
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    Watch therefore, for you know
    neither the day nor the hour.
  • 37:54 - 37:56
    This has been the recurring theme.
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    As much as the second coming has hit us
  • 37:59 - 38:01
    again and again and again and again.
  • 38:01 - 38:04
    If you jump right back
    into the end of Matthew chapter 24,
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    look at what He keeps saying
    about the second coming.
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    Verse 36 of chapter 24:
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    Concerning that day and hour no one knows.
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    Verse 39
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    They were unaware until the flood came
    and swept them all away,
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    so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
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    Verse 42
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    Therefore, stay awake,
    for you do not know...
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    What?
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    When!
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    You don't know on what
    day your Lord is coming.
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    Verse 44
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    Therefore you must be ready, ...
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    Why?
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    ... for the Son of Man is coming
    at an hour you do not expect.
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    You see the idea here is readiness.
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    Why? Because He is coming
    when you don't know.
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    You're not gonna have time
    to prepare when He comes.
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    You have to be ready now.
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    You do not know when
    death is going to take you.
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    You do not know when
    Christ is going to come.
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    You have to be ready now.
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    And it's possible to be
    dressed like the virgin,
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    and have a lamp like a virgin,
  • 39:08 - 39:10
    and be waiting for the
    Bridegroom like the virgin,
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    and to be where they are,
  • 39:12 - 39:15
    and to not be ready when that hour comes.
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    That is the issue.
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    It is being ready.
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    It is being ready!
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    Verse 50
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    The master of that servant
    will come on a day

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    when he does not expect him
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    and at an hour he does not know.
  • 39:31 - 39:35
    The primary issue about this parable
    is not what the oil is.
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    It is, that whatever it is...
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    It is that which is essential
    for you to be ready.
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    And those five foolish virgins
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    were not ready when the hour came.
  • 39:51 - 39:55
    They weren't ready.
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    You say, "but, I go to church."
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    So did they.
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    And they were not ready.
  • 40:03 - 40:06
    They weren't ready.
  • 40:06 - 40:08
    Why? Because they do not possess
  • 40:08 - 40:12
    what must be possessed to be ready
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    when the Lord comes.
  • 40:16 - 40:19
    And here is the thing.
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    You see no evidence
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    that they are concerned about it
  • 40:28 - 40:33
    until it's too late.
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    That is not the right time
    to figure out you're not ready.
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    Our Lord knows multitudes.
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    Multitudes fit this category.
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    This is why He warns us.
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    If you think:
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    Well, it's not gonna happen to me.
  • 41:04 - 41:09
    What do you think it is
    that makes a foolish virgin?
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    It's that kind of attitude right there.
  • 41:12 - 41:16
    Won't be me!
  • 41:16 - 41:19
    Not me!
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    That was why these five
    virgins are so foolish.
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    What did they do?
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    They picked up their lamps, they rush off
  • 41:28 - 41:32
    and they are not ready.
  • 41:32 - 41:38
    And then they slumber and fall asleep
  • 41:38 - 41:42
    and they are not ready.
  • 41:42 - 41:44
    And when the Bridegroom comes
  • 41:44 - 41:46
    and the cry rings forth,
  • 41:46 - 41:48
    suddenly they find they have no oil.
  • 41:48 - 41:51
    And they are not ready.
  • 41:51 - 41:53
    Not ready.
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    Not ready.
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    They never troubled themselves about
    getting the oil and being ready.
  • 42:00 - 42:04
    You know what the trouble
    with the foolish virgins is?
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    There they are.
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    They assume everything is ok.
  • 42:13 - 42:15
    Why?
  • 42:15 - 42:19
    Lord, Lord, ...
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    We did what your people do.
  • 42:21 - 42:24
    We did many mighty works.
  • 42:24 - 42:26
    We were prophesying
    right along with them.
  • 42:26 - 42:29
    We were casting out demons
    right along with them.
  • 42:29 - 42:34
    We heard the Word of God
    right along with them.
  • 42:34 - 42:37
    He says, "I never knew you."
  • 42:37 - 42:40
    Why? They weren't ready.
  • 42:40 - 42:42
    They weren't ready.
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    Just taking everything for granted.
  • 42:44 - 42:47
    Their everlasting soul is at stake
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    and they're not making
    certain they're secure.
  • 42:52 - 42:54
    When somebody would come along
    in the church and say:
  • 42:54 - 42:58
    Brother, sister, test yourself!
    Are you sure? Are you sure?
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    They got aggravated.
  • 43:01 - 43:04
    They got upset.
  • 43:04 - 43:07
    They hated you holier-than-thous.
  • 43:07 - 43:10
    Don't press me with your strictness.
  • 43:10 - 43:12
    I have Christian liberty.
  • 43:12 - 43:14
    Don't tell me about what
    music I do listen to,
  • 43:14 - 43:16
    I have Christian liberty.
  • 43:16 - 43:18
    Don't tell me about what
    I'm doing with my life.
  • 43:18 - 43:21
    Don't tell me that you're
    concerned that you see
  • 43:21 - 43:23
    I love the things of
    the world too much.
  • 43:23 - 43:24
    Don't tell me that.
  • 43:24 - 43:28
    Don't tell me that I seem
    too greedy or too possessed
  • 43:28 - 43:30
    by the things the world
    is all obsessed with.
  • 43:30 - 43:32
    Don't tell me that.
  • 43:32 - 43:35
    You Christians are just too strict.
  • 43:35 - 43:37
    You people of Grace Community Church.
  • 43:37 - 43:39
    You people.
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    There's kind of a separation.
  • 43:40 - 43:42
    I don't like those people.
  • 43:42 - 43:45
    Because when they come around
    they ask me those questions
  • 43:45 - 43:46
    and I don't like those questions.
  • 43:46 - 43:48
    Let me live my life.
  • 43:48 - 43:49
    I'm a Christian too.
  • 43:49 - 43:52
    And they get upset with that.
  • 43:52 - 43:58
    Their eternal soul is at stake.
  • 43:58 - 44:00
    They won't examine themselves.
  • 44:00 - 44:03
    They do not prove their own selves.
  • 44:03 - 44:05
    God's word says examine your own self
  • 44:05 - 44:06
    whether you are in the faith.
  • 44:06 - 44:08
    But they don't want to do it.
  • 44:08 - 44:10
    And they hear messages
    that cut to the heart
  • 44:10 - 44:12
    but they just say: No, it's
    not me. Nope, it's not me.
  • 44:12 - 44:15
    Yeah, that makes me feel
    uncomfortable, but that's not me.
  • 44:15 - 44:16
    Why is it not you?
  • 44:16 - 44:20
    Well because I made a decision and
    I claim to be a believer in Jesus Christ.
  • 44:20 - 44:24
    Yeah, you're right there
    along with the other virgins.
  • 44:24 - 44:26
    Whatever the oil is I'll tell you this:
  • 44:26 - 44:29
    It's what you have to have to enter in.
  • 44:29 - 44:30
    And you know what?
  • 44:30 - 44:33
    This book from one end to the other
  • 44:33 - 44:38
    describes to us what God's
    true people look like.
  • 44:38 - 44:40
    You know what they wouldn't do?
  • 44:40 - 44:44
    They wouldn't come and look
    in the mirror of this book
  • 44:44 - 44:47
    and see if all is well.
  • 44:47 - 44:49
    They didn't want to go there.
  • 44:49 - 44:53
    Why? Because men
    love to believe a lie.
  • 44:53 - 44:56
    What's one of the chief lies
    they love to believe?
  • 44:56 - 44:59
    They have a form of godliness
    but they deny the power thereof.
  • 44:59 - 45:01
    You see, they love to
    have a form of godliness
  • 45:01 - 45:04
    that convinces them deceptively so
  • 45:04 - 45:06
    that they're going to heaven,
  • 45:06 - 45:07
    but they have no power of it,
  • 45:07 - 45:10
    which means that they
    live in the powerlessness
  • 45:10 - 45:12
    of the rest of the world.
  • 45:12 - 45:14
    They're controlled by their lust.
  • 45:14 - 45:16
    They are slaves to sin,
    they just go along.
  • 45:16 - 45:18
    But they have religion.
  • 45:18 - 45:20
    You see, they have
    a religious appearance,
  • 45:20 - 45:22
    these five foolish virgins.
  • 45:22 - 45:25
    O, well, I go to church,
    I do this, I do that...
  • 45:25 - 45:28
    Now, I'm not out there
    with the carousing hordes.
  • 45:28 - 45:30
    I'm not a Muslim. I'm not a Hindu.
  • 45:30 - 45:32
    I don't do those things.
  • 45:32 - 45:34
    You see, that's what they
    were saying in Matthew 7.
  • 45:34 - 45:37
    Lord, Lord, we did this, we did that.
  • 45:37 - 45:41
    And that's typically how
    the five foolish virgins
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    just go on being so foolish.
  • 45:43 - 45:46
    That's just a checklist of some things
    what they do or don't do.
  • 45:46 - 45:49
    But the reality's in the heart.
  • 45:49 - 45:54
    When you go look at Scripture,
    you see fellowship.
  • 45:54 - 45:58
    You see Christ manifesting
    Himself to His people.
  • 45:58 - 46:01
    You see that there is a
    sweetness in the relationship.
  • 46:01 - 46:06
    You see people who are made
    into praying men and women.
  • 46:06 - 46:11
    Men and women who become
    controlled by the Spirit of God.
  • 46:11 - 46:14
    And they begin to love in ways
    they never loved before.
  • 46:14 - 46:16
    From the heart.
  • 46:16 - 46:18
    They become these true Jews.
  • 46:18 - 46:19
    Something changes.
  • 46:19 - 46:22
    The life of God is in their soul.
  • 46:22 - 46:24
    Suddenly they're not like
    those gentiles anymore.
  • 46:24 - 46:27
    They're new men, they're new creations.
  • 46:27 - 46:28
    Old things pass away.
  • 46:28 - 46:32
    Suddenly their eyes behold
    the beauty in Christ, and they know it.
  • 46:32 - 46:35
    They can hear His voice in ways
    they couldn't before.
  • 46:35 - 46:36
    And they know it.
  • 46:36 - 46:37
    And you know what?
  • 46:37 - 46:41
    The five foolish virgins get
    around people that talk that way,
  • 46:41 - 46:44
    and they don't want to hear.
  • 46:44 - 46:46
    Holier-than-thou, that's what they are.
  • 46:46 - 46:49
    They're self-righteous.
  • 46:49 - 46:51
    I don't like people like that.
  • 46:51 - 46:56
    Why are they always talking
    to me about my sin?
  • 46:56 - 47:05
    It seems like they look at
    me just a certain way.
  • 47:05 - 47:08
    God gives us a love for the
    brethren and I'll tell you this:
  • 47:08 - 47:12
    When you fall in love with Christ and
    you haven't been in love with Christ,
  • 47:12 - 47:15
    and then, suddenly, you get around
    other people that are in love with Him,
  • 47:15 - 47:18
    you tend to be able to pick up on that.
  • 47:18 - 47:22
    When you get around
    people that are worldly...
  • 47:22 - 47:27
    Yeah, they're virgins,
    they're sitting there in the church.
  • 47:27 - 47:32
    But you know you just...
  • 47:32 - 47:37
    You can sense there's no oil.
  • 47:37 - 47:40
    But they're heedless, they're thoughtless,
    they don't examine themselves...
  • 47:40 - 47:43
    Someone might say to them:
    Are you sure you're ready?
  • 47:43 - 47:45
    You're sure you have oil?
    Examine yourself!
  • 47:45 - 47:47
    Be sure!
    Everything is at stake!
  • 47:47 - 47:48
    What happens?
  • 47:48 - 47:51
    Foolish virgins, they resent it.
  • 47:51 - 47:53
    They resent that.
  • 47:53 - 47:55
    They are uncomfortable.
  • 47:55 - 47:58
    I don't like to go where those people are.
  • 47:58 - 48:02
    They make me uncomfortable.
  • 48:02 - 48:04
    I'm afraid...
  • 48:04 - 48:07
    I mean, if you are in a place
    where you are afraid
  • 48:07 - 48:10
    to be around the godliest people
  • 48:10 - 48:12
    that ought to tell you something.
  • 48:12 - 48:15
    And listen...
  • 48:15 - 48:20
    Jesus, at the end of this, says:
    Watch!
  • 48:20 - 48:24
    Because you don't know when He's coming,
  • 48:24 - 48:26
    watch therefore!
  • 48:26 - 48:28
    This isn't a picture.
  • 48:28 - 48:30
    You don't get the feeling
    from this parable
  • 48:30 - 48:33
    that this is a picture of a man,
  • 48:33 - 48:35
    who goes up on his rooftop,
  • 48:35 - 48:39
    and day and night stands
    looking at the horizon
  • 48:39 - 48:43
    for when the sky is gonna break open.
  • 48:43 - 48:48
    You know what you're to watch?
  • 48:48 - 48:55
    The whole idea in watching
  • 48:55 - 49:00
    is that you need to be ready.
  • 49:00 - 49:06
    You need to watch your walk,
  • 49:06 - 49:10
    watch your relationship,
  • 49:10 - 49:13
    watch the Scriptures.
  • 49:13 - 49:15
    Where are you at?
  • 49:15 - 49:19
    Watch that you be not deceived.
  • 49:19 - 49:21
    Watch!
  • 49:21 - 49:26
    If you show up at that wedding feast
  • 49:26 - 49:28
    and the door is shut,
  • 49:28 - 49:31
    do you recognize it is all over?
  • 49:31 - 49:35
    It is eternal loss.
    You have lost everything.
  • 49:35 - 49:39
    My brothers and sisters,
  • 49:39 - 49:44
    this eschatology that's out there
    that wants to teach you
  • 49:44 - 49:48
    that there is going to be a rapture first,
    and then you can get things right,
  • 49:48 - 49:50
    then there is going to be
    a seven year tribulation,
  • 49:50 - 49:52
    and you can get things right,
  • 49:52 - 49:56
    and then Jesus Christ is going to return
    and set up His 1000 year kingdom,
  • 49:56 - 49:59
    and then you can get things right...
    That is a lie.
  • 49:59 - 50:03
    This tells you in no uncertain terms:
  • 50:03 - 50:07
    When Jesus Christ comes it's over.
  • 50:07 - 50:10
    That door is shut and if you
    are on the wrong side of it
  • 50:10 - 50:15
    there is no seven year
    tribulation to get it right.
  • 50:15 - 50:17
    You're undone.
  • 50:17 - 50:22
    You are undone forever.
  • 50:22 - 50:29
    Brethren, regeneration is real.
  • 50:29 - 50:34
    It is real.
  • 50:34 - 50:40
    Listen, they had to buy the oil,
  • 50:40 - 50:51
    and Jesus says: you buy
    from Me without price.
  • 50:51 - 50:59
    There is a time in
    every true virgin's life
  • 50:59 - 51:04
    where bankrupt they come to Christ.
  • 51:04 - 51:07
    They must do business with Him,
  • 51:07 - 51:12
    but they have nothing in their hand.
  • 51:12 - 51:15
    Lord, I don't have anything but my sin.
  • 51:15 - 51:26
    Lord, I've botched this thing
    from the beginning.
  • 51:26 - 51:28
    I can't do this.
  • 51:28 - 51:32
    I don't have the power.
  • 51:32 - 51:37
    Lord, my sin is going to sink me
  • 51:37 - 51:39
    into the depths of hell.
  • 51:39 - 51:42
    I can't do a thing about it.
  • 51:42 - 51:44
    If I run to Sinai, it condemns me.
  • 51:44 - 51:48
    If I try I find my best
    works are just filth.
  • 51:48 - 51:52
    I can't do it.
  • 51:52 - 51:54
    Lord, help me!
  • 51:54 - 51:57
    Lord, save me!
  • 51:57 - 52:00
    And you know what Scripture says?
  • 52:00 - 52:06
    That justifying faith
    is always accompanied
  • 52:06 - 52:14
    by a change of life, new creation.
  • 52:14 - 52:21
    The old things pass away.
  • 52:21 - 52:25
    Brethren, those are the indicators
  • 52:25 - 52:29
    that we possess that oil.
  • 52:29 - 52:31
    All those things that the men
  • 52:31 - 52:33
    historically have thought it means,
  • 52:33 - 52:36
    all those things are real
  • 52:36 - 52:37
    if you're a true virgin.
  • 52:37 - 52:39
    You have the Spirit,
  • 52:39 - 52:41
    you have the presence of God,
  • 52:41 - 52:43
    you have an anointing,
  • 52:43 - 52:45
    you have an understanding,
  • 52:45 - 52:48
    you have a wisdom,
  • 52:48 - 52:51
    your eyes are made open,
  • 52:51 - 52:54
    you have grace.
  • 52:54 - 52:56
    All of those things are true.
  • 52:56 - 53:02
    Brethren, this book
    describes true Christianity.
  • 53:02 - 53:06
    If you look and there are questions,
  • 53:06 - 53:10
    look, there is one place to go:
  • 53:10 - 53:15
    Always and only: To Christ.
  • 53:15 - 53:17
    If there's questions,
  • 53:17 - 53:19
    if there's doubts,
  • 53:19 - 53:21
    if you need help,
  • 53:21 - 53:23
    if you are uncertain:
  • 53:23 - 53:25
    It's to Christ.
  • 53:25 - 53:29
    You flee to Christ.
  • 53:29 - 53:33
    I was just hearing yesterday Spurgeon.
  • 53:33 - 53:36
    You might think: Oh, I wish I could have
  • 53:36 - 53:39
    the kind of assurance such a one as him.
  • 53:39 - 53:41
    In the middle of his ministry
  • 53:41 - 53:44
    being used tremendously
    he got so discouraged
  • 53:44 - 53:46
    and began to doubt where he was,
  • 53:46 - 53:47
    even if he was saved,
  • 53:47 - 53:49
    if he was called to the ministry.
  • 53:49 - 53:50
    He couldn't go on.
  • 53:50 - 53:52
    He couldn't preach.
  • 53:52 - 53:53
    He just left.
  • 53:53 - 53:56
    Somebody else had to fill the pulpit.
  • 53:56 - 53:59
    He left to go out to the
    country and to the fresh air.
  • 53:59 - 54:03
    He went to Essex to where he was from.
  • 54:03 - 54:07
    He's quietly crept in,
    little baptist church,
  • 54:07 - 54:09
    sat in the back row.
  • 54:09 - 54:12
    Nobody knew he was there.
  • 54:12 - 54:14
    You know what he heard?
  • 54:14 - 54:17
    He heard this little country preacher
  • 54:17 - 54:24
    preach one of his sermons.
  • 54:24 - 54:30
    As he heard his own sermon being preached,
  • 54:30 - 54:33
    it was just... It was Christ.
  • 54:33 - 54:36
    It was Christ.
  • 54:36 - 54:38
    His hope was there.
  • 54:38 - 54:42
    He came up to that preacher afterwards.
  • 54:42 - 54:44
    The man saw him, you know,
  • 54:44 - 54:47
    he was embarrassed.
  • 54:47 - 54:49
    Just hung his head.
  • 54:49 - 54:53
    Just plagiarized his sermon.
  • 54:53 - 54:55
    Spurgeon didn't care.
  • 54:55 - 54:57
    He just rejoiced.
  • 54:57 - 55:00
    He rejoiced.
  • 55:00 - 55:02
    He said as he sat there just hearing -
  • 55:02 - 55:04
    I don't know if he even recognized
  • 55:04 - 55:08
    it was his own sermon
    till the guy said it,
  • 55:08 - 55:14
    but, I'd hardly know one of
    mine from the past.
  • 55:14 - 55:16
    But it was Christ.
  • 55:16 - 55:18
    It was all Christ.
  • 55:18 - 55:22
    He saw it: My only hope is there.
  • 55:22 - 55:27
    He saw it in the simple man's words,
    in his own message.
  • 55:27 - 55:32
    Brethren, that's it!
  • 55:32 - 55:35
    I'll tell you, whatever the oil is:
  • 55:35 - 55:37
    If you're clinging to Christ
  • 55:37 - 55:40
    and your hope is there, you have it.
  • 55:40 - 55:48
    Your only hope there.
  • 55:48 - 55:51
    There is finality coming.
  • 55:51 - 55:56
    The door is going to be shut,
  • 55:56 - 56:02
    and if you're on the wrong side,
  • 56:02 - 56:07
    that's not the time to get
    concerned you have no oil.
  • 56:07 - 56:09
    It's too late.
  • 56:09 - 56:11
    It's too late.
  • 56:11 - 56:17
    Today Jesus Christ says: It's free.
  • 56:17 - 56:19
    Come, get it.
  • 56:19 - 56:26
    Come to Me and you can have it.
  • 56:26 - 56:34
    I think regularly about sinners in hell.
  • 56:34 - 56:42
    They just walked everyday past that door,
  • 56:42 - 56:47
    and it was wide open.
  • 56:47 - 56:52
    It is open.
  • 56:52 - 56:56
    Can you imagine men's and
    women's souls are at stake
  • 56:56 - 57:00
    and they count that
    door so light a matter?
  • 57:00 - 57:05
    But when it shuts...
  • 57:05 - 57:10
    So what if they give all
    their attention to it then?
  • 57:10 - 57:12
    It's too late.
  • 57:12 - 57:18
    It's too late.
  • 57:18 - 57:22
    Father, I pray:
  • 57:22 - 57:33
    Awake, awaken the fools!
  • 57:33 - 57:37
    Awaken them, Lord!
  • 57:37 - 57:43
    Even so, come Lord Jesus!
  • 57:43 - 57:45
    Amen.
Title:
The Finality of the Lord's Coming (Part 6) - Tim Conway
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Video Language:
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Duration:
57:46

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