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The Parable of the Ten Virgins - A picture of the Second coming
70% never gives to Missions.
80% never go to Prayer Meeting.
95% never win anyone to Jesus.
Truly there is a difference within the church between the
true and the false believer.
III. THE SLEEP - Vs. 5
They all gave up the hope of his coming and went to sleep.
The thing to notice is that ALL went to sleep. The wise and
the foolish bridesmaids alike went to sleep. The church in
the last days is pictured here. The church as a whole has
gone to sleep and has forgotten the promise of the Lordís
return. "The Lord delayeth his coming" (Matt.24:48) is the
attitude of the age.
The second Coming of Christ was the hope of the church during
the first 400 years of the church age but it has been
forgotten. Titus 2:13 says that the Coming of Christ is the
"blessed hope" of the church. We need to return to that
IV. THE SHOUT - Vs. 6
Notice the time of the shout. It was at midnight.
The Bible does not tell us when the return of the Lord will
come. See Matt.24:36
When Jesus was on earth he had voluntarily given up that
knowledge to be born as a man. See Mark 13:32
I can tell you one thing about when it will be. It will be in
an hour when you think not. See Matt. 24:44
It will be sudden and unexpected. It will be as sudden as
death is sudden and as unexpected as a thief. See Matt.24:42-
43. See also Rev. 16:15 and I Thess. 5:2
It will be at midnight. Midnight symbolizes the darkest hour.
V. THE SHAKE-UP - Vs. 7 - 9
The counterfeits passed for awhile but in the hour of need
they lacked what they needed most. They did not have the oil
of the Spirit. They did not have the Spirit. They were not
saved. When the Lord returns, the most important thing that
you can possess is the Person of Jesus Christ in your heart
VI. THE SHAME - Vs. 10 - 12
The door was shut. The foolish were found to be caught on the
outside. It was the same as in Noahís day. The door was open
for 120 years but when it closed it closed forever to those
on the outside. Noah was on the inside because he was on the
They that were ready went into the marriage feast. The
unprepared were left out. The saved will be taken out of this
troubled world to heaven. The lost will be left to face the
wrath of the tribulation and eternal punishment.
The foolish virgins tried to get into the wedding - vs.11
Notice the Lordís answer - vs.12 The Shame! See Matt.7:21-23
VII. THE SOLUTION - WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO BE PREPARED FOR THE
RETURN OF CHRIST.
1st - We should WATCH - Matt.24:42 - Donít be negligent.
2nd - We should BE READY - Matt.24:44 - Accept Christ! NOW!
3rd - We should GIVE THEM MEAT - Matt.24;45 - Witness for
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