The Ten Virgins and Falling Asleep

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In Matthew 25, we see the parable of the 10 virgins. In verse 5, it tell us that ALL of them fell asleep while the bridegroom delayed.

Judas and the Anti-Christ are the only ones in the bible who are called the son of perdition, so this means we should be able to pick up some hints on the Anti-Christ by studying Judas. Now at the Last Supper, Jesus clearly revealed to the disciples who the son of perdition was. I recently read in a book by Jacob Prasch that just as He revealed it to the disciples, so will He show us who the son of perdition is.

But here’s something interesting. AFTER the Last Supper, they went out and Jesus was praying. This is after revealing to them who the son of perdition was, and what do they do? They all fall asleep. Jacob said to watch for this to happen. Once the Lord reveals to us who the son of perdition is, we must be careful not to fall asleep.

Could it be that we have the mindset of “We’ve seen too many Anti-Christs throughout time, what makes this one any different?”

I thought that was a very interesting insight and admonishment. And when you add in the 4 times that Jesus told us in Matthew 24 to take heed that we are not deceived, it makes sense. It will be so easy to fall for deception that we must constantly guard ourselves and keep our armor on so that we don’t fall for it.

Here are some thoughts my friend Kathy had on this subject:

I got to pondering… what was the reason they fell asleep?  So I read all 4 gospels on this.
John said nothing about this.
Luke 22:45 said He found them sleeping FOR SORROW. Which I thought was interesting in itself.  Why were they sorrowful? I only have KJV. What do other translations say?
Matthew 26:40-46 & Mark 14:37-42  said the same exact thing. Jesus came 3 times and found them asleep.
 1st time, He told them to watch & pray so not to fall into temptation.
 2nd time, sleep again because their eyes were heavy and they didn’t know what to say.
 3rd time, He tells them to sleep on, take your rest: that’s enough the hour has come. Rise up, lets go.. Then Judas shows up.
We might fall into one or all three sleep patterns too.  Like the 10 virgins all were there.
1st time its said the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  Is falling into temptation letting our flesh take control?  It is the easier road.

The 2nd time — just so tired of all the false flags we can’t see to answer Him, when the real thing stares us in the face.

And 3rd like the virgins, half stayed asleep (empty lamps, flesh) and half heard the call and rose up (full lamps, spirit ready) and left with the bridegroom.

 

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Timing of the Rapture

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I’m reading a book called Revelation Deciphered.  The author has a very common-sense approach to this controversial topic.  He makes it easy to understand and very logical as well.

The disciples asked Jesus what would be the signs of his coming.  He gave 6 things in Mt. 24 that will happen BEFORE He comes to get us (rapture):
1. deception v4-5
2. war/chaos v6-7
3. famine/economic collapse v7
4. abomination/death v9, 15-21
5. martyrdom/apostasy v9-12
6. celestial signs v29

He points out that what Jesus did NOT mention as signs of His coming and how that is important in helping us to understand the timing of events.  So Jesus answered EXACTLY what would happen BEFORE His coming.  What He did NOT mention was the trumpet and bowl judgments.  Why?  Because they happen AFTER He comes to get us.

Now before you say, “But in Matthew 24:30-31, it is referring to His second physical return to earth!”  Many people believe this because we have been taught this for years.  However, let’s compare those verses with His 2nd physical return in Rev. 19.

Mt. 24:30                                     Rev. 19:11-16, 19
1. Comes on the clouds            1. Rides a white horse
2. Blows a trumpet                    2. Has a sword coming from his                                                        mouth.
3. Comes with angels                3. Is followed by his saints on white
horses.
4. Comes to gather his elect.    4. Comes to destroy the AC.

As you can see from the above, these are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS!  Scripture compared against scripture — it is VERY CLEAR that these are two different events.

For those of you who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, I understand how this is a hard teaching.  None of us want to believe that we are going to go through the tribulation (which ends at the end of Revelation 6, when the wrath of God begins).  I didn’t want to believe it either.  However, my motto has become, “I would rather be prepared for the tribulation and surprised by the rapture, than to be prepared for the rapture and surprised by the tribulation.”

For those of you who already believe in a pre-wrath rapture, this book makes the whole topic easy to understand, and gives us a better way to show/explain it to others.  For those who are just now hearing about this topic, I encourage you to read through other things I’ve posted in the End Times section.

Judgment on the House of God

Here are two prophetic words given to two different people on how judgment is going to hit the house of God this year:

This Year is the Judgment Upon My House

and

Soon I Will Begin to Bring Down Pastors, First One Then Another