Mt. 25:1-4, “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the Bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them (no oil in their vessels) 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.”
When the Scripture speaks here about the Kingdom of heaven, it is clear, that it concerns the Kingdom of God here on earth, the Church. This prophesy of the Lord Jesus, points to the Pentecostal revival, which began in the beginning of the 20th century. In those days the maranatha-message was heard everywhere: “Jesus is coming soon!” The Bridegroom, would soon come invisibly through the Holy Spirit. Therefore everywhere this message was brought to be prepared for this happening. On the basis of this proclaimed message we are able to ascertain, that it concerns the Church of the end-time. Ten is the number of fullness. These ten virgins stand therefore for the whole community of the true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in the end-time. Five – half of them – the Lord Jesus called wise and five of them foolish. The wise He named so, because they took oil in their vessels. Lamps picture their witness-power. Oil pictures the Holy Spirit, and vessels points to their bodies, in which the Holy Spirit will inhabit.
1 Cor. 6:19, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
By mistake is often taught, that this “oil in their vessels”, the habitation of the Spirit in their bodies, is having reserve-oil, spiritual reserve witness-power. In fact, this needed baptism in the Holy Spirit, in the first place points to our needed sanctification by the indwelling Spirit, to our personal sanctification. The wise virgins search, besides the needed witness power in God’s Spirit also their sanctification, their redemption of their old, sinful man on the basis of the, by Jesus fulfilled, redemptive work on Golgotha. The foolish virgins however are not so concerned about their sanctification; they specially search for witness power in the Holy Spirit. For the sinful, old man they only look for the grace of God, God’s forgiving grace for their committed sins. Just as the wise they therefore are named “virgins”, because they also wash themselves in and by the Blood of God’s Lamb. Scripture teaches, that the baptism in Jesus Christ, the water baptism as well as the baptism in the Spirit, in the first place is a baptism in His death, what points to the death of the old man in us.
Rom. 6:3, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”
Some other spiritual workers only search spiritual power in the Holy Spirit, not being concerned about their sinful conscience. They think wrongly, that their sins, which they still keep committing, automatically are forgiven by God, because of the sacrifice of Jesus on Golgotha, which He has accomplished about 2000 years ago. For them, the Lord has a special answer, which we can find in
Mt. 7:22-23, “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.“
The satanic attack after this Pentecostal revival
1. Just after this message has been proclaimed in God’s power, satan will bring the whole Church in a common, spiritual sleep.
Mt. 25:5, “While the Bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.”
All Christians became sleepy and fell asleep! The whole true Church of the end-time spiritually is fallen asleep! Christians, generally spoken, are not aware of the spiritual dangers, which surround them and mortally affect them! This is a spiritual condition, in which we still are nowadays! This is the reason, why the “Pentecostal fire”, generally spoken, has ebbed away!
2. Weeds, satanic teachings and views, enter secretly, and unperceived into the thoughts of Gods children.
Mt. 13:25, “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.”
When God’s children sleep spiritually, all sorts of false doctrines and wrong views are able to secretly enter into their mind, and these are accepted as sweet cakes. God’s Word, the Word of truth, is then defiled by this satanic contribution. So, for instance, homosexuality by many Christians is accepted as a pure alternative form of sexuality next to true and pure sex life between a married husband and wife. Moreover: In the Netherlands this form of sex is, settled by law, legalised! The Word of God rejects this form of sex-life explicitly!
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By E. van den Worm