Abigail (16 Feb 2012)
"The Midnight Cry - Do we have enough Oil"

 
Excerpt from The Revelation Series, "The Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ", by Gordon Lindsay,
Vol 8, p 244, 245.  Published 1968 by Christ for the Nations.
Copyright - Copied with permission of CFNI
 
THE MIDNIGHT CRY
 
Question:  At midnight, the cry is made that the "Bridegroom cometh".  Who is the one who makes this cry?  Is there any significance that the cry is made at the midnight?
 
Answer:  Those who see the Bride as distinct from the ten virgins, or even the five wise virgins, point out that it must be the Bride who makes the cry.  (It is true that in the Oriental wedding ceremony from whence the parable is taken, the ten virgins are not the bride.)  As the Bridegroom and His attendants draw near, both the foolish and the wise virgins have fallen asleep.  They have not noticed the approach of the Bridegroom.  So it is said that it must be the watchful Bride that makes the cry.  The Bride alone has heeded the warning of the Lord not to be caught sleeping.  She is the Bride!  (Others say however we should not attach such significance to the details of the parable.  Let the reader discern.)
 
Now the Bridegroom's coming is at a late hour - midnight!  The midnight hour is considered the zero hour, the darkest hour, the hour when the sun is deepest below the horizon.  It is the hour people would least expect the Lord to come - although He has warned that He might come then!  (Mark 13:35)
 
We remember that it was at midnight that the Lord took His people up out of the land of Egypt.
". . . About midnight will I go into the midst of Egypt:  And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die . . . And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt . . ."  (Exod 11:4-6)
If the Lord is to come at the midnight hour, prophetically speaking, we may well believe that the world has been plunged into its eleventh hour for a considerable time.  In connection with this, there is a curious circumstance which we would call to attention that took place at the ending of the First World War:
 
(1)    World War I ended on the Eleventh hour
(2)    of the Eleventh day
(3)    of the Eleventh month of the year 1918
(4)    exactly Eleven months after General Allenby liberated Jerusalem
(5)    on the Eleventh day of December, 1917
 
Could this be coincidence? Was not God's clock striking eleven, bringing to the attention of all peoples that the world had entered into the Eleventh Hour of its history, and that the Midnight hour would soon be at hand?
 
Question: At the cry of the coming of the  Bridegroom, there is a great stirring, and the foolish virgins speak to the wise, "Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out."  What does this mean?
 
Answer:  The margin reads "our lamps are going out".  The need of oil was not felt during the waiting period.  It is sad to note that thousands of Christians whose experience as Christians we cannot doubt, have not felt the need of the infilling of the Holy Ghost.  They have been told that salvation is enough.  Or that everything necessary is received at conversion, and therefore, there is no reason to ask God for the Spirit, even though Christ commanded His followers specifically to do this.  (Lu 11:13).
 
However, when the time of rapture comes, that great transition moment, the need of the Holy Spirit will become solemnly urgent.  It was the Spirit of God that raised Christ from the dead.  He quickens the believer while He is in the present body.  At the time of the rapture, the Spirit of God will not only quicken the dead in Christ, but He will quicken our mortal bodies as we are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
"But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by the Spirit that dwelleth in you."  (Romans 8:11).
We do not wish to give the impression that because people profess the experience of the Holy Ghost Baptism that it makes them a certain candidate for the rapture.  The foolish virgins had oil in their lamps at the beginning, but they had none in reserve.  This shows us that we must constantly replenish the oil in our vessels.  We dare not trust to someone else's faith, someone else's experience, or someone else's blessing, or our own past blessing.  The wise virgins had to reject the plea of the foolish to lend them oil, pointing out that they had only enough oil for themselves.
 
Question:  Some say that since the foolish virgins went to "buy" oil, therefore, oil could not refer to the Holy Spirit, since the Holy Spirit cannot be bought.
 
Answer:  Of course, the Holy Spirit cannot be purchased for money.  But let no one say that a Spirit-filled life costs nothing.  It has cost some their lives.  It is getting to be a popular thing these days to belong to a church, and the impression is gaining ground that one may be a Christian at little or no cost.  But Christ sets the cost of true discipleship to include all that a man may have in this world.
"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish."  (Luke 14:26-30)
Christ has taught his followers to count the cost.  While salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit are free, as far as a dollars and cents transaction is concerned, nevertheless, full discipleship means that we count the cost, and be willing to forsake all, if necessary, to win Christ.  (Phil 3:7-8)
 
Gordon Lindsay, CFNI (as stated above)
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Next time I will copy the paragraph entitled "The Shut Door".
 
Abigail, NZ 
I have taken this pen name from the main Abigail in the Old Testament who, to me, has always been representative of the rapture....  (1 Samuel 25)