Excerpt from The
Revelation Series, "The Rapture and the Second Coming of
Christ", by Gordon Lindsay,
Vol 8, p 246, 247.
Published 1968 by Christ for the Nations, Dallas, Texas
Copyright - Copied with
permission of CFNI
162 THE SHUT DOOR
Question: While the foolish
virgins went to buy, we are told that the Bridegroom came,
and those who were ready went into the marriage. It
then says that "the door was shut". What does this
"And while they went to buy, the
bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him
to the marriage and the door was shut." (Matt 25:10)
Answer: We remember in the fourth
chapter of Revelation that "a door was opened in heaven",
and a voice said, "Come up hither". We saw that this
meant rapture. When a door is opened in heaven, those
who are ready may pass through. When the door is
closed, none may enter. This is what happened in the
case of the foolish virgins.
There is no doubt that the rapture will
result in the greatest shaking in the Church that has ever
taken place in its whole history. The day of playing
church will be over, and there will be a tremendous
overhauling of Christian experience. People will
urgently call on God. They will seek the infilling of
the Spirit, and apparently the Holy Spirit will be poured
out even until the beginning of the day of the Lord.
(Acts 2:16-21) But it will be too late to participate
in the First-fruit rapture of the "wise virgins".
(Rev. 14:1-5). There will be heartbroken prayers by
many for God to come and take them out of the world, but it
is too late for the Manchild rapture. The door is
closed. It is closed just as the door of the Ark was
closed by the Lord after Noah and his family had
entered. "The Lord shut him in." (Gen.
7:16) Still the full judgment of God's wrath is not
yet come as it did in the days of the flood. The
Antichrist must rise and fulfill Satan's wrath to the world
Question: What did Christ mean
when He said to the foolish virgins, "I know you
not?" Did He mean they were rejected forever?
Answer: It is important to notice that
the Lord did not say to the foolish virgins what He will say
to the hyprocrites on the day of judgment, "And then will I
profess unto them. I never knew you: depart from me ye
that work iniquity." (Matt. 7:23) Christ did not
call the virgins, workers of iniquity; neither did He say,
"I never knew you." His words were in the present
tense. "I know you not." He indeed knew them as
believers who had accepted Him as Saviour. But at this
critical hour He had come as Bridegroom. He
could not recognize them as members of the Bridal party.
The whole teaching of the parable is that
those who would be among the "first-fruits unto God", those
who would be "virgins without fault before the throne of
God", must make themselves ready. " The bride hath made
herself ready." These are the ones who will make up
the Manchild Company of believers.
Gordon Lindsay, CFNI (as above) 1968.
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