Abigail (17 Feb 2012)
"The Shut Door"

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
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 mean?
"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 first.
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.
Next time I will copy the pargaph on the Foolish Virgins.
Abigail, NZ