(4 Jan 2011)
In regarding the Virgins, you remember I pointed out in the Greek,
the Lord had no knowledge of who the 5 foolish were, no relational
knowledge and yet the passages pointed out prior to that is that the
Believer cannot lose their salvation. The true Christian is
what....SEALED UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION.
What you are saying is that this passage would teach that the born
from above Christian could lose their salvation or not really have a
real birth from above salvation. That is in contradiction to much of
Scripture. However, the whole of the dialogue in its entirety is
Jesus is teaching the disciples regarding what would happen to the
Temple and Israel in the course of Israel's history. He starts talking
in Matt 24 and concludes talking the last verse of Matt 25 answering
the disciples' questions. He does not start, stop and restart again.
He gives a full discourse to them in one setting.
The Church was not birthed yet nor the disciples aware of the
Church being borned. They were still thinking national
We just cannot pull out of context to create another pretext. I
gave the Greek so that you can see that when the Lord told those 5
foolish virgins he never knew them,
the Greek word he used is a "never established relationship." It is
clear then to me that this is not refering to a loss of something you
had and now lost. He says he never knew them.
The Book of Matthew is written to the Jewish population and uses
much of the Jewish imagery. What Jesus is speaking to, or addressing
is what would take place during the Tribulation, not the rapture. We
have many other texts of scripture that do teach about the Rapture but
this is not one of those.
Thanks for your interest.