SUDDEN DESTRUCTION before the RAPTURE - The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins as sign??
I want to suggest a theory, whereby the parable of the wise and foolish virgins can show that the Sudden Destruction will happen just before the Rapture.
This is just my theory, so don’t see that as an absolute fact.
Again, I don’t want to disagree with Ron Reese! He showed many things to indicate that the Rapture will happen on the same day as the Sudden Destruction. This is just another POSSIBILITY!
First, I need to show where I stand on: The oil, grace and holy living!
The Holy Spirit!
Who has the Holy Spirit?
God will make us His home if we keep His words:
"Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." - John 14: 23,24
Where does GRACE come into the picture?
Mary Magdalene was caught in adultery. The scribes and Pharisees wanted to stone here, but Jesus forgave her (GRACE). Jesus told her (paraphrasing) I don’t condemn you, now go AND SIN NO MORE.
The whole point of GRACE is to help us keep His words; to achieve sanctification; humility, be blameless and holy before Him. Therefore we can walk with Him; have Him make us His home. When we inevitability stumble and fall we can receive pardon; clear our conscience and continue our walk.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thess 5:23
"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." - Gen 5:24
Now, the parable:
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Because they are virgins, we can assume they are all of the Church – those who await being married to their bridegroom, Jesus Christ!
Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
In this parable, all the virgins slept; they did not watch for the Coming of the Lord. However, the five wise virgins were living holy and were filled with the Holy Spirit.
I believe one can still be raptured without watching, as long as you are living holy. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Most people (especially in the end times) needs a rude awakening; needs the fear of God put into them, before they will take "living holy" seriously. As we see the day of His Coming getting closer (watching) we can/must make that commitment! That’s why it is written:
“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. …Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” – 1 Thess 5: 4-6
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
This brings me to the main point of this letter:
What is this cry that was heard? Some say it is the trumpet sound. But why is there a timespan between the “cry” and the actual coming of the Lord? - So much time that the foolish virgins can go and buy more oil?
Take note is says: "Behold, the bridegroom is coming". It does not say, "Behold, the bridegroom is here!".
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
So clearly there is a time span between the cry/warning of the Coming of the Lord, and the actual Coming (maybe days to weeks).
I believe this “cry” can be the Sudden Destruction that wakes up most of the lukewarm church. Many awake Christians are warning sleeping Christians about the Sudden Destruction, the beginning of the Great Tribulation and about the Rapture. The sleeping Christians know about these things, but they didn’t see it as imminent. Therefore they went back to the ways of the world, and the Holy Spirit didn’t dwell with them anymore.
Then, when the sudden destruction happens, they suddenly realize the time is upon them! They remembered the things they were told about the end times and wanted to get ready for the Rapture. However, it can take time to achieve holiness! It takes time to overcome strongholds, addictions and persistent sins, and to live according to the Word.
I’m sure many will be saved during this time window (I hope so), but most will not – as the parable shows. Those who went too far off the narrow road will not achieve holiness in time and will not be raptured.