Gordon Smith (30 May 2011)
"The Virgins"


Dear Doves

 

The Ten virgins are all Christians. My question to Steven Edel is this, how can those that don’t believe in Jesus believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, unless they are Jews. Gentile people who don’t believe or accept Jesus certainly can’t have any interest in Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

 

When a person is born again I believe that they receive a deposit of the Holy Spirit at new birth, but this is not the baptism, although they can be baptized in the Holy Spirit even at new birth as scripture indicates. Irrespective of this we see that they all had oil, but the wise had extra oil because they took oil with them in their lamps but they also had vessels that had oil in them, so we can safely say they had extra oil, whereas the foolish had lamps and probably had oil in their lamps, but took no oil with them, so we can safely assume that they did not have vessels with extra oil. Mat 25:3-4  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:  (4)  But the wise took oil in their vessels (extra oil) with their lamps.

 

So what is the extra oil, perhaps sanctification putting on Christ Jesus and His righteousness and the act of preparedness, getting ready, because we are told in verse 10, that those that were ready (the act of preparedness) went into the marriage. We have to know this that we all have to be ready and also make sure that apart from salvation, we work out our salvation with fear and trembling. You see contrary to popular belief the rapture or catching away of believers is not based on salvation, but is a reward for being obedient and looking for the appearing of Jesus our Messiah and keeping that blessed hope alive in their hearts.

 

I know that there are many Christians that absolutely fit the bill of being foolish virgins right now in this present day who are not looking for the Lord’s return even a well known preacher who is well known for his mighty men’s conferences said to the press that “he would be happy for Jesus to come back today or in a thousand years,” after the failed Harold Camping predictions. Clearly this is the type of person that would make up a foolish virgin. I also know Christians who I used to fellowship with who don’t have their eye’s on Jesus soon coming and of Pastors in the City where I live who believe that Jesus is not coming back in the flesh; even a man that used to frequent the Doves site whom I have known for a number of years who says the rapture is not going to happen, and that we all have to become the manifest son’s of God. These people are clearly foolish virgins. We could go on a bit more. Now in Vs 11 & 12 we are told that the foolish virgins came and asked the Lord to open the door for them and the Lord told them that He knew them not. We are also told in several scriptures where the children of the kingdom and the unprofitable servant were cast into outer darkness. Doves I believe the outer darkness is the tribulation period. We have to concur that the children of the kingdom and the unprofitable servant are Christians, they can be no other class of people. I put this question to all you doves, who is Jesus speaking about in Mat 7:21-23 and Luk 13:24-27. These class of people are clearly not your average Joe who goes to Church. They claim that they have prophesied in His name and cast out devils and done many wonderful works (feeding the poor and taking medical assistance to them and doing amazingly great things with all the money that has come into their organisations and then preaching a social gospel.), even healing in His name I am sure. The Lord says to them depart from me, ye that work iniquity. The Greek word for iniquity used here is anomia From Strong’s G459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: - iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness. Interesting that the word illegality is used, what that says to me is that the Lord never sanctioned what they did, but yet they still thought that they were doing what the Lord Jesus wanted them to do. In Luke 13:24-27 we have to concur that these are the same people as the foolish virgins in Matt. 25 who come knocking at the door that has been shut and begin to say Lord, Lord, open unto us, stating that they had eaten and drunk in His presence.

 

Doves we can easily surmise that these people make up the foolish virgins, are not unbelievers and are not Jewish, because in both scriptures below they claim to have sat under the teachings of our Lord Jesus and also practiced scripture.

 

Mat 7:21-23  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  (22)  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  (23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

Luk 13:24-27  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  (25)  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:  (26)  Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.  (27)  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

 

Now the seven Churches that the Lord Jesus writes to the seven Churches through John who He commands to write down what he see’s. I believe that the seven Churches are past and present. At the time of writing the book of Revelation that these Churches existed, have existed through the Church age and still very much in a spiritual sense exist today. Five of the seven Churches  have a word of condemnation spoken against them for what I believe is spiritual adultery and even physical adultery, because the practice of the Nicolaitanes was Gnostic who practiced and taught impure and immoral doctrines, such as the community of wives (bigamy), that committing adultery and fornication was not sinful. Others practiced the doctrines of Balaam and Jezebel, but the one Church that sticks out the most that none of us can deny represents our present age is the Laodicea Church who definitely represents a lot of the major mega Churches that are currently operating. A lot of these mega Churches, with the exception perhaps of a couple, totally fulfil the scriptures above relating to the foolish virgins and a lot of them claim to practice the gifts of the spirit and being baptized in the Holy Spirit, yet a lot of them also teach a social gospel today without preaching the atoning blood of Jesus and the shedding of blood for the remission of sins. They think because they are rich that they have status by the size of there congregations and the increase of their goods, buildings and equipment that they have. Talking about the size of these congregations, many are lukewarm in their faith and one can reasonably question if most of these individuals have a relationship with the Lord Jesus and actually practice His word.

 

It is also acceptable to think that some Churches today have a few characteristics of the seven Churches represented

in them. The only two Churches of the seven, Smyrna and Philadelphia receive no condemnation, but commendation. It is these two that I believe make up the wise virgins and go through the door to the marriage. Smyrna I believe has represented the persecuted Church through the ages and the Philadelphia Church, not very big in congregation or numbers in the congregation, but have always kept  the Lord’s word, and they have not denied His name. The Lord promises the Church of Smyrna the crown of life for being faithful till the end and then of course the Philadelphian Church has an open door set before them and the promise of keeping them from the hour of temptation (trial) that is about to come on the rest of the world to test them.

 

The whole emphasis on the virgins is to keep watching, so keep your heads up Doves.

 

YBIC

Gordon Smith