Jesus spends a lot of time explaining the end of time and God’s return to His disciples. I’m so thankful it’s included in the gospels. I have studied more of the end times prophesy in Daniel, Zechariah and Revelations until this year. I found it so interesting to sit and savor these words Jesus spoke about His glorious return. The story of the ten virgins is a parable that doesn’t get mentioned in messages/sermons much. I had never read it so closely and considered its implications.
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were sensible. 3 When the foolish took their lamps, they didn’t take olive oil with them. 4 But the sensible ones took oil in their flasks with their lamps. 5 Since the groom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “In the middle of the night there was a shout: ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him.’
7 “Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 8 But the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’
9 “The sensible ones answered, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Go instead to those who sell, and buy oil for yourselves.’
10 “When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut.
11 “Later the rest of the virgins also came and said, ‘Master, master, open up for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘I assure you: I do not know you!’
13 “Therefore be alert, because you don’t know either the day or the hour. Matthew 25:1-13
I do not want to be caught off guard when the Savior returns. Matthew reminds us in chapter 24 that God’s return will be like the days of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah when everyone was going about their daily business of working, getting married, eating and drinking. All of a sudden, the flood hits and the city fell. Except for a few, no one was ready because they had not read the scriptures and noticed the warning signs that were given by prophets and angels.
Although God is the only one who knows the exact day and time He will return (Matthew 24:36) we have the scriptures and words that Jesus and other prophets have left us to open our eyes to the signs of His return. We must read, know and consider what it means to be ready at all times for His return. As Luke says,
“Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly 35 like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36