It’s funny which subjects will inflame people’s passions and which ones will go completely under the radar. Apparently, my earlier post about the Bible identifying when Yahshua will return was one such nitroglycerin moment. I guess my friends wanted more “proof”–not that it will matter–but I’m happy to oblige.
My original post primarily cited two sections of scripture as evidence that this important fact will be known in our generation. Those scriptures included almost all of Matthew 24 and the very beginning of Acts 1. For further evidence that this moment will be known, we don’t have to look any further than the book of Matthew in the very next chapter where Yahshua describes the familiar parable of the 10 virgins. Did you know that this parable is more evidence that the day of Yahshua’s return will be known? In this parable, Yahshua is the bridegroom and we, the people awaiting his return, are the brides. Here’s the story, as he told it in Matthew 25:1-13:
Matt. 25:1–“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them WERE WISE, and five were foolish.”
Already, we have an important point to understand. At the very beginning of Yashshua’s parable, he has told us that half of the virgins were wise. Did he mean that they were just smarter than the other five? Or did he mean that they took action as a result of something that they ALL were told?
Matt. 25:3–“They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.”
This explanation specifically pertains to those in our generation who dismiss the idea that the Bible is real, or that prophecy is real. This description of the attitude of people on earth was foretold in the Old Testament.
Eze. 12:22–“Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?”
This is the indifferent attitude of the five virgins who were not wise. They were told something very important, but they got tired of waiting. As far as they were concerned, life continued on the same as ever and the earlier warning about being prepared was a false alarm. To many in our generation, they would go a step further and say it’s all a fairy tale in which you should have zero faith.
Matt. 25:6–“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him [a.k.a.: Yahshua]. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.”
We lose much of the impact of verse 6 if we only read it in the KJV translation. The Greek transliteration does a superior job of telling what really happened at this moment. In the previous verse, we’re told that they were all sleeping, but we don’t know whether they had just fallen asleep or whether they were in a deep sleep in the middle of the night. When we read that they all “arose”, we’re left with the impression that they might have been napping in chairs, so they just rubbed their eyes and stood up. The whole scenario sounds very matter-of-fact. Here’s what actually happened.
Greek: “mesEs de nuktos kraugE gegonen idou ho numphios erchetai exerchesthe eis apantEsin autou”
English equivalent: “Of-delaying yet of-the bridegoom they-nod all and they-down-lounged of-middle yet of-night clamor has-occurred be-perceiving the bridegroom is-coming be-ye-out-coming into from-meeting of-him”
You can probably already see the first error in the KJV translation. The Greek text does not say that the groom came at midnight. It says he came in the MIDDLE of the night. This was a time when all ten virgins were sound asleep. How do we know this? Easy–the words “they-nod” and “down-lounged” are also translated “drowsed”, so we don’t have to guess as to their state of consciousness just prior to the announcement. Knowing this, the rest of the Greek text makes more sense.
The moment they were roused from their sleep, panic set in–there was a CLAMOR, as they all frantically grabbed their lamps to go meet him. But, as verses 8 and 9 point out, the 5 virgins that were not wise did not have enough oil in their lamps to keep them lit. They had waited for so long, they had become callous about that “being prepared” thing and now they were stunned that he really DID come! They now had a huge problem.
Matt. 25:10–“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. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Master, Master, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
At this moment, the five virgins who were not wise failed to participate in the wedding. Or, to eliminate the metaphor, the people living in our generation today who refuse to accept the fact that the time is coming in the near future when Yahshua actually WILL return, they will miss out on the first resurrection. They will have to wait until the end of Yahshua’s millennial rule and only then will they be resurrected and become a part of Yahweh’s family.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. I began this post as another way to cite the fact that we WILL know when Yahshua [the “groom”] will return. But, you clever reader noticed that I’ve contradicted myself in verse 13 above! See? It says right THERE that you won’t know the hour or the day that he’ll return! Is that what it really says? Are you sure? Want to make a bet?
When Yahshua spoke those words, “YOU know neither the day nor the hour…”, just who, pray tell, was he speaking to? This isn’t a trick question. For a big hint, take a quick look at verse 11 for a clue.
At the moment that he spoke those words, five of the virgins were already married to him and were already inside celebrating the wedding festivities. When he said that YOU didn’t know when he would return, he was ONLY speaking to those five who remained outside his door. This statement did NOT pertain to those were were inside, did it?
People have read this passage for generations and have concluded that NOBODY can know when he’ll return. If that were the case, then how did half of the virgins succeed in joining him upon his return?
I know what you’re thinking again. The super-clever will say that not even the five virgins who DID get married had any idea when he would return, so SEE? You have to be prepared at ALL TIMES because, like it says, nobody can ever know this day! And, to our super-clever reader, guess what? I agree with you 100%. Are you surprised? Not even the five “wise” virgins had any idea when he would actually arrive. They kept themselves in a perpetual state of readiness for whenever that fateful day would arrive.
This is the take-away and this is the understanding of everyone who reads this parable about the ten virgins. The problem is, everyone misses the biggest point that Yahshua made, as their attention remains focused on the wrong point.
While it’s true that NONE of the ten had any idea when the bridegroom would come…SOMEBODY ELSE DID. Let’s take a look at verse 6 more carefully.
Matt. 25:6–“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”
This person, the one who announced the arrival of the bridegoom is another person in this story. He (or she) was NOT one of the 10 virgins that had an opportunity to wed that day. It was THIS person who KNEW the day of his arrival and stirred up the sleeping virgins. Had it not been for him (assuming it as a male), NOBODY would have been involved in the wedding. Zero, zip, nada.
Even though five of the virgins were wise enough to be prepared, they were not wise enough to know the day or hour of his arrival. If they had known…they would NOT have gone to bed that night. Think about it. If a bride knew she would be married in the middle of the night, do you honestly think she would go to sleep the evening before? Again, this isn’t a trick question. Even though this moment is spoken of in a parable, the behavior of those in the story prove that the ONLY person who knew he was coming was the ONE person who woke them all up, causing a clamor as they all scrambled to greet him.
Throughout the centuries, each generation has read these words and each generation has concluded that it’s impossible to know this day. And every former generation would have been correct–they could NOT have known, because this kind of information had remained sealed until the latter days. Only then would these secrets be revealed. As I spoke of in several previous posts, the “latter days” time-clock began ticking the moment that Israel declared their independence on May 14, 1948. From that point forward, more and more hidden secrets of the Bible are being revealed to us.
Amos 3:7–“Surely Yahweh Elohim will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
In this case, the “prophets” are the written words of those individuals whose message is contained in scripture. And we too are his servants who study the words of those same prophets to have these secrets revealed.
And now somebody will probably demand that I write Part 3.