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One In Two

Jesus' words about those who will not be saved are very sobering. However, comparatively few Christians really take them seriously. Most people are so engrossed in the physical that spiritual realities just elude them.


The time we are in now has to be that depicted by Jesusí parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25. We have moved on roughly 1973 years from the year when Jesus gave His life to save humanity, and we are more than 2,000 years from the time of His birth.

Beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2 Pet 3:8).

This is a very deliberate prophetic statement. It wasnít just a casual, passing remark. Peter was carried along by the Spirit when he wrote it (2 Pet 1:21).

So what am I inferring?

God deliberately made the world we live in, and the flora and fauna to support human life, in six days. That was also a prophetic statement, foretelling in type how many thousands of years would transpire from ĎCreationí to Jesusí Coming Ė the period of time allotted for manís arduous labour under sin, before the 7th Millennium when Jesus will bring Rest or cessation from sin (Sabbath means Ďcessationí).

Peter adjures his readers: do not forget! It is something that unconverted people do not care about, and which the major part of the Church has forgotten! Most Christians have no idea how close we are to Jesusí coming! We are a mere handful of years away! There is so little time it is frightening!

Why is it frightening? Because the Church sleeps, just as Jesusí parable warned (Matt 25:5). Again, Jesusí words were very deliberate, but few notice them. He said ALL the virgins sleep! (Ibid.)


How Many Will Make It

Jesus begins this parable:

The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to... (Matt 25:1).

The kingdom of heaven refers to Godís spiritual area of rule, His influence and His progress in developing people to live with God in His heavenly realm. Spiritual things are paramount to Him. They are vitally important to us, but people canít perceive that like God does. So, to the wise and spiritually receptive, He puts in parable an analogy that can add meaning that is otherwise hidden to the human mind.

Since I have explained this parable in the booklet The Ten Virgins, I will only summarise here.

The ten virgins or bridesmaids represent the churches of man and all Christians. The Bridegroom is Jesus (Matt 25:1). The lamps depict the Word of God (Ps 119:105) and the way we utilise that Word in our lives (Matt 25:1,7-8). The oil is Godís Spirit (25:3,8).

Immediately after Jesus introduces the subject matter, He says bluntly that five are wise and five are foolish (25:2). Five, besides being a number denoting spiritual preparation, is also half the total number. Itís not a casual tally. Again itís very meaningful.

Five are being prepared for salvation, but five are being prepared to be lost!

Of course, God doesnít want to lose anyone, but itís a prophetic statement of fact. Itís unavoidable. God is warning us. Jesus is warning us. The Spirit is warning us. Matthew is warning us. And now I am warning you.

Only half of those whom God calls to come to His wedding ceremony Ė induction into the Kingdom Ė will actually make it!

For many are called, but few are chosen (Matt 22:14). ...those who are with Him [with Jesus in Godís Kingdom] are called, chosen and faithful (Rev 17:14).

Faithfulness is what separates true from false.


The Midnight Cry

Midnight (Matt 25:6) is a symbol of the unexpected (Luke 11:5); of the late hour in this 6,000-year period; of the dark spiritual state on earth; and of judgement upon wickedness (Ex 12:29) and deliverance for Godís chosen (Ex 11:4; Jud 16:3).

The Ďcryí at Ďmidnightí represents a prophetic call to all believers. It is an unexpected call to repentance. It is a wake-up call. In spiritual terms, waking someone up refers to revealing truth by which they should live. So, the Midnight Cry (25:6) presents Ďnewí truth to Jesusí followers now at the very end of the Age, just prior to His coming. All this is contained in the symbolism of this clever parable.

How will Jesus reach the whole Church with His end-time message? How did He reach the first century ones whom He was calling to repentance? Through His death and resurrection. Death and resurrection today will create a platform for globe-girdling witness!

When the Ďcryí goes out, ALL the virgins see the need to trim their lamps (25:7). This trimming involves adjustment, but half wonít do it. It is essential to accept new truth when it is revealed, otherwise your spiritual light goes out.

The wise will undoubtedly heed and repent, so their lights will continue to shine. But the response of the foolish is to try to Ďbegí help from the wise (25:8), rather than go to the Supplier (25:9).

This illustrates a major problem in churches where most people are not truly following Jesus, nor listening to His Spirit and being guided by Him. Most peopleís focus is on other people Ė principally those who humanly lead in those circles. So, when a crisis comes up, to whom do such folks look? To Jesus? No.

Their dependency is upon other people. As a result, they quench the oil of the Spirit (25:3).

Beware of that trap. It is insidious.

Part of the Midnight Cry is to call people OUT of churches of human dependency and into a complete reliance upon the Holy Spirit. Such reform cannot happen overnight. It takes time to learn to walk by faith and to learn to listen to the Spirit, not merely a church leader. But the wise virgins ARE doing this already, and so, when the cry goes out, they are able to accept it and change to be ready for Jesusí coming.


Midnight Reform

The thrust of the parable is centred around the issue of having Godís Spirit. His Spirit will only stay with those who are obedient (Acts 5:32). Obedience is costly. Many are not prepared to pay the price.

God gave Kassahun a dream which reveals the weakness of the bulk of Christendomís Ďfaithí. It is not obedience-orientated:

Jan. 23/06. New believers with incomplete vision.

Someone took me to a hospital and showed me newborn babies. These babies had only one eye on the left. They didnít have an eye on the right. This was very strange to me.

Comment: Left symbolises liberalism, whereas right depicts conservatism (obedience) in conduct. Babies represent new believers.

In spiritual terms, only having left eyes means that they can only see Godís grace and not the requirements of obedience (right) that He wants us to comply with to maintain practical righteousness.

A surprising number of those who start out on the road to eternal life never get much further than the initial stages. The dream is quite revealing!

Over the past decade I donít know how many people we have challenged with the truths of Sabbath- keeping and observing Godís festivals, but it seems like 99% of them refuse to keep these days. We can present the truth in clear terms, proven from Scripture with accurate exegesis, but that makes no difference to the majority. They reject it anyway.

They either: 1) follow traditional church leaders, or 2) donít care to be fully obedient. They are content to stay with what they have got, just as the dream above showed.

But these truths are going to be given to the entirety of the body of Christ in the West, and anyone who rejects them will be rejected by God and have to be purified through the fires of the Great Tribulation. The message to Thyatira symbolically describes their fate (Rev 2:18-23).

Presentation of pure truth presents great tests of your loyalty. 1) Are you loyal to men, or to God? 2) Are you loyal to church tradition, or to pure Bible truth? The entire Church Ė all Christians Ė will be tested.

The knowledge of Godís Sabbath and holy days which He wants people observing Ė because He has commanded it Ė will be universally made known. But the Beast in control over the Western hemisphere will legislate against such observance. Indeed, such opposition is already in place. Human tradition asserts itself against Godís truths, and has done so in the Church since Roman times. Revelation discloses the story, particularly in chapters 13 and 17.

The whole western world will be brought under Godís judgement for rejecting the truths that He is restoring through His end-time prophetic work of Elijah. Revelation 16 details the horrors of that punishment.

God holds people accountable for rejecting truth!


Midnight Judgement

A pastor in Africa received MM literature for a while. A woman whom he knew had received a vision about us, and that pointed him towards us. God wanted him to take note of what we have written and to accept Ďourí work. It is not ours, but the Lordís.

He could not turn down the offer. He received all our literature, and passed some of it onto his church members. Some of them accepted us, many didnít. It caused division in his churches, just as Jesus said. Truth separates men from boys.

Later, the pastor also received a revelation himself. God showed him what He wanted for him Ė to be associated with us and to champion this cause, promoting MM literature in his area.

For a while he did. But, later he fell out with us because he started to become deceitful and dishonest. He wanted money and power. He was not content with truth alone; that wasnít good enough for him. Like Judas, he wanted the physical more than the spiritual. And thatís when our ways parted.

He was shown the truth. He was given the truth. He had Godís confirmation to himself and from others, that we were the bringersí of truth. But he turned on me in recrimination when he didnít get what he wanted physically. He epitomises the 5 foolish virgins, who sacrifice the Spirit in pursuit of carnal objectives.

Half the Church does it. Consequently, half the Church will not be saved. Only those who DO Godís will shall make it into Godís Kingdom of love and glory!

Malcolm B Heap, June 2006
 


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