One In Two
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
Faithfulness is what separates true from
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
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.
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
God gave Kassahun a dream which reveals the
weakness of the bulk of Christendomís Ďfaithí. It is not
23/06. New believers with incomplete vision.
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.
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
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
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
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
God holds people accountable for rejecting
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