Matthew 25:7 “Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.”
In Lamp-Trimming Times
When the sentence had been issued and we found ourselves condemned;
till when the roles which HE had written for our lives have been outlived,
then would every Hope have vanished. Yea, replaced with flames of hell! Soul-bound to suffer all Eternity for sins we had committed.
Then looking back upon our lives, we bear again our shoulders’ burden;reflecting on the foolish paths we ne’er forsook until found older.
So this moment is our witness in which we should turn our gaze
back upon our LORD and SAVIOUR‘s gracious gift which HE foretold.
There found Reverence is abundantly outpoured upon HIS feet
where we cling to HIM with joyous praise and sing “Complete in THEE!”.
So recalled is this reminder in the hearing of HIS sheep!
Arise, Beloved! The Sovereign LAMB
of GOD is coming!
As HIServant forgiven much more than I could ever know,
Devotional: Mark 1:14-15 “Now after John had been taken into custody, JESUS came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of GOD, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of GOD is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel!”
For those possibly thinking that this might be for the next generation, The passage just above was spoken by Christ himself nearly 2000 years ago. Clearly speaking with a zealous sense of urgency, so too must we preach and alert the Body with love and not fear.
The HOUR is at hand and the very face of CHRIST WHOM we have longed to see is drawing near. Yet I see curious hesitation on the part of believers. a vague reluctance in many who are trying to plan temporal activities to be done and enjoyed above and before HIS glorious return. But why the zealous devotion to the lesser??
Lamentations 3:25 “The LORD is good to those who wait for HIM, to the soul who seeks HIM.”
“Give me 5 minutes more, give me 5 minutes more….” My Mom used to sing song say this whenever my brother didn’t get up on time for school. How different are we today?
James 5:7-8 “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the LORD. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the LORD is at hand.”
“At hand? Do you mean like, really soon because it’s been several hundred years since this was written?”
Would you say James then had a bad sense of timing? No! Why then do so many push off the myriad of signs in the Heavens and on Earth as nothing new…as though anyone preaching prophetically must have a “bad timer”. Forgetting the WORD of GOD WHO is telling us to study it and be prepared.
Let’s begin with two separate ideas. One is the doctrine of Imminence which say CHRIST can return at any time. The second is being zealous, urgently watching the Hour and taking up their Cross daily for HIM.
The challenge with the first idea, passed down for centuries, is that CHRIST wasn’t going to return until Israel became a nation again. That happened only 70 years ago. So the doctrine of Imminence is flawed.
However, now all things are readied. We don’t know the Hour but the Season in certainly here. Massive storms, huge volcanos re-erupting, islands being threatened with being truly flooded, earthquakes happening so often and in increasing magnitude that it’s different to record them all!
So we have a determined sense of Urgency that HE is drawing near. The signs point to it. So what about the wick on your lamp? Has it been trimmed to burn it’s best for YESHUA, oh Self? What about the oil of Knowledge? Is it oin your lamp? Have you made time to buy Wisdom with great sacrifice of Time and Devotion?
Look around on YouTube, in countless articles and yet “strangely” not on a single news channel. The animals are acting strangely across the world. The seas are beginning to roar. The Earth HAS been tilted. Research it. Watch the positioning of the stars from month to month.
The skies which displayed the Star (System) Wormwood (Revelation ) long ago has been chem-trailed and clouded for several months from showing its present return. This isn’t conjecture, hype, conspiracy theory nonsense. Be a Berean. It’s fact…and the Bible clearly spoke of this time and its signs.
Yet a passive, non-searching soul often points to their “readiness” touting belief in the doctrine of Imminence. But the reality of saying we’re looking earnestly every day versus actually watching every day…is that we do not.
It’s like focusing on a single lightbulb in a room. The more lights you add, the less attention we give the first light.
Now add all of Life’s distracting, multi-colored lights and though we claim the doctrine of Imminence as readiness, we aren’t. We’re too busy looking at temporal things, with diverse affections and priority levels. Again, that’s reality.
But the “flip-side” thankfully provides a different view! Mentioned in a few poems/devotionals over the years, we must intently shift our paradigm, our point from which we have our view.
Rather than looking at how we can fit an hour or two of time with GOD into our room choked with countless lights all demanding attention, we choose the reverse.
Though our work week be a kaleidoscope of ever moving, blinking interruptions, we prioritize the moments with CHRIST above everything. We block out the world completely.
No “one hand on the plow moving forward while also looking back”. We select whole-hearted surrender and just bask in HIS presence.
Consider our sleep patterns. If we don’t get enough rest, the rest of our life suffers. If we don’t prioritize time with CHRIST as zealously as we do for secular events, time with family and friends, etc…we suffer in like manner.
Most of the time unconsciously, but we know the feelings we have in HIS presence. When we feel HIS embrace hold us close, we pray it never ends. Even so, we are involuntarily thrust back into that tiny, chaotic room all too often. The moment fades and Reality bites back.
But HE does draw near in this hour. We WILL one day have uninterrupted time with JESUS. And THAT HOPE must stay at the forefront of my mind. Yes, through horrible disappointments, through gut wrenching pains, through embittered false “friends”, through every injustice, HE reigns!
*** So, my soul! Rather than fear Loss and Regret, instead of hiding our heads in the sand, in place of throwing Prophecy out with the bath water, we are told to stand! We must endure till the moment HE draws us to Heaven!***
Yes! Although far simpler said than done, stand in HIS footprints throughout the WORD of Almighty GOD! ELOHIM!
Be ye not shaken though the world around you is! And soon it will tremble at the sound of HIS voice while we who remain shall be “caught up, quickly snatched away, Harpazo” to be forever with HIM.
So listen closely with Joy and Expectations! HE is coming…with our reward in hand! Amen and amen!