Are you prepared for the times ahead? This is a question many are asking themselves today. The Lord told Noah to prepare an ark (Gen. 6), Joseph was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream to tell him to store food for a seven year famine (Gen. 41), and there are many more that were warned in the Bible. [Yahshua] Jesus is the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). If we will only ask our Father and seek His will for our lives, He will show us how to prepare.
There is a preparation that the Lord is showing me that is even more vital than storing food, water, and the basics of every day living. It is the “Oil of Preparation” as spoken of in Matthew 25, the parable of the Ten Virgins. Let us read Matthew 25:1-13:
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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. 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. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
The people of God must have the oil in their lamps. This is vital to make it! Notice all the virgins took their lamps (they all had lamps), but the five foolish had no oil in their lamps. Why is the oil so important? First of all, without the oil the lamps would not burn. There would be no light. This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).
The five foolish virgins’ light had gone out (Mat. 25:8). They had not been prepared. Let’s look at why the lamps had gone out. There was not enough oil in the five foolish virgins lamps. Why didn’t they have this oil? Let’s read Exodus 27:20. The Lord states, And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light to cause the lamp to burn always. The word beaten in Hebrew means to crush, beat down to pieces. Are we as the children of God to be crushed so that we can become pure and holy? As [Yahshua] Jesus said in Luke 9:23, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Revelation 19:7 states, Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. The foolish virgins had not prepared themselves.
The wise virgins kept the commandments of [Yahshua] Jesus. They had received the truth of God’s word, they had placed all on the altar and were rid of self. They were in the world but not of the world. They had walked the narrow road and were overcomers. They had been tried with the purification of fire as spoken of in Revelation 3:18, I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
The five foolish virgins came to the wise virgins and wanted some of their oil for their lamps, but as Matthew 25:9 states, 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. This tells us that the oil costs something. There was a price to pay. There are just too many believers not wanting to pay the price. They seek the pleasures of the world instead of seeking the Kingdom of God!
Proverbs 23:23 states, Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction and understanding. The wise virgins have God’s word in their hearts and there was no longer time for the foolish virgins to prepare; time had run out. It wasn’t that the wise virgins didn’t want to give them some of their oil, for it was not something they could give. It was something that had to be bought at a price. A man cannot borrow a relationship with the Lord; he must possess it. A man cannot borrow character; he must be clothed in it.
The bridegroom came and the five wise virgins went into the marriage and the five foolish virgins were left out. As in Noah’s day the door was shut. [Yahshua] Jesus told the foolish virgins, I know you not, just as in Matthew 7:21-23 when He said, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devile? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Let us all strive to be like the wise virgins with oil in our lamps. There is much blessed hope for the wise virgins because they will enter into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. As Jeremiah 31:12-14 reads, Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.
Believers, we must be prepared, we must sound the alarm, we must have the oil in our lamps! He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (Rev. 3:22). The King is coming.