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Re: "Virgins": asleep or awake? #42711
07/09/05 03:58 AM
07/09/05 03:58 AM
Mountain Man  Offline
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What was it that barred the door to the foolish virgins when they finally arrived with oil in their lamps?

BTW, the distinction "awake" and "asleep" isn't as accurate as wise and foolish. All ten were asleep and then awake.

Re: "Virgins": asleep or awake? #42712
07/08/05 05:50 PM
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Couldn't the 10 sleeping virgins also represent the condition of the Laodicean church of Revelation 3:14-22?

Re: "Virgins": asleep or awake? #42713
07/08/05 06:40 PM
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Mat 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Mat 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Mat 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Mat 25:9 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.
Mat 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.
Mat 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mat 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Mat 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Re: "Virgins": asleep or awake? #42714
07/08/05 06:49 PM
07/08/05 06:49 PM
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Some were prepared in advance andthe other 5 were not. I see an object lesson in that particular piece. Does anyone else see that?
Maybe what barred the foolish virgins was the fact that they figured they needed to get more oil after the midnight cry?? Interesting indeed.
God Bless,

Re: "Virgins": asleep or awake? #42715
07/09/05 11:53 AM
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Sorry my little one came in an hit me the post and had me send this before I finished...below you will see the finished and I did not desire to supply a duplicate. I hope you will forgive the error.
Cheri Fritz

Re: "Virgins": asleep or awake? #42716
07/09/05 12:19 PM
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"The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. They have a regard for the truth, they are attracted to those who believe the truth; but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit’s working. They have not fallen upon the Rock Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken up. This class are represented also by the stony-ground hearers. They receive the word with readiness, but they fail of assimilating its principles. Its influence is not abiding. The Spirit works upon man’s heart, according to his desire and consent implanting in him a new nature; but the class represented by the foolish virgins have been content with a superficial work. They do not know God. . . They have not studied His character; they have not held communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to look and live. Their service to God degenerates into a form." Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 411:1.
"Lingering near the bride’s house are ten young women robed in white. Each carries a lighted lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay. Hour after hour passes; the watchers become weary and fall asleep. At midnight the cry is heard, ‘Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.’ The sleepers, suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the procession moving on, bright with torches and glad with music. They hear the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. The ten maidens seize their lamps and begin to trim them, in haste to go forth. But five have neglected to fill their flasks with oil. They did not anticipate so long a delay, and they have not prepared for the emergency. In distress they appeal to their wiser companions saying, ‘Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out.’ (margin.) But the waiting five, with their freshly trimmed lamps, have emptied their flagons. They have no oil to spare, and they answer, ‘Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.’

"While they went to buy, the procession moved on, and left them behind. The five with lighted lamps joined the throng and entered the house with the bridal train, and the door was shut. When the foolish virgins reached the banqueting hall, they received an unexpected denial. The master of the feast declared, ‘I know you not.’ They were left standing without, in the empty street, in the blackness of the night." Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 405:1-406:1.

What is the difference between the sleeping virgin classes?
"‘They all slumbered and slept;’ one class in unconcern and abandonment of their faith, the other class patiently waiting till clearer light should be given." Great Controversy, p. 394:1.
The 10 virgins are:

Gathered together in pure present truth
They all appear to be sanctified
They all are sleeping
When awakened five of them did not prepare for an added journey. But five of them prepared for the future regardless of what they learned.

The message of Laodicea is the worst condition to be, but there is hope. Yet in this message it is not suggesting that their are open sins being committed and unresolved in God's Holy House and Holy Priesthood.
(Matt. 25:1-12.) Hope for the Laodiceans.--[Rev. 3:15-17 quoted.] Yet the case of those who are rebuked is not a hopeless one; it is not beyond the power of the great Mediator. He says: "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." Though the professed followers of Christ are in a deplorable condition, they are not yet in so desperate a strait as were the foolish virgins whose lamps were going out, and there was no time in which to replenish their vessels with oil. When the bridegroom came, those that were ready went in with him to the wedding; but when the foolish virgins came, the door was shut, and they were too late to obtain an entrance. 7 BC, p. 966.6.
NOTE: We should not use the lesson of the wheat and the tares to consider the Laodicean condition is where sin abounds openly.

The lesson of the wheat and the tares has often been relied on to share that open sins are in the church and we should not remove them. But if we were to actually study the grain -- the wheat and the tare (we would learn that they) both look alike until the tare bears up its fruit. At that time there is a clear sight that the tare is no longer a hidden member of wrong doing among the wheat, but is a true fruit in defiance of obedience to the Lord's truth. Mrs. White has written well on the subject how we are to deal with tares and with open sins in the Lord's Church.

Your Sister in Christ Jesus,
Cheri Fritz

Re: "Virgins": asleep or awake? #42717
07/09/05 04:46 PM
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Good point, Cheri. We cannot compare the open sins of the tares and the failures of the foolish virgins to procure adequate oil in case of a delay. It is interesting, though, that it is not until the harvest that the sins of tares become obvious. It is also not until the very end that the failures of the foolish virgins is obvious.

Re: "Virgins": asleep or awake? #42718
07/09/05 10:57 PM
07/09/05 10:57 PM
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Agreed: therefore many (dare I say most?) think that they are God's man, think they are on the solid platform, assure themselves that they are safe, when they are not...in spite of church attendance, theological degrees, or heavy usages of Bible and SOP.

"Blessed are they that (still!) hunger and thirst..."

Re: "Virgins": asleep or awake? #42719
07/09/05 11:26 PM
07/09/05 11:26 PM
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Blessed are the eyes which saw the things that were seen in 1843 and 1844. The message was given. And there should be no delay in repeating the message, for the signs of the times are fulfilling; the closing work must be done. A great work will be done in a short time. A message will soon be given by God's appointment that will swell into a loud cry. Then Daniel will stand in his lot, to give his testimony. {2MR 20.1}
The attention of our churches must be aroused. We are standing upon the borders of the greatest event in the world's history, and Satan must not have power over the people of God, causing them to sleep on. The Papacy will appear in its power. All must now arouse and search the Scriptures, for God will make known to His faithful ones what shall be in the last time. The word of the Lord is to come to His people in power. {2MR 20.2}

All who wait for the heavenly Bridegroom are represented in the parable as slumbering because their Lord delayed His coming; but the wise roused themselves at the message of His approach, and responded to the message, and their spiritual discernment was not all gone, and they sprang into line. As they took hold of the grace of Christ, their religious experience became vigorous and abundant, and their affections were set upon things above. They discerned where was the source of their supply, and appreciated the love that God had for them. They opened their hearts to receive the Holy Spirit, by which the love of God was shed abroad in their hearts. Their lights were trimmed and burning, and sent forth steady rays into the moral darkness of the world. They glorified God, because they had the oil of grace in their hearts, and did the very work that their Master did before them--went forth to seek and to save those who were lost (ST June 28, 1910). {5BC 1099.7}

Has not the Papacy appeared in their power [Ex: John Paul"s II funeral]. Where and what is the message that awakes the wise virgins?

Re: "Virgins": asleep or awake? #42720
07/10/05 11:01 AM
07/10/05 11:01 AM
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Originally posted by Ronnie Whalon:
Has not the Papacy appeared in their power [Ex: John Paul"s II funeral]. Where and what is the message that awakes the wise virgins?


Cardinals, in red, participate in the funeral mass for Pope John Paul II, watched by world leaders, at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Friday April 8, 2005. Royalty, political power brokers and multitudes of the faithful paid their last respects to Pope at a funeral promising to be one of the largest Western religious gatherings of modern times.

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