The ParableWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » of the Ten Virgins
By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.
Nov 09, 2014 (22nd after PentecostThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... »)
After 14 years of studying the BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... », William Miller became convinced that Jesus ChristMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » would return in 1843.
When Miller announced April 3 as the day, some of his disciplesThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » went to mountaintops, hoping for a head start to heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ».
Others were in graveyards, planning to ascend in reunion with their departed loved ones. Philadelphia society ladiesJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » joined together outside townJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » to avoid entering GodWhat is Life?. Read more ... »’s kingdom“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » amidst the common herd.
When April 4 dawned as usual the Millerites were disillusioned, but they took heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... ». Their leader had predicted a range of dates for ChristNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... »’s return. They still had until March 21, 1844.
The devout continued to make ready, but again they were disappointed. A third date–October 22, 1844–was set, but it also passed. He did not comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » back (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »/a-z/s/second_coming.htm).
There were many preachers set the date of JesusThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... »’ comingThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... », but they all failed. In our parable today, it says the coming of the bridegroom.
I. The Coming of the Groom is Expected
People knew that a couple was going to marry. So it was expected that the bridegroom would be coming soon.
The usual Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » custom was for the “friends of the groom” to conduct the bride to her husband613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... »’s home; and when the procession arrived, the groom went forth to lead the bride across the doorway.
However, the imagery of the parable implies that the groom himself went to fetch his bride perhaps from a great distance, while a group of maidens await his return ready to welcomeThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » him in Oriental fashion with lamps and torch (Cambridge Bible).
The coming of the bridegroom symbolizes the second comingThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » of Jesus—the bridegroom of the churchTunay na Pagbabago: Buhay na Patotoo, Sandata sa Paghayo. Read more ... ». Like in the parable, the coming of Jesus is unknown. We knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » only the Biblical signsHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... », but not the exact date and timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ». Mark“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » 13:32 says, “But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... », no, not the angelsThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » which are in heaven, neither the SonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... », but the FatherThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... ».” Matthew 24:7 says, “For nationProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
Some ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » do not believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that Jesus is coming back again.
A retired bishop of The United MethodistWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » Church, Bishop C. JosephThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » Sprague, did not believe that Jesus is coming again which is contrary to the position of the UMC. Sprague said clearly and concisely that “Jesus walked the earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » about 2000 years ago, and that he will NOT come again, as there will be no Second Coming!” (freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/897350/posts).
Popular New Testament scholar JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » Dominic Crossan from his book Who Is Jesus? says that, “The second coming will not be literal. The second coming is what will happen when we Christians accept that there was only one coming and get with the program.” (exposingtheelca.com/exposed-blogTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... »/category/john%20dominic%20crossan).
However, the Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » Catholic Catechism states in 674-675 that Jesus Christ is coming back again.
The Nicene Creed: “He (Jesus) will come again in gloryPGF the Lord!. Read more ... »….”
Article III of The Articles of ReligionThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church: “…He (Christ) ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until he return to judgeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » all persons at the last day.” (bethany-umc.com/AboutUs/methodistbeliefs.htm).
The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran ChurchThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » in AmericaIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... ») believes that the Christ will be coming again (apostles“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »-elca.com/what-lutherans-believe.html).
The Bible and early churches believe that Jesus Christ will return in his time to judge all people in the last day. Are we ready for that?
In the parable, the bridegroom is coming. Indeed, the bridegroom is the importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » character here since the parable is about the kingdom. The kingdom needs the kingThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » and that’s the bridegroom.
II. The CallingGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » of Maidens is to Welcome
The calling or rolesThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » of the virgins or maidens was to wait for the bridegroom and welcome him, accompany him to bride’s houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ».
In the parable, the 5 virgins were foolish simply because they did not preparePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » enough oil for their lamps. They bought oil, but they were late in the affair, and the doorThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » was closed already.
It is customary in the East, at great entertainments, to close the doors when all the guests are assembled (Pulpit commentary).
In modern times, all childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » of God are the “maidens.” It means we have roles in the kingdom, and we need to do them accordingly.
III. The Children of God Must be Ready
What’s the lesson for us in this parable? If we believe that Jesus is coming again in God’s time, what would be our action? Just be ready. But how are we going to be ready?
For me the oil in the parable is the oil of loveThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... ». We need to be filled up of that oil every moment since we don’t know when Jesus would be coming again.
It’s not enough to do our roles in the kingdom. We need to do our roles with sustenance of the oil of love. Without it, our serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » may stop when there is no more oil. Being ready means being filled up with the oil of love.
Biblical prophecyProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » provides some of the greatest encouragement and hope available to us today. Just as the Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » is saturated with prophecies concerning Christ’s first adventThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... », so both testaments are filled with references to the second coming of Christ.
One scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references to Christ’s second coming in the Old Testament, where 17 books giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » it prominence. In the 260 chapters of the New Testament, there are 318 references to the second advent of Christ–an amazing 1 out of every 30 verses. Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event. For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ’s first advent, there are 8 which look forward to His second (sermonillustrations.com).
Indeed, Jesus Christ is coming again. To know that he is coming is enough. It will drive us to prepare, and do something for the coming of the expected one.
In the PhilippinesProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », it’s customary to clean our homes if we expect an important visitor. We don’t only clean, but we redesign the arrangement of our furniture. We buyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » something to beautify our house. If we have little kids we tell them, “When the visitor comes, don’t be noisy and don’t play around.”
Now that we rekindled out faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » in the second coming of Jesus, let us lightThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » up our lamp, and sustain it with the oil of love.