The Real Gospel for the End-Time is Different Than We Expect!
Gospel means 'good news,' and there are lots of sincere people teaching
what they believe is the gospel, but in most cases, it's only part of the story
that goes something like this: Christ died for our sins and if we invite Him
into our hearts, He will save us. That's essential, but there's more...
There's also a changing aspect of the gospel. In Noah's day, it meant being
saved from destruction. In Moses' time, it was deliverance from slavery.
Christ offered eternal salvation. This changing aspect of truth (and Christ
is the Truth) makes present truth easy to miss. Human nature clings to the
familiar and tends to oppose what's new.
For us, the gospel is better than any of the above because it's all of them
and more. If we meet the conditions in Luke's wedding parable, "He will
make [us] ruler over all that He has," but those parables show we are
asleep with lights out, Matthew 25:5.
We are like Pilgrim on our way to the Celestial City. Christ said, Strive
to enter the narrow gate. We want to be among the wise virgins that get
into the wedding...
A Clarion Call to the 'Wise Virgins'-The Time is Fulfilled;
the Kingdom of God is at Hand; Repent and Believe the Gospel.
Weddings are important because they affect destiny as three wedding
parables show. They are also a measure of maturity. Christ is looking
for a mature bride spiritually and wise people consider a matter before
answering; Here are 7 points for how we may be ready and qualify.
1. Three parables show they are not understood In the best known
parable of 10 virgins of Matt 25, they were all asleep with lights out.
In Matt 22, the wedding invitation is scorned--there's something most
Christians don't understand! Peter asked, Is this for us or for all? Lk 12:41.
These responses suggest we can't trust what most people think (rapture?)
2. All three parables show a sudden event beyond which there's no time
to get ready. The man without a wedding garment had no time to
change. He was thrown out, Matt 22:13. The women who ran out of oil
and came a little late to the wedding and were not admitted--they were told,
"I know you not." Matt 25:12.
3. The sudden event is an earthquake that "shakes terribly the earth."
Isa 2:12,21 and it initiates the end-time "day of the Lord " that will be
like the "night of the Lord" in Exod 12. 25 references to "day of the Lord'
suggestthat it will be a bigger event than most preachers realize.
4. Three texts show that 'watch & pray' is protective, but we needto know