Flickering Lamps by Jesse Hendley

FLICKERING LAMPS
Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Matthew 25:8

We read in Matthew 25:8, "And the foolish said unto
the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone
out"

You remember this story. Jesus tells it to describe a
scene that will take place when He returns to this
earth. He speaks of His Second Coming in Matthew 24,
and there should not be a chapter division here at
chapter 25. Speaking of His Second Coming, Jesus says

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 unto us.

But he answered and said, Verily 1 say unto you, 1
know you not.

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the
hour wherein the Son of Man cometh.

We are lifting out of this text verse 8: "And the
foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for
our lamps are gone out." This is more accurately
translated, "Our lamps are going out." They hurriedly
trimmed their lamps. Their lamps burned brightly, just
for a moment, and then, they flickered and went out!

Their loss of light was not an instantan ...


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