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Left Behind (1 of 4)
Series: Gospel Fire
Dr. Stan Coffey
Jesus, in Matthew, chapter 24 answered the question, "When shall these things be and what shall be the sign of your coming at the end of the age?"
Matthew 25:1-13 – "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. (2) Five of them were foolish and five were wise. (3) The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. (4) The wise; however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. (5) The bridegroom was a long time in coming and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. (6) At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' (7) Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
(8) The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' (9) 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' (10) But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. (11) Later, the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' (12) But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' (13) Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."
Jesus gave this parable of the ten virgins as a parable about professing Christianity at the time of the rapture of the church. The Bible says that when Christ comes in the rapture, He will not come down to the earth but in the air. (I Thess. 4)
This is the first phase of His coming. Jesus will come in the air and He will take, snatch out or catch away with a powerful force, those who are born again, the true bride of Christ.
Jesus pictures here His coming for the church as the bridegroom coming for the wedding party. There will be a great marriage suppe ...
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