BIBLE: Matthew Chapter 25 – Headline “Get Ready, Get Set…Go!”

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Matthew 25

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

Matthew 25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
  • Jesus is the bridegroom.
  • The lamps are the Word of God
  • The oil is the Holy Spirit
  • ten is a whole
  • ten fingers-ten toes-ten commandments (I ten “R” “E”) I10RE. ten virgins
  • Five of this kind, Five of that kind.
  • All ten have the Word of God.
  • Five have the Word and the Holy Spirit. Five do not have the Holy Spirit.
  • Half a whole is the Old Testament.
  • Half a whole is the New Testament.
  • The whole whole is the Bible.
  • Five is the law
  • Five is grace
  • Five are left out of the wedding.
  • The two “fives” can be compared to being weighed in a scale. One side is “found wanting” like Belshazzar’s feast.
  • Later on Jesus speaks of dividing the goats and the sheep. the goats are nations who did not support Israel and the sheep are those who did support Israel.
  • What is the “whole” that brings the two together. In this case, it is a wedding. Weddings bring two cultures together.
  • The Bride is The Holy City, the new Jerusalem.
    • Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
  • Who are the ten virgins? They are those who are expecting the bridegroom during a time of darkness.
  • What does it mean to be left out of the banquet hall? left behind? If they are “virgins” why are they left behind?
  • The Jews are waiting for their Messiah, the Bridegroom. Likewise, the believing Gentiles are also waiting for their Bridegoom as the Bride of Christ.
  • The lamps give understanding. King David wrote:
    • Psalm 119:105
      Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
      • The Word of God is the lamp.
      • Jesus told the Pharisees in the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, “they have Moses and the prophets” ie: the Word of God.
      • The oil is the Holy Spirit, the flame of the Word. The Gentiles were graphed into the
      • What good is the Word of God without the Holy Spirit to understand it?
  • Of those who expect the bridegroom, five do not have the Holy Spirit (as in the Rich Man in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Take note the Rich Man had five brothers. The Rich Man symbolizes the Jews.)
    • A must read: Topic “The Rich Man and Lazarus”
  • The Pharisees were religious and believed they were pleasing God.
  • John 5:39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
  • The Pharisees followed the law, but missed the message.
    • Mark 10:17-22 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” 18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” 20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”
      • Note: He missed the message that Jesus IS God. None but Jesus could keep the law. The man was self deceived.
    • Mark 10:21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”
      • Note: Jesus said “take up the cross” before He was on the cross.
    • Mark 10:22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
    • John 6:28-29 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
      • The only thing a man can do without working is to have faith, to believe.
Matthew 25:Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
  • What is the difference between wisdom and foolishness throughout scripture? The wise will recognize those things which are the most valuable. The fool will chose something less valuable to replace the valuable item.
  • Abraham was the father of faith, not the father of the law. In brief, they were trying to please God through their own efforts without the anointed oil of the Holy Spirit.
    • Romans 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
    • 1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
    • Romans 4:4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.
Matthew 25:Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
  • The foolish didn’t run out of oil, they took no oil with them.
  • The proof of the oil is the two greatest commandments: To love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and spirit. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself.
    • The man who could not let go off his possessions, could not let go even when standing face to face with the Son of God. He worshiped his possessions more than God. He was an idol worshiper.
  • There is no sin in God’s blessings. It is a sin when the blessings become more important than the Benefactor.
  • See Luke chapter 16, the Story of Lazarus and the Rich Man. The Rich Man had the lantern, but he did not have the oil.
Matthew 25:but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
  • The wise are those who live by faith; those who are sealed with the Holy Spirit of love. They are the children of the father of faith, Abraham.
Matthew 25:But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
Matthew 25:“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
  • Notice the virgins “GO OUT” to meet Him, the Rapture. But: when Jesus returns at His 2nd advent, He will “COME” to earth.
Matthew 25:Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
  • The care involved is trimming the wick (our hearts), which draws the oil up from the storage reservoir, so that the flame will be clean and bright. … A properly trimmed wick so that when lit, the wick should burn cleanly all the way up to the highest flame it can make.
Matthew 25:And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
  • Each person is responsible for their own relationship with God.
Matthew 25:But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
  • Each person must be prepared. “I can’t give it to you because you are responsible for your own preparedness.”
Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
  • The door to Noah’s ark was also shut and sealed. Once the Rapture occurs, the age of grace is over, sealed tighter than the door to Noah’s ark. The door to the seven years of tribulation opens and the way to eternal salvation is not just to believe in the Son of God, but DO NOT TAKE THE MARK of the Antichrist. One almost has to be a beheaded martyr.
    • Hebrews 2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
Matthew 25:11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’
  • At the time of Noah, when the rains came, everyone nearby would have beat on the door of Noah’s ark begging “Let us in!” But the ark was “lifted up” by the rain. (One of the Jewish meanings of the word rain is “teacher”, or faithful teacher, meaning the Messiah. Hosea 6:3 Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.)
Matthew 25:12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
  • The biblical sense of the words “to know” is a sexual experience of knowing intimately. The Holy Spirit is an inward experience. These five  are not his bride.
Matthew 25:13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
  • The Parable of the Ten Virgins tie in with the Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus:
  • The Rich man dies and finds himself in torment and begs Lazarus to sent someone to warn his brothers. But Lazarus replies that his brothers have Moses and the prophets. Moses and the prophets are “The Word of God”. This is the lamp given to the Jews. BUT the rich man had no oil.
  • Lazarus is in the bosom of Abraham. Lazarus had the oil of God: the Holy Spirit.

The Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.
Matthew 25:15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.
Matthew 25:16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.
Matthew 25:17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.
Matthew 25:18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.
Matthew 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
Matthew 25:20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’
Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Matthew 25:22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’
Matthew 25:23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Matthew 25:24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
Matthew 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
Matthew 25:26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
Matthew 25:27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.
Matthew 25:28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
Matthew 25:29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
Matthew 25:30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations

Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
Matthew 25:32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
  • The Red Sea was also divided, God divided the Egyptians from the Hebrews.
Matthew 25:33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand (the sheep), ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
Matthew 25:36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Matthew 25:37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
Matthew 25:38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
Matthew 25:39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
  • Jesus is speaking of the Jews when the Antichrist betrays them in the middle of the tribulation and they run for their lives, as described in Isaiah 21.
  • Isaiah 21: Proclamation Against Arabia
    13 The burden against Arabia.
    In the forest in Arabia you will lodge,
    O you traveling companies of Dedanites.
    14 O inhabitants of the land of Tema,
    Bring water to him who is thirsty;
    With their bread they met him who fled.
    15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword,
    From the bent bow, and from the distress of war.
Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand (goats), ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
Matthew 25:44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’
Matthew 25:45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
  • Note: Isaiah 21
Matthew 25:46 And these (goats) will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous (sheep) into eternal life.”
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