1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridgroom.
2 And five of them were wise and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight
there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 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.
10 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.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore,
for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
1 Thessalonians 4: 15-18
The Battle of The Spirit vs The Flesh
This is the difference, The Spirit gives you a future and a hope.
The Flesh gives you pleasure for maybe this life, but it offers no future and no hope after say 80 years on this earth.
That is the difference between living for God and living for nothing, or more commonly the things of this life.
One of Satan's lies, is: "
Everything Now!! " ( I just
heard Billy Graham say this or something like this on tv )
(click) And I'll give you a Future:
A Future with God includes the Following:
A New Name
A Home or Mansion
An Adopted Son of God
New Glorified, Spiritual Body
Wedding Supper of The Lamb - Blessed are all those who are called
The Bema Seat -- Rewards if you've lived a life worthy of God
The Millennial Reign of a 1,000 years on Earth of Ruling and Reigning with Jesus
Eye has not seen, or ear heard, nor has it entered into the Heart of man, the things that God has prepared for those who Love Him......
Also, at God's right hand are pleasures forevermore and In God's presence is Fullness of Joy!
God's way is this:
Jesus who knew the joy that was set before him ( The Future with God ) endured the cross. ( despising the shame )
A Person who follows Jesus ( A Christian ) has to/needs to: Endure and persevere to the end in Holiness.
Peter says in the Bible: Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.
These are the two ways:
Jesus or No Jesus
Also, God is Holy and God hates Sin.
Virtue - Lust
Holiness - Lust
Righteousness - Evil
Purity - Lust
Obedience - Defiance
Loyalty - Cavalierness
Faithfulness - Cavalierness (Unfaithfulness)
Clinging to Jesus - Indifference to Jesus
This is the seriousness of the Battle in relation to not giving into sinfulness.
This is how serious sin/Evil Desires are.
-- Flee Youthful Lusts and Pursue Righteousness -- Do not be fashioned according to the former lusts --
It took the blood and death of these animals to make things right with God again, after the Israelites did something bad.
Jesus was the fulfillment of the animal sacrifices, He had to die and give his blood for us to be accepted by God.
Believing and Following Jesus will give to one a future.
So what does a person do on earth for eighty years? -- Learn to become Holy in knowing about Jesus and God.
And to Bear fruit for the Kingdom of God.
And to: ' Know, Love, and Serve God - This is the Purpose of Life ' -Catholic Catechism
Everything else is pointless. All other wisdom, life-styles or other knowledge offers no future, no hope.
Only Jesus can give a person a future after they die.
The Bible also says: "When they are crying Peace and safety"
Most likely During the
( That begins the End Of The World )
Then sudden destruction will
happen. The Bible says Christians are not in darkness that, that
day or time period should be a surprise.
Jesus is the only one who offers a Future! No one or nothing else does!
I think this is the time and the days in which Paul was talking about when he wrote 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6
That begins the End of The World
-- A Peace-Deal signed with Israel -- could be a close reality.
Let's look at the Current situation in Israel and the Middle East
Israel is in the process of planning the destruction of Iran's Nuclear facilities. Israel is thinking Iran may have a Nuclear Bomb(s) in two years. The USA at the moment has two aircraft carriers over in the Middle East - This makes things a bit interesting.
Events could happen in this order over the next couple of months to two years:
For the Joy set before Jesus, He endured the cross
Jesus offers a future - Be Holy - Live in the Spirit - Be Holy - The flesh offers you pleasure for right now but no future.
For the Joy set before Him, Jesus
endured the cross....