Parable of the Marriage Feast
22 “Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. 3 And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. 4 Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, 6 and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. 7 But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. 8 Then he *said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’ 10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.” 11 “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he *said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:1-14
Dream: The Blackboard
My wife (Jae) and sitting by each other on a bench in an old-fashioned class room. As we sat there we kept hearing a spiritual voice saying out loud, “Jesus is coming soon! Jesus is coming soon!” Jae got up and walked over to the right side of the room where a small 2’ x 3’ blackboard hung on the wall. She placed her hand on the surface of the blackboard for about 10 seconds and then lifted her hand away. I saw her looking at it carefully and then returned to where I was sitting and said, “If you place your hand on that blackboard for about 10 seconds and lift it away, it will tell you if you’re ready for Jesus’ return.”
I’d watched as Jae had lifted her hand away from the blackboard. I knew by what she had just said of how it works, that she was ready for Christ to return. I had been praying to God to show me if I am ready for His return and now I was about to find out. I walked over to the blackboard, and placed my hand on the surface and left it there 10 seconds. Anxiously, I removed my hand and looked for the results. Am I ready for Christ’s return? I could see a few faint gray blemish like streaks, a few inches long scattered about the surface of the blackboard. The results were in, although hardly noticeable, I wasn’t completely ready for Christ’s return. I returned to my seat on the bench. Jae had moved over to the bench to my left. It was the ready bench. I had mixed emotions. Jae was ready for His return and that made me happy for her. Although, I wasn’t totally ready for Christ’s return I was glad to know where I stand with the Lord. I woke up praising God for He is good to His children.
In the dream there was such urgency in the Spirit, announcing that Jesus will soon return to get His bride. Only the ones who have made themselves ready will be going with him. The scriptures clearly teach that the Jesus Christ will return for His bride, which has made herself ready, clothed herself with righteous acts, and kept her gown clean.
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Rev. 19:7-8
In the dream I wasn’t completely ready. The Lord has been doing a lot of soul work in me over the years and it has intensified even more over the last 6-9 months. I don’t want to assume I’m ready Christ’s return. I want to know if I’m ready or not. It is too late to get yourself ready when He comes.
Soon, the Father will tell the Son to go and get His bride. Only those who have made themselves ready will be taken away to be with the Lord. You ask “How do I get myself ready?” “Didn’t Christ already do that for me?” Indeed Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection made is possible for whomsoever repents will receive the gift of eternal life, but there is more to the walk.
14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:14
Getting saved is the first step to sanctification of one’s soul. Spending time in His presence fuels the sanctification process. The parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25 helps us better understand the mystery of the preparation for the coming bridegroom Jesus Christ.
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.” Matthew 25:1-13
Briefly, the five wise virgins each brought a lamp and a flask of oil as they waited for the bridegroom to come. The five foolish virgins brought their lamps but no oil. Oil lamps in biblical times were different from modern-day oil lamps. The lamps used in the time of this parable were more like a bowl with a small rope or rag wick suspended above to draw the oil up from the reservoir below. During travel oil wasn’t likely in the bowl due spilling. Oil from a flask was poured into the bowl and the lamp. The lamp was lit and then the wick was trimmed to prevent black smoke (toxic) from filling the room and so the lamp would burn brightly in the night.
The five foolish virgins each brought a lamp but with no oil with them. A bowl is a vessel and represents a person for sanctification. As the bridegroom continued to delay they all became drowsy. When the announcement came that the bridegroom was coming. All ten virgins trimmed their lamps and went out to meet him. The five foolish virgins then realized they needed oil in their lamps. They brought no oil because they never had any oil to bring. They wanted to borrow oil from the wise virgins but there wasn’t enough oil to share between the wise and the foolish. The flask represents the soul. When a believer spends time with the Lord they are receiving Holy Spirit oil into their soul (flask). This is how our soul is sanctified.
The trimming of the wick prevents a lamp from emitting toxic smoke and makes the lamp burn brightly. The wise virgin’s lamps burned brightly as they joined the processional to the wedding. Once all that were ready entered in the door is closed. The foolish virgins hurried away and bought some oil but arrived back too late and found the door already shut to the wedding.
Jesus will not return for a harlot bride. That is detestable to Him. The walk with Jesus is about relationship. That’s it! It’s the walk of two lovers. He wants an intimate relationship with each person. Intimacy is about being alone and spending time together.
Where is the bride?
The bride is difficult to see in the earth because she isn’t boisterous or looking for attention, neither is she promoting herself. The bride of Christ prefers to be hidden. She’s dedicated to spending intimate time with the King of Kings. The bride doesn’t tell of her intimacy with Jesus but reflects Him as she transforms from one level of glory to another.
Jesus said “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Mat.22:14
He is Zion. His sheep know His voice and will not follow another. He leads us out. He knows those that are His. Because you believe in God isn’t enough. Apostle James wrote; “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” James 2:19
A few years ago the Lord said to me, “My bride will come not so much from the churches as from the world.”
Many that are in the churches believe they are ready because they said a salvation prayer, got baptized years ago, attend church regularly, pay tithe, and serve in some it in some capacity. Many are like the five foolish virgins, lamps with no oil sitting in the pews week after week failing to ever come into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
“4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Rev. 18:4-5
I had one desire since becoming a believer and that is to know truth. No matter what it cost me and it does cost to know truth. Before it is too late come humbly before the Lord, repent and allow Him to wash you over and over and hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying in this hour.
A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it. Isaiah 35:8
Lay down your doctrine! Lay down your pride! Lay down your ministry! Lay down your title! Bow in silence and wait for Jesus to teach and train you in His way of love. His yoke is not burdensome.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” John 14:21
To the churches:
15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
18 “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.” Rev. 3:18
I want to know if I am ready for Christ return. Do you? Close to ready isn’t ready enough! The bride of Christ will be ready. Time is short. There is urgency in the Spirit to make yourself ready before it’s too late. Jesus is coming soon!