“…They that were ready went in with him…” (Mat 25:10b)
Beloved Bride-Candidates, being ‘ready’ for our beloved Bridegroom, Yahushua Messiah, is a pre-requisite for the Lamb’s wife:
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” (Rev 19:7)
Bride-Candidates are among that company of believers known as ‘The Wise Virgins.’ It is the Wise Virgins who have their lamps trimmed and full of oil, and they will be ‘ready’ (Matthew 25:1-12).
Yet being ready for the Bridegroom is not an issue of having oil. Oil is simply a consequence of the real issues. Let’s look.
The real issues are the Eternal Covenant issues [the Owlam Beryth issues].
The real issues are related to knowing Messiah. The Bridegroom made two important statements, to those who were refused entrance to the marriage:
First: “…I know you not,” and “I never knew you” (Mt 7:23)
Second: “…you that work iniquity…” [Strong’s #<458>] (Mt 7:23).
These two items together are actually one issue. They show us the great importance of ‘knowing’ and the consequence of ‘not knowing’; they show us the distinction between the wise, and the foolish [those who are not wise].
The Scriptures tell us that the wise man is a man of knowledge – a man of knowledge of the Father, and of His Word:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” (Prov 1:7)
“Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” (Prov 2:5)
“A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.” (Prov 24:5).
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)
The Proverbs also teach us that “…There is Oil in the dwelling of the wise…” (Prov 21:20). This oil appears to be a consequence, a result of being wise. But if being wise is itself a consequence of obedience, then the presence of Oil is merely a second consequence.
The real issues — the Eternal Covenant issues of the Bride’s Preparation — must be our focus. For those who would be wise, these issues are related to an increase of our knowledge of Father and His Word!
To be ‘ready’ is to be wise. Being wise means our increased knowledge of Yahuweh’s Word will affect our obedience, and will thus have a direct impact in decreasing our anomia — a decrease in our working iniquity!
The phrase, “You that work iniquity” is a consequence, a result, of not knowing Yahuweh! The word iniquity [Strong’s number 458] means ‘violation of the Mosaic Law’ (1John 3:4). If we do not know Father and Father’s Word — His Law, His Torah — then our violation of His Word will happen! If we do not know that it was Yahushua Messiah, who as the WORD of Yahuweh gave the tablets to Moses, then we will violate His Word unawares!
Hence, in order to be ready for the Bridegroom, it is wisdom on our part to know and obey Father’s Word. This is the central issue — the real issue — of the Bride’s Preparation!
Let us remember. We have been given Grace, for the purpose of obedience to The Faith (Romans 1:5). Let us not squander this precious gift of Grace, by receiving it in vain (2Co 6:1). Let us make every effort to be ready, by increasing both our knowledge of Yahuweh, and our obedience to His Word!
The Bridegroom will be here soon. For those that are inclined to do so, let us make ourselves Ready!
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- The Wise and Foolish: According to Yahushua – Messiah tells us in clear and simple terms for our instruction, who the wise and foolish are today!
- The Wise and Foolish Virgins: The Separation of the Wise – The Scriptures reveal a 2-step process of separation from the multitudes, for those who would grow in Wisdom.
- Let No Man Steal Your Crown – Reveals there are men today trying to take away, and steal your Bridal veil, and your crown; things that allow your crown to be stolen; the Doctrine of Balaam, and how it will steal your crown.
- Who is the Chaste Virgin? – The Bridegroom is coming for His Bride — one who is chaste, and without corruption. The Scriptures warn us of the many forms of corruption, and how to remove them, in order to remain chaste, and ready for the Bridegroom.
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