This is the hour to make our lamps ready, trim our wicks, and carry the extra oil.
There is a war going on between the false and the real. And God is about to draw the line and separate the false from the real and a separation or demarcation is about to take place. The line has been drawn. I feel God is tired of those who believe they can fool Him. A whole lot of shaking is about to take place as we transition over into 2020. Some things are about to be shaken loose. Some shaken in place. For the Five Wise Virgins, a separation had to take place.
1. The action of fixing the boundary or limits of something.
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▪The Parable of the Ten Virgins
When we look at the parable of the Five Wise Virgins and the Five Foolish Virgins, we see two groups that look very similar. They both have their lamps filled with oil and their wicks are trimmed. (They were preparing for the second coming of Jesus Christ). (The 30 Fold) All ten went to sleep and both groups heard the call of the Bridegroom. (The 60 Fold). That means that at the point of the Bridegroom calling, they all looked alike.
But then something happened. The Five Foolish recognized that the Five Wise had an extra jar of oil that would sustain them thru the long, dark night’s journey to the bridegroom. The five foolish realized at that point and late hour that their oil would not last them thru the long night’s journey. And when the foolish recognized this, they asked for some of the oil to be given to them to sustain them.
What I see are several things in this parable. And two the Lord has really highlighted out to me. First, the Body has been in a place of preparation and we are together. To the people we know, in our ministries, workplace, friendships, and social media, even they can not tell the difference between the two. Why, because many do not have the spiritual discernment to know or see the difference and some don’t want to see, as it might require an action on their part. And some are being awakened and their spiritual eyes are being opened, now. And some the fire has about gone out and your candlestick is dimming. You need to draw near to the Lord and let Him refill and refuel His oil.
The Lord showed me this is the hour that the Five Wise Virgins can not allow themselves to be used or manipulated by others, aligned with the wrong group or ministry, or throw their Pearls before swine because if they do, both could come up short. The Five Wise must use wisdom and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. This crucial hour demands it.
There are some of the Body who have not been willing to pray the price. Some of these come in specifically, with an agenda for personal or monetary gain. This is happening all over in the Body. But that does not make it right or ethical, moral or pleasing to God. God sees it.
The Bible says that a foundation built with any other foundation than that of Jesus Christ will not hold. People this is a pivotal time to examine our hearts and be willing to do a deep house cleaning, if necessary. We must operate in righteousness, honor, integrity, and walk in a Spirit of Excellency, doing what is right and pleasing in His sight.
▪︎Time to Allow the Lord to Cut Away the Old
The Lord is about to do some pruning and cutting away. Not only may it be people around you, it may entail ministries and more. And none of us want to have the door closed. It is time to allow the Lord to cut the dead branches away, in our lives, so we can be more fruitful in our ministries. We may need to repent, we may need to be willing to be stretched out, the key is to be willing.
The season is crucial and the hour is getting late. The Five Foolish Virgins were told by the Five Wise Virgins to go back and purchase the oil they would need. I asked the Lord, how do we do that. He showed me they had to go back and pay the price. By the time they had paid the price, the Bridegroom had come and the door had been shut.
▪The Fragrance of Christ
There is just something that happens when the anointing manifests in our lives. It shows others that there has been a set-aside time in the Secret Place, that has taken place. The anointing, also, brings forth the destiny of the Lord Jesus Christ in each one of us. In that set-aside time that we spend with Him, we are to empty ourselves out, as Jesus did in Gethsemane. It presses us to pursue Him with all of our hearts and surrender to Him all that we have and all that we are. We then desire only His will in our lives and become totally yielded to Him.
This is symbolic of the crushing of the oil and not only speaks of separation, but of sanctification. Only thru this process, will it bring forth the Aroma of His Presence and reveal who He is. For it is in the crushing, that we become a sweet-smelling perfume and aroma unto our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is serious measures for serious times. The difference between a Dress Rehearsal and the actual show is one is a play and one is real. The Five Wise were prepared.
The Five Wise Virgins had allowed themselves to be crushed and pressed down to the last drop of oil. Just like Jesus did in Gethsemane when He sweated drops of Blood. They were willing to go thru His sufferings and be sanctified. And because of this, they now eluded His fragrance. His sheep hear His voice. This is a crucial time to stay drawn to the Father.
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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. 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. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:1-13
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Hebrews 4:8
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28
▪A Time to Clean our House
It’s time for all of us to do an internal and eternal cleansing of that which God will not allow in this next season. You can fool man, but you cannot fool God. He sees our hearts. He is coming for a real Bride without spot or blemish. That means she is a Bride who has paid the price and has made herself ready. She has studied to show herself approved. She has developed an intimate relationship with Yeshua. She knows His voice. She has gone thru the Valley of Sufferings. She is obedient and she has paid the price. Five foolish or five wise. Five real or Five Unreal. Which one are we? The hour is late and the call of the Bridegroom is near. Even if we have messed up, we are to know, we can begin again. It is not by our works, but by the yielding of our hearts and surrender of our will to His. This is the hour we yield to Him everything. He is drawing the line.
Let’s draw near to the Lord and stay there. Do not let the distractions of the World keep you away. Let’s put down our busyness and be about our Father’s business. May this be an encouragement to you.
Written by Patti Finney Compton