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Sleeping At Midnight

Norman McNulty
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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Crockett Hospital, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • September 22, 2017
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The title for our message this evening is sleeping at midnight. Which ordinarily would be a good thing to be doing. As an hour all of us like until you've at your best sleep and you don't have to be in there all just to know this but the science behind it is that you get your deepest sleep in the hours before midnight you have stage four stages of sleep and then REM sleep which stands for rapid eye movement in stages three and four of sleep happen the most before midnight which is the most restored of form of sleep so generally speaking if you're asleep at midnight that's a good thing but in. Relation to the church with respect to the coming of Jesus it's not a good thing. And we're going to see that in the message tonight we're going to be studying the parable of the ten virgins as evening. And I'm going to read a couple of statements and we're going to get into this passage this is a review and Herald August one thousand eight hundred ninety when the third angel's message is preached as it should be power attends its proclamation and it becomes an abiding influence I know we've talked about this all week but friends we should be preaching the third angel's message the way God designed for it to be preached it must be at center with divine power or it will accomplish nothing I am often referred to the parable of the turn virgins five of whom were wise and five foolish now if the servant of the Lord was often referred to this parable it must be important. Continuing this parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter for a special application to this time and like the third. Angels message has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time this parable is present truth it was fulfilled to the very letter through the mill right movement and the eight hundred forty S. and it's been continued to be fulfilled through the Second Advent movement since eight hundred forty four and it is present truths for our time to all the close of time it's connected to the third Angel's most of our brief statement on present truth early writings page sixty three there are many precious truths contained in the Word of God but it is present truth that the flock needs now. I have seen the danger of the Muslims years running off from the important points of present truth to dwell upon subjects that are not calculated to unite the flock and sanctify the soul Satan will here take every possible advantage to enter the cause friends in Seventh Day Adventist Church as we should be hearing Seventh Day Adventist messages you can go to lots of other churches that have well meaning people that are actually preaching Bible based must address and in some cases some of our brothers and sisters in the other churches are taking clearer stands on some of the social issues of the day than some of our ravenous brothers and sisters are willing to take a stand on but at the end of the day we should be preaching ad been a submissive has in administering his now we're told the prison truth is but such subjects as the sanctuary in connection with the twenty three hundred days the commandments of God in the faith of Jesus are perfectly calculated to explain the past Advent movement and show what our present position is of the I wish the faith of the doubting and give certainty to the glorious future these I have frequently seen were the principal subjects on which the messengers should roll so I asked the question what are we doing a Seventh Day Adventists do we think we can do better than the prescription that God has given to us. Now if the parable of the ten virgins is present truth this is something that is worth our time and. What is the setting of the Spiritual of the ten virgins it immediately follows Matthew chapter twenty four where the disciples come to Jesus and as they're walking out of Jerusalem and they see that sample there remark in on the glory and the beauty of that sample and Jesus just happens to say I tell you that there will not be one stone left upon another and in the minds of the disciples that clearly meant the end of the world so Jesus is in His mercy mixes the destruction of Jerusalem with the end of the world and he goes through a variety of signs of wars and rumors of wars and earthquakes and famines and plagues and various places he says these are the beginning of sorrows but the end is not yet and he goes through a variety of signs that the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached on all the world for a witness a new all nations and then shall the end come all of these signs that he goes through and then he gets to another parable which leads into the parable of the ten virgins and this is the parable of the wise and the evil servants which is the perfect segue into the parable of the ten virgins and in this parable we discover that there are actually three classes in the church turn to Matthew chapter twenty four. Matthew Chapter twenty four starting in verse forty four Jesus is therefore be also ready. For in such an hour as you think not the Son of Man coming we don't know the hour that Jesus is coming so you better be ready that's the authority of Jesus himself. And then he gets into a description of what his church will be like before he comes back in verse forty five he says Who then is a faithful and wise servant whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household to give them me in due season so Scripture says Here Jesus says that while you are waiting for Jesus to come I will have faithful and wise servants whom I have made ruler in my house or in my church to give my people me in due season. Which means spiritual food that is appropriate for the time that we are living in that's another way to describe present truth Jesus the Mayu wise servants who I have appointed as rulers over my household. Are to be giving me in due season other some of the church that say Christ is the only head of the Church of Christ as the only head of the church why did he appoint rulers over his household. There is order in the church and he serves that my rulers my wife servants will be given will be giving me or present truth in due season they will look at the times on which we are living and and they will be giving the trump a certain sound to sound the alarm to the world and to point to the church the righteousness of Christ that we need to be ready for the coming of Jesus messages that are designed to prepare God's church and the world for the coming of Jesus me in due season. That is what God's servants should be doing. Jesus says in verse forty six blow so there is the servant whom his lord when he come with shall find so doing verily I see in the youth that he shall make him ruler over all his goods but this is not the only class in the church at the time of the coming of Jesus you would think that all Seventh Day Adventist would be eagerly looking for the coming of Jesus and would be encouraging the preaching of the coming of Jesus and would be working toward the coming of Jesus but there are other servants in the church who say in verse forty eight but if that evil servant shall say in his heart my lord delay it this coming now these are Adventists because they acknowledge that Jesus is coming they just say that his coming is the way. So they're not going to go so far as to say I don't think Jesus coming at all. They're just saying I don't see him coming any time soon. Now what would cause these evil servants to see that the coming of Jesus is the way verse forty nine and shall begin to smite his fellow servants and to eat and drink with a drunken notice what happens when the evil servant says in his heart my lord delays is coming he begins to smite his fellow servant but why the servant who is giving me in due season saying therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh and the evil servants put down the trumpet and don't let it sound I'm tired of hearing messages about the coming of Jesus in our church. Because they are under the influence of the wine of Babylon they are eating and drinking with a drunken. You'd better be careful if you are imbibing the theology of Babylonians because Babylonians aren't interested in the end of the world. They are generally not interested in the coming of Jesus would mean you drank the wine of Babylon. You start to develop a distaste for present truth and you persecute the servants who give prison truth. And you say in your heart my lord delays is coming the wise servant is looking for the coming of Jesus the evil servant doesn't want Jesus to come. And we see what happens we're says fifty and fifty one the Lord of the servant shall come on a day when he look at nought for him him in an hour that he is not aware of and shall cut him asunder and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth Now you may be saying Praise the Lord I'm not an evil servant and that's good. You may be saying I want Jesus the come I appreciate good messages I like to hear when the preacher talks about the soon coming of Jesus that's my kind of message that's my kind of preaching I must be a wise servant will notice there are wise servants in the church but we're going to move on to the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins not only are their wives servants and virgins There's also the evil servants who are drunk with the wine of Babylon but that's not the only CLOS left there is also foolish virgins so as I see it there are actually three classes and adding to them before Jesus comes back there are wise servants that are also wise virgins but just because you believe in the coming of Jesus does not necessarily mean that you are wise you might be a foolish virgin and I'm going to show you that and then there are the evil servants in the church so what we can see visibly are wise servants and evil servants but you can't necessarily tell the difference between the wise and the foolish. So what is obvious in the church today is that there are those who are preaching the message of the coming of Jesus and that gives you the potential to be wise there are others in the church who are writing on magazines and websites and other things saying we need to stop preaching about the coming of Jesus it's lost its relevance our evangelism doesn't work we need to do cultural friendly messages that will bring people into the church that don't talk about the spirit of prophecy in our in time prophetic message let's just make it seeker sensitive and you can say OK these are those who don't like the coming of Jesus they could be evil servants but just because you believe in the coming of Jesus. Just because you appreciate the preaching of truth does not automatically mean that you are ready to meet Jesus when He comes. That's why we have the parable of the ten virgins. And I might add. The reason why this parable carry so much weight is because this is a Jesus giving this parable to describe the condition of his church at the time of his coming if you have a Bible with red letter edition of the words of Jesus these words are all in. So this has great authority all of Scripture has authority it's just a very interesting though when it's Jesus himself saying in Scripture Let's move on now to the parable of the ten regions. Matthew chapter twenty five verse one. Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened and the ten virgins which took their lamps and went forth to meet the bride. You know I like verse one and of all we had it was verse one we would say this is a church that is ready. This is a church that is like ten virgins a virgin is a pure woman. This is a pure church. Not only that it says they check their lamps so it's a pure church. Not only is it a pure church they take their lamps on one thousand one hundred five by word of the lamp and on my feet and a lie and in my path this is a pure church that is a Bible believing church so what Jesus is the scribing the group that is going to be ready for his coming they are pure and they are Bible believing these are God's people who believe in the truths of Scripture they are not confused about the account of creation in the first the leaven chapters of Genesis they are not confused about the sanctuary message in Daniel eight fourteen they are not confused about about a variety of other issues in the church these are people who live by the Bible and the Bible only who demand of the US the authority for every rule and practice of their faith they are a pure church they are a Bible believing church. AND IT services that they went forth to meet the bridegroom. They are studying their bible based on the time that they are living in em based on their purity. Based on their study of the truth of Scripture they discover in their Bibles that they are living in the time when Jesus coming again therefore they go forth to meet the bridegroom this is a Bible believing church that is a purer church that is expecting the second advent of Jesus friends these are Seventh Day Adventists. They are peer they be believe the Bible and based on what the Bible says they believe everything that the Bible says they understand the prophetic message they understand the prophetic time they understand that this is the time of the coming of Jesus and if you were to just stop at verse one you would say this is an ON FIRE church that is all going to go through to meet Jesus when He comes. They must be the wise servants that Jesus was talking about in the previous parable Busters first one verse two uses five of them were wise and five were foolish are you kidding me. You can be pure. You can believe the truth of Scripture you can understand that Jesus is coming soon and still be foolish and left outside of the Kingdom of God That's what Jesus was. And that should be a startling wake up call to anybody who says well I believe present truth therefore I'm ready for Jesus to come Amir assent to intellectual truth will not be enough to save you in God's Kingdom What is the problem with the foolish virgins. Three says they that were foolish shook their lamps and shook no oil with them now we understand from Zachariah chapter for over six zero bubble sees these two all of trees and he sees pipes coming out of the olive trees and they're taking this all of oil into a bowl and he looks at this and he's so the angel What does this mean in the angel says not by my nor by power but by my Spirit say if the Lord of Hosts the oil represents the Holy Spirit so what's the problem with a foolish virgins they understand all the truths of scripture but they don't have the Holy Spirit in their lives Ellen White says in the chapter on the seal of God into us the most of all in five there will be some who understood every point of our faith but will be lost you know what a foolish virgins looks like. This is someone who has the knowledge of the truth and they have the Word of God but they don't have the oil of the Holy Spirit and their lies we've talked about the fruit of the spirit this week love joy peace longsuffering gentleness goodness faith meekness temperance and so they have the truth of Scripture and they know what the Bible says and they take their lamps and they use the lamp and the lamp turns into the a weapon because it's not connected with the softening grace of the Holy Spirit so you take the Bible and it turns into a weapon and you're beating people over the head saying Don't you know the Bible says this don't you know the bad of us is that and you do it with a mean spirit and people wonder what happened to this person on the other hand there's others who say I'm tired of the boundary of this lamp and the people that I meet who live within the boundary of this lamp and they don't have the oil of the Holy Spirit there so I'm kind of a nice. And kind and not nice I don't want that lamp I just want the oil but listen if you have oil without the boundary of the lamp the oil is going to get everywhere you're going to get messy and that's what we have with the charismatic movement and the drums on the church and all of that stuff it's not the Holy Spirit it's an evil spirit so just because you run into foolish virgins does not give you license to throw the lamp away because the Holy Spirit guide you into all truth which that lamp the Bible defines the foolish virgins. Use the Bible and perhaps the spirit of prophecy as a weapon because they lack the grace of the Holy Spirit in their lives and facto in what it says and review in her one thousand nine hundred ninety the state of the church represented by the foolish virgins is also spoken of as the layer to see in state the bad news is that we have foolish virgins who are a layer to see and are minutes but the good news is that not everybody in Adventism is foolish or lukewarm there are wise virgins and now going to isn't it so the foolish virgins are the Laodiceans who are described as being rich and miserable poor blind and naked but they think the rich and increased with goods and have made of nothing they think they're on their way to heaven and don't need anything else they think a knowledge of the Bible will get them into the kingdom they are going to be the one saying Lord or not have we not done many wonderful works in your name have we not prophesied in your name these could be preachers who been preaching the word knowledge of truth alone does not give that INS you or a converted person. But if you are a converted person you will follow the truth as it is in Jesus'. Continuing and by the way if you want to do a good study on the parable of the ten virgins the last chapter in Christ object lessons goes through all of it but also review and Herald August one thousand eight hundred ninety is an entire article and there complimentary sections the go very well together continuing speaking of the foolish virgins in the parable of the Virgins five are represented as wise and five as foolish the name foolish virgins represents the character of those who have not the genuine heart work Rob by the Spirit of God The Coming of Christ does not change the foolish virgins into wise ones when Christ comes the balances of heaven will weigh the character and decide whether it is pure sanctified and holy or whether it is unclean and unfit for the Kingdom of Heaven those who have despised the divine grace that is at their command that would have qualified them to be the inhabitants of herb and will be the foolish virgins they have all the white all the knowledge but they failed to obtain the oil of grace they did not receive the truth in it sanctifying power now this next statement that I'm going to read this is the last statement I have on the foolish virgins should be a startling statement to you because notice the evil servants were described as hypocrites notice well and whites about the foolish virgins This is Christ object lessons page for a woman. And serial of the reference off but it's Christ objects lessons page four eleven The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. That you hear that. If you are a foolish virgin you're not a hypocrite they have a regard for the truth they have advocated the truth they are attracted to those who believe the truth another words you could love the truth the three angels messages and all that it entails you could advocate the truth meaning you are a preacher of truth you could be attracted to those who believe the truth meaning you like to come to conventions like this. Is where you can hear the truth preached. And still be foolish but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit's working they have not fallen upon the rock Christ Jesus and permitted their old nature to be broken up in other words you are uncertain rendered on submitted unconverted that old nature is still alive and well in your life and so you can show up on Sabbath morning and give the Sabbath school US and even preach the sermon do you a special music and yet you're a mean grumpy old grouch that nobody wants to be around that's a for sure. But Lord I know the truth I know I'm not very nice but at least on defending the truth in my unchristian spirit surely that counts for something no it doesn't. If you have not fallen upon the rock Christ Jesus and permitted the old nature to be broken up you are a foolish Virgine what you need is the experience of being crucified with Christ fully and totally surrendered. Thankfully there are wise virgins in the church Matthew chapter twenty five verse four shows the difference and we read but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps notice this the the wise they took oil in their vessels with their lamps. We understand that the oil represents the Holy Spirit we understand that the lamp represents the Bible so these are people in the church who not only understand the truth as it is in Jesus they are clear on the creation account they are clear in the sanctuary message they are clear on righteousness by faith they are clear on the three angles messages and they are converted thus the person I want to be but is says they took the oil in their vessels with their lamb so what are the vessels. The vocals are different then the lamp Let's go to Second Corinthians Chapter four verses six through a. Familiar passage for perhaps you'll see in connection to this parable in a way that you've never seen it before. For God who commanded the longing to shine out of darkness have Shawnee and in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in was Earth and the vessels that the excellence see of the power may be of God and not of us we are troubled on every side yet not distressed We are perplexed but not in despair persecuted but not for sake and cast down but not destroyed no notice verse ten always bearing a bow in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest where in our body. The earthen vessel is the life that God has given to us the heart and the mind that we have in the heart and mind that we have we are to be bearing about in our body the dying of the Lord Jesus in other words we are crucified with Christ so that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in US A wise version has the life of Jesus shining forth from within. A wise Virgine those in the earth and. Jesus living in their heart. I want Jesus to be in my earth a missile. I want God who commanded the line to shine out of darkness to shine in my heart so that the why of the knowledge of the glory of God as seen on the face of Jesus Christ will be seen in my life. I don't answer this question but is that your experience and listen you may not feel it because the closer you come to Jesus the more sinful you will appear in your own eyes. Yet you can have that experience by the grace of God on you can bear about in your body the dying of the Lord Jesus so when you are troubled on every side you will not be distressed. When you are poor perplexed you will not be under Speer when persecuted you will not be for see can cast down he will not be destroyed there are two many adn us who undertrial demonstrate that rather than being fine gold as gold tried in the fire they are base metal who when they are troubled on every side give up their hope in Christ and we murmur and complain like the children of Israel and we say man if we had been alive during their time we would have complained the way they do and the God has given more white to our church than he did even to the children of Israel and some of us complain just as badly as they did the wise virgins will be that way because when we have Jesus in our hearts we won't be complaining we will have the joy of the Lord in our heart. Now you would think. If we stopped right there. And you were to tell me. The There will be those in the church who are sleeping I would say yeah the foolish virgins are sleepin in the wise would be wide awake. But let's keep reading. Matthew chapter twenty five verse five. While the bridegroom chariot or was the laid they all slumbered and sloped. The wise and the foolish virgins are sleeping. Here's the interesting thing the fact that the church is asleep does not necessarily mean that you are lost because the wise virgins will be ready when the time comes. It's not commendable to be sleeping. But it doesn't mean that you will be a loss because the wise and the foolish are sleeping why is everybody asleep because. It's been a lot longer than anybody expected. For Jesus to come Jesus one of the most holy place on October twenty two eight hundred forty four and yet here we are on September twenty two. Two thousand and seventeen I think us of this earlier today I still remember coming here as a twelve year old before we move to you pines at the end of one nine hundred eighty nine and leading into the new year of one nine hundred ninety and we were visiting the port here to see if we would come to move here and there were things happening in the world than that that struck us like the first Gulf War was on the horizon that Jesus was coming very soon and I think I've saw this this week as well that ever since I've been five years all I've heard people say that it can't be more than five years before Jesus comes and yet every five years we're still saying man and Jesus still hasn't come and so everybody spiritually speaking has actually fallen asleep the pure church the Bible believing church who went forth to meet the bridegroom the the wise in the foolish all that are pure Bible believing seventh in this are sleeping because here we are in two thousand and seventeen I never would have dreamed when I was a thirteen year old kid that I would be back here when I'm forty to give a week of per message to you keep on I would have thought for sure that Jesus would have been here minus but here we are in two thousand and seventeen. And so everybody is sleeping we may be looking for the coming of Jesus but we're doing doing so through a sleepy prophetic. You see there are some key events that have to take place before Jesus comes back we understand that there's going to be a national some new law that will coincide with the outpouring of the law to reign in the giving of the loud cry which will lead to the close of probation which will then lead to Jacob's time of trouble none of those things have happened. And if you hear some stray commentary from people here or there that we've entered into the judgment of the living don't fall for that kind of thing we are still waiting for the of the final events of Earth's history to kick in we are in the time when it could happen because once Jesus one of the most holy place in one thousand nine hundred four the potential for those things to happen is there but they haven't happened yet. And every year that goes by the delay gets longer and people are sleeping very well but the parable doesn't stop there the church does not stay asleep for ever. A day is coming when the church is going to be wide awake look at Matthew chapter twenty five Verse six in that midnight midnight is if you're sound asleep at midnight that is going to be the deepest part of your sleep so when the church is at its deepest state of spiritual sleep. And at midnight. There was a cry you made be heard the bridegroom Thomas girl he out to meet him. The midnight Croix wakes up all ten virgins everybody was sleeping but they're not sleeping any more now the midnight cry prophetically wakes up the church coincides with a revelation eighteen one of which is the loud cry were an angel comes down from heaven having great power or authority and the earth is light in Dora lumen aged with His glory and he cries mightily with a strong voice saying Babylon the Great is fall one is fallen and has become the habitation of doubles and the whole very fell spirit and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird and verse three says for all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication and the kings of the earth of committed fornication with her and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies not a source for. And I heard another voice out of heaven saying come out of her my people that you be not particulars of persons and that you receive not of her plagues verse five for her sins have reached and you haven't and God hath remembered her iniquities no notice those the first five are says that is the loud cry message and in that loud cry message is the pronoun Babylon is fall and because her sins have reached under heaven one to her sins reach into heaven well as the PAGE ONE ninety eight when her sons reach into heaven when the law of God is finally made void by legislation yes what friends do you want to know what triggers the midnight cry of this parable the national Sunday along and let me tell you something when the national Sunday law comes there is not a Seventh Day Adventist alive who is going to stay sleeping at that moment every single Seventh Day Adventist will know when the Sunday law comes that Jesus is at the door that the delay is over Jesus. Is coming again and so those who are wise those who have the oil in their vessels with their lamps are now prepared to receive the outpouring of the latter rain so that they will give a loud cry most of all the foolish virgins didn't even have the early rain experience and they're not ready to do anything other than to realize that they're not ready for Jesus to come in this the way the PIRA Bill describes this moment it comes unexpectedly let me put it to you this way. I believe that Jesus is coming soon and I felt a great waltzing being here this week Sunday morning on the drive home Monday morning and I go to work a week from tomorrow preaching at another church and I kind of forget my schedule but I'm going to go into a variety of places preaching a similar message in all the churches I guarantee. With a message of I pray will lead hearts to show people how their hearts check to make sure that we are right with God as a people so that we're ready when he comes but let me tell you something if something happened on Tuesday of this coming week and by the way just as a disclaimer I'm not making a prediction no man knows that they are the hour. But if something happened on Tuesday of this week or even next month that was of such a momentous magnitude that the people of this nation as we are told an inspiration it's not going to be a behind the scenes conspiracy and then all of a sudden will all President Trump says I've got a Sunday off or you know there's something that happens that will cause the people of the nation to demand of the legislators we need to get back to God we've strayed so far out of the way and we've gone for legislation that legislates him more rowdy through gay marriage look at us as a nation look at the judgments that are being poured out upon us it is time for us to come back to God We need a law to get us right with God Now here's the amazing thing about this Sunday along what leads up to the Christian church which is the fallen church is about along the evangelical churches there's many good people and we have a message to call them out but the organized bodies of those churches have a false gospel that says Jesus will save you in your soon. And with that gospel there are some who are intelligent enough to say well if I'm saved in my son why does it matter what I do and so what happens is we as a nation have declined because of this false gospel because our Gospel doesn't have power to keep us from living the holy alive and so we get worse and worse and worse and worse and we've reached a point of degeneracy that eventually it will be like well we're so bad and so the Christian churches Protestant America the second Beast of Revelation thirteen will come to the halls of legislation and say as a Christian church we need your help legislators because our Gospel doesn't work so we need you to make a long to help people follow God because our gospel isn't powerful enough to do that and as Adam as we have been given the everlasting Gospel that would actually keep this nation from getting into where it has been but prophetically we see where things are going but the bottom line is this. When that Sunday law comes if it were to happen in the next few weeks humanly speaking I would go from a state of being sleeping at midnight to wide awake. All of a sudden everything has changed. And if you are honest with yourselves. You're doing God's work but you have a plan of what you're going to be doing the next few months and I almost can guarantee you that in your plan for a life the next few months is not the close of probation on the Sunday law but if that were to happen it would change everything now again I'm not saying it's going to happen in the next few months but the point of the parable is that it is going to happen in a startling and an unexpected way that it wakes up a church that has been sleeping at midnight there is going to be an overwhelming surprise profit something six twenty six Christians should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise and this preparation they should make by diligently study studying the Word of God and striving to conform their lives through its precepts the tremendous issues of eternity demand of us something besides an imaginary religion a religion of words and forms where truth is kept on the outer core God calls for a revival in reformation that imaginary religion is the religion of the fullest virgins where we know the words in the forms and present truth on the terms and all of that but we haven't let Jesus come into our life and changes. We should be preparing for the so overwhelming surprise so Samoa's boy May twentieth says the same thing transgression has almost reached its limit confusion fills the world in a great chair or is soon to come upon human beings the end is very near. We who know the truth should be preparing for what a soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise and the statements from Rome more than once this week the agency in the volume on of the testimonies pages the agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating they are strengthening for the last great crisis great changes are soon to take place in our world and the final movements will be rapid ones this overwhelming surprise the midnight cry which coincides with the Sunday law reveals the character of the virgins. And at that point who you are is who you will be. Notice Chrysler object lessons page four twelve. It is in a crisis that character is revealed. I want to read the rest of the statement I'm gonna stop right there and say this that's not hard to be a good Christian when things are going well your you're receiving blessings people are being nice to you. You can be nice to hopefully And so when everything's going well you may feel like you have a good character but the question is what is your character like when it is tested. Because it isn't a crisis that character is revealed in the crises that God allows you to go through now is preparation for the Final Crisis when the cry goes out hears the song the law that means Jesus coming go forth to meet the bridegroom and you know that you are standing face to face with eternity that will be the greatest crisis of your life and if you're if you love Jesus and you long for his appearing It will also be the greatest moment it is in a crisis that character is revealed when the earnest voice proclaimed at midnight behold the bridegroom cometh go ye out to meet him in the sleeping virgins were roused from their slumbers it was seen who had made preparation for the event both parties were taken on unaware so even the converted were taken by surprise but one was prepared for the emergency and the other was found without preparation on notice The next her so now. A sudden and looked for calamity. Something that brings the soul face to face with death will show whether there is any real faith in the promises of God. You know you can say you have faith in the promises of God now but what's it going to be a life when that time comes. If you're struggling to believe in the promise of the we are now there's no way you're going to be sustained by grace them. It will show whether the soul sustained by grace the great final test comes at the close of human probation and when it will be too late for the souls in need to be supplied So obviously this creates a reaction among the virgins. You're going to have this moment of reality when your character is revealed and so all the virgins wake up and then all those virgins or rows in trimmed their lamps including the full of shit like oh Jesus is coming we better move forward to meet him. In the full set of The Wise give us of your oil for our lamps are gone now so what's going to happen is the the wise it's going to be a momentous time but they have Jesus in their lives and so they have the strength that they need to go forth to meet this crisis and the foolish virgins are going to see among the wise Oh they're ready for this they're not falling apart they're not scared to death they're actually happy for this and they're going out to give the message Why is it that I'm so scared to death of this whole thing why am I falling apart why am I feeling like I'm going to collapse here hey what are you doing how do you have such an experience to be ready for this moment what are you doing you know what you can't get from the wise at that moment what they have. At that moment. You're not going to be able to call up the President of you pawns or brother or a woman or brother Fiedler or someone else that you have looked up to and connected with maybe they've even been a prayer partner for you. At that time your character is your character and their character is there here. But why is answered saying not so lest there not be enough for us in you but go you rather to them that so I'm buying for your souls character is not transfer will notice this no man can believe for another no man can receive the Spirit for another no man can impart to another the character which is the fruit of the Spirit's work in. The know will Daniel in job or in the land as I live say if the Lord God they shall deliver neither son or daughter they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness and so the foolish go out to try to find the Holy Spirit and while they want to buy the bridegroom came this is the close of probation and they that were ready went in him with the went in with him to the marriage and the door was shut after work him also the other version saying Lord Lord open to us but he answered so the Verily I see him do you I know you not first John chapter four verse eight says he that loveth not know without God For God is love you saying I don't know you because you never loved me you didn't have a relationship with me you didn't spend time with me you knew about me you know what the Bible said about me you knew the manner of my coming but you didn't take the time to get to know me you were waking up late in the morning not having devotions you weren't spending time with God throughout the day you weren't meditating on his word at night you were so busy with the cares of this world and even doing good things that you forgot to spend time with Jesus so that he didn't even know you at the time of his coming Watch therefore. For you know neither THE DAY nor THE HOUR where in the Son of Man come of it is a perilous state to be and a say since Jesus hasn't come for one hundred seventy three years now since eight hundred forty four I have more time to just keep doing the things that I'm doing and I'll come to church every Sabbath and I'll even do God's work but I know my heart's unconverted but it's easier to just stay the way things are than to actually do a full surrender for and you better watch out because someday possibly very soon there's going to be the cry that goes out behold the bridegroom cometh go ye out to meet him and at the moment God will have us people that are ready and if you haven't surrendered your life to him you won't be ready. Now is the time to prepare now is the time to have our hearts Roy and ready to meet Jesus those who wait this is Christ offer to close ones page for fifteen those who wait for the bridegroom is coming are to say to the people behold your god this is the loud cry most of the last rays of merciful why in the last message of mercy to be given to the world is a revelation of His character of love but you can't be that revelation of His character of love if you don't have it. The children of God are to manifest His glory in their own wife and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them so as I bring this to a close I have a question for you tonight who are you you know you can put on a good front. Everybody can look wise. And I pray there are any evil servants here. If you are one you still have time to repent and join the Second Advent movement and its cause and its purpose but I know that in a room this size there is at least some foolish virgins you know the truth. You believe the truth you may be advocating the truth you are attracted to those who believe the truth but you have not fallen upon the rot Jesus and permitted the old nature to be broken up when the line is crossed and once it goes the far than the old nature rises right up in your showing the fall oneness of your humanity rather than the beauty of Jesus and the Lord is moving the Holy Spirit is moving to do everything that he can to give each one of us an opportunity to be right with God before Jesus comes. It's not too late to become a wise Virgine. It's not too late to give your life fully and completely to Jesus now. This is not an appeal for everybody. This is my last message in this convocation. You may be feeling. You may be feeling the Holy Spirit speaking to you right now and again this isn't for everybody to come. Because not everybody is a foolish or region. But this message has touched your heart and you're saying the Holy Spirit is convicting me I haven't fallen upon the rock Christ Jesus and permitted the old nature to be broken out. I'm still one converted among surrendered my character shows that when I'm provoked I still have elements that need to be purged from my wife and I want to be ready for Jesus to come I want to love Him with all my heart I want to be surrendered him completely and if that's your your case and if that's your conviction I would invite you to come forward and kneel with me as I pray this isn't for everyone it might just be for one person and that's OK and you may be thinking oh man but if I come for they're going to say you're a worker and you she finds How could you be that way don't worry what people think. You're doing this for Jesus you're making a stand for him and saying Lord I love you and I need you and I'm tired of putting on a front that is a front of being foolish when I need to be wise and I am going to make a stand at the end of this convocation that from this time forward this is the turning point in my why my heart has been tough so if you're feeling that conviction I would invite you to come down don't worry about what others think allow this to be a time where God touches your heart to say from this moment forward I'm going to be wise and doesn't have to be for everybody this is for those who are saying I want Jesus to be in my life I want the law of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ to be seen in me and so by God's grace we will be the go forth to be a revelation of His character of Love God is good to us as he not you know my heart was touched my daughter came for there is nothing like seeing your own child respond to the moving of all the spirit in. What and pray as we close Father in heaven. We love you. And we think you for your mercy thank you that you are moving. Upon our hearts that the Holy Spirit is touching our hearts and. You've been good she was you've given us so much knowledge you've given us so much information and what we need now is to have a transformation of heart so not only do we have an experience of knowing what shrewd is but that we have an experience in knowing Jesus and that when others see us they will know that we have been with G's. Forgive us Lord for. How often we have been foolish. But thank you for your amazing that you have given us. To be fully surrendered to you. We don't know the hour of your coming but by your grace for we go forth from from this meeting from this the forward. As those who have the oil in our vessels with our lamps so that when people see us they are such with the character of Jesus and of his law. And I pray when that day comes perhaps a VERY SOON OR the cry goes forth behold the bridegroom cometh to meet him but our hearts will swell with joy because we love Jesus so much that we are thrilled at the thought that our best friend and Savior is coming to take us home rather than being scared of the time of trouble may we learn to look to Jesus and to look for the joy of His coming rather than being scared of things like the time of trouble may we have the love of Jesus to share this with everyone. Thank you for your. Media was brought to you by audio a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about how do you know if you would like to listen to more service. W.W.W.. Dot org.

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