Reading through Revelation, something that caught my attention was the repetition of “Behold , I am coming quickly!” and the call to hold fast and to be ready. No one knows the day or the hour – which the signs of the times show that is coming all the more quickly. The more I think about that line in Revelation, the more I think of the parable in Matthew 25 of the wise and foolish virgins. As we know the story, 5 were wise and 5 were foolish. But they shared some common ground.
- They were all virgins.
- They were all waiting for the bridegroom.
- They all had lamps and they all had fire in their lamps.
- They were all going to the wedding.
But they did not all have extra oil for their lamps.
As the parable goes, the virgins slumbered and slept. At When they heard that the bridegroom was coming they readied their lamps and ran out to meet him. But the foolish had said to the wise, “give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” (Matthew 25:8)
But the wise refused saying that if they did then there would not be enough for theirs. While the foolish went out to get their oil, the bridegroom returned and the wise went with him to the wedding feast. When the foolish returned, they were refused entry as the bridegroom said he never knew them.
That is the importance of holding fast to the end and in being ready.
It is having that extra oil that comes from filling up on the Word of God and in prayer and in Holy Spirit to multiply that anointing. If you are not ready when comes the time, you cannot borrow from someone else’s anointing. Don’t wait until it is too late to get your own fuel for your flame. The end of the parable warns, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” (Matthew 25:13 NKJV) He is coming soon! We must always be ready.