A few years ago, after a tiring day, my husband and I went to bed. It was past midnight when we went to sleep, so when his alarm went off on his phone at three-thirty (3:30) in the morning, we both were abruptly awakened by the loud noise.
The number three in Hebrew represents new life and resurrection, as Yeshua came forth from the dead on day three.
“Chief,” that’s what I call my husband most of the time, grabbed his phone and said, “It’s the church alarm, and somebody may be breaking into the church.” He grabbed some clothes and jumped in his patrol car and took off. I laid in bed and prayed for his safety. As I prayed, I felt the Father say, “Bonnie my people are asleep! They need an alarm to wake them up. They need a shofar blast. They need to come forth from the dead.”
“But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. “For this reason, you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will” (Matthew 24:43-44 NASB).
As I was pondering on this, I was reminded of the parable of the Ten Virgins– five were foolish (disobedient), and five were wise (obedient). The story is more profound than this, you see they all went to meet the Bridegroom, they all had lamps, and they all had oil in their lamps. What are lamps and oil?
“Your word (Torah) is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105 NASB).
They only had the Older Testament when this was written. The first five books of the Bible is referred to as the Torah.
“For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life” (Proverbs 6:23 NASB).
However, even though all the virgins had lamps and oil, all went to sleep.
“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” (Matthew 25:1-5 KJB).
Verse 8-9 says, “The foolish ones said to the sensible ones, ‘Give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both you and us. Go to the oil dealers and buy some for yourselves.” CJB.
The wise would not give their oil. Oil is precious and acquiring it is often from crushing the olives to get the oil–crushing the grapes to bring forth wine, and crushing the flowers to get the perfume.
“Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.” (Proverbs 23:23 NASB).
What is the truth? “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth” (John 17:17 NASB).
When my husband’s alarm went off, we were not expecting it. When Noah started building a boat no one expected rain. It had never rained before. One hundred and twenty years went by before that first drop of rain fell, but Noah kept on building.
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-27).
There is another story in Matthew, it starts in chapter twenty-two, and it is about a Father who is having a wedding banquet for his Son. He sends his servants out and invites his guest, but they didn’t have time to come. One had some new land he needed to look at, another a new bride he wanted to spend time with, and one had merchandise to tend to. The story is told in Luke as well.
One had two oxen to go prove, one land to look at and so on. Oh, has the Father been knocking on our hearts? Has he been trying to wake us up to put Him before all these other things? Have we told the King of Glory, “not now, I am too busy?”
Well, in the story He gets angry, and He says go in the highways and byways and to the poor, the fatherless, the maimed, the crippled, the blind and invite them. They end up coming. Why do you think that is? Broken, humble people, often need a Saviour. I am not just talking about wealth and material possessions. I know many who have wealth but realize they cannot make it without HIM.
Revelations 19:7 says, “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” (NASB).
Are you awake? Are you ready? If the alarm went off tonight, do you know Him? I don’t mean ‘know about Him’–I mean, “know Him.” The ancient Jewish wedding tradition goes like this: The bride and groom were separated after the betrothal. The groom would start to build a home at his father’s house.
”In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2 KJB).
The bride worked on her wedding garments. She made them clean and white–without spot or wrinkle. She also kept her bridesmaids close by, along with her oil lamps and her extra oil. When the Father looked at his Son and said “go get Your Bride,” a loud shofar was blown, and the bride would awaken and get ready to meet her husband.
Let us wake up and prepare to meet our Messiah. Let us clothe ourselves in bridal clothes and keep watch. Let us get to know our Husband in the secret place of intimacy for He is are all and All.
Photograph by Jeff Manning