“Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand:” Joel 2:1
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:1-13, NIV)
1. The 10 virgins represent the church.
Jesus did not say five virgins and five prostitutes. All ten were virgins. All ten were clean so I believe they represent the Blood washed church.
2. The timing in the story.
Read Matthew 24 to understand the time Jesus was talking to the disciples about. He was talking about the end of time and His return.
3. All 10 of the Church is in a Deep Sleep at that time.
Would this represent the church today? In the story they were all asleep. Maybe we need to see that we are all in this together – asleep.
4. A Midnight Awakening Cry was heard.
I believe a Midnight Cry is going though the earth today. It is getting louder and louder as the days go by. This cry will intensify until the church awakens.
Midnight is a time when we are in deep sleep and do not expect the awakening.
5. There were Wise and Foolish.
During every outpouring of God’s Spirit, or God’s Awakenings, there are those who are foolish, not looking, not seeking, nor are they prepared. There are also those who are seeking God and have “oil in their lamps.”
“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.’” (Luke 19:41, 42, NIV)
Jesus expects us to understand the Scriptures and seasons of God.
6. The Lamp and the Oil
Each one is responsible to have oil in their lamp. Jesus said to “watch and to pray.” His command to the church is “be ready” at all times because we do not know the hour our Lord will return.
Do you feel a stirring in your spirit?
Do you have a hunger to pray and seek the Lord?
Are you drawn to the Word of God in a new way?
God is wanting to fill our lamps with oil today so we are ready for this great Celebration.
7. The Celebration
This awakening is a time of great harvest just before the Bridegroom comes to take His bride. A great awakening.
“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14, NKJV)
Here is a word of prophecy I received:
“A cloud, a mighty and dark cloud of wickedness is forming over the earth. The winds are blowing this cloud and it is moving fast across the land. Like a hurricane it is moving and it is drawing those of wicked intent together, The world is watching and saying this wickedness will not come to us. This storm will pass over us. But, no political force can stop this because the power behind this storm is “spiritual wickedness.” The ancient powers of darkness who motived the kings of Babylon to destroy Israel and the Temple are aroused again in this last days. Only the power of God can stop this storm.”
“Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12, NKJV)
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV)
Senior leader of Praise Chapel International
Leading the Azusa Street Prayer Service each month in Los Angeles.