Be Prepared

Series: Stories

Be Prepared

November 19, 2023 | David McQueen

Passage: Matthew 25:1-13

When it comes to Jesus’ return and the end of the age, we must be prepared for both suddenly and to persevere (Matthew 25:1-13). With the current Israeli war in Gaza, many people are wondering and asking: is this the end? Jesus was asked the same question by His disciples. He warns them strongly to be sure that no one leads them astray, and that no one knows the day or the hour except our Heavenly Father. Jesus then, using the Parable of the Ten Virgins, teaches about end times and His return. Because the precise timing of His return is known only by God, the appropriate question is not: is this the end? The right question is: are we ready? Whether Jesus returns today or beyond our lifetime, are we prepared either way? Regardless, we are called to contend in prayer against the demonic spirit of the day that desires to destroy the Jewish people (Psalm 122:6-8). The promise of Scripture is that God has not forsaken the Jewish people, and that a day is coming when they collectively embrace Jesus as their Messiah. When that happens, the world will experience an outpouring of even greater spiritual riches (Romans 11:11-12).

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Be Prepared

Text: Matthew 25:1-13

Weddings were   in Jesus’ day in 1st century Israel.

Once the groom had the  prepared, they set the date for the wedding celebration that would be at the newly prepared place.

And, though the bride knew the day when the wedding was going to occur, she did not know exactly what  it would happen.

The   of the bridesmaids was to have lamps or torches to light the processional and escort the couple to the ceremony.

We must be prepared for    and to  

Jesus could come today, and we need to be ready because He will  the living and the dead. (Mt. 25:31-46)

Only those who have said  to be His follower and are running hard after Him will go to life eternal.

The rest will be separated from God forever, paying themselves for their sins because they  to let Jesus pay for them.

Am I also committed to  in   if He doesn’t return in my lifetime?

Even if the war in Israel is not a sign of the end, we are called to contend against the    of the day.

The greatest work of God in our world is still ahead, and it is tied to when the eyes of Jewish people are opened to their    (Rm. 11:12, 28-29)

The enemy knows this and has been trying to  the Jewish people for literally thousands of years.

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