AFTER FIRST MONTH, TENTH DAY

This is November, 2005.  This paper has been lying on the table unfinished for the last five years.  This may seem like a strange title and opening line to a Christian paper, but read on.  1 Corinthians 10:11 is true. Read the definition below. There were many things the physical Israelites did physically that we will do on a spirit level.  Also, many of the things that the first New Testament church did, we will do on a larger scale.

What happens after we come up out of Jordan on the 10th day of the 1st month?

I think it is a good bet that Satan will first have to release about 120 Christians.  This number could be about 240, since this is the second time it happens.  It could also be larger because of the tare factor, but I personally think the tares will come later.   It could very well be double because fifty percent of the virgins are foolish.

Acts 1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty)

Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

If 1 Corinthians 10:11 is true:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

Then we have spent the last day (year in prophecy) crossing the Jordan.  Our forefathers crossed in one day, if I read this correctly (Joshua chapter 3 & 4).   Notice Joshua 4:19.  The first month and tenth day is a super important day.

Joshua 4:19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.

Year in prophecy is found in Ezekiel 4:5-6, and Num. 14:34

Ezekiel 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

Numbers 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

Joshua 3:13, 16 are keys to understanding what has been going on in your life for the last year. Read the Crossing Jordan paper to see how we are cut off from the Holy Spirit, the waters that come down from above during this time.

Joshua 3:13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.

Joshua 3:16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.

The term “cut off” in Joshua 3:13 – is something to seriously consider.  I’ve given lots of thought to this and I’m convinced that we are not cut off 100% from the Holy Spirit.  If we were we would, no doubt, wilt and die under Satan’s assaults.  We’ve also been enduring a famine of the word (Amos 8:11, 12) only the strong survive a famine.  In the world today, it is the ones with the most guns or the biggest stick.  Only the strongest Christians will survive this famine.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:  12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Each virgin is going to have to reach the point of knowing what it is like to be cut off from God.  As we will gradually learn this is going to be a major factor in our lives and on our trip into the kingdom (the promised land).

If you are one of the 120, you will be shaking in fear when it is clear in your mind what Satan did to you in the previous several years especially, and also during the famine of the word.

I reached the point about January 20, 2000 that I quit praying, except to ask God to forgive me and protect me.  I had concluded there was no need to pray any more, there were no answers coming about the serious things I was praying about.   After three days of this I realized this is what it’s like to be cut off from the waters that come down from above.

I’ve experienced almost continuous demon harassment, both in dealing with other people and with physical aliments.  For instance two days ago, for some unexplained reason my right knee had been bothering me.  It reached the point Friday night January 28, I couldn’t go to sleep.   I finally realized this could be a demon, so I rebuked him in Christ’s name.  Within a minute or so the pain was gone and has not returned two days later.  Today as I proof-read this paper, it is September 1, 2000 and still no knee pain.

These demons and Satan will keep an endless string of incidences coming our way to irritate, upset or in some way cause us to sin.

A major key to obtaining salvation is to learn to realize that these demons can and do influence us more than we ever imagined.

I’m also convinced that this crossing Jordan scenario will be played out year by year. Each Passover Satan will be forced to release next year’s wave.  It’s going to take a long time to get into the promise land, Joshua 11:18.

Joshua 11:18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.

Since Joshua is one of the hats the end time Elijah wears we are in it for the long haul.  Don’t ever think for a minute that the trip will be easy.

We just covered 1 Corinthians 10:11 a couple of pages back.  Don’t you think Job felt like he was cut off from the waters that come down from above, the Holy Spirit?  You and I need to realize that the ‘Job’ prototype is written for you and me.

Think about this potential scenario, Satan is the accuser of the brethren, Revelation 12:10.

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Notice Job 1:6-11 and 2:1-6.

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. 6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

Every so often Satan apparently has to appear before God.  Study the Job scenario in chapter 1 and 2.  Do you find it hard to imagine, Satan would use your name in place of Job’s and making the accusation in Job 1:9,10,11, only changing it to fit your circumstances, lifestyle, job, health, marital state, kids, neighbors etc. I think we would be spiritually naive indeed to think that Satan would not make a move to destroy us spiritually and that God would allow it to see what we are made of.

With that thought in mind it might help us to see more clearly what has happen in our lives in recent years, and year by year in the future as this saga unfolds.  You will meet stiff resistance from friends and families as you start to see and speak about demon influence in your life because in most cases their understanding won’t be progressing at the same rate as yours.  This is a good place for friction to develop.  Family and friends will pressure you in various ways.  The biggest one that I’ve had to deal with is a refusal to accept the fact of strange things happening.  That demons could be affecting my or your life, job, health, sleep, causing others to be late for appointments with you etc., any and everything to irritate us.  In my case, actions show on the part of family and friends.  There is an absolute refusal to believe that a demon or Satan could be altering their thinking.  This is hard coming from the ones you love most.  Christ has willed it and put in writing for us, Matthew 10:36. There is no easy trip to the kingdom.

Matthew 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

On to the first month and tenth day, what happens then?  The first major thing is we come up out of the symbolic Jordan.  We’ve been struggling with for the last year.  Keep in mind we do a spiritual application to what our ancestors did as physical.  In some cases or maybe a lot, there could be a physical application also.  On this tenth day of the first month as we complete this year of trial, the Jordan, which represents the Holy Spirit, returns to it normal flow which is overflowing its banks at the time of the harvest, Joshua 4:18 and 3:15.  Also look at Revelation 22:1 and the phrase “water of life.”

Joshua 4:18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before.

Joshua 3:15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

In other words the Holy Spirit will be over flowing because we will be in the time of the harvest.  This river of life is proceeding from the throne of the Father and the Lamb.  For us it is described in Revelation 7:1-4, 9, and 14. Then as this happens year by year as wave after wave of sleeping virgins wake up, we will see works of the Holy Spirit that we’ve only read about and never experienced.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Why do I say this, first and foremost, we will be keyed in on this end time Elijah person, the famine of the word will be over, Amos 8:11,12, and we will start living out what our examples, our prototypes did, and is written for us. Don’t forget 1 Corinthians 10:11.  Review the definition on page one.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Doesn’t this describe God’s people today?  Every teacher is just a rerun of the past.

Stop and think.  When was the first major harvest of God’s people?  It was at the New Testament times and did by the New Testament church.

Now be honest in your mind about this, was the Holy Spirit, the living waters which the Jordan represents, over flowing its banks then?   You bet it was, how would we explain all the mighty miracles done in that period of time? The power of the Holy Spirit is what produced them.   We’ve only read and dreamed about that type of Holy Spirit activity, but we the end time virgins will experience it as we wake up spiritually, (Matthew 25:5,6) and escape this famine of the word.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Notice no one is excluded from being asleep.

Now what is another thing that happens on the tenth day of the first month?  Exodus 12:2, 3, tells us that we have to choose our Passover lamb.

Exodus 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

All end time virgins do this in lip service.  We go through the Passover ritual, but the command is to choose a lamb without blemish, so we have to choose Christ and the way he did the Passover.   If we do a 15th Passover, which there are absolutely no true Biblical grounds for doing, we are choosing a blemished lamb.  A blemished lamb won’t get the job done and we will still be in our sins after Passover.

As we come up out of this symbolic Jordan and the Holy Spirit starts over flowing its banks (in our minds) we will start to truly sort out these things that happened in our lives while we are cut off from the waters that come down from above, Joshua 3:13, (for us, the living waters).

Joshua 3:13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.

Satan won’t allow us to get to the right decision.  The calendar issue that is raging among God’s people is truly a critical issue.  As one person said several years ago on one of the Internet forums, “if we have an appointment with God and missed it by one day, we will be in trouble.”

The solution of understanding God’s calendar has to be simple enough for the average Christian to understand.  If only scholars can understand it, then that leads us right back into the hierarchy system.  Remember not many wise are called, 1 Corinthians 1:26.

1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

We have to work out our own salvation, Philippians 2:12.

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

A sure way we can start to recognize this Elijah character is this Joshua 3:7 and 4:14.

Joshua 3:7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.

Joshua 4:14 On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.

“Magnify” and “magnified” are both Strong’s #1431 meaning “to twist, i.e., to be or make large in various senses.”

God will make it plain to the church who this man is, whom he has chosen to use.  When we are able to determine this, we best let Joshua 4:14 be our mindset.

As covered in the paper, “The Fear of God” we don’t have the option in the end time to act anyway we want and accuse the one God has chosen.   The true virgins will be like minds.

I think it’s a good bet the day for year in prophecy will apply in this magnifying of this Joshua/Elijah person, Ezekiel 4:5,6 and Numbers 14:34.

Ezekiel 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

Numbers 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

In hindsight after the first month and tenth day we can compare what he said in his papers to actually what happened.  This will certainly get my attention if what he was saying a year or month earlier actually happens.  God won’t leave us in the dark we will be able to know what we are doing spiritually if we are willing to believe what he has written in the Bible.

Joshua 6:27 adds a little to this magnifying or enlarging process God will do for us with this man.

Joshua 6:27 So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.

What he is doing will spread through the church and the virgins will get on the Christian band-wagon as it rolls on into eternity.  Go back in your mind to the activities of the New Testament church.  If you were alive then and had God’s Spirit there could be little doubt in your mind as to where God was working.

Look at another activity that happened around the tenth of the first month, actually between the tenth and the fourteenth, the Israelites had to be circumcised.

Joshua 5:1-3, tells us it was at that time when they were circumcised.

Joshua 5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel.

2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.

3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.

Notice back in verse 1, the time is when the Lord dried up the Jordan before the Israelites.  Verse 10 tells us they kept the Passover on the 14th.  The circumcising took place before the 14th, so the men would be ready.

Joshua 5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.

What is the spiritual application today of what they did physically in Joshua 5:2-3 above?

If you are a man, you can clearly understand the process of circumcising.  You can also understand the process with no painkillers.  I guess there is a chance they had some kind of numbing herb, but no doubt the process was painful.  Why did God require this procedure?

Joshua 5:9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

“Reproach” is Strong’s #2781 meaning “contumely, disgrace…” According to Webster II, New College Dictionary ‘contumely’ means, ” 1) rudeness or contempt in behavior or speech, insolence (2) an insulting act or remark…”

God is certainly going to require that we be circumcised spiritually after we come up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month.  Study closely the definition of reproach.  Dare any of us think we are not buried in the reproach of Egypt, Pharaoh (Satan)?  For us, Satan will be forced to let us go at Passover season.  This is a spiritual application and we will start to wake up from our spiritual sleep, Matthew 25:5.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

This spiritual sleep was our captivity, our slavery to Satan.  Don’t even remotely think for a second that every one of the virgins doesn’t stink to the high heaven with the reproach of Egypt. There is not a one of us whose actions and attitudes wouldn’t be a stench in God’s nostrils.  If you don’t realize this you are still asleep.

Our circumcising is of the heart, Romans 2:28-29, Philippians 3:3, and Colossians 2:11.

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

We have to have a heart transplant, Ezekiel 11:19 and 36:26.  Our stony heart has to be replaced with a spiritual heart, a circumcised heart.

Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Just as a male human would be tender after the physical act of circumcising, our spiritual heart has to be tenderized.

After we come up out of this symbolic Jordan on the tenth day and first month after spending a year being cut off from the waters that come down from above, Joshua 3:13, 16, and enduring the famine of the word even longer, Amos 8:11, 12, when the Holy Spirit starts overflowing its banks again, Joshua 3:15 and 4:18, we will start to see what a hellish period of time we have just gone through.  This waking up process will circumcise the virgin hearts who are wise and of tender conscience.

Joshua 3:13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.

Joshua 3:15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)

16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.

Joshua 4:18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

We will blush with embarrassment and be overwhelmed with remorse as we start to see what spiritual fools we’ve been while we were asleep, Matthew 25:5.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

God has winked at our ignorance. Acts 17:30.  It’s what we do after we wake up is what He is concerned with, that tender, pliable, teachable, circumcised spiritual heart, is what He wants.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

We have got to start receiving massive doses of the Holy Spirit before this can happen.  Today is Feb 6, 2000 and this just isn’t happening.  These soft teachable hearts aren’t happening. As mentioned above we have got to receive massive doses of the Holy Spirit before we can totally get our spiritual house in order, filling up on the Holy Spirit if you will.  A spiritual circumcising of our hearts is clearly needed and will have to be done so we will have this tender heart before God.

Let’s look now at some of the events that happen on that first Passover night thousands of years ago and see what God has written for us.  Don’t forget 1 Corinthians 10:11. Review this definition on page one.

To be covered by the blood of the lamb, the Israelites put it on the two door posts and the lintel, Exodus 12:7.

Exodus 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the pertinence thereof.

Verses 8 and 9 tell us that the lamb was to be roasted with fire.  Was our real Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ, roasted with fire symbolically? You bet he was.  How fiery could a trial get, the way Jesus Christ suffered and died was about as fiery as any trial could be.

Notice Exodus 12:13, this blood was their Savior so to speak.  The houses that had the blood were passed over.  It is the same for us today if we are covered by the blood of Christ, the Lamb without blemish, then we are safe in God’s house.  This word “house” in verse 13 is Strong’s #1004 meaning “a house in the greatest variety of applications especially family…”

Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Look at Exodus 12:29-30.  Isn’t it interesting there was a cry at midnight?

Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Is it a coincidence that Matthew 25:6 speaks of a cry at midnight?

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Any true Christian knows we have to come out of Egypt symbolically and be separate.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Our Pharaoh is Satan, while we all slumber and sleep, Matthew 25:5.  This includes every virgin including you and me and our favorite minister if we have one.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

We do this sleeping while Christ tarries, lingers, and doesn’t come.

Has this got anything to do with the endless string of false prophecies that the late Herbert W. Armstrong made?  If you were a member of the Worldwide Church of God many years ago, you recall the booklet ‘1975 in Prophecy.’  You may recall how 1972 was supposed to be the beginning of the end.  You may remember the coworker letter telling how short time was, encouraging us to send in more money. 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, Proverbs 13:12. You have to wonder if that helped us become disillusioned and spiritual sleepy.

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Why was there a ‘cry’ at midnight that first Passover that woke every one up?  Because there was not a house were there was not one dead.  Thus this huge cry at midnight was generated.   In reality in the end time is there a house in all the world were there are not spiritually dead people?  If all the virgins are asleep in a spiritual coma, then we are all sleep walking with Christ.  The unconverted are for sure spiritually dead.  If we are spiritually asleep then we are dead (spiritually) in our sins, Colossians 2:13.

Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the un-circumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Here again in Hebrews 6:1, notice the dead works.

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

If we are physically asleep what do you know of your immediate surroundings?  These virgins do not arise from their spiritual sleep until they hear this cry at midnight, Matthew 25:6, 7.

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

In hindsight we will be embarrassed to know how asleep we were, Matthew 25:5

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

“Slumber” is Strong’s # 3573 meaning “to nod, i.e. (by impl.) to fall asleep…”

“Slept” is Strong’s # 2518 means “to sleep…”

It’s a serious charge for us to think we are spiritually awake.  In fact this calls Jesus Christ a liar.  Is Matthew 25 true or not?  If it is not, we have no salvation because the rest of the Bible is a lie also.

On to Hebrews 9:14.  Again I would ask the question, can we produce anything but dead works while we are sleep walking with Christ?

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Is 1 Peter 4:6 talking to us?  After all 1 Corinthians 10:11 is true and the Bible is written for us.  Review this definition again on page one.  Will this gospel mentioned here (the faith once delivered) be preached to those sleeping virgins (us) who are spiritually dead while we nod and sleep and continue in our spiritual dreams as we sleep walk with Christ? 

1 Peter 4:6 For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

What a shock this cry at midnight will be, this spiritual truth that starts to wake us up from our slumbering.  Would you be shocked if there was a literal piercing scream outside your window tonight?

As mentioned a few pages back, the ancient Israelites were protected, covered by the blood of the Lamb smeared on the two-sided post and lintel of their house.  In the same way we are protected by Christ blood, if we follow instructions.  Our forefathers followed the instructions that Christ gave them.  Select the lamb, kill it, and put the blood on the door post.

We have to follow instructions also.  The difference is we have a lot more to follow, a whole book, the Bible.  We don’t have the option to pick and choose what we want to believe.  If the Bible says it, we have to prove it, believe it, and do it.

God has given us many warnings in His word.  One of the warnings is that there is a time limit on repentance, Luke 13:6-9.

Luke 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

Luke 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:  9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Consider the fig tree that is cut down after the fourth year if there is no fruitWe are that fig tree.  Each one of us is one of God’s fig trees, so it’s clear that from the time we start hearing the cry at midnight or at some point in it, our four year clock starts ticking.

Notice also a couple other places where God mentions this.  Read my paper “Time Limit on Repentance. “  In Revelation 2:21, a certain space of time was given these people.

Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

“Space” is Strong’s #5550 means “a space of time…”  So what happens when the space of time is used up?  For us the fig tree is cut off when the four years are up.

Notice also Revelation 3:20.

Revelation 3:20, Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

God will knock at the door of our mind with the cry at midnight, the spiritual truth to wake us up.  How long will he knock?  Go back to the fig tree, it will be four years not ten or twenty.   How long do you knock on a door of a friend or relative?  When no one answers, we soon decide no one is home.

If we are to believe God’s word the message is clear.  After the first month and tenth day of whatever year it is in your life, the Holy Spirit will return to overflowing its banks at the time of the harvest.

The Holy Spirit will give us spiritual understanding of the truth that we will be bombarded with as God send us our cry at midnight.

Published November, 2005

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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