THE LESSON OF THE FIG TREE

 

 

Luke 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

 

Matthew 24:32-35 and Mark 13:28-31 say basically the same thing.

 

"Watch world events! Watch world events! Watch world events! World events are speeding up!" If you were an old time member of the now defunct house built on sand, the Worldwide Church of God (WCG), washed away by the flood of Satan, you have heard these phrases so often it's sickening.

 

Oh, by the way, "We need a LARGE Holy Day offering! You members need to sacrifice for the work! Send your tithes to headquarters! WORLD EVENTS ARE SPEEDING UP! Watch world events! Watch world events!"

 

And we certainly need to keep and eye on world events. The Bible does instruct us to do this:

 

Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

 

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)

 

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

 

But, really, is this where we are to focus all our attention in the end time? Are we to stay glued to the newspaper and TV new cast, trying to see the fulfillment of a prophesy? If this is your focus, the end-time events will roll right by you and you will miss eternity.

 

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

"Ensamples" 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."

 

Where are we in the fulfillment of the end-time prophecy in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21? They all say basically the same thing with a few different twists. Let's take a look and see where we are in the fulfillment of them.

 

I remind you again of what Herbert W. Armstrong (HWA) would say: "World events are speeding up!" And in many of these instances, money was at stake—income was down. What is the real truth, since HWA proved to be a false prophet of major proportions?

 

As mentioned a few paragraphs back, 1 Corinthians 10:11 applies to us. The Bible is written to us, upon whom the ends of the ages are come. The Bible contains prototypes for us.

 

Notice in Matthew 24:3 the disciples ask the question about the end of the ages:

 

Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

 

The same question is asked in Mark 13:3-4 and Luke 21:7. Christ proceeds to give the answer to us, the end-time Christians. The disciples didn’t know that the answer was 2,000 years away.

 

So what did Christ say to us?

 

Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 

This is certainly a true statement. It has been fulfilled and is still being fulfilled to this day, April 10, 1999. Christ warns us, the end-time Christians, to let no man deceive us.

 

Verse 6: There has been an endless string of wars since I was born in 1941. From my earliest memory of a relative being in WW2 right up until today, there has been an endless string of wars. Notice the message at the end of verse 6: the end is not yet.

 

Verse 7:  This is being constantly fulfilled on TV screens, newspapers and radio broadcasts.

 

Notice verse 8: these are just the beginning of sorrows and misery, but THIS IS WHERE IT STOPS. It also stops in Mark 13:8 and Luke 21:10.

 

Mar 13:8  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

 

Luke 21:10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.

 

Luke 21:11 hasn't really happened, yet. We only think we've had great earthquakes. Verse 12 is why I say this hasn't happened, yet. Will you believe what the Bible says here? The true Christians have not been suffering this type of persecution, yet.

 

Continuing in Matthew 24:

 

Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

Are these the Smyrna attitudes of that end-time fold of God's Church? They suffer very much:

 

Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

 

Has Matthew 24:9-13 (above) happened to the end-time Christians yet? No, not yet. Matthew 25:5 is still true—until the cry at midnight comes to us and wakes us up, we will remain spiritually asleep.

 

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

 

This cry at midnight will be delivered by the end-time Elijah, who is guaranteed to come:

 

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

 

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

 

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

 

Matthew 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

 

If these verses are not true, none of the Bible is true. Notice in Luke 1:17 that Elijah is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the Lord. In Matthew 17:11, he restores all things (necessary for salvation). We have all been asleep (Matthew 25:5) because of the famine of the word:

 

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.

 

Verse 12 certainly describes present day conditions. Will those of us who have descended from the WCG get hung up on Matthew 24:14, believing that OUR group is going to preach the gospel in all the world for a witness?

 

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

 

"Witness" is Strong's #3142 meaning, "something evidential, i.e. (gen.) evidence given..." Let us be realistic—does your group have the power to do this? Did the WCG get it done with all their millions of dollars? What a joke! The WCG was the work built on sand! If the parent church was built on sand, aren't all the offspring (splinter groups) also built on sand? Each group is just doing their version of what HWA and the WCG did.

 

Jesus Christ claims in Romans 9:27-29 that HE is going to do the work, and He most certainly is!

 

Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

 

I have page after page showing how the end-time work will be done. Elijah will have his portion of the job to do. See my article on The End-Time Work.

 

I've also dealt with the two witnesses in some of my articles. Let's look at them again, briefly.

 

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

 

Christ gives these two guys the power to get the job done (verses 5-6). In verse 7, "testimony" is Strong's #3141 meaning, "evidence given, (judicially or gen.)..." Remember in Matthew 24:14 that the word "witness" is Strong's #3142, (review definition above). Notice that they are from the same root word, only one number apart—3141, 3142.

 

What does the Book say?

 

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

 

The Books say in Matthew 24:14 that this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness: "something evidential, i.e. (gen.) evidence given." What does the Book say about who gives this evidence? Reread Revelation 11:3 and 7 (below) and study the definition of "testimony" again (above).

 

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth…….7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

 

Notice the power given to these two guys. Read verses 5 and 6 again. Verses 9 and 10 imply that the whole world is affected by these two witnesses. In the last part of verse 10, these two prophets (witnesses) really punished the inhabitants of the earth.

 

You may be wondering about the statement in Mark 13:10:

 

Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

 

"Published" is Strong's #2784: "to herald (as a public crier) espec. divine truth (the gospel)..." Isn't this the definition of what the two witnesses will be doing? Notice also the time frame of this. It is AFTER persecution has struck the church, well along into the end-time scenario:

 

Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

 

Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

We will know this scenario before it happens. What do Mark 13:28 and Matthew 24:32 say?

 

Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

 

Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

 

Who will have told us? It will be the end-time Elijah, since he is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the Lord. He is the one to restore all things:

 

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

 

Matthew 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

 

These three chapters (Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21) spell out the prophesy scenario as it will happen. We, the end-time Christians, will see it if we stay awake after the cry at midnight comes to us. Till then, we are asleep:

 

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.

 

So, what is our clue here, early on, to help us see where we are in this end-time prophesy? We have proceeded no further than Matthew 24:8 as of April 1999:

 

Matthew 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 

Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

 

Notice the instruction given to us in Matthew 24:32, Mark 13:28 and Luke 21:29-30. Review these verses again.

 

Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

 

Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

 

Luke 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

 

"When you see new growth on the fig tree in the spring, you know that summer is near." Luke adds "ALL" the trees. In Matthew and Mark, we are told to, "learn the parable of the fig tree." So what are we to learn? What, or who, is the fig tree that God is talking about? We, the end-time Christians, are the fig tree:

 

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. 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.

 

Notice what Christ says about it. God the Father plants the fig tree. The fig tree is you and me—we are called by the father:

 

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

Christ takes care of us, nurtures us.

 

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

 

Notice, in Luke 13:6-9 (above), that the Father is not as patient with us as Christ is (Understand that Christ has been there and done that—he has been a human). The Father expects fruit in three years (Luke 13:7). Christ pleads our case and gets us one extra year.

 

So, what is the lesson we are to learn from these parables about the fig trees? We have four years to produce fruit or we are cut off. This is after the cry at midnight comes to us (Matthew 25:6). Until then, we are all asleep (Matthew 25:5). If there is no fruit production as a result of the Holy Spirit working in us by the end of the fourth year, we lose our chance at eternal life.

 

What do the parables mean by, "When you see new growth, know that summer is near?" We all know that summer is the growing season. It starts in the springtime. As the days get warmer, the buds swell and new leaves come out after being dormant.

 

The end-time application is this: There has been a long, cold winter for Christians. The famine of the word took hold long ago. The Children of Israel wandered 40 years, then the children who were under 20 years old (immature) were allowed to go into the promised land. Is this true today? Remember 1 Corinthians 10:11, discussed on page one:

 

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

 

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 verse Amos 8:12 describe us—those who survived the smashing of the WCG by this mighty God who inhabits eternity? We, the end-time Christians, have been DORMANT:

 

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

 

If Matthew 25:5 is true, how could we have been in any other condition than dormant? If this verse is not true, the rest of the Bible is also untrue. What we are to watch for is new growth on the fig tree. We, the end-time Christians, are the fig trees. The cry at midnight comes to us, and wakes us from our long sleep (dormancy). As we (the fig trees) awaken, new growth starts to occur. We are spiritually asleep, so we must become spiritually awake (Matthew 25:5-6). Then new growth begins. We, the fig trees, start to put forth leaves—small and tiny leaves and shoots.

 

We, the end-time fig trees, will recognize that we are becoming awakened by the new spiritual truth being taught by the end-time Elijah. He is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the Lord, and he is to restore all things:

 

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

 

Matthew 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

 

We need to remember Luke 13:6-9—we have four years to produce fruit, or we are cut off:

 

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. 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.

 

Here is where the Philadelphian fig tree starts to produce fruit.

 

Haggai 1:14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,

 

"Stirred" is Strong's #5782 meaning "[…through the idea of opening the eyes]; to wake (lit. or fig.)..."

 

"Remnant" is Strong's #7611 meaning, "a remainder or residual (surviving, final) portion:—that had escaped…" Zodhiates' Complete Word Study Old Testament adds, "It is a remainder, a remnant, a residue, survivors (especially after a slaughter)..." I ask, has there been a slaughter in the Worldwide Church of God?

 

"Work" is Strong's #4399 meaning, "deputyship…" Zodhiates says, "The principle meaning is deputyship..."

 

"House" is Strong's #1004 meaning, "a house (in the greatest variety of applications, especially family, etc.)..."

 

What about the term "summer is nigh" in Matthew 24:32?

 

Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

 

This is instruction to the end-time Christians when we start waking up and seeing new growth in others and ourselves. We may be scattered over all of Israel. Most of us, no doubt, will be isolated when the foundation wakes up.

 

I don't believe it will be more than 120 adults (or possibly twice that since this is the second time around) because of Acts 1:15 and 2:1-3.

 

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)

 

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

 

They received the Holy Spirit. We, the sleeping virgins of the end time, have to receive (be awakened by) the Holy Spirit since we are spiritually asleep. 120 made up the original Church foundation, and if 1 Corinthians 10:11 is true, that is a prototype for us.

 

The individuals who wake up first may not have a chance to fellowship regularly with other virgins who have awakened. In most cases, the Feast of Tabernacles or possibly other Holy Days may be the only opportunity for fellowship.

 

"Summer is now nigh at hand." Summer is the main growing season for any given year. So does it not stand to reason that summer is when God's orchard of fig trees (the true Church) will start to bring forth fruit? When we see this waking up of the sleeping virgins and the growing begins, we will know that God's Kingdom is very close.

 

Luke 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

 

The only question is: which definition of "generation" is God referring to? If I remember right, there are 4 definitions of "generation" in the Bible. These are instructions to you and me, from God. Will we accept them?

 

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

 

Now, back to the term "watch."

 

Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 

We were told repeatedly by Herbert W. Armstrong (whom history has proven to be a false prophet) to, "Watch world events!" And, to a certain degree, we should watch world events. We have been deceived by Satan and his ministry. We need to put our efforts into watching for the cry at midnight and new growth on the fig tree.

 

"Watch" is Strong's #69 meaning, "to be sleepless, i.e. to keep awake..."

 

What is Jesus Christ saying in Luke 21:36? Are we to stay awake to watch the 11 O'clock news? To watch TV? To watch the newspapers?  No! He is saying to stay awake to the truth that wakes us up! This truth will be given to us by the end-time Elijah or one of his deputies. Stay awake to the lesson of the fig tree in Luke 21:29-33. Stay awake to the spiritual truth that wakes you from the spiritual sleep that we are all in, and do not be a foolish virgin!

 

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

 

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

 

Now notice another personal message to the end-time Christian:

 

Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

"Watch" in verses 35 and 37 is Strong's #1127 meaning, "to keep awake, i.e. watch (lit. or fig.):—be vigilant, wake..."

 

Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

 

Again, we are told to stay awake. "Watch" in Matthew 24:42, is also Strong's #1127. Notice a couple of physical examples of this same word meaning, "to keep awake."

 

Mark 14:37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?

 

Matthew 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

 

Isn't it very clear that this mighty Jesus Christ is warning us to stay spiritually awake after we are awakened by the cry at midnight?

 

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

 

Notice verse 5:

 

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

 

They ALL slumbered and slept. There are NO exceptions. Your favorite minister is not an exception, because he is asleep just like you and me. I remind you again that this is a spiritual sleep and it will be spiritual truth that wakes us up. This spiritual sleep was caused by the famine of the word:

 

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.

 

Verse 12 sure gives this a present-day time frame.

 

Just one final warning that God has written down for us, the end-time Christians of 1 Corinthians 10:11. We are judged by what is written in the books:

 

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

 

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

 

Notice that Revelation 16:15 is an inset verse. It is a warning inserted right into the middle of great tribulation events. "Watcheth" is also Strong's #1127 meaning, "to stay awake." The decision is yours—will you be a wise or a foolish virgin?

 

 

 

Edgar Y. Bennett

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April, 1999

 

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