Sunday, February 3, 2008

Matthew 25:1-13 The Midnight Cry

"And at midnight, there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom cometh: go ye out to meet him...and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut...Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour the Son of Man cometh Matthew 25:1-13."

“And the virgins, her companions that follow her, shall be brought unto thee Psalm 45:14-15.”
   In Matthew 25:1-13, it is obvious who the bridegroom is. The text plainly says the bridegroom is the Son of **Audawm—Jesus Matthew 25:10-13. The context also makes it clear that it is the virgins to whom the Midnight Cry is being made Matthew 25:6-7--not the Bride.
   So the question is this, Who are the virgins?
   This writer believes the virgins do not represent the Bride of Christ--the Church--but are rather the companions of the bride we read about in Psalm 45:14. 
   The companions of the bride are those who will come to Christ during The Great Tribulation, and just as Old Covenant believers are not part of that special group saved during the Age of Grace, known as The Church, neither are those who come to Christ during the Time of Jacob's Trouble, better known as the time of The Great Tribulation. 
   It is generally taught that the “Midnight Cry” of Matthew Twenty-five is synonymous with the “Shout” in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 where Jesus descends from Heaven to raise the dead and catch up the living.
   But this is not the case.
   The midnight cry, in Matthew Twenty-five, is not being made for the Bride of Christ.     Jesus is not a polygamous husband. He has only one bride, and he cleaves only to her. Matthew twenty-five speaks of multiple virgins, so, these cannot be God’s Bride. These  virgins are the bride’s companions, those who follow after her, referred to in Psalms 45:14-15.
   Prophecy reveals that the King Christ will bring his Queen the bride of Christ into his palace Which is being prepared for us in Heaven (John 14:2). When it is time for the wedding to take place, the companions of the Bride will be brought to the King as well 1 Thessalonians, 4:16-18, Psalm 45:14, Matthew 25:6-13.
   Jesus is coming for his Bride. He is coming for her companions as well—but not for both at the same time.
   Look closely at what Jesus said concerning his coming, “...as in the days of Noah...so shall also the coming of the Son of **Audawm be Matthew 24:37-39. Just as he brought Noah and his family into the ark before judgment fell in the form of the flood, the Son of Audawm is coming for his bride before he comes back to earth to judge a world that has rejected him.
   As in the days of Noah....
   It is wise not to disregard the repeated references our Lord makes to "the Days of Noah." That statement is multi-faceted and rich—referring to much more than simply the sinful, carefree lifestyles Noah's contemporaries lived, even as devastating judgment bore down upon them.
  We must be careful to observe that in the days of Noah, the righteous were brought into the ark of safety before judgment came. We must also note that the door to that ark remained open for a short time...others could have come on board. It was entirely their choice not to do so Genesis 7:1-10.
   At midnight a cry was made....
   After the bridegroom (Jesus) comes for his Bride, the door to the ark—as in the days of Noah—will remain open for a short time. This is so the virgins, the companions of the bride, who will follow after her Psalms 45:14-15, can also be brought in to the King.
   The word of God is specific about every word in scripture being pure and good for reproof, rebuke, exhortation, and instruction in righteousness...every word. That is why we pay close attention to the words Jesus chose to use, words like, “as in the days of Noah,” and words like “midnight.”
   Midnight means "halfway through the night."
   In John 9:4, Jesus said he must work the works of him that sent him while it is day. For the “night” was coming in which no one could work.
   In this passage, Jesus made specific references to light, day, and night that provide us with insight into the pre-appointed times and seasons the Father holds in his hand. It is in John 9:4, that Jesus defines the word "midnight" for us.
   The “night,” Jesus refers to, is the calamitous night of wrath and judgment that is coming on all who dwell on the face of the earth. In Luke 21:35, Jesus called it a snare and warned each individual to pray that they would be counted worthy to escape all of the devastation that would be coming upon the inhabitants of the earth.
   Jesus went on to say that he was the light of the world, and that he would continue to be the light of the world as long as he was in the world John 9:5. When Jesus is no longer in the world (kosmos in the Greek), the inhabitants of the kosmos will find themselves trapped in the season he calls night.
   So, has the night already come? The time when Jesus said no one can work? If that is the case, then why are all who name the name of Christ working right now?
   It is because he is here, isn't it?
   Jesus is still in the kosmos, because he dwells within all who belong to him. Our bodies are his temple. And because of this, Jesus said that his followers are also the light of the world Matthew 5:14-16.
   Isn’t that amazing?
   It is still day. Jesus is still working in the Kosmos. He is still in the kosmos because he lives in those whose bodies are his dwelling place here on earth.
   So, when will the "night" begin?
   The “night” will begin when Jesus exits the kosmos.
   He entered the kosmos when he was born of a virgin Hebrews 1:6. He remains in the kosmos because he lives in those who belong to him John 14:16-18. And he will leave the kosmos when he descends from Heaven, with a shout, to raise the dead and catch up the living bodies of all those who are "in Him"—his Bride 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Romans 8:23, 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7.
   After all those whose bodies are his temple have been brought unto the King, Jesus will no longer be in the kosmos in the way he described in John 9:4-5. And by his own definition, night, will have officially begun.
   So, when is midnight?
   Midnight is halfway through the night—which Jesus specified would begin the moment he was no longer in the world—that means, that by midnight, his bride will have been absent from the kosmos for the same length of time that Jesus has been absent from the kosmos John 9:4-5, Matthew 5:14-16,1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7.
   But the exodus of God’s bride does not signify the end.
   At the mid-way point, half-way through the night—midnight—Jesus says a cry will be made. This cry is being made to the virgins. These virgins will come to Christ after the Bride is caught out at resurrection and catching up,. They will be redeemed out of the Time of Jacob’s Trouble at or just before its inauguration, which will be heralded by the appearance of the abomination of desolation being set up in the holy place Matthew 13:13, Matthew 24:15 John 3:29, Revelation 14:1-4, 7:4.
   Those who are ready, will go with the bridegroom into the marriage.
   After the virgins join the Bridegroom, the door to the wedding will be shut Psalm 45:14, Matthew 25:6-13, Genesis 7:16.
   Jesus is coming for his bride. And he is coming for her before the night begins. When he returns to earth at the battle of Armageddon, His wife will be coming out of Heaven with him. The virgins, her companions, will be returning with him as well. And After that, a marriage feast—the likes of which this world has never seen—will be held here on earth Matthew 22.
   You do not want to miss it.

   If you haven’t received one yet, consider this your invitation to the wedding. It will be the biggest event of the universe—Ever. Romans 10:9-10,13 tells how to send your RSVP. Better look it up in a King James Bible though. Other versions tamper with the directions.

**Audawm The phonetic spelling and pronunciation of the Hebrew (H120) adam. In the HHBC, when H120 is used in reference to groups of both females and males, or of the human race in general, the phonetic spelling of “audawm” will be used. In both Old and New Testament commentary in place of androcentric translation such as mankind or human race, the phonetic spelling of audawm will be used. The word “Adam” will be used only when the text is specifically referencing the first male.



About the Author: Jocelyn Andersen is best known for her book, Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence.  She is also editor of the Hungry Hearts Online Bible Commentary  For more information about her work, visit her website at www.JocelynAndersen.com


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