In Luke 21 Jesus says:
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.
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.
I think it’s safe to say that this pertains to the rapture of the church. Because how do the WORTHY get extracted from the world to stand before the son of man and yet the unworthy get left behind?
If that’s the case then I think it relates to the parable of the ten virgins because they too are allowed into a gathering while others are not let in. What was the determining factor? For some reason these women lamps failed.
Being that Jesus likens this parable unto the kingdom of God, wouldn’t we have to take into consideration “kingdom of God” elements found in Mark chapter four? Jesus said, “You don’t understand this parable? Then how will you understand all parables?” (Of the kingdom of God.)
Jesus spoke of the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things “ENTERING IN” choking the word of God within us. Doesn’t that sound like the “overcharged” heart in the above-mentioned scripture?
Now, choke what? It chokes faith that is within us by his word abiding in our hearts.
Notice how these ladies lamps dwindled and went out. Jesus taught that our faith is radiated from our hearts. He also that taught that our hearts radiate light as a result of the things that we have spoken (“hidden” in our hearts) in the prayer closet.
It’s very clear to me that these woman (the body of Christ) were living worldly lives, being consumed in the cares of this world, drunkenness and surfeiting (excessive overeating). Subsequently it had a dampening affect on the keenness of their spiritual eyesight. Their eyes (spiritual eyes-the heart) were closing and their ability to be “watchful” was slipping away. All because they didn’t maintain the brilliant glow of this inner lamp. Which is our faith-our inner light.
What’s the solution? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Hebrews four says, “We which have believed do enter into rest”. Be master of your own domain in the prayer closet. But leave it there. Don’t attempt to manifest it in the light because that’s God’ job. He’ll reward us openly. But above all else, BE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING, don’t let that stuff into your heart; it will dim your EYES, CANDLE, LAMP, FAITH. Do you get it?
HE THAT HATH EARS TO HEAR LET HIM HEAR.
Watch the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Many feel that the signing of a peace agreement commences the seven-year tribulation period of time spoken of by Daniel. Could this be the “revealing” (of the man of sin, the Anti-Christ) that the book of Thessalonians hints that the rapture occurs before? God only knows. But be watchful.
Have a good one!