What if we only have 4 years to prepare? Exodus 12 and the 10 Virgins
As Christians, especially ones who have a deep love and respect for Bible Prophecy, we can’t wait for Daniel’s 70th week to start, right?!? Until you start to think, what if it IS very near…I’m not ready for all that will be required. That’s how I feel at least. NOTE: I do NOT endorse date setting and am not trying to do that now. What God may have laid out however, is a “template” that His timing will follow. I was going thru Exodus 12 recently and when seen from that view, some things jumped off the page. Seek the Holy Spirit on this and perhaps you will agree:
“Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household…Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.
This is a detail I have skipped over many times. Why the 4 day delay? “Preparation time”?
And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s Passover.
So the people were told to “eat it in haste” and to be fully dressed and ready to leave, even their staff (walking stick) in their hands as they ate the Passover. God was telling them don’t get complacent, BE READY TO MARCH.
‘Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Of course this points to Jesus, Messiah our Passover sacrificed for us (1Cor. 5:7) – the only way to be delivered from sin and death. Hallelujah! But in the end time template, something is about to happen after this 4th day and Christians had better be ready.
‘Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
There is now a 7 day period during which leaven must be completely removed otherwise you die. Leaven is defined in the New Testament as Hypocrisy (Matt. 16, Mark 8, Luke 12) and Sin (1Cor. 5, Gal. 5). So there is a period of “7” where the Church must be blameless and holy…
And it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the LORD as you have said.
At midnight the cries began. Then immediately – GET UP AND GO OUT.
And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt; for it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared provisions for themselves.
On top of the spiritual implications of leaven, what if all the fleshly provisions attempted outside of what God instructs will not matter. What if He takes your entire “prepper bunker” away – will your faith endure?
Now here’s where the connection is…
Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Virgins having lamp with enough oil = Christians dressed and ready to go out immediately into “the 7”. Notice there is more work to be done. The Bridegroom doesn’t show up to THEIR door, they have to go out and GET somewhere – they need their lamps to SEE WHERE THEY ARE GOING! One final journey, but His coming is now a certainty, it can be delayed no longer.
Conversely, this means the virgins without enough oil are Christians who are NOT prepared for the journey. Belief in Jesus isn’t the issue, it seems to be obedience/holiness. Being dressed with enough oil in your lamp is echoed in another place…
Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect…
Ready to go, yet waiting…2nd watch ends at Midnight, the 3rd watch starts at midnight…
Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.
See the story of Joseph beginning in Genesis 37. Joseph was the faithful and wise steward – the whole reason Israel was in Egypt in the first place – he saved 2 nations by having enough food for the great 7 year Famine. Is the Church expected to be watching AND preparing to face the final 7 years at the same time? Seems so…
But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
The crux of the matter: the return of the Master, Jesus. Some Christians will get angry and think He is delaying too long, their hearts will grow cold, and they will abuse their fellow Christians. This has begun, has it not? “Prepare himself to do his Master’s Will…”
Verse 56: Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?
So taking Exodus 12 in conjunction with the parable of the 10 Virgins, is God trying to tell us something very specific about where we are and what is expected of His Bride? Will those who are watching now get a 4 year preparation period to last the final 7? If so, when will it begin…or maybe it has already?
Joshua 4-6 is another witness to this time frame!
Israel entered the Promised Land 4 days before Passover.
During those 4 days, the men were circumsized and they healed. (Rom. 2:29 – heart/Spirit)
Then Passover – the manna immediaetly stopped (no more provisions) and they rose to March – with the Commander of the Army of the Lord leading.
Then a 7 day period where the men of War obeyed the Word of God. 7 Trumpets were sounded.
At the end of the 7 days, at the 7th Trumpet, deliverance and victory…
In Part 2, we will look at what seems like several further confirmations. Are we approaching “The 2020 Paradigm”?
(see part 3 here)