This photo specifically ties in with the 10 virgins parable about the end times told by Jesus in Matthew 25. It also speaks to me as the Shaumulite Bride in Song of Solomon- where she went out in search for her lover & when she found Him she refused to let Him go again. She clung to Him.
A Wise One is the 5 of the 10 virgins. They’re the ones who were prepared and ready at His arrival. They had the oil, they were ready. They’re the ones who are daily in the secret place Jesus referred to. They are seeking His face. They want to know Him and are continuously knowing Him in every season. They are letting Him know them- letting Him transform them & prepare them. They long for more of Him and are yielding to His Spirit and His plans for His kingdom. They are the laid down lovers, the self-denied ones. I asked the Lord what the oil meant from Matthew 25- I knew it had to do with the Holy Spirit. He said “oil is made in the pressing, press into me”. In 2016 He said the most important things were INTIMACY (experiencial knowledge) & IDENTITY. At the end of the passage he said to the the foolish virgins “depart from me, I don’t know you”.
The end of 2018 He really pressed on my heart about the last days. I can’t even explain it but it was like I went through what would happen to a person that realized it was too late (FOOLISH VIRGIN- Matthew 25)… someone who neglected their relationship with Him. They said to themselves “I have tons of time- he might not even come back. We’ve been crying “end of the world” forever… it’s probably never gonna happen- people have been saying this for years!”. They are the ones who saw Jesus and salvation as simply “fire insurance” not an opportunity for continuous relationship. They prayed the prayer sometime in their life but they never took the time to know Him or seek His face. There was no relationship, and when there is no intimacy there is no transformation. The grace of God is meant to transform us- not permit us to stay the same and living in sin (not our true identity). Therefore, they were not wise- they were not prepared. And who is the one who does the preparing? Him, as we yield our hearts in intimacy. When I went through this revelation of a person being unprepared at His arrival- I had this gut wrenching feeling. It became so real- He really showed up… it was a completely real moment where He really came and there was zero time left. No time to seek Him, no time to change, no time to repent, no time to pray or read His word and get to know Him. Not even time to consult your closest Christian friend and ask about Him like those foolish virgins did. No time to receive the Holy Spirit. No time to do that thing He told you to do- or witness to that friend He put on your heart. There was the terror of the Lord. I had always known the loving, kind and beautiful side of my Lord but not this side of Him. What a terrible thing for people who chose to push off their relationship with Him & don’t let Him do the transformation process. You can’t build His kingdom and your own at the same time. He’s such a beautiful and loving God- the one who made that gorgeous ocean and the delicate butterfly… who gave us life, but He’s also the God of the storms and the wind. He’s for real. He’s like a really good Dad, yikes when He does what He said He would do & you weren’t on the same page as Him. Yikes. It’s a safe place to be when your abiding in Him.
“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” Revelation 3:19
““At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t KNOW (intimate, experiencial knowledge) you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
Matthew 25:1-13 NIV (remember when Jesus said to the disciples KEEP WATCH… He wanted them to be present with Him in that place where He was yielding to the Spirit)
Song of Songs, the passion translation:
3 Night after night I’m tossing and turning on my bed of travail.
Why did I let him go from me?
How my heart now aches for him,
but he is nowhere to be found!
2 So I must rise in search of him,
looking throughout the city,[a]
seeking until I find him.
Even if I have to roam through every street,
nothing will keep me from my search.
Where is he—my soul’s true love?
He is nowhere to be found.
3 Then I encountered the overseers as they encircled the city.
So I asked them, “Have you found him—
my heart’s true love?”
4 Just as I moved past them, I encountered him.
I found the one I adore!
I caught him and fastened myself to him,
refusing to be feeble in my heart again.
Now I’ll bring him back to the temple within
where I was given new birth—
into my innermost parts, the place of my conceiving.
This verse also come to mind- Psalm 27 The passion translation:
4 Here’s the one thing I crave from God,
the one thing I seek above all else:
I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house,[c]
finding the sweet loveliness of his face,
filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace.