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God's Plan for Protection

God grants protection to those who are ready and watching for Him

Story Destinations:
Noah and the Flood
& The 
Parable
of the 
10
Virgins

On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the Lord. Leviticus 23:24-25

Protecting Noah

If you knew a flood was coming, wouldn't you do anything and everything possible to get your family and children on the ark?

It is shocking that only one family, eight people, believed God when He said He was going to send a flood.

Unfortunately, history has a way of repeating itself. Just as the world mocked Noah for building an ark in preparation for a worldwide flood that seemed impossible to fathom, so the world mocks those who prepare for the return of Yeshua, Jesus.

When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. Matthew 24:37-39

"People didn't realize"...three of the saddest words that will repeat when the end time tribulation floods the earth. So, why was Noah protected?

Many preach a pre-tribulation resurrection and rapture of all believers. This is often called the "rapture of the church." However, there are many scriptures that clarify this broad misconception. The parable of the 10 virgins is just one example that solemnly draws a line between who will be protected and who will not. The heartbreaking reality is that not everyone who says "LORD, LORD" will enter the kingdom. Here is why... 

Parable of the 10 Virgins

Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 

 

At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.

 

Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’

So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.

I don't like everything in the Bible...there, I said it. I don't always see the grace cohabitating with justice, love dwelling with wrath. But God's ways are beyond our comprehension and we would be a lot better off if we started trusting God before trying to understand God. This parable is so disturbing to me because it testifies to the fact that it is not enough to simply claim to know the LORD. The fact that all 10 were virgins implies that they all knew and kept themselves as betrothed to Yeshua, yet half of them were not ready for the wedding, so the groom left without them!!!

 

I've never been left at the altar by a groom and I really can't imagine the emotional trauma that would follow. This is the most tragic ending to an unknowingly one-sided relationship.

There are numerous interpretations of this parable, all trying to explain the why and how. But here is the key takeaway - keep watch! Look for the LORD's return, don't just say and know it will happen one day. The unknown day and hour is actually understood as the Feast of Trumpets because it is the one and the only feast that begins on a new moon that could only begin upon the sighting, not calculation, or counting of days as the other feasts.

Is it enough to know the LORD to be protected from tribulation? Unfortunately, the answer is no. The reward is only given to those who are actually watching for His return.

And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8

Do you know what signs to look for that would cue His return? Do you celebrate the Feast of Trumpets as a wedding rehearsal so that you are ready for the big Day? Now would be a good time to get yourself, your family, and your children on board the ark! This time, the ark is not a boat that will provide protection through a worldwide flood. Rather, the ark is our groom, Yeshua, who will come to get us before the worldwide tribulation. 

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