Sunday, January 18, 2015
Profound Loss of a Believer on Judgment Day – Part 42 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
In over 40 years of church involvement not once did any Bible teacher teach about the Wedding Garment, nor could they explain what garment Jesus gave to His wife who already was wearing the Garment of Salvation or she couldn’t have been in Heaven…the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready…and to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints…blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!…Rev. 19:7-9.
In this series about the Wedding Garment, beginning in Part 34, we have discussed at length the Parable of the Wedding Feast where a man entered the Wedding Hall not wearing a Wedding Garment, so was cast out of the hall into outer darkness.
The very last verse of this parable explains that not all believers will attend the Wedding of God’s Son…for many are called, but few are chosen…Matt. 22:14. Sadly, this verse has been taken out of the context of the Wedding Hall and interpreted as, many people are called to salvation, but few are chosen.
In ancient times of Israel, the High Priest of the temple could not come into the presence of God by his own will – God told him when he could enter the Holy of Holies. When he presented himself to God on behalf of the people, he was required to wear holy garments of pure white linen. these garments were made from a fine, light colored, plant fiber called flax. Pure white linen symbolizes the virtuous acts of a sinless heart – Robe of Righteousness…Is. 61.10.
When the High Priest left the Holy of Holies, he was required to remove his holy garments, preventing them from becoming defiled when he ministered to sinners in the outer court. Outer court symbolizes the world. The Holy of Holies is where God dwells. The Wedding Hall in the Parable of the Wedding Feast symbolizes the Holy of Holies – where God dwells. No defilement is allowed in this Holy Place.
When Jesus returns for His Bride, she will need to be garbed in the fine linen garment – Wedding Garment – in order to enter the Wedding Hall – Holy of Holies – and participate in the marriage of the Lamb. If a believer builds his house on the earth from defiled materials, his house will burn up at the Great White Throne Judgment – no defilement is allowed in the Holy of Holies – Wedding Hall.
This believer will suffer profound loss when he finds out that he will not be allowed to enter the Holy of Holies and participate in the Marriage of the Lamb – there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Let’s take a look at the prophetic Parable of the Wise & Foolish Virgins…Matt. 25:1-13. I was taught in church that 5 virgins went to Heaven and 5 went to Hell. But is this really what the parable teaches?
First of all we must determine the subject of the parable, which in reality isn’t the ten virgins. In light of this series on the Wedding Garment the subject of this parable is in verse 10…the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with Him to the wedding; and the door was shut. This description says nothing about the saved or unsaved. It is about who is ready to attend the Wedding. Those who were not ready, found the door shut to the Wedding Hall.
Before we go any further in understanding the message in this prophetic parable, we must define the symbolism of the virgins. In this parable the word virgins symbolizes believers in Jesus Christ, who have been cleansed and purified from the original sin of Adam and Eve by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus has called them…out of darkness into His marvelous light…I Peter 2:9.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new…II Cor. 5:17. In this text, the Apostle Paul is explaining to believers what happened to their spirit when they received Jesus as their Savior. Their new spiritual life with Christ began the moment they repented of their sins and received Him as their Savior.
They became new creatures – transformed into undefiled spiritual virgins – human beings cleansed from sin, purified by the blood of Jesus Christ. They get to begin all over again – virgins. By defining the symbolism we now understand that all ten virgins in the parable are Christians – followers of the Lamb.
God does not choose who attends His Son’s Wedding – each Christian believer in Jesus Christ chooses for himself – revealed by his works on the earth – materials that he uses to build his house/temple on the foundation of salvation. Are you a wise virgin or foolish virgin? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question…