The Ten Virgin Parable Represents Seventh-day Adventists

If we understand that Christ IS our Righteousness, our truth, and TRUTH is the law of God, then when we have Christ dwelling in our minds, we become a HOST, a channel or a medium for the Law of God through Christ’s Spirit…My “WORDS ARE SPIRIT” John 6:63…

John 12:49 “”For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.”

John 7:16 “Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.”

If we have Christ IN us we have the MIND of His Father IN US. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:5

The Ten Commandments ARE a transcript of the thoughts and feelings of God, which is the CHARACTER of God Himself, the Father and God of Christ our Righteousness! WE receive the CHARACTER or rather the THOUGHTS and FEELINGS, OF THE ONLY GOD THE FATHER, THROUGH CHRIST HIS ONLY SON.

We receive the law of God, the Ten Commandments through Christ. We receive the THOUGHTS and FEELINGS of God Himself through Christ=His Law, His Ten Commandment Law! WE become God-like in Character! In our thoughts and our feelings. We then share what we have been GIVEN! We cannot share something we don’t have…we must accept Christ’s mind, His thoughts, His feelings as our very own, we claim them as our own prize. We boldly step into the mind of Christ (the Most Holy Place of God Himself, the Bridal Chamber/Feast) by the FAITH OF CHRIST. We must have Christ’s abiding PRESENCE and POWER in us. His POWER is His CHARACTER, the CHARACTER or WORDS of His Father in Christ becomes OUR CHARACTER or POWER which is the thoughts and feelings of God Himself sent through His Son into our minds. We become a HOST a channel, a medium for the Ten Commandments!

  • Jesus said, I am THE TRUTH. John 14:6
  • “thy law is the truth” Psalm 119:142so, if Jesus IS the TRUTH, if we have the TRUTH in US, we have the Law or Ten Commandments IN US, we have Jesus IN us, HIS MIND in us… it is THROUGH the strength of Christ, His mind, His PRESENCE and POWER (character)
  • Holy Spirit = “The DIVINE SPIRIT that the world’s Redeemer promised to send IS the PRESENCE and POWER (character) of God.” ST November 23, 1891, par. 1, Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 39.5″Character IS power.” {COL 340.2} defined further in Gal 5:23-24.
    “Influence is power” Manuscript Releases Volume Eight [Nos. 526-663], p. 282.2
    What does “Character” consist of exactly?”The thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character.” Messages to Young People, p. 92.1Merriam-Webster says “Character” is “The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” Also known as our nature, personality, temper, figure, disposition.

    R. & H., Book 2, p. 530: – “Compassion beamed from his [that is, Christ – compiler] countenance, and his conduct was characterized by grace, humility, truth, and love. Every member of his church militant must manifest the same qualities, if he would join the church triumphant.” {RH, November 17, 1891 par. 12}

    “Those who think that the church militant is the church triumphant make a GREAT mistake.” E.G. White, The Upward Look, 152.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:5

“Christian character is not achieved in an instant, but day after day we are to add to our faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience, and to patience brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. It is in this waythat we are to be made ready for the coming of Christ.” RH April 21, 1891, par. 7

Psalm 119:160 “The beginning of thy word is truth, (the beginning (origin) of Christ is truth) and every one of the judgments of thy … Those that hate sin truly, hate it as sin, as a transgression of the law of God, and a..”

Psalm 119:97-176 Click here to open a new window/tab to read.

So if we let the MIND that was IN Christ Jesus be IN us, we will have the MIND of God Himself in US that IS a transcript of the TEN COMMANDMENTS…God’s thoughts and feelings reflect His character, which is His Spirit…His MIND, His WORDS reflect His THOUGHTS. His WORDS become actions His Words become our character, our DESTINY. We receive the DESTINY of Christ by receiving His mind in us. We enter into Christ through THANKSGIVING and PRAISE! See Psalms 100:4.

When we have the mind of Christ in us, we have the mind of Christ’s Father also in US…they BOTH come to make their home IN US to dwell in our minds. We are to be sacred living temples/churches reflecting the power (character) of God and His Son to others. We can only have this by accepting Christ’s invitation to sup with Him. To read the Bible, study and pray. To claim Christ’s victory as our very own (DA123 = “His VICTORY is OURS”!!!) We enter into Christ, the gate to Heaven through THANKSGIVING and we enter into the Most Holy place, the Bridal chamber, and the FEAST the Ten Virgins were headed to, but only 5 wise virgins wake up and trim their lamps (study and pray for themselves with an intensity before unknown) through PRAISE! See Psalms 100:4. “Who is Christ?—He is the only begotten Son of the living God. He is to the Father as a word that expresses the thought,—as a THOUGHT made audible. Christ is the word of God. Christ said to Philip, “He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father.” His words were the echo of God’s words. Christ was the likeness of God, the brightness of His glory, the express image of His person.” The Youth’s Instructor, June 28, 1894. Sons and Daughters of God, p. 21.2

I would like to personally extend an invitation to you to JOIN the Bridegroom and His Bride at the Banquet Hall, the FEAST is the BREAD of LIFE…JESUS CHRIST, the WORD OF GOD.

WITH A FAITH AND ASSURANCE THAT THEY HAD NEVER BEFORE KNOWN, THEY ACCEPTED THE TEACHINGS OF THE SACRED WORD. No longer was it a matter of FAITH with them that Christ was the Son of God. They KNEW that, although clothed with humanity, He was indeed the Messiah, and they told their experience to the world with a confidence which carried with it the conviction that God was with them.” –{The Acts of the Apostles, p. 45.3}.

Both groups, the 12 apostles and the 144,000 who come out of the Adventist wedding procession are leaders who teach historical Adventist doctrines since 1844 until probation closes bring forth children of the bridechamber.

The feast has been available for the taking of all since the resurrection of Christ. The Parable of the Ten Virgins has been in progress since October 22, 1844 until Christ Second Coming.  FEAST upon the Body of Christ, the Bread of life is His Words given to Him by His Father to share with us. Study the Bible and SOP, Study, pray and fast like your life depends on it, because it does! John 17:3 (KJV) “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

Latter rain and Loud Cry message: “To those who GO OUT to meet the Bridegroom is this message given.”—{ Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 420.3}

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:33.

“Take ye heed, watch and pray” were the words of our Saviour spoken in reference to the time of the end, and His second coming to take His faithful children home.

First, you are to watch. Watch, lest you should speak hastily, fretfully and impatiently. Watch, lest pride should find a place in your heart. Watch, lest evil passions should overcome you, instead of your subduing them. Watch, lest a careless, indifferent spirit comes upon you, and you neglect your duty and become light and trifling, and your influence savor of death, rather than life.

Second, you are to pray. Jesus would not have enjoined this upon you, unless there was actual necessity for it. It is well known to Him that of yourself you cannot overcome the many temptations of the enemy, and the many snares laid for your feet. He has not left you alone to do this; but has provided a way that you can obtain help. Therefore He has bid you to pray.

To pray aright is to ask God in faith for the very things you need. Go to your chamber, or in some retired place, and ask your Father for Jesus’ sake to help you. There is power in that prayer that is sent up from a heart convinced of its own weakness, yet earnestly longing for that strength that comes from God. The earnest, fervent prayer will be heard and answered. Go to your God who is strong, and who loves to hear children pray, and, although you may feel very weak, and find yourself at times overcome by the enemy, because you have neglected the first command of our Saviour, to watch, yet do not give up the struggle. Make stronger efforts yourself than before. Faint not. Cast yourself at the feet of Jesus, who has been tempted, and knows how to help such as are tempted. Confess your faults, your weakness, and that you must have help to overcome, or you perish. And as you ask, you must believe that God hears you…. God will help you. Angels will watch over you.

But before you can expect this help, you must do what you can on your part. Watch and pray. Let your prayers be fervent. Let this be the language of your heart, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” Have a set time, a special season for prayer at least three times a day. Morning, noon, and at night Daniel prayed to his God, notwithstanding the king’s decree, and the fearful den of lions. He was not ashamed or afraid to pray, but with his windows opened he prayed three times a day. Did God forget His faithful servant when he was cast into the lions’ den? O, No. He was with him there all night. He closed the mouths of these hungry lions, and they could not hurt the praying man of God (Youth’s Instructor, October 1, 1855).

For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” “And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 7:14-17Revelation 21:4.

We need to keep ever before us this vision of things unseen. It is thus that we shall be able to set a right value on the things of eternity and the things of time. It is this that will give us power to influence others for the higher life.

In the Mount With God

“Come up to Me into the mount,” God bids us. To Moses, before he could be God’s instrument in delivering Israel, was appointed the forty years of communion with Him in the mountain solitudes. Before bearing God’s message to Pharaoh, he spoke with the angel in the burning bush. Before receiving God’s law as the representative of His people, he was called into the mount, and beheld His glory. Before executing justice on the idolaters, he was hidden in the cleft of the rock, and the Lord said, “I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee,” “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness and truth; … and that will by no means clear the guilty.” Exodus 33:1934:6, 7, A.R.V. Before he laid down, with his life, his burden for Israel, God called him to the top of Pisgah and spread out before him the glory of the Promised Land.

Before the disciples went forth on their mission, they were called up into the mount with Jesus. Before the power and glory of Pentecost, came the night of communion with the

Saviour, the meeting on the mountain in Galilee, the parting scene upon Olivet, with the angel’s promise, and the days of prayer and communion in the upper chamber.

Jesus, when preparing for some great trial or some important work, would resort to the solitude of the mountains and spend the night in prayer to His Father. A night of prayer preceded the ordination of the apostles and the Sermon on the Mount, the transfiguration, the agony of the judgment hall and the cross, and the resurrection glory.

The Privilege of Prayer

We, too, must have times set apart for meditation and prayer and for receiving spiritual refreshing. We do not value the power and efficacy of prayer as we should. Prayer and faith will do what no power on earth can accomplish. We are seldom, in all respects, placed in the same position twice. We continually have new scenes and new trials to pass through, where past experience cannot be a sufficient guide. We must have the continual light that comes from God.

Christ is ever sending messages to those who listen for His voice. On the night of the agony in Gethsemane, the sleeping disciples heard not the voice of Jesus. They had a dim sense of the angels’ presence, but lost the power and glory of the scene. Because of their drowsiness and stupor they failed of receiving the evidence that would have strengthened their souls for the terrible scenes before them. Thus today the very men who most need divine instruction often fail of receiving it, because they do not place themselves in communion with heaven.

The temptations to which we are daily exposed make prayer a necessity. Dangers beset every path. Those who are seeking to rescue others from vice and ruin are especially exposed to temptation. In constant contact with evil, they need a strong hold upon God lest they themselves be corrupted. Short and decisive are the steps that lead men down from high and holy ground to a low level. In a moment decisions may be made that fix one’s condition forever. One failure to overcome leaves the soul unguarded. One evil habit, if not firmly resisted, will strengthen into chains of steel, binding the whole man.
The reason why so many are left to themselves in places of temptation is that they do not set the Lord always before them. When we permit our communion with God to be broken, our defense is departed from us. Not all your good purposes and good intentions will enable you to withstand evil. You must be men and women of prayer. Your petitions must not be faint, occasional, and fitful, but earnest, persevering, and constant. It is not always necessary to bow upon your knees in order to pray. Cultivate the habit of talking with the Saviour when you are alone, when you are walking, and when you are busy with your daily labor. Let the heart be continually uplifted in silent petition for help, for light, for strength, for knowledge. Let every breath be a prayer.
As workers for God we must reach men where they are, surrounded with darkness, sunken in vice, and stained with corruption. But while we stay our minds upon Him who is our sun and our shield, the evil that surrounds us will not bring one stain upon our garments. As we work to save the souls that are ready to perish we shall not be put to shame if we make God our trust. Christ in the heart, Christ in the life, this is our safety. The atmosphere of His presence will fill the soul with abhorrence of all that is evil. Our spirit may be so identified with His that in thought and aim we shall be one with Him.
It was through faith and prayer that Jacob, from being a man of feebleness and sin, became a prince with God. It is thus that you may become men and women of high and holy purpose, of noble life, men and women who will not for any consideration be swayed from truth, right, and justice. All are pressed with urgent cares, burdens, and duties, but the more difficult your position and the heavier your burdens, the more you need Jesus.
It is a serious mistake to neglect the public worship of God. The privileges of divine service should not be lightly regarded. Those who attend upon the sick are often unable to avail themselves of these privileges, but they should be careful not to absent themselves needlessly from the house of worship.
In ministering to the sick, more than in any merely secular business, success depends on the spirit of consecration and self-sacrifice with which the work is done. Those who bear responsibilities need to place themselves where they will be

deeply impressed by the Spirit of God. You should have as much greater anxiety than do others for the aid of the Holy Spirit and for a knowledge of God as your position of trust is more responsible than that of others.

Nothing is more needed in our work than the practical results of communion with God. We should show by our daily lives that we have peace and rest in the Saviour. His peace in the heart will shine forth in the countenance. It will give to the voice a persuasive power. Communion with God will ennoble the character and the life. Men will take knowledge of us, as of the first disciples, that we have been with Jesus. This will impart to the worker a power that nothing else can give. Of this power he must not allow himself to be deprived.

We must live a twofold life—a life of thought and action, of silent prayer and earnest work. The strength received through communion with God, united with earnest effort in training the mind to thoughtfulness and caretaking, prepares one for daily duties and keeps the spirit in peace under all circumstances, however trying.

The Divine Counselor

When in trouble, many think they must appeal to some earthly friend, telling him their perplexities, and begging for help. Under trying circumstances unbelief fills their hearts, and the way seems dark. And all the time there stands beside them the mighty Counselor of the ages, inviting them to place their confidence in Him. Jesus, the great Burden Bearer, is saying, “Come unto Me, and I will give you rest.” Shall we turn from Him to uncertain human beings, who are as dependent upon God as we ourselves are?

You may feel the deficiency of your character and the smallness of your ability in comparison with the greatness of the work. But if you had the greatest intellect ever given to man, it would not be sufficient for your work. “Without Me ye can do nothing,” says our Lord and Saviour. John 15:5. The result of all we do rests in the hands of God. Whatever may betide, lay hold upon Him with steady, persevering confidence.

In your business, in companionship for leisure hours, and in alliance for life, let all the associations you form be entered upon with earnest, humble prayer. You will thus show that you honor God, and God will honor you. Pray when you are fainthearted. When you are desponding, close the lips firmly to men; do not shadow the path of others; but tell everything to Jesus. Reach up your hands for help. In your weakness lay hold of infinite strength. Ask for humility, wisdom, courage, increase of faith, that you may see light in God’s light and rejoice in His love.

Consecration; Trust

When we are humble and contrite we stand where God can and will manifest Himself to us. He is well pleased when we urge past mercies and blessings as a reason why He should bestow on us greater blessings. He will more than fulfill the expectations of those who trust fully in Him. The Lord Jesus knows just what His children need, how much divine power we will appropriate for the blessing of humanity; and He bestows upon us all that we will employ in blessing others and ennobling our own souls.

We must have less trust in what we ourselves can do, and more trust in what the Lord can do for and through us.

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