We have followed the ‘stepping stones’ that led us across the last 2000 years and brought us to the events at the end of the age.
Now we come to the ‘THEN’ in Matt 25:1. These words, spoken to the disciples some 2000 years ago are especially intended for our consideration for we very near to the end of this age and should therefore think upon the Saviour’s word most carefully.
1. HERE IS ANOTHER SIGN OF THE ‘LAST DAYS?
Here we have the state of the church in the lasts days.
“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.”
This was not their state at the first. “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom,” verse 1.
Then they were expecting the Bridegroom.
Please note: For those wishing to hear something more about this parable here is a link to the message I preached at the 100th anniversary service of the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony in Newtownabbey FPC, back at the beginning of November 2018.
We began to consider how that in the chapter 24 there is a series of linked statements which are like a series of pictures of events that will take place within the age between the Saviour’s ascension to heaven and His return from there. It is like turning the pages of a picture book!
The word THEN (25:1) ties this parable into the subject matter and the events related by the Saviour in the previous chapter. There are a number of ‘links’ in the chain of events that lead up to the end of this age that the Saviour highlights.
I am going to liken these verses unto ‘stepping stones’ by which we can cross the ‘river’ of this age from the ascension of Christ to heaven until He returns again in glory!
Please follow in your Bible the links, the ‘stepping stones’ that are to be found in the Saviour’s words.
Verse 6. “The end if not yet.” We have already noted that!
Verse 8. “All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Verses 9, 10, 14. Look at the word ‘then.”
Here is a sequence of events that will signal the approach of the end! Notice the verse 14. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” It is only in recent days that this has happened. My speaking to you has been listened in to by people from China, Iran, Turkey, various parts of Russia, the Asian countries and other places where missionaries would not be allowed to enter. They listen in via the internet!That is very significant for the Saviour says that such an thing will happen just before the ‘end’, or the termination of this age come!
We began to note the warning of deception that the Saviour gives in verse 11. It will be a time of increasing deception, 23-26.
Other writers warned of the same deceptions as did the Saviour. 1 Tim 4:1, 2 Tim 3:111; 2 Peter 3:3.
It is that period of time AFTER the world hears the gospel. Verse 14. I think that today more hear the gospel than at anytime in history. People from all over listen int to our little gatherings here in KICS!! Deception and lies are the devil’s response to the gospel! Today, the world is also filled with devil-inspired falsehoods meant to destroy the witness and effectiveness of the gospel! Many believe that what I am teaching you is heresy! So it was with Paul, Acts 24:14.
The word THEN (25:1) ties this parable into the subject matter and the events related by the Saviour in the previous chapter. There are a number of ‘links’ in the chain of events at the end of this age that the Saviour highlights. Please follow in your Bible the links that are to be found in the Saviour’s teaching.
We are considering the ‘time’ to which this parable related. ‘Then’ is how it begins and that points us back to the time that the Lord is speaking of in chapter 24.
In that chapter He is answering His disciples. “The disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Matt 24:3. (the word is ‘age’ – Eph 2:7, Col 1:26)”
The end of this age/His coming again are the topics.
Note the warning of deception that the Saviour gives! Verse 4 – first words of the Saviour. They were going to face deception about the time of His coming, verse 11.