This week’s lesson – Matthew 24 & 25

 

“ ‘For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect’ ” Matthew 24:24 (NIV)

“[Jesus] told His disciples the story of the ten virgins, by their experience illustrating the experience of the church that lives just before His second coming. The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith.  By the lamps is represented the word of God. The psalmist says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Ps. 119:105. The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit…

So with the church that lives just before Christ’s second coming. All have a knowledge of the Scriptures. All have heard the message of Christ’s near approach and confidently expect His appearing. But as in the parable, so it is now. A time of waiting intervenes, faith is tried; and when the cry is heard, “Behold, the Bridegroom comes; go out to meet Him,” many are unready. They have no oil in their vessels with their lamps. They are destitute of the Holy Spirit…Without the Spirit of God, a knowledge of His word is of no avail. The theory of truth, unaccompanied by the Holy Spirit, cannot quicken the soul or sanctify the heart. One may be familiar with the commands and promises of the Bible; but unless the Spirit of God sets the truth home, the character will not be transformed. Without the enlightenment of the Spirit, men will not be able to distinguish truth from error, and they will fall under the masterful temptations of Satan. — Ellen G. White – Christ Object Lessons, p. 406-411.