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Blog for Podcast #38 (The lamps without wicks)


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Discussion

Last week I showed why those that are the lukewarm are seen by God as worse than those that reject Him outright. This week I continue to explore my recent dream sent to me by God as fortified by Acts 2:17.

In this dream I encountered tin lamps. Like those used in the late 1800s and early 1900s, mainly in mines.

In the dream the lamps burnt but the light was strange.

It turned out that they barely had any oil in them and had no wicks.

This causes us to revisit the parable of the ten bridesmaids or virgins as told to us in Matthew 25.

Verses 1-13 – Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Since I addressed this parable in the Olivet Discourse series, I will not go into a retelling of that. However, if you wish to hear or read about it. Please investigate that series.

Our main objective today is the lamps themselves. For they are in essence a snapshot of each person’s belief in God and His Son Jesus Christ.

We are the light unto the world.

Mathew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Now we must note that Jesus also said this about Himself:

John 8:12 – Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” 

So, from accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior. And since only through Him can we get into heaven. (John 14:6-7) He has passed onto us the burden of being the light unto the world until His return.

As bit of a sidetrack here.

It is important to note. That all the bridesmaids fell asleep.

This means all of Christendom became distracted from the true teachings of the Bible.

All hear the call at midnight.

All awaken.

All tend to their lamps.

The wise had been prepared ahead of time. While the foolish had not.

So, let us start to get this look into the lamps going again.

In essence the entire lamp is a representation of our Christianity. As I stated in the Olivet Discourse study. The oil in the lamps is seen as the Holy Spirit within us. All we must do is ask and Jesus Christ will grant us salvation. This is verified by the Bible per Romans 10:13, Joel 2:32. Do all get a pouring of oil into our lambs? The answer is, yes. But not in a full portion. Those that become fully filled with the Holy Ghost are those that have extra oil in the vessel that they carry with them.

The wick has been associated with the Word, the Gospel. Which I see as partly correct. The fact that it needs to be tended to. I see more as a reflection of the overall knowledge of what it is to be a Christian.

What it is to be Christian.

Yes, I repeated it that. So, there would be a clear understanding.

Millions go about saying they are “Christian.” Most have never read the Bible. Nor even entered into a church.

They say they are “Christian” because the civilization they live in has a Christian foundation. This does not make them “Christian,” nor can they truly claim this title. They can better say they are American, or British, Filipino, or Aussie.

For they most likely know more about their birth nation than they do of the true teachings that are found within the Bible.

To be truly “Christian” means you have committed to accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior.

Again, millions do this. However, as is shown in the parable of the ten virgins this is not enough.

To care for the wick from which we are to shine unto the world. We must know how to trim it.

This means to know how to remove the charred and ruined part of the wick. Our sins. Something as is illustrated in the parable, must be done by the wise and foolish alike. Clearly stating that none are truly sin free, since we are in a corrupt body and are not promised one that is spotless until we meet Christ in the sky at the time of the rapture.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 – What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. 51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. 54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

To get back to the wick. Then we must know how much of the wick to extend out of the lamp. Too little it dies out. Too much it smokes and chars quickly while giving off poor light and is useless.

Part of this understanding of how to trim the wick is knowing the medium with which the wick is made of. This is done through the study of the Bible. Not the reading, but the study. Coming to a true and honest understanding of what is within the full Bible. Not the part that make you happy. For there is some painful lessons and words within the Bible, that many wish to deny are within it. Which I have already referenced earlier. But to emphasize:

Like what is a sin. Like that there is a hell. And that there will be eternal punishment.

Many think that to being a “Christian” means you must accept and love all as they are and how they act. Yet there were wars within the Bible that were ordered by God. Wars to purge out sin, many times entire countries. This meant the killing and death of many.

The Bible says those that do not honor the teachings of the Bible are to be cast out of the church. Does this sound like love?

Well in actuality, it is.

Proverbs 13:24 – He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

That last word means many times when needed.

By pouring out nothing but love those doing it are spoiling those they are giving this love to. So, in reality they are really stating that they hate them. Not love them.

But why is it hate?

God puts us through trials and tribulations. These trials are painful. If all people experience in life is peace and tranquility, they are not content. They seek to have more and more. This can be seen in how the Romans and then the Europeans spread throughout the world seeking to own and control everything. If you didn’t do as they say they attacked and destroyed. Like a child having a temper tantrum.

But again, why is it hate?

Punishment means to suffer. To experience discomfort. If someone does not wish to live in this discomfort what does a person do? They avoid what causes it. Sin ultimately leads to discomfort. However, it can be an anguish that is not felt here on earth. As a child grows and their parent spanks them for doing wrong the child associates the pain of the spanking with what is wrong and when they are taught that sin is wrong. They subconsciously sense there will be pain especially since the Bible states this. (Luke 13:24-28; Matthew 13: 37-43, 24:48-51)

It becomes hate when the parent does not instill this subconscious association. If the child does not know pain they won’t care if they sin. Which leads to spiritual death and separation from the ultimate parent, God, for all eternity in pain and torture. Is not hatred for a person desiring for them to suffer, to have pain and even torture? Add upon that that this suffering lasts for billions upon billions of years. That is hatred.

“True hatred is spanking them!” someone has stated with fervor as they listen or read these words that I have just given.

I direct this to that person or persons.

So, which is more important to you? The word of God? Or your ideals?

This is what the Bible says:

Luke 10:25-28 – One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 The man answered, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

To place God above all. You must place what is in the Bible above your own ideals and place God’s ideals above what a human perceives as “love.” For human’s “love” is as corrupt as their bodies. While God’s love is precious and holy and incorruptible. If that love is so perfect, then what is shown within the Bible is just as perfect.

If it is written, we must use a rod upon our children out of love. Than to do otherwise is to defy the Creator of the universe, placing our desires above He who knows all our sins and all our deeds which are considered good, thus making ourselves our own god. In turn, breaking the first commandment.

Enough of the sidetrack. Back on the main topic.

As was shown in the sidetrack we just had. That humans have a belief that what they see as good and even seem to be Godly. In many cases is just humanity imposing how they believe the Gospel, should be. This leads on to a misteaching of the Bible and God as well as Jesus Christ.

What does the Bible say about changing the Gospel?

Galatians 1: 6-10 – I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. 8 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed. 10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

When people accept Christ and turn to another teaching that is all good news and denies the bad. They become the foolish of the bridesmaids. They start to neglect their wick and oil.

In my dream the lamps I saw had no wicks at all. This means they don’t know or acknowledge the teachings of Jesus Christ or the Bible. As is shown in the parable those that do this are left behind. While as is shown in Galatians they are cursed. We showed last week why they are cursed. They are defiling the Holy Spirit.

We must stay true to all the teachings within the Bible, thus placing God above all. This well allow us to possibly be considered among the wise. However, this is a person per person statement. No one can make a blanket statement about who is one way or another. This is something that each person must examine within their own spiritual life.

But I will say this. If you refuse to study the Bible and accept what is within it. Well, you can figure that out for yourself.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #22 (Light and Darkness


Intro

Welcome again to another broadcast. This is Dreamwalker1960. Before I get started. I would like to encourage any of you out there listening to click on the “follow” button on which ever platform you are using to listen to these podcasts .

Discussion

As you may have noted I didn’t entitle this podcast light verses darkness. Per verses within the Bible I should but I can’t.

What are these verses to start with?

James: 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”

Those who seek to live a righteous life will seek to not only be the light but to live within the light.

Ephesians 5:1-14 – Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. 3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible……

These verses when read in the KJV bring to mind the parable of the ten virgins. Within it, it states that all those that were wise and foolish became tired as they waited for the bridegroom to come. They all fell asleep. There is also the implication that this is also due to it becoming dark. For the bridegroom came at midnight, which is the darkest time of the night.

So all allowed darkness to overwhelm them to some degree, because they permitted themselves to get distracted, to tire and then to slumber. It is clear due to the mentioning of the oil that all the virgins are those that have become saved and were blessed to receive the Holy Spirit. For the oil is described throughout the Bible as an anointing. So this parable is describing those that are the brides of Christ.

The implication is that His return would be so long in the waiting that darkness would descend upon the realm of humanity, until it reaches its darkness point, at which time Christ would return.

We are in this dark period now. How close to midnight we are in some sense can be seen by those that are watching and listening. These verses we have just read give us insight to a degree of those that live in the darkness. We can also judge by events that affect the body of Christ. As an example the removal of God from the American School systems. This has resulted in many in today’s world not even knowing what is written within the Bible itself. Nor do they have any understanding of who Jesus Christ is and why He went to the cross and then truly rose from the dead on the third day. They have been taught that this is all mythology. If you wish to explore this part of this message, please look to my previous broadcast “When a Myth is Not a Myth.”

As this nation, which I see as the last stronghold of the pure Christian faith, is besieged from outside and within. I see that we are quickly approaching midnight and we are in the darkness. It is now that we should be more prepared than ever to await for the call at midnight. It is now that we should shine the light of our lives upon the world. Exposing their evils as best we can. Understanding all the time the darkness will endure to the sorrow of millions.

Even though all the virgins were asleep in the parable that does not mean we are all to sleep now. For we are told to be vigilant. (1 Peter 5:8; Mark 13:33) You do this by having an active relationship with Christ. We must make an effort to remove those things that are seen as evil from our lives, and not to condone and accept them, as the verses of Ephesians makes clear. I will quote them again:

6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.

It is this condoning that is why we can without a doubt identify this time we are now in as the age of the lukewarm. Not only the excusing of sins in others but allowing this deficient attitude to permeate the body of Christ. From not separating ourselves from those who openly flaunt their sinful natures about us all. To not teaching our children the truth about Jesus Christ and why He became the ultimate sacrifice of all of humanity.

When reading Revelation we come to those standing before the throne of God. They are all dressed in white. Their number is uncountable. It also says these are those that came from the Tribulation. (Revelation 7:9-14)

Do you understand what that is saying?

It is saying that millions if not billions will turn to God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ DURING the Tribulation. Not before. During. Why? Because many of them fell asleep and didn’t have their oil ready. While the others will come to see the truth of God and come to know His Son who died for all of humanity that is willing to listen to His teachings within the Bible. The sad thing about this though is that they must be killed by those that reject God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Now once again I return to verse 5:10 of Ephesians, except this time we will explore it further with the KJV:

“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”

Proving – G1381 – dokimazo – to test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve, allow, discern, examine [Strong’s]

Acceptable – G2101 – euarestos – fully agreeable [Strong’s]

So this is calling upon the person that calls themselves a “Christian” to act. For them to use their knowledge of God’s plans and desires through the use of the Bible. To examine a situation or a person and conclude if it is right within the pretext of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

So we are to be attentive to the wishes of our Savior at all times. Not just when it is convenient. This brings to mind these verse from 1 Thessalonians

Chapter 5:14 – 23 – Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.

23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

These verse verify that we are to have an active part in our relationship with Jesus Christ. You can’t leave it all up to God. You must strive to help yourselves have a clean and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior.

For without our part in this relationship we are not the light. And without the light shining upon the darkness, it will spread and get ever darker as it is now.

Why?

Because most that call themselves “Christian” are not following these teachings. This is not me saying this. This is the world about us saying this. It is the riots saying this. It is those in power flaunting their positions over us, saying this. It is the closing down of churches saying this. It is those calling God and His Son myths saying this. It is those of the world laughing at those that call themselves “Christians,” saying this.

For if God were in the hearts of most of humanity it would reflect the teachings within the Bible. I lived in the days when this reflection did exist. When people treated others with tolerance, and not hatred. They gave the other person a chance. Violence was there, for evil can never be totally removed. But it was not the mainstay as it is now. The darkness is spreading. For only light comes from God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, and its evidence is diminishing. Which is saying we are approaching midnight. The Lord Jesus Christ is soon to return and all glory be unto Him. Hallelujah and Amen.

God Bless. 

The light


To be the light to the world is to be a living example of the teachings within the Bible. These teachings, many of which come from Jesus Christ Himself. Are a code of ethics that those that call themselves “Christian” must come to know, accept and follow.
Here is the kicker. They do so willingly because they know and follow the greatest commandment. That being to love God with all their heart, mind and soul.
The ethics of living taught within the Bible causes those who truly follow it to be kind and considerate. Not because they are forced to do it, but because they wish to do it. They live their lives without even thinking at times on how to behave. It just happens.
The way they treat their family. The way they treat their work, co-workers and bosses. They even desire to obey the laws of the land, which do not go counter to the Bible.
This is what it is like to be the light unto the world. A walking, breathing, example of the Word of God. However to do this they must know the Bible accurately. They must not just read the Bible they must study it. Why?
Because humans translated the Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic into whatever language you read. So this is why studying and reading are two different things. But I have become side tracked.
As we seek to be a true reflection of God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. His light shines brighter through us, and those that hate the light run from it. They seek to quench that light like the way Scrooge did to the Spirit of Christmas Past. He could not bear to hear the truth. Those who live in sin cannot bear the truth, the light.
This is why being the light is painful at times. Even to the point of torture and death as many in the Middle East are experiencing today. Yet even in the face of torture and death those who truly are the light stay this way unto death. For they know that this temporal plain of existence is a test, and they have passed that test.

The point of refraction


What does refraction have to do with belief in God?
Actually when looked at it with the correct concept, everything.
In the history reported within the Bible is the story of God’s promises to a single group of people, the descendants of Abraham through Isaac. At this time there is approximately sixteen million Jewish people now living upon this planet. They are the light of God unto the world before Christ.
God promised that the One who would allow all of humanity the ability to stand before God would come through them. That is Jesus Christ, the prism, the point to which the light of God was aiming at.
Then Christ went onto the cross. An innocent and sinless being died the most horrid and seen as the death for only the worst of the worst upon the planet at that time. This was the point of refraction within the prism. On the third day Christ arose from the dead and upon that day the light escaped the prism to shine into a rainbow.
Now there are 7.3 billion people on this planet and everyone one of them due to the rainbow that left the prism have the chance to be seen and accepted by God.
All due to the point of refraction, Jesus Christ. All they need do is ask Him to be their Savior.

Where are the lights?


In the Sermon the Mount Jesus says that those that know Him are a light unto the world. A light that is to be shown and witnessed by your good works unto to God. This followed directly after the Beatitudes, so before you ask what are good works? I ask what the Beatitudes are. Because they are the general image of good works. But still I see no lights.
Many say they are Christian. Many say they follow Jesus, but still I see no light.
We are to love and follow God with all our heart, mind and soul, yet I still see no light.
We are to treat others as we are to treat ourselves. Yet I still see no light.
Why do people hide their light if it is lit?
Do people know you are a Christian? Do you profess Him to those you know or meet?
Is God your top priority or is it things of the world? Your job, the new house, car, or clothes.
Well?
Is this what the Bible teaches? No.
Material objects are of this world, but we are not of this world. Yet many seek after this world and call themselves a light, yet I still see no light.