On April 10th, I was shown the following vision:
I saw a group of women in a room. Everyone was scurrying around in excitement about the news they had just received – Jesus was coming! I immediately knew it was the 10 virgins Jesus talked about in Matthew 25:1-13.
Suddenly the women split into two groups and the mood completely changed. A group of five held out their hands before the other five, with an intense look of expectancy, as they asked them to share their oil to fill their lamps.
The scene changed and I saw a large group of people in a field, like an open air theater. There was a mighty man of God speaking to the group. I knew instantly he was highly anointed to go out and preach everywhere as led by the Holy Spirit. But the Lord showed me there were people in the crowd that shouldn’t be there.
Those that shouldn’t be there were saints called to be mighty men and women of God. They had also been called to speak to others under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. But instead, they were in the crowd attempting to draw from the anointing of the speaker! I saw them with their hands extended out towards him, with the same look of expectancy as the 5 foolish virgins as they asked others to share their oil.
End of Vision
The Lord pointed out several things:
The wise virgins maintained an intimate relationship with their Bridegroom. This is made clear when the door was slammed shut on the foolish virgins, because Jesus told them, “I never knew you.” (Matt. 25:11-12)The oil comes at a price – it will cost you. The only way to have intimacy with your Bridegroom, to be known by Him, is to be willing to give up everything for Him – including your time. Spending time communing with Him in prayer, the study of His Word, and sitting in His presence, will be the desire of your heart. If you truly love Him, you will seek Him above all else.
The foolish virgins, also depicted as the saints in the crowd, were not willing to pay the cost to develop intimacy with their Bridegroom. When the call when out, “Jesus is coming,” they knew they didn’t have enough oil to make it. But instead of seeking God for what only He can supply, they looked to man to supply their need.
The Lord showed me this is happening within the Church on a grand scale right now. Although we are to be encouraged and inspired by the anointing of God on other members within the Body of Christ, acting as iron sharpening iron for one another, the ONLY source for the “oil” is through God Himself! There is NO OTHER WAY!
This is why our Lord Jesus Christ has been grieved in His spirit. He knows the Father is about to begin the selection process! And just as in the time of Esther, and in the parable of the 10 virgins, when many are called and invited to go through the purification process, and to grow in intimacy with their Bridegroom, He knows not all will be chosen! He is heavy-hearted because many will have to be told, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!”
The Lord wants His people to understand, now is the time to stop chasing after other lovers, other words from individuals, and our own works. Now is the time to spend sitting with Him, learning about Him, and loving on Him. Now is the time to cast aside the distractions of this world, and actively pursue the very One we claim to love! Soon – it will be too late!
Rev. 19:7-9, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for 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…”
Eph. 5:27, “…that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
Matthew 25:1-14, “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming….And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those whose who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, have we not prophesied in Yyour Name, cast out demons…and done many wonders in Your Name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”
Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”
John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father, but by Me.”