Copyright ©08/19/2004 Elizabeth Ellis
The Bridegroom is coming,
Are you ready for Him?
Is your lamp brightly burning?
Have you extra oil within?
For no one knows when He will come,
But wonders and signs warn everyone,
That the hour of His coming does draw near,
With wars and disasters that make men fear.
So be a wise virgin, stay awake and prepare,
Surrendering your life to God in prayer;
Let His love flame ignite within your heart,
A longing to live in His will until death do you part,
From this earthly plane to that Heavenly realm,
To celebrate the Marriage Feast of the Lamb;
So do not grow weary and slumber while you wait,
For when you awake, you may find it is too late!
Jesus said, “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour”.