Prepping? Don’t forget the oil

10 virginsWhen Jesus told the disciples about His return, he shared a parable about ten virgins. Five were prepared and five were not ready at all. We, too, must be ready, Jesus tells us. We do not know the hour of His return, and more than this, the coming of the Son of Man will be at a time that we don’t expect, just as in the days of Noah.

The time clock is ticking, and we are looking at end-times prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes. If you aren’t “into” prophecy matters in your faith, you are not alone. Many evangelical churches have abandoned prophecy altogether, and in fact are teaching a very different view of end times than what the Bible speaks of. With us at the table today is Mary Danielsen, a watcher and reporter on today’s headlines. She shares this on her The Things to Come blog.

pnkToday we’re talking about what this parable means to women in particular today. Plus, our Bible study teacher, Ruth Christian dives into 1 John 12-14. in her study titled, Sharing Real Life. Questions or comments? Email us at connect@naomistable.com, or call 800-979-9010, extension 109 and leave a message for our on-air discussion! (Portions of your message may be used in future shows)

3 Responses to Prepping? Don’t forget the oil

  1. Cynthia July 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    I thank you for this program today. I have 4 boys 28-14. The 2 middle ones are not following God in fact my 24 yo is a drug abuser and has 2 boys who he puts his lifestyle in front of. He has ran away from home since he was 16.He was baptized at 13. My 16 yo has been rebellious to the point he took off last February and stayed with my 24 yo and his gf and kids until they broke up again. And then he came back when this happened only to happen again . My husband is trying to get a business up and my son had 4 batteries he found wanted to keep he money for them but his dad said no that they discussed that if my our son found batteries he was to throw them into a battery pile until there was enough to take in for money. Needless to say that our son didn’t agree with this and now he’s gone again. He was also baptized at an earlier time and loved God very much. When I heard that God sees everything from beginning to end , it was a reminder that we are limited in what we see and we don’t see the outcome. My oldest was an unbeliever until his 20’s (i became a christian 15 yrs ago ) and was involved in drugs when he reached a point in his life that he realized he needed God.Faithful prayers were prayed for him . Thank you for the reminder that God is in control and my job is to be in prayer and keep faithful to Him.

    • Amy July 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

      Very soon we are going to do a program on prodigal children. Stay tuned…

  2. Esther July 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    There is one school of interpretation that stresses the literal approach and claims that biblical prophecies are meant to give us a roadmap to the future. Prophecies are sometimes meant literally, but to begin with an advance assumption about prophecy runs contrary to the biblical evidence. We can’t assume in advance that it is literal; nor can we assume in advance that it isn’t. The literal approach has produced a lot of failed prophecies, a lot of disappointment and a lot of embarrassed and humiliated modern-day prophets (Hal Lindsay, Jack Van Impe anyone?). Hosea 12:10 says some of the prophecies were given as parables, that is, in figurative language, to teach Kingdom truths and have nothing to do with definitive future events: “I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them.” We need to exercise a great deal of humility when approaching prophecy. Although we’d like to have an answer for every Bible question, we should say “We don’t know” more often. “Some of us think this way, and some of us think that way. I understand how you got your view, and I might happen to disagree with it, but I cannot prove that my view is the only way of looking at it.” This is the approach we need on several issues of faith and doctrine. Because of the ambiguities that are inherent in prophecy (probably by God’s design), differences of opinion will exist, even among Christians. On such matters, we should not be dogmatic, and none of us should insist that the church teach our particular view. On many debatable issues, the church need not teach any view; it is not essential to Christian discipleship or to our commission. Ultimately, prophecy is given not so much that we will know the exact future, but that we will know that God controls the future. It is far more important for us to know God, than it is for us to know the future. Any revelation of the future is given primarily so that we will do something now to be on the side of the One who wins in the end, the one who declares the end from ancient times, the one who will be sure to bring it all to pass just as he has purposed.

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