As most of us know, Egypt (in the Bible) is often a picture of the world - especially, in the carnal sense of the word. When the Israelites left Egypt, God told them to do it in haste. In fact, once the call to “move out” came, it was so sudden, there was no time to prepare even the most basic of staples – bread, which had been baked. For this reason, the Israelites, when they fled carried with them not bread, which had been baked in to nice, fluffy loaves, but, dough without yeast that would be baked in to the flat, dry loaves, we know today as Matzah.
My daughter and I were discussing this the other day in the context of the rapture (leaving Egypt) and were wondering, if our catching away would be preceded by a sign which would alert us that our bridegroom was near. And, I think the answer to that is yes.
When, we read the parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25, we see that there is a brief period of time, in which, the virgins, (all ten) realize the bridegroom is near. The time for going out to meet him had come. Those who had oil were ready, but, those who had none, were not. And, the five in the realization that they were not ready began to petition those who were, to share their oil with them. But, alas, as oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, each must have his own, therefore, they were counseled to go and procure oil of their own.
“ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut”. Matthew 25:9-10
With this in mind, I think we can safely surmise that there will be some kind of sign that will alert us to the imminent return of our bridegroom. But, what kind of sign will it be and how much time will lapse between the sudden realization that the time has come and our actual catching away?
Not much ….. perhaps, no more time that it takes for bread to rise.
*How long does it take for bread to rise? On the average, about an hour … (45 minutes to two hours, depending on the type of bread).
Sometime after midnight, after the death of the first-born, Pharoah told Moses and Aaron to take their people and their flocks and leave. How long did they have? Not much. Perhaps, as little as an hour. There was not only not enough time to add yeast to dough and let it rise, there was no time to add yeast at all. Therefore, the dough carried out of Egypt was unleavened, (which, was as God intended because yeast in the Bible always represents sin and there is no possibility of anyone leaving “Egypt” for the Promised Land in a leavened state).
Yes, I believe there will be some kind of sign that the return of Jesus for his bride is near …. and, in the space of less than an hour, we will be caught up to meet him in the air. This sign will be so powerful and so catastrophic in nature that the religious unsaved will scurry enmass to churches everywhere in search of the oil they do not have. But, it will be too late; the bridegroom will have come and left and the door to the wedding chamber will have closed.
“I opened for my lover, but, my lover had left; he was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him and did not find him. I called him but, he did not answer.” Song of Songs 5:6
Brothers and Sisters that day is near. Our bridegroom is coming and coming soon. Are you ready with your oil? Are your loved ones? I pray that it is so.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Waiting and watching with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy