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From: Dean and Susan Wheelock
Subject: Preparing the Bride: Oil for Our Lamps (Part 3 of 3)
Dean and Susan Wheelock have a ministry called Hebrew roots. They produce a quarterly magazine called Hebrew roots. If you would like to receive the magazine, please send an e-mail to Dean and Susan at: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or write them at the following address:
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Preparing the Bride: Oil for Our Lamps (Part 3 of 3)
From the website: http://www.geocities.com/hebrew_roots/html/hr-2-3-01.html#Lamps
Our eye must be good, (sincere) in our devotion to our Husband Yeshua, our Father in heaven and to the instruction book of God (the Torah) which He has so graciously given us. if we are full of the righteous oil of the Torah, then we will have plenty of fuel for our light to shine brightly and it will be `good' light. However, there is another kind of light which is a mixture of good and evil. Some people think this `light' is the good light, but it is really a very old `light' that is total darkness at its core.
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works." (II Cor. 11:13-15)
~ Flickering Light ~
If our Torah fuel should run low, then our light will begin to flicker. When this happens it is urgent for us to return immediately to our source book of oil for replenishment.
"Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way." (Psalm 119:104)
As a result of industrious Torah study and diligent application of Torah into our lives, we can be assured that:
"He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday." (Psalm 37:6)
Even if we have abundant Torah oil it is still possible that our light of Messiah might go out, for in order for there to be light there must be fire.
If we blaspheme the Holy Spirit and God removes it from us, then our source of heat (fire) and oxygen (air) is gone, and all we are left with is empty knowledge of Torah with no possible way to put it into effect.
"`And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven." (Luke 12:10)
If our lamp (our own human spirit) becomes damaged to the point that the oxygen of the Holy Spirit cannot reach the flame, or it is broken to the point where it can no longer hold Torah oil, then once again the light of Messiah will be extinguished. This is why we are told:
"Quench not the Spirit." (I Thess. 5:19)
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." (Eph. 4:30)
We quench the Spirit when we refuse to follow his lead. We grieve the Spirit when we commit sin. Both have a dampening effect (water is one way to prevent oxygen from reaching the flame) upon our light.
~ Summary ~
This has been a rather lengthy journey through the Parable of the Ten Virgins. However, the lessons to be learned are most profound:
The great lesson is that we must always be ready for Messiah's return. Even if He does not come back during our lifetime; He will, in effect, come for each of us individually when we die. Now is the time to make preparations for our wedding to Yeshua, while it is still day. "`I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work." (John 9:4). Now is the time to be studying Torah and learning how to live a Torah lifestyle. Now is the time to repair our `righteous love vessel' so that it can be filled to the brim with Torah oil and not lose a single drop. We can do this by putting into action those things we learn from the Torah. Now is the time to cleanse our own spirit (lamp) of all iniquity, bitterness, hatred, jealousy, lust, vanity and greed; so that it can burn clean and bright and not prevent the pure oxygen from reaching the flame. This can be accomplished by confessing our sins to God (I John 1:9) and beseeching Him to forgive them through the precious blood of our Savior Yeshua. Now is the time to accept wholeheartedly the igniting fire of God's Holy Spirit. This will mean a recognition and acceptance of all the spiritual gifts found in I Cor. 12 and Romans 12. This means a total commitment not to quench the Spirit through inactivity or grieve the Spirit through sin. Now is the time to let our light shine before all men. We must not be ashamed of our calling but be willing to confess openly that Yeshua is our Messiah, lest He not confess us before the Father when He returns.
If all of these pieces are in place: the vessel of righteous love, the lamp of our spirit, the oil of Torah understanding, and the fire and wind of the Holy Spirit of God; then we will be able to clearly see our way to the great wedding that is to take place in heaven.
"`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.' "Then he said to me, `Write: "Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!"'" (Rev. 19:7-9)
(End Part 3 of 3)
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