198 To Accept the Truth Is to Be a Wise Virgin
1 Believing for all these years, I clung to the name of the Lord, hoping for rapture. I thought that if I believed in the Lord and was forgiven for my sins, I would be rewarded. I fantasized of salvation by grace, wishing that with a single step I could rise into the sky and enter the heavenly kingdom. No one truly understands the true significance of the prophecies of the Lord Jesus. People construct their own dreams based on the words of Paul. They hope vainly that the Lord will suddenly arrive upon a cloud. Their eyes see great catastrophe, but still they do not behold the appearance of the Lord. They do not know that the words of the Lord Jesus were fulfilled long ago. The foolish virgins stubbornly cling to their conceptions, deaf to God’s voice. And thus they miss the chance of rapture, and will feel the utmost regret.
2 Christ of the last days expresses the truth to judge and cleanse man. The wise virgins hear the voice of God, and welcome the appearance of the Lord. They eat and drink the words of God, and attend the wedding feast of the Lamb. After experiencing judgment, they behold that God’s disposition is holy and righteous. People are too profoundly corrupted, they brim with defiance, they are not fit to enter the heavenly kingdom. Only when they accept the judgment and chastisement of God can they be cleansed. The Pharisees are cursed by the Lord for their hypocrisy. Only those who are honest and practice the truth will receive God’s blessings and praise. Only those who follow Christ and perform their duty are people who obey God. Only those who truly love and testify about God can be made perfect.