“And the virgins, her
companions that follow her, shall be brought unto thee.”
"And at midnight, there was a cry made, Behold the
bridegroom cometh: go ye out to meet him...and they that were ready, went in
with him to the marriage, and the door was shut...Watch therefore, for ye
know neither the day nor the hour the Son of Man cometh"
In Matthew 25:1-13, it is obvious who the bridegroom is. The
text plainly says the bridegroom is the Son of Man—Jesus (Matthew 25:10-13).
The context also makes it very clear that it is to the
virgins that the Cry is being made (Matthew
25:6-7). So the question is this, who
are the virgins?
This writer believes scripture reveals that the virgins in Matthew 25, (the
ones who are ready for the bridegroom) do not represent the Bride of
Christ—the Church, as is commonly suggested, but are rather, the companions
of the bride that we read about in Psalm 45:14.
A common misconception is that the “Midnight Cry” of Matthew 25 is
synonymous with “The Shout” we read about in 1 Thessalonians 4:16. It is
not. The Lord is descending with a shout in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 when he
comes for his bride—the Church. But The Midnight Cry is not being made for
the Bride of Christ. Scripture is clear. The Midnight Cry is being made for
the Bride’s companions.
Prophecy reveals that the King—Christ—will bring his Queen
(the bride of Christ) into his palace (in Heaven). When it is time for the
wedding to take place, the companions
of the Bride will be brought unto the King as well.
(1 Thessalonians, 4:16-18, Psalm
45:14, Matthew 25:6-13).
Jesus is coming for a Bride. He is also coming for her companions—but not
both at the same time.
Look closely at what Jesus told us concerning his coming. He said...as
in the days of Noah...so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be
(Matthew 24:37-39). Just as he brought Noah and his family into the ark
before judgment fell in the form of the flood, the Son of Man is coming for
his bride before he comes back to
earth to judge a world that has rejected him.
As in the days of Noah....
It is wise not to disregard the repeated references our lord makes to "the
Days of Noah." That statement is multi-faceted and rich—with much more
to look at than simply the sinful, carefree lifestyles Noah's contemporaries
lived even as devastating judgment was bearing down on them. We must also
observe that, in the days of Noah, the righteous were brought into
the ark of safety before judgment
came. Also note that the door to that ark remained open for a short time...others
could have come on board. It was entirely their choice not to (Genesis
At a cry was made.... After the bridegroom (the
Son of Man) comes for his Bride, the door to the ark,
as in the days of Noah, will
remain open for a short time. This is so the virgins, the companions of the
bride, who will follow after her
(Psalms 45:14-15), can also be brought unto the King.
The word of God is specific about every word in scripture being pure and
good for reproof, rebuke, exhortation, and instruction in righteousness...every
word. That is why we need to pay close attention to the words Jesus used,
words like, as in the days of Noah,
and words like “midnight.”
means "halfway through the
In John 9:4, Jesus said he must work the works of him that sent him while it
is day. For the “night” was coming in which no man could work.
In this passage, Jesus made specific references to
night that provide us with some
insight into the pre-appointed times and seasons the Father holds in his
hand. It is in John 9:4, that Jesus defines the word "" for us.
The “night,” Jesus is referring to, is the calamitous night of
wrath and judgment that is coming on all who dwell on the face of the earth.
In Luke 21:35, Jesus called it a snare and said to pray we would be counted
worthy to escape…as in the days of
Noah…all of the things that would be coming upon the inhabitants of the
earth (the kosmos).
Jesus went on to say that he was the light of the world, and that he would
continue to be the light of the world, only as long as he was in the world
(the kosmos). In other words, as long as Jesus is here, it will be day
(John 9:5). When Jesus is no longer here, the inhabitants of the kosmos will
find themselves trapped in the season he calls night.
So has the “night” already come? The time when Jesus said no man
can work? If that is the case, then why are all who name the name of Christ
working right now?
It is because he is here, isn't it?
Jesus is still in the kosmos, because he dwells within all who believe in
him. Our bodies are his temple. And because of that, Jesus said that his
followers are also the light of the world (Matthew -16). Isn’t that amazing?
It is still day. Jesus is still working in the Kosmos through those
who are his dwelling place here on earth.
So when will the "night" begin?
The “night” will begin when Jesus is no longer in the kosmos. He
entered the kosmos when he was born of a virgin (Hebrews 1:6). He remains in
the kosmos because he lives in those who belong to him (John -18). And he will leave the kosmos when he descends
from Heaven, with a shout, to raise the dead and catch up the bodies of all
those who are "in Him"—his Bride (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, Romans 8:23, 2
After all those whose bodies are his temple have been brought unto the King,
Jesus will no longer be in the kosmos. And by his own definition, night,
will have officially begun.
So, when is midnight?
Midnight is halfway through the "night”—which Jesus specified would
begin the moment he was no longer in the world—that means, that by midnight,
his bride will have been absent from the kosmos for the same length of time
that Jesus has been absent from the kosmos (John 9:4-5, Matthew 5:14-16,1
Thessalonians 4:16-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7).
But the exodus from earth does not end there. At the mid-way point, half-way
through the "night”——Jesus says a cry will be made. And the
virgins, the Jewish companions of the Bride (which is composed of both Jews
and Gentiles), those who are ready,
will go in with the bridegroom to the marriage (as
in the days of Noah, the door of the ark is still open). After that,
the door will be shut (Psalm 45:14, Matthew 25:6-13, Genesis ).
Jesus is coming for his bride. And he is coming for her before the "night”
begins. When he returns to earth at the battle of Armageddon, His wife will
be coming out of Heaven with him, yes, and the virgins her companions too.
And After that, a marriage feast, the likes of which this world has never
seen, will be held here on earth (Matthew 22).
You do not want to miss it.
If you haven’t received one yet, consider this your invitation to the
wedding. It will be the biggest event of the universe--ever. Romans
10:9-10,13 tells how to send your RSVP. Better look it up in a King James
Bible though. Other versions tamper with the directions.