Rapture Ready? Are Your Lamps Filled or Empty?

Wise and Ready or Foolish and Unprepared?

“For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps” -Matt 25:3 (ESV)

Today, I am amazed at people who claim to be Christian but live their lives with their focus not in heaven but in the world. I see and hear all the time what people talk about, do, their cares, but little on the Lord in their talk, discussions and cares. But lets take a look at the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Bridesmaids) as described to us by Jesus in Matt 25.

Ten virgins took their lamps out to meet the bridegroom but he was delayed. Five were wise and five foolish. 

  • The 5 wise took oil in their lamps,
  • The 5 foolish took their lamps but no extra oil,
  • The bridegroom, for whatever reason, was delayed,
  • They all slumbered and slept
  • But one night, at midnight, a cry was heard that the bridegroom had arrived
  • All the 10 virgins trimmed their lamps to go out and meet the bridegroom,
  • The 5 that prepared were on their way,
  • The 5 that were foolish and unprepared and could not proceed. They had to go and find some oil to buy.

What the Bible says about Trimming the Lamp (From Forerunner Commentary)

A lamp is trimmed when the wick is turned either up or down to regulate the amount of flame. If a lamp is empty of oil, it does not matter how much one trims it—the lamp will go out when the oil is consumed.

Apparently, when events make it obvious Christ’s return is immediate, the whole church wakes up in surprise. Its members get out their Bibles to find the answer to where Christ is waiting for them, but with the oil of the Holy Spirit producing only a dim light, they lack the spiritual insight to find Him. It is as though the foolish virgins are stumbling around in the dark trying to understand the Word of God, but they cannot.

At this point, the foolish are in a state of panic; they realize they cannot understand and do not have the faith to believe. They ask the wise for help in understanding.

I liken this to the churches preparation for this event and I clearly believe this is associated with the rapture of His Bride – for the real and true believers in Christ and not the fake, put-on-a-good-front ones.

The virgins (perhaps meaning all those who claim to be a Christian, indicative of the church…) that took oil were prepared and ready for his return. They were so ready in body, soul and spirit that they had no trouble preparing as much as it took ready to meet the bridegroom. Their mindset was on him, their readiness was steadfast and relentless. They prepared by knowing that without the oil, they could not light his way and the procession that was to follow from the brides home to the bridegrooms place that he had prepared. They constantly read their Bibles, prayed and watched to know Him more.

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34- For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35- Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36- Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37- And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” -Mark 13:33-37 (KJV)

So how does this apply to us today? Are those who proclaim themselves Christians ready for His return? The return of the Lord to catch away His Bride (referring to the real believers whether they attend church or not). Will those foolish ones, the ones that were not ready, unprepared, focused on the world, that had not enough oil in their lamps, be taken or the door slammed in their faces by the Bridegroom because He didn’t know them? Not everyone who says they’re a Christian will make it to heaven at the Rapture. Only those who love His appearing and are prepared and waiting for His arrival (Heb 9:28).

Many are caught up in the world with cares of family, friends, work, jobs, houses, cars, 401k accts and retirement plans. Money, money, money. All these things distract us from focusing on the return of the Bridegroom and His snatching us away. He has said many times in Scripture that He knows those that are His (2 Tim 2:19; Nahum 1:7; John 10:27). 

“But be on your guard, so that your hearts will not be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that this day will not come on you suddenly, like a trap; 35- for it will come upon all those who live on the face of all the earth. 36- But stay alert at all times, praying that you will have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” -Luke 21:34-36 (NASB)

How many of us have prepared for eternal life with the Lord? Do you strive for holiness in thought, word and deed? Do you take the time daily to read His word? Many people make and take the time to watch the filth on TV but who spends time in prayer and meditation on the Lord getting to know Him more each day? He sees all those things and He knows our hearts.

Is your lamp filled with oil (preparedness) for His return or are you unprepared and could care less if He returns or not? He knows our hearts; we can fake it to others but not to Him. Are you anxiously waiting for His return? Would you go today without hesitation or delay? Would you still have the same faith if all your worldly stuff was taken from you? Remember, the whole church went out to meet the bridegroom but only a very few were ready and were able to trim their lamps to go and meet the bridegroom. So what camp are you in? Ready, willing and able or poorly unprepared with a careless, lethargic, complacent, position on Christ’s return? .

“But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7- Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8- And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9- But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10- And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11- Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12- But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13- Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” -Matt 25:6-13 (ESV)


-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman




WARNING! – Stay Alert, and Keep Watch! Do Not Be Found Sleeping!

Stay Alert and Keep Watch!

“Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34- For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35- Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36- Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37- And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” -Mark 13:33-37 (KJV)

These were commands from our Lord. They are not optional. They are to be heeded and followed but how many have thrown them aside for their own wisdom and intelligence?

Some have video cameras installed inside and outside their homes/business to provide as it were a constant sentinel that stands watch over their homes or businesses.  They have installed these to keep watch over their stuff and be ready to be alerted to unwanted visitors. The key phrase here is “keep watch“. But who is watching vigilantly for the return of the Lord? I would venture to say that most Christians are not. This is sad and disheartening to know that those who call themselves Christians have become callous to the return of the Lord and do not look forward to His return.

Jesus has commanded us to watch and be alert many, many times in His word and therefore, there will be NO excuses for not watching or not being ready!

You see not many are keeping watch or staying alert looking for the signs of His return. Why? Lethargy, complacency, laziness, lack of knowing their Bibles and some with no desire to leave the comfort of their present, pleasant lives. Keeping watch involves knowing what’s happening in the world and what the Bible says (what the Lord said) would precede His coming.  Keeping watch calls to account personal accountability. God has chosen to speak to us through His word – the Bible – and through signs such as with the lights in the heavens – the sun, moon and stars (Gen 1:14). He has also chosen to communicate via the environment and through nature.

Reading Matt 24 and Luke 21, the Lord says that many things will preclude His coming and gave us an outline of what they would be. Here are some of them – the birth pains or the beginnings of the signs. Are you paying attention? Remember, the Lord Jesus lamb-basted the religious leaders of His time (today’s pastors, priests, teachers, evangelists, church) for not knowing about His first coming – Luke 16:1-3; Luke 19.


Concerning this COVID-19 … do your homework on this! It’s like the regular seasonal flu and since our bodies have no built-up immunity it spreads and infects quicker than seasonal flu, at least until a herd immunity is established in the populace. Don’t believe (until you’ve proved them right) what the MSM is telling you or any of the  Gates-funded and bought politicians or medical “professionals” like we seem to hear from nightly. Do your own study and listen to other scientific professionals like Dr. Tenpenny, Dr Kaufman, Dr. Cahill, or Dr. Wittkowski, Dr. Erickson and a cadre of other medical and scientific highly-educated professionals. These are scientific men and women who have treated and studied this COVID-19.

BTW, whatever happened to the seasonal flu? Hmmm… Seems like it has disappeared … right? How convenient. Now to be replaced by this CV virus and all the mandates they’re trying to cram down our throats. (Don’t be fooled by this COVID thing, medically, it has never been isolated to allow in-depth study. Why do you think this is so? Do your own research – prove or disprove this on your own.)

Remember, in not too short of a time the Antichrist and False Prophet will make their move to come on the scene and their dictates will resemble what’s happening now across the world. And many people are following lock step into submission – masks, lockdowns, CV passports, and jabs. People are being conditioned and assimilated into a mindless state of follow me and it’ll be OK. Unfortunately, what’s happening now, if you do the research you will find this is true, is more people are getting CV that have been vaxed than those that have not been poked. Look it up!

There is a twisted web of lies and deceit coming from political leadership in states like Calif, Washington, Michigan, NY, NJ and others that may impose another round of mandatory lock-downs and mask wearing or worse which according to the educated scientific minds who have risked their careers and reputations to speak out against the COVID lies circling around this COVID-19 virus. And now the [unconstitutional] presidential dictate that 80 million unvaxed American’s will need to be vaxed. Can I say this is lawless, wicked, evil and created in the halls of hell! Many of our national leaders are being fooled and led by dark “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph 6:12). Bottom line – they are being led by Satanic forces falling right into their trap and web of deceit.

According to God’s word,

Deception is a huge sign mentioned by Jesus 4 times in one chapter. This is both extremely significant and important and we should pay close attention to what this means in our lives. Many wolves have entered the Christian arena (Acts 20:29) and are bent on destroying Christendom through false teaching and false doctrine.

Many follow the tradition and wisdom of men thereby leading many to the gates of hell.

Many preachers have and are perverting the word of God for their own gain, thinking and teaching that it leads to Godliness (1 Tim 6:5-6). How absolutely false! Take heed and beware!


In America now, God is being shown the door; asked to leave, told to get out of our lives. People, it seems have no use for Him (their Creator) anymore. So His hand is/has being lifted and consequently evil and wickedness have walked right in with fervent zeal. Therefore, hate is increasing like a freight train speeding out of control and society is in strife, fear, and upheaval. Lawlessness is abounding – all over the world. Hatred with and against family members and children, people killing one another especially here in America. Why? Iniquity and sin are increasing and people’s love for one another is waxing frigidly cold. Many are being offended for even the slightest reasons and political correctness is the new American way. If you preach and teach the full counsel of God, in other words, all Christ’s words you will, today, offend many in and out of the church. Therefore, most of our Christian leaders choose to avoid teaching all the truth found in the Bible and consequently many will be lost for they are not hearing about sin, repentance, and salvation. Take heed and beware!

Environmental/Events in Nature

Environmental or naturally occurring events are ramping up like never before. I’ve heard it said that even the weather people and weather scientists are astonished and perplexed at the weather phenomena with records being smashed and the severeness of weather disasters across the world. Earthquakes are doubling, tornadoes are more frequent and intense, hurricanes resulting in more destruction and death, flooding is absolutely terrible and rampant, deep and wide sinkholes opening up all across the world, unseasonably cold or hot conditions, volcanoes spewing in record numbers, and others waking up after many years of dormancy. What do all these things mean?

Has anyone really stopped to consider what time is it on God’s prophetic time clock? Has anyone thought to connect Bible Prophecy foretold to us by Jesus and His Apostles in scripture with current events? Do people even read His word today? Do they care? Or do most think that He isn’t coming anymore and toss the Bible out of their lives? What about our churches … are they teaching about Christ’s return? Are they alerting and warning people about the events Jesus warned us about prior to His second coming? You know He spoke about this in 3 of the 4 Gospels.

Dear friends, I believe that the Day of the Lord (the day He will start to bring His severe wrath upon this world for its sinfulness and unrepentant hearts) is very near and His severe judgments are just around the corner. God has been and is yet warning us through many events, yes, and through calamities, to turn back to Him – Joel 2:12-17. He will do what He thinks it takes to try and turn us around. In Amos 4, the Lord God repeatedly sent warnings through natural events trying to get the northern kingdom of Israel to return to Him – famine, drought, crop damage, pestilences and wars – but they refused to return (ca. 8th century BC). See any difference today? We are experiencing the same types of warnings through nature and the environment and many of them are getting worse and worse. In the Book of Jeremiah (Jer 8:7), we are told that even the stork, the dove, the swift and the thrush know the appointed times of their going and coming. But we humans seem to be quite ignorant of the times the Lord speaks to us about in His word.

Bottom Line

Are you ready for the road ahead? Are you prepared? It’s time we got on our knees and did some serious praying; confessing our sin, repenting and turning back to the Lord in the things we do, say and think. BEING READY, alert and watchful are what today is about and what tomorrow will bring. Be ready to tell others about God, about His Son, about His free gift of salvation and the forgiveness of sins. Be ready to give an answer for your faith to others – being active and alive in our faith. Be ready to stand up for your faith and not back down in this antichrist-driven (1 John 2:18) and anti-God-ridden world. And finally, be ready in our heart, mind, soul and spirit for the rapture of the church (Christ’s Bride), which, IMHO, is nearer than most think. Be ready folks, get ready, stand ready for the return of the Lord.

“Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.” -Joel 1:14-15 (KJV)

-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman


This is Sickening and A [Tyrannical] Abuse of Power and the Constitution. Speak Out!!

Editor’s Note: I have no words for this abuse of power. Our beloved America is turning into a tyrannical dictator state. Please pray!!

The following article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog.  (Used by permission). See his disclaimer below.

There Is No Turning Back After This

By Michael Snyder – Sept 9, 2021

This is the most sickening thing that Joe Biden has ever done.  That is saying a lot, because Biden has a long history of doing sickening things.  For the past couple of hours I have been trying to find the right words to put what we just witnessed into proper perspective.  This truly is one of the most pivotal moments in American history, and there will be no turning back after this.  We are descending into full-blown tyranny, and I have literally felt sick to my stomach as I have pondered the ramifications.  What remained of the country that so many of us once loved is being absolutely eviscerated, and it is deeply heartbreaking to watch it happen.

The new mandates that Biden has decided to impose on the entire country aren’t just un-American.  The word “evil” gets thrown around a lot these days, but in this case it perfectly fits the situation.

No government has the right to try to put something into your body by force.  Many have pointed out that such mandates are uncomfortably close to physical rape, and there is absolutely no place for such mandates in a free and just society.

According to CNN, Biden’s offensive new mandates “could apply to as many as 100 million Americans”, but I have a feeling that the true number could be even higher than that.

Biden’s new mandates apply to all federal employees and contractors, anyone that works at any business that has 100 or more employees, and to the entire health care industry.

Previously, the Biden administration had allowed federal workers that didn’t want to be vaccinated the option of submitting to regular testing instead, but now the option for testing is out the window

President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order mandating that all federal employees and contractors get vaccinated against COVID-19, with no exceptions for those who agree to regular testing for the virus, according to a source familiar with the plans.

Vast numbers of federal employees will now be faced with the heartbreaking choice of either taking an injection that they do not want or giving up their careers.

But Biden didn’t stop there.

Shockingly, he has decided to target more than 80 million Americans that work for large companies that employ at least 100 workers.  The following comes from the official White House website

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work. OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement. This requirement will impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses with 100+ employees.

As you read that, you probably thought to yourself that this can’t possibly be legal.

And you would be right.

But the Biden administration is probably counting on getting in front of some friendly judges that will issue favorable rulings that will make it “legal”.

On top of all this, the Biden administration is also going after any health care institutions that accept Medicaid or Medicare.  Here is more from the official White House website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to require COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, including but not limited to hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies. This action builds on the vaccination requirement for nursing facilities recently announced by CMS, and will apply to nursing home staff as well as staff in hospitals and other CMS-regulated settings, including clinical staff, individuals providing services under arrangements, volunteers, and staff who are not involved in direct patient, resident, or client care. These requirements will apply to approximately 50,000 providers and cover a majority of health care workers across the country.

Basically, this covers pretty much the entire health care industry in this country.

Any health care worker that refuses to get an injection won’t just lose a job.  In essence, they will become banned from ever working in their chosen field ever again.

There is much more to Biden’s plan, and you can read all about it right here.

In his speech announcing these new mandates, Biden made it quite clear what he thinks about our “freedoms”…

“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden said. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you.”

Others on his side of the political spectrum have also spoken very derisively about freedom in recent days.  Sadly, there are millions of Americans that actually support this sort of tyrannical approach.

Of course before he entered the White House Biden promised us that this would never happen.  For example, he made the following statement back in December

While speaking in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 4, 2020, Biden was asked whether COVID vaccinations should be mandatory. He said, “No, I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory.”

And as recently as July, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was speaking against any sort of a federal mandate

In July, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that a federal vaccine mandate was “not the role of the federal government.”

She was right when she said that.

But now here in September she is strongly defending what Biden has just done.

Following Biden’s speech, there was a tremendous explosion of anger on social media, because people are recognizing that this is full-blown tyranny.

We have come to a moment when none of our national leaders can afford to be silent.  This is a moment that will fundamentally change our country forever, and history will judge those that refuse to take a stand very harshly.

Fortunately, some national leaders are already speaking out.  For example, Representative Thomas Massie has correctly recognized that Biden’s mandates are clearly unconstitutional

Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky blasted Biden’s order as ‘unconstitutional.’

‘OSHA has no more authority to enforce this (there’s no statutory authorization) than CDC had to issue the eviction moratorium,’ Massie said. ‘Which is to say they both have ZERO authority to do these things. Congress makes the laws in a constitutional republic.’

And a couple of governors are already threatening to take the Biden administration to court.  In fact, Kristi Noem says that she has her legal team standing by

Reacting to the news, Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said her “legal team is standing by ready to file our lawsuit the minute @joebiden files his unconstitutional rule.”

“This gross example of federal intrusion will not stand,” she said.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also sounds like he is ready for a legal fight

She was joined by fellow Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who wrote ‘I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration’ on Twitter Thursday evening.

Unfortunately, the outcome of such cases is usually determined by the political leanings of the judges that are assigned to them.

In this country, most judges simply do whatever they feel like doing.  So most of the time liberal judges issue rulings that liberals would like, and conservative judges issue rulings that conservatives would like.

Needless to say, it shouldn’t work that way, but at this point our judiciary has become just about as lawless as our society as a whole.

And lawless societies almost always end up descending into tyranny, and that is happening to us right now.

These are such dark days for our nation, and they are only going to get darker.

For years, I have been pleading for the American people to wake up because our liberties and freedoms were steadily being eroded.

Now we have gotten to a point where the guy in the White House is enthusiastically taking a sledgehammer to the few liberties and freedoms that we still have left, and unless the American people stand up and object they will soon be totally gone.


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