Surprisingly, it is often the small things that give me inspiration; I suppose it is because they speak to something deeper within me. Such is the case with this. I feel the need to talk about this idea of knowing or not knowing when Christ will come back.
I know that evokes immediate negative reaction and emotion in many. I am also aware that most of what you feel or think about the topic stems from tradition, an understanding based in what you have been taught, or just another false teacher that led his flock to ruin, death, or at minimum embarrassment, as the entire world watched. The most recent that comes to mind was the guy that told his followers to sell everything because the Lord was coming back at a particular time, and they certainly would not need it. I wonder who got all that money? You have surely heard the saying, follow the money. Peter essentially told us to do the same when assessing if a person is a false teacher.
Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. (2 Peter 2:2-3 NASB)
I am also painfully aware of my own thoughts on the subject of when Christ would return, and I have had the internal debates as to what I would do if could really know that there was a definite time of removal coming. With that knowledge, would I live like a dog, gambling that I would pay attention to my watch and do the appropriate repenting mere minutes before his arrival. I think he knew that weakness about us and has kept this knowledge appropriately cloaked until recently. Now that I am older and had some time to ponder these bizarre thoughts, the answer is no, I want go out strong like a Billy Graham, or better yet, Smith Wigglesworth; now there's an interesting man for you.
Anna, the prophetess, whom when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple for circumcision, arrived, as she always did. Luke's gospel recorded that she was looking for his coming and spoke of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:38 NASB. That implies that some did not care. You learn quickly that you are wasting your time speaking about the things that excite you with some people. So this dear lady, whom had been waiting and longing for the Messiah, knew Him when they brought Him up to the temple. Now how is that possible?
How is it possible, that “heathens” from Babylon, wise men, Magi, would have known that the Messiah had been born, and came looking for Him-to worship Him?
Matthew 2:1-3 MSG After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory--this was during Herod's kingship--a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. (2) They asked around, "Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We're on pilgrimage to worship him." (3) When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified--and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well.
The religious leadership of Israel knew, they either refused to acknowledge the Messiahs birth, or just not pay attention to it. Herod called the religious leadership in and ask them point blank, and they answered him.
Matthew 2:4-5 ESV and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. (5) They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
How is it possible, that the learned of Israel, refused to acknowledge or understand the signs that told of His arrival, and yet Simeon the priest, “came by the Spirit into the temple. And as the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do according to the custom of the Law concerning Him, he received Him in his arms and blessed God, and said, “Lord, now You will let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word. For my eyes have seen Your Salvation which You have prepared before the face of all the peoples,” (Luke 2:26-31 MKJV)
Having come out of a religious upbringing, where church doctrines are shoved down your throat, correct or not, and having a mother that latched on to one of these date setting advocates of the Lord's return, my reaction as a high school student who struggled with undiagnosed learning disabilities was, this is my ticket out of hard work and I mentally quit trying. I have come to understand that this is the complete opposite of what God's word tells us to do.
So if you will stick with me, we are going to find out what God's word says about our ability to know and understand when Jesus is coming back.
For me, it all begins with the disciples pointing out the temple.
Matthew 24 is our starting point, as it has the verse that people love to quote in their efforts to quell the enthusiasm of people like me.
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. (Matthew 24:36 NASB)
We cannot do this verse justice without looking at the context and the context begins with a Jewish oriented statement, directed at Jesus, a Jew. You can find this in Matthew 24:1. And just to be clear, Jesus did not have to switch from being a Gentile God, back to being a Jewish Messiah just to answer their question. He was brought into this earth as a Jew, and he remains a Jew to this day.
Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down." (Matthew 24:1-2 NASB)
The statement made by the disciples seemed simple enough, but it demonstrated where their hearts were at, and it was not on Him as the Messiah, it was on a building. The Messiah was there, standing in front of them, and he wanted them to understand that. So His response to their statement was a devastating one: "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down." The temple was a national symbol to Israel and a source of pride. The stones are huge, no one could tear it down. Oh yes they can, and will.
Several minutes of silence passed, enough for them all to find a shady place to sit upon the mount of olives, quite probably the same place Jesus always went when they were in town, and here they ask - with their Jewish mindset - the questions that His statement evoked. Stop right here, if this moment in time represents anything else as you read it then you are trapped in a very small box that only allows for a limited mindset, and you are thinking out of tradition, bad teaching, and your culture. Jesus was not a Gentile and He was really quite exclusive for the longest time about speaking only to the house of Israel, you know, the ones standing in front of Him. The disciples were not asking about the snatching away of the church, they were the future of the church, and they did not even believe that there was a Messiah as yet. They asked a question that any good Jew would have an understanding about, and that was when the Messiah would come as the victor they expected.
As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3 NASB)
Do you see it? Three questions, but we all forget that these are questions out of a Jewish mindset. I know, some of you are asking, what does it matter? It matters because Jesus understood precisely what they were asking and answered them accordingly. This is not about riddles, God wanted them and us to understand. If we are having a problem understanding at this point we Gentiles merely need to adjust our thinking to align with the Jewish mentality. Since much of the answer spoke about a time beyond their life span, and the fact that they could not yet see who He was, I do not think they even understood the answer.
It was just three questions.
Do you think they understood the depth of what they were asking? Perhaps that lack of understanding is why the answer is exhaustively long, and that is why I will leave you to essentially read the entire chapter at your leisure - Matthew 24:4-51. We should understand that while much of this, for them, will soon be a reality, it is still looking to our present day as well. God saw fit to tell Daniel that what he saw was for a future time; that time is now!
"But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase." Daniel 12:4 NASB.
I was working for General Telephone company in 1994. Then, if you were high tech, you had a car phone, and most all that had to happen at the special services bay where they installed those phones in customers cars. NO ONE had a cell phone, what we did have though, and I hated them, were pagers. Around this time in 1994 IBM came out with a “personal computer”. The beast cost over two thousand dollars and it only had a 10 megabyte hard drive. Your phone has a memory in the 16+ gigabyte range. All of these advancements happened since 1994, the year of the OJ Simpson murder trial. So, has knowledge increased? Absolutely.
So I am looking through Matthew 24 trying to find something that makes my case. What I find sounds very much like what I read in Joel, Daniel, or Ezekiel, when it speaks about the very end; the ending where Jesus actually comes back as the Messiah they awaited. That is until you get to Matthew 24:32. Verse 32 is where we have to start paying attention if we are going to ascertain whether we have the ability to figure out our place in the timing of things.
Matthew 24:32-34 "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; (33) so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. (34) "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
Who or what then is represented by the fig tree?
If we substitute Israel for the fig tree, and Israel became a nation 1948, can we then say that the fig tree budded in 1948? We are talking symbolically about the nation Israel, and our ability to ascertain the coming of the Lord, and this is one of our clues that telling us we have the ability, like the Magi, to intelligently ascertain the signs of His arrival. I just realized that there is a timing discretely buried in the statement, and that is summer. It is the time when the figs are ripe.
Here are just a few more things that might help you ascertain the maturity of the fig tree/Israel.
- The Balfour Declaration (dated 2 November 1917) was a letter from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild (Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild), a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The Balfour Declaration, declared that the British favored a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
- The Six-Day War was fought between June 5th and June 10th, 1967. The war was against Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Rather than wait to be attacked, the Israelis launched a hugely successful military campaign against its perceived enemies. The air forces of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq were all but destroyed on June 5th. By June 7th, many Egyptian tanks had been destroyed in the Sinai Desert and Israeli forces reached the Suez Canal. On the same day, the whole of the west bank of the Jordan River had been cleared of Jordanian forces. The Golan Heights were captured from Syria and Israeli forces moved 30 miles into Syria itself. The war was a disaster for the Arab world and temporarily weakened the man who was seen as the leader of the Arabs – Gamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt. The war was a military disaster for the Arabs but it was also a massive blow to the Arabs morale. Here were four of the strongest Arab nations systematically defeated by just one nation.
I asked you keep in mind the context of Matthew 24, and it is Jesus, a Jew, answering Jewish questions. Therefore, the direct application is to the end of time, the end of God's wrath upon the earth, the nations, and of Israel. This has nothing to do with the rapture, the snatching away of His church, but that is the very thing we use this verse for when we pull it out in an effort to shut someone up, isn't it?
How much sense does it make for God to expect us to remain in a state of readiness if we have no clue as to when He coming.
Matthew 24:35,36 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. (36) "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
Look at the terminology used in the Amplified bible.
“Truly I tell you, this generation (the whole multitude of people living at the same time, in a definite, given period) will not pass away till all these things taken together take place. Sky and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:34-36 AMP)
When I read, “but of that exact day and hour” I come to the understanding that I have the ability – if I may use a golf term – to hit the green. I may not be able to put it in the hole, but hitting the green takes skill. I strongly suggest you read all of Matthew 24 attentively. Apparently the Father wants us looking for His return, and we can see His intensity in verses 44 through 51.
Matthew 24:44 "For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
So, even if we can't make a hole in one, we are still supposed to be working at it, looking for his return.
I want evidence that demonstrates that He is talking to the church.
The most compelling evidence we have that the Holy Spirit wants us - the church - to understand and know when He is coming, comes from Paul's letter to the church at Thessalonica.
As regards the course and periods of time, brothers, you have no need of being written to. You know perfectly well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night; when 'all's well' and 'all is safe' are on the lips of men, then all of a sudden Destruction is upon them, like pangs on a pregnant woman — escape there is none. But, brothers, you are not in the darkness for the Day to surprise you like thieves; you are all sons of the Light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 Moffatt NT)
The Contemporary English version translates verse 4:
1 Thessalonians 5:4 CEV (4) My dear friends, you don't live in darkness, and so that day won't surprise you like a thief.
The word darkness in the Greek also means shadiness or obscurity. If we are in obscurity, it is certainly not because of God. The word day can also be read as: a period of opportunity. Substitute this phrase into the sentence and it messes up the theology of many. “But, brothers, you are not in obscurity for this period of opportunity to surprise you like thieves.” The opportunity being the rescue of His church and the launch of the time of wrath. We have the ability to comprehend the time frame.
We are not excluded from knowing.
Matthew 13:10-11 MKJV And the disciples said to Him, Why do You speak to them in parables? (11) He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to them.
Three gospel writers recorded the same thing, and repetition compels us to pay attention. It is given to us to know! We find this in: Matthew 13:11; Mark 4:11; and Luke 8:10.
Gill's commentary on Matthew 13:10 explains: “but to them it is not given; to the wise and prudent, to the Scribes and Pharisees, to the multitude, to the bulk and generality of the people, to the rest that were blinded. Mark calls them "them that are without"; who are not in the number of God's elect; nor within the covenant of grace, nor among the disciples of Christ;..”
What does this mean? Some will simply not get it! God is not playing favorites, the ignorance is wide spread.
Matthew 13:13 MKJV Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not; nor do they understand.
If Anna the prophetess, Simeon the priest, the Magi, and all the chief priests and scribes that Herod called in for questioning, had a knowledge, then why could not all Israel see, understand, and accept Him as the Messiah?
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet: 'AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH, ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH; FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.'" (Matthew 2:3-6 NASB)
I used to wonder why God was coming back with such a vengeance, and His own people are part of the target, but look at this – all the chief priest and scribes were called before Herod to explain what was going on, and they did. Based on collected information Herod had all the male children two years old and younger, in that particular region, slaughtered. That means the religious leadership had the same information that Anna and Simeon had. However, there is an intentional refusal to accept Jesus as the Messiah.
A momentary return to everyday life.
As I rejoined the senior group at McDonald's this particular Tuesday morning, the man that leads the Thursday morning bible study was there. I pulled up a chair and he immediately says to me, “I want to talk to you about Lazarus the beggar and the rich man.” I responded with, “Wow, hi, good morning, but okay, fire away!” He proceeds to spew the doctrines of Hank Hanegraff, while excoriating Kenneth Copeland and Joyce Meyer, for teachings that entertain the idea that Jesus had to be put in hell, which “by definition” has at least two compartments, blah, blah, blah. The intent of his tirade was not discussion, but to set me straight. I said nothing, and he ended with, “I just wanted to tell you that.” I sat there for a moment and said, “Okay, you told me.” That was all he accomplished, for he had changed no ones mind and several of us were little more than irritated at the delivery. He left shortly after that, and that is when I said to the remaining crowd, “now we can talk.”
Communication leaves the door open for discussion and room for correction, should it be appropriate. As a child, I had none of that. Mr. Bible study and I have had these talks before and I see it as role playing game. He likes to play the role of an angry, obstinate father, who is not the least bit interested in your opinion. Not much of a game as only one person gets to play, and once they have played their hand no one is interested in playing anymore. Maybe this is what Gill is trying to point out in his commentary on Matthew 13. The Pharisees too had their minds made up and there was no room for change or discussion in them. Why am I telling you about “Mr. Bible study”, because he, like those pharisees, does not get it. When I spoke about Lazarus and the rich man, I described an unexplained mercy being shown to a beggar, not because he was a beggar, but because there is so much about this mans life we do not know, and yet God does. Now contrast this with the last judgment of the sheep and the goats, we have little background on those called sheep, until Jesus explains why he is letting them into the kingdom of heaven. Look this up in Matthew 25:31-46.
That period of opportunity is an aspect of our hope.
You can tell by the way 1 Thessalonians 5 opens that Paul is in mid thought, therefore there is a context that we do not pick up on without backtracking. I think that to some degree we are safe in jumping back to 1 Thessalonians 4:13, where Paul says, “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.” There is that word again, hope.
Paul goes on to explain what they are having hope in and why.
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 NASB (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. (15) For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. (16) For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (17) Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (18) Therefore comfort one another with these words.
I see two things intrinsically tied together. Our hope in being caught up to meet Him in the clouds, and the benefit of always being with the Lord because of that action. I do not see the idea of inconceivable images of Heaven and our time with the Father, as being our hope because our minds cannot wrap around those images. Salvation and therefore hope, at least for some, is deeply tied to our being caught up and extracted from a world gone mad. The Apostle Paul uses this term hope throughout the New Testament. An example of this is found in Acts 26:6 NASB "And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers;” This too is that hope which is demonstrated in our salvation from this world, into the arms of a loving Father who awaits our return.
Other signs we should pay attention to.
Joel 2:30-31 ESV "And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. (31) The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.
Earthquakes are happening everywhere, and with frequency. Volcanoes are coming back to life and erupting. In many areas of China you are lucky to ever see the sun, they even broadcast the sunrise on massive led screens so people there can be reminded of what it looked like. And then there was the ranting about the blood moons, which I ignored for the longest time.
If you are paying attention to what is going on in the world, you surely have heard of the Shemittah and the Blood Moons. I recently asked two young men if they were aware of what the Blood moons were. Their answer was not only no, but they showed no interest at all.
Here is brief synopsis: The blood moons have come in a grouping of four, called a Tetrad. This stretches over a years period and has amazingly occurred in conjunction with Jewish feast days. We are currently in the last Tetrad that you and I will witness in our lifetimes, as documented by NASA.
Just for information sake, the last few of these Tetrads have come in:
- 1493 – 1494: This corresponds with Spain's persecution of the Jews which started in 1491 and included the confiscation of gold and their placement in ghettos. The Jews were being expelled in 1492 as Columbus sailed out in search of new lands financed by confiscated gold.
- 1949 – 1950: 1933 saw an escalation in persecution against European Jews, culminating in 1945 with Hitlers final solution. All the while Palestine, under shared control by British and Muslims, refused escaping Jews the ability to return. The significant event, Israel became a nation in 1948.
- 1967 – 1968: The six day war. I already presented some details about that.
- 2014 – 2015: How has Israel been affected in the last couple of years? How about presently?
In the year long period that started with the Jewish New Year in September of 2014, there have been three blood moons so far, and all three of them fell on Jewish feast days. The last blood will occur on September 13 of 2015, the Jewish New Year. It is also the end of the Shemittah, a Hebrew word meaning the Sabbath. The Sabbath in this case is the end of the seven year period in which the land was allowed to rest in the seventh year, sins were atoned for, and debts were forgiven. Israel chose not observe the Shemittah for 49 years.
Here is where it comes from.
Leviticus 25:2-6 ESV "Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that I give you, the land shall keep a Sabbath to the LORD. (3) For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits, (4) but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the LORD. You shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. (5) You shall not reap what grows of itself in your harvest, or gather the grapes of your undressed vine. It shall be a year of solemn rest for the land. (6) The Sabbath of the land shall provide food for you, for yourself and for your male and female slaves and for your hired worker and the sojourner who lives with you,
This year on the Jewish calendar, 5775 (Sept. 24, 2014–Sept. 13, 2015), is the Sabbatical year. We are there, we are in it, and wouldn't you know it, on September 13, 2015 the last and final blood moon shows up, and if that were not enough, on that very date at 4:00 P.M. Begins Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year – the Day of Atonement.
I looked at a website http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/562077/jewish/What-Is-Shemittah.htm, for an explanation of what the Shemittah is.
There was the release of debts:
At the end of seven years you will make a release. And this is the manner of the release: to release the hand of every creditor from what he lent his friend; he shall not exact from his friend or his brother, because the time of the release for the Lord has arrived. (Deuteronomy 15:1–2)
And, this was a method giving the land a chance to rest:
“During the Shemittah year, the residents of the Land of Israel must completely desist from cultivating their fields. They also relinquish personal ownership of their fields; whatever produce grows on its own is considered communal property, free for anyone to take. This aspect of the Shemittah year is known as shemittat karka, “release of the land.”
From Charisma magazine online: “As the world waits to see what the end of a seven-year biblical cycle known as the Shemitah may bring this fall, New York Times best-selling author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn issued a warning to prepare for economic calamity, war in the Middle East or even worse.
Every seventh year is a Shemitah, but every seventh Shemitah is a Super-Shemitah, which we call the Jubilee ... ."
Despite these patterns, though, Cahn says God is in no way bound by the cycle.
"Now nothing has to happen, but if it follows the course of most times when people predict things like this they're wrong, but if it follows the course here's what would happen. According to the pattern, each time it happens, there is war in the Middle East. No. 2, there is a major war focused on Israel—World War I and the 1967 Six-Day War. No. 3, that war results in an end-times restoration of the next step of end-times prophecy."
Here are the signs that Cahn revealed about the beginning of the Shemitah last year, on or around Sept. 25.
“Pastor Blitz’ investigation of the Blood Moon phenomena connected the tetrads to momentous dates in Jewish history such as the 1492 expulsion of the Jews from Spain, the declaration Jewish statehood in 1948, and the Six Day War of 1967. Like Rabbi Cahn, Pastor Blitz is careful not to make predictions of what might occur during this period, but he does encourage a watchful attitude as we witness the progressive unveiling of the Blood Moon Tetrad.
In a recent exclusive article published in the WND, Pastor Blitz delivers what he calls a “bombshell” concerning the significance of the Shemitah and the Blood Moon Tetrad. In referring to the Biblical Tribulation, a seven year period of unprecedented peril and suffering on earth, he goes on to state, “what I am proposing is that it (the Tribulation) is simply a continuation of the Shemitah cycle that has been ticking along for ages. The Tribulation will not be any random sequence of seven years, but the first year of the Tribulation will begin with the first year of the seven-year cycle. This has huge prophetic implications when we realize this Rosh Hashanah is the seventh year of a seven-year cycle, and the fall of 2015 begins a new seven-year cycle.”
He continues, “In plain English, the seven-year tribulation could begin next fall. If it does not, then that means it will not start for another seven years since it is just a continuation of God’s orderly time clock. I am not saying the Lord will return next fall. I am not saying the Rapture will take place next fall. I am just saying regardless of where you want to put us on God’s time line, the seven-year tribulation is part of that time-line and will happen as part of the Shemitah cycle.”
Pastor Blitz reminds us that his theory is not based on a pagan calendar, like the Mayan’s but on the calendar given by the Creator of the Universe, the One who put the sun, moon, and stars in the sky, in part, to mark His “appointed times.” (Genesis 1:14-15)”
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/September24/241.html#B78OrJFgWMelR9V4.99
It would have been beneficial for to us to understand that God is working with time frames, and that His time frames are coinciding with the Jewish calendar and Shemittah years. We would have been so much farther in our understanding of not only God's word, but His plans.
Is it possible that we should awaiting anxiously because of these events that are coming?
Absolutely! I have pointed out to you that God has demonstrated that He works in close proximity to these markers, and we are not in the dark. So yes, I would say it is time to get excited, and do not quit, but amplify. Pray against the enemies attacks as he is already putting pressure on the saints. Try to ignite a passion for Christ within people. Show them who Jesus is, not how violent we can become. Lead them to Jesus, because with out Him now, their journey will be a deadly gamble. Violence will soon fill the streets, and our government is playing this as one of their intentional cards. You are seeing the Harlot of Revelation and the beast. The beast is Islam, and all this will come crashing down, but it will take seven years. Get ready now! Do not be like those of Matthew 25 who were not prepared and waiting for Him.