by C. H. MACKINTOSH, or CHARLES HENRY MACKINTOSH (1820-1896)
"We now approach that solemn section of our Lord's discourse in which He presents the kingdom of Heaven under the similitude of “ten virgins”...It bears directly and pointedly upon Christian profession, whether true or false."
Consider this as a "midnight cry" if you will! Look around, survey the horizon, it's pitch black spiritually and politically. The bridegroom cometh! Every person who "names the name of Christ" will fall into one of these two classes: "wise" or "foolish", as designated by the Lord Jesus Christ himself. Where do you personally, Mr./Ms. Christian 2008, stand? Are you bound up with this world and it's pursuits, or are you separated from this world unto the heavenly calling (Heb. 3:1) and the person of Christ Jesus the Lord and Saviour? You may not have both, for it's not an earthly but a heavenly calling, an either/or proposition. What can be more important than to be certain as to whether or not I've got a 'vessel' and 'oil' for that vessel. Answer: nothing! (The foolish had neither)
Can you hear "the midnight cry"?
also: pt.2 of A.C. Gaebelein on the three parables of the Olivet discourse: The Ten Virgins (recommended)
The Tribulation by H.A. Ironside
A Warning To Apostates: "Remember Lot's wife." LUKE xvii. 32. by WILLIAM BRIDGE, M.A. (1600?-1674)
The Heavenly Footman by John Bunyan; 1698
The Stone which the builders rejected; from Daniel ch. 2