Thursday, September 29, 2016

Global SITREP D5-16: The Forces Driving Global Governance

Global Governance
29 September 2016: One of the primary things the Eschatology Today blog has consistently endeavored to accomplish with the Global SITREP format is to be ahead of the curve, and cutting-edge with respect to the Lord's written text on prophetic 'latter days' events. Yesterday morning I learned first-hand just how far ahead of the curve and cutting edge the reporting here has been.

An article written by reporter Brandon Showalter was posted to the 'World' section of the ChristianPost.com website on 28 September 2016. Its headline: Globalism is Anti-Christ, Demonic, Theologians Argue.  My initial reaction the the headline was, "What argument? A theological understanding of what Bible prophecy says about current events is no argument; it's prophetic fulfillment." Reading the article slowly and carefully it quickly became clear that Eschatology Today had covered this same ground between May and August of this year: Global SITREP B10-16 (from May through July) and Global SITREP C12-16 (August).

Now we've all been very well versed in this material for a very long time, but the fact that it was published on ChristianPost.com is important, especially for those who are not in the same position of knowledge as we are, or who are more secular and would not ordinarily come to this blog or other bride of Christ-centric websites to read essentially the same thing. The key point made in the article is stated right up front: globalism is in reality a demonic ideology. More than that, globalism is a religion which demonic forces are driving. Use the embedded link above and read the article for yourself.

For those who'd rather not use the link, there is one quote from within the article, actually - it culled from another website article, that must be shared because it is really a center-mass, nail-on-head strike and bears repeating once more here. 

Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in San Diego, CA: 

"Globalism is far more than 'geographical' or 'eliminating borders and boundaries.' It is spiritual and demonic at its core. Few - very few - understand this. This is quite likely one of the main reasons why Trump is hated. Do your homework on this one. Think 'principalities and powers'."

Precisely. Exactly. Do your homework on this one people! One of the primary themes throughout the Word of God is this very subject, and as we all affirmatively know at this late hour this is a conflict that is coming to a head, (one with ten horns upon it to be precise) and it will be dealt with by the Sword of His mouth. 

In the above quote, Pastor Garlow has, of course, made a direct reference to Ephesians 6:12.

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."

And there are at least a half-dozen other verses in the Word of God which instruct us as this verse does. However, and in my opinion, one of the more prominent among them, in consideration of the hour in which we live, is this verse from Isaiah 46:10-11.


Declaring the end from the beginning,

And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’
Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man who executes My counsel, from a far country.
Indeed I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.

What can we say except - Amen and Praise God!

51 comments:

Miriam said...

Good morning Sean, I'm almost hesitant to post this because I'm starting to think of myself as the "off topic lady" but when I saw the news item about the child with custom-designed DNA from 3 people yesterday, what Jesus said about the days of Noah (when there were Nephilim in the land) and the time of his return immediately came to mind. I had thought (hoped maybe) that talk about this kind of tinkering with the human gene pool was just paranoid fear mongering. Evidently not. I don't know that my post even requires a response - what can anyone really say about this, other what Jesus said, that these things must come to pass and we must see to it that we are not troubled or frightened by them, because God is in control and His Son told us about them beforehand so that we would not be surprised.

And yet, in spite of that, I find myself surprised and troubled by this. We are truly being flooded with an increasingly rapid succession of prophetic events. It is a challenge to process all of it. But we've read the book and we all know how this spiritual and physical battle will end.

Randall B said...

"Think 'principalities and powers'" Is Precisely and Exactly correct!

Added to that is the unveiling of the Arch to the Temple of baal in New York last week. Its only going to be there a week or so, yet.... baal is staking out his territory in a very visible way.

Lance M said...

Was rereading the prophetic road to revelation series because I was wondering if you think Is 17 will cause the final fulfillment of psalm 83, or if psalm 83 fulfillment will result in Is 17. If I gathered it correctly...psalm 83 will result in Is 17. Is that your feeling? They seemed to be linked in close succession, but I was just curious.
Lime many of us, I would not be surprised by shocking escalations in Syria at any moment...it does appear that the dominoes are lined up.

Thanks,

Lance

Sean Osborne said...

Psalm 83 is in ongoing process, and now so is Isaiah 17/Jeremiah 49:23-27. Looks like concurrent fulfillment to me.

Great Grany 5 said...

Sean and all,

I believe that the reason we are here is directly related to answering the Lord's call to take our places as not only Watchmen on the Walls but to join the battles to keep what and all Jesus WON for us who are called by his name! We are living in a glorious time and God is moving mightily for all of us and it is no time to grow weary or fearful!

Great to know that the Holy Spirit is greatly at work waking up all of His Believers and now I pray for a great REAL awakening like has never been seen, heard or powerful as before!

GG5/SHALOM

Great Grany 5 said...

I love that last passage from Is. 46 and I especially enjoy the New Living Translation. I would pst it but I haven'T learned how to do so om my Galaxy Note Pro that I received recently. A brand new learning curve for me but the Lord is bringing me to it!

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+46&version=NLT

GG5/Shalom

jmoll106 said...

I recommend the BLB app. Once you learn how to get around it, it's easy to change bible versions and has valuable resources right at your finger tip.(literally) :).
It will also read the Scriptures to you.

Sean Osborne said...

I'm not sure folks truly understand or can get their heads around what is going on in Syria. Nothing short of total annihilation is occurring in and around Aleppo at the hands of Russia, Syria and Iran against a quarter-million people of the Sunni civilian population. The payback or retribution will be just as horrific. It's prophetic with every "i" dotted and every "t" crossed.

Great Grany 5 said...

Sean,

Agree completely with all and finally someone else is sounding the alarm too. What the author said was the exact diagnoses of my great dislike of the past 25 years. Powers that be in high places, now known for what they really are, Demonic! And we all knew it long ago.

You have kept us all from wondering around aimlessly and I so appreciate how the Lord has enabled you all of these years! Great job!

GG5/Shalom

Miriam said...

On the Isaiah theme, I happened to read further on into Isaiah 47 and came upon this. Whom does this bring to mind, our unindicted felon, the Bernie Madoff of Haiti?:

You said, ‘I am forever—
the eternal queen!’
But you did not consider these things
or reflect on what might happen.

8
“Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure,
lounging in your security
and saying to yourself,
‘I am, and there is none besides me.
I will never be a widow
or suffer the loss of children.’
9
Both of these will overtake you
in a moment, on a single day:
loss of children and widowhood.
They will come upon you in full measure,
in spite of your many sorceries
and all your potent spells.
10
You have trusted in your wickedness
and have said, ‘No one sees me.’
Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you
when you say to yourself,
‘I am, and there is none besides me.’
11
Disaster will come upon you,
and you will not know how to conjure it away.
A calamity will fall upon you
that you cannot ward off with a ransom;
a catastrophe you cannot foresee
will suddenly come upon you.

12
“Keep on, then, with your magic spells
and with your many sorceries,
which you have labored at since childhood.
Perhaps you will succeed,
perhaps you will cause terror.
13
All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!
Let your astrologers come forward,
those stargazers who make predictions month by month,
let them save you from what is coming upon you.
14
Surely they are like stubble;
the fire will burn them up.
They cannot even save themselves
from the power of the flame.
These are not coals for warmth;
this is not a fire to sit by.
15
That is all they are to you—
these you have dealt with
and labored with since childhood.
All of them go on in their error;
there is not one that can save you.

jmoll106 said...

Sean, were any chemical weapons used against rebels in Aleppo, because an article in rt.com said the actions would be against Damascus.?

Sean Osborne said...

To my knowledge the Syrian's have hit Aleppo civilians many times with chlorine 'barrel bombs.'

hartdawg said...

Sean, it's so easy to read a prophetic passage like Isaiah 17 or Ezekiel 38&39 or even passages like revelation 9 with all the destruction and have a mental ascent without realizing the ramifications. For example, I read about a third of mankind being slain and somehow it's "just a prophecy to be fulfilled". Have you ever struggled with that? I know I do

Great Grany 5 said...

miriam! Loved that passage from Isaiah 47 and you are correct! Perfect representation of the Unindited Felon!


GG5/Shalom

Sean Osborne said...

hartdawg,

I think you misunderstood what I was saying with my comment at 12:08 yesterday: "I'm not sure folks truly understand or can get their heads around what is going on in Syria."

It was not about reading prophetic passages in His Word, although those prophetic passages foretell of it in great detail. No, it was about the true scope of what Russia, Iran and the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad have been doing, are doing, will yet do and everything that has resulted and will yet result from it.

However, I learn this morning there is one secular Jewish lady who understands what I meant, and, as if on cue, she published an article yesterday about it, both in the Jerusalem Post and on her own website. Read Caroline Glick: The New Middle East

She gets it, but not 100% completely; she does not know where this conflict is going to go next; that beyond the annihilation of Aleppo lay the annihilation of Damascus, and of Syria as a nation. Read the linked article, it's not long, but you'll see what I'm talking about here pretty clearly.

hartdawg said...

Hmm, I really need to stop writing comments when I'm on a really short break from a very very busy week and a really long list of tasks and things that really have to get done.

Miriam said...

Thank you very much GG5. For some reason the atrocity that Chelsea, Bill, Hillary and her brother Hugh Rodham committed by diverting over 90% of the money donated by caring citizens to the desperately impoverished people of Haiti for earthquake relief to their own private slush fund, has been simmering in my mind recently. I can't account for why that bothers me more than the myriad of her other misdeeds, but there it is.

I was mulling this over when half awake this morning, and the Holy Spirit pointed out the principle behind what the Clintons did in Haiti, and why it is so especially offensive to God. From Second Samuel:

12 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? ... 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me...’

How discouraging is it to try to help people and discover that you have been ripped off? We will see how the Lord handles all of this and what the end of it will be. Sean, I apologize for the long posts, if this one is too long I won't be offended if you decide not to post it. Thanks for letting me vent.

Chuck B. said...

Here is part of the answer to Caroline:

http://debka.com/newsupdatepopup/18315/Russia-Direct-aggression-by-US-in-Syria-will-lead-to-tectonic-shifts-in-M-E-

jmoll106 said...

Good article by Caroline Glick.

I can't help but think what a blessed hope we christians have. In the midst of all the carnage and evil, nothing can rob us of God's promises.
We are on the cusp of such life changing events, so many scriptures and feasts were fulfilled in a short period of time when Jesus came the first time. Even though our departure is approaching I can't help but hope to here the trump of God as the Jewish fall feast approach. If not now I know it is approaching none the less.
Hallelujah to King Jesus.!
Even so, come O Lord!

Chuck B. said...

Amen and Amen, jmoll!

Sean Osborne said...

As our Lord said, "...these things must take place..."

Great Grany 5 said...

And again, I shout AMEN to jmoll for your comment and declaration!

I fully understand the implications of what is progressing in Syria a`d I know this is far more than just another battle of described bloodiness.


We are eye witnesses of the major foretelling being brought to fulfillment! This is the beginning demonstrations of evil and deception that will be played out from this point on in the World! The worst part is that our nation, the USA, has become a major part of the carnage taking place now! No man or nation is going to receive any rewards or blessings from a Mighty God for the attracities that are being committed for jihad and those that live by the sword shall perish by that same sword!

Love Caroline Glickman and always have.

GG5/Shalom

Miriam said...

I think I have a clearer idea why the Lord put Haiti on my heart - Hurricane Matthew, at Cat 4 strength, is bearing down on Jamaica and the part of Haiti that was devastated by the earthquake in 2010 and which is still afflicted with desperate poverty. This is the strongest hurricane to affect the Caribbean in over 10 years. Let's keep our Haitian brothers and sisters in our prayers this weekend. Apologies that this is a bit off the topic of the post, events are truly happening in a flood.

jmoll106 said...

Sean, I can really see why you said watch Syria, if all these Assad forces that are gathering for a final assault on Aleppo and with no regard for the civilians, it might force retaliation on Damascus. The next few days could be very dramatic.
I agree with you,GG5 and Miriam, this is a spiritual battle and the prayers of the saints avail much.

Sean Osborne said...

What I think is brewing is more than just the obvious prophetic fulfillments, but a wider-scale war sooner than expected, possibly a limited world war from East Asia to the Middle East to Eastern Europe and on to the Western Hemisphere. The signs for this are everywhere.

jmoll106 said...

It sure seems like it, you can almost feel it in the air. I think I heard the saying in Lord of the rings, [paraphrased), "We can't pick the time in which we live but we can chose how we will live it". Let's live for Jesus.

Miriam said...

I was watching a video by Bill Still this evening, and it included this story from Al Jazeera (of all things), which slams Hillary as a warmonger. Aside from her record of pushing regime change in the Middle East, the story goes all the way back to her involvement in Honduras, in great detail. I thought this might be of interest and relevant to what is happening now - perhaps it gives some kind of insight into the current mindset of some arab countries in the middle east (?) This video surprised me. Here is the link: http://www dot aljazeera dot com/programmes/upfront/2016/09/hillary-clinton-hawk-honduran-coup-160923112837980 dot html

Great Grany 5 said...

Sean,

Without a doubt, all of this is a major boil waiting to pop and we are all in greater danger (world-wide) than at any previous time in our history but I pray it won'T be at the leadership of democrats!

GG5/Shalom

Miriam said...

Is anyone aware of any particular prophetic significance to the year 5777? I will be on my way to a Rosh Hashanah dinner shortly and was just contemplating that. Of course we know that 7 is significant and the fact that there are 3 of them may also be significant, but I've forgotten the significance of the number 5.

May God's will be done and may His Spirit be poured out on all flesh in the coming year.

jmoll106 said...

Shana Tova!

Sean Osborne said...

5778 will be Israel's 70th year and 10th consecutive HaShemittah.

jmoll106 said...

In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col 2:2,3
Thanks for making the Word of God clearer to understand.

Sean Osborne said...

Jesus was prophetically crucified, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven in the Jewish year 3782. Is there some numerological significance to that year? Or how about circa 3749, the year His prophetic birth to a virgin occurred?

If not, then the speculation about 5777 stops here.

hartdawg said...

Speculation about 5777 shouldn't have started to begin with. Such speculation is an embarrassment to genuine prophecy students

Sean Osborne said...

hartdawg,

Precisely, this is not the place for such speculation.

The Harpazo of the bride of Christ is an imminent but signless event, therefore associating it with a specific Jewish year is inapprropriate at best, or kabbalistic numerology at worst.

We are looking up for His coming, we know we're in the season thereof and that is enough for the purposes of Eschatology Today blog.

Nora said...

Sean,

“What I think is brewing is more than just the obvious prophetic fulfillments, but a wider-scale war sooner than expected, possibly a limited world war from East Asia to the Middle East to Eastern Europe and on to the Western Hemisphere. The signs for this are everywhere.”

There’s something I’d like to ask concerning your comment quoted above. Does this limited world war (that may happen sooner than expected) include the Ezekiel 38/39 prophetic battle? I’m asking this because you’ve mentioned before that the Ezekiel 38/39 battle will ignite a limited world war.

Sean Osborne said...

Folks, and once again for the record I need to make this statement of fact: this is my personal blog and I alone bear full responsibility for its content. Clearly, I take this responsibility very seriously.

The review and moderation process for comments, as well as everything else posted here, is prayerfully taken before the Lord prior to going online.


Sean Osborne said...

Nora,

I work for the US Army, 8 hours a day, and on-call 24-7-365.

What I have seen of late and what I know is coming via exercises and other vignettes absolutely convinces me that the risk of war erupting in several theaters simultaneously is exceptionally grave.

WWI/WWII and the Global Cold War were not prophetic wars, but they occurred. I believe another is possible in the near term.

The fact that muclear weapons first strike use is no longer unthinkable in Russian military doctrine, but even prescribed in the interest of that state is particularly of concern.

A clash in the eastern Med could quickly get beyond rational control, just as it also could happen in east Asia.

hartdawg said...

As well as it should be. If I ever post a severe error, I don't want it posted, unless it's for the purpose of correcting me, (I know I need it at times). Have you ever considered closing the comments section? I know of other sites that had to do that, rather unfortunate.

hartdawg said...

I must add something, there is a year that does have prophetic significance....1948!the budding of the fig tree

Nora said...

Sean,

My aim is to keep an open mind so what I’m about to say is not meant as “let’s argue”, don’t get me wrong please! I accept and respect what you wrote since you have the kind of knowledge and sources not many other people have! I’d just like to express my hope. Which is that such a war will probably not happen before the rapture. It’s not “written in the stone”, only my hope. It is based on the following. Hopefully we’ve got only a 5 years long time period at most (until the year of 2021)before the 70th week, within this time period the rapture and Ezekiel 38/39 should happen among other pre- 70th week prophetic events. The world is in such a fragile state that even a “limited world war” would cause a total economic melt-down among other catastrophic consequences which would last for many years. My hopes are basically the same what Terry James (of Rapture Ready) wrote on this subject, namely that the rapture will happen at a time when business goes as usual in the world (despite the birth pangs) when people are buying and selling, eating and drinking, marrying, etc. Such a world war would totally put an end to such conditions and things couldn’t go back to “business as usual” for many years. A five years long time period, where so many other significant events must happen seem too short to me for that, for more than one world war (even if they’re limited) because we should count that other possible world war when Ezekiel 38/39 happens (which is fitting in much more in my opinion). I know that events are escalating rapidly and wars and rumors of wars are part of the birth pangs but I’m hoping that such a major pre-rapture war will stay a “rumor”.

Anonymous said...

Well Nora, Sean, and all us whom are part of His treasured possession.....

We've come full circle almost again, back to the issue of the Fathers timing for His Son, our Messiah Jesus's return.....

Sean, is there anything we can add to Messiah's word in Matthew 24:44...?."watch therefore, because the Son of Man will return at an hour you LEAST expect...."

We can be in tune with your sharing that we have the blessing of a knowledge of the season and generation, Shimon Peres was the last of that modern Israelite generation.... we are now "this" generation of His return, all in the new Israel tree of Messiah Jesus.

You quoted Mat 24:44 at the end of the recent SITREP 16:10, without any further of your thinking....

So could the hour of "least expection" , watching Syria as you have encouraged, be an unexpected outbreak soon of a short very deceptive false "peace" deal, empowered by Satan himself ......????.....

Messiah Jesus, sheds His light onto it, it is revealed to be false - a lie, and it collapses immediately into the final rapid apocoliptic moment, a WMD attack on .....? (Damascus at least), dragging the Ezekiel 38 magog gang into the great showdown with Israel. World NWO goes into chaos.... But We know and are guaranteed the outcome, vindication for us, the born again, in our time of redemption from the great chaos ensueing....

However Sean, this should not trouble us, as you pointed out, Noah had 7 days pre-warning, and we shall have had pre-warning too.......!!

Just letting my mind seek Him with this thinking. What comes to your mind Sean....?

Yours awaiting The Messiah Jesus,

Rob

Near the ends of the earth....



Anonymous said...

(That should read : Global SITREP C10-16: EZEKIEL 38/39 - PRIMARY INVASION ROUTES..., Rob).

Sean Osborne said...

Nora,

I think you misunderstood my comment... here it is once more with emphasis applied in the right places:

"What I think is brewing is more than just the obvious prophetic fulfillments, but a wider-scale war sooner than expected, possibly a limited world war from East Asia to the Middle East to Eastern Europe and on to the Western Hemisphere. The signs for this are everywhere.

The world is already at war, has been for sometime now, but for most folks it is virtually transparent. Most folks read about disconnected aspects of it in occasional news blurbs, or in random 15-second clips of world news programs.

"A possibly limited world war" war is currently in progress. It is ongoing in these five (there are more) examples:

1. Russian military aggression against the Ukraine;

2. In planned Russian expansion of the war in Syria (the sudden delivery of SA-23 'Gladiator' SAM system [A/K/A the S-300V] to Port Tartus, Syria proves the expansion of this war is deliberate, AND long premeditated by Putin);

3. The Red Sea choke point at Bab-al-Mandeb coming under direct anti-ship missile fire of Iranian missiles given to the Houthi rebels;

4. North Korean missile-borne nuclear brinkmanship against South Korea, Japan and US forces in the region

5. Overt Chinese military aggression against the Japanese over the Senkaku Islands in the north, and against all the nations of Southeast Asia in their military expansion into those nations contiguous territorial waters

Any one of these at any time could erupt into wider-scale military action, perhaps even a tactical nuclear exchange. When I opened my comment with "What I think..." these (and more) are the real-world factual data points upon which I based my assessment.

Sean Osborne said...

hartdawg,

Yes! 14 May 1948 was the very day of the fulfillment of Isaiah 66:8. It was 5 Iyyar 5708 on the Hebrew calendar. Outstanding point!!!

Another would have to be 19 years later, on 7 June of 1967 when the IDF fought its way through and reclaimed all of Jerusalem for the first time in 1,897 years. This date was 28 Iyyar 5727 on the Hebrew calendar.

Excellent point!

Sean Osborne said...

Rob,

It's all about just one word spoken by our Lord and savior:

WATCH!

Anonymous said...

Hello Sean. My apologies if this already went through but I think my browser closed out prior to submitting. I read Russia is preparing an excercise in which 40 million citizens and 200k emergency response agents will evacuate for a nuclear exchange scenario. Wondering if you could validate / provide any insight. Thanks as always.

Justin

Nora said...

Sean,

True, the world is in a volatile state. As Luke 21:25 says, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring”

The second part of these verses about the distress of nations and the roaring sea fits the current state of the world quite well. I’m still hoping that before the rapture there won’t be a nuclear exchange between Russia and the US for example (besides the nuclear war/battle of Ezekiel 38/39). I know that the horizon before us looks dark but I’m still keeping the kind of hope I’ve mentioned in my previous comment.

Anonymous said...

I'm a seeker currently trying to figure where all of this fits in. I don't have a claim to a denomination but Berean speaks to me. With that said I keep coming back to what Jesus said about not worrying about tomorrow. Today is stressful enough indeed. My life inparticularly with having a sick child. I can't help but wonder if only the Father knows the date and time and all we have is foreshadowing of such, why should we worry? Should we just live in this moment and focus on opportunity to live as Christ did?

Sean Osborne said...

Justin,

Yes, I have also seen reports about the Russian's running nuclear warfare drills. Part and parcel of everything I have seen or heard about the "rumor" of nuclear warfare between Russia and the US of late.

Nora,

And I hope you're right in your hope that a nuclear exchange does not occur. No one on the planet wants to see such a thing take place. What I am saying is that evidence of such is everywhere, and a preemptive nuclear strike is actually being thought of as a distinct possibility when push comes to shove in either Syria or Ukraine or Europe. In fact, the nuclear weapons that would be used in such a case have been brought out of their storage bunkers and forward deployed to their launch points.

Sean Osborne said...

There is no worrying about what tomorrow may bring - just level-headed and straight-forward acknowledgement of what it could be.

One must prudently prepare for the unthinkable as one would prudently prepare for any threatening storm that was known to be approaching.

Only God the Father knows the day and hour when He will send His Son to collect the bride. This is an absolute truth. However, what we know; what we have been commanded to watch for is sign of the delayed Groom's coming to fetch His bride, and to have our lamps fully oiled. (Matthew 25:1-13). This was recently discussed on this blog in great detail.