May 23, 2009
KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK! My eyes opened and I awakened from my sleep. I had been reading the bible, the book of Psalms, when I gave into my sleepiness and for about a minute had drifted into the comfort of a warm bed and soft blankets. I was so tired that I had drifted asleep with my bedside light still on and my bible open. I glanced at the clock, it was now 3:30 a.m.
The three loud distinct knocks were on a door, quick and fast. I was now wide awake. My mind, my body woke up automatically. The sound had reverberated throughout the room. I knew I heard it in the spirit realm, yet it was as real in the physical as well. The closest thing I can think of as to how natural it felt to wake up is the example of a mother who hears her baby cry in the night. Even while in deep sleep she awakens because she knows the cries of her baby. Her body is trained to wake up. That’s how I felt when I heard the door knocking, it was natural for me to wake up. Quick and hurry was the impression I had. But what was I in a rush for?
I then asked the Lord, what is it you want to tell me Lord, why the three knocks? The thought then entered my mind that I was not to go to sleep just yet and I had to continue reading the word. I shook off my sleepiness. Over the next hour the Holy Spirit led me through scripture that he wanted me to read and understand. I no longer felt the tiredness I had before. As I poured myself through the word I kept asking the Lord, what is the central message to me? Through his quiet voice His Spirit said, ‘I am coming, be prepared!’ ‘Watch, I am at the door, watch!’ These are the scriptures the Holy Spirit shared with me. I took a pen and paper and wrote it down.
There is so much more he conveyed to me as I read the word. Please pray that the Lord would open your eyes to really understand what He is saying so that it really speaks to your heart.
Luke 12:35-40 – Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching; Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Matthew 24:42-44- Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Matthew 25:13 – Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
I Thessalonians 5:2 – For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
Mark 13:32-37 – But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. 34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. 35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming — in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning — 36 lest, coming, suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all; Watch!
Revelation 16:15 – Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
Matthew 25:1-13 – Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him! Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. But the wise answered, saying No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us! But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Friend, he is at the door knocking, are you ready?! Do you have enough oil in your lamps? Awake from your slumber. Does He know you? Now is the time. He is at the door! Amen
Twilight – L
Note – For further reading on the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins here is a good outline and study aid: