“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16
Sunday morning my husband woke up with a start. He looked at his cell phone and saw that he had slept through the alarm! Upon closer examination, he realized that his phone had changed to daylight saving time. I told him, “No, that isn’t till next week.” He went through the house checking the clocks, not knowing if he was late or not, until he finally looked at the calendar. Sure enough, daylight saving time started the following week. He would not miss Sunday school after all—his alarm had not gone off yet.
When I thought about how my husband did not know if he had missed his wake-up call for Sunday school, I was reminded of the parable in Matthew 25 about the ten virgins. They were also waiting for a call, from the bridegroom who would take them to the marriage. But when the bridegroom came, the ten virgins had no question about if they were too late. The wise virgins had made preparation for his return, and when he came, they knew they were ready. The foolish virgins, however, had let the oil in their lamps run out, and immediately they knew they were not ready to go. They would miss the marriage because they were not prepared when the call came.
There is coming a day when the Lord will return for His Bride, His Church. Those who are ready will hear the trumpet sound, and they will not wonder if they are too late. Those who are not ready will also know that they are not ready. Like the ten virgins, all we have to do is watch for the Bridegroom and be prepared to go. In a moment, those who are ready will be happy they took the necessary measures, and those who are not will realize there is no time for last-minute preparation. Just as the foolish virgins could not borrow oil from the wise virgins, sinners will not be able to depend on another’s prayers for their own salvation. We each need to have our own relationship with Jesus, and we must be sure it is up to date.
If my husband had really slept through the sound of his alarm, he might have missed Sunday school. That would have been unfortunate, but we would have moved on. However, those who do not hear the sound of the trumpet at Jesus’ return will miss their opportunity to spend eternity in Heaven. Jesus told us to “watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 25:13). Let us be sure that we are ready when He comes!