Oil in our lamps and the End Times

END TIMES: It is really amazing, that the life of Jesus of Nazareth was predicted in such detail in the Hebrew Bible. Jesus himself prophecied that the Holy Temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed, something that occured about fourty years later, in the year 70 A.D.

He also prophesized on the signs of the end times when he would come back as the Messiah and Son of God. These signs are to be found in three of the Gospels, those of the apostles Matthew (chapter 24-25), Marc (chapter 13) and Luke (chapter 21). These days many try to figure out when that day will occur – the Day of the Lord.

Burning Oil Lamp. Copyright: Carl Anders Breitholtz 2012.

Burning Oil Lamp, drawn after an example from Rome in the 4th century A.D.
Copyright: Carl Anders Breitholtz 2012.

Maybe such studies could be of some value to the believers in Christ Jesus, but I would have thought the main purpose of these prophecies is for us in these end times to remain awake and to have “oil” in our “lamps”, so that that day won’t come as a terrible surprise.

Many has tried to interpret what Jesus meant by his parable about having “oil in the lamps” (Matthew 25:2-13). Some believe it means to stay in the right Faith. Others think it could refer to the Hope or Love. Or why not all of these three? Some others think it could allude to the Holy Spirit. Some understand the parable as a request to be watchful and alert as he also warns for false prophets.

Jesus himself said that in the end of times love would perish with the increase of lawlessness: “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12), which probably means that people don’t know, don’t wish to know and don’t wish to live according to the will of the Lord.