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Its time to Trim Our Lamps

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise (those who know that they are Israelites and believe God will fulfill His promises and Covenants), and five were foolish (the Judeo-Christians who listen to the priests of Baal in the pulpits of American and whore houses they call churches). They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them (they think they have oil, the Word of God, but they do not for they have rejected it): But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps (these Israelites had the Word of God in their hearts and believed God). While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept (both the Judeo-Christians and the True Israelites). And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. THEN ALL THOSE VIRGINS AROSE, AND TRIMMED THEIR LAMPS (so that the Word of God would shine forth revealing who they were). And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out (for they had not the Word of God). But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 25:1‑13)

So you see that those who take not God’s Word into their heart and believe that He is and a keeper of His word and covenants will not enter into the Kingdom of God. This includes the Jews, Blacks, Chinese and all other races and people on earth. For they never had God’s Word or, like the Jews have rejected it.

Following the discourse on the Mount of Olives, at which time He revealed to His disciples the order of events leading up to His Second Coming (not His third coming as the judeos and jews would have us believe) He gave a plain-spoken admonition concerning the necessity to be alert and watching while awaiting His return and He made this emphatic by the illustrative Parable of the Ten Virgins (as shown above in Matthew 25:1-13). Because it is a parable, the virgins, the lamps, the oil and light are allegorical of conditions and events heralding His Advent when He will rejoin His followers and claim His Kingdom.

It is obvious that Yahshua is the Bridegroom of the parable and the virgins are those who are looking for His appearing, the House of Israel. The fact that they are virgins indicates that they represent ONLY those who are followers of Yahshua and who are expecting the return of Yahshua. This parable does not involve disbelievers, who are indifferent and careless, nor the wicked, who scoff at the promise of His coming.

You should be particularly interested at the moment in the statement that, when the cry was made that the Bridegroom was coming, the virgins all arose AND BEGAN TO TRIM THEIR LAMPS. The event, or events, arousing them and causing them to start trimming their lamps left no question in their minds as to its significance. BUT WHAT IS SIGNIFIED BY THE ACT OF TRIMMING THEIR LAMPS?

What they were seeking, of course, in trimming their lamps, was more light so that it would shine forth. The wicks in their lamps had evidently become fouled with carbon and the oil could not flow freely, so the trimming or cutting off of the wick was essential to restore its usefulness so that more light would be given.

The ten virgins are depicted as going out to meet the bridegroom long before he came and, as the result of this premature expectation, and as the bridegroom tarried, the waiting virgins began to nod and sleep. Then, at midnight, or as the Greek can be translated, “in the middle of the night,” a cry was made, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”

The result of this cry going out was that all the virgins awoke and the first thing they began to do was to TRIM THEIR LAMPS. The fact that they began to do this indicated an urgent need for more light. Before this could be secured, it was essential that the deposits of carbon on their wicks be removed, necessitating the cutting off of that part of the wick that was clogged so the oil could flow freely and brighten the lamp’s flame.

WHAT IS THE ANALOGOUS MEANING OF THIS ACT OF TRIMMING THEIR LAMPS? This question may be answered by asking another. What is it today that is preventing sincere Christian men and women from recognizing the significance of the events, which are not signaling the imminence of His coming and the chronological timing of that coming? Why are they so blind to prophecy that the prophetic portions of the Scriptures have actually become a closed book to them? What is the hardened incrustation that has prevented the oil of the Holy Spirt from flowing freely to the very end of the “wick” to provide adequate light? In answering this question, it is important to determine the significance of the wick itself.

We know in the first place the virgins in the parable are in possession of the oil of the Holy Spirit. Even the foolish have a little oil enough for a little while but not enough to meet the emergency of the long delay, for, as the Greek shows, when the trimming was over the five foolish complained that THEIR LIGHTS WERE GOING OUT, clearly indicating the possession of oil but not in sufficient quantity for the occasion.

If the oils represents the Holy Spirit (the Word of God), then in view of Paul’s statement, “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,” it would follow that the believer’s body is the vessel containing the oil. Yahshua declared of the Holy Spirit that He is “the Spirit of Truth” (John 14:17), and He is also called the Comforter:

“Whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)

We readily see the essential importance of the wick in the lamp, for the oil in the vessel must work through it to give light. From the expression in the verse above quoted, “teach you all things,” we also perceive that the Holy Spirit works through the mind of the believer to increase his understanding. Thus, THE WICK OF THE LAMP IS ANALOGOUS TO THE MIND OF THE FOLLOWER OF YAHSHUA AS THE OIL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT SATURATES IT TO PROVIDE THE NEEDED ILLUMINATION. It was this light-giving qualification of Spirit-filled men and women that Yahshua had in mind when He said to His disciples:

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

When the disciples were endued with power at Pentecost, they came into an understanding of the truth as taught by the Holy Spirit and their minds were opened to discern what they were previously unable to comprehend. As a result of the work of the Holy Spirit through their minds, power was given to them to become the light of the world. Like follows the statement of Yahshua that a candle is put on a candlestick to give light with the observation:

“The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thin eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full o flight, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.” (Luke 11:34-36)

When an observant person looks into the eyes of a truly Spirit-filled man or woman, he will see the reflection of the light within while the eyes of an unbeliever are often dull in comparison because they do not mirror a soul filled with the light of the Holy Spirit.

The worldly wise may be well educated and brilliant by all the standards of modern intelligence, yet, because the light within is darkness, they are void of the wisdom which is the gift of God through His Holy Spirit.

In conjunction with Yahshau’s statement that His followers is to let His light shine before men so that his good works may glorify the Father in heaven. Matthew records Yahshua’s accompanying remarks concerning the necessity to obey even the “least of the commandment.” Yahshua stated that the righteousness of His followers (i.e., their keeping of the law) must exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees (the Jews) and He gave a specific reason:

“For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20)

When the spirit of the follower of Yahshua is all but strangled by the cares of this life because he fails to acknowledge the necessity to be obedient to the commandments of Yahweh, the Holy Spirit is unable to dwell within.

Also, when the mind of the believer become clogged by erroneous information, false doctrines, creeds and dogmas, the work of the Holy Spirit is frustrated because the mind is no longer susceptible to His leading; and His teachings.

Thus, the light that at one time burned brightly grows dim and in some cases flickers for a while and then goes out. The accumulation of a host of ideas, opinions and beliefs which do not conform with Scriptural truth is responsible for the failure of many Christian to have the spiritual insight which the Spirit is always ready to impart but cannot do so when the mind is unable to assimilate the truth. In all such cases the “wick” is clogged with an encrustation of “hardened carbon” that must be removed.

This is especially true of those Judeo-Christians who have listened to the priests of Baal in the pulpits of America, on television, on radio and in the movies.

They have been so filled with the doctrines of devil (the Jews) that their minds have been completely corroded with false doctrines.

“Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE PHARISEES AND OF THE SADDUCEES (Now called Jews, and their doctrine which is doctrines of devils, as Yahshua said in John 8:44).” (Matthew 16:12)

We are told this again in so many words by John:

“WHOSOEVER TRANSGRESSETH, AND ABIDETH NOT IN THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, HATH NOT GOD. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 9)

Who was John speaking of here: of course he was speaking of the Jews and their proselytes:


Then John tells us in the Book of Revelation:


Who are these Nicolaitans whom God hates; of course it is none other than the Jews:


Rev 2:6,14‑15. Irenaeus (Haer. 1:26, section 3) and Tertullian (Praescr. Haeret. 46) explain, followers of Nicolas one of the seven (Acts 6:3,5) as there was a Judas among the twelve; confounding the later Gnostic Nicolaitans with those of Michaelis explains Nicolas (conqueror of the people) is the Greek for the Hebrew Balsam ("destroyer of the people," bela' (OT:1106) `am (OT:5971)); as we find both the Hebrew and Greek names, Abaddon, Apollyon; Satan, devil. A symbolical name.

Lightfoot suggests a Hebrew interpretation, nikola, "let us eat"; compare 1 Cor 15:32. Not a sect, BUT PROFESSING CHRISTIANS WHO, BALSAM LIKE, INTRODUCE A FALSE FREEDOM, I.E. LICENTIOUSNESS. A REACTION FROM JUDAISM, THE FIRST DANGER OF THE CHURCH.

 The Jerusalem council (Acts 15:20,29), while releasing Gentile converts from legalism, required their abstinence from idol meats and concomitant fornication.

The Nicolaitans abused Paul's doctrine of the grace of God into lasciviousness; such seducers are described as followers of Balsam, also in 2 Peter 2:12‑13,15‑19; Jude 4,7‑8,11 ("the son of Bosor" for Beor, to characterize him as "son of carnality": bosor (NT:1007) = flesh). They persuaded many to escape obloquy by yielding as to "eating idol meats," which was then a test of faithfulness (compare 1 Cor 8 and 1 Cor 10:25‑33); they even joined in the "fornication" (race mixing) of the idol feasts, as though permitted by Christ's "law of liberty." The "lovefeasts" (Jude 12) thus became pagan orgies. THE NICOLAITANS COMBINED EVIL “DEEDS” WHICH JESUS “HATES” WITH EVIL “DOCTRINE.” (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft)

As we have said many times, if one will only listen to what the Judeo-Christian clergy teaches they will see that while they teach Christ was Christ they deny Him in every other way possible. And in fact teach the Jews teachings which lead away from the truth.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

This is a perfect description of the Judeo-Christians of America toady. One can see them on television being preached to by these false teachers, and niggers, and Jews and other aliens. They jump up and down like some stupid animal in response to the music being played; they feel good so they just know that the man must be teaching the truth; but unwilling and too lazy to study and see.

“FOR THERE ARE MANY UNRULY AND VAIN TALKERS AND DECEIVERS, SPECIALLY THEY OF THE CIRCUMCISION (the Jews): WHOSE MOUTHS MUST BE STOPPED, WHO SUBVERT WHOLE HOUSES (churches), TEACHING THINGS WHICH THEY OUGHT NOT, FOR FILTHY LUCRE’S SAKE. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; NOT GIVING HEED TO JEWISH FABLES, AND COMMANDMENTS OF MEN, THAT TURN FROM THE TRUTH.” (Titus 1:10-14)

Because of the many years during which much misinformation, false teaching, especially concerning the prophetic portions of the Scriptures, has been taught as truth, it is not surprising that even the followers of Christ who have the oil of the Holy Spirit are in darkness as to the messages of the prophets and the imminence of the coming of Yahshua as well as the chronological significance of the time and season in which we are living.

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

For a second witness we have the words of Mark saying exactly the same thing as Christ in Matthew:

“For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.” (Mark 13:22)

Nor is it to be wondered at that many know little about the Bible because of the long-practiced method of spiritualization, which obscures the literal meaning of much of its great story. This is the reason why such a surprisingly large percentage of the followers of Christ, and even the Judeo-Christian leaders, seem to have no light on the relation of present-day happenings to what the prophets foretold. It also accounts for the “blindness in part” (Romans 11:25) of so many, which is designated in the Parable of the Ten Virgins as a state of slumbering.

Before it will be possible for the followers of Yahshua to have the light that will give them understanding, a drastic change of mind must take place. By an analysis of the story of the virgins we are given to understand that under the pressure of events they will awaken to the fact that they must discard the whole accumulation of long-accepted errors concerning the interpretation of the Scriptures. (Which is what Identity People have had to do; they have found that almost everything they have been taught from their birth is in error)

It will be realized at that time they must repudiate the Futurist and Jewish method of prophetic interpretation, which, being based upon the spiritualization of much of the teaching of the Word of God (the Judeo-Christian clergy if they don’t understand something, instead of studying to find out what they are being told they will spiritualize it that way they don’t have to study), will have been proved utterly unscriptural.

This will, in some cases, require a major “cutting away” of a hardened over coating of superficial spirituality, for many Judeo-Christian leaders have not only preached a Jewish subverted doctrine of devils, of prophetic interpretation, but some of them have also gone on record in print as an authority on the Scriptures based on upon these erroneous conclusions.

What will be the event, or events, to bring bout this sudden change, causing those who are not “asleep” to be startled into a realization of their great need for light? It is certain that their nature will be such that there will be no question as to the meaning of what is taking place; even to the extent of bringing home to all their need to sough off every excrescence beclouding the mind and spirit. THIS IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LAMP-TRIMMING.

The first result of the removal of the incrustation from the wick of understanding will be the whole-hearted acknowledgment of the truth concerning the identity of the Israel of

god with the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, Celtic and kindred peoples.

At the same time the truth will be recognized pertaining to the Kingdom of God; the Kingdom that was organized at Mount Sinai, for it is this Kingdom over which Mary was told by the Angel that Yahshua would return to reign forever. The acceptance of the chronological timing of His return will follow, for the very cry, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh,” will have established its accuracy.

Even now we see on all fronts the awakening of more and more of our Israel people to their True Identity; which is a very definite sign of His soon coming.

It is at6 the conclusion of the lamp-trimming period, when the full light of understanding has dawned, that the foolish will realize they lack sufficient oil to continue to provide the necessary light. The lamps of the wise will be burning brightly with all hindrances removed, but the analogous parable warns that before the foolish are able to secure what they need from the source of supply, the Bridegroom will have come and the wise ones will enter with Him to enjoy the Marriage Supper.

The end of the tarrying period appears to be at hand; The Midnight Hour has passed and we are now in the darkest hours of the Night of Darkness, a time when evil reigns. The watchers (watchmen) are alert and the importance of transpiring events is tabulated as each hour goes by. Paul’s words in Romans 13:11-14, as quoted from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, will be understood by those who are wise:

“Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salivation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the words of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”

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