At 11:36 PM 11-08-98 -0500, you wrote:
> We are just packing up for our visit to Australia which is my homeland. The legend of the sundowner is what came to mind. I thought you might be interested since the spirit of sunset ministries may be leading into this. The scriptures speak of the workers being summoned to join in the ingathering of the harvest late in the day. The Aussie swagman sundowner, especially during the Depression when a lot of men were wandering around the countryside looking for work, similarly had a propensity for turning up at sundown to work for an hour or so. Of course he was invited along with all the others to find shelter in the landowner's home for the night. The lanterns were lit, food and drink were served and the festivities began. In the Hebrew tradition such cheery evenings and nights of shelter were also offered to travelers who were strangers and had arrived in the area at sunset.
> I mention this as much of our tribulation mindset comes out of our pretribber heritage of seeing nothing but darkness for Daniel's 70th week. This is not our destiny in Christ after we have surrendered to his will, no matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in. There was no judgement in Goshen for the early Hebrews during the dreadful night of that first Passover under the covering of the blood. The scriptures and many modern dreams and visions speak of a great darkness that threatens to overshadow all. After a period of utter despair shining points of light start to appear and join together. When I was in India years ago I saw an eastern wedding. Dozens of joyful people were carrying lanterns and making music as they made their way across a distant hillside in the night. It was extremely stirring and inspiring. A word study through the Bible looking at the word "shining" is a good exercise. Unfortunately we have no doctrinal or eschatological awareness of this great truth of God's surprising (Heb. "wonderful") appearance in our midst during the darkest time in history. It promises to be something the elect have not seen before on anywhere near as grand and glorious a scale. Since we have not claimed this inspirational treasure, pagans (with there bonfires), and humanist politicians, (George Bush with his "thousand points of light, along with many others have tried to latch onto this unclaimed glory. The Light shines in the darkness and has never been extinguished by it. The sun turns to darkness, the moon to blood, and the stars fall. Is all lost? No. The saints rise and shine! This is the "rest of the story" of the Great Tribulation. Hope this is of some help to you in your ministry.
> Grace and peace to you,
> Gavin Finley
To: Gavin Finley <email@example.com>
From: Mario Gaulin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Lights gathering in the darkness.
Thanks Gavin for your words of knowledge. The Lord used what you wrote to reveal some more truth.
Indeed there might be some festivity early in the upcoming spiritual evening period. All the lamps will probably burn oil as they shine "in the house," away from the outside dark world. After a while though, the excitement will dim and there will be some rest time. As I am reminded from Matthew 25:1-13, the early evening festivity will be followed by a period of minimal lighting until midnight. This is not "legend;" it is the Word of Jesus. Then at the call of Christ arriving, there will be many lamps trimmed again to shine AND GOING OUT of the house. But sadly to say, many lamps (1/2 of them) will be unable to make it as the oil is running low and there is not enough, around in the house!!! Will your vessel, beside your lamp (Matthew 25:2-3), have much oil before "evening" comes so to be ready for midnight.
The important part in Matthew 25:1-13 was not that the lamps could shine with oil, but that the vessels of the wise virgins had oil to fill their lamp at midnight! The Old Testament refers to the vessels of oil for the temple. Numbers 4:9 KJV "And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it." See also Exodus 39:37. In the night, it will be too late "to buy" oil for our vessels (beside our lamps)!
I am also glad that the "famine" of the third seal will not damage the oil (Revelation 6:6)! Everyone can still get some oil and wine too! From Ephesians 5:18, I would go for the oil of the Spirit! The NIV says: "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit." Hebrews 1:9 KJV "Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."
The work (John 9:4) in getting oil for our lamp and vessel is during the "daytime" period. Am I a wise virgin? I remind myself of these words as the Lord convicts me! I must prepare for evening while still working during this spiritual daytime period (John 9:4). Is the Lord talking to you too?
Glory be to God for His wonderful Love! I love you Lord Jesus. Thy kingdom come! Come soon Jesus.
In His name;
Proverbs 13:9 says in the KJV: "The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out."