‘Christians must prepare for the end times now’

Christians have been urged to prepare for the end time now.

This call was made by John Piper who referenced the parable of 10 virgins as evidence for the need to be ready for Jesus Christ’s second coming and the urgency to evangelise those who were not yet saved.

Piper, who serves as the founder and teacher at DesiringGod.org, stated this in a sermon posted to his website last week.

According to him, as outlined in the parable in Matthew 25:2-4, Christians needed to be fully prepared for Christ’s return, instead of just pretending to be prepared with a façade of superficial religious belief.

The parable reads, in part: “Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.”

According to the sermon, “The parable goes on to say that God tells believers to “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour” of His arrival, adding that the 10 women were tasked with preparing the way for the Lord, but five were unprepared.

“This parable relates to Christians’ preparedness for the End Times, Piper explains, as the oil represents true spirituality, while the lamp can prove empty if one is lacking an active faith.”