By Lou Coleman
It’s too late… There is nothing more I can do! I want you to know that one of the most tragic phrases in the English language is “too late.” It indicates something that once held promise now is without hope. The tragedy of being “too late” is the implication that there was a time when it wasn’t too late. There was a time when options were still available, an escape was still possible, a remedy was still viable. The parable of the ten virgins is a tragic story of being “too late!” The parable of the ten virgins is a direct parable with a terrible consequence following a foolish decision. In the parable Matthew 25 Jesus compares the coming of the kingdom of heaven to a wedding feast. The parable concludes with the arrival of the bridegroom. The time has arrived. The celebration begins. The great banquet is open. The five wise bridesmaids with oil in their lamps enter the house, while the five foolish bridesmaids went wandering around the dark village streets looking for oil. Jesus sternly said, “And the door was shut” verse 10. And who were going to enter had already entered. No one else would be allowed in. It was too late! The five foolish bridesmaids finally showed up. They shouted out “Sir, Sir, Open the door for us!” verse 11. The bridegroom responded to their desperate pleas with an unflinching resolve, “I tell you the truth, I know you not” verse 12. It’s a terrible word. It’s a final word. There is no room for negotiation. It’s too late! The sad part about it….The foolish virgins knew the bridegroom was going to get married, they knew he would come to the banquet, and they knew they needed oil for their lamps. It wasn’t a matter of a lack of information or having the wrong information. All ten virgins started with the same facts. The five foolish virgins just weren’t ready. Don’t do it…. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
Of course some will argue that it is never too late to mend, but the Bible says in Hebrews 6:4-6, “It is IMPOSSIBLE for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance.” I do not speak to you as an originator or discoverer of this tremendous truth—the impossibility of certain souls to be saved after they have reached a certain point; my business is to be faithful first to God, then to His Holy Word. Yes, people say, “It is never too late to come to Christ. It’s never too late to change my ways. I can come at any time. It’s never too late to be saved…” My friend, the idea that you can go just as far as you please, then turn back; the idea that you can descend into the well of sin and climb out again is a very comforting creed for those who believe it. But the question is, is it true? Will it stand the test? On the authority of the Bible, I do not think so; I say to you, it is False. I want you to know that the parable of the ten virgins reveals the awful truth that the kingdom of heaven has a door and it does close. I cannot tell you when the door will shut, only that it will shut one day. I cannot tell you who will be allowed into the kingdom of heaven but only that Jesus is the gatekeeper. And according to the gatekeeper’s own testimony, there will be those who will be left outside, the foolish ones, the ones who were invited but rejected the invitation or were so negligent and casual about the invitation they failed to prepare properly for it. Don’t do it… Don’t wait until it’s too late! Come to Christ now and let Him save you.
In Ezekiel chapter 33, God says, “As I live, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked” verse 11. That’s the heart of God, a God who pleads with His people, Repent, Repent. I don’t want to judge you. I don’t want to damn you to Hell. I don’t want you to come under My chastening hand of discipline as believers. Turn, Turn.”… I beg you my friend, I plea with you, don’t do it… Don’t wait until it’s too late! “Too late” is the heartache of sin. “Too late” is the history of missed opportunities. “Too late” is the heat of a burning hell, and Hell is real! Don’t do it… Don’t wait too late!