Jesus gave every follower a fair warning in order for them to get prepared for what is to come. He presented this information to His disciples while they had a conversation with Him at the Mount of Olives.
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, "I am the Messiah", and will deceive many.”
We are living in the days of the parable Jesus spoke about, the five wise and five foolish virgins. Matthew 25:1-13.
The night is at the doorstep and we're travelling to the place of the Marriage feast. It is now dark and the wise virgins started their oil lamps to lead them through the dark night. (The oil represents the infilling of the Holy Spirit.)
The 5 foolish virgins are out of luck since they are poorly prepared having the lamp but NOT THE OIL... Woe...(missing the guidance of the Holy Spirit).
The foolish virgins knew the Savior but were careless and slow in following the instructions, while they didn't take matters too serious. Thinking, we will manage, we don't need the oil it is still day time.
But their travelling was longer than expected, and they were not prepared for the dark night.
The oil represents the Holy Spirit which gives Light during our walk in this dark life. He presents insight, wisdom, clarity and direction. Without the Holy Spirit we are spiritual blind, and cannot withstand all the evil coming at us.
And thus being in the darkness without the OIL, one will not be able to reach the "entrance" to the Promised Land.
Does the detailed parable that Jesus presented matches what is about to happen around us?
THIS IS THE HOUR that JESUS SPOKE ABOUT.
But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation. 1 Peter 1:15
The Holy Spirit is received often by the laying on of hands, but may also be received in different ways. Besides receiving the Gifts of the Holy Spirit one needs the indwelling of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in order to live after God's will. The Holy Spirit also functions as a "voucher", "exchange", "seal", "deposit", guaranteeing our inheritance, read Ephesians 1:13,14.
Bothers and sisters, can you see that we are very close to His return, by what is going on in this world right now? We need the Holy Spirit to keep us on the right path, and to be able to meet Jesus in the clouds as our Bridegroom. Just as the five wise virgins were able to take part in the Marriage Feast.