Right after informing disciples about various signs, regarding His second coming, Jesus told a parable (the story quoted below). All agree that the bridegroom in the story represents Christ (Mark 2:19 ff, Luke 5:34ff). The virgins represent those who have received Christ as their Savior (II Cor. 11:2).
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
"Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
"Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
"but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
"But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
"And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'
"Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
"And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
"But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'
"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
"Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'
"But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
Matthew 25:1-13 nkjv
The midnight cry cannot be the rapture, because Scripture states that when the saints are lifted out of here, we will leave in an instant/the twinkling of an eye (literally, in an atom of time --I Cor. 15:52)!
The question that each born again Christian must answer is, what is the Midnight Cry? Even more importantly, how can half of the believers be left behind?
Can it be that Christ knew that the Church would be sleeping, just before His returning—thinking that they would escape all of the hardship foretold in prophecy? What would the result be, then, when finding that those who have been crying “Peace, peace . . .” have been wrong, all along? For a more detailed examination of this particular subject, please visit /onesecondcoming!
For a more careful discussion of the all important subject of the ten virgins, at midnight, see <http://www.maranatha-min.net/Book/Wedding.html#meet>