Years ago in the ancient earth, there lived a magnificent King. His might, power and love were unmatched by any other who ever did or ever would live. His kingdom was filled with such beauty and glory that no mortal words could adequately describe it. His castle walls were built of luminescent gold blocks, and powerful shafts of golden light rose from the ground to support the roofs of buildings that were made from brilliant, flawless diamonds. The majesty of all he had made could be seen over all the earth, and its reflection filled the night sky with movement, life and light.
Into this wondrous land, the King made and placed the crowning glory of his creation. His love brought forth men, women and children to enjoy all He had done. They wore spotless white cloths, and were told by the King that a day would come when He would be married, and He would give them all an invitation to join Him in His castle for the wedding. There was only requirement. They could only enter through His gate if their clothing was unsoiled, unstained, spotless and brilliant white.
To help them stay in this pure condition, the King sent His son to open a laundry. The people could freely bring their soiled clothes, any time, and the son would use his own special formula to return the clothes to their spotless condition. Some of the people made regular visits to the laundry, and these lived with joy and excitement. They were ready whenever the Kings should call the guests for His wedding. Some tried to wash their own clothes, thinking they were too busy to go to the laundry, and what they did would be good enough to get them into the wedding feast. Others felt they did not need to wash their clothes at all. They decided they would just live as they wished, and figure things out the best they could, if that call should ever come.
Late one evening, as the sun neared the horizon for the first time ever, the King sent out His swiftest messengers on horseback. They went throughout the Kingdom blowing golden trumpets and shouting, “Now is the time to come. The Kings wedding feast is ready! The castle doors are open, and all has been made ready for His Bride. You are all invited to come as His beloved guests, and enter into the joy, the laughter, the blessing, the feasting and the loving pleasure of your King. Look, the night is coming, and the King never intended for you to be in it.“
As night approached, the people streamed towards the Castle. Millions of them came from every valley and mountain, forest, village and town. They came with great expectation and wonder, knowing what was about to take place. They also came with a growing sense of fear and foreboding, as they saw and felt the thick darkness drawing near, and heard the screeching, growling and sinister snarls of the night beasts that came with it. The stench of death was in their breath and they were hungry for a terrible feast of their own.
Up to the castle grounds all the people ran. Everyone was excited to finally enter the full brilliance of what the King had created. The open castle doors in the distance were just magnificent, and they beaconed everyone to enter into the wedding feast of the King. Shafts of golden light flooded the sky, announcing what was about to take place, and the blast of gold and silver trumpets filled the air with joyous sounds of that great day. As the throng of people approach the castle, large angelic guards with flaming blue swords separated the growing mass into three lines, and this greatly perplexed everyone. There had never been a separation among them before. They had all felt the Kings love exactly the same, but now something had changed as the growing darkness was getting closer and closer.
As they all stood waiting to go in, they began to look at one another. Some were dressed in brilliant white but others realized they needed to take their garments to the Kings laundry to be washed. The spots and stains on their once white garments, stood out in the light that beamed from the castle. These ran off, only to find the King’s laundry was closed, and His son was no longer doing business. Others saw the ragged, dirty condition of their clothing and decided the King would have to take them as they were. He had always been loving, and patient with them, so they said to themselves, “whatever we have on will be good enough”.
The first in line were those who had taken their clothes to the Kings laundry to be washed and mended on a regular basis. They were brilliantly white, and beautifully adorned with metallic gold edging. The angles lifted their swords and allowed these to pass into the great wedding hall. There were shouts of joy, wonder and amazement that echoed back to all who were waiting their turn. This wonderful sound stirred everyone’s anticipation for what they all believed was about to come.
The second group, those who washed their own clothes, rather than taking them to the Kings laundry, were stopped before the open castle doors. They were shocked as the light of the Kings glory illuminated and magnified every spot, stain and wrinkle they had chosen to live with. A great cry of agony rose up as the great angelic guards pointed to the darkness and they were turned away. These realized there would be no entrance for them. They had chosen to live by their own standard, and because of that, they had rejected the King and all He had asked to do.
Stretching out behind them, as far as the eye could see, were the multitudes who had openly refused to wash or go to the Kings laundry. These stubbornly and proudly wore their ragged, torn clothes. wherever they went. These garments, which were once white, were now filled with a foul stench, and had never been mended, or cleaned. These all stood like ragged beggars with eyes wide, watching as the darkness washed over them and the golden doors slowly closed. Some lifted their fists in anger at the King, cursing Him for their condition. Others bitterly wept and lamented, knowing it was now too late.
A great mourning rose up in all those who had refused to do what the King asked. Some were in pain, knowing they had missed their chance. Others were just left empty in soul and spirit. As they stood there in broken confusion, the screeching and wailing of the approaching darkness overtook them and swept them all away. When it was over, all that remained was the sound of the Kings wedding feast. As it filled the earth with joy and singing, the brilliance of a new dawn broke on the eastern horizon and the sound of love covered all the earth.
Which group will you be in when the King of Heaven and Earth sends out His call?