The Ten Virgins

The Ten Virgins

Have you heard the story of the Ten Virgins? Five were wise and five foolish. Virgins are symbolic for being pure and are symbolic for the Church. The Bridegroom is symbolic for Jesus. When you read the parable many think the oil here is symbolic for the Spirit Of God.   

This has been used to say you need to get more, extra of the Spirit so you will be ready to be raptured before the Great Tribulation.  If you have heard this, please read with me and see what you think it really says.  The Bible says for us to study to show ourselves approved unto God a workman that needs not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.  2nd Timothy 2:15 

Matthew Ch 25 are the words of Jesus.

Verse 1 Then Shall the kingdom of Heaven is likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  Here all were virgins a symbol of being pure. Also they all went to meet the bridegroom.  So they were all Christians looking for Christ to come.

Verse 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

Verse 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: The foolish only took their lamps and the oil that was in them. They didnít take any extra oil.

Verse 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels (containers) with their lamps. Notice the wise took extra oil with them with their lamps. They were wise for taking extra supplies in case they would need it.

Verse 5 While the Bridegroom tarried (was late) they all slumbered (slept lightly) and slept. The Lord took a long time in his coming. Notice they all slept and slumbered.

Verse 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Verse 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. When you trim your Lamp you blow out the fire and cut off (trim) the burnt part of the wick and add fuel. Its called trimming your lamp. If the lamp and oil is symbolic for how much of the spirit we have, how could one get more of the spirit and blow out our light and relight it to let our light shine better all of a sudden. 

Verse 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. Their lamps had oil in them and had been burning but ran out of fuel and went out.  Does this mean they have lost their salvation and they know it, so they ask the other Christians to give them some of their spirit? Or does it mean they have lost some of the spirit of God? If the oil is symbolic for Godís spirit in this parable then we can use up and run out of Godís spirit. If according to the out come of this parable, you have to have extra of the spirit of God to be saved. I guess the thief on the cross, had extra. The foolish were told by Jesus that he didnít know them and the door was shut.  Once it has been shut its over. 

Verse 9 But the wise answered, saying, not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. We canít go to a store and buy Godís spirit or get more of the Holy Spirit.  It comes from God.

Verse 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Verse 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

Verse 12 But he answered and said Verily (truly) I say unto you, I know you not.

Verse 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son Of Man Cometh. It could be that had they kept the faith just a little longer they would have overcame.

If the oil here were a symbol of the sprit of God how or why would they think another Christian could give them part of their spirit? I can pray with someone, but I canít give part of my salvation or part of Godís spirit to them.  And what would make the wise think the foolish could go and buy their salvation, spirit of God from those who sell it. But here they went to those who sell to buy oil and did buy it and came back to be with the Bridegroom (Jesus).  Do you know where you can go and buy the spirit of God for your salvation? If so why did Jesus die?  The oil here is not symbolic for the Spirit of God it just doesnít work. Surely, Jesus, the author of the parable, would not include such inconsistencies as these. Jesus is much smarter than that. So what does the oil depict in this parable and what is Jesus telling us?

The Ten Virgins

If you have studied with us Matthew Chapter 24 as we have done, you know that Jesus had been talking about the end times and his return. We have studied and know that Christians must go through the Great Tribulation. And we know that the Mark Of The Beast will be in operation and you wonít be able to buy and sell unless you take the Mark Of The Beast. We also know that the Christians will be in hiding waiting for the Lord to return and get them. And they will try to get the Christians to come out from hiding. Read Matthew Ch 24 verses 23-26.

Oil is a source of both food and fuel. If the oil here is symbolic for food and fuel then the story works. If you notice the foolish did go and buy oil. But Jesus said he didnít know them.  So if the oil were the spirit of God, Jesus would have to know them.  But if it means food and fuel, then in order for them to buy oil they had to have taken the Mark and then came and wanted Jesus to take them. Jesus did not know them after they took the Mark because once they chose to take the Mark they were not of God.   

You can go to a store and buy oil (food & fuel). But if the Mark Of The Beast is in operation you couldnít buy unless you took the Mark Of The Beast. And if you take the Mark you are not of God. 

What this parable is showing us is the foolish didnít prepare enough extra oil (supplies) to last them and their lamps had gone out. They were foolish not to prepare. We grow in the Lord we canít go out and buy Godís Spirit.

But the wise were wise because they did prepare. They took extra oil (food & fuel). They took what they needed so they could overcome.

Revelation Chapter 21 Verse 7 says He that overcomes shall inherit all things;

Notice what the first verse says. Then shall the kingdom of heaven is likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. Notice he says then. Jesus in the 24th chapter of Matthew had just told of the end times and how we would see it coming.  What signs we should watch for. So when we see the Mark Of The Beast and the Abomination Of Desolation, that would be the time when the Kingdom Of God (The Church) is like the ten virgins parable. Back in that day a man would ask a girls father for her hand in marriage. He and the girlís father would work out a price for the fathers lost of his daughter. And then they would be engaged, and the man would go build a house for them to live in. Meanwhile the bride would get ready for her groom to come and take her away. Sound familiar? Jesus said he goes away to prepare a place for us and we are to be ready for his return.  

In this parable there were ten virgins, symbolic that all ten were Christians (pure), five wise and five foolish and they went to meet the bridegroom.  The kingdom of heaven will have wise Christians and foolish Christians. Matthew chapter 24 tells us we will see and know the signs. We will see it coming and get ready. When the WISE Christians see the Mark Of The Beast and the Abomination Of Desolation, our lives, as we know it will change. We cannot take the Mark. We will leave our way of life and will wait for Jesus to come and get us.  So in a sense you can say we go out to meet the Lord.

We cannot take the Mark and if we donít take the Mark how will we survive? How will you overcome? We will no longer be able to run down to the store and buy supplies; we wonít be able to pay for anything. So we the bride of Christ (the Church) will go to meet the Lord, we are to wait for him to come and get us. (The Church) will be like the ten virgins that went to meet the bridegroom?  The virgins are symbolic for (Christians The Church, Bride of Christ) Jesus is the Bridegroom. So now can you see how the kingdom of Heaven (The Church) is like the ten virgins parable?

When a Christian chooses to take the Mark so they can buy food and go on as they always did then they have chosen to serve Mammon (Money, Wealth). Matthew 6:24 Jesus said you cannot serve both God and Mammon. There is much more here in the 25th Chapter of Matthew but I think this gives you a true understanding of this parable.

The Ten Virgins

If you notice Jesus was talking about Christians wise and foolish. He told why some were wise and why some were foolish.

It is clear to see, that many Christians who think they will be raptured out before the tribulation (pre tribers) will be in big trouble when the Mark Of The Beast comes. For they believe they will not be here and have no need to prepare for it. They go to church and are watching for Jesus to come and get them. They have more of the spirit of God in them and they are better than other Christians and they are worthy to escape the tribulation. Therefore they live their lives as always. 

They are the foolish Christians.

If you read Luke chapter 21 verse34-36 Jesus just told the things that would come to pass for the end times.

Verse 34 Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (over eating) and drunkenness and cares of this life, so that day come upon you unawares (unexpectedly).

Verse 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

Verse 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. This does not mean that we wonít be here, it means watch, be aware and pray that God will help us that our hearts wonít be over charged, not to get caught up in the cares of this life so we will see it coming so we can escape the snare. 

1st John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. When the Mark Of The Beast comes what will you do? Will you take it so you can live as always? Will you have to take it because you canít overcome it? Where will you live? What will you eat?  Did you see it coming?

 I believe many will say its not the Mark Of The Beast and take it.  Or they will say they can take the Mark and buy what they need and God will forgive them after they have taken it. This is not so. Once you choose to take the Mark of The Beast so you can live as you always have you are not of God.  Watch and see if they donít do this. Some of the Christians who will not hear the truth about the Christians being in the Great Tribulation will not be ready. All they will have is their lamp no extra oil.

If you have received the understanding of this parable then you know you should prepare for the coming Great Tribulation. Do the best you can and God will provide and keep you. You donít have to be a foolish Christian.

Please be ready!

In his service

Gary E. Sturdivant