The Ten Virgins


"Then  shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto  ten  virgins, which  took their lamps, and went forth to meet  the  bridegroom. And  five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish.  They  that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the  wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  While  the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

"And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for  our lamps are gone out. 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. 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. Afterward came also  the  other virgins,  saying,  Lord, Lord, open to us. But  he  answered  and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye  know  neither  the day nor the hour wherein the  Son  of  man cometh. (Matthew 25:1-13)

"Another  parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom  of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his  field: (Matthew 13:24) Let  your loins be girded about, and [your] lights  burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will  return from the wedding; that when he cometh and  knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

"Blessed [are] those servants, whom  the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily  I  say unto  you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit  down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find  [them] so, blessed are those servants. (Luke 12:35-38)

Jesus came for the Jews and was addressing the Jews in this Scripture. Note He is returning from the wedding [#1062 gamos /gamoi plural see Matt. 22:2-4,9 the parable of the wedding referring to bidding Israel first who would not come to the marriage and God's servants were told to bid all others to come instead.

The parable of the ten virgins is about the Rapture. The five who have oil in their lamps represent the bride, the church. She is waiting to be raptured. The door opens and shuts. It is confirmed once again that the rapture takes place before the Jesus comes back during the tribulation when he presents Himself to the Jews who did not have oil in their lamps once again].

Jesus spoke in a parable about the wedding. "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son. And sent forth his servants tocall them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

"But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

"Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden we not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the kind came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

"And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:2-14)

The wedding garment is described among other places in Ephesians 4:24: "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members of one another {and all the other sins} which grieve the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemtpion." (Ephesians 4:24..30)

The only righteousness which is acceptable to God is the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and our will needs to be submitted to His. This is the garment we need to put on to get into the wedding. "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering... and above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." (Colossians 3:12.. 14)

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for  the marriage  of  the Lamb is come, and his wife  hath  made  herself ready. (Revelation 19:7) "And  thus  shall ye eat it; [with] your loins  girded,  your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it [is] the LORD'S passover. (Exodus 12:11)

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to  the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you  at  the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Peter 1:13) This  [is] the day [which] the LORD hath made; we  will  rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24)

"And  I  John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,  coming  down from  God  out  of heaven, prepared as a bride  adorned  for  her husband. (Revelation 21:2)

"And  thou  shalt command the children of Israel,  that  they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. (Exodus 27:20) Command  the children of Israel, that they bring  unto  thee pure  oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to  burn continually. Without the vail of the testimony, in the  tabernacle  of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from  the  evening unto  the  morning before the LORD continually: [it shall  be]  a statute  for ever in your generations. He shall order  the  lamps upon the pure candlestick before the LORD continually. (Leviticus 24:2-4)

"And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild  olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them  partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (Romans 11:17) For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild  by nature,  and  wert graffed contrary to nature into a  good  olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches], be graffed into their own olive tree? (Romans 11:24)

Israel is told by the Scripture that it's easier to graft it's broken branches back into the olive tree (in example Christ Jesus) than the Gentile branches because their olive tree is wild. Another example would be a pedigree bred with another pedigree would result in a pedigree. It is more difficult to get a pedigree from a pedigree and a mixed breed.

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