WE ARE TO LIVE UNTIL OUR LORD RETURNS
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EVERY PERSON IS
RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS OR HER OWN SPIRITUAL CONDITION
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took
their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. Mat 25:2
And five of them were wise, and five were
foolish. Mat 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: Mat
25:4 But the wise took oil in their
vessels with their lamps. Mat 25:5 While
the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. Mat 25:6
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go
ye out to meet him. Mat 25:7 Then
all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. Mat 25:8
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps
are gone out. Mat 25:9 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. Mat 25:10 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. Mat 25:11
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mat 25:12 But he answered and said,
Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Mat 25:13
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son
of man cometh.
the Great Tribulation (the fifth seal) and commencing His Second Coming (the
sixth seal)] shall the kingdom of
heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and
went forth to meet the bridegroom.
The “virgins” are those converts
who are “not defiled with women (fig. false doctrines)” and “follow the
Lamb whithersoever he goeth” (Rev 14:1). In the context of this parable, the
number “ten” represents the
minimum number of men necessary to form a Jewish synagogue, and thus by
extension herein, a congregation of all believers.
lamp = Gk: light, torch /// to beam, radiate
brilliancy: - give light, shine.
Ye are the light of the
world. A city [congregation] that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
NUN. Thy word is a lamp
unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
The lamps that the ten virgins are
holding are holy Bibles from which
“all light” is generated.
The precise item that we are becoming, that we are being continuously
“transformed” into (Rom 12:2), humbly appears before us in thin paper sheets
as the physical logos Bible. But
upon our inevitable demise or translation and that in the twinkling of an eye,
we shall all be spiritually changed, transformed into the walking, talking rhema
Word of God, just like Jesus Christ:
And the Word [of God] was made flesh,
and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full
of grace and truth.
“the bridegroom” = In the Jewish
culture, a couple were engaged
(equally as binding as the marriage ceremony) for perhaps up to a year before
the actual marriage ceremony and consummation thereof. On the wedding day, the bridegroom went to the bride’s house for
the ceremony and thereafter returned with his bride in a great processional to
the groom’s house for a feast with invited
guests (hopefully, you and I) often lasting a week.
And five of them were wise,
and five were foolish. They that were foolish took
their lamps [Bibles], and took no oil with
them: But the wise took oil
[prepared for the future]
in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all
slumbered [Gk: to nod] and slept [thus
none were perfectly “vigilant” as exemplified by “while men
slept” in the parable of the tares (Mat 13:25), and the disciples found asleep
three times in the garden of Gethsemane (Mat 26:36-46)].
= Gk: thoughtful
/// to rein in or curb (the mind).
= Gk: dull or stupid, heedless, blockhead, absurd.
(Mat 13:5,6) Some
[“The seed is the word of God” Luke 8:11] fell upon stony
places, where they had not much
earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no
deepness [Gk: profundity: deepness, deep things, no depth /// profound (as going
down) deep] of earth: And
when the sun was up [i.e., when the
bridegroom cometh], they
were scorched [Gk: burned];
and because they had no root
[“I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Rev 22:16], they
withered away [Gk: desiccated;
shriveled: dried up].
The foolish “took no oil with them”
= and they consequently “dried up.”
Oil is a liquid symbol of the Holy Spirit. Thus these foolish persons
(professing Christians) had a Bible but
took no thought of the future.
They lived out their shallow lives in the present and took no
deeper thought of the prophetic future, no thoughts of the Holy Spirit upon
which to further meditate, to further ruminate. They did not “chew
the cud” (Lev 11:4; Deut 14:7) and hence were “unclean” creatures, and they lived exactly like animals who live only in the
present, satisfying gratifying their earthly needs [not knowing “that they themselves are beasts” Eccl 3:18].
Be sober [be
“of a sound mind” 2 Tim 1:7; not drunk nor intoxicated],
be vigilant [Gk:
keep awake, watch]; because
your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about [Gk: to tread
all around], seeking
whom he may devour [Gk: gulp entire:
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 [attempted
to put in order] their lamps [i.e.,
themselves]. And the foolish said [foolishly
and without understanding] unto the
wise, Give us of your oil [your
our lamps are gone out [for lack of
thoughtful provision they were effectively blinded and could not see
(understand) the great glory that lay before them]. But the wise answered [the
foolish request in terms the foolish could understand], saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye
rather to them that sell [God’s
salesmen = apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers: Eph 4:11],
and buy [exchange, trade, your time (a sacrifice) for “illumination”]
for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were
ready [“prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband” Rev 21:2]
went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut [“and
the LORD shut him (Noah) in” Gen 7:16; “the two angels pulled Lot into the
house to them and “shut to the door” Gen 19:10].
“midnight” = is midway between sunset (6pm) and sunrise (6am) and thus is
conceptually the darkest time, the zenith of the night (i.e., the time of
the least amount of light). The darkness of midnight is also when the
figurative point at which the Great Tribulation of the fifth seal will have
increased to the zenith of its terrible destructive power, and then The Lord
Jesus Christ will return with the light of life. The fifth seal
(extended increasing darkness) will end with the beginning of the sixth seal
(extended increasing light).
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
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord,
Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but
he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say
to me in that day, Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto
them, I never knew you: depart from me,
ye that work iniquity [Gk:
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
(Luke 13:23-28) Then said
one unto him, Lord, are there few that be
saved? And he said unto them, Strive [Gk: struggle:
fight] to enter in at the strait
gate [Gk: narrow (from obstacles standing
close about)]: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and
shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and
hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the
door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us;
and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We
have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye
workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye
shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of
God, and you yourselves