(Mat 25:1-5)  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins [i.e., declared children of God, the bride], which took their lamps [“Thy word” their Bibles] [1], and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise [Gk: thoughtful], and five were foolish [Gk: dull, heedless, (moral blockheads)]. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil [symbol of the Holy Spirit] with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels [in “flasks of oil along” Amplif.] with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried [Gk: lingered], they all slumbered [Gk: nodded] and slept [Who nodded and who slept?] [2,3].

  1. Psa 119:105  NUN. Thy word is a lamp [Heb: a lamp (the burner)] unto my feet, and a light [Heb: illumination, (happiness)] unto my path.
  2. (1 Thess 5:5,6)  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep [Gk: lie down to rest, to fall asleep], as do others; but let us watch [Gk: to keep awake: be vigilant] and be sober [Gk: abstain from wine].
  3. (1 Pet 5:8)  Be sober, be vigilant [Gk: to keep awake, watch]; because your adversary [Gk: opponent; specifically Satan, (arch enemy)] the devil [“the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan” Rev 20:2 & 12:9], as a roaring lion [generating fear, the opposite of faith, swallowing up faith], walketh about, seeking whom he may devour [Gk: to drink down, gulp entirely: swallow up]:


(Matt 25:6-10)  And at midnight [Gk: middle (night)] [the darkest time] there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed [Gk: put in proper order: adorned, garnished] their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out [no light (no revelations) in darkness] [1,2]. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell [Gk: trade, barter] [i.e., preach], and buy for yourselves [Gk: go to market, purchase, redeem] [offer in exchange the sacrifice of your allotted and precious “time”]. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready [Gk: prepared] [mature, ripe] [3,4,5] went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut [e.g., Noah’s ark: Gen 7:16; Lot’s house: Gen 19:10; the Red Sea: Exo 14:28,29 – the unsaved being “locked out” eternally].

  1. (Matt 13:20,21)  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended [Gk: entrapped, tripped up, enticed to sin].
  2. (Luke 8:13)  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away [Gk: remove, instigate to revolt, desert: withdraw self].
  3. (Eph 6:14,15)  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
  4. (Rev 21:1-5)  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
  5. (1 Thess 4:13-18)  But I would not have you to be ignorant [Gk: without knowledge, not understand], brethren, concerning them which are asleep [Gk: dead], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [Gk: precede] them which are asleep [Gk: dead]. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [Gk: seized: plucked, pulled, taken (by force)] together with them [with the dead in Christ] in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever [eternally] be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


(Matt 25:11-13)  Afterward [i.e., after the “rapture” 1 Thess 4:13-18] came also the other virgins [i.e., “goats” Matt 25:32], saying, Lord, Lord, open to us [1,2]. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch [Gk: keep awake: be vigilant] therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

  1. (Matt 7:21-23)  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: illegality, violation of the law, wickedness: unrighteousness].
  2. (Luke 13:25-28)  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 [Gk: injustice, wrongfulness: unrighteousness]. 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 thrust out.