The Parable of The Ten Virgins – The End Times – Part 1
The Parable of the Ten Virgins has a very vital message for end-time believers.
“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.”
Who Does The Ten Virgins Represent?
The Bible says that in these latter days, that the Kingdom (Believers) would be like Ten Virgins. Some were wise and some were foolish. Yet, they all slumbered and slept as they waited on the Bridegroom’s return.
Who Makes The Call “Behold The Bridegroom Cometh”?
Our scripture text states that all of the virgins slumbered and slept. Which means all of God’s people were sleeping when the loud cry came. I believe this illustrates the restful disposition that we should have while we wait expectantly on Yeshua’s return.
Who makes the call to say that Messiah is coming? I believe this could be the role of God’s servants in ministry. In the latter days, I believe that God will raise up individuals and ministries that will preach an end-time message, to prepare the Bride (Believers) for the the coming of our Bridegroom (Yeshua).
When Is The Bridegroom Returning
“Even so, when you see all these things [the birth pains], you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
Note: Matthew Chapter 24:8 tells that the birth pains are the signs that precede Yeshua’s coming.
Yeshua confirms in Matthew 24:33-36, that certain signs will indicate that His return is “near.” However, no one knows the day or the hour of His return. That is why those who set a date for Messiah’s return do so in error and deception according to the scriptures.
A parable similar to the parable of the Ten Virgins, is found in Matthew 24:45-51. This parable also gives the examples of faithful and unfaithful servants. In this parable, both servants had been given the charge of caring for the household while the master was away.
When the master returns, the faithful servant is blessed, because he is found doing his assigned tasks. However, the unfaithful servant uses the time of the master’s delay as an opportunity to mistreat his fellow servants, and give himself to riotous living.
The allegorical application of the parable of the Ten Virgins and the parable of the Faithful Servant are transparent. God desires His children to be actively involved in ministry, by caring for one another, and by fulfilling the work that God has called us to do in His Kingdom – while we are waiting for the Bridegroom’s return. .
What Does The Lamp Represent?
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
The Ten Virgins all have lamps, which likely represents the Word of God. All ten virgins knew God’s word. The Word of God is a light that shines for us to guide us in the way we should walk. Those who heed the Word of God will walk according to His Word.
So, What Does The Oil Represent?
I believe the oil represents the presence of God’s Spirit (Holy Spirit) in our lives (Isaiah 61:1; Acts 10:38). It is the oil (Holy Spirit) that kindles our love relationship and intimacy with our Bridegroom. While our Bridegroom tarries, intimacy with God will keep our hearts close to Him.
This parable indicates that a person who has an intimate walk with God will be prepared when the Bridegroom returns. Our scripture text mentions that the virgins who were not prepared had to purchase oil. I believe that this means, that a price is to be paid to obtain the oil. If we desire to enjoy the continual presence of God in our lives, we must spend time at the feet of Yeshua in praise, worship, adoration, and intimacy – and in studying God’s word.
1 Timothy 4:16:
“Give attention to yourself and your teaching. Persevere in these things, for in doing so you will save yourself a and those who hear you.”
It’s interesting that the loud cry goes out at “midnight.” I believe, that midnight represents spiritual darkness. We are living in the latter days, where sin abounds everywhere.
When the cry went out at midnight, what do the ten virgins do? They “trimmed their lamps.” What is the purpose of trimming a lamp? The answer is: To illuminate and to make something shine more brightly.
The wise virgins had enough OIL (Holy Spirit) to carry them through the darkness (midnight) to meet the Bridegroom. However, the five foolish virgins realized that they did not have any OIL. They did not have an intimate relationship with God. The foolish virgins were not ready when the loud cry went out. They were taken by surprise and had not prepared themselves.
Yeshua’s return is imminent, we need to BE READY because there won’t be any time to get ready. Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). So what can we learn from the parable of the Ten Virgins? First, if we have not received Messiah Yeshua as our savior, we must to ask Yeshua into our hearts.
- We must study the Word of God for ourselves.
- We must ask God to fill us with His Spirit and show us His truth.
- We must actively separate ourselves from sin.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5:
“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.”
1 John 1:5-7:
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
The parable of the Ten Virgins reminds me of us today, that at times, even the most devout believer can become distracted by the cares of life of life. Yet, I believe that we are about to enter a season of epic proportion. If we ever needed God, we need Him now. We must look up. Our redemption is near. We must get ready and stay ready!
There are many doctrines that separate us as believers, but our common belief that Yeshua (Jesus) is the only Son of God – not only make us HIS – they make us ONE! Yeshua is Lord! Yeshua is the ONLY way to heaven! Yeshua IS COMING BACK AGAIN! We must wait for Him with all our hearts.
2 Timothy 4:8:
“Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
Worship Experience: “Dance With Me Lover of My Soul” by Paul Wilbur