Bridesmaids & the Parable of Ten Virgins

Post By: Albert Mascheroni

Now, I just got done posting several signs that our Lord prophesied would happen before His 2nd coming. The following news happened & is presently happening in the last week:
* Insane storm in Australia causing 100 year old trees to topple
* 150,000 dead fish in Chile & in Columbia
* 6.5 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines
* 749 earthquakes hit Turkey over the span of 6 days
* Dam broke in Nevada flooding homes & railroad
* 300 stranded whales in New Zealand
* Mass Jelly fish die off in Australia
* Apocalyptic snow inundates Saudi Arabia
* New York blasted by winter snow
* Significant volcanic eruption in Mexico
* Large earth crack formed in Pakistan
* Another earth crack in Arizona
* Eclipse, comet, full moon
* Fireball over Wisconsin
* 4,000 birds drop dead in Sacramento
* 400 turtle carcasses found in empty dam in Brazil

But before His 2nd coming (given the prophetic signs…it is imminent) many of us will be tried, tested & made spotless. Moreover & so you know, the news isn’t where I get warnings, but from Christ Himself. The news is what I use bc you wouldn’t otherwise listen to me if I told you how I know; you would likely dismiss me as stark raving mad. And so, I wised up & give you tangible evidence that is impossible for you to refute, though you will try & fail, to your own peril.

“I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ As for them, whether they hear or whether they refuse – for they are a rebellious house – yet they will know that a prophet has been among them.” – Ezekiel 2:5

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. – Amos 3:7

Moving forward, several things have to happen…:
* Persecution – If our Lord was persecuted, so will we be. The servant is not greater than his Master; if his Master was persecuted the same must happen. Even by our own countrymen (i.e. churchy posers).
* We must be rejected by this generation.
* We must be hated by all people & nations for His name’s sake. As our Lord said…

“If they hate you, remember that they hated Me first, but take heart, I have conquered the world. If you were of the world, they would love its own, but because I chose you out of the world they hate you.” – John 15:18

If they accused our Lord of being a devil who casts out devils in the name of the devil, how much worse will they call us? We will be betrayed by biological family members we once called brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers who as the Bible says, will deliver us unto death. Anyone who loves their mothers daughters fathers more than Christ, is not worthy of Christ.

Christ will not come to bring peace to the world, but a sword, to separate those who love Him, from those who don’t. Our faith will be tested by our actions. Christ will separate the sheep from the goats…the sheep – those who love when love waxes cold; those who feed the hungry, the thirsty, clothe the naked & the poor, support his brother & neighbor…You say you do this now? While there is still peace & resources…but under lackluster circumstances, will you still love, even if it means starving yourself? There is no greater love than a friend giving up his life for his friend.

Excerpt from deadly drought in Brazil article that I posted last week:

“I’d always imagined people would try & help each other out in a crisis situation, but it’s not what happened at all” – Isabela Berger Sacramento

“Catastrophic situations often foster solidarity, but a lack of resources tends to do the opposite, leading to chaos.”

Given light of the current conditions, I implore you to read the following & take the parable to heart:Image may contain: text

The Parable of the Ten Virgins pictures the church waiting for the Bridegroom’s return. Bc of an unexpectedly long delay, He finds half the virgins unprepared when He finally arrives. In weddings of that time, the bridegroom traditionally led a procession of bridesmaids from where they waited to his home. Since the procession almost invariably took place at night, each bridesmaid was expected to supply her own torch or lamp. If the bridegroom came later than expected, the bridesmaid needed to be prepared w/extra torches or oil for her lamp.Image may contain: 3 peopleThe difference between the wise & the foolish virgins in the parable is not that 1 group did not have oil, but that 1 group did not have enough for the unexpectedly long delay. When the cry went out, their lamps were still burning, but they were sputtering & going out. Oil, of course, represents God’s Holy Spirit. The wise virgins, like the faithful & wise servant of Matthew 24:45-51, are prepared. They make sure that they remain in contact w/the dispenser of oil, as is implied when they say to the foolish virgins, “No, . . . go rather to those who sell, & buy for yourselves” (verse 9). The wise had been in recent contact w/the dispenser of oil, whereas the others apparently had dallied around. Going frequently to the dispenser, the wise, when the bridegroom arrived, had an adequate supply to trim their lamps & go into the marriage supper. The lesson is preparedness through vision & foresight.

Bc it is an internal state, preparedness cannot be transferred. That is evident in the reaction of the virgins. It is a matter of the heart, an intangible that accrues by spending long periods of time under many circumstances w/the Dispenser of the Holy Spirit. What cannot be transferred to those who are unprepared are matters of attitude, character, skill, understanding & wisdom. They are personal attributes that are built & honed over months & years.

When 1 needs a skill immediately, how much time does it take to learn it? If a man suddenly needed the skill to repair an automobile & he had never done any work on 1, he may as well have no hands at all! It works the same way w/spiritual attributes. Preparing for eventualities is the lesson of this parable. The wise virgins prepared for the eventuality that it might take longer for the bridegroom to come — they showed foresight & vision, & they entered the wedding feast. The others did not.Image may contain: fire and nightThe oil cannot be borrowed either. In no way can it be passed from 1 person to another. We cannot borrow character or a relationship w/God. The parable teaches us that opportunity comes, opportunity knocks & then opportunity leaves. The foolish failed to face the possibility that the bridegroom would come later than expected, & when they were awakened, they had no time to fetch any oil & fill their lamps.

No 1 can deliver his brother. Each person determines his own destiny. No matter how close we are, even if we are 1 in flesh as in marriage, a husband cannot deliver his wife, & a wife cannot deliver her husband. Nor can we deliver our children. Everyone stands on his own in his relationship w/God. God makes this clear in:

“‘Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,’ says the Lord God.” – Ezekiel 14:14

Though it is a hard lesson, it should motivate us to discipline ourselves, to exercise self-control, to be alert & to give our attention to our spiritual priorities. Thus, each person determines his own destiny.

Equating the foolish virgins w/their modern counterparts, the Laodiceans, their faith is perfunctory. Their church membership is routine, merely going through the motions. They have enough faith that they at least show up for church services. They have beliefs & character & motivation — but not enough!

The Bridegroom’s refusal to admit the 5 foolish virgins (verse 12) must not be construed as a callous rejection of their lifelong desire to enter the Kingdom. Far from callous, Christ’s rejection is entirely justified bc these people never made preparations for their marriage to Him. In the analogy, though they realize they have met their future mate & admire Him, they never develop the relationship. In a sense, they have already rejected Him. Thus, an additional lesson in this parable is that our relationship w/God must be worked on continually.

John W. Ritenbaugh – The World, the Church & Laodiceanism [Matthew 25:1-13]
Our responsibility today is not just mental preparation, as in the case of a diligent athlete. Nor is it physical preparation, as in David’s case. All the same, our responsibility is much like David’s in that we are gatherers. Our duty is to gather: to gather faith, patience, wisdom; to gather God’s Holy Spirit. How much do we need? Well, Christ tells us that a “night is coming when no 1 can work” (John 9:4). In His Parable of the Ten Virgins, He says that the Bridegroom came at midnight (Matthew 25:6). Midnight is well into the night. The wise virgins were those who had enough oil – representing God’s Spirit – to last the night. Indeed, we ought to gather God’s Spirit like David gathered bronze, “in abundance beyond measure.”

Charles Whitaker: On Your Marks . . . Get Set . . . Go! [Matthew 25:1-13]
Bc of its abundance of well-known symbols, the Parable of the Ten Virgins is perhaps the easiest to understand in a prophetic light. The Bridegroom, of course, is Christ. Virgins are often symbols of churches or individual Christians, most likely the latter in this case. Lamps are vessels that contain oil, a common symbol of God’s Spirit, thus they represent our minds, which, when filled w/the Holy Spirit, provide illumination for the path to the Kingdom of God (I Corinthians 2:10-16). The wedding refers to the marriage of the Lamb to the church (Revelation 19:7). Jesus flatly states that this parable deals w/conditions just before His 2nd coming (verse 13). It does not take much interpretation, then, to understand what will happen – maybe has happened in part. All of God’s people will go to sleep spiritually, but only half of them have enough spiritual strength to prepare for Christ’s return. When He does return, our Savior shuts the door on the other half, proclaiming that He has no relationship w/them (compare Revelation 3:7, 20). The warning to us is to draw close to God now bc we do not know when Christ will come back.

Richard T. Ritenbaugh: Parables & Prophecy [Matthew 25:3-4]
There is a strong contrast in the diligence of the 2 groups. 1 takes sufficient oil w/it, but the other does not. Since the procession is at night & the lamps have only a small oil reservoir, they have to replenish the oil periodically. The wise virgins prepare by carrying extra oil for when the lamps run low. This pictures readiness for future needs, which requires forethought, planning & dedication. The foolish virgins do not prepare, content to carry only enough to appear wise. They carry out God’s instructions w/the least amount of effort they think they can get away with (Ecclesiastes 9:10). The foolish are not spiritually concerned about their future, but the wise are, even though they have to carry the extra weight of an oil container. However, this extra preparation gives them the hope & faith they need to meet the bridegroom successfully & to enter the marriage feast.

Martin G. Collins: Parable of the Ten Virgins (Part 2) [Matthew 25:10-13]
While the foolish are busy trying to get their spiritual lives in order at the last minute, Christ comes to take the wise, & the doors to the marriage feast are shut (Matthew 25:10-13). Only those virgins who have a regular supply of oil & combine it w/the lamp of God, the Bible, can hear the true voice of their Shepherd calling to them through His true ministers, including the Two Witnesses. The foolish virgins, representing many ministers too, will at 1st scoff at these 2 people & ignore their warnings. But when the Two Witnesses begin performing miracles, the foolish virgins will start to wake from their deep sleep; they will begin to repent & ask God for His Spirit.

God the Father has the authority & Jesus Christ has paid the price to enable us to have oil in our vessels. Everyone called by God must pay a price, obedience to God, to receive His Holy Spirit (Acts 5:32). This means we must repent & overcome sin on a daily basis.

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:3

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. – Mark 1:15

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