The Ten Virgins
Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
This parable is in the same context as Matthew 24 and is about one half of the brethren not being ready when Christ comes and can be extended to all those called out to God throughout history.
Most of the called out have failed to respond over the millennia [the Parable of the Sower], and half of those who did respond positively have always been too spiritually lazy to apply themselves diligently to learn and to live by every Word of God. God has called many, but only a few will be worthy to be a part of the first resurrection of the chosen.
Oil is symbolic of God’s Spirit which is only given to those who obey God (Acts 5:32), and is given in direct proportion to our obedience.
When we reject many scriptures, and compromise with God’s Word; we quench and drive out God’s Spirit, for the Spirit and very nature of God will not go against itself.
The virgins have all been slumbering, and the call has now gone out to WAKE UP and prepare to meet our Lord.
The wise were preparing and filling themselves with the oil of God’s Spirit through sincere repentance and the zealous seeking of God and the DOING of his will.
The foolish do not believe the wake up call, and are not preparing themselves, being spiritually asleep and not zealous for living by EVERY Word of God (Mat 4:4); to fill themselves with the Holy Oil of God’s Spirit.
25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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.
Today it is now almost midnight for humanity, the time is close at hand.
Many of the called out have gone to spiritual sleep over the millennia, and half of the called out may not be among the chosen.
ALL scripture is profitable for all of the called out.
The following was written 1,900 years ago for all those who might have the spiritual slumbering lack of zeal of Laodicea; which is climaxing today. This attitude has always existed in the spiritually lazy and is now reaching its climax among today’s called out.
Jesus Christ councils today’s spiritually slumbering Ekklesia, to:
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am [spiritually] rich, and increased with goods [spiritual knowledge], and have need of nothing [in their great pride they think that they know it all]; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked [of godliness]:
3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold [the true riches of the righteousness every Word of God] tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment [of the righteousness of every Word of God], that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness [wickedness] do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve [God’s Spirit of spiritual insight], that thou mayest see.
3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
While the five foolish virgins were lacking in godliness and the oil of the Holy Spirit, the bridegroom came and they were excluded from the marriage.
Matthew 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. 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Be watchful always, for we know not the day of our own death; and the literal coming of Christ will catch all those not watching for or expecting his coming by surprise as well.
Let us heed the admonition of Paul and be the children of the light of the Word of God; not following idols of men to remain in the darkness of spiritual ignorance.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 But ye, brethren [who are passionate to learn and to keep the whole Word of God], are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
The Parable of the Talents
Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Brethren, we have been deceived and distracted into doing a business model work to bring in new folks our own way; instead of preaching a Gospel message of Warning and Repentance, so that God could use that message to call men to himself.
We have destroyed the quality of our message to reap a harvest of tares into our organizations; who understand little and are willing to do less. We are calling men TO US, instead of being a means for God to call men to HIMSELF!
This has resulted in a watered down, sin tolerating, leader exalting; system of idolatry and physical focus which had quenched the oil of God’s Spirit in us, so that our light barely flickers.
We are to grow through the use of the measure of the Holy Spirit and the talents [gifts of the Spirit] that God has given us.
We are to diligently consider the Word of God day and night and to always be focused on God and his ways. We are to FOLLOW God’s Spirit as it leads us into further understanding, and we are to diligently seek more spiritual understanding through study and the active DOING of the Word of God. We are NOT to get into a “I know it all spiritually and have need of nothing” attitude that is Laodicea, Revelation 3. THAT IS BURYING OUR TALENT!.
25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
When Christ comes he shall judge between those who are faithful and productive servants; and those who are complacent and self-satisfied relying on their own understanding and having no zeal to live by every Word of God.
Jesus Christ will require an accounting from every person as to what they did with the measure of God’s Spirit which was given to them.
A blessing on the faithful and zealous for God and his Word, and on all those who were merciful to God’s zealous.
25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world [God’s plan was compiled before the world was formed]: 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
25:40 And the King [the Messiah the Christ] shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
This is about BOTH physical service and spiritual service to God the Father and Jesus Christ, and the flock of God. You elders, Do you feed the flock with the spiritual meat of sound doctrine in due season? Do you teach the way to peace, harmony and unity with God? Do we teach the way INTO God’s Kingdom and eternal life?
Or do you keep the sheep OUT of the Kingdom by teaching them to commit idolatry and put men first, teaching men to tolerate sin? Do you allow and actually teach people to compromise with God’s Word and keep people OUT of God’s Kingdom by teaching complacency, lukewarmness for living by every Word of God and self-satisfaction.
Do you teach sincere repentance and rebuke all sin, or do you tolerate sin to play politics, to be popular and look like a nice guy?
If you rebuke sin, you will offend many, yet you may also save a life if the sinner repents!
Jesus who many falsely claim will tolerate sin, will in due time reject the wicked including today’s church of God leaders, elders and brethren, who persecute those who are zealous to keep the whole Word of God; casting them into severe correction unless they sincerely repent.
25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Those who do not please God through faithfully living by every Word of God; who do not put God first in all things, who are not diligent to learn and DO the WHOLE WORD of God: Are demonstrating by their actions that they love worldliness more than they love godliness, and they will be judged by their works.
This is about zeal for God and the spiritual food of the Word of God, the Bread of Life and the Living Waters of Salvation; this is not exclusively about giving physical sustenance [although that too is important]
25:46 And these [the unrepentant wicked who reject any part of the Holy Scripture and who are not zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God] shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.