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Explain The 10 Virgins Parable

Please explain the parable of the 10 virgins. I've studied it and can not quite grasp its meaning. I know they are not ready but, why is the oil so important? What is it?

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The parable of the Fig Tree, the Illustration-Days of Noah, the Illustration-Two Servants, the Parable of the Ten Virgins, to be prepared for the Second Coming of Christ. Follow's verse 26 "...For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be."
Fig tree: "So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near"
Days of Noah: " Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming"
Two servants: "The master of the servant will come when he is not looking for him ..."
Ten Virgins: "Watch therefore for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming"
---MarkV. on 9/16/09

but in the parable, why did he choose to use 10 virgins?
---morgan on 9/10/09

Morgan....blind doctrines cannot see this. You may...if you seek....knock and ask.
Look for the ten that will be married again.
Ten Nations of Israel that were previously divorced/gentilized. CLEANSED/REDEEMED.
Notice that there are two distinct groups in the New Marriage Covenant. Which is found in Heb 8:8, Jer 31:31 and many other verses. Search the prophets...they alone chosen by GOD for searchers to read/listen too.
---Trav on 9/14/09

but in the parable, why did he choose to use 10 virgins?
---morgan on 9/10/09

The 10 virgins represents people inside the church. 5 are saved and 5 foolish unsave. The 5 were spiritually asleep. They don't want did not prepare or aware of Lord's coming. The oil represents chosen or anoiting. This oil is the truth word of God which we can only buy from God. Only the Holy Spirits can gives. The Lamp represents light or Jesus Christ.

Now....notice the 5 was taken on the rapture and the 5 were left. Go and buy yourself but it was late for them. Lets us be aware of the Rapture date will be May 21, 2011.
---ROSALIE on 9/8/09

in proverbs it says that the spirit of man is the candle / lamp of the Lord. - prov. 20:27. light is purity, insight that must be maintained or darkness creeps in.

all ten virgins had a lamp with oil. they waited as engaged women for their bridegroom to come to elope them away, not knowing when he'd arrive.
- 5 wise virgins had extra oil to endure through the waiting period. 5 foolish virgins didn't think extra was necessary. it's not practical and not scriptural: "keep the word".."abide".."not get weary or give up".
- personal endurance can't be shared, but individually experienced. - rev. 3:10.
- be sure to always have enough oil so that your lamp keeps burning. - prov. 31:18
---JaeR on 9/6/09

The oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. As such all ten virgins at one time had the Holy Spirit.(1) In Biblical times the Groom was betrothed to the Bride, but left to prepare accommodations for the Bride. The Groom in this case is Christ and the Bride is the Church of true born again Christians. He will return again, the Second Coming.(2) As in biblical tradition the accommodation was prepared was attached to the Groom's father's house .(3) The five wise virgins, prepared themselves, by taking extra oil should the Bridegroom be delayed. The foolish virgins took no extra oil, and only noted that their lights were failing after it was announced that the Bridegroom was coming.
---Edeline on 9/6/09

It was my intention to answer my own question, thanks for noticing.
---Nana on 9/2/09


You answered your own question.

Watch what?

Watch yourself against the Word of God.

In another book the same sentiment is, "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling". Jesus said it even better in Matt 26:41 "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. For the spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak".

Watch out that you remain a faithful steward.
---Mark_Eaton on 9/2/09

Mark E.

You know I admire you as a teacher/preacher and carrier of God's word.
And you are correct. But What I am talking about is backed up by scripture, not reading more into those verses. Scripture witnesses and backs up other scripture.
For us to be faithful and watchful, we must be a part of Christ's body. TO be this we must have the Holy Spirit in us to identify us to Christ when he comes back for us.
It is part of watching and waiting.
We must be filled up daily with it. If Christ comes back and we aren't and he finds us in a fallen state NOT filled with his Spirit, we will get left behind.
---miche3754 on 9/2/09

Matthew 25 ends the parable of the virgins with, v.13 "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
So then, the parable is about the believer's watchfulness. Watch what? The next parable, about the talents, is about administering that entrusted by the Lord. This one too is about watchfulness. As He said, "Who is that faithful steward?"
---Nana on 9/2/09


I must emphasize to you to not consider the oil the Holy Spirit.

To do so is reading "into" the word, not simply reading "out" of the word.

The hearers of the parable would not have known anything about the Holy Spirit. They would have only known about the oil needed for the lamp, and why it is needed.

Please remember what is being taught here. The Kingdom of Heaven is like these ten virgins. Some will be ready and some will be not. Being ready is what we need to do.

The only way to be ready, is to accept the free gift of Salvation. That way, Jesus knows you.
---Mark_Eaton on 9/1/09

Mark E, you are correct, we are to be ready.
what you are forgetting is HOW we are to get ready.
We are to remain in Christ, through the Holy Spirit. We aren't to let the light that is Christ in us go out, hence the oil being the Holy Spirit.
It is the Holy Spirit that teaches us all things. Brings all things of God back to our rememberance. It shines from within in us it is the light in us that identifies us as belonging to Christ, and that Christ is in us. So, it the Holy Spirit is the oil.
Think about how many times Jesus told us to watch. Think about how Jesus said that we are identified to the father as having Christ in us and we in him.
---miche3754 on 9/1/09

Oil = anointing and Holy Spirit. Virgin = purity and holiness. The 10 foolish virgins are the ones who are NOT pure and holy (false Christians), and who do NOT have the anointing or the Holy Spirit. Jesus is comming back for a bride WITHOUT spot, wrinkle, or blemish (pure, holy). The wise virgins are the ones we should STRIVE to be. They are the ones Jesus is looking for. They are pure, and holy as He is, and have the anointing and the Holy Spirit.
---Leslie on 9/1/09

Everyone that makes the oil out to be the Holy Spirit looks at this parable incorrectly.

The parable is about the virgins, not the oil. The oil is only significant because it indicates preparation and faith.

The foolish virgins did not prepare and did not take oil. Anyone really expecting the bridegroom to come in the night WOULD have taken oil.

That is the point Jesus is making. They were foolish not because they didn't take oil, but because they didn't believe He would come in the night.

The moral of the story is in verse 13:

"Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour"

Believe that He is coming, even in the midst of the darkest night and always be ready.
---Mark_Eaton on 9/1/09

The oil is the Holy Spirit of God/CHrist.
The lamp is us.
WHen Christ comes back for us, will he find some who have let their "oil" go out?
Will he find some who have hidden their light under a bushel?
We are a called out people set to be a light to a lost and dying world.
Just like a light house guides ships on the sea to safety, we must let God's light in us shine to bring in the lost souls searching for the very thing that will fill the void in their life. They are searching for the thing that will make them whole and that is God!
---miche3754 on 9/1/09

The 10 had God's Salvation. The oil is typical of The Holy-Ghost,Acts 2 v's 37-41. The 5 wise totally maintained their Salvation. The 5 foolish did Not maintain their Salvation.
The 5 foolish done things that didn't pertain to Godliness. Trying to keep one foot with God & the other foot with the god of this world, losing their sprituality. When bride groom came,the 5 wise went with him(typical of the rapture). The 5 foolish was shut out, & they reaped what they sowed, to be lost for eternity.
---Lawrence on 9/1/09

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John 17 if you want to understand one key to the Mystery, specifically John 17:23. Don't lose that key, or better yet, don't lock that door, and hide that key and that door from the 'evil one' who must never obtain entry to, or through, or by you. His preparations, even in delay as you perceive them, were of you and for you and were your preparations for Him. Remember from whence you came and whence you return, Spirit knows Spirit, or does not, know who you are to Him and Him to you. That is All.
---Emekmiyahu on 7/16/09

Zechariah 8:23
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

Again...a Ten.
---Trav on 7/16/09

If you will they went to the same church and believed the same things 5 were regenerated (born again) 5 were not.
---steven-rem7000 on 7/14/09

Here again the marriage one likes to look at referring to the 10 Nations of Israel divorced in O.T.

It is a warning to remain alert. Verse 13 explains. No reference to never being regenerated....although it is a possibility.

The sleeping beauty's missed the first coming for sure.

12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
---Trav on 7/14/09

VERY SHORT EXP. The oil represents God the holy Spirit the five wise were vessels filled the five foolish were professors. They both believed the same doctrine "the doctrine of Christ" i.e. the gospel.
do a word study on vessels and a preacher Ferrel Griswold has a very good understanding and exposition on the "ten virgins"
If you will they went to the same church and believed the same things 5 were regenerated (born again) 5 were not.
---steven-rem7000 on 7/14/09

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Jon ... You are obviously not a theologian!!!
---alan8566_of_uk on 7/14/09

It is simple! The parable is telling us to always be prepared for when the Lord comes again.
---Jon on 7/13/09

The oil is the Holy Spirit.
---Betty on 7/13/09

A gathering of exegetics, I see. Since not a one of you seems to have communed with the Living Word, and must deduce meaning from the parsing of texts instead of direct experience of the I-am-what-I-am, know well that your preparations were always His as the source of all Light. If you find your lamp empty when He comes, do not fail to ask Him to share his Light with you, if no other will, and He will do it gladly to see you at the Feast, also. It is an instance of misdirection, and the foolish would do well to watch out for it, or they shall miss their chance of knowing Him.
---Emekmiyahu on 7/12/09

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Trav, How do you explain that the ten virgins represent the ten nations?. i haven't heard of that before?
---Aaron on 2/14/09
You are correct and know to watch....but,there proper context to be filled in.
Aaron, Heb8:8, Jer 31:31. Note who covenant was too.
Northern Kindom of Israel 10 nations separated from other 2 nations. In Revelations they are found. GOD does not lose them just because we do so easily.

Hosea 5:2-4 ...and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.

4For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:

Seek to live. Precept upon precept....even the elect can be.....
---Trav on 2/16/09

Trav, How do you explain that the ten virgins represent the ten nations?. i haven't heard of that before?

My understanding has alwasys been this is a warning to be ready, for Jesus' return, don't be asleep. be looking for him. There will be a marriage supper of the lamb when jesus returns and we are to be watchful.
---Aaron on 2/14/09

The parable of the 10 virgins applies to members of Christ's church (virgins = saints/holy).
---Diligent_Dave on 2/12/09

Partially correct.....These Ten Virgins are the Ten Nations of Israel divorced from GOD.
Virgin in the sense that they have been washed clean and have a new beginning with GOD. Redeemed,forgiven,washed,cleansed etc.

These numbers are significant in Scripture. 12 disciples...12 nations of Israel...found through Rev. This was GOD's wife....we seem to forget or avoid/ignore.
10,coins, servants,virgins....
---Trav on 2/13/09

The parable of the 10 virgins applies to members of Christ's church (virgins = saints/holy). Approximately half will be ready and half (of Christ's Church) will not be ready when Jesus comes in his glory.

A man of God explained that in the parable, the wise virgins were prepared, and had brought their oil in their lamps with them. The foolish had not. They did not adequately prepare for this great event. The wise virgins told the foolish to go to the market and buy oil for themselves, they weren't going to share.
---Diligent_Dave on 2/12/09

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The virgins are the physical and spiritual senses. They never sin. Sin occurs in how we use them. At the time of death, when we "sleep", only five can illumine our way into the marriage with Christ. The physical senses are always left behind. They were never alive to begin with, have neither light nor understanding. We don't really know them.We cannot serve two masters. There isn't enough "oil" to attend to both body and soul.
---Spence on 3/11/08

For all of you who believe that the 5 wise are going to heaven, and/or believe that the 5 foolish are not going to be raptured, then what you are really saying is SALVATION IS BY WORKS.

This parable is about church worship. It is about all 10 coming into the worship service. The 5 wise "enter in" and receive a blessing, the 5 foolish are there, but they haven't come to worship and don't get a blessing.

---trey on 10/13/07

the parable is concerned mostly with the return of Christ and being ready for Him. It compares with Revelation 10 when a mighty angel descends with with the voice of a lion and declares there will be no more time. also look at 1 Thess.4:16
---Larry on 10/12/07

More heavenly power will be necessary to go to heaven by way of the Rapture than by way of the grave.

(Acts 5:32) And we are his witnesses of these things, and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey Him
---Mr._Graham on 10/7/07

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Faith in God includes yielding to the Holy Ghost as did the Early Church.

(Romans 3:3,4) For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar, as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou are judged
---Mr._Graham on 10/7/07

Lukewarm Christians are those who aren't baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost -- which includes the initial evidence of speaking in tongues.

(Matthew 25:12) . . . I say unto you, I know you not.

Jesus is saying: I don't know you as my Bride, inasmuch, into the tribulation period you will go.
---Mr._Graham on 10/7/07

Actually, three types of people are represented in this story. You have five wise virgins, five foolish virgins, and then you have the voice saying, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh." "The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come'". I want to be the third party in this one.
---Linda on 10/6/07

I like to think of it as one set of virgins are the luke warm Christians who are living with one foot in the world and not paying much attention to what the Lord requires of them and the other set as the Christians who have understood the doctrine of Christ and have turned their lives over to Him. These are the ones who have separated themselves from the worldly lusts and obey the Spirit. They have oil(the Spirit) and when Jesus comes they are the Bride who is Spotless and without wrinkle. Pastor Larry
---larry9688 on 10/6/07

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Cynthia and catherine

excellent answers: if you will, I'll camp w/you TWO there.
---steven-rem7000 on 10/6/07

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead Shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you (Romans 8:11)
---Mr._Graham on 10/5/07

. . . Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? . . . (Acts 19:2)

Paul was talking to believers without sin.
---Mr._Graham on 10/5/07

When a child of God is "born again" it is not by the will of the person. Regeneration is dependent upon the Holy Ghost.

John 3:8 states that the wind bloweth where it wants to blow, and so it is with the Holy Spirit. It acts upon whom it wants to act.
---trey on 10/4/07

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Eph. 2,5 states that we were dead and the Lord quickened us. A dead man cannot respond to the gospel or choose to follow God. I've never seen a dead man choose to do anything.

The Apostle Paul tells us that speaking in tongues is for a sign to them that don't believe (I Cor 14:22).

Also, not all are given the gift to speak in tongues. (1 Cor. 12:30). If you want to read of a true example of speaking in tongues read the 2nd chapter of Acts.
---trey on 10/4/07

"his" should be "His". sorry...
---Mr._Graham on 10/2/07

Upon salvation, the Holy Spirit is working with you. You are aware of God's righteousness. However, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is an entirely different experience. The Holy Ghost is setting up his abode in you. The initial evidence is speaking in tongues as you are being baptized. This is NOT a willful process by the individual who is being baptized. Those 120 people in the upper room on the day of Pentecost received the same baptism that we, too, can receive.
---Mr._Graham on 10/2/07

Mr. Graham,

How can one be born again, and not have the Holy Ghost?
---trey on 10/1/07

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The 10- virgins scripture is symbolic of believing Christians at the time of the rapture. The 5 wise virgins are ready for the Bridegroom (Jesus) because their lamps are filled with oil -- The Holy Ghost. The 5 unwise virgins are saved, but dont have the Holy Ghost and they will be spewed into the tribulation period.

It will take the Baptism of the Holy Ghost to make the rapture.
---Mr._Graham on 10/1/07

There are no contridictions in the scriptures.
Our eternal salvation is based upon the grace of God (Eph. 2:8)

Matt 25:1-13
Note: all ten are virgins. They were not out committing spiritual idolatry.

Kingdom of heaven, a.k.a. Kingdom of God. Christ says it is come unto you (Mt.
12:28) It is a spiritual Kingdom. We enter into this kingdom here on earth and in heaven through our relationship with Christ.
---trey on 9/30/07

5 of the virgins are wise. They come ready to worship the groom with oil in their lamps. They have been praying, reading His word, and mediating on His truths.

5 are foolish. They brought their lamps to worship, but didn't bring any oil.
Oil = Holy Ghost.
They have grown cold. Have you ever gone into church to worship, and didn't get anything out of the preaching, yet the person beside you seem to be rejoicing?
---trey on 9/30/07

Where do we buy oil? Read Isaiah 55.

"Trimmed their lamps" = they examined themselves.

The foolish said give us some of your oil. I can't give you my oil, and you can't give me your oil. We each must go and buy.
---trey on 9/30/07

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Now the bridegroom comes in. The five wise go in to worship. The five foolish are left out in the cold.

The foolish come to the Lord and ask for Him to open the door, but he answers "I know you not."

Notice he didn't say "I never knew you". He is saying, I don't know you right now. If I never speak to God, or read what he has to say, or meditate on his word, or sing the songs of Zion, then what kind of a relationship do we have?
---trey on 9/30/07

The Oil is the Holy Spirit (RUACH ha KODESH/SHKHINYAH). Those 5 Virgins who were ready for the BrideGroom were the ones who were "filled" with the Holy Spirit. They were READY for the Groom to receive them. They did sleep some, but they were nevertheless ready. the Coming of the BrideGroom is the (First) Rapture. the saints who are READY will be a part of the Bride and will ascend up to Christ (YAHUSHUA). Those 5 Foolish Virgins were not ready and were left behind.
---Gordon on 9/30/07

The women in this parable are virgins. Virgin is a symbol of purity, so all 10 virgins are 10 Christians but only five seeked the Baptism of the Holy SPirit. The five other virgins(purity) were lazy and did not seek it. They got left behind during the rapture. This parable is given immediately after Jesus talks about the rapture. This and the other parables next to it describe what is necessary to make the rapture. Jesus said to pray that you may be worthy to escape the wrath to come. (Luke 21:36)
---Matthew_from_LA on 9/30/07

cont ten virgins>>>If the oil represents personal possession of the Holy Spirit, He cannot be shared but must regenerate each person individually. Thus, the Lord responds, I know you not, indicative of false profession will save no one and only brings the final judgment of Christ upon the unsaved. The Parable of the virgins emphasized personal preparation for the coming of Christ, the Parable of the talents stresses the importance of faithful service during His present absence. Cont.
---catherine on 9/30/07

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Cont. I use to think "who care about ten virgins". Well, now I do. Praise God. +++ And thank you Christianet.
---catherine on 9/30/07

I hope this is simple, not much is. The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. There are two types of people.The lamps seem to refer to their lives which are either prepared or unprepared. The oil refers to that which prepares them to give forth light and may properly be illustrative of the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. The refusal of the five prepared virgins to share with those unprepared must not be taken as cruelty. Cont.
---catherine on 9/30/07

Oil is always a symbol of the Holy Spirit in the word of God. I believe that the ten virgins represent the two classes that come together in the visible Church of Christ.
The converted and the unconverted
The hpocrites and the true believers
The foolish builders and the wise builders
The good fish and the bad fish
The living and the dead
The wheat and the tares. It is a "humbling" picture and has many truths to help us grow in the Lord.
---Cynthia on 9/29/07

i dont think that the oil refers just to the baptism, but to fellowship with the holy spirit. The more you know(intimatly not just head knowledge) God the more you will be alert.

The virgins refer to christians, the lampstands are their lights(show jesus) so we know that the christians were both preaching the gospel. But to continuelly preach the gospel with no oil(passion and intimacy w/ God) you will not be alert or prepared when jesus comes. Thats my take on it.
---mark_B. on 9/29/07

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The oil is the Holy Ghost Baptism.
---Mr._Graham on 9/29/07

Anyone that has known or been a nomonial christian understands what it is to be saved yet not filled.
If you've accepted Christ's redemption on the cross He did your works. He said ask for the best gifts. This is the infilling of the Holy Spirit. I can tell you till I'm blue ASK ASK ASK and He will fill you. Once you know the oil (Holy Spirit) you will understand the parable.

---Andrea on 9/22/07

Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

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---Andrea on 9/22/07

The oil is used to keep their lanterns lit but they only receive oil when they continually do good. One thing to note is clay lanterns do not hold oil long so in order for the virgins to keep their lanterns lit, they had to continually do good to receive oil. Those that did not choose to do good, did not receive oil--were not prepared--and therefore were not able to meet the bridegroom, aka Jesus. Hopefully that helps.
---Jan on 9/22/07

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The 10 Virgins, the 5 wise Virgins and the 5 foolish Virgins are the Church at the time of the Rapture of the Bride of Christ (YAHUSHUA). The Oil is a Symbol of the filling of the Holy Spirit (RUACH ha KODESH: SHKHINYAH). The 5 wise were READY when the BrideGroom (Jesus/YAHUSHUA) came to take them with Him. The 5 foolish are the Christians without the Spirit's filling their lives and are left behind to endure PART of the 7 Yr. Trib. The whole Church is NOT the Bride as is sometimes taught.
---Gordon on 9/16/07

Jack, doesn't the parable state that all Ten Virgins fell asleep??
---susana_gallardo on 9/16/07

The parable is simple. We do not know when the Bridegroom is coming and it is too easy to be caught unawares. The lesson is to always be spiritually ready. Jesus followed this parable with another (read all of Matthew 25). All Christians are blessed with gifts and have opportunity to know God. Those with better circumstances and gifts are expected to do more with them, and all are expected to do the best that they can with what they have.
---lorra8574 on 8/24/07

This is the kingdom of heaven which is God's government on earth. Wise Christians obeying that gov't by going thru trials to burn off dross. Foolish Christians have their salvation witness for their lamp but are carnal. Sort of like the broad way vs the narrow way. The wise not only have a lamp but an additional vessel of oil to burn more light. When the end times become evident the foolish will have to buy oil thru tribulations.These Christians will be left behind as II Peter 2:20-22, 3:9 also warns.
---Dembie on 8/24/07

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Among the wild answers here I want to agree with this answer by Christina."
The oil is the Holy Spirit, not good works. Our own efforts do not prepare us for Jesus' return, it is going to God, allowing Him to fill us and enable us to do His will by the power of the H.S. The works will follow any true filling with the HS. All to HIS glory!!!
---christina on 6/19/06
In the story oil represents the Holy Spirit!!!
---Mima on 8/24/07

If we really want to be ready for Christ when He comes, then we need to stop trusting in ourselves and what we can do to improve our life. Instead, we need to trust and depend upon Jesus, the one "who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen." (Jude 1:24-25)
---Andrea on 8/23/07

I think it has something to do with Jesus coming back to earth as the bridegroom and we better be prepared for him. The virgins were not ready because they gave away their oil so they missed out on the wedding. We dont want to miss out when Jesus returns.
---sue on 8/23/07

Trib. lasts 70 weeks. All ok first half. half of the Virgins get complacent/lazy. The other half get ready for the last half of the trib. They cannot and will not help those they probably tried to know, the scoffers. Prepare yourself! Those who have not prepared will accept the mark to live.
---michael on 8/15/06

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J-these are very important questions they show a thirst for truth and righteousness. Never let anyone discourage you from having questions when you study God's word, the answers will aid in maturing in the Spirit. We are to BE SALT & LIGHT. The virgins are a representation of the bride of Christ. These virgins bring their lamps, these are the containers for their oil (The oil is the Holy Spirit). Our light shines to the world stamping out darkness because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Our Oil).
---Ryan on 7/12/06

While reading Mat. 25:1-12 The questions comes to mind, What is the lamp? How is the lamp filled? Why would the foolish take a lamp without taking oil? Why would the other ten tell them to go to them that sell and buy for themselves? Why would they not have enough to share? Where did they go? Why did the LORD say he never knew them? I realize to some these may seem like trivial questions without relevance, however they are extremely relevant to me and I ask your indulgence.
---J on 6/20/06

BTW--I forgot to mention that "sleep" stands for death.
---Jack on 6/19/06

In a nut shell, the parable is saying that in the Day of the Lord when Jesus returns for his bride, that not all Christians will be raptured at that moment.
---Fred_S. on 6/19/06

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The oil is the Holy Spirit, not good works. Our own efforts do not prepare us for Jesus' return, it is going to God, allowing Him to fill us and enable us to do His will by the power of the H.S. The works will follow any true filling with the HS. All to HIS glory!!!
---christina on 6/19/06

St. Seraphim of Sarov had a lot to say about the "acquisition of the Holy Spirit," and so interpreted the parable of the 10 virgins.

Some early writers have understood the "oil" as being good works done for love of Christ.

There's no reason why both interpretations couldn't be true.

The parable does not say that 5 gave away their oil, but that they didnt bring any with them to start with.
---Jack on 6/17/06

The main meaning of the parable is given in vers 25 where it says "Watch therefore for you do not know the time of the coming of the Lord" We can begin to ask a lot of other questions such as, why are there 10 and why do 5 have some oil and 5 don't? What does the oil mean and why were they females? Often, in the Scrioture the oil pictures the Holy Spirit but I can't say for sure that it is here.
---john on 6/17/06

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