This is my attempt at interpreting the Parable of the…

This is my attempt at interpreting the Parable of the Ten Virgins. I may not check back in the next few days but feel free to discuss this among yourselves in the comments section:


In Matthew 25:1-13, Jesus continues His end time teachings on the kingdom of heaven with a story (parable) about ten virgins.

As the parable goes, ten virgins await the arrival of the bridegroom (Jesus). In Judaism, ten is the minimum number of people required in a synagogue before public prayers can be said, a symbolism of the Church. Virgins represent those betrothed to the Lord ie born-again Christians (2 Cor 11:2). So Jesus is clearly talking about end-time saints who are looking forward to His return in this parable.

The virgins all expect the bridegroom; they all have *lamps and oil (the Holy Spirit); they all fall asleep; they all wake up and trim their lamps. The only difference is the wise take extra oil with them whereas the foolish ones do not (Matt 25:4). We know this because the foolish virgins declare “our lamps are going out” towards the end of their journey (Matt 25:8). Hence, there are no five born-again Christians and five false (non-believing) Christians in the Parable of the Ten Virgins as some have said; they are but five wise and five foolish Christians.

Mankind will experience unprecedented distress and anguish during the Great Tribulation which is the last three and a half years of this age (Matt 24:21). Only two groups of people exist during the rule of the Antichrist–those who take his mark and those who refuse it (Rev 13:15-17). The wise virgins represent Christians who are willing to undergo trials, persecution and/or martyrdom, and will thus be purified and made ready to meet the bridegroom (Dan 11:35, 12:10; Mal 3:2-3; 1 Pet 1:7; Rev 13:10, 19:7-8). The foolish virgins typify lukewarm Christians (Rev 3:14-22). They have the initial oil of salvation but lack the continual infilling of the Spirit (Eph 5:18).

Under the heat of persecution, the lukewarm, foolish virgins fail to pay the price to buy “gold refined in the fire” ie be tried by tribulation (Rev 3:16-20). They take the mark, deny the Lord and betray fellow believers to the Antichrist regime (Matt 24:10).

Jesus is coming back for a bride without spot or blemish (Eph 5:27; 2 Pet 3:14; Rev 3:4-6,18; 6:11; 7:9-14; 16:15). He says, “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will also disown him before my Father in heaven” (Matt 10:32-33). That is why Jesus says to the foolish virgins, “I don’t know you” (Matt 25:12).

We must never forget the words of Jesus:
“He who endures to the end will be saved” (Matt 24:13).

* The word for lamp (lampas) is different from the lamp (lychnos; 5:15) in the Sermon on the Mount that is set on a lampstand to light a typical Palestinian home. It was a larger dome-shaped container with rags soaked in the oil to light the way while a person was walking outside. These outdoor torches could last for several hours when extra containers of oil were brought for replenishing the lamp, as the wise virgins have done. They are prepared for what may be a long wait. (Source: The NIV Application Commentary: Matthew)

Lamps “lampas” (2985), denotes “a torch” (akin to “lampo”, “to shine”), frequently fed, like a lamp, with oil from a little vessel used for the purpose (the angeion of Matt 25:4); they held little oil and would frequently need replenishing.
(Source: W E Vine’s New Testament Word Pictures – Romans to Revelation)

4 comments on This is my attempt at interpreting the Parable of the…

  1. Additional material:

    Malachi mentions the time pertaining to the Day of the Lord when God will purify and refine the sons of Levi with the refiner’s fire and fuller’s soap (Mal 3:2-3). (The intense heat of the refiner’s fire separates the dross from the molten pure metal; the fuller-washed clothes using strong lye soap are placed on rocks and beaten with sticks.)

    The Church needs to go through the final fire, ie the worldwide implementation of the Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-17). It is this test that determines her obedience—whether or not she will take the Mark of the Beast. The final (refiner’s) fire (Mal 3:2-3) will separate the sheep from the goats (Mat 25:31-46), the wheat from the tares (Mat 13:24-30), the wise from the foolish (Mat 25:1-13)—in short, the genuine from the false.

    Jesus is coming back for a bride without spot or blemish (Eph 5:27; 2 Pet 3:14; Rev 3:4-6,18; 6:11; 7:9-14; 16:15). The final fire makes the bride pure and undefiled. Daniel’s prophecy on the Great Tribulation mentions many among the wise who will be refined and purified during that time (Dan 11:35; 12:10). In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, the five wise virgins who are “ready” go in with the bridegroom to the wedding (Mat 25:10). In the last book of the Bible, the Lamb’s bride makes herself ready with the “righteous deeds of the saints” (Rev 19:7-8).

    “The purpose of these troubles is to test your faith as fire tests how genuine gold is. Your faith is more precious than gold, and by passing the test, it gives, praise, glory and honour to God. This will happen when Jesus Christ appears again.”
    (God’s Word Translation, 1 Pet 1:7)

  2. Being ready is necessary in two ways. The coming of final judgement and related our own death which is often also sudden. To be always read in caith li ing for the Lord in all things even as we brusgmh our teeth burning the oil of his word or if you perfer the faith that lives on that word. On our hearts and minds continuously.

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