We are in the final hour and just as the bridegroom is preparing a place for us, we are being prepared for him. In this hour we cannot afford to be ignorant of God’s word and his expectations for us. As spoken by Hosea ignorance of the law is not an acceptable excuse and make no mistake our ignorance comes at a great cost. This mode of thinking is what keeps bringing me back to the parable of the Ten Virgins. These women are our examples for understanding what the King expects and if you would bear with me I would like to highlight a few scriptures from this parable in particular to build a case that should be of utmost concern to those of us who consider ourselves Believers. Chapter 25 of the book of Matthew opens up with this parable.
|Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. Mat 25:1|
Notice that all of them were virgins and all of them had their lamps. Now when we read Psalms 119:105 we are told that God’s word is a lamp unto our feet, and light to our path. Thus we can conclude that all of these virgins had their word with them.
|And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Mat 25:2|
Nevertheless, even though all of them had the word which was a lamp to their feet, some of them still lacked something because Yahushah considers five of them to be wise, and the other five to be foolish.
|They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:Mat 25:3
We’ve got to keep reading the story to find out what was amiss, and when we do we discover what the foolish virgins lacked. So as this story builds to an interesting climax we must assess the meat of the information provided so far. We understand that these were all virgins, Believers, they all understood the time they were living in because they knew why they were leaving and they understood the importance of having their lamps (the word). Having the word and being in the same proximity of the wise virgins tells us that they understood the times they were living in and knew that the bridegroom would soon be coming. Can we identify with this? How many of us know by the things that we see going on in our world that the King is coming? We know that we are living in the last days just as they understood that in this parable, yet even with that knowledge how many of know within ourselves there is something that we are lacking? I am reminded of the question that the disciples had when the Messiah revealed to them that one of them would betray him. Every one of them asked if it was them, and Yahushah had to put their mind at ease. (Matt. 26:22) These in other words are your bandwagon Christians, they follow the crowd in the event that there is some truth to all that they have read, but it’s not based on their own personal relationship. This will become more clear as we continue to read.
|Mat 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.|
Those who were considered wise they did something the foolish didn’t do. They took oil in their vessels. Thus their word was with them (we already established the word was the lamp unto their feet. Establishing where they stood at that time). The wise however, had something more, they had oil inside their vessel. The oil is necessary to sanctify the vessel because it prepares the altar (know ye not your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit – 1 Co. 3:16) which if it is for the Lord is required to be most holy (set apart). Exodus 40:10. Thus take note that whoever these five foolish virgins are they didn’t know this otherwise they would have been prepared, since the word for “vessel” means to be such.
|While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. Mat 25:5|
Notice they all slept, but when you have prepared your vessel with oil you can sleep without worry.
|And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. Mat 25:6-7|
Notice it was in the middle of the night that the cry was made, after the light had gone out and half of the night was spent a cry was made to meet the bridegroom. They all got up and beautified themselves, but like the seven sons of sceva, all ten had the word, but five of them didn’t have the oil (Spirit/anointing). Interesting correlation concerning the sons of Sceva and the five foolish is both were given the same response, I know ye not. (Acts 19:14-17)
This wording appears in another place with one of the most haunting scriptures because it has the same semblance as the current text, the clear understanding that like the ten virgins these people who will be saying “Lord, Lord…” had an understanding that they were the called, the bride, but met with a startling revelation when judgment came that mirrored the response these five foolish virgins received, for the opposite reason.
|Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Mat 7:21-23|
We know from Matt. 7:21 that not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” like these virgins who would proceed to come later knocking “let me in”, will enter into the kingdom of heaven. Let me paint the picture, even those virgins who prophesy in His name, cast out devils in his name, and does many wonderful works, will make it because they chose not to keep His word. They won’t make it. That is the lesson of Matt. 7:21-22, however, the conundrum is this that Matt. 25 reveals that those who have the word (law) but have not His Spirit in their vessels they will receive the same response when they try to come in, “depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. Thus I would say that scripture is making a pretty compelling plea that having both of these components are necessary ingredients to entering in as His bride.
|And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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. 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. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Mat 25:8-12|
In the end analysis what we must be careful of is how we define or determine those who have His Spirit in them and those who do not. In fact, the important thing is not to consider it at all, the word can speak quite well for itself, I mean it is by the Word of God that we were convicted, as Paul would say it was not by our wisdom that our faith stands but in the power of God. (1 Co. 2:5) I would say it is up to each and every one of us to be fully persuaded of whatever stand we take so that when we come before the Almighty we will hear “enter into my rest” rather than hear “I never knew you”. I encourage you to study to show yourself approved, not to your pastor, your family, or your friends, doing it for show won’t help you, but rather study to show yourself approved unto God the one who can determine your eternal home. The one who will determine how close or how far away you will live from His presence. Make up in your mind now how close you want to live to your Bridegroom. Whether you want to be Vashti sent away to a land far away (where you will have to come into the city to receive healing – Rev. 22:2) or like Esther having access to the King (live in the city where there will be no more sorrow, nor crying, nor pain – Rev. 21:4). The greatest lesson we take from the five wise virgins is that she has made herself ready for the coming of the bridegroom and it is my prayer for my readers as well as myself that we will be found with oil in our vessels in that midnight hour when that battle cry is sounded. (Rev. 19:7)