Teachings

The Parable of the Ten Virgins Decoded

Matt 25:1 —

Then shall the Kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the Bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom comes; you all go out to meet Him.’ 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, ‘Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Not so; in case there be not enough for us and you: but you all go rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 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. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’ 12 But He answered and said, ‘Verily I say unto you, I know you not.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes.

A parable is a word-picture and EVERYTHING in the Bible has to be defined by the Bible. The word-pictures are in bold. Define them by His Word. To define them by His Word means you do not lean on your understanding of these things.

Wise
Foolish
Lamp
Oil

At Midnight
Go Out to Meet Him
Trim Their Lamps

Lamps are Gone Out
Them That Sell

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