In this Lord's Word explained Bible study, Parable of Ten Virgins - Wise and Foolish, I will give you the spiritual meaning, and how this applies to each of us. This parable is trying to tells us that it is our responsibility to always make and keep ourselves ready for Lord for when he returns.

In order to have a good understanding of this parable, you should read and study, The Spirit Within Us and God's Discipline; The First and Seventh Commandments; "...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part I and Part II

All text taken from the version of the King James Bible

Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.

The parable of the wise and foolish virgins comes right after Jesus has told us the signs of the end and no man knows the day, and I find this rather significant or important. You might want to read Matthew chapter 24 in your K.J. Bible for yourself ro refresh your memory before you begin reading this document.

Again, this is the 'spiritual" explanation of this parable.

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.

First let me point out that a "virgin" can be male as well as female. We often think that a "virgin" is female, but they can male also. Secondly, the "bridegroom is Jesus Christ, he is our bridegroom/husband. I have explained this in other documents. - See - The First and Seventh Commandment, Marrying and Giving in Marriage; The Spirit Within and God's Discipline; The Husband and The Bride--The Kingdom of God

Remember: I stated above, this is the "spiritual" explanation of this parable.

Let us refresh our memory of --

a bridegroom

Eph.5:29-33 - For no man (person) ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: (30) For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. (31) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. (32) This a great mystery: but I (Paul) speak concerning Christ and the church. (33) Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband. {the "husband" spoken of in these verses is referring to Jesus Christ, the "wife" is you regardless whether you are male or female. So, what this is saying is, that each person, male and female, is to have Jesus Christ as their husband.} - See - Temples of God--Churches

Let me give you the definition for -

#5399 - she reverence - N.T. - from #5401 - AV - fear, be afraid, be afraid of, reverence - 1) to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away); 1a) to put to flight, to flee; 1b) to fear, be afraid; 1.1) to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm; 1.1b) of those struck with amazement; 2) to fear, be afraid of one; 3) to fear (i.e. hesitate) to do something (for fear of harm); 3c) to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience. - For Synonyms see entry 5841, you can look this up yourself

from #5401 - from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear) - AV - fear, terror - 1) fear, dread, terror; 1a) that which strikes terror; 2) reverence for one's husband {the Lord Jesus Christ - see Is.54:5 below}

So, the definition which would apply to the word "reverence" in Eph.5:33, would be - to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience

The word "venerate" means - to honor or reverence with religious awe; to reverence, to regard with the greatest respect - Webster's New Dictionary and Thesaurus, 1990

Referring back to Eph.5:29-33, first, you have to understand, "you" are a church, - See - Temples of God--Churches, and that we are to strive to be "one" with the Lord, just as Jesus was one with the Father - John 10:30; John 17:21; also see - "...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part I and Part II

A "bridegroom" is also called a husband, so let me continue to show you scripture to explain "the bridegroom" and/or husband for all of us -

Is.54:5 - For thy Maker [is] thine husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and the Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. - See - The Husband and The Bride--The Kingdom of God, for more scripture on "husband."

Rev.19:7 - Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: (the Lord Jesus), for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife (you - male and female) hath made herself ready (spiritually)

It is important that you understand, this is a "spiritual" husband/wife relationship between you and the Lord Jesus--the Lamb. It is up to you (male and female) to make yourself "spiritually" ready for your husband--the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not a physically relationship between you and the Lord, but a "spiritual" relationship, to be one with the Lord, just as the Lord was one with the Father. (See scripture above)

Rev.21:2 - And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. - See - Pray and Prayer

You can read vs. 9-27 to see what "the holy city" will look like, when Jesus returns.

Now that we have a better understanding of who the "bridegroom" is, let us continue with the Parable of Ten Virgins--Wise and Foolish.

Matt.25:2-4 - 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.

Now in reality we think of a lamp or vessel as an object which gives off light, but, this is the "spiritual" message and you are the "lamp" or "vessel." You are the lamp or vessel that is to give off light - to shine.

no oil with them: - Matt.25:3

II Tim.3:5 - Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Read verse 1-7 of II Timothy, chapter 3 for yourself, also read, The First and Seventh Commandment for a more clear understanding of "godliness," as it is important and it will enable you to understand this parable.

power thereof: - II Tim.3:5

I Tim. 5:8 - But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

The definition for the phrase "an infidel" is given below.

The phrase "in his own house," I have explained in the document, Temples of God--Churches, that you are a church/temple, and therefore, you are your own house. I you do not study the Bible and understand the word of the Lord, and/or deny the faith then you are worse than "an infidel" according to the scripture in I Tim.5:8.

If you are a pastor/minister/preacher/priest etc., and the members of your congregation have come to listen to you preach and give them "spiritual" truths and guidance in the ways of the Lord. If you have not taught them the "spiritual" message that is written in the Bible, than you are worse than "an infidel," because the members of your congregation have come to you for "spiritual" guidance and knowledge. It is your responsibility to teach the members of your congregation in your "own house" the truth so that the people can repent of man's ways and follow the ways of the Lord.

Let us look at the story in Matthew, chapter 3, where John the Baptist is baptizing the people and hearing their sins -

Matt:3:7-8 - But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers (snakes/serpents,) who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? (8) Bring forth therefore fruits meet (or, suitable) for repentance:

Don't forget, the serpent deceived/lied to the woman (Eve) regarding eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

There are two meanings for the scripture in Matt.3:7-8, neither of these two groups believed the truth about the Lord, even though they had heard the truth they did not believe it - they denied the truth - the faith. They were the leaders in the community and they were not telling the people the truth, so John the Baptist told them to "Bring forth therefore fruits meet (or, suitable) for repentance:" In otherwords, 1) repent of their ways, learn, accept and follow the truth about the Lord, and 2) teach the people the "spiritual" meaning/truth, so they can follow the ways of the Lord also. The Pharisees and the Sadducees denied the faith and they also denied the people the "spiritual" truth, therefore they could be considered worse than "an infidel."

Telling the people the truth of the Bible, is not always easy, because it may mean giving the people information they would rather not hear and/or, follow. But, it is up to you/us, to teach the Lord's word, and not man's traditions however painful this might be because most people do not want to stop living/doing the works of the flesh - Satan way.

Look up in a Concordance the word "house" and then read the scripture for this word, and see how often the meaning is referring to "you" as a house, and do not interpert today's word meaning, but use the "spiritual" meaning when you read the scripture.

#571 an infidel - N.T. - from #1 (as a negative particle) and #4103 - AV - that believe not, unbelieving, faithless, unbeliever, infidel, thing incredible, which believe not - 1) unfaithful, faithless, (not to be trusted, perfidious); 2) incredible, 2a) of things; 3) unbelieving, incredulous, 3a) without trust (in God)

from #1 (as a negative particle) - AV - Alpha - 1) first letter of Greek alphabet; 2) Christ is the Alpha to indicate that is is the beginning and the end

and #4103 - from #3982 - AV - faithful, believe, believing, true, faithfully, believer, sure; - 1) trusty, faithful, 1a) of persons who show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties; 1b) one who kept his plighted faith, worthy of trust; 1c) that can be relied on; 2) easily persuaded, 2a) believing, confiding, trusting; 2b) in the NT one who trusts in God's promises; 2b.1) one who is convinced that Jesus has been raised from the dead; 2b.2) one who has become convinced that Jesus is the Messiah and author of salvation

from #3982 - a primary verb - AV - persuade, trust, obey, have confidence, believe, be confident; - 1) persuade; 1a) to persuade, i.e. to induce one by words to believe; 1b) to make friends of, to win one's favour, gain one's good will, or to seek to win one, strive to please one; 1c) to tranquillise; 1d) to persuade unto i.e. move or induce one to persuasion to do something; 2) be persuaded; 2a) to be persuaded, to suffer one's self to be persuaded; to be induced to believe: to have faith: in a thing; 2a.1) to believe; 2a.2) to be persuaded of a thing concerning a person; 2b) to listen to, obey, yield to comply with; 3) to trust, have confidence, be confident

So "an infidel" is one who is unfaithful or faithless and does not believe in God or trust in God's promises and cannot be persuaded to believe, obey and to have faith in Jesus that he is our Lord and Saviour - the author of our salvation.

Those that were foolish took their lamp, but took no oil with them, in otherwords, they read and or heard the word, but because they may not have believed in the Lord Jesus they did not to keep the word, or if they believed, they did not continue to keep the word, but fell along the way either because -

This is the parable of the sower, the first parable Jesus spoke to the people.

But those that were wise took oil in their vessels with their lamp. In otherwords, they heard and understood the Lord's word/message, and continued in the ways of the Lord, they did not fall by the wayside, they did not turn away from the ways of God when trials and tribulations came along, they continued in the ways of the Lord --they continued to let their light shine, and continued learning and studying the Lord's words, and praised and glorified God in everything, and kept the commandments of God - all of them.

Matt.25:5 - While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Remember, the bridegroom for all of us, male and female, is the Lord Jesus Christ. So what the above verse is saying is, while the bridegroom (the Lord Jesus) tarried, remained in heaven with God the Father until the appointed time for Jesus to return, all the virgins sumbered and slept.

But we are not to "sleep" and "slumber" to the point where we no longer are faithful to the Lord, we are to always continue learning about the Lord and his ways - the Fruits of the Spirit and keeping the commandments of God.

all slumbered and slept - Matt.25:5

I Thes.5:6-8 - Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober. (7) For they that sleep sleep in the night ; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. (8) But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

Read all of I Thessalonians, chapter 5 for yourself.

"who are of the day" = light - Jesus is the light of the world - the word of God.

"they that sleep sleep in the night," = darkness - Satan/the devil, is the workers of darkness.

Let us look at the scripture for -

they that sleep sleep in the night - I Thes.5:7

Luke 21:34-36 - And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts (or, mind) be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. (35) For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the earth. (36) Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

..."so that day come upon you unawares," - What day would that be? The day when we die/expire, and/or the day when the Lord returns, which ever comes first. When you expire/die, there will be no time for you to do the Fruits of the Spirit and keep the commandments of God, you may have time to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and ask for forgiveness of your sins, but this will not allow you to be a king or priest when the Lord Jesus returns to rule and reign the earth for a thousand years. In order to rule and reign with Jesus when he returns, you have to do the Fruits of the Spirit and keep the commandments of God - all of them now, all of your life - See - The Husband, The Bride, The Kingdom of God; also see - The First and Seventh Commandments; Parable of Talent - Not Everybody Shall Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

take heed to yourselves - Luke 21:34

Rom.13-14 - Let us walk honestly, (or, decently), as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]. - See - The True Vine, for a list of the "Fruits of the Spirit"

I Peter 4:7 - But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. - See - Pray and Prayer

Because -

Matt.25:6 - And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

At the appointed time, the time of the end, after all the people have gone through the wars, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, the tribulations of betrayal and hatred of others, and all the false prophets who shall deceive many - then immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkeded, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven.

there was a cry made - Matt.5:6

I Thes.4:16 - For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump (or, trumpet) of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. - See - Parable of the Tares of the Field

Notice: we all have to go through all of the above mentioned trials and tribulations - of wars, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, betrayal and hatred and the false prophets - before the Lord returns to be with us here on earth. Jesus is going to return to rule and reign here on earth, we are not going to heaven to be with him. Jesus has been given the earth to rule. Those who have kept the commandments of God, will be raised with the Lord for a brief period of time and then return with him to rule and reign with him either as kings or priests, we do not go to heaven to rule and reign with him, we will rule and reign with Jesus here on earth. - Please see - Matt.24:30; Acts 1:11; II Thes.1:7 and 10; Dan.7:13; John14:3; I Thes.1:10; Rev.1:7; Rev.13:10; Rev.14:12; Rev.5:10, you can read Rev.5:1-10 if you like. - See - Ten Commandments; First and Seventh Commandment

Let us continue with Parable of Ten Virgins -

Matt.25:7-9 - Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. (8) And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us your oil; for our lamps are gone out. (or, are going out) (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.

So the foolish virgins were "an infidel" - faithless, they did not believe in the Lord, or they did not diligently keep the Lord's ways, but fell along the wayside - one way or another. - See - The Parable of the Sower; the wise virgins who saw, heard and understood the words of the Lord and kept his ways and patiently waited for the return of the Lord. These wise virgins told the foolish virgins, they would have to go and buy more oil from those who sold. The "oil" is the information and understanding of the Lord's ways, so the foolish virgins were to go to those who taught the word of the Lord so they could correct their "foolish" ways and be more like the wise virgins. - See - Is.55:1-5.

The wise virgins never stopped learning, never stopped praising, never stopped serving the Lord and they kept the commandments of God they did the Fruits of the Spirit, and conquered, overcame and gained the victory over the ways of the flesh - they were ready when the bridegroom came.

Matt.25:10:13 - And while they (the foolish virgins) went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. (11) Afterwards came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. (12) But he (the Lord) answered and said, Verily I say unto you I know you not. (13) Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Go back and read Luke 21:34-36 again.

the door was shut - Matt.25:10

Luke 13:24-25 - Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I (Jesus) say unto you, will seek to enter in and shall not be able. (25) When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

You can continue reating Luke 13:26-30 for yourself.

I know you not - Matt.25:12

Ps.5:5 - The foolish shall not stand in thy (God's) sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. - See - Iniquity and Vanity

John 9:31 - Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man (or, woman) be a worshipper of God, and doeth his (God's) will, he (or, her) he (God) will heareth.

Again I repeat, the foolish virgins, were those who were "an infidel" - faithless, those who were lazy, who were not vigilent in keeping the Lord's word but thought it more important to do the pleasures of this world - the works of the flesh; those who did not keep the commandments of God very well, if at all; those who fell by the wayside when trials and tribulations arose - they are the ones who were not ready when the bridegroom/the Lords came.

Are you making yourself ready for the return of the Lord? Are you -

The only way into heaven is through the strait gate and the path is narrow. Let us look at the scripture again in -

Matt.7:13-14 - Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Also in -

Luke 13:23-24 - Then said one (of the people) unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he (Jesus) said unto them, (24) Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in and shall not be able.

Why will there be few people able to enter in the strait gate - which leadeth unto life?

Why? Because -

  1. they are not keeping the commandments of God - all of them,
  2. they are not doing the Fruits of the Spirit,
  3. they are not praying and praising the Lord in everything,
  4. they are not keeping their mind and their eyes on the Lord and his ways --

when you do all of the above things, you will be able to enter the strait gate that leadeth to life.

If you do not keep the ten commandments and bind them on your heart, and you are not doing the Fruits of the Spirit, then you are not keeping the ways of the Lord - in essence, you become as one of the foolish virgins.

It is important that you understand the first commandment, so read and study - The First and Seventh Commandments, also read and study, "...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part I and Part II, and The Spirit Within Us and God's Discipline.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins - Wise and Foolish is trying to tells us that we are to always make ourselves ready for Lord for when he returns, so that we may take part in the "marriage supper". Let us take a look at the next scripture in -

Rev.19:9 - And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the "marriage supper" of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Please see - Parable of the Wedding Supper/The Great Banquet/The Marriage Supper when it is posted.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins - Wise and Foolish - is trying to tell us that we are notto "deny" the Lord Jesus or to slack off from doing the Fruits of the Spirit and keeping the commandments of God - all of them. There is only one way into the Kingdom of God, and to take part in the "marriage supper" if we wish to rule and reign with Jesus when he returns, and that is through the "strait gate". Once the door has been shut by the Master, you can knock on the door all you want, but Jesus will tell you, "I know you not". If you deny him (Jesus), he will deny you. Let us look at the scripture in -

Matt.10:33 - But whosoever shall deny me (Jesus) before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

If you are following the works of the flesh, you can repent of your ways and follow the Fruits of the Spirit and keep the commandments of God - all of them. The "patience of the saints" are those who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Let us look at -

Rev.14:12 - Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Jesus did no sin and he came down to earth in the flesh, to show us by example how to live our lives - to show us you could live a righteous life and to resist and/or cast out the devil and his ways, to conquer, overcome and gain the victory over the ways of the flesh. We all make mistakes, but you should learn from those mistakes and repent from them, and try resisting a little harder the next time. However, it is your life and you are free to choose how you wish to live.

Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments, and help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.

This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.

The First and Seventh Commandment
Ten Commandments
The Spirit Within and God's Discipline
The Husband and The Bride--The Kingdom of God
Temples of God--Churches
"...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part I
"...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part II
Pray and Prayer
Parable of the Tares of the Field
Heir and Joint-Heir with Christ
The True Vine
Iniquity and Vanity


The Lord's Words,
Verses and Parables Explained

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Created: Thursday, February 05, 2004
Last updated: Sunday, February 08, 2004

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