This article was written and shared for the first time 6 or 7 years ago, and though it has been shared again fairly recently, I feel led at this time to pass it on once again. This word really seems to compliment, in a number of ways, some of the things that have been coming forth by the Spirit lately. After reading this again, I really think that "the wise virgins" of Matthew 25 somehow relate to the "coming out" of an Elijah remnant; the company that will "Prepare the way of the Lord" in His Tabernacles coming. See what you think. -- D
Shedding Light on the Foolish Virgins -- Lighting on Fire the Wise Ones!
"Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps.” (Matthew 25:1-4)
Traditional teaching in the church usually relates most parables such as this one to the second coming of Christ and misses out very often on the deeper meaning conveyed by the Holy Spirit. In order that we understand parables like this, we need to understand that the Lord comes in many ways. He always has. He is doing so now ... and He will continue to do so. His name; "YHWH," according to many Hebrew scholars means, "THE COMING ONE.” We know by the scriptures that Jesus is "The One who WAS, and IS, and IS TO COME.” Since the beginning of creation God has been coming to His creation with a continual unveiling of Himself. He did so. He is doing so ... and He will continue to do so. That is the progressive and continual “Revelation of Jesus Christ.”
In the light of this, we should be able to see that there are many facets to the Lord’s coming. His coming as the Bridegroom differs from His coming as a thief in the night, as that differs from His coming at the last trump... etc. A thief coming in the secretness and stealth of the night is much different from the fanfare and revelry of an event signaled by the blowing of trumpets. It would be a mighty foolish thief who blows a trumpet to announce his coming, would it not be?
I'm going to try to keep this article as brief as possible, but at the same time point out some things in the parable of the ten virgins that might be somewhat different from your traditional teachings of this parable. Tradition teaches us that this parable is about believers and unbelievers, but I don't believe that that is so. How many unbelievers do you know who could be referred to as "spiritual virgins" waiting for their Bridegroom? If we can get free from some of the doctrinal presuppositions that have clouded our vision in this parable, we should be able to see that this is more than likely not a parable about salvation (not as the traditional church views salvation), but is about the difference between those who are called to the Marriage Supper, and those who shall actually attend it.
Please be aware brothers and sisters that the traditional Hebrew marriage supper was held prior to and in preparation for the actual wedding ceremony, and was not afterward like the modern “wedding reception.” In this we should be able to see and understand that the Marriage Supper of the Lamb has to do with our preparation for our Marriage to the Lamb.
In this parable, the invitation to all of the virgins was, "Come out to meet the bridegroom!” The call was given to all ten, but only a remnant was actually prepared to “come out” to meet with him. Many times in scripture, a call to “come out “or “come up” to meet with the Lord is an invitation to greater revelation. So it seems to me that the foolish virgins could quite possibly be those who are not prepared to receive of that revelation. The call to “come out” can also be indicative of the call to “come out” of man’s systems of religion -- to come to the Lord Himself to be taught by Him and learn HIS ways. Again, this has to do with an invitation to greater revelation and insight into the ways, plans, and purposes of the Lord. This is really what the invitation into the Feast of Tabernacles is really all about, is it not?
Taking a further look at the parable, it should be known that there was great pomp in the weddings in
Beloved, is it perhaps that these wise virgins are being called to receive more light or understanding in the ways of the Bridegroom because (even as John) they are the chosen light-bearers in the bridal procession? And could it possibly be that the foolish virgins in this parable are Christians who have somehow left their first love -- their relationship is more with a church, or a ministry, or a book, than it is with the Lord Himself, and thus they have not the anointing oil to light the lamp of revelation and insight into spiritual things?
In Revelation 2:5; the Lord gives a stern warning to the church of Ephesus that unless they repent, and remember from where they have fallen, and return to their first love and do the first works, their lampstand will be removed, their light, through swift and effective judgment of God will be allowed to go out. This is certainly not speaking of the loss of their salvation, but that they will no longer be the light-bearing children for the Lord. Isn't this essentially the same judgment that comes to the foolish and unprepared virgins of Matthew 25?
As the foolish virgins went off to find oil for their lamps (perhaps to ask “their pastor” for his revelation and insight), the bridegroom came and they who were ready went with him to the marriage supper. The door to the marriage feast was then shut. The foolish ones had missed the time of their visitation, the “kairos” moment had now passed for them, and the door of opportunity to greater revelation and insight had been closed to them.
Beloved, this seems to be an example of servants who were called to be “light-bearers” at the Lord’s wedding procession but could not SHINE because of their religious indoctrination and unrepentant hearts. At the entrance to the wedding banquet, these are met with an, “I don’t know you” and refused entry, not because they were unknown to the bridegroom, but because they were not “known” in the intimate sense of that word (like a husband “knows” his wife). They never entered into the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings so that they could know Him through the power of His resurrection life. They had held onto their self-life so that they were unable to know Him in true resurrection life and power. They had not a sufficient amount of the anointing (oil) on their life.
Are you hearing what is being said here today, beloved ones? Are we going to be those who are prepared and ready to meet with the Bridegroom, where we no longer rely and depend upon what we are taught by men about the Lord, but rather, we have the anointing oil which fuels the lamp of an inner spirit witness whereby we can be taught by the Lord Himself experientially? We will never come to “know” Him because our pastor, friend, teacher, or mother, is a godly man or woman who communes with God and can share insightful revelation and teaching with us. No, we all must come to know Him individually, personally, and very, very intimately in order that we might see Him and know Him as He IS ... and not only as we've been told that He is. The wise virgins of Matthew 25 see Him and know Him as He reveals Himself to them experientially. The foolish virgins only know Him from afar off -- through the eyes of religion.
Matthew 25:6 from the KJV reads;
“And at there was a cry made, ‘Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.’”
I think that the NASB translates this verse more accurately;
“But at there was a shout, ‘Behold the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’”
It is not so much that the Bridegroom “cometh” but that He has already made Himself available for us to “behold”... NOW! There just might be some things that we need to “come out of” in order for us to truly “behold Him” though. We need to ask the Lord just what those things might be.
The Lord is preparing His wise virgins in this day to be His spirit filled vessels of righteousness which will burn hotter and brighter than anything this world has seen since the Lord Himself walked the earth 2000 years ago. These beloved, will light the procession path of truth and holiness and righteousness in preparation for the coming of our Lord at Tabernacles - even as John the Baptist lit the way for Him at His Passover "coming."
So get prepared to arise and SHINE, beloved ones -- to shine as you never have before. For though great darkness cover the earth and deep darkness cover the peoples, the glory of the Lord is going to arise upon you, and arise upon you mightily it will -- for the Lord Himself is going to LIGHT YOU ON FIRE!
May God bless you all with understanding of these things.