1. The PARABLE of TEN VIRGINS is the TRAGEDY of professing Christians SHUT OUT of the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB. Jesus Christ is the BRIDEGROOM, and VIRGINS are Christians who “… TOOK THEIR LAMPS, and went forth TO MEET THE BRIDEGROOM” [Matthew 25:1] The LAMPS indicate valid INVITATION, but “… the BRIDEGROOM came; and THEY THAT WERE READY WENT IN WITH HIM TO THE MARRIAGE: and the DOOR WAS SHUT” [Matthew 25:1-10] The MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB is the reunion of Christ with His SAINTS in the AIR, when 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” [1Thessalonians 4:17] It is the fervent HOPE of every Christian to be ”CAUGHT UP” in the “AIR” to be with the Lord, but FOOLISH VIRGINS shall be SHUT OUT; not because they did not pay their TITHES or missed Church services but because they were NOT established in the KNOWLEDGE of TRUTH.
2. All TEN VIRGINS went out to MEET THE BRIDEGROOM with LAMPS, but “While the BRIDEGROOM TARRIED, they ALL SLUMBERED and SLEPT” [Matthew 25:5] LAMPS give us LIGHT to “SEE” in the dark, and FAITH established in the PROPHETIC KNOWLEDGE of the PERSONAL IDENTITY of God is the LIGHT by which VIRGINS navigate the DARKNESS of this world, as it is written: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: HE THAT FOLLOWETH ME SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS, but shall have the light of life” [John 8:12] Every VIRGIN is a LAMP but a LAMP without OIL is like SALT that has lost its TASTE, “… IF THE SALT HAVE LOST HIS SAVOUR, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth GOOD FOR NOTHING, but TO BE CAST OUT and to be trodden under foot of men” [Matthew 5:13] Take note, though SALT is VISIBLE, the TASTE thereof is not SEEN, but evident in the mouth. Christians are the SALT of the earth and though the world celebrates our LAMPS, if there is no OIL we are “GOOD FOR NOTHING”. A professing Christian without OIL in his LAMP is likened to a BRIDE without WEDDING GARMENT, as it is written: “… Friend, how camest thou in hither NOT HAVING A WEDDING GARMENT? And he was speechless…. BIND HIM HAND AND FOOT, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; …” [Matthew 22:12-13]
3. The LAMP in the PARABLE was essentially a CLAY VESSEL, with a WICK resting in OIL. The CLAY VESSEL is MAN formed out “… of the DUST OF THE GROUND” [Genesis 2:7] The WICK is our FAITH in Jesus Christ, by which we are RECONCILED to God, “For BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH… ” [Ephesians 2:8] Every VIRGIN is BORN of God by GRACE and by FAITH we grow into maturity “Till we all come in the UNITY OF THE FAITH, and of the KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST” [Ephesians 4:13] Listen carefully, we are VIRGINS by GRACE, but the OIL to grow into the “STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST” is received by CHOICE and the CHOICE before us is the TRUE IDENTITY of Jesus Christ. The Lord ASKED His disciples, and the same applies to all, “… “WHOM SAY YE THAT I AM?” [Matthew16:15] Peter answered, “… Thou art the CHRIST, the SON OF THE LIVING GOD… and UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH;… ” [Mathew 16:16] “THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD” is “THE EVERLASTING FATHER” BORN to us in fulfilment of Isaiah 9:6. If we DENY the TRUE IDENTITY of Jesus Christ, we can neither ABIDE in Him nor receive the OIL that flows from the ROCK, as it is written: “IF A MAN ABIDE NOT IN ME, he is CAST FORTH AS A BRANCH, and is WITHERED; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and THEY ARE BURNED” [John 15:6]
4. The GENERATION of Christians who SING and PRAY without knowing who Jesus truly is are FOOLISH VIRGINS. Though they dominate the landscape with a form of godliness, it is evident the POWER of God is absent, and “… I bear them record that THEY HAVE ZEAL OF GOD, BUT NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE” [Romans 10:2] Having no ROOT in the ROCK OF AGES, they struggle and exert themselves in “Perverse disputings of men of CORRUPT MINDS, and DESTITUTE OF THE TRUTH, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1Timothy 6:5] FOOLISH VIRGINS shun the RIGHTEOUSNESS that come from PURE KNOWLEDGE of God, “… because they RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF TRUTH, that they might be saved…. GOD SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION, that they should BELIEVE A LIE” [2 Thessalonians 2:10-11] Beloved, the BRIDEGROOM is calling His VIRGINS to the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB, saying: “I am ALPHA and OMEGA, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, WHICH IS, and WHICH WAS, and WHICH IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY” [Revelation 1:8] Those who have ears will hear, TRIM their LAMPS, put away the “LIE” and establish their FAITH on the “FLINTY ROCK”, “… to suck honey out of the rock, and OIL OUT OF THE FLINTY ROCK” [Deuteronomy 32:13]
5. Thus says the Lord: “… Write, BLESSED ARE THEY WHICH ARE CALLED UNTO THE MARRAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB…. These are the TRUE SAYINGS OF GOD” [Revelation 19:9] Your INVITATION is the SALVATION preached in the name of Jesus Christ; accept Him today as your LORD and SAVIOUR, amen