1. One of the most intriguing PARABLES in the Bible likens the “KINGDOM OF HEAVEN”, “… UNTO TO TEN VIRGINS, which took their LAMPS, and went forth to meet the BRIDEGROOM. And FIVE OF THEM WERE WISE, and FIVE WERE FOOOLISH” [Matthew 25:1-2] TEN VIRGINS started out with LAMPS, hoping to go in with the BRIDEGROOM, but “While the BRIDEGROOM TARRIED, they ALL SLUMBERED and SLEPT” [Matthew 25:5] Brethren, we are VIRGINS, betrothed to Christ, if so be we are BORN AGAIN, and the BRIDEGROOM is Jesus Christ. Over the years, many SLEPT in the Lord, waiting for His appearance, and we who are alive are as SLUMBERING VIRGINS, but “… at MIDNIGHT there was A CRY MADE, Behold, the BRIDEGROOM COMETH go ye out to meet him” [Matthew 25:6] At His appearance, the WISE shall AWAKE TO UNDERSTANDING and GLORY but the FOOLISH to CONFUSION and SHAME, let us therefore, be WISE, “WISDOM is the principal thing; therefore GET WISDOM: and with all thy getting GET UNDERSTANDING” [Proverbs 4:7]
2. We are VIRGINS by FAITH in the WORD of God, for “… FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD” [Romans 10:17] Though we are VIRGINS, yet are we neither WISE nor ready to meet the BRIDEGROOM until we are ESTABLISHED in godly INTERPRETATION of “… HOLY SCRIPTURES, which are able TO MAKE THEE WISE UNTO SALVATION THROUGH FAITH which is in Christ Jesus” [2 Timothy3:15] Beloved, reading and listening to the WORD of God is not enough to make you WISE, you must be FED and LED by INTERPRETATION of the Bible in PRESENT TRUTH. Choose carefully, therefore, who you listen to and what you read, “… for SATAN HIMSELF IS TRANSFORMED INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS ALSO BE TRANSFORMED AS THE MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS;…” [2 Corinthians 11:14-15] Let no man be deceived, the KEY to INTERPRETNG the Bible is SALVATION anchored on Christ “In hope of ETERNAL LIFE, which God, that cannot lie, PROMISED BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN” [Titus 1:2] If you will be grounded in sound INTERPRETATION of TRUTH, avoid those who INTERPRETE the WORD of God through the prism of GREED, for “… through COVETOUSNESS shall they WITH FEIGNED WORDS MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU… ” [2 Peter 2:3] Go through the Scriptures, Jesus did not die to make you a millionaire and the Bible is not a business manual, but “All SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION and INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS …” [2 Timothy3:16-17]
3. All TEN VIRGINS had LAMPS, signifying godly INTERPRETATION, but only FIVE had OIL when it mattered most. The OIL is your BODY which God requires to be presented, “… a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: but be ye TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” [Romans 12:1-2] Our WILLINGNESS to do His WILL in total SUBMISSION to His PURPOSE for our lives is the OIL that burns to ILLIMINATE the SOUL. You see, UNDERSTANDING is not a GIFT, it is the YOKE of FELLOWSHIP in total AGREEMENT with Christ, as it is written: “That I MAY KNOW HIM, and the power of his RESURRECTION, and the fellowship of his SUFFERINGS, being made COMFORMABLE TO HIS DEATH” [Philippians 3:10] Proof of UNDERSTANDING is CONFORMITY with the MIND of Christ, in POWER and in SUFFERINGS, “The eyes of YOUR UNDERSTANDING BEING ENLIGHTENED; that ye may know what is the HOPE OF HIS CALLING, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” [ Ephesians 1:18] When we turn away from selfish AMBITIONS and vain promises of men of perverse mind, the Lord adds FLAME to the OIL, “For thou wilt LIGHT MY CANDLE the LORD my God will ENLIGHTEN MY DARKNESS” [Psalms 18:28] Let us TRIM our LAMPS and be filled with UNDERSTANDING, the BRIDEGROOM cometh.
4. WISDOM is the crowning glory of UNDERSTANDING, “And they that be WISE SHALL SHINE as the brightness of the firmament; and they that TURN MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS as the stars for ever and ever” [Daniel 12:3] It’s close to 2,000 years since Jesus ascended to heaven and all VIRGINS slumber, “While the BRIDEGROOM TARRIED, they ALL SLUMBERED and SLEPT” [Matthew 25:5] Though they all SLUMBERED, the WISE knew what to do as soon as the MIDNIGHT CRY was heard. The FOOLISH also awoke but to CONFUSION, bereft of UNDERSTANDING, chasing shadows, “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” [Matthew 25:10] This is the MIDNIGHT CRY, AWAKE TO UNDERSTANDING, silence all DISTRACTIONS and be renewed in UNDERSTANDING of the SEASON, as one having “… UNDERSTANDING of the TIMES, TO KNOW WHAT ISREAL OUGHT TO DO…” [1 Chronicles 12:32] Now, more than ever before, let us TRIM all excesses of the FLESH, separating what is EXPEDIENT from what LAWFUL and put away aside “… every WEIGHT, and the SIN which doth so easily beset us, and let us RUN WITH PATIENCE the race that is set before us” [Hebrews 12:1] If we are AWAKE TO UNDERSTANDING, we do well to call those who SLUMBER to UNDERSTANDING, saying: “… AWAKE THOU THAT SLEEPEST, and arise from the dead, and CHRIST SHALL GIVE THEE LIGHT” [Ephesians 5:14]
5. Choose to be WISE, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, amen