Jesus’ Parable warns the non-believers

Today I would like to discuss the Parable of the Ten Virgins which is mentioned in Mathew 25 in the Bible.

I have not found many other accurate interpretations of it online, so I would like to dedicate this Blog Post to just what that parable means. This parable is a Very Strong Warning to People that don’t believe in and/or are not currently following God’s Word.

Here is the Parable as it was told by Jesus:

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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. 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. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”

Mathew 25: 1-12 (KJV)

 

What it means:

This Parable is a dire warning to Non-Believers. Below I will dissect this Parable word for word. As always, Because Jesus always crams a lot of meaning into small amounts of words, the best way to interpret this passage’s meaning is sentence by sentence.

 

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.”

What this passage means is simple. The ten virgins represent all of us as human beings, the lamps represent the works which we have done here on Earth, and the Bridegroom represents God. The easiest way to describe this part of the parable is like this: Imagine at the end of your life you are going forth to meet God and with you, you carry your lamp (all the works you have done throughout your life).

 

“And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.”

Now, Jesus uses 5 (half) and 5 (half) to symbolize the division between people. Even in society today, people are highly divided into different groups. We saw a good illustration of this during the last Presidential Election. Half of America is fed up with the way the other half is acting (or has been portrayed to act by the media). Even if the media has been feeding false information, people are inclined to believe whatever their side is telling them and in turn that makes people more frustrated with the other side. Jesus shows this kind of division in his Parable.

Now Jesus shows in the parable that there is a wise side that takes with them oil to fill their lamps and a foolish side which does not bring oil. So what does the oil represent? The oil represents the Word of God. From the previous verse, we determined that we are the Ten Virgins who at the end of our lives will come to face God’s Judgement. We know that “the lamps we carry with us” symbolize everything we did here on Earth. Now, we know that the “oil” symbolizes God’s Word. Essentially, without God’s Word we cannot keep our “Lamps” lit.

So what is God’s Word? God’s Word is just as it sounds. It is what the Father and Jesus, the Son taught us in the Bible. It is the same message the Apostles spread throughout the World and is the message that every Christian Religion was founded on.

Therefore in “simpleton’s terms”, what Jesus is saying is that if we choose not to live our life according to the word of God (If we choose to follow what the world/society teaches us instead), then we can end up like the Virgins who are carrying their lamps without oil.

 

“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.”

To me, this is one of the most interesting verses in the Parable. In this verse God just says it like it is. God is giving us a chance at life. He is giving us plenty of time to follow his Word. He wants us to be in Paradise with him after we pass from this World. However, the sad truth is that just as Jesus says in the verse, we are all “sleeping”. So what does he mean by “sleeping”?

God gave us all free will. God does not interfere with our Lives. If you want to go steal from a grocery store, rob a bank, beat up a homeless man, etc, that is your right. If you want to lie, have premarital sex, do drugs (or drink), worry only about your personal wealth, etc, that is also your right. That is what free will is all about. When we live in a world in which God gives us that choice, essentially we are all living in ignorance. When you were a toddler maybe you saw a shiny knife and wanted to play with it. When your Parents took that knife away from you and scolded you, maybe you cried and hated them for it. As a toddler all we can think about is how appealing that knife looked. We didn’t understand why our mean mother or father took that knife away from us. It wasn’t until we grew up that we realized that they actually did us a favor. We could have drastically hurt ourselves. Our Relationship with God is the same way. We are all like children and he is our Parent. Sin looks attractive but it always leads to someone getting hurt whether that someone is yourself or someone else. God tells us not to sin and many people despise him for it. In reality, he is trying to save us from hurting ourselves. So the words “slumbered and slept” in this parable refers to our own ignorance.

 

“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”

This verse symbolizes the time of our death. When we die, we will meet God. The most important thing to note in this verse is how unexpected a time it is when he comes. In many parts of the Bible, Jesus states that he will come at a time when we don’t expect. Many will not be ready. In this verse, the “bridegroom” came in the middle of the night while everyone was fast asleep. So for all of you living your life thinking that you are going to sin now and repent later when you’ve gotten all that “pleasure” out of your system, well, you may never get that chance and may end up burning eternally for your selfish and lustful greed.

 

“Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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 at the time of our death, God will view our “lamps”. He will view our lives to see what we did with it. Every deed, every action, and every word we said will be viewed by God and by us. Many people who have encountered a “Near Death Experience” often state that they “saw their lives flash before them and saw different moments of their lives from the time they were a child re-played like a movie”. I believe that God allows us to see what he sees as well.

As the verse above states, we do not know when the time of our death will be. As you can see, the foolish virgins were not ready. They did not have any oil to put in their lamps because they spent their lives chasing their own desires rather than God’s. Now their lamp was empty, and now that they are face to face with God, now they have finally come to believe. So they look at the wise Virgins with their burning lamps. They see that those people which spent their lives following God and carrying out his works now have what they need to save themselves. But alas it is too late. Oil cannot be traded because it is already in the Wise Virgins’ Lamps. In the last bit of hope, the foolish virgins try to go backwards and do their lives over again with their newfound belief that God exists. But alas it is too late.

 

“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. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”

After one dies, God’s judgement is definitive. You cannot go back and try again. There are no “do-overs”. Our chance to live our Lives in a way that rejects sin and the devil and builds us a place in God’s Eternal Kingdom is now, when we are alive. Once we die, that chance is over and we will spend the rest of our eternal existence with whomever we gave our lives to. If we spent our life serving God, then we will be married to Life eternal with him and share with him everything he has in his Kingdom. On the other hand, whoever spends their life serving satan will be married to an eternal existence with him and will share in his kingdom of pain and suffering forever. The choice is ours and the choice is now.

 

Conclusion:

I have found that many people do not understand the simple message contained in this Parable. I understand that many people do not believe in God. Now, these people are not bad people. I understand that too. After all, we were all created in God’s own image and no matter how corrupt we become due to sin, every person has at least one good thing that can be said about them.

The truth is what Jesus said to his Apostles before he ascended into heaven as is stated in John 15: 18-19. Society teaches us lies. Ever since Adam and Eve fell victim to temptation in the Garden of Eden, the devil and his fallen angels have been planting lies into society. One of the greatest lies the devil has planted into humans throughout the generations is that we do not need God. satan is proud of the people who believe that God doesn’t exist (even though he himself knows how real God is). He is proud of the people who think that they are smarter than God (even though satan knows that assumption is sillier than a children’s book full of knock-knock jokes). The devil is proud of people who follow in his footsteps by being arrogant, greedy, and lustful. The truth is that the devil is happy to know that he will not have to suffer in hell’s fire alone. There will be many people there with him to join in his misery forever.

In the world today, if there was one thing that I believe is sending people to hell in drones, it’s ignorance. Ignorance is a word that makes me cringe because there is so much of it in the world today. When people think of ignorance, usually people assume it’s a symptom of low IQ, non-college-educated people, but the truth is that most ignorance today is originating from the people in society who are considered the smartest. See http://brandonjchai.com/index/social_ignorance/. The truth is that scientists are trying to “play God”. They study God’s creation and believe that they can duplicate it. This then leads them to the false conclusion that they are just as smart as God. In fact, many people believe that they are smarter. Just like all inventions that humans create however, it never even comes close to God’s Perfect Creation. I don’t know about you but sometimes it seems like science can’t get anything right at all. No one can build a car that doesn’t break down, I’ve never seen a phone that doesn’t stop working, or a computer that doesn’t freeze up on us. The healthcare sector is even more of a mess. Doctors prescribe many medications that end up doing more harm than good, no one has ever came up with a cure for cancer yet (something God can cure with the snap of his fingers), and till today Doctors still don’t know what an appendix is for.

These same people think that they are smarter than God. What’s even worse is that most people believe them because they figure these people are supposed to be “professionals” in their field. This is how the devil throughout history has spread lies throughout the world. He has spread these lies through people that most other people “look up to”, and because nobody ever really questions whether or not these so-called professionals may be wrong, these lies spread like wildfire across society and you end up with a world like the one today. Most people will be like the five foolish virgins when they die and by the time they realize how wrong they were, they will already be in hell burning for all eternity.

The “ignorance epidemic” is serious and until people stop listening to so-called leaders, professionals, teachers, and peers, the epidemic will be eternally fatal for most people. The Parable of the Ten Virgins is a warning to all ignorant people. If you are one of them, as long as you are alive on Earth, it is not too late to stop listening to the lies others have been telling you, give up your sinful ways, learn God’s Word by reading the Bible, and then follow that word for the remainder of your life. By doing this, you will move into the group of wise virgins who have oil for their lamps. Good luck and God Bless.