Matthew 24 contained prophecy of the time of the end. It also introduced us to the “Sign of the Son of Man” which revealed more detail regarding the Rapture of his saints. It revealed the day and month it will occur and showed us how the Rapture of His saints will occur in a very well organized 24 hour process. Matthew 24 warned us to be prepared and to watch for it, and it even informed us of the penalty of those who do not.
Matthew 25 is a continuation of Matthew 24 which provides us with even more information regarding the Rapture of His saints. The “Parable of the 10 Virgins” further defines the timing of the Rapture while providing the reader with an unspecified mystery. What is the REAL difference between the foolish and wise virgins? The answer to this question is what determines who will be raptured and who will not. Please note that just because one is not raptured, does not necessarily mean that one is doomed to eternal damnation.
Just as the Feasts of the Lord are the framework our Lord is using to determine the appointed meeting times between God and Man, so our Lord is using the Hebrew wedding as the framework for the Wedding of the Lamb. If you read what Bible commentaries have to say regarding this parable, you will find the writers are unsure and do not really know exactly what it is that separates the 5 wise virgins from the 5 foolish ones. This is because they do not know what the “Sign of the Son of Man” is.
The “Parable of the 10 Virgins” follows and is directly tied to the “Sign of the Son of Man” for a good reason. You cannot correctly interpret the Parable of the 10 Virgins unless you correctly interpreted the “Sign of the Son of Man.” The “Sign of the Son of Man” is the “missing link” that allows you to understand why the 5 foolish virgins were left behind.
THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS
Matthew 25:1 (KJV)
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
The first word of this Parable starts out with the word “Then” which means the subject has not changed and it is a continuance of what was being said at the end of Matthew 24, which was in reference to the evil servant that does not know when his master will return. So what is learned here should clarify and add to what was learned in the previous scripture.
—Then shall the Kingdom of heaven shall be likened unto– This opening phrase should clearly tell you the “kingdom of heaven” is “just like” what is going to be stated in this parable. Many times in the Gospels and Revelation Jesus used “likened to” or “just as;” and in every instance, the comparison was just that. Christ is telling us that what you are about to read is information you will need so that you will be deemed ready and accounted ready when the Wedding of the Lamb takes place. For this reason it is important to pay close attention to EVERY word. Are you going to take Jesus Christ at HIS word, or are you going to believe what someone else tells you?
All through the Bible God has compared the relationship between Him and his people to be that of a marriage; with God being the Groom or Husband and His people being the wife or bride. This pictures the closest and most loving relationship known to us, with the “Rapture” being the marriage ceremony which is what is pictured in this parable.
–Ten virgins– Why are there “10” Virgins? Ten is the number that portrays a time of trials. The trial here is revealed in verse 5 which will be explained later. The word “Virgins” tells us that these are believers in Christ or they would not be called “virgins,” and they would not have been included in the wedding party. They must recognize him as their one true God and give glory to Him. If they were bowing their heads to another god and giving that false god the love and glory that God deserves they would be considered “whores’ and as such would not be participating in the marriage ceremony.
–Which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom— “Which took their lamps” tells us the Rapture is going to take place in the night just as the verses in Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us. Mark 13:36: “Watch ye therefore, lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping.” There is no need to take a lamp unless this ceremony will be taking place at night. What is so difficult to see or understand about this? So why do we teach that it could happen at any moment, and why does our Lord choose to carry out this wedding in the middle of the night?
There is a very good reason why our Lord chose to perform this at night. A little known fact in the Gentile world is that Jewish weddings take place at night under the stars. They are performed under a chuppah tent, which is a canopy type tent that is open on all sides. This is the same type of tent that Abraham and Sarah occupied. Abraham’s tent was open on all sides to welcome people from all directions with unconditional hospitality. The wedding is held at night under the stars to acknowledge the blessing given by God to Abraham; that his children shall be “as the stars of the heavens”
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.
–And five of them were wise, and five were foolish— Notice that it does not say “And five of them were good, and five were evil.” This choice of words further substantiates what was said earlier, these virgins are all worshipers of the only God, the Holy One of Israel. The only difference given between the foolish and the wise virgins is that the 5 wise virgins brought additional oil for their lamps and the five foolish virgins did not. This is the only difference between these two groups of virgins stated in this parable before the Bridegroom comes.
Just like the number 10 was chosen for a reason, so Christ used the number 5 for a reason. It would be a very big mistake to assume that these 2 equal groups in number is indicative of the percentage of “virgins” that will be taken. In fact, as you will be able to deduct for yourself after researching this book, the percentage taken will indeed be very small because of all the false teachings regarding end times prophecy that is taught in the churches of today.
Instead the number 5 should be taken as it is in Scripture to denote God’s grace. This tells us that one can safely assume that both groups of “virgins” are going to experience God’s great grace before all is said and done; but the 5 wise virgins will experience it sooner and will not suffer the same loss as the 5 foolish virgins.
Please take SPECIAL NOTE: All 10 virgins knew the “day” of the event as they would have missed the event entirely if they did not. Do you know anyone that has ever attended a wedding they did not know the day of? This may seem like a simple of a deduction to make, but there are many who cannot see the forest because of all the trees.
Matthew 25:5 (KJV)
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
First, this is the tests we spoke of earlier when explaining that the number 10 in Scripture indicates trial or testing. The test of this parable is to uncover the reason why the wise virgins were taken and the foolish virgins left. In order to accomplish this one must remain awake and active while the bridegroom tarries. However, as stated “they all slumbered and slept.” These represent 2 different stages of spiritual states, neither of which is complimentary to the church of today.
To “slumber” is a state of drowsiness that is often experienced just before one goes to sleep. One usually becomes drowsy when there is a lack of activity, as in just sitting around and waiting as these virgins were doing. Sleeping on the other hand is something that one just does when they are tired. One decides to just lay down and go to sleep. Slumber will lead to sleep if nothing is done to come out of the slumber.
Both of these states very much describe the church of today. Jesus Christ has revealed everything we need concerning the end times and the Rapture of His saints, but His church has fallen asleep. They have entered into a state of slumber by reading and not researching the new Bible translations that have been written to portray the beliefs of the interpreters. They have fallen asleep by listening to the words of preachers and teachers that often rely more on what other preachers and teachers say than what the Word of God teaches.
This is actually Bible prophecy telling us the church will be sleeping when our Savior calls. This has already been fulfilled because the church is not only sleeping, it has entered a state of deep sleep. The “Man of Sin,” “Son of Perdition” and “Satan in the flesh” was revealed more than 3 years ago, and the church is still looking for him to come out of the European Union. The Bible is full of end times prophecy, but the church knows almost nothing, with most not wanting to know anything about them.
Luke 18:8 (KJV)
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Matthew 25:6 (KJV)
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
—And at midnight there was a cry made– Could our Lord make it any more clear than this? He began this chapter by telling us “the kingdom of heaven be likened unto.” The only way He could make it clearer would be by stating “I will return for you during the midnight watch.” Midnight is definitely the time you would least expect it. Christians will be snug in their beds with no idea what’s about to happen! When the cry goes out, the Christian of today will react in one of four probable ways.
- They will not wake up until its noon day bright in the middle of the night and the Rapture is past.
- They will wake up when they hear the cry and not know what it is.
- They will wake up and know what the cry is, but they will not know what to do.
- They will be waiting for the cry to go out during the midnight hour on the Feast of Trumpets. When they hear it they will go outside and look to the east for the first light to appear. This is what the 5 wise virgins did.
Matthew 24:44 (KJV)
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Midnight, or the time when you are sleeping is also the time when you “think not” as in the time you are not thinking.
According to Revelation 11:12 the cry is a voice saying “Come up hither” or it could possibly be what was quoted in Revelation 18:4 “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” This would suggest that the “foolish virgins” could be partakers of the vial plagues that follow after the rapture. This also supports what you read in Matthew 24:50-51 earlier in the previous chapter which states that the evil servant is not aware of the hour his master will be returning.
The phrase “and at midnight there was a cry made” makes it very obvious the Rapture of His saints will take place during the midnight watch. Just as He promised to the wise and faithful servant this phrase serves to makes the wise servant aware of the hour the master of the house will return. From this verse we can deduct that the call is made at midnight and both the wise and foolish saints are going to be awakened.
–Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.–Please take special note that we are commanded to “go ye out to meet Him.” Do not take this LIGHTLY as it is just part of a parable. This is a command and He will expect you to leave your place of residence. This is part of the extra light the wise virgins were in possession of because of the extra oil they carried.
It is for certain that there are those that just read this that are thinking “this is ridiculous,” but there are more witnesses in the Word of God that back this up. Here is a second witness in God’s Word that verifies when the rapture occurs we are to “go ye out to meet Him.”
Joel 2:15-16 (KJV)
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
First, notice the blowing of the trumpet and the call for a solemn assembly. This is the textbook definition of the Hebrew word “môʿēd,” It is also a verification of what the Bible teaches; the Rapture & Day of the Lord will occur on the Feast of Trumpets.
Second, it says “let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. With the “Bridegroom” being Jesus Christ and His saints being the “Bride”; the bride is told to come “out of her closet,” or in other words “go out to meet Him.”
Also it is very important to take note of the “and the bride out of her closet.” The original Hebrew word that is translated to “closet” is quite a surprise.
Remember we told you that Jewish weddings were held at night under a canopy like tent called a “chuppah.” The Hebrew word used for closet is “chuppah.” The Hebrew word used for closet is “ḥuppâ.” Huppâ is the Ancient Hebrew spelling and pronounced the same as “chuppah” as you can see from Strong’s Dictionary. Now we have 2 witnesses telling us that when the Rapture occurs we are to “go ye out to meet Him.” Now let’s look at a third.
Revelation 3:20 (KJV)
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:20 has been interpreted in many ways, all of which have validity. However, the real interpretation of this verse deals with the Rapture of His saints. This is proven by the fact this was written to the Church at Laodicea which represents the last church of the church age, meaning the church that is at the time of our Lords return. Our Lord ended His letter to each of the churches with a warning about His return; except the church of Smyrna; the church of martyrdom. They gave their lives for Christ so there was no need to mention His return to them. So the subject of this verse IS in regards to the Rapture of His saints.
–Behold, I stand at the door, and knock— What door? Strong’s Greek Dictionary defines the word for door here as a portal or an entrance. This would be the same portal or entrance our Lord spoke of when He said; “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matt. 24:33
–If any man hear my voice— This would be the “cry” that goes out at midnight.
–And open the door— This would be the “go ye out to meet Him” and the “let the bride come out of her closet.”
–I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.– The moment in time when your earthly body dies and drops to the ground and your new spiritual body is given life and transported up into heaven; this is the wedding ceremony, the wedding of the Lamb.
Matthew 25:7 (KJV)
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
It becomes obvious here that the lamps of both the foolish and the wise were left burning while they slumbered and slept because a lamp is only trimmed after it has gone out and before the next use. If the lamp of the wise had not gone out, all they would have needed to do is add a little more of the extra oil they brought with them. This is confirmed in the next verse.
Matthew 25:8 (KJV)
And the foolish said unto the wise, give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
The foolish would not have said their lamps have gone out if they were not burning a short time previously, which also tells us that like the wise virgins, they did not bring lamps that were empty.
Now is probably the time to say that the “lamps” represent the Word of God. (Psalm 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.) Oil is a metaphor representing the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that guides us and it is the Holy Spirit which opens to us the deeper layers of the Word of God. Like Christ, the Holy Spirit has the ability to turn darkness; which is no understanding of the Word of God, into light; which is the knowledge and understanding of the Word of God, which lights our path. However you want to look at it, it was the oil in these lamps that was turned into light, and that light represents the knowledge and understanding of the Word of God. The more “light” one has the deeper his understanding of the Word of God. It is really the amount of Gospel light each group had we should be looking at, that is what distinguished one group from the other.
Matthew 25:9 (KJV)
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.
The cry went out at midnight announcing the bridegroom was on His way, and all of the virgins were to go out and meet him. The wise virgins did not know how long it would be before they met him, so they did not know how much more oil they were going to need. Because of this the wise virgins told the foolish to go out to those that sell and buy the extra oil. This is quite similar to the counseling Jesus gave to the Church at Laodicea, the church that will be experiencing the return of our Lord.
Revelation 3:18 (KJV)
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
In both cases He is speaking of more understanding of the Word of God, Jesus Christ. It is one of the few things we can buy without money or price according to Isaiah 55.
Matthew 25:10 (KJV)
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.
While they were still on their way to buy the oil the bridegroom came. This tells us there will not be a lot of time from when we first hear the cry to the time we are redeemed. Notice that it says “they that were ready went with Him to the marriage.” “They that were ready includes a number of things. You will need to be in good standing with our Lord, as in sins confessed and repented of as well as a good knowledge of the Word of God.
“And the door was shut:” As you would expect our Lord knows who is coming and who will remain. The 5 foolish virgins that did not bring enough oil (light) were not allowed to take part in the ceremony.
Matthew 25:11,12 (KJV)
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
–Afterward came also the other virgins–This would be all those that did not know the day of the wedding or that they would need to “go out and meet him.” They probably were awakened by the cry, or because of the brightness in the middle of the night, but they had no idea what to do until it was too late. Once the eastern light has caused too many stars to “fall” from the heavens, it is no longer considered to be a Jewish wedding, and therefore too late. Once we hear the cry go out we are given time to go out and look for the eastern sky to begin to lighten. Since we know the Rapture will take 24 hours to fully complete, we know that once we see the eastern sky begin to lighten, it will be less than an hour before our redemption happens. Luke tells us:
Luke 21:28 (KJV)
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
–Saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us“– was a cry of desperation. All of Christendom knows you don’t want to be left behind.
—But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not— Take very special note that He said “I know you not” and not “I never knew you.” That alone says it all!!! If Christ said to them “I know you not” it means they did not know Him. Knowing someone is a two-way street. You cannot know someone well if they do not know you. Since this is a wedding ceremony it can be said that you may know a lot of people, but do you know them well enough to marry them?
It’s no coincidence that the reason why the foolish virgins were denied admittance to the wedding is because they did not have an adequate knowledge of the ‘Word of God.” There are many that are going to question this because it does not seem just to us, but the fact of the matter is that the majority of Christians today are not even reading the Word of God, so how will they know what to do when the Rapture does happen? Their story will be the same as the 5 foolish virgins; if they had known beforehand what would happen, they would have taken all the necessary steps to be counted worthy. God, in His mercy has given us so many warnings about this, but we have interpreted them the wrong way. He has not only warned us multiple times to “watch,” He has also told us when to be watching and what to watch for.
Jesus Christ is as Revelation 19:13 tells us “The Word of God.” Paul tells us in Hebrews 7:17 that Christ is “a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” Melchisedec was a prophet, priest and king. There are many Christians that know Christ as their “Priest.” The Priest performed the sacrifice which Christ performed for all mankind when He gave His life to pay the penalty for our sin. By the confessing and repenting of sin and asking Him to save them many have acknowledge Him as their priest. Of this group there are those that will show up for church on Sunday, but they do not spend time with Christ on a daily basis. They do not spend time praying or reading the Word of God and they do not put their faith and trust in Him and they do not give His commandments the attention they need to. They know Him as their priest, but they do not know Him as their prophet or their king. In other words they do not understand His prophecies and they do not do the things He asked them to do. Things like witnessing, reading and studying His Word, and separating themselves from the things of this world.
Next there are the solid Christians that spend time with Him on a daily basis. They pray and read and study His Word. They witness and live the life He asked of them by putting their faith and trust in Him and keeping His commandments because they love Him. These are they that know him as their Priest and King. There is no doubt that His grace and mercy will be extended to them, but it does not mean they will be Raptured when that day comes, and it does not mean they know him as their Prophet. This may not seem important to many, but once one has a correct understanding of the prophecy He has given us, one will find they did not know Him as well as they thought they did. There can be no doubt that the five foolish virgins were lacking important knowledge regarding Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the “Word of God” and Bible prophecy points to Jesus Christ. When you understand things like the Sign of the Son of Man, the Wedding of the Lamb, the Feasts of the Lord, and you see how the Fall Feast Days are built right into the book of Revelation, you will need to adjust some of the beliefs you have, and some of them will not help you win popularity contests down at church. However, they will help you to be ready when our Savior calls for you, because you will know that when He said, “But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things,” He meant it quite literally.
Matthew 24:32-33 (KJV)
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. (Nov. 2, 1917; “The Balfour Declaration” allowing Jews to return to Israel)
He told us what to watch for. It has been stated that over 60% of the Bible is prophecy. As you have been shown, there are many prophecies of time which can be known, yet this is seldom talked about in any Sunday School or church sermon as it is deemed not important. They tell us the return of Jesus Christ will come as a complete surprise to everyone, so why look at any of this prophecy stuff! Knowing prophecy will reveal the “year” or “Feast Season” of His return.
He told us what day to watch on; the “new moon” of the ” Feast of Trumpets as revealed by the “Sign of the Son of Man.” He told us the day we need to be watching, and this parable has provided us with the “hour” and watch we need to be aware of. How much more must He do?
Matthew 24:43 (KJV)
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
If the foolish virgins would have known that the call would not go out until midnight, and that they were expected to go back out and look for the groom, they would have brought more oil. You now know what time the call will go out, and that you will need to go out and look for the groom, but do you know what will happen next and what to look for? Are you going to be a wise or foolish virgin? Has anyone told you how the Rapture is going to happen? Does what you know about the “Sign of the Son of Man” and the Parable of the 10 Virgins give you the impression that it is an unplanned event, a random occurrence that could happen at any moment? No!!! Everything with God is well planned well ahead of time, and there are tests for us, even during the time of the Rapture.
Going out to meet Him is a demonstration of obedience as well as the faith you have in Him. Whenever Christ healed the sick and the lame He always said, “Your faith has made you whole.” How much more whole could we possibly be made than when we are one with Him? Is it too much to ask that we be ready and waiting for Him? All our Lord asked of Naaman is that he go and dunk in the Jordan River seven times, yet he almost didn’t do it. Our Lord could have just healed Him on the spot, but that would not have demonstrated any faith by Naaman.
Matthew 25:13 (KJV)
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Please note that it is definitely not the wise or foolish virgins this verse is directed to. It is you; for “ye” know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Why would Jesus Christ himself give us this warning if we cannot know the “day and hour” of the Rapture? It is obvious that the virgins in this parable all knew the day of the wedding. But it was only the wise virgins that were aware of the “hour” and knew ahead of time what was going to happen and what would be expected. That is why they brought the extra oil in their vessels.
Why is it that our teachers do not see what our Lord is telling us in this verse? He did not say “watch” because you cannot know the day or hour that the Son of man is coming. He did not say “watch” because you will never know the day or hour that the Son of Man is coming. He said “watch” because you do not know when the Son of man is coming. The Greek word for “watch” that is used here is the same word used in all the Gospels. The Greek word for watch is the exact same word for “be vigilant.” Webster’s 1913 dictionary says “vigilant” means to “be attentive to discover and avoid danger.” This definition tells us everything we need to know concerning the commandment given in this verse. When our Lord says “Watch therefore,” He is telling us “be attentive to My Word,” and discover the meanings of the prophecies it contains so that you will know the wedding day and avoid the consequences you will suffer if you should miss it.
Of course no one knew the day or hour of His return when He spoke this. It was impossible for us to know because none of the prophecies regarding the end times had been fulfilled at that time. Bible prophecy was written in such a way that it would be almost impossible to know until the time it would be needed. Those in the Old Testament would not start being fulfilled until after 600 A.D. and most of the prophecies in the New Testament had not even been written yet. It is through our understanding the prophecies given in the Word of God that we will be able to know the day (year) and hour (Fall Feast Season) in which He will return. This is just one of the reasons it is important for us to keep this commandment to watch and be vigilant in studying His Word.
Also, don’t forget that if you are rehearsing the Feast Days as He commanded, you should never be caught off guard.
The Sign of the Son of Man &
The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
Book Introduction (Read for more info contained in the book)
- The REAL 4th Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Daniel 2)
- The REAL King of Babylon (Isaiah 14)
- The REAL Key to Deciphering Time Prophecy
- The REAL Secret Prophecy of Daniel 4
- The REAL Beast of Revelation 13
- The REAL Beast that was and is not; And the Great Whore (Revelation 17)
- The REAL 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Revelation 6)
- The REAL First 4 Trumpets of Revelation 8
- The REAL 4 Angels of Revelation 9 And the Plague of Islam
- The REAL Woman, Dragon and Flood of Revelation 12
- The REAL 2 Witnesses of Revelation 11
- The REAL 70 Weeks of Daniel 9
- The FEASTS OF THE LORD; The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
- The REAL Sign of the Son of Man; and Signs of the End (Matthew 24)
- The REAL Parable of the 10 Virgins (Matthew 25)
- The Fall Feast Days as Revealed in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 6,7,8,11)
- The REAL Warning to the Church of Laodicea; the Church of Today (Revelation 3)
- Closing Thoughts & the REAL Day of the Resurrection of Our Lord