Before reading this article, please read the Parable of the Ten Virgins, located in Matthew 25:1-13.
Assuming that you have read the parable, let us proceed. I am going to give you two interpretations of that parable (as the Holy Spirit directs). First, I will give you a regular Christian interpretation; then an interpretation as it relates to unmarried women.
Regular Scriptural Interpretation:
Jesus enjoys parables. He likes to speak through stories that parallel life. God told several parables that dealt with the topic of Him returning when we as a Body of Christ least expects it. In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, there is a situation in which a bridegroom has come into town to take the bridesmaids (ten virgins) with him.
Background on this ancient ritual…
Back when Jesus lived on earth, there was a very beautiful wedding custom. For a marriage to take place, first the parents of the bride and groom would make a legal agreement. The advantage that women had back in those days was that they were guaranteed a husband (pretty much). There was no shortage of men back then, as it appears to be now. The parents—who were respected for their wisdom, would choose for them. The bride brought a dowry into the marriage. No free-loading, no vain imaginations that the man would take care of her while she offered nothing!
After the contract, the second wonderful thing that occurred was that the groom would happily lead his friends to the bride’s house to pick up both the bride and her bridesmaids. Then the bridegroom would lead the entire group back to this home. It was an awesome, beautiful, breathtaking experience in which the bride and her virgin maids would await the arrival of the groom (and she did not know the exact time in which he would show up!) Finally, after his arrival, he would lead the procession back to his home and there would be the marriage feast where everyone would dance, sing, and celebrate the happy couple.
In this particular parable, Jesus concentrated on the second part of the marriage custom—the part in which the bridegroom went to the bride’s home to pick up the participants. In this parable the ten virgins had fallen asleep because the groom was taking a while to show up and it was quickly approaching midnight. However, at midnight the virgins heard a SHOUT! That brother was excited about the prospect of picking up his bride! The bridesmaids were happy and suggested that they go out to meet the groom.
As the bridegroom drew closer, five of the virgins (foolish) noticed that the oil in their lamps had pretty much burned out. The other five (wise) had reserved enough oil for their lamps and they had PLENTY of light left for the night time procession to the marriage feast.
Once the five foolish virgins figured out that they did not have sufficient light to walk in the blackness of midnight, they tried to get some oil from the wise virgins who refused to give them any. The wise virgins advised them to go to the nearby store to purchase more oil for their lamps. However, while they were out purchasing oil, the bridegroom arrived.
The bridegroom took those five wise virgins with him, entered into the marriage feast and shut the door. Later on the five foolish virgins showed up to the marriage feast with their lighted lamps but it was too late. The bridegroom refused to allow them entrance. He went as far as to say that as far as he was concerned, he did not know them!
It just so happens that Jesus taught that parable a few days prior to His crucifixion. The purpose of the parable was to make Christians aware of the fact that God will come like a thief in the night. God was letting Christians know that we must be prepared because we do not know when He will be returning. We do not know the day nor the hour of His return but we must be prepared.
Now that you have some background knowledge, I will share with you the specific interpretation that the Holy Spirit gave me for the women who visit this site.
Interpretation of the Parable of the Ten Virgins
I will share ONE interpretation of this parable, but keep in mid that there are others. I will simply share what the Lord gave me.
The bible says that His Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105). What is God’s Word? God’s Word is the Bible. God is saying that the Bible, if used, will serve as a lamp to our feet and will actually light our pathway.
Let’s look at the ten virgins. Those lamps that the virgins had were their bibles. The oil that they allowed to burn out was the Holy Spirit. Oil often represents the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20 – 27). Think of the anointing of God. Oil!
Do you know what a virgin is (in God’s eyes?) In God’s eyes, ALL unmarried women are virgins. In our society, women are running around fornicating and giving up the precious gift of virginity. Many women feel guilty and say, “If I had it to do all over again, I would have held on to my virginity.” No place in the bible does God say that an unmarried woman who had had intercourse is no longer a virgin. If it is in there, show it to me.
God throws sin into the sea of forgetfulness. God has some Good News for women who have been upset about the fact that they are no longer virgins (on a human level). Stop fornicating and God will choose to forget your past. In God’s eyes, you are a VIRGIN if you have never been married. Even if you have given birth to children, you are a VIRGIN in God’s eyes if you have never been married. It does not matter what the world things. God’s view is the only view that really counts.
The bible says that five of the virgins (unmarried women) were wise and five were foolish.
Why were five of the virgins foolish?
(1) They were foolish because they were backslidden and waited too late to come up out of that condition. How do I know that they were backslidden? Because at some point they HAD the Holy Spirit (oil) in their lives. Remember, the Bible said that their oil had burned out. That means that at some point their oil was active and alive. They Holy Spirit at some point was active in those women!
(2) They had lamps (bibles) but the bibles that they had were of no use to them because no one can comprehend or interpret the bible without the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Once their oil (Holy Spirit) burned out, their ability to rightly divide God’s Word and to comprehend the scriptures died. Therefore, the bible was not able to act as a light to their feet or a lamp to their pathway.
(3) They tried to go to other women (the wise virgins) to get oil. Excuse me! Hello! Too many women are depending on their family members’ salvation. Too many women are saying, “Yes, my daddy is a preacher”….”My grandfather was a minister”….My mother is an Elder of the church”…Sorry but we cannot enter into the Kingdom of God with someone else’s anointing. We must have our own anointing. We must have the Holy Spirit for ourselves. Our sister’s testimony won’t get us into the Kingdom!
(4) The foolish virgins waited too late to try to get the oil. Too many women in our society are putting off getting right with God because they are not finished sinning yet. They want to continue to fornicate, pay men’s bills, beg men to be kind to them, date criminals, etc. They know that they are backslidden. However, they do not truly believe that tomorrow is promised to no man or woman. God could come tomorrow. They could die tomorrow or even today. They refuse to accept the fact that salvation is for TODAY. God said, “Choose you THIS DAY whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). God never advised us to wait until we “get it together”. He wants us saved today. If we are backslidden, He wants us to get healed today—at this moment.
Why were five of the virgins wise?
The five wise virgins were wise in God’s view because they had the Holy Spirit actively functioning in their lives. Their lamps (bibles) were serving as light to their pathway and as a lamp to their feet. They had their own salvation. They were not depending on someone else’s testimony. They loved God for themselves. God’s reward was to allow them into the marriage feast. The foolish virgins were shut out of the feast.
What is YOUR status with God?
At this very moment you as a virgin (unmarried woman) is either a wise virgin or a foolish virgin in God’s eyes. At this moment, you know what type of virgin you are.
Some of the women reading this article have drug problems. Some have alcohol problems. Why would God have such a person at His marriage feast?
Are you allowing a man who is not your husband to fornicate with you? Are you lying, backbiting, gossiping, betraying friends, abusing and misusing people? Check your status. God wants people at His table who are living right.
The good news is that we serve an awesome God who is all loving. He desires to be your Groom and he wants you as a special guest at His table!
This was a lengthy article and there is much food here for you to digest. I’ll stop here and end with prayer.
REPEAT THIS PRAYER (or pray your own prayer)
Precious Father, I come to you asking your forgiveness of every sin that I have committed this day by thought, word or deed. I ask you to cleanse and make me whole.
Father, I repent from the bottom of my heart. I desire to be a wise virgin. No longer will I be a foolish virgin who allows her oil to burn out. No longer will I trust that I can ride into the kingdom on someone else’s testimony for I understand that it is YOU and I alone, God. I repent and I promise to leave behind the sins. I lay down my past sinful lifestyle in the name of Jesus. I pray that I be worthy to sit down at the marriage feast of Jesus and that the Lord bless me with a husband who is worthy of me. In Jesus’ name I pray and do give thanks. ~AMEN~
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