THE PROPHECY OF THE WISE AND FOOLISH VIRGINS... THEY CLAIMED TO BE WISE, YET THEY BECAME FOOLS
Many today have heard from their Leaders that "Believers" are the 5-wise virgins, and that "Unbelievers" are the 5-foolish. Others have been told by their Pastors that the Foolish Virgins are those who lack the "Oil" of the Set-apart Spirit.
~ But what do the Scriptures themselves reveal? How can we recognize the Wise and Foolish Virgins today? Dear Reader, are you among the Wise, or the Foolish? Let's Look closely at the Scriptures, and let’s find out;
1) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps,
and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2) And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3) They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4) But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5) While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6) And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to
7) 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.
9) 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.
10) 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.
11) Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Master, Master, open to us.
12) But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13) Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 25:1-13)
~ Looking at verse 1, we notice the following:
"THEN" shall the Kingdom of Heaven be likened unto Ten Virgins..." (Matthew 25:1a)
~ What is the "THEN" referring to? Let's look at the previous paragraph to find out:
MATHEW 24:50-51 - "The Master of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
~ The above passages refer to the coming of Master of a servant, in a day in which he is not looking, nor is he aware of the hour of his Master’s coming. The consequence for this servant is a “Cutting Asunder.” It is this time frame in which right afterwards is the coming of the Bridegroom.
~ The Greek word for this phrase “cutting asunder” is 'DICHOTOMEO,' Strong's number <1371>, meaning "dividing into two parts." So we are being told there is going to be a Dividing, or Separation, right at the very moment when the Virgins are to “go forth to meet the bridegroom.”
~ Let us resume now back to Chapter 25.
"ALL THE VIRGINS HAD LAMPS"
~ In Matthew 25:1, we see that both the Wise and Foolish Virgins "went forth" to meet the Bridegroom. All Ten had Lamps. Notice also in verse 3 that the foolish took no Oil with them. What is the significance of these statements here?
~ First, let’s look at the Lamps;
PROVERBS 6:23 - "For the Commandment is a Lamp; and the Law ("Torah") is Light; and reproofs of Instruction are, "THE WAY" of Life.
~ We see from Proverbs that one's 'LAMP' speaks of the Commandments, and that the Law ("Torah") is the Light given off from the Lamp. This is an important clue as to what 'our'
Lamp and Light should be!
~ Yahusha is our living example of the Torah being lived out in daily life. Thus it is what Yahusha said, "I am the Light of the World" (John 8:12, 9:5).
~ Not only this, but Yahusha also said of His Disciples, "You are the Light of the World" (Mat 5:14). Was this a contradiction - or did Yahusha reveal to us the clue to a great
~ The mystery of "Messiah-In-You" that the apostle Paul spoke of in Colossians 1:27 was more than just an idle description. It was a revelation given to the Bride-Candidates, showing us that as Born-again Believers, our following "Messiah-in-us" by walking in Obedience to the Torah, is our only means of giving off His Light, and our only hope of entering in to His glory!
~ Our only hope of entering into glory is for us to follow "Messiah-In-You" to become the Light, to Reflect His Light by obeying our Father's Commandments. Unless we follow "Messiah-In-You", and keep His Father's Commandments while 'He lives in us', we have no hope of entering in.
~ All the Virgins had Lamps, which are the Commandments Written in their Bibles! But only the Wise Virgins had the Light that comes from actually walking in those Commandments! Only the Wise Virgins Had Light.
~ So the five wise and the five foolish virgins were all "Bride Candidates" by their own estimation. They all had the Lamp of the Commandments. But only the Wise Virgins allowed "Messiah-in-them" to provide the Light after living out the Torah in their daily
~ Perhaps the Foolish Virgins were told, "That's Jewish, don't do that!" Perhaps they were told, "That's not for us today in the modern world" or even worse, "We’re not under the Law." Perhaps they listened to the many voices of the Blind leaders of the Blind telling them, "Nobody Can Keep The Law," and so they did not search out the issues in the Scriptures for themselves! They are all missing out on the importance of the Light of living out the Torah in their daily lives.
~ So we see now, that not all of the Virgins were truly 'Bride Candidates' in their behavior!
~ The behavior, the actions and lifestyles of the Wise Virgins, can be seen further in the Book of Revelation, as the [repentant] Virgin Daughter of Zion:
REVELATION 14:4- These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are Virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto Yahuah and to the Lamb.
~ These virgins were not defiled with women. They had repented of the spiritual harlotry — the idolatry that the other 'virgins' continued to engage in. Instead, they followed the Lamb wherever He took them, even into unfamiliar spiritual territory. They allowed the Lamb to live in them, and to walk in them, in the same obedience that He walked in 2,000 years ago, when He was living within His own body. They allowed the Lamb to be their Light on a daily basis!
"ONLY THE WISE VIRGINS HAD WISDOM"
~ In Matthew 25:3 we see that the Wise took oil, but the Foolish did not! Many people today focus on the Oil, and speculate as to what it means! But we are told that Oil is found in the dwelling of the Wise (Proverbs 21:20), and so our goal is to be among the Wise! And since wisdom is given by Yahuah, and the Oil is related to Wisdom, then we must conclude that the 'Oil' is given by His Grace — the Holy-Spirit power provided by "Messiah-in-us" to accomplish His purposes.
~ So we need not search for the 'Oil' — We merely need to seek for Wisdom, and the Oil will be there when it is needed. As we increase in the wisdom of allowing the Commandments to shine forth as Light in our lives, then "Messiah-in-us" will be there to provide the Oil. As soon as we make an attempt to walk in His Commandments, Statutes and Judgments [walking in the Light], He will supply the Oil, by the Grace He gives us from within, to do His will.
~ In Matthew 25:5, we see that both the Wise and Foolish Virgins slumbered, and slept. In verse 6, the Messenger cried out at Midnight. Then in verse 7, we see both the Wise and Foolish Virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. The lamps of the Foolish had gone out — they had no oil. It is implied that the Lamps of the Wise did not go out, and that they had no lack of oil.
"THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE WISE AND FOOLISH VIRGINS!"
~ Next, we notice in verse 10, that "...they that were ready [the Wise] went in with him to the marriage..." Then we see in verses 11-12, "Afterward came also the other virgins [the Foolish], saying, 'Master, Master, open to us!' But He answered and said, 'Verily I say unto you, I know you not'."
~ Thus far we see that the Wise Virgins were wise [they had Biblical 'wisdom'], and the Foolish Virgins were foolish [they lacked Biblical 'wisdom']. We see that the Wise had oil, and their Lamps had not gone out, whereas the Foolish had no oil, and their Lamps had gone out. We also see that the Wise were ready to enter in, and the Foolish were not.
~ Each of these differences can be clearly seen in Scripture, and can be explained as to their Prophetic meanings! And so we will now examine in detail the major differences between the Wise and Foolish Virgins, based on what the Scriptures reveal.
~ The Wise Virgins Were Ready to Enter In.
~ They that were Ready — the Wise Virgins — went in with him to the marriage. The reason they went in, we are told, is that they were 'READY.' But what does it mean to be Ready?
~ Let’s examine this first, by looking at those that were NOT ready. These were the Foolish Virgins. The first thing we notice is that these 'other' virgins uttered the phrase, "Master, Master."
~ It is significant that those who call Yahusha their Lord [Master] are those that consider themselves to be His servants, His followers — what many call Christians! But the Master answered and said, "I Do Not Know You!"
~ It is also significant that this phrase "Master, Master" is spoken five times in the New Testament, in the context of disobedience, and in the context of being refused entrance into the Kingdom.
~ So here we have another clue — that this is a very serious issue, perhaps related to the breaking of Yahuah's Covenant — His eternal 'Marriage Agreement.'
~ We must find out why the Master answered in this way. So in order to further identify the Foolish Virgins, let's notice the phrase, "Master, Master" as seen in Matthew 7:21 and again in verse 22, to further identify the foolish virgins:
MATTHEW 7:21-23 - "Not everyone that saith unto me, Master, Master, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22) Many will say to me in that day, Master, Master, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. "
~ The Master's response, seen in Mat 7:23 above, is very similar to what was said to the Foolish Virgins, but with one additional clue: "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work 'Iniquity'."
~ The Greek word for ‘iniquity’ is 'Anomia', Strong’s number <458>, meaning "Transgression of the Law; contempt or violation of Law; condition of being without Law; wickedness." It is this additional clue that shows us one point of separation between the
Wise, and the Foolish. But let's look further.
~ In the above passage, we see some additional clues. Notice the following contrast: "Not everyone that saith unto me... but he that Doeth the will of my Father..."
"THE BRIDEGROOM ANSWERS, 'I KNOW YOU NOT"
~ Looking at the Bridegroom's response in Matthew 25:12, we see that the Bridegroom answered, "I know you not." What does this tell us? The word ‘know’ in the Greek is 'eido' - Strong’s # <1492>, meaning "to perceive with the eyes, pay attention, observe,
inspect, examine, experience any state or condition, to see, i.e. have an interview with, visit, have regard for one, cherish, pay attention to, see with the mind's eye; signifies a clear and purely mental perception."
~ So the Wise Virgins must have been "Known" by the Bridegroom! He had regard for them. But not so with the other group! They were not known by the Bridegroom. They were said to be workers of 'Anomia' - they were "Without Law" - they were not "do-ers" of
the Law! And they were considered "FOOLISH." This result is in agreement with what we concluded above, as we looked at the Lamp and the Light!
"WHAT ABOUT THE TRUTH ABOUT THE OIL"
~ Most discussions of this parable my many people seem to center around the Oil for the Lamps. But that is because most today have not an inkling of the Truth that walking in Wisdom is simply walking in obedience to Torah! Most Pastors and Teachers today have removed the Torah (the Law) from the New Covenant teaching, and so they vainly grasp at anything to focus on, except the real issues!
~ For a Scriptural look at the "Oil," see "WHAT IS THE OIL IN THE LAMPS OF THE WISE VIRGINS" also posted on the wall....
~ YAHUAH, on the other hand, is establishing the 'New Covenant' among His people, by writing the Torah (Law) on their inward parts, and Writing it in their Hearts (Jer 31:33; Heb 8:10). Yahuah is likewise 'Sealing' His Torah among His Disciples, so that they may 'KNOW' Him, and so He may know who they are by the "SEAL" (Isa 8:16; So 8:6; Ex 31:13,16; Ezekiel 20:12, 20). So again - in these passages - we see many links between
wisdom and knowing the Father! We are told that the ‘Wise’ man is a man of 'Knowledge’ - that is, Knowledge of the Father.
~ The passages in Ex 31:13 and Ezekiel 20 vs 12 & 20 reveal exactly what determines "Knowing" ("I know you not" or "I never knew you") . Likewise, the companion passage in Ex 31:16 reveals that this is a "New Covenant" issue, concerning the eternal agreement between the Bridegroom and the Bride! The refusal of the 'Bride-Candidates' to keep this Agreement is seen in Scripture as 'Lawlessness,' the 'Anomia' seen among those claiming
the New Covenant - ("You That Work Iniquity").
"THE WISE VIRGINS IDENTIFIED IN SCRIPTURE"
~ The Psalms and Proverbs both have much to say about those who would be Wise, and those who are Foolish, and they add more light to the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins!
~ Notice the frequent relating of 'WISDOM' with Commandments and Law:
1) The fear of Yahuah is the beginning of Wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his Commandments: his Praise endureth forever! (Psalms 111:10)
2) Thou through thy Commandments hast made me Wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. (Psalms 119:98)
1) The fear of Yahuah is the beginning of Knowledge: but Fools despise Wisdom and Instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
2) My son, hear the Instruction of thy Father, and forsake not the Law of thy Mother: - (Proverbs 1:8) - (New Jerusalem the Mother of us all - Galatians 4:26)
3) For Yahuah giveth Wisdom: out of his mouth cometh Knowledge and Understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)
4) The Wise shall inherit glory (Proverbs 3:35)
5) Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get Wisdom (Proverbs 4:7)
6) My son, keep thy Father's Commandment, and forsake not the Law of thy Mother: (Proverbs 6:20) - (New Jerusalem the Mother of us all - Galatians 4:26)
7) Hear Instruction, and be Wise, and refuse it not. (Proverbs 8:33)
😎 The fear of YHWH is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Set-apart One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
9) The Wise in Heart will receive Commandments (Proverbs 10:8)
10) A Wise son heareth his Father's Instruction (Proverbs 13:1)
11) The Law of the Wise is a fountain of Life, to depart from the snares of death. (Proverbs 13:14)
12) A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil (Proverbs 14:16)
13) There is Oil in the dwelling of the Wise (Proverbs 21:20)
14) Whoso keepeth the Law is a Wise son (Proverbs 28:7)
15) Whoso loveth Wisdom rejoiceth his Father (Proverbs 29:3)
~ All these verses hold the promise of being Wise in your "Latter End" (Prov. 19:20). The "Latter End" is that most-waited-for time, that glorious time, when we shall hear the "Midnight Cry" saying: "Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him" (Matt
~ Gaining Wisdom is the key, the secret, to having that precious Oil that the five Wise Virgins had. Having the Oil is merely a by-product, a result of being Wise, and of being known by the Bridegroom. Being Wise, and avoiding being foolish, is the real issue! This is a New (Eternal) Covenant issue.
~ Yahusha exhorted His Bride, when He said, "...O fools, and Slow of Heart to believe ALL that the prophets have spoken" (Luke 24:25). Yahusha spoke that as a warning to us. He said that the 'FOOLISH' are slow of heart, because they are not "DO-ERS" of all the Prophets have spoken! What was He referring to?
~ For one thing, He was Referring to the Israelites in the Wilderness, who are another picture of the Foolish Virgins. The Prophets tell us exactly what prevented the Israelites of that generation from entering in.
~ Let’s look at just a few passages from the Prophets:
EZEKIEL 20:12-13- Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahuah that sanctify them. But the House of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in My statutes, and they despised My judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and My Sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.
EZEKIEL 20:19-20 - I am Yahuah your Aluahym; walk in My statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And Set-apart My Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that ye may "KNOW" that I am Yahuah your Aluahym.
EXODUS 31:16 - Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant ("owlam berith").
JOHN 5:46-47 - For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?
~ In the above passage in John5:46-47, Yahusha clearly tells us that if we are NOT a believer (a "do-er") of Moses' words, we will NOT be a believer (a "do-er") of His Words (for Moses' words 'ARE' His words). He is telling us today, "If ye Love me, keep MY
Commandments" (John 14:15).
~ Likewise, being a "DO-ER" of all that the Prophets have spoken ("My Commandments"), will result in the Foolish becoming Wise, and becoming true partaker in the Everlasting
~ Many people today do not realize that the 'New Covenant' is the very same ‘Everlasting Covenant’ spoken of in the Book of Hebrews, and also in the Psalms:
HEBREWS 13:20-21 - Now the Aluahym of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Master Yahusha, that great Shepherd of the Sheep, through the Blood of the "EVERLASTING COVENANT", Makes you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Yahusha Messiah; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amein.
PSALMS 105:9-10 - "…Which Covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a Law, and to Israel for an "EVERLASTING COVENANT!"
~ In the Psalms passage above, we see that transgressing the covenant made with Abraham, is transgressing the very same covenant confirmed unto Jacob for a Law, and is also
transgressing the Everlasting Covenant ratified in the Blood of Yahusha!
"THE FOOLISH VIRGINS BREAK THE MARRIAGE AGREEMENT"
~ It was disobedience, or "Transgression of the Law," that prevented Israel from entering in to the Promised Land. Likewise, it will be 'Anomia', the same "Transgression of the Law,"
that will prevent the Foolish Virgins from entering in with the Bridegroom in the Last Days! Why is this true? It is because the "Law" (Torah) is part of the Marriage Agreement broken by the Foolish Virgins.
~ What about the Foolish Virgins? Throughout Scripture, we see two opposing pictures of virgins! First, there is the (repentant) Virgin Daughter of Zion, picturing the Wise Virgins! Second, there is the Virgin Daughter of Babylon, also called the Virgin
Daughter of Egypt. This reveals the Foolish Virgins!
ISAIAH 47:1 - Come down, and sit in the dust, O Virgin Daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate!
~ Those of the Company of the Virgin Daughter of Babylon were not aware that they were part of the Babylon Religious system!
~ They had been taught to shun "The Law." Therefore they did not allow the Lamb to live in them fully. By refusing to observe "My Sabbaths," as Messiah calls them, they refused Him! They prevented "Messiah-in-them" from obeying some of His Father's
Commandments, by His Grace!
~ By refusing to Keep the Passover, they refused the Passover Lamb Himself!
~ By refusing the Passover meal, they refused to Eat His Flesh and Drink His Blood of the New Covenant, thus they did not have His Life in them. -(John 6.53-56; Mark 14:16-24).
~ But notice what YAHUAH says about that:
ISAIAH 47:10 - For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
~ These are the Foolish Virgins! They lay claims of knowing Messiah, of being New Covenant Saints, of Followers of the Most High, but do not obey the written Instructions! They stand as a warning to all who would claim to be Wise!
"THE BRIDE MAKE HERSELF READY WITH HELP OF THE BRIDEGROOM"
~ Therefore let us begin to allow "Messiah-In-Us" to walk in the New Covenant, by His Grace - The Set-apart Spirit power and ability that He gives us from within, to Keep His
EZEKIEL 36:27 - And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to Walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.
JEREMIAH 31:31-34 - Behold, the days come, saith Yahuah, that I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel, and with the House of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith Yahuah: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the House of Israel; After those days, saith Yahuah, I will put my Law in their inward parts, and write it in their Hearts; and will be their Aluahym, and they shall be My people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know Yahuah: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith Yahuah: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:34)
~ Yahuah will Forgive our Iniquity, and remember our sin no more, "When We Repent" - after we cease our Iniquity and Sin, and begin to Walk in His Commandments, Statutes and
Judgments, by His Grace.
~ For those that are inclined to do so, let us that are Foolish repent - so that we may become Wise. The Bridegroom will be here soon! Let us make ourselves "Ready!"
By Tim Jay Galvin
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