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Ten Virgins

Mat 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

The Apostle Paul had a little something to say about virginity. Spiritual virginity.

2 Cor 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste[1] virgin to Christ.

1 "CHASTE": 53. hagnos, hag-nos'; from the same as G40; prop. clean, i.e. (fig.) innocent, modest, perfect:--chaste, clean, pure.

2 Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent[1] beguiled[2] Eve through his subtlety[3], so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

1 "SERPENT": 3789. ophis, of'-is; prob. from G3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, fig. (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, espec. Satan:--serpent.

2 "BEGUILED": 1818. exapatao, ex-ap-at-ah'-o; from G1537 and G538; to seduce wholly:--beguile, deceive.

3 "SUBTLETY": 3834. panourgia, pan-oorg-ee'-ah; from G3835; adroitness, i.e. (in a bad sense) trickery or sophistry:--(cunning) craftiness, subtilty.

2 Cor 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Gal 1:6 I marvel[1] that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another[2] gospel:

1 "MARVEL": 2296. thaumazo, thou-mad'-zo; from G2295; to wonder; by impl. to admire:--admire, have in admiration, marvel, wonder.

2 "ANOTHER": 2087. heteros, het'-er-os; of uncert. affin.; (an-, the) other or different:--altered, else, next (day), one, (an-) other, some, strange.

If they were removed from Christ, (or Christianity), then at one time they must have been in Christ. Or at least thought they were. Just like today, amnesia sets in pretty quick. People seem to be a Christian one day and not the next.

I believe the ten virgins, Jesus describes in the book of Matthew, represents the state of Christianity just prior to His second coming. Those who really are and those who claim to be Christians. We know that some who claim to be, aren't going to make it. Just as Jesus states in the the three verses below.

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Again Paul tells of some who're into God's Word that will defect.

2 Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling[1] away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

1 "FALLING": 646. apostasia, ap-os-tas-ee'-ah; fem. of the same as G647; defection from truth (prop. the state) ["apostasy"]:--falling away, forsake.

For someone to defect from Truth, at one time they must've been in It.

2 Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Psa 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

The chart below depicts religion as it currently is in the world. 2008.

I believe the parable of the ten virgins represent True Christians and the so called Christians at the time just prior to and at the second coming of Christ. Think about it, none of the other religions recognize Jesus as The Son of The Living God. The Messiah. The True Virgins? Just who are they?

Rev 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 God and to the Lamb.

Now back to Matthew 25:

Mat 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish[1].

1 "FOOLISH": 3474. moros, mo-ros'; prob. from the base of G3466; dull or stupid (as if shut up), i.e. heedless, (mor.) blockhead, (appar.) absurd:--fool (-ish, X -ishness).

Mat 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil[1] with them:

1 "OIL": 1637. elaion, el'-ah-yon; neut. of the same as G1636; olive oil:--oil.

I think the oil is pertaining to the knowledge of God's word. Some will not have enough at this time to withstand the fiery darts of Satan. Read Zec. 4:1 thru 3, Zec. 4:11 thru 14, and all of Revelation 11.

Zec 4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,

Zec 4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:

Zec 4:3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

Zec 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

Zec 4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

Zec 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

What, or who, are these two olive trees?

Zec 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

The next few verses in Revelation chapter eleven are just before and includes Christ's return.

Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

What comes from peoples mouths? Words. They'll be using God's word.

Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Note, not until they've finished the work God has for them to do. Then and only then does Satan do what God has forbidden him. And what was that?

1 Chr 16:22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Psa 105:15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Satan is about to do the forbidden which was predicted at least three thousand years before the fact in Psalms 79.

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street[1] of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

1 "STREET": 4113. plateia, plat-i'-ah; fem. of G4116; a wide "plat" or "place", i.e. open square:--street.

Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

Psa 79:2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
Psa 79:3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.

See how God foretells us all things.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Rev 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

The same hour? What hour? The midnight hour, when the Bridegroom, (Jesus), comes.

Rev 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

There are only three woes.

Rev 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

The first woe happened in Revelation 9:12.

Rev 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

The second just happened in Revelation 11:14 and the third woe starts immediately at Revelation 11:15.

I'm inserting, (or repeating), Rev.11:14 again so not to lose the thought.

Rev 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

The third woe:
Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded[1]; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

1 "SOUNDED": 4537. salpizo, sal-pid'-zo; from G4536; to trumpet, i.e. sound a blast (lit. or fig.):--(which are yet to) sound (a trumpet).

Here the Bridegroom has returned. This is the midnight hour. Christ takes possession of the kingdoms of this world. This will be the last day of this flesh age and the beginning of the one thousand year reign of Christ. See 1Co. 15:50 thru 1Co. 15:52. where it states that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. If the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of God, all flesh and blood must be done away with. So at the coming of Christ all flesh must cease to exist.

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

All our wondering and guess work will then be over. The mystery of God made clear.

Mat 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels[1] with their lamps.

1 "VESSELS": 30. aggeion, ang-eye'-on; from aggos (a pail, perh. as bent; comp. the base of G43); a receptacle:--vessel.

Mat 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

1 Th 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Who'll be making that cry? The two witnesses, plus more that are delivered up. See Mark 13.

Mat 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed[1] their lamps.

1 "TRIMMED": 2885. kosmeo, kos-meh'-o; from G2889; to put in proper order, i.e. decorate (lit. or fig.); spec. to snuff (a wick):--adorn, garnish, trim.

Mat 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

Mat 25:9 But the wise[1] 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.

1 "WISE": 5429. phronimos, fron'-ee-mos; from G5424; thoughtful, i.e. sagacious or discreet (implying a cautious character; while G4680 denotes practical skill or acumen; and G4908 indicates rather intelligence or mental acquirement); in a bad sense conceited (also in the compar.):--wise (-r).

5424. phren, frane; prob. from an obsol. phrao (to rein in or curb; comp. G5420); the midrif (as a partition of the body), i.e. (fig. and by impl. of sympathy) the feelings (or sensitive nature; by extens. [also in the plur.] the mind or cognitive faculties):--understanding.

At this time, only those who have the mark of the beast, may buy or sell. If they're going to buy, they've accepted the mark.

Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count[1] the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

1 "COUNT" 5585. psephizo, psay-fid'-zo; from G5586; to use pebbles in enumeration, i.e. (gen.) to compute:--count.

5586. psephos, psay'-fos; from the same as G5584; a pebble (as worn smooth by handling), i.e. (by impl. of use as a counter or ballot) a verdict (of acquittal) or ticket (of admission); a vote:--stone, voice.

When this time comes round, who will you be voting for? .... Currently, in 2008, in fun people are saying one of our presidential candidates is the Messiah, he'll part the waters, and save the earth. Some say he's the antichrist. He's neither, but, God does send us types. ......Wake up America!!!

I think God, (Jesus), is saying what He told His children long long ago.

Judg 10:13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.

Judg 10:14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.

Rev 22:10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

What time is at hand? ....... The end of time.

Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Here we are, only ten verses from the end of the Bible. Is God, or Jesus, begging people to come? No. Let the chips fall where they may.

Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

There is another hour. Probably the eleventh.

Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Rev 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

During this hour of temptation what will the wise, those of understanding, be doing?

Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Dan 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Dan 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.

Dan 11:34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

Dan 11:35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

Mat 25:10 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.

Remember, at this time, only those having the mark of the beast may buy or sell.

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

Mat 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

Amos 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

I bet there'll be lots of fainting going on. Thirsty for that Living Water.

Mat 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

As I stated earlier, God sends us types. Let's examine another from long long ago.

Just like Absalom took his father's, (king David's), wives, Satan, (the antichrist), will try to take the bride of Jesus. As God told David in advance that his wives would be taken, He's telling the Christians of the end time to beware of the same thing.

2 Sam 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

2 Sam 12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

2 Sam 16:21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.

2 Sam 16:22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

2 Sam 20:3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.

Mat 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Rev 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Rev 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

When is Jesus coming? Well, here we are at the battle of Armageddon. ........ Watcheth?

Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress[1] of nations[2], with perplexity[3]; the sea and the waves roaring;

Note the meaning of the word perplexity. Sure fits today. September, 2008. Read 2 Chronicles chapter 20, for a good story about being perplexed.

1 "DISTRESS": 4928. sunoche, soon-okh-ay'; from G4912; restraint, i.e. (fig.) anxiety:--anguish, distress.

2 "NATIONS": 1484. ethnos, eth'-nos; prob. from G1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; spec. a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by impl. pagan):--Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

3 "PERPLEXITY": 640. aporia, ap-or-ee'-a; from the same as G639; a (state of) quandary:--perplexity.
639. aporeo, ap-or-eh'-o; from a comp. of G1 (as a neg. particle) and the base of G4198; to have no way out, i.e. be at a loss (mentally):--(stand in) doubt, be perplexed.

Isa 22:5 For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.

Micah 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

Mark 13:8 For nation[1] shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

1 "NATION": 1484. ethnos, eth'-nos; prob. from G1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; spec. a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by impl. pagan):--Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

With all that's going on now, September, 2008, arenít people beginning to feel a little perplexed? Wars, rumors of wars, terrorism, and economic meltdown. Kinda like there's no way out? At a loss mentally? Standing in doubt? .....Wake up America!!!

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. .... Maybe the foolish virgins failed to follow this advise.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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