“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. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
This is not a easy parable to totally understand. Some things that we can plainly see is both the foolish and the wise had oil. That represents the Holy Ghost. The lamp is the word of God. The bride is the body of believers and Christ is the groom. The waiting period is between the time of His departure and return.
We all told to be watchful and continue in the word of God daily. God promises to meet our needs when we seek Him first and His righteousness. The church is called to grow in His grace, and in the knowledge as well as the understanding of the word. To be steadfast in prayer.
But if we say from within our hearts that the Lord’s return is delayed and become abusive towards others, living like the lost (who are without hope in this world and the next), then we will be cut off like any other transgressor. The foolish had some oil or preparation for the coming of the Lord, yet their lamps lacked oil and it went out. A person cannot be saved by past deeds done, associations and there are no second chances given to us in the next life (meaning that we have only our time on earth to prepare ourselves properly for God’s use).
Here are some words of wisdom given to us all by God.
1. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endures for ever. (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 the LORD 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)
3. For the LORD 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)
7. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. (Proverbs 8:33)
8. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy 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)
1. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
2. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
1. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16)
2. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.(Colossians 3:17)
All these verses hold the promise of being wise in your “latter end.” (Proverbs 19:20)