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Ten Virgins 02

Matthew 25

1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2“Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3“For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps.

 

5“Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6“But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7“Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8“The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9“But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’

 

10“And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.

 

11“Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12“But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13“Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.

 

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Revelation 3 describes the church of Philadelphia and the church of Laodicea: the last two of the seven churches. God promised the church of Philadelphia that because they had been faithful to God's Word, they would be spared the hour of Trial that was to come on the whole earth.

 

But the final church, Laodicea, is a disappointment to the Lord Jesus. Apparently Laodicea will need to go through the Tribulation, because God says they are selfish, materialistic and indifferent to the needs of others. God tells Laodicea that they are spiritually blind. It is distressing to the Lord that nothing MOVES them.

 

These two churches could represent the two groups of women in the parable, and might explain even further why God rejected the five foolish virgins. These stories are warnings that we need to nurture obedience and compassion, in order to keep ourselves spiritually alive and vital until the Lord returns.

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Taken on August 16, 2011