Ten sleeping virgins2
My apologies for length; This is what I have seen today…
The “virgins” are all sleeping. Before, is the parable of the master or keeper of the house which emphasizes being watch-full for Jesus return in Mat 24. Afterwards, still in Ch 25, is the parable of the talents. This parable ends with the “wicked” servant who is defined by sinful behavior and unbelief of Christ’s return. The wicked are thrown into outer darkness where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” This is the final judgment is it not?
Sleeping implies death as Jesus referred to Lazarus in the same fashion. He had to clarify this for the disciples when they said, “Oh good, he will get well.”
So, in Ch 24, the keeper of the house watches and behaves accordingly which pleases the Lord. This is a better rapture parable as Jesus called himself a “thief in the night.” Might the parable of the keeper be a rapture parable? The faithful person is given more to manage. In Ch 25 the servant who invests the talents is rewarded with more to manage. The wicked servant did not use the talent he was given. He knew the character of the man giving talents to the servants, but did not use the talent to benefit. It was buried, hidden and produced no action.
As for the “virgin” parable, they appear to be the deceased of the tribulation. They arise and assemble themselves with their lamp. Told the bridegroom is coming they know they need oil. While five look for extra oil the door (to heaven?) shuts and they are left out just like the wicked servant of the next parable. Might the “virgins” be tribulation saints? Five believe in
God, but do not change or act accordingly. The lamp is their belief and the extra oil is their “works/deeds”; the completion of their relationship with God.
I was led to what comes below, for your discernment. With a double confirmation...
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Here is an answer. In verses 20 & 26 is the declaration of faith needing works to be alive. This is not difficult. A heartfelt faith will naturally cause inward and/or outward change. At resurrection, prior to judgment, the dead will rise. The lamp is belief, the works are the extra oil. Like the servant with a talent, the awakened “virgin” needs to have acted on the gift/responsibility.
Now look at verse 22. Faith is made perfect by works. The greek word teleo (G5048) means completed. This is from the same root as teleioo(G5055) John uses when Jesus says, “It is finished.” Jesus went through the very same process! He was born and grew, then ministered representing God(His meat, the body of his existence), “I do my father’s will.” He was not completed or perfected until he offered His life on the cross. Upon death, His work made His presentation for the Father perfect. That is why He says, “take up your cross and follow me.” So, complete your faith by doing “works.” A change of heart leads to action of some kind. Do things your faith leads you to do. Remember also, He says, “ My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” He knows you are not an ox, but a sheep.
A perfected faith is not a perfected person in the natural. It is a completed faith where some action works in concert with faith in Christ for His benefit.
Possible answers to the questions:
The virgins may be tribulation saints dieing with a belief in God.
They are all asleep because they have died.
Five did not change their hearts and act according to their knowledge or belief in God.