Excerpt from The
Revelation Series, "The Rapture and the Second Coming of
Christ", by Gordon Lindsay,
Vol 8, p 241, 242.
Published 1968 by Christ for the Nations, Dallas, Texas
Copyright - Copied with
permission of CFNI
Prelude to The Foolish Virgins....
Question: Are the "ten virgins"
all to be considered genuine believers?
Answer: Yes. The term "virgins" is
used in the Scriptures as representative of people who are
separated from the world. Paul used the word "virgin" as
denoting one espoused to Christ.
"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 virgin to Christ." (11
Again, the 144,000 of Revelation 14, the
First-fruits unto God, are spoken of as "virgins".
"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 First fruits unto God and
to the Lamb." (Rev. 14:4)
The term "virgins" when used symbolically in
the Scriptures does not refer to the married state, but rather
to separation from the world. "Virgins" are those not
defiled with the harlot daughters of Babylon. They have
come out of Babylon. Friendship and conformity with the
world is reckoned by the Scriptures as spiritual
adultery. (James 4:4)
We must therefore grant that the ten virgins
represent the true believers of the Church of Jesus
Christ. That is, they are saved people.
Question: What is meant by the
expression "which took their lamps"? (Matt. 25:1)
Answer: Lamps are a symbol of the word
of God. It is through the word of God that the Church
has been able to know and understand that Christ is coming as
a Bridegroom for his people. The psalmist says, "Thy
word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
(Psa 119:105) By means of the light of God's word the
virgins are able to go forth to meet the Bridegroom.
159 THE FOOLISH VIRGINS
Question: Who are the foolish
Answer: One thing marks the foolish
virgins from the wise - the foolish failed to take oil in
their vessels with their lamps, while the wise did. Oil
in the Scriptures, is a type of the Holy Spirit. An
illustration of the symbolism of the oil, is found in
James. The Apostle commands the elders to anoint the
sick with oil:
Is any sick among you? let him call
for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him,
anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."
The oil in itself has no power to heal.
But as a symbol of the omnipresent Spirit of God, it
represents God's presence to heal.
This oil of the Holy Spirit is contained in
vessels - our bodies, which are temples of the Holy
Ghost. The foolish virgins may have had oil in their
vessels, at the beginning, since their lamps had burned for a
while, but at any rate, they had failed to replenish the
It is God's will that His Spirit should ever
flow through and overflow from the innermost being of His
people. (Jn 7:37-38) Our light cannot continue to
burn indefinitely without the continual infilling of the
Spirit. Neglect can allow the supply to diminish.
This was the mistake of the foolish virgins. "They that
were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with
them." (Verse 3)
11 Corinthians 4, uses the symbolism of the
Parable of the Virgins. Verse 6, speaks of the "light of
the knowledge of the glory of God" that "hath shined in our
hearts". That is God's word of the gospel which is a
"lamp unto our feet". As we enter into the fulness of
Divine blessing, we receive that "treasure", or "power" in
"earthen vessels". This earthen vessel which is our
physical body, dissolves at death (11 Cor. 5:1) and "an house
not made with hands" takes its place. But while we
are in this world, this "earthen vessel" holds "the earnest of
the Spirit". (11 Cor. 5:5)
The wise virgins recognized the need of
keeping oil in their vessels. The foolish virgins
realized the importance of the lamps, but they neglected the
oil to their great sorrow and loss.
Gordon Linsday, 1968 (as shown above)