REVELATION 19 AND THE 10 VIRGINS by Jeff Wade
Matthew, 25:1 - Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
I have an extensive study on Matthew 24-25 in our files section. I wanted to briefly revisit this subject because I have been seeing posts where this parable is misinterpreted. Also, I want to show a parallel portion of Scripture that ties in with this parable that we normally don't think about.
First off, it is widely believed and taught that the parable of the 10 Virgins refers to the church and speaks of the Rapture. You see posts that say something like "make sure your lamp is full" or "keep your lamps trimmed", etc. The truth of the matter is, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the church, nor does it speak of the Rapture.
Understanding that the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24-25 by Jesus is being addressed to the nation of Israel, is the first rule of interpreting this parable, therefore, we know Jesus is not talking to church age believers.
Next, we can tell by the wording Jesus uses. First of all, He uses the term "kingdom of Heaven". Every parable Jesus gives referencing the kingdom of Heaven, He is referring to the future Millennial Kingdom. They are referred to as kingdom parables.
Secondly, Jesus refers to the "bridegroom". This is key in understanding this because the bridegroom describes someone who is already married. The virgins were going out to meet the already married Messiah. This indicates that the Bridegroom is returning from the marriage ceremony back to the wedding feast. Therefore, this is not the Rapture, but refers to the 2nd coming at the end of the Tribulation when Christ, the married Bridegroom, returns to the wedding feast on earth with His Bride, the church. There are other clues that I won't cover here that indicate that the 10 Virgins represent survivors of the Tribulation Period when Christ returns to earth, not the church.
The parallel passage, which supports this, is found in Revelation 19.
Revelation, 19:7 - Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
This is immediately preceding the 2nd coming of Christ, which are verses 11-21. The church is now married to the Lord Jesus, the Bridegroom, getting ready to return for the wedding celebration on earth. When He returns, He finds two types of people (as symbolized by the 10 virgins), ones that are ready for Him, and ones that are not. The ones who are ready receive entrance into the wedding celebration and the Millennial Kingdom, the foolish virgins are cast into Hell.
I pray this clears up some confusion as to who the virgins represent and what time frame it is referring to. By failing to make this important distinction, much error has been taught, such as the loss of salvation and the partial Rapture theory.
We have no lamps to trim; you are either saved and will go in the Rapture or you are not. There is, however, a spiritual principle for the church, and that is to be watching and ready to meet the Lord at any time.
So the next time you see a post that says you better keep the oil in your lamp, just remember, we can never lose the indwelling Holy Spirit in this age of Grace.
Ephesians, 4:30 - And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
If you are not sealed by the Blessed Holy Spirit, then you are not saved. And if you are not saved, there will be no Rapture for you.
IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED, make that all important decision NOW!! You are running extremely short on time!!