The Kingdom of God in the parable is compared with ten virgins and this picture is much like today's world. It is ten virgins that are given as an example – not one or two– but ten, as we have to understand about great number of denominations and Christian confessions around the world. All those virgins have something good in them: they all have lamps, and they all came out to meet the Bridegroom. There is some good in it.
But there were five wise and five foolish. We think it’s not without a reason that such proportion 50\50 is taken, as there are a lot of churches today that have lost their vision and understanding of things happening today.
What characterises foolishness of the foolish virgins is that they took their lamps, but the lamps had no oil. That was a serious overlook, which is typical today for many of nowadays churches.
The wise virgins did the same – they took their lamps, but unlike the foolish ones they had oil.
The difference between those virgins was the time period preceding this– wise virgins were not sitting passively but were working to get the oil.
Also it says that while the Bridegroom was delayed it caused all to slumber and sleep. It is also very much like present day, when many churches “prophesied” a fast return of the Bridegroom, but He has not returned yet.
And it derives multiple mistakes and absence of the position of Apostolic expectation in endurance and faithfulness, which has led to spiritual sleep and slumber. The Word says that “all slept”.
But that didn't kill them, it was not yet fatal for them. And at midnight there was a cry “ Behold! The Bridegroom! Come out to meet Him!”
The cry was exactly in the midnight, and it symbolises this time as we are nearing the point when the Bridegroom will give His voice about His return.
But who will hear it? Do we hear this nearing voice? It is a very important question.
It' important to notice that the cry was specific – it was “the Bridegroom is coming!”; and then: “Come out to meet Him!” That was a concrete command – “come out to meet Him!”
This is a concrete and deep command. This is what we have to do today – not seeking the position of waiting, let's say, passive waiting, but taking action, coming to meet Him.
In the very beginning, the foolish ones realised that their lamps had gone out. This is what's happening with Christianity today, though they do not see it yet. And they started begging oil from the wise ones. Likewise many churches today are looking for revelations in other places, attending different conferences, listening to preaching all over the world, looking for the answers to their questions. But the oil is obtained in a different way. It is obtained under certain terms.
But the wise virgins didn't give them the oil, they refused. It doesn't look like Christian ethics. But sometimes there is no sense in sharing oil. Sacred and precious things aren't easily shared. They have to be purchased.
And here is the paradox of “false love”: when precious and sacred things of God are shared, both sides loose: the foolish ones don't receive enough to survive as others’ revelations are not strong enough to assist salvation, and the wise ones loose a measure of glory and end up with a loss of essential things.
The Bridegroom has come.
There will be a time when it will be too late to buy. What time is now – to buy or to do something else?
The picture is such: the foolish virgins are at the market buying oil when the Bridegroom has come all of a sudden. The wise ones are separated from the foolish ones by their readiness to enter the wedding feast right away. And foolish ones set off to find some oil, that is in the opposite direction from the necessary way of salvation, from the Bridegroom.
Those who were ready went in to the wedding feast and the door was shut. The point wasn't so much in their having no oil, but that they were not near the Bridegroom when He came.
Where were they? In the trading place, with sellers.
They were focused on people, where the oil is purchased, and lost the intimacy and vision of God. Here is e catastrophe of being late.
“Afterward” “the other virgins” also came. "Other virgins" sounds very threatening. And they are saying: “Open to us!” If we read the book of Revelation carefully, we can find that this picture already happened once, but it was vice versa. The Bridegroom was outside the door knocking the same way they are knocking now to Him. They were self-complacent and self-sufficient in the Laodicean church and didn't open to Him. That day they switched their places.
Revelation 3:20 says, ”Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” But apparently, they didn't open to Him, but rejected the knocking Christ, and now they are in the place of rejected.
The answer of the Lord was short and clear: “I do not know you!”
Today He should know us not through the closed doors. You don't know anyone through the closed doors. But NOW, when the doors are still open, when there is still time. And as we understand from this parable – the time is short.
The concluding command of the Lord is clear. Praise the Lord that He always speaks short and clear. He said: “WATCH THEREFORE ”. T
hat means – “do not sleep”, when you are not to sleep. That means that you store the oil, while it is still possible to obtain it. That means “not to go away from the door of the wedding feast”, that means - “Listen to His voice and don't be destructed”. Amen.