Jesus was on a hillside as the evening darkness came on. He saw pretty
lights as a party began to get ready for a wedding.
Jesus began to tell a story about something that really happened and in this story He had a hidden teaching. It was hidden from those who really don't care about going to heaven. Those who wanted to understand the parable, He showed it's meaning to them.
|Ten pretty girls were all dressed in their finest white dresses. Each carried an oil lamp and a little container for more oil. These were to be in the parade of lights. They were to be supportive of the bride. They had to have light to be in the parade and enter the home of the groom at the end of the parade.|
|These girls were dreaming of the day when they could be the bride. They were part of a big celebration. They were all ready but the groom delayed. They became tired of waiting. Each one decided to just take a little nap.|
celebration was to start when the groom came. They waited and waited. Ten
bridesmaids is more than the usual amount selected in America. These
are my attendants in my wedding. They carried a tiny Bible and a rose.
Their light would have really made a nice parade.
|The bride and groom had planned that the 10 bridesmaid attendants would provide so much light that there would be enough for all the guests to see. It would make a gorgeous parade. Each lamp held enough oil to make the fire burn brightly. Five of the girls prepared a extra oil just in case there was a need for their light to burn longer than planned. They were ready for emergencies.|
|For some reason the groom took extra time coming. Each of the dressed up girls with their lights, fell asleep. They were tired of waiting. Finally it was just about midnight. The signal was sounded that the groom was almost there. They quickly got up and trimmed their lamps. They could hr the voices of the bride and groom. They saw others with lights. Five of them that had extra oil poured it in quickly for their lamps had emptied out. Their lights burned brightly but the others were burning out. They begged for their friends to share but it was impossible.|
|They had no light. The parade did not look as pretty and bright. They felt terrible. They ran back into the city to hunt for oil to buy. While they were gone, the wise lighted up maids finished the parade and went into the party. The doors were shut and no one could enter. When the foolish girls tried, they were told to go away for they did not belong in that party. They didn't know them.|
|God's WORD is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Psalms 119:10|
said that these 10 girls were like His people just before He came to this
earth at the end of the world. The two different classes of girls showed
there will be two different kinds of Christians waiting and watching for
His return. They were all in the true faith.
The lamp was a symbol of the Bible.
Now is the time Jesus invites you every day to study His Bible. Pray for the Holy Spirit to change you. Ask Him to do whatever it takes to save you. Many in that last day will complain to Jesus that He should know them for they had done many missionary trips. They had cast out demons and prophesied. Judas who betrayed Jesus, healed the sick, cast out demons and worked as a missionary. He was in love with money and lost eternal life when he betrayed.
oil in the lamps is a symbol of God, the Holy Spirit. (Zech. 4: 1-14)
"Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts." Zech 4:6
|Without the Holy Spirit the knowledge of the truth does
nothing. You can memorize all of the Bible yet without the Holy Spirit, it
will never change your heart. Without the Holy Spirit, you can never
tell if Satan is tricking you.
In the last days perilous times shall come: for men shall be lovers of their own selves;...lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." 2 Timothy 3:1-5
This is the class that in time of peril will cry for oil from those who have it. But no one can make up for your lack but you.