A Study By: Timothy M. Youngblood
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When I gave the sermon titled “The gospel of the Kingdom of God” I mentioned that the subject of the ten virgins was important to understand in relation with that sermon and that I would be given this one as a companion sermon. (If you have not listened to the sermon titled “The Gospel of the Kingdom” you might want to do that before listening to this one because that subject matter sets the foundation for this sermon.)
Many have read and preached about the parable of the Ten Virgins Jesus gave as recorded in Matt. 25 and there are many questions and ideas about the ten virgins, and the fact that half had oil to light their lamps and half did not. Many have asked what the parable means and what was the point Jesus was conveying? In this study were going to learn the great importance of this parable and how it relates to Christians today. We will ask and answer the very important points concerning how the Kingdom of God and the parable of ten virgins tie together so we can learn and act upon the information Jesus wants us to understand. Jesus was not just telling a nice story to amuse those around Him. He had a point to make, not only for those that would hear at that time (but just as important) for many of us today as well.
I have heard sermons about this subject from some preachers whom started with a preconceived idea they learned in their college as taught by their professors. As a result many men in leading positions who never really took the time to study what is Recorded, in the bible on this subject nor do they ask and answer the most important questions necessary to understand what is meant concerning the ten virgins and don’t get the points that Jesus was making.
Now another reason many ministers miss the mark is because they do not take into consideration that the bible was not broken down in chapter and verse in the beginning of the writing of the scriptures. With this knowledge and approach we can get the true story flow and intent of statements made in the bible by not taking verses out of their proper context.
The reason I bring this out here is because we must go into the preceding chapter that is now titled chapter 24 of the book of Matthew. Jesus was asked in the beginning of this chapter what would be the sign of His coming and of the end of the age. In other words they were asking a very important question, which was "When will you bring in the Kingdom of God and overpower (Or take over) the kingdoms of this world?" What’s truly ironic is that the Governments of this world don't believe the message Jesus brought brethren because if they did than they would realize that the message is about putting them out of power!
Jesus gave many other warnings and signs to look for that we are not going to cover in this study so you might want to read our study titled Revelation six vs. Matthew 24 as this study gets into the details of Matt. 24.
Now let's take a look at the statement He made after He was asked "What would be the sign of His coming and of the end of the age." in what is now titled chapter 24 that ties into the statements recorded in chapter 25 referring to the ten virgins. Let's start with verse 42 of Matt. 24, that states; "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? "Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. "Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. Matt 24:42-47.
So we see that the very important point that the Master wants His servants to do is continue to be faithful and continue in those things they were instructed by Jesus in the beginning of the New Covenant. What did Jesus instruct the early church to do? Turn to Matt 28:19-20. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ((Should be power of the Holy Spirit)) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Notice, "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you" That covers a great deal of scriptures and instructions, including the Ten Commandments as well as the command to teach about the coming Kingdom of God that many ministers today have stopped doing. It also covers the very important statements and commands that Jesus gave the church after His resurrection to feed the flock and that means with what Jesus delivered to them. The Apostles did not go out teaching their own Gospel message but were faithful to teach ALL things that Jesus commanded them to teach. If they had gotten off on other things they would have become unfaithful servants so what does that make ministers today that just go along with what they were taught by their professors? So let’s note; "Who then is a faithful and wise servant." And is a very important point to think about as we study along here, however, the main point is stated as… “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an time you do not expect." This is what I call the "focal point" of the parable of the ten virgins because the points in Chapter 24 and 25 are warning us to be ready.
Now let’s get to the meat of this subject in the scriptures down in what is numbered as chapter 25 vs. One. It states; "Then the Kingdom of heaven shall be likened to Ten Virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept and at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' (This in the Greek is stated as "have gone out" not going out) But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." We see here that the bridegroom was delayed and as a result all ten virgins slept. We also see where at midnight (A time not expected) the bridegroom came, and those who were ready "went in" like into a chamber and then the door was shut. Now once again it’s very important to note here that the reason the first five virgins were ready was because they had "brought oil" with their lamps but the others did not even bring oil. The others that brought their oil was prepared for the coming of the bridegroom.
(The oil here may be the representation of the Holy Spirit as some have taught but I’m not sure about that at this time because if you search the scriptures you will not find one reference that the Holy Spirit is represented by oil. It is represented by "living waters" but not oil as far as I have found. I did the research and added it here for your information and if you do your own research after you look at what I found you might find something I missed and if you do I would Appreciate you relating that to me.)
Let's take a moment to address this point before going on with the study as I have had this question asked. I had to contemplate a long time before stating that the oil could be the representation of the Holy Spirit because I could not find any reference to the Holy Spirit and oil. The reason I did is because of scriptures like Exod 30:25-28. "And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil. With it you shall anoint the tabernacle of meeting and the ark of the Testimony; the table and all its utensils, the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense; the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the laver and its base." Let's look at some more...Lev 21:10-12. 'He who is the high priest among his brethren, on whose head the anointing oil was poured and who is consecrated to wear the garments, shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes; nor shall he go near any dead body, nor defile himself for his father or his mother; nor shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD." What else could this consecration of the anointing oil of his God be?
In II Ki 9:6 we find that oil is poured over the Kings head as an anointing which seems to me that this is giving the man power from God so again it is like the power of the Holy Spirit. It states..."Then he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel : 'I have anointed you king over the people of the LORD, over Israel ." Another example is in Ps 89:19-21. "Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one, and said: "I have given help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people. I have found My servant David; with My holy oil I have anointed him, With whom My hand shall be established; also My arm shall strengthen him." Let's look at Lev 2:4. 'And if you bring as an offering a grain offering baked in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mixed with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil."
Notice the reference here to the unleavened cakes which we know is not the body of Jesus but is a reference to Him. The same can be true for the oil and the Holy Spirit. And I'm sure many of you know this scripture in James 5:14-15 which states; "Is anyone among you sick? 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. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." The point is that I could see more scriptures that (denoted) the holy oil was like the power of God which we know that the Holy Spirit is the power of God that heals and works with those God has chosen. I believe that we can't always find scripture that states some things exactly but we can find examples that help us understand. The oil used concerning the ten virgins denotes being ready by the power of the oil. Without it you can't light the lamp. Am I saying that I'm 100% correct about this? Not at all; just that I could see the point in the above scriptures. I can only know if I have the information and God may tell me in the resurrection that I was wrong and then I will repent and ask Him what should have I written?
So to continue we see from what we have covered that the parable Jesus gave concerning the ten virgins, and the Kingdom of God is for us to understand that we need to be much more diligent in what we are doing as Christians, and even though some may think they are worshipping the correct way and the correct God because their church has Jesus on the door many need to realize they may not have any oil. Many will look at the other person and wonder if they have oil but we all need to ask this of ourselves and not be too concerned what the other person is doing.
It is very important to know that we can become lax if we just follow some church and not study or question the sermons given for ourselves. I understand that many believe the pagan ideas because they don’t know any better and will not even look into it so God the Holy Father must call them and open their minds. Their conversion is God’s business and we have no power over their will so as I have stated many times I put out the information but I don’t get into the conversion business.
There are a great deal of warnings about this time we live and the people being deceived into another Gospel so let’s look at a warning by Jesus Himself. Jesus Stated in Matt 24:5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many." On into the discussion He stated that many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. There will be some in the future declaring that they are our savior and as we read before we are warned from Jesus Himself not to go after them.
This could mean that the man of perdition will come as the savior but if we think about this we can also see how men are using other very clever ways to so say if you don’t keep the Sabbath just the way they tell you too then you could be disobeying God. Or men can state that if you don’t speak Jesus’ Name in the original Hebrew or Aramaic your prayers will not reach Him. If that were true brethren Jesus would have made sure He instructed us and taught just how to pronounce His name. The apostles would have made sure everyone was instructed on this as well but we find no such teaching. The statement “In My Name” as we read before means “By my authority” not that one must say the name Jesus in a certain way or you want reach Jesus in prayer to even receive salvation through repentance. This would be preaching another gospel because Jesus is the only way to salvation and into the Kingdom!
I have done a very detailed research on this subject on what is called “Sacred names” and found that the original Hebrew can’t even be understood by anyone today. It is a dead language and has been mixed with Aramaic just like all languages have been mixed with other languages. English is a good example as it has been mixed with just about every language in the world. What I’m saying is many men use this kind of teaching to so-say guide you to the real savior but they are really holding you to things that distract from the real blood sacrifice that Jesus Himself stated and His apostles taught is the ONLY way to enter the kingdom.
Now it is very important for all of us to note the warnings given in the bible and there is another warning we find in II Th 2:3, that there will be a great falling away from the true word of God in the end times. It states; "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition," These and other scriptures warn of a great Apostasy that is predicted to come about in the last days and this warning should cause people who want to follow the true Messiah great concern because we are in the time of this falling away.
Now please turn to Matt 7:22-23 for more foundation to this fact….. You can see here that we find scripture that state "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' These people being judged in this story Jesus told were doing things during their lifetime in the Name Christian, but Jesus will not accept them. Notice how this warning relates to what we read in II Thess. chapter two that there will be a great falling away from the true word of God.
We also read a warning from the apostle Paul in Second Timothy 4:3-4 that teaches the same. It states…. "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." Notice that these people will heap to themselves teachers...I would have to assume that these teachers are teaching scripture from the bible because Paul is referring to the end time Church of God. It would take many years for this to be put in place and for it to deceive the masses into accepting another gospel so the question is, can we see it in the Christian religion today and if so where and how?
Acceptance of Pagan God's:
So brethren how else is it that many are being deceived into not following the true Messiah but appearing to be Christians therefore not bringing their oil? We as a nation have gone into idolatry in a big way and most of the leaders of many thousands of churches don’t even speak out against these things. The pyramids and other pagan gods of Egypt are fast becoming part of our every-day life in this nation. The symbols are showing up on advertisements everywhere. People are buying Egyptian jewelry by the thousands. Amusement parks are using Egyptian pyramids, Egyptian coffins, and objects of pagan worship as the main attraction. Egypt and all her pagan gods and the magic witches use are being presented to the people of the world and America in the spirit of the carnival and the sad thing is they are being accepted.
It's even being taught to our children as good and acceptable in the schools. It starts out as themes that are just fun things for people’s amusement, but in time people will accept, and are accepting Egypt’s pagan ways along with all the rest as if it's just another way to worship the true Creator God. Witchcraft is entering the Christian Church and home through the "Harry Potter books and movies" and I hope that those that has eyes to see, and ears to hear understand that this world is fast being moved towards the ancient occult practice of sorcery. It's too bad that many Christians today fail to be alarmed so they could see the importance of shunning this evil and all its ways.
The truth is that we can't afford to allow it in our personal lives even if it looks innocent. We can't allow the practice of sorcery in our children's lives just because it is presented as a fun educational tool in schools. (We have a good detailed study on Harry Potter Titled: “Christians and Sorcery?” showing the relation of the story of Harry Potter with real black magic and if interested you can find it under the “Warning signs” button on the Master’s Table.) I compare the things in this study that show how black magic is presented such as levitation, like when they were riding on brooms as well as Astro-Projection which is the method in which an individual can separate his consciousness from his physical body.
Now according to the Harry Potter books when a seeker goes to the Path of Liberation, he is often unsure of what to do. If he is able to empty his heart of all self, and to surrender his whole being to his inner god, his next few steps on the Path will be illuminated as a result of fervent prayer. Now this inner god idea, brethren, is directly from the teaching of the witches and Anti-Christ. What will children think when looking to the true savior when they have grown up believing that they need to look to and surrender their whole being to their inner god? I hope you are seeing here how the Harry Potter stories are removing Jesus and God the Holy Father and replacing them with self-power.
Now let’s look at the greatest deception in the world. The only important pagan god that was worshiped with consistency from thousands of years ago was the Sun god Ra, or “Ray” Sun Rays as the Egyptians of old worshipped and the Catholic Church today continue to worship this pagan god and many Protestants are also doing the same because they did not complete the reformation but accepted many things from their mother church. The Christian religion has accepted so many pagan gods and their ceremonies they truly can’t claim to follow the real Messiah because the Christ they follow is a false Christ and the only thing left to be done at this point is replace "The Son of God" with the Sun god. God’s people were slaves in Egypt several thousand years ago and “Beware” as Egypt is fast enslaving God's people once more and many will have to be delivered once more by God’s hand, but this time, Jesus will take the throne from Satan and rule forever! The question is… Are we going to be ready; are we going to have our oil when the Bridegroom comes?
Jesus gave many warnings and signs to look for that we did not cover in this study so you might want to read our study titled Revelation six vs. Matthew 24
You can access another companion study about the true gospel here… To preach the Kingdom
You might want to read the below studies.
God and Sorcery ? ~ Harry Potter
A Sign of the Antichrist?
God of this age and where it could lead
Voodoo & Catholics ?
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Timothy M. Youngblood
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