Matt. 25:1 Then [after the judgments of Chapter 24]
 shall the kingdom of heaven [the 1,000 year reign of Jesus over the earth]
[a.] be likened unto ten virgins, which
[11.] took their lamps, and
[12.] went forth
[aa.] to meet the bridegroom [the Messiah].
[13.] five of them were wise, and
[14.] five [were] foolish.
25:3 [aa.] They that [were] foolish
[111.] took their lamps, and
[112.] took no oil with them:
25:4 [ab.] But the wise took oil
[111.] in their vessels
[112.] with their lamps.
25:5 [b.] While the bridegroom tarried,
[11.] they all slumbered and slept.
25:6 And at midnight
 there was a cry made,
[11.] the bridegroom cometh;
[aa.] go ye out to meet him.
25:7 Then all those virgins
 arose, and
 trimmed their lamps.
 the foolish said unto the wise,
[a.] Give us of your oil; for
[b.] our lamps are gone out [are going out].
 the wise answered, saying,
[a.] [Not so]; lest there be not enough
 for us and you: but
[b.] go ye rather to them that sell, and
[11.] buy for yourselves.
Too late to receive the Savior
 while they went to buy,
 the bridegroom came; and
 they that were ready
[a.] went in with him
[11.] to the marriage: and
[b.] the door was shut.
25:11  Afterward
[a.] came also the other virgins, saying,
[11.] Lord, Lord,
[aa.] open to us.
25:12  But he answered and said,
[a.] Verily I say unto you,
[11.] I know you not.
 for ye know neither [c/p. Matt. 24:36; Acts 1:7]
[a.] the day nor
[b.] the hour wherein
[c.] the Son of man cometh [this is the second coming of Jesus].
[These wise virgins are Jews (Dan. 12:10) who are waiting for the bridegroom (the Messiah) with "oil in their lamps." This "oil" is the power and Anointing of the Holy Spirit in their vessels (bodies and lives) because they have received Jesus as the Messiah and are born again. Though their salvation is genuine they are yet "baby" Christians. Their salvation comes after the Rapture of the Church—during the last 3 ½ years of this age. This is the time of Jacob's trouble (Jer. 30:7; Matt. 24:21; Dan. 12:1; Luke 17:28) when Jesus begins to pour out the wrath of God on an unbelieving world; and Satan rules through the Antichrist, false prophet, and mark of the beast. Many [perhaps all] of these “virgins” will be martyred for their faith in Jesus (Rev. 12:11; Rev. 14:12-13; Rev. 20:4). Their "oil" is truly insufficient to evangelize their "unwise" Hebrew brethren: who must seek the Messiah for themselves. According to the parable of the unwise virgins, they eventually come to the knowledge of Jesus as Savior and Lord, but after His second coming—when the marriage door is shut. They have been deceived by the devil to worship the Antichrist, and to receive the mark of his name (Rev. 14:9-11). Hell and the lake of fire are their eternal destiny.]
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