Ten Virgins – Matthew 25 – by Pastor Don Moore
This Bible study was taught July 8, 2011
Matthew 25:1-7 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.
Pastor Don did a bit of a review of the previous Bible study. He said that the Church has been using this passage to beat up on the saints. We are to use it to do a self-examination to see if we have oil in our lamps. The virgins take their lamps and trim the wicks. Trimming the wicks makes the light brighter and reduces the soot that is created by burning the oil. The soot is the negative deposits that slime up people.
Pastor Don said that if a believer criticizes others in negative ways they can leave a cripple. And we don’t want that to happen.
We are to examine OUR LAMPS, NOT OTHER’S
They heard the cry about the Bridegroom. This was a prophecy for their time but also one for our time (end times). Bible prophecy is made to tell us to be ready when the Bridegroom (Christ) comes back for His Bride.
Notice that ALL slept, most in the church are not awake to the signs of the times. We are to be looking for His coming.
There are those who make it happen and those who wonder. We are to be the ones to make it happen.
The cry of the Bride Groom happens at MIDNIGHT which is the darkest time, the most difficult times. We are seeing these times in our day, with commercialization, globalization, problems with housing and realty, and lawlessness.
We have reached a time of final judgment. Our economic systems are not working. We are using up all our resources. We are crossing over into the midnight hour.
Paul tells us that we are not to worry in these last days. Most do not recognize the problems and just like in the time of Noah, they are still reaping and sowing, marrying, etc.
Jesus is the voice of prophecy, and we need to listen to His Words.
The Church is immobilized and doesn’t know how to act.
Jesus tells us what will happen so we can gear up and change. The last days should not be a surprise to believers. Don’t let the oil in our lamps go out.
We are under pressure, and we need to clean up our act. Most of the Church is missing something today – oil in their lamps – the oil being the working and presence of the Holy Spirit. We are not functioning in the full power and authority Jesus gave us.
It is important to remember that all ten virgins had oil, the Holy Spirit, but only the wise brought enough oil. The foolish did not bring extra oil.
Paul tells us to keep being filled with the Holy Ghost. We do have the Holy Ghost in us, the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are to be pouring out and refilling our lamps.
The presence of the Holy Spirit brings knowledge and power. A Rhema Word from the Holy Spirit lasts a lifetime.
Pastor Don said fear isn’t the problem, courage is. We are to pray for the courage to overcome fear of obeying the directives of the Holy Spirit and doing the actions He wants. We need the courage to overcome the fear to get the job done.
God needs the glory of your doing it, not the glory of Him doing it. God is for us and wants to empower us to do what He wants.
The foolish have put up a wall of separation between the foolish and the wise. The wise work in abundance with the Holy Spirit.
But outward signs are not always an indication of who is filled with the Holy Spirit. You can be a tongue talker and still have no oil in your lamp. You can’t keep being filled without flowing out to others.
Matthew 25:8-9 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are 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.’
The wise realize that there is not enough oil for themselves and the foolish. You are responsible for your own filling and the filling of the Holy Spirit can’t be transferred. We have to get our own faith.
Faith is qualitative, not quantitative – you don’t get more faith – it is error to ask God for more faith – you are either IN faith or NOT IN faith. We are all given a mustard seed of faith and it is up to us to use it.
Faith is: I know it is done. It may not be seen in the external yet, but you KNOW that you KNOW that you KNOW that it is done.
If you are praying and what you are praying for doesn’t happen you are not praying in faith. Faith accomplishes its task.
Faith is specific for what you believe for. You can’t give your faith to someone else.
Lack of preparedness disqualifies you to be in the elite of the Bride. All the virgins know the Gospel, but not all are functioning with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus tells His disciples that if they love Him they are to serve the brethren.
Regarding the power of the Holy Spirit – and the confusion comes by mistranslation of the Bible when it comes to the words Dunamis and Exusia – both are sometimes translated as authority, but Dunamis also speaks not only of authority but of a power that can be considered dynamite. If only authority is used, it robs the scriptural passage of the full power of its meaning. Power gives the ability to perform. When you read a Bible passage using the word “authority” check to see if it is the Greek Word Dunamis or Exusia.
Another word mistranslated is servant – it means we are a slave for Christ. Only in two places is the word bondservant used. Mostly we are to consider ourselves slaves to Christ.
When we accept the Gospel we come to Jesus to be His slave and do what He tells us to do.
We are to keep oil (Holy Spirit) in our lamps and be ready and busy until His coming. We are to serve as a slave and keep His commands about what we are to be doing.
If we don’t obey the Lord, we spend our time in distraction. We need to pay attention to how we are filling our time. Is it with distractions or is it in service to the Lord?
Jesus is the judge of how we spend our time. The wise virgins tell the foolish ones to go and buy their oil from someone else.
Jesus is looking for a Bride, spotless and clean. As we seek the spiritual and the infilling of the Holy Spirit what is impure in us is cleansed. Jesus knows when we are making an honest effort and he can read our hearts. We can’t pretend or put a mask on.
Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
We are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling – but it is God who empowers us to make these changes within ourselves. We cannot do it without His help.
Matthew 25:10 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.
The foolish virgins go to buy. To keep our lamps filled we need to go where the Holy Spirit is flowing and fill up. Get with people who are seeking a continual filling of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Don asked – what do you do to get in the presence of God? We need to know what it is that helps us get in His presence. Is it listening to praise and worship music, walking in nature, riding in your car, going to your prayer closet? What do you do in your private worship to find His presence? You need to know in case times are tough and you need His presence. Establish routines that help you.
Matthew 25:11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’
After the other virgins found their oil, they came but too late, the doors were already closed. When God wants us, He doesn’t want us to say wait a minute, or when it’s convenient or after I do this or that.
The benefits of keeping our lamps filled and serving God is that He provides for our needs, our care, can keep us healthy, and in peace. We need to trust God. He asks us, who are you trusting?
There is a time when the door is open, and then it will be closed. We don’t want Jesus to say, I never knew you.
Matthew 25:12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
We want intimate relationship with Him, and knowledge of His person. Jesus gets to know us by the Holy Spirit.
When our thought patterns are disrupted by God it is Him speaking to us in that still small voice. We need to be ready to hear Him when He speaks. And to discern if it is us, Him, or the enemy.
Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Jesus is doing everything He can to wait until we are ready, but when the time comes He will come and we do not know the day or the hour.
During our wait for His coming we are to be a slave to God, listening to His voice and doing what he is told to do, that is the oil. The redeemed understand. Servanthood triumphs.
The Good News is that Jesus will change our status as servants or virgins,
Revelation 13:1-7 (not about the saints who are raptured, but rather those five foolish virgins) Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe,tongue, and nation.
These refer to the virgins who did not go to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, they are still on the planet because they did not have enough oil in their lamps. They were waiting for God to do what God gave them power to do. They should have been using the oil God supplied for them, but they didn’t. Now they are going to face horrific challenges and trials. By wanting God to do the things for them they were making themselves idols, instead of acting as servants of God.
Revelation 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Those saints who are still on earth will not worship the beast, but it will be challenging to stand their ground against the power of the beast. Our desire should be not to remain on the earth in the midst of this, but to keep our lamps filled so we go to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Some who claim they are Christian may not be – only those whose name is written in the Book of Life of the Lamb will be the ones who won’t worship the beast.
Revelation 13:9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
Disobedient slaves will be forced to miss the grace of God to remove them from the tribulation. But they will be under the mercy and grace of God to help them remain diligent even in the tribulation. Our goal is to hear and obey God so that we can escape what is coming.
Revelation 13:10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
The patience and the faith of the saints. Those who do not swear allegiance to the beast and who patiently hold on to their faith in God, God will judge the ones who lead others into captivity and kill with the sword. We are just to hold on to the truth of God.
Revelation 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
satan will be cast down.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
We overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony. satan will cut off heads and shoot to kill. God takes the spirit out of the body and and we are in Heaven. And the first will be last, the last first. But those who remain on earth after the rapture will have to go through the tribulation.
We want to be a slave to the Lord and get the Holy Ghost oil. Do the Kingdom work, and worship. We want to keep ourselves in the grace of God (empowerment), so we can be the Bride that goes up first. Those who do not keep their lamps filled will be tested beyond bearing during the times mentioned in Revelation.
Christ can’t change your heart, you change your heart and He helps you to change your mind. You are who you are because God gives you free will. God helps us to do it, but we must choose and desire to do His will.
Repent of what is in your heart and move on.
Romans 4 speaks of the faith of Abraham. We are to have faith for the spiritual the way we have faith for the natural. We live in the carnal but we need faith for the second dimension, the spiritual. If we get a cut, we know that it will be healed – we don’t worry about the cut, we know it will scab over and then be healed. We need to have faith for difficult issues the way we have faith for a simple cut healing.
So often we say we have faith and we hold on to that faith for a short time, then our faith waivers. Some things take longer than others, and there is a timing of God that is best for the situation. Do we still hold on to faith in spite of what our senses tell us?
There is also supernatural healing where the healing is instantaneous. But there is also a supernatural healing that takes time, where the body mobilizes the white blood cells and brings them to the wound and healing happens.
We need to develop faith for spiritual healing to know that the right message to the brain and the brain sends healing to the part of the body, no matter what the disease or problem is.
Revelation 1:4-17 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
John went into the spiritual dimension, saw what Jesus showed him and then brought it back and spoke the Word of God.
Abraham believed God, we need to believe God – that when He speaks He will do what He says He will do. He will do it in His time. Abraham believed God, and Sara was too old to give birth. Yet God did the supernatural and she gave birth to Isaac.
When God speaks into your life, believe. He will do what He says He will do. Pastor Don continues this lesson in the following Bible study.
Praying your day is blessed.
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