Pillar of Enoch Ministry
Published in April 2012,
Revised on Nov. 11th, 2012; June 7, 2013
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The Parable of the Ten Virgins appears in Chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew. The following translation is taken from the New King James Version of the Bible:
~*~ Matthew 25:1-13 ~*~
“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.’ 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.This Parable is deceptively simple in its subject matter, but surprisingly hard for many to understand because the Wise and Foolish Virgins must be viewed both literally and allegorically to derive the full meaning of the text. Yet it is crucial to understand this Parable from both points of view in order to make correct deductions concerning the timing and nature of upcoming events in the Last Days - especially since the End Time Signs that our Messiah Yahshua told us to watch for have been speeding up at a frantic rate. This article explores the deeper meaning of this parable in relation to the Great Tribulation, which is fast approaching.
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.”
In this Parable, it is obvious that Yahshua is literally describing the fate of ten virgin attendants to an expectant bride awaiting the arrival of the Bridegroom, Who is none other than Yahshua Himself. Though the Bride of Christ is not directly referred to in the parable, her presence is inferred by the appearance of her handmaidens, who are waiting with her for the Bridegroom to arrive. It is the Bride who is anxiously awaiting His arrival, and anticipating the joyous wedding and mystery of the wedding chamber that will follow. Unfortunately, however, five of the ten virgin attendants are not taking their job to help the Bride prepare for the wedding very seriously. As a result, they are lacking enough oil in their lamps to light their way in the bridal procession to the Groom’s Father’s house, which is to begin at midnight on an undetermined day. Subsequently, all of the handmaidens fall asleep, since the Bridegroom takes much longer than expected to arrive.
Regarding our commitment to Yahshua, there is Great Deception in the Church today about who will be taken in the Rapture. As Yahshua warned, the path to Heaven and the Rapture are very narrow, and very few will find it! This is why the Parable of the Ten Virgins makes it clear that a large portion of the Church will be left behind after the Rapture, which is symbolized by the door being shut on the Five Foolish Virgins in the parable. The Five Foolish Virgins represent Five of the Seven Churches of Revelation that Christ finds fault with, and which are not given any promise of deliverance. Of the two others, one Church is made up mostly of martyrs, while the other is the Church of Philadelphia, and this is the only Church that is given the promise of being delivered from the worst half of the Tribulation:
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name” (Revelation 3:10-12).The Church of Philadelphia represents the Bride of Christ, and also alludes to the Five Wise Virgins, since many of the members of the Church of Philadelphia are the devoted followers of Christ that come OUT of the five problematic churches that Yahshua praises, but also finds some fault with in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3. Note how, in the portion of Revelation, Chapter 3 quoted above, that only the members of the Church of Philadelphia are connected to the New Jerusalem, which is described as a Bride adorned for her husband in verse 2 of Revelation, Chapter 21.
The Bride’s Virgin handmaidens represent the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, who mingled with the Gentiles of Europe and other nations. Thus, the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel are not only represented by the people of Europe and the Americas, but by Gentiles from every nation and race. Though Christianity once reigned supreme in Europe, England and America, and the missionaries that preached the Gospel to the rest of the world originally came from those countries, the people of Africa and Asia that believe in Yahshua are now also part of the Bride of Christ as grafted-in Israelites, and the Bridesmaids or Virgin attendants of the Bride of Christ are also from every people group on Earth.
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Though this is often overlooked, the modern-day Jews are signified by the Jewish Bridegroom Yahshua to some extent as His attendants, even if they claim to be from a different tribe other than Judah today. But only those Jews who come to believe that Yahshua is the Messiah can be the Bridegroom’s attendants. Likewise, the Five Wise Virgins are Gentile believers that have been grafted into Israel because of their faithfulness in following Yahshua and sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God with everyone, including the Jews. They also serve the Gentile Bride by delivering the Gospel to her and tending to all of her spiritual and physical needs, as the Holy Spirit leads.
The five Foolish Virgins are those among the Ten Tribes who have heard the Gospel, but have not taken it to heart or shared it. They do not pray or study the Word of God in the Bible, and are not baptized with the Holy Spirit. They are without the Holy Spirit’s inner guidance because they never desired this baptism or sought it in prayer and supplication to God the Father. Instead, they have buried their lamps under a bushel, not sharing their knowledge of the light of the Gospel with others, and not caring to be set apart from sin in order to dedicate their lives to Yahweh God’s service.
Foolish Virgins On Right Engaging In Sinful Excess
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This is why the five Foolish Virgins are to be left behind when the Bridegroom arrives. Yahshua will say “I do not know you” to them because He never knew them in fellowship, worship and prayer (Matthew 25:12). These foolish ones are apostate believers who are in love with the world and its pleasures rather than in Christ and His Gospel. They are chasing after worldly power, prestige and pleasure such as vacations, secular entertainment, cultural events rather than caring for the poor and needy among them, or seeking to save lost souls from the pit of Hell.Their lamps will therefore not have enough oil that represents the Holy Spirit, and their knowledge of the Word of God will be very poor. As a result, they will not have a place reserved for them at the Wedding of the Lamb (i.e. the Wedding of Yahshua), and they will have to live through the horrors of the Great Tribulation instead. These poor believers are saved and will serve Yahshua in His Millennial kingdom, but only after being purified in the fire of severe persecution, deprivation, suffering and potential martyrdom.
On a deeper level, the Parable of the Ten Virgins ties into the Song of Solomon and the idea that weddings in all cultures are traditionally celebrated in the late spring and early summertime, when the weather is at its nicest. This connects the Parable of the Ten Virgins to the Jewish Feast of Shavuot or Pentecost in the late spring, and to the joyous Festival of Tu B’Av (or the 15th of Av) in the early summer. Tu B’Av is a time of celebration that follows the time of mourning over the destruction of the First and Second Temples to Yahweh on Tisha B’Av or the 9th of Av, and it is the Jewish equivalent of Valentine’s Day in Israel today. As such, it is a favorite time of year among Jews to announce betrothals, have weddings, and give gifts to sweethearts and loved ones. This ties Tu B’Av to the Wedding of the Lamb in Heaven after the Rapture of the Wise Virgins, and by extension, to the Rapture or Harpazo itself.
Because the Solstices are being targeted by the two biggest Giza Pyramids, and the Equinoxes are being targeted by the Great Sphinx representing Yahshua as the First and the Last at Giza, the timing of the Rapture is truly open to the entire year. Nonetheless, the Summer does hold a stronger emphasis in that the largest pyramid at Giza representing the Bride of Christ and the New Jerusalem is targeting the Summer Solstice, which falls in Mid-June every year. So that’s something to keep in mind. Incidentally, I have amassed hundreds of pages of well documented research proving that the Giza Pyramids were part of a sacred site that was built by the righteous Sethite followers of our Most High God Yahweh before the Great Flood of Noah. This information can currently be found in two books that I authored that are part of the Language of God Book Series: “The Language of God in History”, and “The Language of God in Prophecy”.
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