Most committed Christians think of themselves as the five wise virgins. But the five foolish virgins are
also manifestly God's people. There are three proofs that all ten virgins are truly God's people.
First, Christ likens all ten virgins to the Kingdom of Heaven. “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be
likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.” (Matt. 25:1).
Second, all are virgins, which is a symbol of spiritual purity. The 144,000 of Rev. 14 are called virgins.
“These are they which were not defiled with women (false churches with satanic doctrine), for they are
virgins... And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” Rev.
14:4,5). Third, they are guests at the wedding supper of the Lamb; they are wearing the beautiful robe of
Christ's character, which is their admission to the wedding feast. (See Matt. 22:11-13).
Christians need to study the possession of the extra oil in this parable of the ten virgins, since that is the
only difference between the virgins. “And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were
foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold,
the bridegroom cometh: go ye out to meet him. Then all these virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And
the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered,
saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell and buy for
yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him
to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to
us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither
the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Matt. 25:2-12).
Fortunately, a study of the scriptures reveals what lamp oil represents. Here are the clues. Speaking of
himself, Christ said, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12). From this we infer that lamp oil, when lit by
Holy Ghost fire (see Acts 2:2,3) produces a profound and life changing message.
The oil itself is a prophetic symbol. The wilderness tabernacle was lit by an everlasting flame that burned
olive oil. (Ex. 27:20). The tabernacle was where God spoke to his people. (Ex. 29:42,43).
Oil is also portrayed as the word of the Lord through the Holy Spirit. “Then he (the angel informing
Zechariah) answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying,
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Zech. 4:6). The symbol they are
discussing is this lamp “...behold, a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven
lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are on the top thereof. And two olive trees by
it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. And I answered again and
said unto him, What are these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden
oil out of themselves (to provide a continuing prophetic message for the ministry – the seven pipes -- so
they can supply the seven lamps – the end-time churches)? Then he said, These are two anointed ones,
which stand by the Lord of the whole earth (The Holy Ghost and Christ who wrote the prophesies and
parables of the Old and New Testaments)." (Zech. 4:2,3,12,14).
The golden oil flows through two golden pipes into the golden bowl, and thence through seven golden
pipes to seven lamps. The whole golden lamp is a symbol of how God is using prophets and clergy to
bring a prophetic message unveiling the Bible to his people in the end-time. That prophetic message is
the golden oil from the Old and New Testaments. The golden oil is God's wisdom for his people so they
will not be among the foolish virgins.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: with all thy getting get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7).
The importance of wisdom to God's people can scarcely be overstated. “My people are destroyed for lack
of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.” (Hos. 4:6). On peril of losing
your entry into the Kingdom of God, give messengers a hearing. “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not
prophesyings. Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thess. 5:19-21).
Amo Paul Bishop Roden