Parable of the Ten Virgins

Matthew Chapter 25

The Parable of the Ten Virgins is one of three Kingdom of Heaven parables that Jesus told in Matthew Chapter 25. These three Parables form a complete set and are organized to teach His disciples (the Church) the character of the Church in the last days and they are:

These three parables are to the Christian what Daniel's seventy week prophecy is to the nation Israel and to the world. Specifically, the parable of the ten virgins describes the separation of the Church in the last days. It is quite ironic that most prophecy Bible teachers focus on the events of the last week of Daniel and not on the event which causes separation of the Church to which this parable describes.

This parable cannot be interpreted in the classic manner as other parables. Most of the parables of Jesus present a teaching with hidden truths revealed only to His followers either by parallel or by contrast. This parable is unique and cannot be interpreted by using the popular and classic methods without knowing how this parable is to be understood and interpreted.

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The New Testament is divided overall into three areas of doctrine. Therefore, we must determine which parable is represented by which area of doctrine.

Therefore, the three parables in Matthew 25 are divided as follows:

These doctrines are mutually related, but attempts to study this parable in light of the other two doctrinal types leads to confusion and misunderstanding.

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The Parable is as follows:

The Parable Of The Ten Virgins


1 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

2 "Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3 "Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,

4 "but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5 "But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

6 "And at midnight a cry was heard: "Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!"

7 "Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

8 "And the foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out."

9 "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."

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.

11 "Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, "Lord, Lord, open to us!"

12 "But he answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you."


This particular parable teaches many things, but most notably the nature of the separation of the Church in the last days. The ratio of wise virgins to foolish virgins is not revealed in this parable and is not 50-50. The correct ratio is taught elsewhere and is portrayed in the term: "In the days of Noah". The wise virgins are on the ark, the foolish virgins are not. The probability that you, a saved Christian reading this article, are on the ark is not good.

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