Naming Ten Virgins
or The Five Dumb Virgins

   Seven days of feasting follow the wedding, and the couple lives thereafter in the home of the groom’s parents, where the groom and his father have built an extra bedroom onto the house.  This extra room is called a “mansion” in some versions of the Bible: “In my Father’s house are many mansions.”  But I suppose to a newly married couple, even a spare room might seem like a mansion.  Why?  Because it’s all theirs.

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The Lost Tribes of Israel Found in the Parables of Yahshua

 

INDEX:

The Parables of the Good Shepherd and The Pearl of Great Price & The Allegory of the Prodigal Son

On the Jericho Road: The Allegory of the Good Samaritan

Out of the Napkin, Into the World: The Allegory of the Ten Pounds and the Lost Tribes of Israel

Resurrection - Riddle and Reward: The Sadducees' Riddle , The Allegory of the Wise Steward

Everlasting Skins: The Allegory of the Unrighteous Steward, The Widow’s Two Mites

Myths and Meaning: The Rich Man and Lazarus: Dives in Hell

Naming Ten Virgins or The Five Dumb Virgins (A Message from the NT Apocrypha)

Other Lost Tribes Messages:

The Woman at the Well and the Lost Tribes of Israel: "I'll Never Be Thirsty Again!"

 

Messianic friends, please note: This message is written for Christians just learning Hebraic Roots, including Divine Name language.  However, this does not mean that it is an elementary message, but full of deeper truth.

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Matthew 25:1-13 Young's Literal: 1. 'Then shall the reign of the heavens be likened to ten virgins, who, having taken their lamps, went forth to meet the bridegroom; 2. and five of them were prudent, and five foolish; 3. they who were foolish having taken their lamps, did not take with themselves oil; 4. and the prudent took oil in their vessels, with their lamps. 5. 'And the bridegroom tarrying, they all nodded and were sleeping, 6. and in the middle of the night a cry was made, Lo, the bridegroom doth come; go ye forth to meet him. 7. 'Then rose all those virgins, and trimmed their lamps, 8. and the foolish said to the prudent, Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out; 9. and the prudent answered, saying - Lest there may not be sufficient for us and you, go ye rather unto those selling, and buy for yourselves. 10. 'And while they are going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those ready went in with him to the marriage-feasts, and the door was shut; 11. and afterwards come also do the rest of the virgins, saying, Sir, sir, open to us; 12. and he answering said, Verily I say to you, I have not known you. 13. 'Watch therefore, for ye have not known the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man doth come.

The Wedding Ceremony

   The most successful movie based on a Broadway musical is Fiddler on the Roof.  It’s Tallit suitable for a wedding from New Jerusalemthe story of the trials and tribulations of a middle-aged Jewish father in the anti-Semitic Ukraine in the early 20th century.  Tevye’s greatest challenge is trying to find a happy medium between his notions of religious tradition and the modernism of the secular society in which he lived.  This tension plays itself out in his attempts to manipulate the weddings of his three virgin daughters, one of whom wants to marry a Communist.  If you’ve seen this movie, then you’ll remember the realistic portrayal of the traditional Jewish marriage ceremony with the bottle dances, the canopy and the cry of “Maz’l Tov.”  Some of you young people may want to rent Fiddler on the Roof; it’s clean, factual and entertaining -- and it includes a wedding not unlike the one portrayed in today’s Gospel reading.

   On the day of a wedding, the bride’s attendants, here called “maidens” or “virgins,” gather at the home of the bride’s parents for a day of celebration that includes singing, dancing, feasting and gift giving.  The same thing is going on at the home of the groom’s parents.  The bride and groom have separate parties on the wedding day!  Then at dusk, the virgins take up their lamps, actually, torches, and then journey by torchlight to the house of the groom’s parents.  If all goes according to plan, when they get to the groom’s parents’ house, the friend of the groom cries out, “The bridegroom is coming!  Go meet him!” 

   The groom then leaves the house and enters into the light of the virgin’s torches.  The virgins escort him back to the home of the bride’s parents, where they collect the bride. Again by torchlight, the whole party turns around and retraces its steps back to the home of the groom’s parents, where the party goes into the house where the rabbi is waiting.  The bride and groom marry beneath a canopy, mentioned in Song of Solomon: “He brought me to his banqueting table; His banner over me is love.” 

   Seven days of feasting follow the wedding, and the couple lives thereafter in the home of the groom’s parents, where the groom and his father have built an extra bedroom onto the house.  This extra room is called a “mansion” in some versions of the Bible: “In my Father’s house are many mansions.”  But I suppose to a newly married couple, even a spare room might seem like a mansion.  Why?  Because it’s all theirs.

 

Today’s Wedding Awry

   In today’s parable, the wedding story’s played out, but something goes awry.  For a young lady to be an attendant is a high honor.  Young girls’ dreams were made of such occasions.  But five of these girls are so caught up in the honor of their role that they fail to consider the duty of their role.  All ten had gone to collect the groom, but he’s delayed.  He’s not ready to leave the revelry of the party to get married!  He’s having too much fun (or cold feet)!  But the groom’s tardiness wasn’t unusual.

   He takes so much time that all ten girls fall asleep. All ten.  They awake when they hear the call, “Here comes the groom!  Go to meet him!”  All ten torches are out; but five of the girls have brought oil to re-ignite their lights.  These girls studied other weddings to know that the groom’s usually late.  They aren’t going to miss the thrill because they’re unprepared!  But the other five girls are dumb, expecting that all would go just as the rabbi told them!  They beg oil of the girls who had brought extra.  But these smart girls are not about to lose their chance on account of their foolish sisters. 

   “Get to the store for more oil, Cindy!”  The five dumb girls have no choice but to hurry!  If they don’t get oil in time, they’ll endure a lifetime of embarrassment, a girl’s worst nightmare!  And where would they find any oil this time of night anyway?  But off they go helter-skelter.  By the time they return, the smart girls had already escorted the groom under torchlight to the bride’s house, picked her up, now return to the house of the groom, where they all enter, where the canopy is erect, where the marriage and feast commence, and, of course, where the door is shut and bolted.  The five dumb girls returned too late and are barred entry into the great festivity.  Think of their disappointment: they hear what is happening inside, but they can only imagine what might have been.

 

What It Means

   What does this mean to us today?  The groom is, of course, the Messiah, the Messiah.  Like a groom, he will come out of his Father’s house to marry his watchful assembly of believers from all ages.  The watchword here is “watchful.”  There will be a great banquet, and, figuratively, the watchful will live in the Father’s house in Beulah Land.  Watchful believers who have spent their lives in the service of Yahshua and who are eagerly awaiting his return will not be disappointed, though the wait’s very long.  He will come and fulfill all their hopes at the end-time – our-time.

   These ten virgins represent all true believers.  They are “virgins” because they are cleansed from sin’s stain by Lamb’s blood.  They are virgins because they are justified and regenerated in the waters of baptism.  All ten died awaiting the coming of the Messiah.  Sleep is a symbol for death.  The alarming shout of the groom’s friend, “Behold the Bridegroom,” is a symbol for the great trumpet, heralding the public appearance of the Messiah.  Those of all ages who died in faith will be awakened by the sound.

   The parable indicates that half of these believers, though awakened, will still be barred from going into the wedding chamber.  That’s a theological problem.  Fully half of all believers are awakened  but are unprepared to meet the Messiah and they don’t get to attend him.  In fact, he says, “I never even knew you,” to the dumb virgins.  This doesn’t mean that he knows not who they are or that he hasn’t answered their prayers or loved them.  What it does mean is that the Messiah has written them off because they hadn’t cultivated the tools necessary to rule and reign with him in his Beulah Land.

   Notice that unlike in some of the other parables, these dumb virgins aren’t cast into outer darkness or tormented.  They simply can’t get in the door until the door is again opened.  When the wedding feast is over, when the festivities wind down, when the marriage is consummated, when the time is fulfilled, the door will again come open.  It must!  There are to be comings and goings throughout eternity.  But in the meantime, many Messiahians will miss out on the greatest experience of all time, the Lamb’s wedding.

 

Two Classes

   What do you believe about life after death?  Methodists believe in the bodily resurrection of Yahshua and the resurrection of those who died loving Yahshua.  We also believe in the resurrection of all people who ever lived; they will be held accountable for how they used Yahweh’s gift of life.  Many of us also understand that the Messiah Yahshua will return to reign as King upon the earth, and his watchful saints will rule with him as judges, priests and armed forces.  Though Yahshua will be a harsh King, but he will also be compassionate.  When he comes, he and his virgins will whip the world into shape until there’s peace in every quarter.  This is good news in lawless times.

   The parable of the ten virgins teaches us that all believers will come back to life, but that they’ll fall into two classes: those who are watchful and prepared to rule with him, and those who are saved but not watchful and thus unprepared to rule.  Those who have dedicated their lives to watchfulness will enter into the wedding feast; dumb virgins will still be saved from the wrath of the Almighty, but not permitted to enter the house of this authority.

 

Sand Lot Leaguers

   When I was a teen, I loved to play football.  I had my own team and we would play just about every weekend, rain or shine, snow or blow.  I went to a big high school, and the football team there was the best in the state.  I went out for the school team one year.  I was a great player.  I thought I might as well get some glory for it.  I only weighed 150 pounds, but they tried me out as a guard.  I was way too small for that position.  On my team, I was the quarterback, calling the shots.  But as a guard, I didn’t like getting knocked around by mindless bruisers.  I hated putting on all that armor that was required, even just to practice.  I loathed having all those clothes on in 95-degree heat.  I sweat like a cold drink on a hot day.  So I quit.  I loved playing football, but I could play without all the hassle, discipline and armor of the official high school team.

   Our sand lot games were really rough.  Players got hurt; some were hospitalized.  One of my guys teased a high school team member, calling him a sissy, challenging him to take off all that padding and bring his team down to our field.  We’d teach them real football.  The first string of the high school team took the bait and came down to our place.  We mopped up the field with them.  We beat their socks off.  No other high school team could beat them, but us neighborhood kids did.

   At the end of the football season, a banquet was held for the high school team at the luxurious country club.  Every member who had watchfully stayed the year of strenuous training, traveling and endless practicing, was invited.  Of course, they took dates, mostly cheerleaders. Even the ugly guys on the team took good-looking girls.  The whole school faculty turned out – it was a high profile, formal affair.  Huge trophies were handed out to the most valuable players and the most improved.  Everybody there was proud, because they were champs. 

   At least I suppose that’s what happened.  I wasn’t there.  I read about it in the paper.  Though my team beat the tar out of the champs, none of us was allowed inside the country club door much less on a date with a cheerleader.  We were never willing or able to play on their teams or on their terms. We weren’t willing to exert the necessary effort or make the required commitment.  We didn’t want to get all that serious about it.  We just wanted to play!  But the banquet was not for sand lot leaguers like us. 

   Do you get the message of my parable?

 

Epistula Apostolorum

   The wedding chamber of Yahshua’ power in the Millennium Kingdom will not be shared by half of the saved in the resurrection, so says this parable.  I always wondered what it would actually take to be in the favored group, to be counted among the five watchful virgins.  We’re all among the ten, we’re all saved, but what does it take to make the final cut, to rule and reign?  What is this oil that some have and some haven’t?

   In 1895, an ancient manuscript was found in a dusty library room in Cairo, Egypt and translated.  Scholars were amazed to find a new record of the teachings of Yahshua, the Epistle of the Apostles.  Included in this work is Yahshua’ detailed explanation of the Parable of the Ten Virgins.  In this Epistle, Yahshua tells the Apostles that these ten virgin daughters of Yahweh are ten traits that reside within the believer.  The first five traits are ‘awake’ in all believers.  They are Faith, Love, Joy, Peace, and Hope.  Of course, we can’t be saved at all unless we have faith and love.  These two daughters lead us to the other three: joy, peace and hope of eternity.  All five of these daughters are gifts from the Father that come naturally when one believes in his Son, Yahshua.

   But when the apostles inquire about the other five, Yahshua replies in this fashion: “Listen up.  They are Discernment, Knowledge, Obedience, Endurance, Mercy: these virgins are sleeping in some believers.  Since they sleep they can’t obey my commandment to watch.  They will remain outside…” These traits of watchfulness are lacking in players because these virgins take great effort.  They don’t come naturally like faith and hope.  Discernment must be tested.  Knowledge must be discovered.  One must remain obedient to the commandments of Yahweh and his Son.  One must endure to the end.  Mercy must be practiced.  These five virgins define what it means to be watchful – they are the ingredients of the precious oil that we must have if we are to relight our torches and follow the bridegroom.

   The first five, faith, love, joy, peace and hope are tremendous benefits of our salvation, remuneration from the Almighty for our initial commitment to his way.  But discernment, knowledge, obedience, endurance and mercy don’t come easily or cheaply.  They take a life’s work, constant rehearsal and extraordinary discipline.  It takes all thee virtues to make the first team!

   At the end of the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew, Yahshua commands us to ‘Watch!’  In the Epistle of the Apostles, Yahshua further tells us that without making the effort toward discernment, knowledge, obedience, endurance and mercy, we can’t be watchful at all.  And if we can’t be watchful, we may yet be saved, but we’ll never get into the feast door because we’ll not even know when its open!

   In the text, the Apostles become concerned on account of the five dumb virgins who were barred outside the door.  They challenge Yahshua, "Lord, it would suit your greatness to extend grace toward these unfortunate sisters."  In other words, why don’t you just let them in!  We ask the same thing.  How can we be saved but still not be watchful enough to get into the wedding feast.  How is this possible and why?  Yahshua had the perfect answer; he replied, "That’s none of your business; it’s the will of him who sent me, and we are one.”  Yahshua closes the door with these remarkable words:  “Though sisters inside may grieve for sisters outside, they’ll nevertheless rejoice all the more that they’ve now entered in with YHWH.  Just you remember!  There are fully ten virgin daughters of Yahweh Elohim: Faith, Love, Joy, Peace, and Hope; but also, Discernment, Knowledge, Obedience, Endurance and Mercy.  Remember and be watchful!"   Now close your eyes and bow your heads.

 

Bringing it Home

   Yahshua told stories like this so that his hearers might be tempted to find their place within them.  Listen to me closely now.  Let me ask you: Where are you in this parable?    Now I speak to those of you who are committed to Yahshua’ great coming Kingdom and ready to assist him in his return.  You are saved from the wrath of Elohim; you have gone past the elementary stages of the faith and are now working on discernment, knowledge, obedience, endurance and mercy.  You are among the smart virgins who have plenty of oil, enough for watching all night.   Identify yourself by raising your hand.  Don’t be shy.

    If you have already turned to the Father in repentance in the past and your hope is now in heaven, but you lack  discipline, obedience or good works flowing outward as you should at this stage in your development, you are a virgin with no oil.  You want to play, but you have not wanted to work.  Yes, you are safe in the long run, but in the glory moment, you will find yourself without oil.  If you identify yourself as a dumb virgin, you need to rededicate your life anew to Yahshua, be baptized in his Holy Spirit and get serious about your commitment before it’s too late.  How many identify as being in need of renewal?  Raise your hand if you want to get through the chamber door. 

   Many of you haven’t raised your hand up to now.  If you can’t identify yourself as a “virgin” unto YHWH, or you’re not sure, then you must now take an inventory of your life, repent of your sin against Yahweh and your neighbor, and turn to him in surrendering prayer.  You must do it today, right now, before you leave.  You must!  Are you ready?  Raise your hand if you are a sinner in need of a Savior.  Raise your hand if you don’t want to be left behind.  Raise your hand.

 

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