But What Happens To Five Of Them?
Issue of Concern:
God’s Word states all ten virgins were awaiting the Bridegroom’s return, yet five were turned away from
the wedding banquet. What is the significance of this, assuming we care enough about this odd event
of half of them failing to make it into the celebration?
“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 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. 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.” (Mt. 25:1-13; emphasis ours)
The signs were such that people knew the Bridegroom was coming soon. Most didn’t even care because
they didn’t want Him. Some, though, did care. This story is about them – ten who were anticipating the
return of the King – the coming of their Bridegroom.
Recalling what had taken place about six months ago – the scrolling apart of the skies whereby the throne
room was visible and the One sitting of the throne and the Lamb were seen from a distance by all – Kirsten
rehearsed with Sarah what had taken place just before and since that time.
“Do you remember Karen and Lisa? They were so ready to meet their Lord. I remember the day they went
back into the city to try to sell the remainder of their now unimportant worldly belongings. They both looked
so frightened. I can still see Karen’s face – fear was clearly visible in her gaze. You know, it’s been months
and months since that time and they still haven’t returned. I wonder what’s become of them?” Sarah was
crying. After a few minutes of silence, she managed to collect enough composure to respond.
“I know. They were so beautiful. I remember Lisa telling me who she didn’t have what she needed in order
to endure this final season. Did she ever tell you, Kirsten?”
“No, she never did, but I’m sure interested in hearing. Please tell me.”
Sarah took a deep breath and continued. Struggling to get the words out due to the degree of emotional
pain, she said, “Lisa was one of those who had believed the teaching that we don’t have to concern our-
selves about this time because it either didn’t apply to us or because the Lord would provide. She said
she would never, ever betray her Lord but was so devastated by this unexpected delay that she was
clearly not prepared for these past months. She didn’t fault the Lord of His Word like the other three
who were initially with us had. She understood it was the fault of false Christian teachers who were
to be blamed given their teachings against preparedness. And yet, she, too, confessed she was also
responsible for her decision to accept the prophecy teachings in vogue – teachings so many thought
true but have actually been lies of the wicked one all along. WOW!”
“I wish they’d come back,” Kirsten cried.
“I hope they’re okay,” Sarah followed.
At this juncture Tanya walked in the room and immediately discerned the topic of conversation. “I’ve
heard from Joanne that the other three who left us were so offended by the event of our Rapture failing
to occur before the emergence of the antichrist that they’ve already joined the system.” Interrupting,
Sandy, who had been sleeping in the corner bunk, said with a voice-altering lump in her throat, “And
you know, I’ve spent hours in thought over this. When the time of accounting comes, what will they
say to Him?” The others knew she, too, was also weeping inside for their former friends.
All four of the five present in the room that hour – those who had made proper preparations (Joanne
was not present during this verbal exchange between Kirsten, Sarah, Tanya and Sandy) – found their
spirits could not shake the haunting thought that they were, all ten of them, actually fulfillments of
Matthew 25 – ten virgins so looking forward to the glorious coming of their Bridegroom: five virgins
adequately prepared: five who, due to lack of adequate preparation, missed the awesome wedding
banquet. Once again, silence filled the room.
There were other virgins awaiting the return of the Bridegroom that season. Their stories
are yet to be told.
We who are in Jesus Christ and awaiting His return are the virgins. Scripture says some of those waiting
for the Lord’s return will not get into the wedding banquet due to their lack of proper preparations. Our
simple appeal is this: We all must continue to go to the Word of God and study the end-time passages in
order to be better informed as to details before His return … whereby we can all make adequate prepara-
tion, for our coming Bridegroom has, in His betrothal with us, asked us on multiple occasions to do so.
“If I neglect the passages God has graciously given me for the purpose of better discerning the many false
teachings that are currently being propagated today, will I not be making a conscious choice toward casting
aside one crucial means He has provided to help me avoid becoming deceived?”
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