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The Parable Of The Ten Virgins

In the parable of "the ten virgins," or "the ten maidens," and their lamps, Jesus Christ described "five who were foolish and five who were wise." All ten had lamps, but the wise ones had plenty of oil to make their lamps do what they were created for, while the unwise ones had nearly-empty lamps that did almost nothing to overcome the darkness.

The lesson of the parable is that Christians should be diligently preparing for The Return Of Jesus Christ, regardless of when that happens from their own perspective (see When Will You Be Judged?), and not wait until "the last minute" (i.e. later in life, or if Christ's return actually seems imminent) to become serious about their obedience to God. The "oil" is the study of God's Truth (see The Holy Bible and 52-Week Bible Reading Plan) and the good behavior that makes the "lamps" of the five wise virgins "shine," while the five foolish virgins had lamps (i.e. they claimed to be Christian) but very little oil (i.e. they didn't diligently study or live according to Christ's teachings).

The Parable Of The Ten Virgins

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"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 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 those 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." (Matthew 25:1-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who are, or what is, the Biblical "daughter of Zion"?
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