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People Of The Light
by Wayne Blank
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
"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."
Fact Finder: Who are, or what is, the Biblical "daughter of Zion"?