1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.


<b>The message of this parable can be divided into two statements one about a faithful believer and the other about an unfaithful believer, (a believer who has moved into unbelief.) The number 10 represents perfection, as virgins are being perfected in Christ (Phil 1:6.) The lamps represent the light of Christ in all believers, the bridegroom is Christ.</b>


2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.


<b>Five signifying grace (grace is God's willingness to be involved in every area of our lives) wise signifying walking in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:13) and five outside of grace (outside of wisdom.)</b>


3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:


<b>They took the light if Christ, what they knew about Him, but did not take the anointed oil of the Holy spirit, the revelation of Christ (Mar 8:29).</b>


4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.


<b>The wise walked in the wisdom (the anointing) of God (Jam 1:5, jam 3:17.)</b>


5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.


<b>Whilst they waited the seed grew (Mar 4:27.) The five with the understanding from the Holy Spirit had good seed planted in the prepared ground of their hearts, to bear fruit. The five foolish were without understanding and open to disappointment and the deception of walking in religious tradition (Mark 4:13).</b>


6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.


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


8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.


<b>The foolish walking in the tradition of religion had no revelation (could not hear the Holy spirit guiding them (John 16:13.) Then asked the wise to give them understanding.</b>


9 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.


<b>The anointing of the Holy Spirit is a gift given by the grace of God to the body of Christ, to be received (Rev 3:18.) The wise said receive for yourselves the anointing of God, receive personal revelation of Christ by the Holy spirit. (Matt 16:17.) Believers can share by word what they have received from the Lord Jesus Christ, they can tell of their experiences with Him but they cannot part with it and pass it on to others. No one can live on the experience of another we have to work out our own salvation (Phil. 2:12.)</b>


10 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.


<b>When Noah and his family entered the ark, God shut the door (Gen. 7:16.) The opportunity of being saved from the flood had past. In the same way, when the Lord Jesus Christ comes for His church, His own, the opportunity to walk and abide in Him will end and the door will be closed Christ the door, will no longer be available and the opportunity of salvation will be gone! (2 Cor. 6:2, John 10:27-29, Heb 3:15.)</b>


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


<b>Because they were religious, they thought they were saved.</b>


12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.


<b>God looks at Christ in us when He sees us (Rom 5:1-2), if we are in unbelief, we become again foreigners to the covenants of the promise (Eph 2:12.) Millions are in the church, but not in Christ (John 15).</b>


13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.


14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.


<b>The kingdom of heaven (God's way of doing and being right) God has entrusted His authority over the earth to a number of His servants, like the church during the present age, or other groups of believers of other periods.</b>


15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.


<b>The talent is a measure of coinage. The servants are to take charge of the owner's entire operation with the authority and the funds entrusted to them - a huge and weighty responsibility. This represents the stewardship responsibility God gives each group of believers in each age. The stewardship and responsibility  is given together with specific and varying spiritual gifts of the spirit and opportunities to carry out and use those spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:4-11, Eph 2:10.) </b>


16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.


<b>At Pentecost, the disciples straight away used the gifts given to them to proclaim the Gospel Message and there were added to them 3000 people (Acts 2:41.)</b>


17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.


18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.


<b>This man perhaps received the greater challenge, because he only had one talent.  But it was enough for him to do the same as the other two if he had put it to use. Instead he did an incredible thing, he went and buried it in the ground! (Luke 11:33.)</b>


19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.


<b>When Christ returns every believer will give an account of what they have done with that which He has entrusted them with (2 Cor. 5:10). If we are and have remained in Christ, we stand blameless before the Lord ( 2 Pet 3:14.)</b>


20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.


21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.


22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.


23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.


24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:


25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.


26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:


27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.


28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.


29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.


<b>To those who are faithful and remain in Christ and who use that which He has given them, will be given an abundance (John 10:10.) But the one who is not faithful and remains in unbelief and therefore brings nothing even the little that he has sown, will not produce a full harvest (Mark (4:13-20), the seed will be taken away from him by the enemy (Gal 6:7.)</b>


30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


<b>Causing the unfaithful, unprofitable and unbelieving to walk in and receive satans judgment.</b>


31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:


32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:


33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.


34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:


35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:


36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.


37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?


38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?


39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?


40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.


41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:


42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:


43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.


44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?


45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.


46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.


<b>Unbelief and an unwillingness to trust in Christ alone as Savior, causes unbelievers to enter into the curse, for in theme selves they are unable to do anything that is acceptable and righteous to God. Everything outside of Christ is still part of the curse of the law (Gal 3:10.) To believe, walk and dwell in Christ, is to be permanently indwelt by God the Holy Spirit, (Gal 3:2; Eph 1:13-14), and become new creations in Christ, (2 Cor 5:17), with the capability, (but not the certainty), to think, say and do righteously.  (Rom 8:13-17) For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.</b>