The Parable of the Ten Virgins
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What Has Come Before:
After Jesus had spoken his last words to the people and their rulers, he walked out of the Temple with his disciples. As they were passing through the great gates on the east of the Temple the disciples said to Jesus, "Master, what a splendid building this is! Look at these great stones in the foundation!"
Jesus answered the disciples, "Do you see these great walls? The time is coming when these buildings shall be thrown down when not one stone that you are looking upon shall be left in its place; when the very foundations of this house and this city shall be torn up!"
These words filled the followers of Jesus with the deepest sorrow, for they loved the Temple and the city of Jerusalem, as all Jews loved it, and to them its fall seemed the ruin of he whole world. Yet they believed the words of their Master, for they knew that he was a prophet, whose words were sure to come to pass, and that he was more than a prophet, even the son of God.
They walked with Jesus down into the valley of the brook Kedron, and up the slopes of the Mount of Olives...
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THE WISE AND FOOLISH VIRGINS
Then Jesus sat down with his disciples on the mountain and told them of many things that were to come upon the city and the world; how wars should arise, and earthquakes and diseases should break forth; how enemies were to come and fight against Jerusalem, and destroy it and scatter its people: and how trouble should arise upon all the earth.
And he told them about the many things that would happen during the Tribulation spoken of by the prophets, the horrible time when the anti-christ will stand in Jerusalem, and the great distress that will be upon the world. He warned to disbelieve anyone who said he was the christ;that when the Son of Man appears on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory, all the nations of the world will see. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Then he gave the Parable of "The Ten Virgins." This was the story:
"There were ten young women who were going out one night with their lamps in their hands to meet the bridegroom. Five of these young women were wise, and five were foolish. Those that were foolish took with them their lighted lamps, but had no more oil than that which was in their lamps; but each of the wise young women carried also a bottle of oil. It was night, and while they were waiting for the bridal party they all fell asleep. At midnight they were all awaked by the sudden cry, 'The bridegroom is coming! Go out to meet him!'
"Then all the young women rose up, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish ones said, 'Let us have some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the other young women said, 'Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you too; go to those who sell, and buy oil for yourselves.'
"The young women who had no oil went away to buy; and while they were away the bridegroom came, and those that were ready went in with them to the feast; and then the door was shut. And afterward the other young women came, knocking on the door, and calling out, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'
"But he said, 'I do not know you', and he would not open the door. Watch, therefore, for you do not know the day nor the hour when your Lord will come."
Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
Jesus also gave to his disciples another parable or picture of what, shall come to pass at the end of the world. He said, "When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the angels of God shall come with him, then he shall sit on his glorious throne as King. And before him shall be brought together all the people of the world; and he shall divide them, and make them stand apart, just as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. And he shall put his sheep on his right hand, and the goats on his left. Then the King shall say to those on his right hand, 'Come, ye whom my Father has blessed; come, and take the kingdom which God has made ready for you. For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me into your home; I was naked, and you gave me clothes; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.'
"Then all those on the right of the King will say, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and feed thee? or thirsty and gave thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked and gave thee clothes? And when did we see thee sick, or in prison, and come to thee?'
"And the King shall answer, and shall say to them, 'Inasmuch as you did it to one of these my brothers, even the very least of them, you did it to me.' Then the King shall turn to those on his left hand, and shall say to them, 'Go away from me, ye cursed ones, into the everlasting fire which has been made ready for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me no food; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and you did not open your doors to me; I was naked, and you gave me no clothes; I was sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.'
"Then shall they answer him, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not help thee?' And the King shall say to them, 'Inasmuch as you did it not to one of these the least of my brothers, you did it not to me.' And the wicked shall go away to be punished forever; but the righteous unto everlasting life."
After these words, Jesus went with his disciples again to Bethany.