THE TEN VIRGINS

Ten Virgins

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.”  Matthew 25:1

The kingdom of heaven symbolizes the realm of the mind. It is likened unto ten virgins because the number ten is associated with the mind, which enters a virgin state through its purification.  The quieting of the mind is an eastern practice that aids in the purification of the mind, which is encoded in both the Old and New Testament.  Moses instructs the children of Israel, chosen to represent us the people, to stand still (Exodus 14:13), the word still meaning be silent, quiet self.  In the book of Revelation, we learn that the seventh seal is opened through silence in heaven, which symbolizes the mind. Through silence in the mind the seventh chakra is opened, connecting us to the divine power of the heart.  When we quiet our mind, following Moses’ instruction, we give power to what Moses symbolizes, which is the holy Spirit.  And as the Spirit of God moved upon the waters in the Creation, and upon the waters of the Red Sea, the holy spirit, if not resisted, will move upon the spiritual waters, symbolizing the thoughts of the mind, influencing the thoughts of our mind, causing us to think differently, the deeper spiritual meaning of the word, repentance.  John baptized unto repentance; a baptism that illustrated the purification of the mind, which the ten virgins symbolize.  Jesus gives the instruction through his cleaning of the cup and platter parable, the cup symbolizing the mind.

Israel, like heaven, symbolizes the Mind, which consisted of ten tribes, descending from the first ten sons of Jacob; those born of Leah and the bondmaids, symbolizing flesh and bondage. It is through the judging of these ten tribes that are mind is made pure, preparing the way for the coming of the Lord, as the ten virgins were prepared to meet the bridegroom, and as Esther was prepared to meet the king through a purification process “…for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours…” Esther 2:12.  The oil symbolizes the anointing; the spiritual anointing through which the mind and the heart are made pure.  The word myrrh means distillation, the purification of water, which like the sea, symbolizes the thoughts of our mind.   “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.” Matthew 25:1.  The kingdom of heaven symbolizes the realm of the mind.  The lamps symbolize the hearts of those that have purified their minds and those that think they have purified their minds. “And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:” Matthew 25:2,3.  This is where we see what separates the wise virgins from the foolish virgins.  The five wise had oil in their lamps, symbolizing the anointing that is within their hearts.  The five foolish virgins represent those that think they have been made pure, but having no oil, being without the anointing, have been deceived.  “But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” Matthew 25:4.  The five wise are those that have not been deceived by a false doctrine, which would be any doctrine or belief that teaches purification of the mind through any other way than what Jesus taught, which is through the heart by way of the spiritual oil or anointing of the heart.  The mind does not have the power to bring us into the pure spiritual state symbolized by the virgin.  We are not made pure by thinking positive thoughts, or by repeating some mantra.  We can only be made pure through the spiritual anointing or christ power of the heart, the oil that the five foolish are lacking.

“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept… (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day…” Matthew 25:5.  The bridegroom, symbolizing spiritual truth, has been delayed for more than fifteen hundred years due to religious iniquity; the spiritual veil that has rendered the spiritual mind unconscious, possessed by the spirit of slumber.  “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt… And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”   Daniel 12:2,3.   The dust of the earth symbolizes the spiritual inactivity of the heart; the spiritual power of the heart still lying dormant.  But some will awaken out of this dormant state and begin their heart-purification process.  They are the wise, having oil in their lamps.  “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.”  Matthew 25:6-9.  Midnight. The twelfth hour, the number twelve representing judgment. Those who are purifying themselves through God’s spiritual judgment (Matthew 19:28) have entered the bedchamber, where the spiritual seed of spiritual truth is being sown.  “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.”  Matthew 25:10.  Marriage is intercourse; a spiritual intercourse through which the holy seed or word of truth is sown in our heart.  The door of the bedchamber is open to those that are believing, obeying, or putting action to the spiritual works outlined in the churches in the book of Revelation, and closed to those that are not.  “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door…”   Revelation 3:7,8.  The door is open to those who are purifying themselves through the spiritual works of God’s Word.  “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.”  Matthew 25:11.  These, believing the iniquity they have been taught through the church, think they have purified themselves, but they have climbed up some other way.  The word “know,” or “knew,” is intercourseAdam knew Eve and she conceived.  God’s holy seed cannot and will not pass through the veil of religious iniquity.  “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Matthew 7:23.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2008

EAST & WEST

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The Holy Bible contains all the spiritual knowledge we need for the salvation or healing of our soul, combining ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west.

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD…”  Exodus 14:13

The word still means quiet self, be silent, keep (put to) silence.

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”  Revelation 8:1

Silence in heaven is the key to opening the seventh seal. Heaven symbolizes the mind. The seventh seal is the seventh chakra.

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”  Revelation 1:7

If this were about the physical eyes, it would be plural, not singular. This is about “the third eye,” the spiritual eye, through which we gain insight pertaining to the things we cannot see.

The verse is clearly about Jesus, symbolizing truth, which “cometh with clouds;” coming with or through the thoughts of that spiritual heaven called the mind. Truth comes to us through our mind by way of the Spirit.  East and west, Spirit and word.  The Spirit is the power that delivers the word of truth, first to our mind, and then to our heart if we don’t resist it.

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:27

The “lightening” and the “Son of man” share the same symbolic meaning, which is truth.  Jesus was called the Son of man, the son symbolizing the seed or word of truth through which man is spiritually healed. There is mind-level healing and there is heart-level healing.  The two are not the same.  The former is accomplished through the power of the mind, the latter through the power of the heart, which is christ.

The East is associated with the Spirit and the Mind. The Spirit works through mind-body disciplines or practices such as yoga to bring calmness to the mind, and wellness to the body. During the practice, one is encouraged to “trust the breath,” the breath symbolizing the spirit. When the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, they were to trust Moses, symbolizing the Spirit of God. But they resisted, forfeiting what comes with the holy spirit working through the mind, which is tranquility.  In stark contrast is the anxiety that is possessing the minds of so many these days, the cause of panic attacks.  So many on anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs. Clearly, man is resisting the holy spirit, whose deepest purpose is to bring us into the truth regarding the source of this anxiety and depression.

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do aways resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.” Acts 7:51.

In the eastern practice of yoga, one is often led to put his hands to the third or inner eye, which is associated with higher consciousness or spiritual sight—the meaning behind the mythological Cyclops.  Another example of the spirit working at a mind-level is the eastern practice of Reiki, performed through a technique similar to the laying on of hands for the treatment of physical, emotional, spiritual or mental disease.

It’s when we combine the ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west, that we activate the ultimate healing power called christ.  When meditation is performed following the ancient instruction of the Holy Bible, the 7th chakra is opened, through which the deepest level of the soul is healed.  The Spirit, activated or manipulated through ancient practices of the east, while evoking a response that can heal mind and body, cannot, by itself, heal the sub-conscious, which is the heart— the deepest and most important aspect of the soul.  To heal the heart requires us to follow the ancient instruction of the Sacred Text of the west.  The Spirit, in conjunction with the works of the Word, has the power to heal us mentally, emotionally, and physically, which is salvation of the soul.  Moses, in conjunction with Aaron, led the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, symbolizing the addiction of The World.  Physical bondage or addiction is of the mind and body.  But the source that drives it is the spiritual bondage of the heart.  To be delivered of our spiritual bondage requires what Jesus calls the regeneration.

“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”  Matthew 19:28

The word regeneration means the act or process of re-forming. As Spirit and word formed the physical heaven and earth, spirit and word are needed to form our new spiritual heaven and earth.  The word is the works of creation, which Jesus instructs us to believe, which means to obey or put action to.  Those that are in the process of the regeneration are metaphorically sitting upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel, which are the works that brings of their new creation into existence.

Judgment is symbolized in scripture by fire.

“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”  Revelation 3:18

Perhaps you have heard new age teachers talking about the “violet flame,” their understanding of which will be limited to the source through which they received it, through the Spirit, which makes it an incomplete truth. To receive complete truth on these spiritual matters will require us to incorporate the Word. The gold tried in the fire symbolizes the purity that comes through the judgment.  A “flame” is part of the fire. The seven colors associated with the twelve tribes of Israel or twelve sons of Jacob are the seven colors of the rainbow. And what do we find at the end of the rainbow; upon the conclusion of our spiritual judgment?  Gold, symbolizing purity. The color “violet” is associated with Naphtali, a son of Rachel’s bondmaid, symbolizing bondage.  This is where we make the transition from seeing the bondage of our mind to seeing the bondage of our heart. This is where we make the transition from the kingdom of heaven, symbolizing the realm of the mind to the kingdom of God, symbolizing the realm of the Heart- the throne of that healing power called christ.

It is time to incorporate the Word, which provides us with the ancient instruction through which we are made holy.  It is time to bring a deeper meaning to the many religious ceremonies and celebrations through the Word.  Let’s look at the eastern festival called Holi, also known as the “Festival of Love,” the “Festival of Colors,” or the “Festival of Spring.”  It celebrates the eternal and divine love of Krishna, and signifies the triumph of good over the evil.

The east is associated with the Spirit of God, which is Love. However, it is through the spiritual works encoded in the Sacred Text of the west, which the colors represent, that we reach Love, which is why Jesus said, you can’t come unto the Father except by me, which is to say, you can’t come to Love except through truth, which being the word of God, is the spiritual works or instruction through which we are made holy, triumphing over evil. East and West.  Spirit and Word.  Love and Truth.  Christ. The spiritual anointing through which we are healed on a soul-level.

Christianity, the religion of the west, is not the source for the Word of God.

Paul the Liar

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2001

The truth about the “return” and “rapture”

The truth is, there is none!

At least not in the way Christians have been taught to think about these very important events. Where did the iniquity pertaining to Jesus’ return and the rapture come from? They came from Paul, who never met Jesus, and who was not in Galilee at the time the event took place; an event that Paul has misinterpreted, turning the truth into a lie.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. Acts 1:9

Jesus was taken up, a cloud receiving him out of their sight, meaning, they did not see him taken.

And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel.  Acts 1:10

The two men in white apparel symbolize the two witnesses, who in that day were John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ; the embodiments of God’s Spirit and Word— the “spirit of truth,” which has come to guide the men of Galilee into the truth regarding Jesus’ return.

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.  Acts 1:11

If the men of Galilee were doing right by gazing up into heaven, what need would there have been for the two men to question it?  The two witnesses of God have come to stop the iniquity that has been spreading regarding a physical return of Jesus, who will come in the same manner as he left, out of their sight— a return not seen through the physical eyes (plural), but through the spiritual eye (singular), the “third eye,” as it is written, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him…” Revelation 1:7.  The clouds [of heaven] symbolize the thoughts [of the mind]Truth comes with or through the thoughts of the mind (by way of the heart) when there is “silence in heaven,” which opens the “seventh seal” (Revelation 8:1) or “seventh chakra.”  Christians will have to silence their mind of the religious inquity they have been taught if they want to open/activate this spiritual “crown chakra,” through which they will see the true Jesus— the spiritual truth of God’s Word.  

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”  1 Thessalonians 4:16 (Paul)

As the men of Galilee did not see the Lord ascend, Christians will not see him descend.  An angel is a messenger. The voice of the archangel is the truth that speaks to us through our holy spirit when we quiet our mind, bringing messages from the heart (the seat of the emotions) to the mind, and back again, illustrated by the angels that ascended and descended upon the ladder in Jacob’s dream, which was set up on earth, symbolizing the heart, and reached into heaven, symbolizing the mind.  The ladder symbolizes the process by which the painful emotions of our heart are transformed, through which we experience a true spiritual rapture.  Christians await Jesus’ second coming, which has already taken place.  His first coming was his birth.  His second was when he appeared to his apostles in Jerusalem.  His third coming is spiritual, coinciding with the third and final spiritual “era of Jacob,” which began with the new millennium, in which Jesus returns to the individual in the form of truth within his heart.  The children of Israel, chosen to represent us, the people, were to ascend the mount on the third day at the sound of the shofar (trumpet), but they declined out of fear. The third day began in the year 2000; the beginning of the third thousandth year (2 Peter 3:8) since the crucifixion of Jesus.  We have all crucified the truth from within our heart through false religious and personal beliefs. The trumpet has sounded.  The time to overcome these false beliefs, resurrecting truth within our heart, is now!

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2021