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.”  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.  Notice the ten arms on the Tibetan Ganesha, the practices of the east about the mind, such as the ancient practice of meditation, which brings calmness to the mind; a practice encoded in both the Old and New Testament. In the Old Testament we have Moses, symbolizing the Spirit, instructing 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 New Testament, when the seventh seal is opened, there is silence in heaven, which symbolizes the mind. The seventh seal symbolizes the seventh chakra, which is opened when we quiet our mind, connecting us with our divine source. Carnal Israel was the bride, and Moses the type-and-shadow bridegroom.  Moses instructs Israel to quiet their mind, the sea, which they are about to pass through, symbolizing the thoughts of their mind.  When we quiet our mind, following Moses’ instruction, we give power to what Moses symbolizes, which is holy Spirit.  As God’s Spirit moved upon the waters during Creation, and upon the waters of the Red Sea, the holy spirit, which we stop resisting (Acts 7:51) when we quiet our mind, will move upon or influence the thoughts of our mind, causing us to think differently, which is repentance.  John baptized unto repentance; a baptism that illustrated the purification of the mind, which the ten virgins symbolize.

Israel, like heaven, symbolizes the Mind.  Carnal Israel consisted of ten tribes, which descended from the first ten sons of Jacob; those born of Leah and the bondmaids, symbolizing flesh and bondage, revealing that our mind is not made pure just by quieting our mind or by thinking differently.  The ten virgins symbolize the purity that comes by judging (overcoming) what the first ten tribes of Israel symbolize.  “ And Jesus said unto them… 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. There are 12 tribes.  Judging the negative aspects of all twelve tribes formulates to 12× 12 = 144, a spiritual measure.  The 72 virgins in Islam or the 72 names of God in Judaism represent purification of the mind. To reach the spiritual measure of 144 requires the purification of the mind and the heart.  “…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.  There are twelve months.  Six months formulates to 6 x 12 = 72.  Twelve months formulates to 12 x 12 = 144.  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.  This is where we begin to see what separates the wise from the foolish virgins.  “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.  The five wise had oil in their lamps, the oil symbolizing the anointing.  The five foolish virgins represent those that think they have been made pure, but they have been deceived.  We are not made pure by way of the mind. Not by quieting the mind. Not by thinking positive thoughts. Not by repeating some mantra. The foolish (self-proclaimed) virgins have no oil in their lamps; their hearts still void of the spiritual anointing or christ power through which the heart is made pure. “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; one that teaches that we are made pure in any other way than the way Jesus taught, which is through the heart by way of the spiritual oil or anointing of the heart. “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; Isaiah 29:10.  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 dormant.  But some will awaken out of this 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 12th hour, the number 12 representing judgment. Those who are purifying themselves through God’s spiritual judgment have entered the bedchamber, which spiritually is the heart, 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 performing 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 are those that think they have purified themselves, but they have climbed up some other way.  The word know or knew is intercourse.  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