The Ten Virgins

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 being very much about the mind, such as the ancient practice of meditation, which brings calmness to the mind.

The practice of meditation is encoded in both the Old and New Testament.

In the Old Testament we have Moses, symbolizing the Spirit, telling the children of Israel (representing us) to “stand still,” the word still meaning be silent, quiet self. In the New Testament we have the following:

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

The 7th seal is the same as the 7th chakra, opened through silence in heaven, meaning quiet in the mind. Through the quieting our mind we connect with the power that transforms the heart, which in turn renews or purifies the mind.

Israel also symbolizes The Mind, which consisted of ten tribes. Israel is the bride. Moses, symbolizing the Spirit, the type-and-shadow bridegroom. This is about the Spirit working through the Mind, bringing peace to the mind. But these ten tribes descended from the first ten sons of Jacob, those born of Leah and the bondmaids, symbolizing flesh and bondage, revealing that we are not made free through this level of discipline alone. Each son of Jacob or tribe of Israel has both a positive and negative aspect. We are to judge (overcome) the negative aspects of these ten sons. It is through this spiritual judgment that the mind is changed. This is repentance, meaning to think differently, which prepares us for the next level, as John prepared the way for Jesus.

“ 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 number 12 represents judgment. Judging the negative aspects of the first 10 sons or tribes formulates to 12×10, which equals 120, removing the flesh of the mind, symbolized by the veil between “the worldly sanctuary” and “the holiest place of all.” Between the mind and heart.

“And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty."
Genesis 6:3

Through the spiritual judgment of our mind we reach a spiritual measure of 120. But the judgment is not yet complete. With the work of the first four churches complete, we enter the 5th church. Jesus, who preached purification of the heart, came in the 5th; in the beginning of the fifth-thousandth year since man's spiritual decline, symbolized by the fall in the garden.

 “Be watchful, and strengthen (be strong about) the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.” Revelation 3:2. (Desire strongly to see the things that reside in the heart)

There are 12 tribes. Judging the negative aspects of all twelve tribes formulates to 12 x 12, which equals 144, a spiritual measure.

“And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man… ” Revelation 21:17.

The 72 virgins in Islam or the 72 names of God in Judaism represent the purification of the mind. To reach the complete or full measure of 144 requires the purification of the mind and the heart, cleaning the inside of “the cup and the platter.” 

“...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.  (Purification of Mind and Heart).

“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 lamp that each virgin carried symbolizes the vessel that holds the oil, symbolizing the anointing, which produces the light, symbolizing truth.

“And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.” Matthew 25:2.

The number five represents taxation, which spiritually, is to make a choice. The Jews chose the carnal law over the spiritual teachings of Jesus. Christians have made a choice to follow the self-serving teachings of Paul over the anointed teachings of the Christ.  

“They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:” Matthew 25:3.

The foolish had no oil, symbolizing the anointing that brings the light of spiritual truth, leaving them in spiritual darkness. These five virgins symbolize those that think they have purified themselves through their ritualistic practices or religious beliefs. These have a lamp, symbolizing their heart, but no oil, symbolizing the anointing of spirit and truth, through which their heart would be made pure.  

“But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” Matthew 25:4.

These are those that have not been deceived. They have completed the spiritual works through which their hearts have been purified, preparing them for the bridegroom— the holy seed, as it is written, "I will not suffer my holy one to see corruption."

“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 spiritual Word of God has tarried for over 1500 years due to religious iniquity. The spiritual veil that has rendered the spiritual mind, unconscious, possessed by “the spirit of slumber.” This unconscious spiritual state is the result of breaking the spiritual laws that God has established, which Moses illustrated as he came down off the mount, these spiritual laws contained in the Ten Commandments.

“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 symbolizes spiritual inactivity. Some will awaken out of this state and begin the 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. 12 represents judgment. Those who have purified that spiritual womb called the heart through a spiritual judgment enter the bedchamber, where they receive the holy seed of God, which is the marriage. These are "the Lamb's wife."

"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 (communicative) intercourse through which the holy seed or word of truth is sown into the heart. Living in the 3rd dimension, we are subject to time. And if we are wise, we will use this time to purify our heart, making ourselves holy for this spiritual marriage. We prepare or purify ourselves for this sacred union through six metaphorical days of spiritual works: 6 x 24 = 144, revealed through the first six churches in the book of Revelation, the last of which is Philadelphia:

"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, which have been preserved through the Bible's symbolic code.

“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 believe they have purified themselves, but they have climbed up some other way by attempting to purify themselves through some ritualistic practice, religious belief, or through the power of their mind, none of which have the power to purify the heart. The word "know" is intercourse; the sowing of God's holy seed, which can not, and will not, pass through the veil of religious iniquity.

“But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.” Luke 13:27.

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2008)