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, experiencing what is called repentance, meaning to think differently, preparing 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, which we find in our own judicial system. Judging (overcoming) the negative aspects of these first 10 sons or tribes formulates to 12×10, which equals 120, removing the flesh of the mind, symbolized by the veil between “the wordly sanctuary” (the mind) and “the holiest place of all” (the 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 this spiritual judgment of the thoughts 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, and judging the twelve tribes of Israel formulates to 12 x 12, which equals 144. It is time to remove the veil of flesh that stands between the worldly sanctuary and the holist place of all, the veil literally rent upon Jesus’ crucifixion, symbolizing the time of transition— from mind to heart.

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

The full measure (purification of the mind and the heart) is 144. The 72 virgins in Islam and the 72 names of God in Judaism are associated with the mind, and a level of purity. But we must purify the mind and the heart, cleaning the inside of “the cup and the platter.”  72 and 72 = 144

“...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 the mind and the heart).

The lamp that each virgin carried symbolizes the vessel that holds the oil, symbolizing the anointing, which produces the light, symbolizing truth. That vessel is the heart.

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

The number five represents taxation, which is to make a choice between carnal and spiritual, as the Jews were taxed through the teachings of Jesus to make a choice between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. They chose the letter, choosing to continue on with their ritualistic practices— mind-body disciplines. 

“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 truth, leaving them in spiritual darkness. These five virgins symbolize those that think they have purified themselves through ritualistic practices, or through some religious belief. These have a lamp, symbolizing their heart, but no oil in their lamp, symbolizing the anointing through which their heart would be made pure.  

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

These are about to meet the bridegroom Jesus, the holy seed of God made flesh, the spiritual teachings of whom have tarried (been delayed) for more than 1500 years due to religious iniquity, the spiritual veil that has rendered the spiritual mind unconscious, possessed by “the spirit of slumber.”

“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

God has given them "the spirit of slumber" by establishing spiritual laws, which if broken puts one into an unconscious spiritual state. They've done it to themselves! But some that have been in the dust of this spiritual inactivity will awaken and begin the purification process.

“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 wise had 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 representing judgment. Those virgins, which have completed the spiritual judgment, being made pure on a heart-level (by the hour appointed by God) enter the bedchamber, where they receive the seed of God, which is the marriage.

"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 or 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 (like the five wise virgins) 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), these works 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 remains open to those that have purified themselves through the works of the Word, encoded in the Sacred Text of the west—The Holy Bible.

“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 "other virgins" 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.

“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.

The word "know" is intercouse, the sowing of God’s holy seed, which will not pass through the veil of iniquity, as it is written: ” I will not suffer my Holy One to see corruption.” 

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2008)
Author; The Bible Decoded; The Little Book for the Soul
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