Matt.25:8 – And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
This may be one of the most important yet most overlooked and misunderstood of all of the Lord’s parables. If you just approach it simply and in context it is easy to understand and quite terrifying. Matthew 24 was Jesus’s extensive teaching on the last days, especially the great tribulation. After some incredibly precise an extensive prophesies He turns to the church. The parable of the ten virgins is very specifically talking about what we would call the church. He is specifically speaking about the church on earth at His return for His bride. What can learn from this parable? First, that much of the church at the end of the age will not be ready for His return. Second, Intimacy, the very heart of marriage, is the key to being ready for His return. Third, this intimacy is characterized by the presence of the Holy Spirit, oil in our lamps, at His return. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on the ten virgins.
“Ah, me! Now they began to value what they had aforetime despised. They were foolish enough to think that oil was unnecessary; but now they saw that it was the one essential thing, so they cried to the wise virgins, “Give us of your oil.” And hear the dreadful reason: —I do not know any more terrible words than those, “Our lamps are gone out.” It is worse to have a lamp that has gone out than never to have had a lamp at all. “’Our lamps are gone out.’ We once rejoiced in them. We promised ourselves a bright future. We said, ‘All is well for the marriage supper.’ But ‘our lamps are gone out,’ and we have no oil with which to replenish them.” O sirs, may none of us ever have to lift up that mournful cry! On a dying bed, in the extremity of pain, in the depth of human weakness, it is an awful thing to find one’s profession burning low, one’s hope of heaven going out, like the snuff of a candle.”
It is quite frightening for me to think today about churches, our church, filled with people who have no oil in their lamps. Could it be that intimacy with the Lord, walking in the Spirit, is the prerequisite for being included in the rapture? I think there is a good likelihood that this parable is included here for that very purpose. So here is the question begging to be asked, “Do you have oil in your lamp today?”.