Looking into the nature and TIMING of this parable.
SLUMBERING AND SLEEPING: CHURCH AGE AND TRIBULATION?
Mt 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Mt 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mt 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Mt 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mt 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried <5549>, they all slumbered and slept <2518>.
Lu 22:46 And said unto them, Why sleep <2518> ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Mt 13:25 But while men slept <2518>, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
1Th 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep <2518>, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Joh 7:33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me.
Heb 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry <5549>.
Mt 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth <5549> his coming;
Mt 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
La 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.
Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
Mt 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
Lu 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Mr 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Mr 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping <2518>.
Mr 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
DOES CHRIST COME AS A THIEF IN TRIBULATION?
Mt 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
VIRGINS AROSE: RISING GOING INTO TRIBULATION?
Mt 25:7 Then all those virgins arose <1453>, and trimmed their lamps.
Mt 26:46 Rise <1453>, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
Mt 2:14 When he arose <1453>, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
Mt 2:20 Saying, Arise <1453>, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.
VIRGINS AROSE: RISE OF ANTICHRIST?
Mt 24:7 For nation shall rise <1453> against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mt 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise <1453>, and shall deceive many.
Mr 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise <1453>, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
TRIMMED THEIR LAMPS: ADORNING OF THE TEMPLE WITH FALSE GOSPELS?
Mt 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed <2885> their lamps.
Mt 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Mt 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished <2885>.
Mt 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Mr 5:13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
Mt 23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish <2885> the sepulchres of the righteous,
Lu 21:5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned <2885> with goodly stones and gifts, he said,
Lu 21:6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
TO BE CONTINUED