The Ten Virgins Symbolism

“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, and which is encoded in both the Old and New Testament. In the Old Testament Moses, symbolizing the Spirit, instructs the children of Israel (chosen to represent 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 seventh seal is the same as the seventh chakra, opened through silence in heaven, symbolizing the mind.

Carnal Israel was the bride and Moses was 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. And as God’s Spirit moved upon the waters in Creation and upon the waters of the Red Sea, it will move upon or influence the thoughts of our mind, causing us to “think differently,” which is the meaning of the word “repentance.” John baptized unto repentance— a baptism that illustrated the purification of the mind, which the ten virgins symbolize.

Israel, like [the kingdom of] heaven, symbolizes the Mind, consisting 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 through this mind-discipline alone. Each son of Jacob or tribe of Israel has a positive and negative aspect. Judging (overcoming) the negative aspects of these ten sons or tribes is what purifies our mind, which the ten virgins 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 complete or full measure of 144 however, 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, through which the purification takes place. The word myrrh means distillation, which being the purification of water, symbolizes the purification of 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 lamp symbolizes the heart. The ten virgins (having purified their minds) are now ready to meet the bridegroom.

“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 foolish had no oil, symbolizing the anointing. These five foolish virgins represent those that think they have been purified. The number five represents taxation, which spiritually is to make a choice. Christians have made a choice to follow the iniquitous teachings of Paul over the anointed teachings of the Christ, a foolish mistake. They have their lamp, symbolizing their heart, but no oil, symbolizing the anointing through which their heart would be purified.

“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 false doctrine.

“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.”

“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. Some will awaken out of this state and begin the 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. 12 represents judgment. Those who have purified themselves through God’s spiritual judgment enter the bedchamber, where they receive the holy seed of God.

“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 into the heart. We prepare or purify ourselves for this sacred union through six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual works): 6 x 24 = 144, these works found in 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.

“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. 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)

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