Preparing for the coming WW3
Mat 25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while *the bridegroom was delayed*, they all slumbered and slept."
A virgin is one who prepares herself to marry the Lord and to obey and serve Him faithfully according to His commands, words etc.
2Cor 11:2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
2Tim 4:8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
These virgins love the Lord with all their hearts. They love His appearing because they want to be with Him. (So these virgins hoped that Jesus would be back in Y2K)
But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept."
After Y2K, no one dared to preach end time events anymore (slumbered and slept), except for the few who knows that the fourth Seal (WW3) must come before Rapture (6th Seal).
The Foolish Virgins
Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Oil represents the Holy Spirit. These five foolish virgins love the Lord and will serve Him faithfully with the gifts and empowering of the Holy Spirit in churches, missions, charitable homes, etc. in their own comfort zones. However they have difficulties following the leading of the Holy Spirit (extra oil) to humiliating and painful sacrifices where works are lowly, degrading and dirty or to places of sufferings and persecutions with possibly death (the cross for our Lord).
The Wise Virgins
2Pet 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps;
These wise virgins imitate Christ (and also Paul) by crucifying themselves and suffer like Him for the sake of the gospel. They have accepted the baptism of the Holy Spirit and of fire, and being led by the Spirit they will do the things that the flesh do not naturally like, want nor desire.
2Cor 11:25-27 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; in journeys often, in perils of waters,... in perils in the wilderness,..in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Rom 8:17-18 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
These 5 wise virgins have kept His words, will and commandments. Because they offered themselves to imitate our Lord Jesus' sufferings for the sake of the gospel, they are found worthy to share His throne as the bride of the Lamb.
Rev 3:21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
Brethren, our Father is looking for worthy children to inherit this great reward - the bride of the Lamb.