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Why the Wise Virgins had Lamp Oil – Dana R.

Why the Wise Virgins had Lamp Oil

Jan 20, 2020
Dana R.

When I read the Parable of the Ten Virgins for the first time, I remember having so many questions. I puzzled over why five of the virgins were wise and five were foolish. And why did the wise ones have lamp oil in their lamps and the foolish did not?

On February 1, 2019, I heard the Holy Spirit say “YOUR WORD IS A LAMP TO MY FEET AND A LIGHT TO MY PATH.” I found this scripture in Psalm 119:105 spoken by the servant Nun to the Lord. So I wondered if the oil in the virgin’s lamps was the Word of God that they had read, understood and stored away in their hearts.

Then on 6/17/2019 I saw a vision of pinpoints of light in otherwise total darkness. I had a knowing that the Lord was showing me the wise virgins and their lamps. Then I had a sudden understanding in the spirit that the reason five of them were wise was because the wise ones TRUSTED IN THE LORD WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS. But the five who were foolish, LEANED ON THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING.

As soon as I received this understanding, I reread the parable to see if what I had just heard lined up with scripture. Please note verses 8 and 9.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go out to meet im.7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.10And 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. 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.13Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man comes.

The foolish virgins inquired of the wise virgins (man) instead of the Lord in their time of need. The foolish virgins did not trust in the Lord enough to know that He would provide whatever they needed but instead leaned on their own understanding.

Another revelation I received along these same lines came when I read John 13:21-26:

When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. 23Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. 25He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? 26Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

What amazed me about this scripture was verse 23 “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.” I thought about how much trust and intimacy there would have to be for that disciple to actually lean on Jesus physically.

But the most fascinating thing about this verse was that Simon Peter did not ask Jesus directly what he wanted to know but asked the disciple who was closest to Jesus to ask Him. He was not leaning on or trusting Jesus enough to ask him directly but instead turned to the one closest to Him for answers. (He trusted in man). That verse showed me that the Lord wants us to lean on Him for everything. He wants us to trust Him with all our heart.

Related Scriptures:

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Jer 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

Jer 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

IS 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: 2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt [your] confusion.

Song of Soloman 8:5 Who [is] this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth [that] bare thee.

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9 Comments

  1. Michelle Downey

    Awesome Word😘

  2. Whitney E Manuel

    Thank you!

  3. Mikhi Ferreira

    Dana you are missing the point thr oil of the virgins spoken of is the holy spirit inside then. 5 were falling back backsliding and 5 kept going. It is all spiritual not physical.

  4. Maek

    Mikhi, Both paradigms are true, yes with the main interpretation being the ‘oil’ of the Holy Spirit. Prophecy in scripture is multifaceted and extended interpretations are valid as long as one does not aberrate and can process exegetically from the related themes, concepts, material etc. cross referenced in Scripture. A tertiary response to the text is that the ‘unwise’ subjects were too myopic only being concerned with the immediate cares of the world in contrast to preparing for the imminent establishment of the Kingdom.

  5. Maek

    Mikhi, Both paradigms are true, yes with the main interpretation being the ‘oil’ of the Holy Spirit. Prophecy in scripture is multifaceted and extended interpretations are valid as long as one does not aberrate and can process exegetically from the related themes, concepts, material etc. cross referenced in Scripture. A tertiary response to the text is that the ‘unwise’ subjects were too myopic only being concerned with the immediate cares of the world in contrast to preparing for the imminent establishment of the Kingdom.

  6. carine

    In these end days the devil is working extra hard to throw us off track. He will bring our greatest temptation in our path all ready and available but it’s a lie. God is faithful and will warn us (even in advance as He has for me) before the temptation comes so that we can say no and get back on God’s path. Going back in the world even for a little bit will cost us! It is not worth it! God is asking us to keep our eyes on Him at all times even if we are all alone. The irony is it is when we get back in the world that we are truly alone, asleep, and empty at the end of the day. His Spirit alive and kindled in us as we keep on the narrow path, pray for the lost, keep in His Word, obey His commands, love and forgive others sincerely, share His Truth, is what brings TRUE and LASTING joy even amongst life’s difficulties. We have to keep on TRUSTING Him and ABIDE in Him ONLY. Let’s keep our lights trimmed and full!

  7. Linda Monahan

    Awesome Word and revelation Dana. You are right on! Many, many years ago Holy Spirit gave me revelation of “The disciple whom Jesus loved.” John was the only one of the twelve that heard the very heartbeat of God that we have a recording of. I have spent many hours in deep, DEEP repentance to come to the place where I could recline on my Lord’s chest and feel His loving arms around me. That is the place to get your vessels filled with the oil of Holy Spirit, the place of deep, intimate fellowship with Yeshua/Jesus!

  8. Truth

    When the foolish virgins go to fetch oil, then, they decided to believe on the son of man. They always did good works, and always rebuked evil, shared prophecy, preached repentance of sin, the foolish virgins, NEVER, believed on the Son of man. PAID IN FULL FOREVER. OSAS FOREVER.JESUS ONLY IS WORTHY.

  9. David Mehew

    I thought the unwise virgins’ lamps were taken by them in a hurry. They readily accepted them from God with little thought; thereby producing the dilemma of having no light (oil) – they didn’t need any. But when they saw that times were laying bare their need for light (oil) , they turned to people to give them answers (spiritual wisdom/understanding)

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