May I share another way of understanding this parable please? The mystery of the Rapture hadn’t been revealed at the time when Jesus was speaking to them.
Matthew 24 is speaking about the Second Coming… back in Matt. 24:29
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And in Matthew 25:1 “THEN shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened to ten virgins…”.
It don’t see this as a jump backwards in time from what he’d been speaking of, especially in light of the word THEN. So that would seem to indicate it’s a picture of after the Age of Grace ends during the time just before the Second Coming.
Who are the virgins?
Since we all believe in the pre-trib Rapture, they are not the Bride who is already with the Bridegroom. So the virgins are not the church.
It was a Jewish tradition for bridesmaids to be virgins… and in Jeremiah 31: 1-13 KJV it talks about Israel’s rebirth as a nation, and in v. 13 it calls them virgins.
So it would seem the virgins referred to here are those who have believed in Him during the Tribulation. The wise virgins are the faithful who endured to the end without taking the mark. The foolish virgins are those who believed in Jesus but lacked enough faith (oil) to preserve until the end.
The foolish virgins asked the wise virgins for help… but are told to go and BUY more oil. Interesting in light of what we know about buying and selling during the Tribulation… could it be that they are those who took the mark? Otherwise how could they have bought anything?
All are virgins and have a lamp and some oil (faith) but the foolish ones did not have enough faith to carry them through to preserve to the end.
Okay, now I’ll go watch what Amir had to say about it in the video that was shared.