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The 10  Virgins, who do they represent, in the Bible?  anyone cares to share their thoughts on this ?

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I am told, that the 10 Virgins represent the adventist people.  I am still doing research on this, help me to better understand this, so get ready to open your bibles, and lets share what you think this is.


i am doing some research on the 10 virgins, and i will give you more information, on this subject.  currently i am puting them together so you could understand this important issue that is happening as we speak.  hoping to put them altogether this week.

sir james

Blessings sir james,


I really don't know what the standard understanding within our church is. I don't know why people believe it is just SDA's. I can only share with you what I believe. I really do like to test my understand of things in this Forum, so don't be afraid to disagree.


I believe the Ten Virgins are the 144,000. I base this on the timing the parable seems to set for this event.


First, they all at some time accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour. They had containers for their oil and even were using that oil to light their lamps at the beginning of this parable. They all ten fall asleep because of the long wait for the bridegroom. They are all awaken by the call "The Bridegroom cometh".


Next, they all need to trim their lamps but five of them don't have enough oil. When they go to get more oil it is too late. This tells me probation has already closed. If I am correct about probation already being closed, then only the 144,000 are left among God's people.


But for clarification, the five wise virgins would actually represent the 144,000.


God Bless, Alex.


thanks for bringing this up, to be honest with you, i always thought the groomsmen were the 144K.  Jesus is the groom and the grooms men were the 144,000 to prepare the way for Jesus to come.  i do not have no biblical support on this, but help me alex to figure this out more, i am so much on fire to know the message.  sister white speaks nothing about the grooms men, and so i am appealing to my members here on adventist online to coach me, to guide me and help me through this questionable issue, the groomsmen.


the 10 virgins (the bridesmaid) are said to be the adventist people, where in the 5 virgins were ready and the 5 other virgins were not ready, which is liken unto our church.  half our members are ready and halve of them are the lukewarm, that is not ready.  do you have anything to support the 10 virgins alex?  I would be so interested to searching for this answer. 


sir james

The 10 Virgins Represent the SDA Church


[Read Christ's Object Lessons, Chapter 29, "To Meet The Bridegroom", pg. 405-421.]


SOP says in Christ's Object Lessons pg. 406,


"As Christ sat looking upon the party that waited for the bridegroom, He told His disciples the story of the ten virgins, by their experience illustrating the experience of the church that shall live just before His second coming. The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith. {COL 406}"


...So here we see that the 10 Virgins and their experience represent the church and the experience of he church that shall live "just before His (Jesus) second coming." "The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord." The very name "ADVENTIST" means to believe in the soon second ADVENT of Christ. "They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith". That can be none other than the SDA Church. We know that all of the other churches are in Babylon. We are the only church that has a "pure faith". We have the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. This parable of the 10 Virgins represents the SDA Church.

It says THE CHURCH....SMH   Please do not add your "perspective" to what is written.

Yes, but what church has a "pure faith"???


That is none other than the SDA Church.


SOP says,


"The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25, also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people. In Matthew 24, in answer to the question of his disciples concerning the sign of his coming and of the end of the world, Christ had pointed out some of the most important events in the  history of the world and of the church from his first to his second advent; namely, the destruction of Jerusalem, the great tribulation of the church under the pagan and papal persecutions, the darkening of the sun and moon, and the falling of the stars. After this he spoke of his coming in his kingdom, and related the parable describing the two classes of servants who look for his appearing. Chapter 25 opens with the words, “Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened unto ten virgins.” Here is brought to view the church living in the last days, the same that is pointed out in the close of chapter 24. In this parable their experience is illustrated by the incidents of an Eastern marriage.  {GC88 393.1}"

The Parable

1. Matthew 25:1-13

2. The “virgins” represent those in the kingdom, or the church

3. The coming of the bridegroom represents the Second Coming of Christ

4. The “lamps” represent the faith of Christians

5. The “extra oil” symbolizes good works that accompany our faith

6. Jesus proclaims this parable to teach us the urgent need to always be prepared for His Second Coming.

B. We MUST BE PREPARED because just having our name on the church role is no guarantee of heaven

1. There are one of two directories that Christians usually put their stock in

a. The church directory

b. The Lamb’s Book of Life

2. Consider some biblical examples of those who were in “church directories,” but not in the Lamb’s Book of Life:

a. The Parable of the Sower … 2/3 were lost

b. The Parable of the Talents … 1/3 were lost

c. The parable of the Ten Virgins … 1/2 were lost

3. The five foolish virgins were not lost because they were evil, mean, or unconcerned – but because they were unprepared and lack foresight

4. It is not just those who are in the church who will be saved, but those who are prepared and in the church

C. We MUST BE PREPARED because no one can do it for us

1. The five foolish virgins sought the “oil” (good works) of the five wise virgins (v. 8)

a. Character and obedience are not transferable

b. The five foolish virgins needed to bring their own oil

c. Romans 14:12

2. Therefore, we must be PREPARED:

a. Outwardly – “by having our lamps”

1) Obedience is an outward form or preparation

2) Romans 6:17-18

3) One example of “outward preparation” is faithfully attending worship services

b. Inwardly – “by having oil in our lamps”

1) To have faith without obedience is like having a lamp without oil

2) 2 Peter 1:5-9

c. It is obvious that many Christians are allowing their lamps to go out

1) Many do little work for the Lord

2) Many do not faithfully attend worship services

3) Many give so little of their self, their time, and their money to the Lord

d. In the day of Judgment we will be without excuse

1) The five foolish virgins could blame no one but themselves

2) There will be no “passing of the buck” in the day of Judgment.

D. We MUST BE PREPARED because of the Second Coming of Christ

1. The fact of Christ’s Second Coming

a. Acts 1:9-11

b.2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

2. The Second Coming will reveal our true character

a. In the parable of the Ten Virgins they all appeared to be alike until the bridegroom came

b. In the church we may all appear to be alike, but when Christ comes again we will see that there are many hypocrites in the church

1) Romans 2:16

2) 1 Corinthians 4:5

c. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

3. There will be no second chance

a. They could not buy oil at midnight

b. They were no allowed in


Surely, it was a lot of trouble for the virgins to dress for the wedding feast, have their lamps with them, and keep oil in their lamps – BUT the celebration was worth it all

Likewise, it takes a lot of effort and time to serve the Lord today, but when He comes again – the eternal celebration of joy in heaven will be well worth it!
Matthew 25:1-13

21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Matthew 25
"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 cometh; go ye out to meet him.'

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 ye 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 ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh.

I posted a blog of a Bible study on the 10 virgins on my profile.  Check it out if you want.  I hope its beneficial.

I would like to ask this question; Why so much interest in the Ten Virgins lately?


God Bless, Alex.


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