There was once a King, who was a powerful King over a great and mighty
kingdom. He was a noble king, and he loved His subjects very much. The people likewise
loved the King, and desired to come into His presence. All the people, from the least to the
greatest, looked for any opportunity to be called to the King's palace, and to be near unto
One day, as the King's Son came of age, the King began to plan for the wedding of His Son.
So the King decided what He would do. The King would make public His intent for His Son to be
married, and His promises of great Blessing and Favour toward the one who would become the new
Search for the Bride
The King then sent swift messengers throughout His vast kingdom, to announce the search for a Bride
for the King's Son. The messengers went from village to village, spreading the good
news. A Bride would be chosen from among all the virgins in the Land!
Everyone in the Kingdom knew that the King was wealthy beyond imagination. Therefore ALL the
virgins wanted to marry the King's Son, because of His wealth and good fortune.
Everyone knew that, in time, the King's Son would become King, and would rule over all the
kingdom. What a great honour to be the Bride of the King!
However, the King began to realize that ALL the virgins desired to marry the King's Son, but He
knew there was only one virgin who would truly love Him. How would the King find out which
one it was?
The King Devises A Plan
So the King devised a plan to find out which of the virgins would truly love the King's
Son. The King would produce a Book of Wisdom
to be used throughout the
This Book of Wisdom would state the King's requirements for a Bride. However, The King
would also hide secret messages within His Book of Wisdom, that would reveal exactly what the King
The King's intent was, that these hidden messages would be sought for, and would be found, only
by the Bride who truly loved the King's Son, but would not be noticed or understood by the rest
of the virgins. Then the King sent, and distributed the Book of Wisdom throughout His vast
The King's Decree
The King then issued a Decree: "All the King's subjects who disobey the King's Book of
Wisdom would be officially disqualified." Those disqualified must then 'die'
to the idea of being Bride to the King.
Immediately there arose a great outcry against the King's Decree. "Impossible!"
cried many of the virgins. "This is worse than death!" cried other virgins, who
found it nearly impossible to go through such exhaustive preparation, and to obey such strict
rules! The virgins all wanted to marry the King's Son, but they had been accustomed to
their freedom; and most desired to do only what was right in their own eyes.
The King's New Decree
Not long afterwards, however, a New Decree went forth from the King, canceling the Old
Decree. The King would henceforth cancel the penalty of Disqualification He had pronounced
earlier, against all those virgins who would disobey the King's Book of Wisdom.
From this point forward, the virgins would no longer be required
to keep these rules and
requirements the King had written within His Book of Wisdom!
"Oh! What a wonderful King!" sang out all the virgins. There was rejoicing
throughout the Kingdom, from one end of the Land to another! "Oh, what joy! The
King has set us free from Bondage of the Old Decree! No longer must we meet these harsh
requirements!" they all shouted with joy.
Now all the virgins loved the King even more. They all desired, even more than before, to marry the
King's Son; for now all the virgins had been set free from the Bondage of the King's
Now, the King had been planning all along, exactly what He would do. He knew that there would be
one virgin who truly loved the King's Son, and the plan He devised would find out which virgin
Although the King's earlier Decree had been canceled, the King knew that the one virgin who
truly loved His Son, would seek for, and find, these hidden messages the King had placed within His
Book of Wisdom.
This virgin would find these messages, and would begin to practice, and to do voluntarily,
everything she found that delighted
the King. She would learn of the King's
'delights,' and she would walk in obedience to the King's Book of Wisdom — in
spite of the King's New Decree that canceled the virgins' requirement
Then the King and His Son went away to a far country, with the promise that they would soon return,
and take a Bride for the King's Son.
Day by day, the Virgins read the King's Book of Wisdom. Indeed, all the virgins read the Book,
and became more and more familiar with the facts concerning the King and His Son, and of the
Kingdom. Many even began to look diligently, to determine the day and hour of His return.
However, most of the virgins did not prepare themselves in doing those things the King truly
delighted in — for the King's Decree had set them free
from the penalty of
disobedience; and because they were no longer required
to do any of those strict practices
and Bridal preparations listed in the King's Book of Wisdom, they ceased doing them.
The King knew, however, that one of the virgins would find, and do, what the King delighted
in, just as the King's Emissaries did; He knew that only one virgin would discover the Mystery
of the King's Delight.
You see, before the King had left to go to a distant land, He had placed observers —
'eyes' in every place, beholding the evil and the good. These went into in all the land, in
order to look carefully, and to observe what each virgin was doing, day by day.
These observers would then report back to the King, and in this way the King would know what was in
the heart of each virgin; even as the King had done with Hezekiah, one of His princes, that He
might know all that was in his heart, so would the King do with the virgins. In this way, the King
would know who truly loved the King's Son, and who did not.
The Arrival of the King's Messengers
Finally, late one night, around midnight, the King's Messengers were sent throughout the Land,
to awaken all the virgins. "Behold! The Bridegroom Cometh!" announced the King's
Messengers. "Come ye out to meet Him!"
All these virgins began to awaken, and to put on their clothing, and to secure their lanterns.
However, many of the virgins had a problem — they were not yet ready to go out into the dark
of night for a journey of any length, for they had no oil for their lanterns!
Likewise, they had not prepared themselves, in practicing what the King delighted
in. By the
daily decrees of the watchers, by those who observed the virgins in their everyday lives, the King
knew exactly who loved Him, and who did not.
Now, the King had known that all the virgins wanted to marry the King's Son, but He knew most
were 'carnal,' for they were not subject to the Decree of the King. They had shown that
they did not truly love Him, by their lack of voluntary obedience.
There was one virgin, however, who truly loved the King. From the hidden messages placed within the
King's Book of Wisdom, she had understood exactly what preparation that the one virgin must
have, who would become the Bride of the King. She knew that the goal of the King's Decree is
Love from a pure heart. She also knew that the King had written, "If you love me, keep My
She began to understand the hidden messages within the King's book of Wisdom; for she had found,
and had begun to walk in obedience, and to practice, the preparations found in the King's Book
of Wisdom — even though she was no longer required
to do so. She had thus made herself
A Bride is Chosen
Then all those virgins that had no oil for their lanterns, separated themselves, to find the proper
oil, and to do the last-minute preparation that is befitting a Bride. While all those virgins were
gone, however, the Bride was taken: the one virgin was chosen, for she had truly shown her love for
the King's Son.
When all the other virgins returned, they asked that they, too, might go away to the Palace of the
King, which was beautiful for situation, on a great and high Mountain, on the sides of the north,
in the midst of the Kingdom.
"I regret to inform you," said the messenger who stood by the King's carriage.
"A Bride has already been chosen for the King's Son."
"However, applications will be taken, beginning on the morrow, for virgins to follow the
Bride, to come after her: as virgins without number, as daughters among Honourable Women, and
as Companions, as Bridesmaids, and as Guests," the messenger continued.
"You may begin your preparation for this immediately! Good Day!"
And the King's carriage, and the chosen Bride, and all the Bride's procession, were carried
away, as in a whirlwind
, to the palace of the King.
There is now a great Company of Believers who are reading the
Scriptures for themselves. They are discovering in their own Bible, Messiah's true identity!
They are discovering the Biblical 'Terms and Conditions' of the
Everlasting (New) Covenant (Hebrews 13:20), as seen throughout the Torah [the 'Old' Testament
The Bride-Candidates were first Born-again, and filled with
the Holy Spirit. They are now beginning to undergo their preparation, as in the above parable. The
Wise are now being separated from the Foolish — who are not undergoing preparation.
As Wise Virgins, they are learning Righteousness
(Isaiah 26:10), and are learning to walk in the Way of Holiness [set-apart unto Messiah]
As Wise Virgins (Matthew 25:10; Ephesians 5:31-32; Rev 19:7), they are
making themselves ready for marriage to the King!