Dear Reader, are we among the Wise Virgins, or the Foolish? Let's Look closely at the Scriptures, and let’s find out.
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But 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. 10 And 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. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 25:1-13)Looking above at verse 1, we notice the following:
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins..." (Matthew 25:1a)What is the "then" referring to? We must look at the previous paragraph to find out when:
The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:50-51)The above passage refers to the coming of the lord of a servant, in a day in which he is not looking, nor is he aware of the hour of his lord’s coming. The consequence for this servant is a "cutting asunder." It is this time frame in which right afterwards is the coming of the Bridegroom. The Greek word for this phrase "cutting asunder" is 'dichotomeo,' Strong's number <1371>, meaning "dividing into two parts." So we are told there is going to be a division, or separation, right at the time when the virgins are to "go forth to meet the bridegroom." Let us resume now in Chapter 25.
All the Virgins Had LampsIn Mat 25:1, we see that both the wise and foolish virgins "went forth" to meet the Bridegroom. All ten had lamps. Notice also in verse 3 that the foolish took no Oil with them. What is the significance here? First, let’s look at the Lamps.
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law ["Torah"] is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: (Proverbs 6:23)We see from Proverbs that one's Lamp speaks of the Commandments, and that the Law ['Torah'] is the light given off from the lamp. This is an important clue as to what our lamp and light should be. Yahushua was the Word of the Father made flesh, and as such, He is our living example of the Torah being lived out in daily life. Thus it is that Yahushua said, "I am the Light of the world" (John 8:12, 9:5).
Not only this, but Yahushua said of His disciples, "Ye are the light of the world" (Mat 5:14). Was this a contradiction — or did Yahushua reveal to us the clue to a great mystery?
The mystery of "Messiah-in-you" that the apostle Paul spoke of in Colossians 1:27 was more than just an idle description. It was a revelation given to the Bride-Candidates, showing us that allowing "Messiah-in-you" to keep the Torah, is our only hope of entering in to glory.
Our only hope of entering into glory is for us to allow "Messiah-in-you" to become the Light, as we allow "Him-living-within-Us" to obey our Father's Commandments. Unless we allow "Messiah-in-you" to live, and keep His own Commandments while He lives in us, we have no hope of entering in. All the virgins had the Lamp, the Commandments written in their Bibles. But only the wise had the Light that comes from walking in the Commandments.
Only the Wise Virgins Had LightSo the five wise and the five foolish virgins were all "Bride Candidates" by their own estimation. They all had the Lamp of the commandments. But only the Wise Virgins allowed "Messiah-in-them" to provide the Light of living out the Torah in their daily lives.
Perhaps the Foolish Virgins were told, "That's Jewish." Perhaps they were told, "That's not for us today" or "We’re not under the Law." Perhaps they listened to the many voices of the Blind leaders of the Blind telling them, "Nobody can keep the Law," and so they did not search out the issues in the Scriptures for themselves. They missed out on the importance of the Light of living out the Torah in their daily lives.
So we see now, that not all of the virgins were truly Bride Candidates in their behaviour.
The behaviour of the Wise Virgins can be seen further in the Book of Revelation, as the [repentant] virgin Daughter of Zion:
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. (Revelation 14:4)These virgins were not defiled with women. They had repented of the spiritual harlotry — the idolatry that the other 'virgins' continued to engage in. Instead, they followed the Lamb wherever He took them, even into unfamiliar spiritual territory. They allowed the Lamb to live in them, and to walk in them, in the same obedience that He walked in 2,000 years ago, when He was in His own body. They allowed the Lamb to be their Light on a daily basis.
In Mat 25:3 we see that the Wise took oil, but the Foolish did not. Many today focus on the Oil, and speculate as to what it means. But we are told that Oil is found in the dwelling of the Wise (Prov 21:20). Since wisdom is given by Yahuweh, and the Oil is related to Wisdom, then we must conclude that the 'Oil' is given by His Grace — the Holy-Ghost power provided by "Messiah-in-you" to accomplish His purposes.
So we need not search for the 'Oil' — we merely need to seek for Wisdom, and the Oil will be there when it is needed. As we increase in the wisdom of allowing the Commandments to shine forth as Light, then "Messiah-in-us" will be there to provide the Oil for the light. As soon as we make an attempt to walk in His Commandments, Statutes and Judgments [walking in the Light], He will supply the Oil, by the Grace He gives us from within, to do His will.
In Mat 25:5, we see that both the Wise and Foolish Virgins slumbered, and slept. In verse 6, the Messenger cried out at Midnight. Then in verse 7, we see both the Wise and Foolish Virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. The lamps of the Foolish had gone out — they had no oil. It is implied that the Lamps of the Wise did not go out, and that they had no lack of oil.
But let us now focus on the major differences between the Wise and Foolish Virgins. Notice in verse 10 that "…they that were ready [the Wise] went in with him to the marriage…." Then we see in verses 11-12, "Afterward came also the other virgins [the Foolish], saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us.' But he answered and said, 'Verily I say unto you, I know you not'."
The Wise Virgins Were Ready to Enter InThey that were Ready — the Wise Virgins — went in with him to the marriage. The reason they went in, we are told, is that they were 'Ready.' But what does it mean to be Ready?
Let’s examine this first, by looking at those that were NOT ready. These were the Foolish Virgins. The first thing we notice is that these 'other' virgins uttered the phrase, "Lord, Lord." This phrase "Lord, Lord" is spoken five times in the New Testament, in context of disobedience, and being refused entrance in to the Kingdom.
So here we have another clue — that this is a very serious issue, perhaps related to the breaking of Yahuweh's Covenant — His eternal 'Marriage Agreement.'
To further identify the Foolish Virgins, let's again notice the phrase, "Lord, Lord," as seen in Matthew 7:21 and again in verse 22:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)The Lord's response, seen in Mat 7:23 above, is very similar to what was said to the Foolish Virgins, but with one additional clue: "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work ['are working'] iniquity."
The Greek word for 'iniquity' is anomia, Strong’s number <458>, taken from <459>, meaning "transgression of the law; contempt or violation of law; condition of being destitute of, and without [the Mosaic] Law; wickedness." John further tells us, that sin is 'transgression of the Law' (1John 3:4). So we see that the Foolish Virgins are told that they are sinning — that they are transgressing the [Mosaic] Law.
This is the one clue that shows us the point of separation between the wise and the foolish. But let's look further.
The Bridegroom Answers, "I Know You Not"Looking at the Bridegroom's response in Mat 25:12, we see that the Bridegroom answered, "I know you not." What does this tell us?
The word 'know' in the Greek is 'eido' — Strong’s # <1492>, meaning "to perceive with the eyes, pay attention, observe, inspect, examine, experience any state or condition, to see, i.e. have an interview with, visit, have regard for one, cherish, pay attention to, see with the mind's eye; signifies a clear and purely mental perception." When we draw near to Father, then He draws near to us (James 4:8). As we spend time together, He begins to know us, and we begin to know Him.
So the Wise Virgins must have been 'known' by the Bridegroom. He had regard for them. But not so with the other group. They were not known by the Bridegroom. They were said to be workers of 'anomia.' They were "destitute of, and without Law" — they were not "do-ers" of the [Mosaic] Law. They were considered foolish. This result is in agreement with what we concluded above, as we looked at the Lamp and the Light.
What about the Oil? Most discussions of this parable seem to center around the Oil for the lamps. But that is because most today have not an inkling of the Truth that walking in Wisdom is simply walking in obedience to Torah! Most Pastors and teachers today have removed the Torah [the Law] from their New Covenant teachings, and so they grasp at anything to focus on, except the real issues. For a Scriptural look at the 'Oil,' see "Oil For the Light" [see link below].
Yahuweh, on the other hand, is establishing the Everlasting [New] Covenant among His people, by writing the Torah [Mosaic Law] on their inward parts, and writing it in their hearts (See Jer 31:33; Heb 8:10). Yahuweh is likewise 'sealing' His Torah among His Disciples, so that they may 'know' Him - and likewise, so that He may know who they are, by the 'sign' or 'seal' that identifies His Disciples (See Isaiah 8:16; Song 8:6; Exodus 31:13,16; Ezekiel 20:12, 20).
So again, in these passages, we see many links between wisdom, and of knowing the Father. We are told that the 'wise' man is a man of 'knowledge' —that is, the wise man has knowledge of the Father (Prov 24:5).
The passages in Exodus 31:13 and Ezekiel chapter 20 tell us how we may know our Heavenly Father from a Covenant standpoint, so that we may avoid hearing, "I know you not" or "I never knew you." Likewise, Exodus 31:16 reveals that this is an Everlasting [New] Covenant issue, concerning the eternal agreement between the Bridegroom and the Bride.
Because keeping the Torah ['Law'] is a New Covenant issue, we can better understand that the Foolish Virgins' refusal to keep this Agreement is seen in Scripture as 'sin,' and as 'lawlessness,' even among those claiming to be Born-Again, New Covenant Believers!
The Wise Virgins Identified in ScriptureThe Psalms and Proverbs both have much to say about those who would be wise, and those who are foolish. Notice the frequent relating of 'wisdom' with Commandments and Torah [Law]:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (Psalms 111:10)
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. (Psalms 119:98)Proverbs:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: (Proverbs 1:8)
For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)
The wise shall inherit glory (Proverbs 3:35)
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom (Proverbs 4:7)
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: (Proverbs 6:20)
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not (Proverbs 8:33)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
The wise in heart will receive commandments (Proverbs 10:8)
A wise son heareth his father's instruction (Proverbs 13:1)
The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (Proverbs 13:14)
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil (Proverbs 14:16)
There is Oil in the dwelling of the wise (Proverbs 21:20)
Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son (Proverbs 28:7)
Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father (Proverbs 29:3)All these verses hold the promise of being wise in your 'latter end' (Proverbs 19:20). The 'latter end' is that most-waited-for time, that glorious time, when we shall hear the midnight cry, saying, "Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him" (Matt 25:6).
Gaining wisdom is the key — the secret to having that precious Oil that the five Wise Virgins had. Having the Oil is merely a by-product, a result of being wise, and of being known by the Bridegroom. As Born-Again Believers, being wise, and avoiding being foolish, is the real issue. It is a New Covenant [Eternal Covenant] issue.
Yahushua confirms again and again what we have been seeing here. Yahushua was exhorting His Bride, when He said, "...O fools, and slow of heart to believe ALL that the prophets have spoken" (Luke 24:25). When Yahushua spoke those words, He spoke them as a warning to His Bride. He revealed that the foolish are 'slow of heart,' because they are not "DO-ers" of all the Prophets have spoken.
What was Yahushua referring to? For one thing, He was Referring to the Israelites in the Wilderness, who are another picture of the Foolish Virgins. The Prophets tell us exactly what prevented the Israelites of that generation [all but Joshua and Caleb] from entering in. Let’s look at just a few passages from the Prophets:
Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. (Ezekiel 20:12-13)
I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God. (Ezekiel 20:19-20)
Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant ["owlam berith"]. (Exodus 31:16)
For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? (John 5:46-47)In the above passage in John 5:46-47, Yahushua clearly tells us that if we are NOT a believer [a "DO-er"] of Moses' words, we can NOT be a believer [a "DO-er"] of Messiah's words, for Moses' words ARE Messiah's words — it was Messiah who gave them to Moses!
And so Yahushua is telling us today, "If ye love me, keep MY commandments" (John 14:15). He is telling us that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. He is further telling us, that those who truly know Him [know who He is], are those who are keeping all of His commandments, including those He gave to Moses on Mount Sinai.
Becoming a "DO-er" of all that the Prophets have spoken ["My Commandments"], will result in the foolish becoming wise, and becoming a partaker in the Everlasting Covenant.
Many today do not realise that the 'New Covenant' is the very same 'Everlasting Covenant' spoken of in the Book of Hebrews, and also in the Psalms:
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
"…Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; 10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: (Psalms 105:9-10)In the Psalms passage above, we see that transgressing the covenant made with Abraham, is transgressing the very same covenant confirmed unto Jacob for a law, and is also transgressing the Everlasting Covenant ratified in the Blood of Yahushua. If we would avoid breaking the Marriage Covenant, we should look intently at the Scriptures, to see what else the Foolish Virgins were doing, for our warning.
The Foolish Virgins Break the Marriage AgreementIt was disobedience, or "transgression of the law," that prevented Israel from entering in to the Promised Land. Likewise, it will be anomia, the same "transgression of the law," that will prevent the Foolish Virgins from entering in with the Bridegroom. Why is this true? It is because the "Law" is part of the eternal Marriage Agreement broken by the Foolish Virgins.
What else do we see in Scripture about the Foolish Virgins?
Throughout Scripture, we see two opposing pictures of the Virgins. First, there is the [repentant] Virgin Daughter of Zion, picturing the Wise Virgins. Second, there is the Virgin Daughter of Babylon, also called the Virgin Daughter of Egypt. This is one of many pictures of the Foolish Virgins, as we shall see below.
Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. (Isaiah 47:1)Those of the Company of the Virgin Daughter of Babylon were called 'Virgins' but were not aware that they were still part of the Babylon Religious system. To see why this is true, we will look at the similarities between the Israelites, and the Foolish Virgins.
Similarities Between the Israelites and the Foolish VirginsThere are striking similarities between the Israelites, after having left Egypt, and the Foolish Virgins:
- The Israelites were redeemed from Bondage in Egypt, and they came out by the Blood of the Lamb. This event corresponds to our being redeemed by the Blood of Yahushua, the Lamb of Yahuweh, and of our being 'Born-again.' Like the Israelites, the Foolish Virgins have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, and have been Born-Again.
- The Israelites were baptised in the Cloud and in the Sea (1Corinthians 10:1-2). This event corresponds to our baptism in water and in the Holy Spirit. Like the Israelites, the Foolish Virgins have been baptised in water and in the Holy Spirit.
- The Israelites were refused entry into the Promised Land, even after being brought out by the Blood of the Lamb, and after being 'Baptised' in the Cloud and in the Sea. Like the Israelites, the Foolish Virgins will be refused entry into the Promised Land, at the same time as the Wise Virgins that will be among the Bride-Company.
- They continued in disobedience to Yahuweh's Law [Torah] (Ezekiel 20:13, 16, 19, 21, 24; 2Thess 2:10-11; Isaiah 66:4; Jer 6:19; 9:13; Hosea 8:1; 8:12);
- They despised Yahuweh's Sabbaths (Ezekiel 20:13, 16, 20, 21, 24).
Much of the New Testament writings center around various points of Torah that Believers in Messiah are called to keep today. Whoever 'Believes' in Messiah, is also 'grafted in' to Israel, and becomes a partaker of the New Covenant provisions, and as well as the New Covenant promises, made to Israel. The provisions and the promises that apply to Israel, now apply also to those grafted in. The Foolish Virgins failed to lay hold of some of these New Covenant provisions.
The conditions for receiving the promises, however, still apply — both for Israel, and for those grafted in to Israel! This is why the Grace of Messiah, on the one hand, as well as the warnings in the Gospels, the epistles, and the Book of Hebrews, on the other hand, are both so vitally important! The Foolish Virgins failed to heed these many warnings.
If the Foolish Virgins failed to lay hold of some of the New Covenant provisions and promises, and failed to heed the warnings, what is it that they were taught?
What Were The Foolish Virgins Taught?Perhaps the Foolish Virgins had been taught that to keep Messiah's commandments was to act 'Jewish,' and that they need not strictly adhere to the Mosaic Law to be acceptable to the Lord. This is true for the heathen, when first approaching Messiah, and for new converts (Acts 15:19-21). It is not true, however, for those who have already been Born-Again, and are maturing. Thus the Foolish Virgins were taught to shun the 'Mosaic Law,' and failed to read the Scriptures for themselves, as did the Bereans, to see whether this was so.
By shunning the Mosaic Law, the Foolish Virgins did not allow the Lamb to live in them fully. In refusing to observe the Mosaic Law, they refused to observe 'My Sabbaths,' as Messiah calls them, and in doing so, they refused Him. They prevented "Messiah-living-in-them" from obeying some of His Father's Commandments.
By refusing to observe the Mosaic Law, the Foolish Virgins refused to keep the Passover, thus they refused the Passover Lamb Himself. By refusing the Passover meal, they refused to eat His Flesh and drink His Blood of the New Covenant. By refusing the Blood of the 'Cup of the New Covenant' after the Passover meal, they failed to ratify the Marriage Covenant in their own person, and in their failure to do so, testified that they did not have His Life in them (John 6.53-56; Mark 14:16-24).
Instead of the true Passover, the Foolish Virgins practiced a man-made, substitute Passover of their own choosing, calling it the 'Lord's Supper.' Their spiritual Leaders could not explain the Passover meal without practicing Torah, thus they taught the people to embrace a substitute of the true — the basic definition of an idol — thus changing the true 'Lord's Supper' to an occasion of 'eating things sacrificed to idols' (Rev 2:14, 20).
The company of Foolish Virgins are called the Virgin Daughter of Babylon, and the Strange Woman, because they continued to remain in the Babylon religious system, and refused to come out of her (Rev 18:4). As a part of this popular religious system, the Foolish Virgins not only continued to reject being a "DO-er" of all the Words of Messiah, including the Mosaic Law, but they also continued to embrace many forms of idolatries and abominations forbidden in Scripture.
For example, the Foolish Virgins continued to observe religious abominations, such as Christmas and Easter, and practiced myriads of other ancient, pagan religious rites, all wrapped in modern religious packaging, deceiving many. They were reassured by their Pastors who told them, "God doesn't see your sin — He sees the Blood of Jesus." But notice what Yahuweh says about that:
They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless [they 'commit sins']. 7 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it. 8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? 9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? (Psalms 94:6-9)
For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. (Isaiah 47:10)These are the Foolish Virgins. They stand as a warning to all who would be wise.
The Bride Makes Herself Ready — By the Bridegroom's AbilityIn view of the above warnings, let us come out from the practice of the Babylon religious system. Let us be men and women fashioned after Yahuweh's own heart, as was King David, who cried out, "O how I love thy Law ['Torah']! it is my meditation all the day" (Psalms 119:97).
Let us delight in Messiah, and in all of His Words, just as the apostle Paul, who said, "For I delight in the Law of God, after the inward man" (Romans 7:22).
Let us begin to allow Messiah-in-us, to walk in all the provisions and promises of the New Covenant, by keeping, observing, and guarding [the Hebrew word is 'watch'] all His Commandments — including those He gave to Moses — the Mosaic Law. Messiah will enable us, by His Grace — the Holy-Spirit power and ability He gives us from within — to keep His Commandments. Notice what the New Covenant promise consists of:
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:31-33)
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. (Ezekiel 36:27)
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:34)
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. (Mark 13:35-37)In the above passages, we see that under the New Covenant, the Mosaic Law is not to be done away with — it is simply written in a different location — on our hearts! We also see that when His Spirit is within us, it is for the purpose of leading us into [doing of] all truth, the keeping of His statutes and judgments that Yahuweh has written on our hearts.
We then see that Yahuweh will forgive our iniquity, and remember our sin no more, when we repent — after we cease our iniquity and sin, and begin to walk in His Commandments, Statutes and Judgments, by His Grace. For those that are inclined to do so, let us who are among the Foolish Virgins, repent — so that we may become wise.
Finally, we will see the fruit of our repentance, when we begin to heed Messiah's warning to 'watch.' The Bridegroom will soon arrive — let us make ourselves "Ready."
Let us decide whether we would be among the Wise Virgins — or among the Foolish.