"Keep On The Watch"

"Keep On The Watch"

Mar 28, 2018, 9:40 AM |

Although Jesus directed the parable of the ten virgins to his anointed followers, its basic message applies to all Christians. (w15 3/15 12-16) “Keep on the watch, therefore, because you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Mt 25:13) Can you explain Jesus’ parable?

  • Bridegroom (vs. 1)​—Jesus

  • Discreet, prepared virgins (vs. 2)​—Anointed Christians who are prepared to carry out their assignment faithfully and who shine as illuminators until the end (Php 2:15)

  • The shout: “Here is the bridegroom!” (vs. 6)​—Evidence of Jesus’ presence

  • Foolish virgins (vs. 8)​—Anointed Christians who go out to meet the Bridegroom but who do not remain watchful and do not maintain their integrity

  • The discreet virgins refuse to share their oil (vs. 9)​—After the final sealing, it is too late for faithful anointed ones to help any who have turned unfaithful

  • “The bridegroom came” (vs. 10)​—Jesus comes to render judgment near the end of the great tribulation

  • The discreet virgins enter the marriage feast with the bridegroom, and the door is shut (vs. 10)​—Jesus gathers his faithful anointed ones to heaven, but the unfaithful ones lose their heavenly reward

The parable does not teach that a large number of the anointed would prove unfaithful and need to be replaced. Rather, it serves as a warning that each anointed Christian has the full capacity to choose either a course of preparedness and vigilance or a course of folly and unfaithfulness. Jesus exhorted: “Prove yourselves ready.” (Mt 24:44) Regardless of our hope, Jesus requires all of us to prepare our heart for faithful service and to meet the same standard of watchfulness.

How am I demonstrating my watchfulness?