"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the Bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the Bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, 'Here is the Bridegroom! Come out to meet Him.'
Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.
Behold the night is far advanced. It has been a long wait and drowsiness has taken hold of the congregations. The Master has finished His work; He has prepared a place for the bride and He is now ready to come to her (John 14:2-3). The ten virgins, the friends of the bride, are expected to stay awake with her to serve and help her. But just like the disciples on the Mount of Olives, their eyes are heavy (Matthew 26:43).
Will we watch one hour with Him? Will we stand guard, watch and pray?
On the eve of the manifestation of His Messianic nature Yeshua asked his disciples to watch with him, to stand guard in prayer denying themselves of the sleep they so much needed. Even today, as we await His manifestation in the world, as we await for the time of the wedding ceremony, we are to watch, pray, and stand guard. Are our eyes heavy? Can we deny ourselves sleep for a moment, waiting even though we do not know at which hour He is coming?
A sudden cry pierces the night, ‘The Bridegroom is coming, the Bridegroom is coming!’ See Him! He is majestic riding on a white horse (2 Samuel 22:1-20). He is coming for His Bride. The friends of the Bride rise from their drowsiness to fix their lamps. They must trim their wicks to make sure their lamps burn clear and bright, without smoke. Even so now comes the time (even now we hear the sound in the horizons): there will be a shout in the heavens, ‘The Bridegroom is coming, the Bridegroom is coming!”. Let us rise from sleep. Let us shake our drowsiness. “Awake, awake,” Isaiah says (Isaiah 52:1,9).
It is time now for us to rise from our sleepiness and appear before the King of the universe. He comes to take the bride and to bring His people to the greatest party ever thrown. He has sent His servants to cry in the streets, in the highways and byways compelling people to come in. He has sent white robes to each one to wear at the feast.
Let us now be ready and trim our wick that the light of our love through our keeping of His commandments may shine bright and unequivocally, distinctly and without smoke. Let us now answer the Master's request, "Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16)."