172 PART II
10. “BEHOLD THE BRIDEGROOM COMETH!”
(AF, January 1907, 2)
“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,
which took their lamps, [and went forth to meet the bride]groom.
And five of them were wise and five were foolish. They that were
foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them; but the wise
took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And
at midnight, there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom: go ye out
to meet him.
“Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the
foolish said unto the wise, Give us your oil, for our lamps are gone
out (R. V. Going Out.) 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.
“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.
Afterward came also the other virgins saying, Lord, Lord, open to
us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour
wherein the Son of Man cometh.” Matt. 25, 1–13
You know virgin in the scripture is a type of purity. Christ is speaking in this
parable about the church and its condition at His coming. Many precious
souls today are not looking for the return of their Lord, and they will be
found in the same condition as the give foolish virgins. They started out
to meet the bridegroom, and had some oil in their lamps but none in their
vessels with their lamps. So when the cry was made to go forth, they were
found wanting in oil, which is the real type of the Holy Ghost. Many of
God’s children are cleansed from sin and yet fight against getting more oil.
They think they have enough. They have some of God’s love in their souls,
but they have not the double portion of it. The thing they need is oil in their
vessels with their lamps. It is just as plain as can be.
Dearly beloved, the Scripture says, “Blessed are they which are called to
the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Rev. 19, 9. So they are blessed that have
the call. Those that will be permitted to enter in are those who are justified,
sanctified, and baptized with the Holy Ghost—sealed unto the day of re-
demption. O may God stir up His waiting bride everywhere to get oil in their
vessels with their lamp that they may enter into the marriage supper. The
Holy Ghost is sifting out a people that are getting on the robes of righteous-
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