“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
King James Version (KJV)
25:13 Watch therefore - He that watches has not only a burning lamp, but likewise oil in his vessel. And even when he sleepeth, his heart waketh. He is quiet; but not secure.
Mt 25:13 Watch therefore, etc. The whole parable is an illustration of this solemn admonition. APPLICATION.--The Bridegroom is the Son of man; the time of the "marriage" is the coming to judgment; the "tarrying" is the long and unknown period between his ascension and his return; the "virgins" represent the waiting church; the "wise" virgins represent those church members who are always ready and whose lights are shining; the oil in their vessels is the means by which their light is supplied; the "foolish" virgins are church members who have become cold and lifeless; the "midnight cry" is the summons of death, or the trump of judgment; the "cry for oil" is death-bed repentance, or an attempt at preparation in the face of judgment; the "shut" "door" is a declaration that such repentance is too late to be of avail; the great lesson is to be always in a state of readiness.