Mashal #44. Wise and foolish virgins (Kingdom of Heaven):
- Today is Day #44
- The Forty-fourth Mashal of Messiah
- Seven small points of light insights) about Jewish Weddings
- The Eternal High Priest’s Prayer for Unity
- The Messiah will Return in Glory on (a yet unknown) Yom Kippurim
- The Shepherd of Israel knows all of His Sheep by name
- The minyan of ten wise and foolish virgins
- Now be prepared!
Today is Day #44:
1. Today is “Day #44” in the forty-nine day Countdown to Shavuot.
2. Today is forty-four days which are six weeks and two days of the Omer.
.היום ארבעה וארבעים ום, שהם שישה שבועות ושני ימים בעומר
Haiyom arba’ah v-arba’im yom, shehaym shishah shavuot ushnay yamim ba’omer.
“You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days.” (Leviticus). “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Festival of Shavu’ot for Adonai Eloheinu.” (Deuteronomy).
“Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.”
ברוך אתה, אדוני אלוהינו, מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וצוונו על ספירת העומר.פ
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sefirat ha’omer.
The Forty-fourth Mashal of Messiah:
אָז תִּדְמֶה מַלְכוּת הַשָׁמַיִם לְעֶשֶׂר עֲלָמוֹת אֲשֶׁר לָקְחוּ אֶת־נֵרוֹתֵיהֶן וַתֵּצֶאנָה לִקְרַאת הֶחָתָן׃ חָמֵשׁ מֵהֶן חֲכָמוֹת וְחָמֵשׁ כְּסִילוֹת׃ וַתִּקַּחְנָה הַכְּסִילוֹת אֶת־הַנֵּרוֹת וְלֹא־לָקְחוּ עִמָּהֶן שָׁמֶן׃ וְהַחֲכָמוֹת לָקְחוּ שֶׁמֶן בִּכְלֵיהֶן וְאֵת נֵרוֹתֵיהֶן׃ וְכַאֲשֶׁר אֵחַר הֶחָתָן לָבוֹא וַתָּנֹמְנָה כֻלָּן וַתֵּרָדַמְנָה׃ וַיְהִי בַּחֲצוֹת הַלַּיְלָה וַיִּשָׁמַע קוֹל תְּרוּעָה הִנֵּה הֶחָתָן צְאֶינָה לִקְרָאתוֹ׃ אָז הִתְעוֹרֲרוּ כָּל־הָעֲלָמוֹת הָהֵן וַתֵּיטַבְנָה אֶת־נֵרוֹתֵיהֶן׃ וַתֹּאמַרְנָה הַכְּסִילוֹת אֶל־הַחֲכָמוֹת תֵּנָּה לָּנוּ מִשַׁמְנְכֶן כִּי יִכְבּוּ נֵרוֹתֵינוּ׃ וַתַּעֲנֶינָה הַחֲכָמוֹת לֵאמֹר לֹא כֵן פֶּן־לֹא יַסְפֹּיק לָנוּ וְלָכֶן כִּי אִם־לֵכְנָה אֶל־הַמּוֹכְרִים וּקְנֶינָה לָכֶן׃ וַיְהִי הֵנָּה הֹלְכוֹת לִקְנוֹת וְהֶחָתָן בָּא וַתָּבֹאנָה הַנְּכֹנוֹת עִמּוֹ אֶל־הַחֲתֻנָּה וַתִּסָּגֵר הַדָּלֶת׃ לֵאמֹר לֹא כֵן פֶּן־לֹא יַסְפֹּיק לָנוּ וְלָכֶן כִּי אִם־לֵכְנָה אֶל־הַמּוֹכְרִים וּקְנֶינָה לָכֶן׃ וַיְהִי הֵנָּה הֹלְכוֹת לִקְנוֹת וְהֶחָתָן בָּא וַתָּבֹאנָה הַנְּכֹנוֹת עִמּוֹ אֶל־הַחֲתֻנָּה וַתִּסָּגֵר הַדָּלֶת׃ וְאַחַר בָּאוּ גַּם־יֶתֶר הָעֲלָמוֹת וַתֹּאמַרְנָה אֲדֹנֵינוּ אֲדֹנֵינוּ פְּתַח־לָנוּ׃ וַיַּעַן וַיֹּאמַר אָמֵן אֹמֵר אֲנִי לָכֶן לֹא יָדַעְתִּי אֶתְכֶן׃
Then the Kingdom of heaven can be compared to ten alamot (virgins) who took their lamps and went forth to meet the groom. Five of them were wise and five were foolish. The foolish ones took the lamps, but they did not take oil with them. But the wise ones took oil in their vessels along with their lamps. When the groom delayed in coming, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, a blasting voice was heard: “Here is the groom! Go forth to meet him!”
Then all of the alamot woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish told the wise, “Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out!” But the wise ones answered, saying, “No, or else there will not be enough for us. Therefore go to the merchants instead and buy for yourselves.” As they were going to buy, the groom came, and the ones who were ready entered with him to the wedding celebration, and the door was closed. Afterward the rest of the alamot came and said, “Our master, our master, open for us!” But he answered and said, “Amen I say to you, I do not know you.”
לָכֵן שְׁקֹדוּ כִּי אֵינְכֶם יוֹדְעִים אֶת־הַיּוֹם וְאֶת־הַשָׁעָה (אֲשֶׁר יָבֹא בָהּ בֶּן־הָאָדָם)׃
Therefore, stay alert, for you do not know the day or the hour (when Ben Ha’adam will come).
Seven small points of light (insights) about Jewish Weddings:
Insight #1. Jewish custom requires that the entire community bring joy and happiness to both the Kallah (bride) and Choson (groom). Most of the laws and customs relating to the wedding ceremony, its preparations and Seudas Mitzvah (festive reception meal) date back to our Patriarchs and the giving of the Torah at Sinai.
Insight #2. Originally man and woman were created as a single being or entity. Unity is their natural state. Their love stems from this natural tendency to be one.
Insight #3. Prior to the marriage neither man nor woman are considered a complete entity. The marriage is the joining of the two halves (man and woman) into one complete being (a complete picture of our Creator).
Insight #4. Upon birth each body contains a portion of one soul, and at the marriage the two parts unite as one big soul. One day all of the parts of us—the children of Adonai—will unite into one body, soul, mind, and Spirit. Then we will all be as one man, with the Messiah as our head; and Abba Avinu will be the Head of Messiah and us all. In that day the Messiah will present us as a perfect bride Face to face to Adonai; then Abba Avinu will be over us all, through us all, and in us all forever!
Insight #5. Therefore the wedding is a spiritual process which actually creates the soul connection between the bride and groom. It is at the time of the wedding that the creation of the oneness of the bride and groom is made complete.
Insight #6. For this reason the wedding day has, for both the bride and the groom, all the sanctity and solemnity of Yom Kippur. Each marriage ceremony is a reenactment of the marriage between Adonai and the Jewish people that took place at Mount Sinai. The wedding day is the holiest day of one’s life. Both the bride and the groom fast until after the chuppah ceremony. During this time they seek Adonai’s forgiveness for any past wrongdoings.
Insight #7. The groom, who wears a kittel (white robe) under the chuppah, and the bride in her beautiful gown, are attired in white. This symbolizes purity, freedom from sin. This ceremony of purification and Union is all an exercise in our entering into the mystery (sod) of the Union (echad) of Adonai with His Bride Israel. This Adonai is doing through His entrusting us to the care of His Proxy, the Messiah. It is Messiah’s responsibility to one day present us perfect (without spot, wrinkle, or blemish) to Adonai. Messiah speaks of this in His final petitions to the Father (just before His atoning sacrifice on the accursed tree).
The Eternal High Priest’s prayer for Unity:
וְעַתָּה הִנְנִי בָא אֵלֶיךָ וְאֶת־אֵלֶּה אֲנִי מְדַבֵּר בָּעוֹלָם לְמַעַן תִּמָּלֵא לָהֶם שִׂמְחָתִי בְּקִרְבָּם׃ אֲנִי נָתַתִּי לָהֶם אֶת־דְּבָרְךָ וְהָעוֹלָם שָׂנֵא אֹתָם יַעַן כִּי לֹא מִן־הָעוֹלָם הֵם כַּאֲשֶׁר גַּם־אָנֹכִי לֹא מִן־הָעוֹלָם אָנִי׃ וְלֹא אַעְתִּיר לְךָ אֲשֶׁר תִּקָּחֵם מִן־הָעוֹלָם רַק שֶׁתִּצְּרֵם מִן־הָרָע׃ לֹא מִן־הָעוֹלָם הֵם כַּאֲשֶׁר גַּם־אָנֹכִי אֵינֶנִּי מִן־הָעוֹלָם׃ קַדֵּשׁ אֹתָם בַּאֲמִתֶּךָ דְּבָרְךָ אֱמֶת׃ כַּאֲשֶׁר אַתָּה שָׁלַחְתָּ אֹתִי אֶל־הָעוֹלָם כֵּן גַּם־אֲנִי שָׁלַחְתִּי אֹתָם אֶל־הָעוֹלָם׃ וַאֲנִי מַקְדִּישׁ אֶת־נַפְשִׁי בַּעֲדָם לְמַעַן יִהְיוּ גַם־הֵם מְקֻדָּשִׁים בֶּאֱמֶת׃
“Now I (the Mashiach) am coming to You (to HaAv), and I am speaking these things in the olam (the world) so that My Simcha (שִׂמְחָתִי-the joy of union with The Father) may be made full (תִּמָּלֵא) within them. I have given them Your D’var (Word), but the world hates them (hates them without cause, sin’as chinom) since they are not from the olam (the world), just as I am not from the world. I will not implore (אַעְתִּיר) You that You take them from the world, but only that You would guard them from what is evil (the evil one).
Sanctify them with Your truth; Your word is truth. Just as You have sent Me to the world, so I have also sent them to the world. I set myself apart as kadosh (sanctify Myself) on their behalf so that they may also be sanctified in truth (קֻדָּשִׁים בָּאֱמֶת-k’dashim ba emet).”
אוּלָם לֹא לְבַד בְּעַד־אֵלֶּה אָנֹכִי מַעְתִּיר לָךְ כִּי אִם־גַּם־בְּעַד הַמַּאֲמִינִים בִּי עַל־פִּי דְבָרָם׃ לְמַעַן יִהְיוּ כֻלָּם אֶחָד כַּאֲשֶׁר אַתָּה אָבִי בִּי אַתָּה וַאֲנִי בָךְ וְהָיוּ גַם־הֵמָּה בָּנוּ כְּאֶחָד לְמַעַן יַאֲמִין הָעוֹלָם כִּי אַתָּה שְׁלַחְתָּנִי׃
“However, I implore you not only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in Me through their word (the testimony of the Jewish shlichim), so that they may all be one (אֶחָד-echad), just as You, Avi (My Father), are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us as one (אֶחָד-echad), so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
וַאֲנִי נָתַתִּי לָהֶם אֶת־הַכָּבוֹד אֲשֶׁר נָתַתָּ לִּי לְמַעַן יִהְיוּ אֶחָד כַּאֲשֶׁר אֲנַחְנוּ אֶחָד׃ אֲנִי בָהֶם וְאַתָּה בִי לְמַעַן יִהְיוּ מֻשְׁלָמִים לְאֶחָד וּלְמַעַן יֵדַע הָעוֹלָם כִּי אַתָּה שְׁלַחְתָּנִי וְאָהַבְתָּ אֹתָם כַּאֲשֶׁר אֲהַבְתָּנִי׃
“The kavod (הַכָּבוֹד-glory) which You have given Me I have given to them that they may be echad (אֶחָד-one), just as We are echad (אֶחָד-one). I am in them and You are in Me, so that they may be shalom (מֻשְׁלָמִים-completed, perfected) into one (אֶחָד-unity) and so that the world may have da’as (know) that You sent Me (שְׁלַחְתָּנִי) and have ahavah for them (אָהַבְתָּ-love for them), even as You have ahavah (שֶׁאָהַבְתָּ) for Me.”
אָבִי אֲשֶׁר נְתַתָּם לִי רְצוֹנִי שֶׁיִּהְיוּ עִמָּדִי בַּאֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה אָנִי לְמַעַן יֶחֱזוּ בִּכְבוֹדִי אֲשֶׁר נָתַתָּ לִּי כִּי אֲהַבְתַּנִי לִפְנֵי מוֹסְדוֹת עוֹלָם׃
“Avi (My Father), You who gave them to Me, it is My will that they be with Me where I will be, so that they may see My kavod (glory) that You gave Me, for You have loved (אָהַב-ahav) Me before the foundations of the world.”
אָבִי הַצַּדִּיק הֵן הָעוֹלָם לֹא יְדָעֲךָ וַאֲנִי יְדַעְתִּיךָ וְאֵלֶּה הִכִּירוּ אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה שְׁלַחְתָּנִי׃ וַאֲנִי הוֹדַעְתִּים אֶת־שִׁמְךָ וְאוֹסִיף לְהוֹדִיעָם לְמַעַן תִּהְיֶה־בָּם הָאַהֲבָה אֲשֶׁר אֲהַבְתָּנִי וְגַם אֲנִי אֶהְיֶה בָהֶם׃
“Indeed, Avi HaTzaddik (אָבִי הַצַּדִּיק-My Righteous Father), the world does not have da’as of You (know You). But I know You, and these have recognized that You sent Me, I have made Your Name (שִׁמְךָ) known to them and will continue to make it known to them so that the ahavah (אַהֲבָה) with which You loved Me may be in them, and that I also be in them.”
The Messiah will Return in Glory on (a yet unknown) Yom Kippurim:
When the Messiah returns in glory, further separations (judgments) will occur, as indicated by the mashal of the ten ‘Wise and Foolish Virgins.’ While a variety of interpretations have been given to this mashal, it seems best to understand the mashal to be a vindication or judgment on the Yehudim (Jews) who will be living from just before and throughout the time leading up to the Lord’s return in glory (He will return a second time on a yet undisclosed Day of Atonement; i.e. Yom Kippurim). The context of this mashal clearly points to the Return of the Messiah. The judgment of the Gentiles (sheep and goats) will also occur throughout this period of time and on the Day of Atonement when the Lord returns.
On the day of Messiah’s return all of the people of Israel will be permanently vindicated (saved).
This judicial action will require that a Divine Call (Teruah) be made for a global aliyah of all of the Jewish people (of physical descent to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) being immediately returned to the land of Israel. Therefore, the Divine Call will expedite the return of all of the Jewish people living in the world. At this time the Gentile nations will willingly submit to any demands that are made of them to expedite this process (i.e. the aliyah).
The Shepherd of Israel knows all of His sheep by name:
The Messiah Himself will miraculously deploy the holy angels of Adonai to internationally round-up all of His people and exodus them all to the land of a fully restored Israel. Therefore, this means that all of the lands that were promised to Israel through Moses will be personally distributed to each Jewish member; according to their own historical tribe and family. How will this be possible? This is possible because the All-knowing Shepherd of all the flock of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob personally knows every single one of us by name. He will gather His flock together. He will place us together in the land that He solemnly Promised to our Fathers and the prophets, Eretz Israel.
The minyan of ten wise and foolish virgins:
In the mashal of the ten ‘Wise and Foolish Virgins,’ Israel is pictured as a divided minyan of ten virgins (five wise and five foolish) who are awaiting the return of the bridegroom on the day of Yom Kippurim. In wedding customs in the Messiah’s day the bridegroom would return from the house of the bride in a procession leading to his own home where a Wedding Banquet would be enjoyed (cf. Mashal #41, “Invitation to a Wedding Banquet,” Chapter 61).
In the Messiah’s teaching it is revealed that He is the King of kings (Melekh HaMelakhim) who will one day return from heaven with his glorified followers and angels in order to permanently put down humankind’s rebellion against the Rule of Adonai (Yisra’el). After He has conquered the evil one (on Yom Kippur) He will gather together His people (resurrected Jewish immortals and mortals) and we will, five days after His return on Sukkot, enter into the beginning of the one thousand years feast of the of the Lamb that will continuously be celebrated in the age of the Kingdom of Adonai.
The Jewish martyrs and survivors of the holocaust will be the most honored of all the guests privileged to partake in this feast.
The prophet Zechariah reveals to us that in the final holocaust (yet to come) two-thirds of the Jews living through the seven year period of Jacob’s Trouble will die:
“It will come about in all the land,”
That two parts in it will be cut off and perish;
But the third will be left in it.
And I will bring the third part through the fire,
Refine (tsaraph) them as silver (keceph) is refined,
And test them as gold (zahav) is tested.
They will call on My Shem (שְׁמִ֗י-My Name),
And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’
And they will say, ‘Adonai Elohi’ (יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהָֽי-Adonai is My Almighty One).
Now be prepared!
Preparation is required now!
In the mashal five of the virgins had made adequate preparation for they possessed the necessary lamps and extra oil and jars. Five others had lamps but no extra oil. The lamps of the five virgins without extra oil were going out. So they had to go searching for oil and missed the arrival of the bridegroom. When they returned and found the wedding feast in progress, they sought admission but were denied.
Therefore, Israel in the (seven year) time of Jacob’s Trouble (עֵֽת־צָרָ֥ה הִיא֙ לְיַֽעֲקֹ֔ב) will know for a certainty that the Messiah’s coming is near. (A complete awareness will occur during the second half of the seven year period; i.e. the last three and one half years of the Tribulation.) All Israel will embrace messianic Judaism during this latter three and one half year period.
For the unbelieving the Messiah’s coming will be sudden. It will be unexpected. Not so for the believing Yehudim.
In the future we will all know Him. We will all be prepared for His return. For we will all do teshuvah together and mourn for Him as our own dear firstborn son. We will call upon His name (as one man, one unity of person). In His own dear name He will hear our prayer. Then our Conquering Messiah, Ha-Mashiach Ben David, will return from heaven to deliver us from those who would destroy us and to permanently put down the rebellion of the nations.
Salvation is more than a mere profession of faith in the G-d of Israel. For it necessarily involves receptivity to the redemptive work of the rejected Messiah that He sent. Our Salvation also requires that we all receive the regeneration of the Spirit of Holiness (His Indwelling Presence) that is given as a gift to all who believe. In this latter regard:
The oil is a symbol of the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit and His work in our salvation, sanctification, and perfection.
Those who merely profess to be Jews and do not actually possess the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit will be excluded from the Great Feast of the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb (the foolish virgins of the first visitation of the Messiah Ben Yosef). Those who profess to be Jews and actually do posses the Spirit (the accepted, faithful servants referred to by the Messiah in the last mashal) will be allowed to enter into the Golden Age of the Kingdom of Adonai; and they (the wise virgins of the second visitation of the Messiah Ben David) will be given the gift of eternal life in the age to come.