Matthew 25:11-15

Mat 25:11 (KJB)
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

The Lord does not tell us whether the virgins returned with oil in their lamps or if they decided to give up on that knowing that the procession would have been over and now all they wanted to do was to join the festivities. The major emphasis here is that they were too late. They had now knocked on the door and had commanded the groom to open. The word “open” in the Greek is in the Imperative Mood making it a command. They no doubt were banging on the door in hopes to get in. Unfortunately, it seemed that their opportunity to get into the wedding was now gone. This is also a picture of people who think that they have free will and can command God to save them anytime they want. Not so, because all the names on the guest list were written before the foundation of the world. (Rev 13:8 KJV) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Mat 25:12 (KJB)
But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Here is a very sad verse because many on the last day are going to hear these words. You see the five foolish virgins were known by the five wise virgins but that did not mean that the bridegroom knew them. We can never count on salvation by association with people in the body of Christ nor through association with a church. Salvation comes through the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Salvation is never given out through the body of Christ, the body of Christ simply points the people to Calvary and it is God’s choice who He will save. This is why the bridegroom did not know the five foolish virgins because they represented the unsaved who will not be ready when the Lord returns. Just because someone works for a church or does altruistic acts does not mean they are saved. (Mat 7:21-23 KJV) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. {22} Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? {23} And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. In verse 11, these five foolish virgins were demanding to go into the wedding reception and calling the bridegroom Lord, Lord and they heard those awesome words that he never knew them. A tremendous warning for all today but especially those who have lived their life steeped in religion because their religion will not save.

Mat 25:13 (KJB)
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Then Jesus sums up the lesson of the parable of the virgins and that is one is to be prepared for His return. For one to be prepared they must be saved and then faithfully working at the ministry which the Lord has for them. (Eph 2:10 KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. This is a recurring warning in the New Testament that we will not know the day nor the hour. Even when the signs begin to happen which the Lord gave us, the length of time is also unknown to us. We must continue to watch and that does not mean date setting because Matthew 24:36 straightly tells us that no one will ever know the day nor hour. Date setters are wasting their time when they could be out evangelizing with the Gospel instead of being disobedient and trying to figure out what God tells them they will never know. In essence, date setting is nothing more than rebellion and is just like the five foolish virgins who did not prepare.

Mat 25:14 (KJB)
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

On the heels of the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus gives this parable as one which is connected in principle and designed to emphasize the fact of His return being at a time when one does not expect it. Jesus is the man who is going to a far country and that would be when He is resurrected and goes back to Heaven. Jesus calls His own servants and gives them the goods. The goods would be the Gospel that He now entrusts to Christians to send forth the Gospel and bear much fruit.

Mat 25:15 (KJB)
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Several - Individual

So the man gives his three servants which he calls a certain number of talents. To one he gives five, to the second two, and to the third he gives one talent. Now this man knows exactly what capabilities these servants have and he is not forcing them to go beyond the abilities they have. So he doles out the talents according to their abilities. This does not mean that he thinks more highly of one than another. It means that he knows some have the ability to produce more than others and that is not to take away from the person who does not possess that ability. For example, a person who hands out tracts on the streets has a ministry which is just as important as one who has a worldwide ministry. (Acts 10:34 KJV) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: If God gives a person a small ministry, then all He asks is faithfulness in that ministry.