THE DISCOURSE ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES (Lesson Five)
                                         The Parable Of The Wise And Foolish Virgins

         A.  As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, four of His apostles asked Him,  "And what will be
              the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"

         B.  In Matthew 25 Jesus gave three parables in response, and we'll focus on one of these

     I.  The Parable of the wise and foolish virgins. Matthew 25:1-13 (725)
         A.  Jesus used the customs of the Jewish wedding as a metaphor.

              1.  The betrothal involved the groom's traveling to His bride's house and making the
                   necessary arrangements with her father.
              2.  The groom would return to his father's house and make living arrangements.
              3.  The groom would go to get his bride at a time if his choosing, and the bridal party
                   had to be prepared.
              4.  The groom and bride would return to consummate the marriage and to celebrate
                   the wedding feast for seven years.

         B.  The parable connected to the second coming of Christ. Matthew 25:1-13

              1.  The kingdom of heaven is God's __________. V1

              2.  The bridegroom represents Jesus.  V1

              3.  The time of the marriage is the coming of Christ. V10

              4.  The five wise virgins represent those who are prepared for the return of Christ.

              5.  The five foolish virgins are those who _____  _______ prepared for Jesus' return.
              6.  The delay is the period between the ascension and return of Christ. V5

              7.  The midnight cry represents the end of the world. V6

              8.  After the midnight cry, there is the ________________. Vv10-11.  The plea for oil
                 can represent __________ repentance or beyond the point of repentance. Vv8,10

              9.  The shut door means that the _________ of salvation has gone. Vv11-12

         C.  The reading of Matthew 25:1-13 substituting what the above terms mean.
   Closing:  Can you identify __________________________________________________? V13