If you are a Christian you know the story of the Ten Virgins, of whom five were wise, and five foolish. If you are not a Christian, and not familiar with the story you can find the story in Matthew 25 of the bible.
For those of you who are familiar with the show Survivor, they always say : “Your burning torch represents life, when that light is snuffed out, you are finished, you are out of the game.”
The Ten Virgins all thought they were ready to meet the Bridegroom (Jesus.) This could be likened to ten people who say they are Christians and love Jesus.
When the Bridegroom (Jesus) did not come at the set time, they all feel asleep. This could be like ten Christians weary of waiting for Jesus to return, and because He doesn’t seem to be coming in our timing, we all stray, some more than others, back to bad unchristian habits.
The Bridegroom finally appears and the five foolish virgins are found without oil for their lamps, for it had burned out while they were asleep, and they had to leave to go find oil. This could be likened to five Christians who had gotten tired and strayed so far from God, that they could not find their way back to Him, when He final arrived. Not being filled with God’s word and Spirit, they had to spend time going to search His word out, as they did not carry it in their hearts.
On the other hand, the five wise virgins on hearing the Bridegroom was coming, got the extra oil that they had brought with them and put it in their lamps and they were ready to meet Him. This would be the Christians who also strayed a little, as we all do as human beings from time to time, but they knew enough to call out on God, asked for forgiveness, repented of their wrong, and was ready to meet the Bridegroom (Jesus.)
The Five Virgins who left later returned.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Matthew 25: 11