In the parable, “the two classes o watchers represent the two classeswho proess to be waiting or theirLord [Advent believers].
Tey arecalled virgins because they proess apure aith
Christ’s Object Lessons
, p. 406)
.And they all had a lamp whichrepresents the Word o God and theknowledge o it.
They went forth
As the virgins le their ownhomes to unite in celebrating thewedding, we Adventists separatedourselves rom the world in ex-pectation o the second Advent o Christ.
To meet the bridegroom
Te going orth o the virgins tomeet the bridegroom symbolizesthe second advent o Jesus Christ.In Matthew 25:2, we read that“ve o them were wise, and ve wereoolish.”Outwardly, they all seemed thesame. Tey were given the samelamps to perorm the same task, yetve were oolish. “Foolish” is heretranslated rom the Greek word
, meaning godless, impious,not showing respect or reverence,especially or God. Tey did nothave the ear o God in their heart.Yet, “the class represented by theoolish virgins are not hypocrites.Tey have a regard or the truth,they have advocated the truth, they are attracted to those who believethe truth; but they have not yieldedthemselves to the Holy Spirit’sworking.”
(Ibid., p. 411).
“Without the Spirit o God aknowledge o His word is o no avail.Te theory o truth, unaccompaniedby the Holy Spirit, cannot quickenthe soul or sanctiy the heart. Onemay be amiliar with the com-mands and promises o the Bible;but unless the Spirit o God setsthe truth home, the character willnot be transormed. Without theenlightenment o the Spirit, menwill not be able to distinguish truthrom error, and they will all underthe masterul temptations o Satan.”
—Ibid., p. 408.
“It is a solemn statement that Imake to the church, that
not one intwenty whose names are registeredupon the church books are pre-pared to close their earthly history
,and would be as verily without Godand without hope in the world as thecommon sinner.”
Te General Confer-ence Daily Bulletin
(1893), pp. 132, 133.
Not one in twenty
o thosewho have a
good standing withSeventh-day Adventists
is livingout the sel-sacricing principles o the word o God.”—
, vol. 1,p. 632.
“Te time is not ar o when thepeople o God will be called upon togive their testimony beore the rul-ers o the earth.
Not one in twenty has a realization o what rapidstrides we are making toward thegreat crisis in our history
. . . . Tereis no time or vanity, or triing, orengaging the mind in unimportantmatters.”
, p. 253.
“We need also much moreknowledge; we need to be en-lightened in regard to the plan o salvation.
Tere is not one in onehundred who understands orhimsel the Bible truth on thissubject [justifcation by aith] thatis so necessary to our present andeternal welare
Te Review and Herald
, September 3, 1889.
How about our youth? We grewup in the church and say we havekept all the “commandments.” Inwhat are we still lacking?What does Inspiration say aboutthe Adventist youth today?“Te young want just what they have not; namely,
. Nothingcan take the place o this. Proes-sion alone is nothing. Names areregistered upon the church booksupon earth, but not in the book o lie. I saw that
there is not one intwenty o the youth who knowswhat experimental religion is
.Tey serve themselves and yetproess to be servants o Christ;but unless the spell which is uponthem be broken, they will soon re-alize that the portion o the trans-gressor is theirs.”
Messages to Young People
, pp. 383, 384.
are giv-en to pleasure seeking. . . .
Tere isnot one in twenty who knows whatexperimental religion is
. Tey areconstantly grasping aer somethingto satisy their desire or change,or amusement; and unless they areundeceived and their sensibilitiesaroused so that they can say romthe heart, ‘I count all things but lossor the excellency o the knowledgeo Christ Jesus my Lord,’ they arenot worthy o Him and will comeshort o everlasting lie.”
, vol. 1, p. 496.
Not one in twenty? Tat is lessthan 5%! Why is this? Te moreactual statistics are even morestartling:“
Not one in a hundred among us is doing anything beyondengaging in common, worldly enterprises
. We are not hal awaketo the worth o the souls or whomChrist died.”
—Ibid., vol. 8, p. 148.
“There is not one in twenty of the youth who knows what experimental religion is. They serve themselves and yet profess to be servants of Christ.”
, Volume XXVIII, Number 4