God has recently blessed me with understanding to the parable of 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1-12), now this had been bothering me for a while as I just felt so confused by the teachings I had received about the oil representing faith when this just isn’t true and made no sense to me as the foolish virgins choose to go and buy some oil last minute, and you can’t buy faith.
Anyway out of the blue it just came to me that this parable of end times is linked to Revelation 13:17 “And that no man might buy or sell save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name”. The foolish virgins were foolish because they weren’t prepared for such an event of not being able to buy without accepting the mark of the beast, they slumbered and slept when they should have been preparing, instead leaving it till last minute when buying some more oil would mean taking the mark of the beast. The reason why the wise didn’t share (which I used to think was really unchristian to not build other faith) was that they only had enough for themselves. This parable is not about faith, its about physical supplies.
I believe God showed me this because us Christians need to be wise, we need to start looking into self sufficancy, such as growing our own food. Because there is comming a time when we won’t have the luxury to stock up at the supermarket. This time is not for sleeping, we NEED to be preparing.