Since the Ten Virgins Waiting for the Bridegroom Are the Bride, the Bride in Revelation Is the Saints, Too?
According to Christ Ahnsahnghong’s book, “The Bridegroom Was a Long Time in Coming, and They All Became Drowsy and Fell Asleep,” in the parable of ten virgins, the bridegroom indicates Jesus, and the ten virgins are the saints. Since the ten virgins indicate the “bride,” this proves that Christ Ahnsahnghong taught that the bride in the book of Revelation is the saints, too.
1. The parable of ten virgins in Matthew 25
This is a foolish idea. How can a bridegroom marry ten brides at the same time? Is there such a wedding in the Bible? There is no wedding with one bridegroom and ten brides in the Bible or Jewish society where Jesus was from. Therefore, the ten virgins cannot be the bride.
The ten virgins who are waiting for the bridegroom are merely bridesmaids.
This is common sense among Christians. How can they deny Heavenly Mother without having some common knowledge in the Bible?
2. Reference books
From the annotations of many other churches, we can commonly see that the ten virgins do not indicate the bride.
|R. C. H. Lenski, “The Interpretation of St. Matthew’s Gospel 15-28, Vol. 2,” Augsburg Publishing House
This explains the action of the ten virgins who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom. These were friends of the bride who went out from their homes with the necessary lamps, not to the bride’s home, but to a place that was conveniently near.
|Kang Byung-do, “Hokma Commentary”
Here, the virgins [parthenos] are not the bride but bridesmaids who are invited to a wedding. The reason they went out to meet the bridegroom was that they were to usher the bridegroom and his best men.