The Wedding of the King’s Son: A Parable

The Wedding of the King’s Son: A Parable

There was once a King, who was a powerful King over a great and mighty kingdom. He was a noble king, and he loved His subjects very much. The people likewise loved the King, and desired to come into His presence. All the people, from the least to the greatest, looked for any opportunity to be called to the King’s palace, and to be near unto Him.

One day, as the King’s Son came of age, the King began to plan for the wedding of His Son. So the King decided what He would do. The King would make public His intent for His Son to be married, and His promises of great Blessing and Favour toward the one who would become the new Bride.

Search for the Bride

The King then sent swift messengers throughout His vast kingdom, to announce the search for a Bride for the King’s Son. The messengers went from village to village, spreading the good news. A Bride would be chosen from among all the virgins in the Land!

Everyone in the Kingdom knew that the King was wealthy beyond imagination. Therefore ALL the virgins wanted to marry the King’s Son, because of His wealth and good fortune.

Everyone knew that, in time, the King’s Son would become King, and would rule over all the kingdom. What a great honour to be the Bride of the King!

However, the King began to realize that ALL the virgins desired to marry the King’s Son, but He knew there was only one virgin who would truly love Him. How would the King find out which one it was?

The King Devises A Plan

So the King devised a plan to find out which of the virgins would truly love the King’s Son. The King would produce a “Book of Wisdom” to be used throughout the Kingdom.

This Book of Wisdom would state the King’s requirements for a Bride. However, The King would also hide secret messages within His Book of Wisdom, that would reveal exactly what the King would “Delight” in.

The King’s intent was, that these hidden messages would be sought for, and would be found, only by the Bride who truly loved the King’s Son, but would not be noticed or understood by the rest of the virgins. Then the King sent, and distributed the Book of Wisdom throughout His vast Kingdom.

The King’s Decree

The King then issued a Decree: “All the King’s subjects who disobey the King’s Book of Wisdom would be officially disqualified.” Those disqualified must then “die” to the idea of being Bride to the King.

Immediately there arose a great outcry against the King’s Decree. “Impossible!” cried many of the virgins. “This is worse than death!” cried other virgins, who found it nearly impossible to go through such exhaustive preparation, and to obey such strict rules! The virgins all wanted to marry the King’s Son, but they had been accustomed to their freedom; and most desired to do only what was right in their own eyes.

The King’s New Decree

Not long afterwards, however, a New Decree went forth from the King, canceling the Old Decree. The King would henceforth cancel the penalty of Disqualification He had pronounced earlier, against all those virgins who would disobey the King’s Book of Wisdom.

From this point forward, the virgins would no longer be required to keep these rules and requirements the King had written within His Book of Wisdom!

“Oh! What a wonderful King!” sang out all the virgins. There was rejoicing throughout the Kingdom, from one end of the Land to another! “Oh, what joy! The King has set us free from Bondage of the Old Decree! No longer must we meet these harsh requirements!” they all shouted with joy.

Now all the virgins loved the King even more. They all desired, even more than before, to marry the King’s Son; for now all the virgins had been set free from the Bondage of the King’s earlier edict!

Now, the King had been planning all along, exactly what He would do. He knew that there would be one virgin who truly loved the King’s Son, and the plan He devised would find out which virgin this was!

Although the King’s earlier Decree had been canceled, the King knew that the one virgin who truly loved His Son, would seek for, and find, these hidden messages the King had placed within His Book of Wisdom.

This virgin would find these messages, and would begin to practice, and to do voluntarily, everything she found that “delighted” the King. She would learn of the King’s “delights,” and she would walk in obedience to the King’s Book of Wisdom — in spite of the King’s New Decree that canceled the virgins’ requirement to obey.

Then the King and His Son went away to a far country, with the promise that they would soon return, and take a Bride for the King’s Son.

Day by day, the Virgins read the King’s Book of Wisdom. Indeed, all the virgins read the Book, and became more and more familiar with the facts concerning the King and His Son, and of the Kingdom. Many even began to look diligently, to determine the day and hour of His return.

However, most of the virgins did not prepare themselves in doing those things the King truly delighted in — for the King’s Decree had set them “free” from the penalty of disobedience; and because they were no longer required to do any of those strict practices and Bridal preparations listed in the King’s Book of Wisdom, they ceased doing them.

The King knew, however, that one of the virgins would find, and do, what the King “delighted” in, just as the King’s Emissaries did; He knew that only one virgin would discover the Mystery of the King’s “Delight.”

You see, before the King had left to go to a distant land, He had placed observers — “eyes” in every place, beholding the evil and the good. These went into in all the land, in order to look carefully, and to observe what each virgin was doing, day by day.

These observers would then report back to the King, and in this way the King would know what was in the heart of each virgin; even as the King had done with Hezekiah, one of His princes, that He might know all that was in his heart, so would the King do with the virgins. In this way, the King would know who truly loved the King’s Son, and who did not.

The Arrival of the King’s Messengers

Finally, late one night, around midnight, the King’s Messengers were sent throughout the Land, to awaken all the virgins.

“Behold! The Bridegroom Cometh!” announced the King’s Messengers. “Come ye out to meet Him!”

All these virgins began to awaken, and to put on their clothing, and to secure their lanterns. However, many of the virgins had a problem — they were not yet ready to “go out” into the dark of night for a journey of any length, for they had no oil for their lanterns!

Likewise, they had not prepared themselves, in practicing what the King “delighted” in. By the daily decrees of the watchers, by those who observed the virgins in their everyday lives, the King knew exactly who loved Him, and who did not.

Now, the King had known that all the virgins wanted to marry the King’s Son, but He knew most were “carnal,” for they were not subject to the Decree of the King. They had shown that they did not truly love Him, by their lack of voluntary obedience.

There was one virgin, however, who truly loved the King. From the hidden messages placed within the King’s Book of Wisdom, she had understood exactly what preparation that the one virgin must have, who would become the Bride of the King. She knew that the goal of the King’s Decree is Love from a pure heart. She also knew that the King had written, “If you love me, keep My Decrees!”

She began to understand the hidden messages within the King’s book of Wisdom; for she had found, and had begun to walk in obedience, and to practice, the preparations found in the King’s Book of Wisdom — even though she was no longer required to do so. She had thus made herself “ready.”

A Bride is Chosen

Then all those virgins that had no oil for their lanterns, separated themselves, to find the proper oil, and to do the last-minute preparation that is befitting a Bride. While all those virgins were gone, however, the Bride was taken: the one virgin was chosen, for she had truly shown her love for the King’s Son.

When all the other virgins returned, they asked that they, too, might go away to the Palace of the King, which was beautiful for situation, on a great and high Mountain, on the sides of the north, in the midst of the Kingdom.

“I regret to inform you,” said the messenger who stood by the King’s carriage. “A Bride has already been chosen for the King’s Son.”

“However, applications will be taken, beginning on the morrow, for virgins to follow the Bride, to come after her — virgins without number, as daughters among Honourable Women, and as Companions, as Bridesmaids, and as Guests,” the messenger continued. “You may begin your preparation for this immediately! Good Day!”

And the King’s carriage, and the chosen Bride, and all the Bride’s procession, were carried away, as in a whirlwind, to the palace of the King.

Dear Reader,

There is now a great Company of Believers who are reading the Scriptures for themselves. They are discovering in their own Bible, Messiah’s true identity!

They are discovering the Biblical ‘Terms and Conditions’ of the Everlasting (New) Covenant (Hebrews 13:20), as seen throughout the Torah [the ‘Old’ Testament writings].

The Bride-Candidates were first Born-again, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Those who are wise are beginning to undergo their preparation, as in the above parable. The Wise are now being separated from the Foolish — who are not undergoing preparation.

As Wise Virgins, they are following the person of Messiah (John 8:12, 10:27, 12:26; 1John 2:6), rather than following someone’s theology or set of doctrines. As a result, they are learning Righteousness (Isaiah 26:10), and are learning to walk in the Way of Holiness [set-apart unto Messiah] (Isaiah 35:8).

As Wise Virgins (Matthew 25:10; Ephesians 5:31-32; Rev 19:7), they are making themselves ready for marriage to the King!

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4 comments on “The Wedding of the King’s Son: A Parable
  1. Deborah says:

    Works, even though voluntary, are still works. This is the basis and foundation for all humanism in or out of the Church.

    The hidden wisdom that delights the Father:

    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, AND CLEANSE US OF ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. [1 John 1:9]

    It takes faith to accept what God has said concerning your behaviors, your thoughts, and your deeds. Nothing delights the Father more than faith in the blood of His beloved Son, Yeshua HaMoshiach and recognition of our need, nay vital and absolute necessity to be cleansed and purified of these contradictions against Him and all that He is, unto holiness and a perfected love. [Psalm 51]

    Confess our sins, each and every one of them, as revealed to us by the Ruach HaKodesh, as we read and study the Word of God, and He will cleanse us of every spot, every wrinkle, and every blemish of sin, transgression and unbelief, that we might be fit for the King.

    Renounce your independence from your old life, in recognition of it’s rebellions against God, in active belief of what the Scriptures have had to say of our origins ~ this is the faith that delights the Father, and these are the works that He seeks. A house divided cannot stand ~ a house that seeks to serve the Lord while maintaining it’s autonomy cannot stand. Can two walk together except they be agreed?

    Remember Esther, and the simplicity of her faith in the guidance of the King’s chamberlain, who saw to her purification, who already knew what the King delighted in. He is the model of the Ruach HaKodesh, and He will do for us Romans 8:13-14, if we but believe in the confession of our sins, AND our transgressions (doubts, ignorance and unbelief) and seek to amend these with the truth. This is the work of our purification, and our sanctification.

    Cleansed, purified in faith, this is what brings about the works that delight the Father, and what makes manifest the Bride. The world can do philanthropy, and maintain some measure of a social conscience. It cannot do belief, nor faith, and will never renounce it’s independence from God.

    Furthermore, the Bride is also the one willing to walk the same road that her Lord has walked (take up your cross daily and follow ME), that the bonds of love, nurtured through shared sufferings and afflictions for the sake and cause of the love of the truth and God might be formed and strengthened.

    The strongest bonds are forged in the fires of adversity and it is these which make manifest the truth of the love of the Bride, for love never fails, and love endures all.

    He who endures to the end shall be saved. We are saved by faith.

  2. notesfromthewilderness says:

    Thank you Deborah, for the visit. Again, thank you for your comments.

    First, I am surprised to receive comments on a “Parable.” A parable is for passing on hidden truths for those to whom they are intended, and for hiding those same truths from others (Luke 8:10).

    You spoke the truth, when you said that “works” is the basis and foundation for all humanism in or out of the Church. And all would do well to heed your exhortations! Amen to all you have said. However, I might add that a two-sided coin does have more than one side, and that Father is looking for works of a little different nature, in addition to those you mentioned. The works that Father seeks is only the Fruit of what He works in and through us, by His Grace.

    Indeed, it is NOT by works of Righteousness — as filthy rags– which we have done, but by His mercy He saved us. And anything beyond His Grace, is likewise our own works, and is a stench in Father’s nostrils!

    However, I have noticed that almost all of the Body of Messiah is still embracing the Doctrines of Men regarding many of the foundational truths of the milk of the word. The subject of “Righteousness” is one of them, according to the writer to the Hebrews (Heb 5:13).

    This is subject of “Righteousness” especially important, for the issue of how the “works” of Messiah-in-you fits in Scripturally with “His” Righteousness that He is, and that He gives to us. It is because of lack of understanding of works of righteousness, that the Body of Messiah has tossed out “all” works, even those He does.

    We do not want to throw out those works that Yahshua-in-you desires to do, by His Grace– for this would result in our spiritual “nakedness.” For this critically important subject I would refer you to “Righteousness as the Light.” See this at:

    http://www.thewayprepared.com/studies/righteousness-as-light.html

    And perhaps you might be edified by “Salvation-According to the Scriptures,” which can be found at:

    http://www.thewayprepared.com/studies/salvation-according-to-scripture.html

    In His Love,

    Brother Bill

  3. searching101 says:

    I find your writing interesting, yet confusing and sometimes contradictory.

    This quote is from your parable…
    “The virgins would no longer be required to keep these rules and requirements the King had written within His Book of Wisdom!”
    This quote is from the salvation article you recommended to Deborah…
    “Likewise, Believers today can also be refused entry into the Promised Land – due to disobedience of the SAME Commandments, Statutes, and Precepts!”

    Which of these do you actually believe? Do you believe that if all the commandments are not kept, Believers will be refused entry and sent to the lake of fire?

  4. notesfromthewilderness says:

    Thank you, Searching101, for your perceptive comments and very good questions! These are questions to which all of us should be asking. Let’s look at a few Scripture passages to deduce the answers. It may be simplest to list these questions in reverse order, and also answer them in reverse order, so we will start with the Lake of Fire question.

    Question 1
    You asked,

    “Do you believe that if all the commandments are not kept, Believers will be refused entry and sent to the lake of fire?”

    We are told in Rev 14:9-10 that those who take the mark of the “Beast” will suffer the wrath of Yahweh, and in Rev 14:11 we are told they will be tormented, and have no rest, forever. Likewise in Rev 16:2 the vial judgments are poured out on those who have taken this “mark.”

    During the Tribulation multitudes of believers (Rev 6:9-11) will choose death, as an alternative to taking this “mark,” in order to obey Yahweh as written in the Scripture.

    But I see in Scripture another possible alternative, and a test that would be taken, prior to the Tribulation test of love described above. That alternative is to leave the earth earlier, perhaps having ascended alive, in the harvest of the “Bride.”

    Notice that Scripture seems to indicate two possible levels of love for Yahshua, each having its own built-in test. These are:

    1) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

    2) If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)

    The first passage above qualifies and identifies those who go through the Tribulation, and choose to suffer death, in order to obey, rather than take the mark. This is the Tribulation Love-test.

    The second passage above qualifies and identifies the earlier love-test given to all the Believers, but passed by just a small group, called the “Bride,” who choose to love Yahshua by keeping His commandments. These are told to pray that they may be “worthy” to escape the subsequent Tribulation (Luke 21:36). These pass the test prior to the Tribulation, and so they avoid the requirement to take the Tribulation love-test. In the end, however, all must keep His commandments, who desire to enter in (Mt 19:17; Rev 22:14).

    It seems to me simpler to choose the latter choice, verse 2 above, than to choose the former. However, most Born-Again believers today have been so deceived by the Theological “system” that a veil is over them, preventing them from understanding those things that will allow one to be a part of the Bride Company.

    The subjects in the New Testament that remain mostly veiled to most Believers today are true Righteousness, true Grace, the New Covenant, and the Scriptural purpose of the “Law.” This veil will remain over all of us, until we seek Yahweh fervently, with all our heart, and begin to be a “do-er” of His word. After we begin to walk in obedience, from our own heart’s desire, He will then lift the veil, and we will then begin to “see” and understand the New Covenant.

    Question 2
    You mentioned, “This quote is from the salvation article you recommended to Deborah…”

    “Likewise, Believers today can also be refused entry into the Promised Land – due to disobedience of the SAME Commandments, Statutes, and Precepts!”

    On the surface the statement above appears contradictory to the statement in the Parable:

    “The virgins would no longer be required to keep these rules and requirements the King had written within His Book of Wisdom!”

    You then asked, “Which of these do you actually believe?”

    In Question 1 above, we saw two possible choices for avoiding the wrath of Yahweh, in whatever form that takes — the first choice being laying down ones life, the second choice being keeping “My” commandments. Here in Question 2, we actually home in on one of the “mysteries” of the New Covenant. Notice the statement from the Parable you asked about:

    “The virgins would no longer be required to keep these rules and requirements the King had written within His Book of Wisdom!”

    Later in the same Parable, however, we see which virgin was the one chosen to be the Bride: it was the one virgin who continued to keep he Torah, even though she was not required to do so!

    This virgin had found the “mysteries” hidden in the King’s Book of Wisdom! She was therefore chosen above all the other virgins, who did not keep the Torah. The chosen Bride came to understand the Mystery of the Kingdom, and the Mystery of “Messiah-in-you.” The rules and requirements were gone, but the desire for “Messiah-in-you” to walk in full obedience, and to please the King, was still there, within that virgin. She simply did not want to “prevent” Messiah-in-her from obedience to Father.

    The other virgins went only so far as the “requirement” went, and they showed 2 things:

    1) they did not “know” who the Bridegroom was; (Ex 31:13; Eze 20:12,20; Mt 7:21-23)

    2) they did not “love” the Bridegroom (John 14:15).

    The other virgins of the Parable had lost the opportunity to be among the earlier Bride Company, thus they were resigned to the later “alternate” Tribulation love-test, as seen in the First Scripture passage above, in John 15:13.

    Putting this all together, the Time-Line appears to be thus:

    First, the Bride Company passes the “keep-My-commandments” love-test, then receives her commission, graduates, and moves on (Mat 25:10).

    Next, those who “failed” the first love-test get another chance by taking the “lay-down-their-life” alternate love-test. Those that pass this second love-test are they who refuse the mark, lose their lives, and graduate to Rev 6:11.

    Those who fail this second love-test are those who take the mark, undergo the vials of Yahweh’s wrath, and ultimately end up on a conveyor belt, to be shipped off somewhere — where, we do not know — but location doesn’t matter. These are those we see in Rev 14:11, being tormented forever.

    Bottom Line: The ‘Foolish’ virgins seen in the Parable are refused entry at the time of the Bridegroom’s coming for the Bride. Those seen in the Salvation article as disobedient are refused entry completely. The difference is seen as 1) a matter of time, and 2) a matter of location. The Bride is allowed in first, for her voluntary choice of obedience, and is allowed to enter the City. The bulk of the others are allowed in later, for their choice of Messiah in the face of death. These are allowed to enter, perhaps into the City, or into the Country (the Kingdom). The remaining ones (seen in the Salvation article as disobedient) are not allowed in to the City at all, but may be granted entry into the Country (the Kingdom).

    Much of this remains a mystery to the larger congregation, however, and we are just now finding the pieces of the puzzle for the Bride to see.

    There are several “mystery” puzzle-pieces the Apostle Paul wrote about in the New Testament, and all of these puzzle-pieces, taken together, reveal a very important message for the “Bride” Company.

    The revealing of Messiah, and of the Bride, and of the New Covenant, are the focal points of the writings on this Site. Although I am making every attempt to write these as simply and clearly as possible, only one facet of a jewel can be described at a time.

    There are many facets to this great and precious jewel, the “mystery” of Messiah-in-you (Col 1:27). Likewise there are 26 additional mysteries listed in the NT, for a total of 27 mysteries. These are all inter-related and intertwined, both in how they operate, and in our understanding of them.

    For further insight it may help to read Righteousness As The Light and The New Covenant: According to the Scriptures and New Covenant Liberty: Freedom to Choose.

    In His Love,

    Brother Bill

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