Mathew 25: The parable of the ten virgins.  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride.  And five of them were foolish, and five wise.  But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them:  But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps.  And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept.  And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him.  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out.  The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. I have been pondering this parable and its meaning. All 10 had lamps, however the 5 wise virgins took oil in their vessels and the other 5 did not. What does this mean? Next the 5 who did bring oil did not share it with those that did not. In the very near future there will be those who prepared and those who did not. Are we to understand from this parable that we are not to give away our house and food to those that did not prepare, because there will not be enough for all? Is this talking about the period before the second coming of Christ? Thoughts?