When the ten virgins of Matthew 25 went to meet their bridegroom, they all had lamps; they all trimmed their wicks (taken authority over the works of the flesh). They all had the oil of revelation and they knew to go meet Him, but they were lacking the kind of oil or anointing they needed to enter into His chamber.   

This is very special oil or anointing and it is not given, it is bought. Half of those who presented themselves were lacking this anointing. They needed the kind of oil that would take them into perfect union with Him; this they had to go back and buy.

It is with this kind of oil that we are welcome into the Bridegroom’s chambers. Some of them may have worked hard at learning the Word or reading their Bibles. They may have attended many wonderful meetings and listened to multitude of tapes and studies, but this special anointing comes by submission and obedience to His Spirit. It is a heart that is trained to obey His every wish and desires.


We buy that oil, not only when we learn to resist and say “NO” to worldly temptations, but when we find peace and rest in our souls, without the regular brouhaha of religious stimulus. We buy this oil when we learn to cast aside our dependence of any support system other than His Holy Spirit. It is as we find Him alone in the hard places, in the midst of the storms and learn to trust Him fully that we acquire this oil. This is the kind of oil or anointing that we need to enter into the Bridegroom’s chambers and find our union with Him.

He is the peace within our souls.  If and when He gives us opportunity for fellowship we rejoice but we are no longer driven by the need to be there, and when we are there, we are able to impart rather than to take away. This is being servant of all.  The union that the Bridegroom desires with His bride is that she might find peace and well-being in obedience to Him; whatever He decides for our life is pleasing to us. This is the oil that we need to buy. It is the kind of anointing that opens the door into His chamber; we need this oil.


When we think of “Resurrection,” or rising from the dead, we usually think of being restored to our former state of life. This kind of resurrection is what happened to Lazarus when Jesus called him out of his grave as well as the few others that are mentioned in the Bible. But in Christ we are introduced to a higher form of resurrection. Before Jesus laid His life down, He had life with the Father. He prayed, “O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” (John 17:5)

When Jesus rose from the dead, He broke through the powers of death and the grave in his physical body. He triumphantly entered a realm of “eternal life” that had never been attained bodily before. Then for forty days and forty nights, He showed Himself to His disciples and gave proof of this new body of resurrection here on earth. Jesus is truly the firstborn of a new creation in God.

When He came in the flesh, Jesus was born of a woman but did not have an earthly father. Adam is our earthly father and through Adam we are born into sin.  But Jesus was not of the seed of the first Adam, He was the last Adam and when He came to earth, He was sinless.  As long as He was sinless, He could not have died; death is the result of sin. “The wages of sin is death.”

Although Jesus was born without sin, He could be tempted to sin and while here on earth, He was tempted in all points as we are. He was tempted in the same way as Adam and Eve in the garden, but He did not yield to the sin.   As long as Jesus had no sin, He could not die; He could live forever in that state. This was the same state that Adam and Eve had before they sinned.

However the time came when Jesus in perfect obedience, laid His life down and took upon Himself the nature of sin; this was agony for Him. It took place in the garden of Gethsemane where He sweated as it was great drops of blood.

It was at this point that Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world and came face to face with spiritual and physical death. The pure Lamb without spot or blemish, the One who came in the flesh and knew no sin, became sin overnight so that He could lay down His life and die.

But we know what happened. On the third day as it was prophesied from time and eternity, Jesus rose from the dead and became the firstfruits of a new kind of resurrection. This was not the kind of resurrection that the son of the woman for whom Elijah prayed received; and it was not even the kind that Lazarus went through.  It was not like any of the resurrections that had taken place previously; it was and is the resurrection unto a new and higher form of life. This had never been seen in the past. 

“Jesus when He had cried out again with a loud voice, yielded up His spirit. And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many of the bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.” (Matt. 27:51-52)

This is when Jesus went down to those who had died in the faith, but were still bound in the realm of death. He set them free. They were seen following Him out of their graves. Jesus and these are the beginning of the firstfruits of that resurrection.

Through His death, the new seed has been planted in the earth and the body that came forth from that seed was no longer after the image of the first man Adam; it was the image of the man from heaven, Christ.  This is a much higher form of life. It is important to know this as we think of the meaning of the firstfruits.


When God established His laws and ordinances with Israel, He commanded that the “firstfruits” of their crops be reserved as an offering unto Him. Firstfruits are selected to be an offering unto the Lord. They are not only the first of the harvest they are also the best, but they are not to be for our good pleasure but for His. They are sacrifices to be given back to God. This resurrection began with Jesus, the firstborn among many brethren.

Jesus and those of the Old Testament who were seen following Him are the firstfruits of this resurrection. Then comes those who have part in the first resurrection, and who are also firstfruits for the Father’s good pleasure. After that, those who are His at His coming.    

The first impartation of resurrection power was given by the Lord as He breathed the Holy Ghost upon His disciples. “Then Jesus said to them again,’ Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you. And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21-22)

However He commanded them to tarry in Jerusalem because there was more. He spoke of a “baptism with the Holy Spirit.” In other words, the Spirit had been breathed on them, but now they would be immersed in that Spirit. “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit, not many days hence.” (Acts 1:4) This was the promise of the Father and it was fulfilled at Pentecost. This is what we experience as we first receive Him, and then are baptized in His Holy Spirit.  

Each one receiving the Holy Ghost was the beginning of God’s kingdom in earth. This is what Jesus had told His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.” (Mark 9:1) Indeed some of these disciples were present when the Holy Ghost was given in the upper room and they were witnesses of God’s power in earth.  

The Holy Spirit is God’s power given to men so that they can enter His kingdom and become sons (born of God). It is the power of resurrection life. It could not be given unto men until after Jesus died and rose again; He is the resurrection and His Spirit is resurrection power. There is no other power like this anywhere in heaven or in earth. This is why true Christianity is not a religion; it is the power of new life.


This amazing and wonderful resurrection began with the Lord Jesus Christ who is the firstborn among many brethren. We are told that when Jesus arose from the grave many of the souls that had been waiting for this day were seen following Him in the heavenlies.

In order to be seen, they had to have bodies. “And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth quaked and the rocks split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” (Matt. 27:51-53) 

This new order of resurrection had begun. The saints who are in that firstfruits company and have gone to be with the Lord have already received their bodies although they are not yet manifested in the earthly realm. Some were seen with their bodies then, and Paul who went to the third heaven declared, “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house (a body) not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. (II Cor. 5:1-4)   

This is a powerful statement from the apostle who witnessed first hand the power of this resurrection. The bodies that are our houses now are only our temporary earthly dwellings. But we do have a body prepared for us after the image of the Man from heaven.

This new body is not fashioned after the soul man, but after the man of Spirit, hence the man from heaven. Those who followed Jesus out of their graves were recognizable by their bodies.   

In our experience, resurrection comes in stages. The full manifestation of His resurrection will be seen in the earth, because resurrection is for the earth. The meek shall inherit the earth.

“For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look diligently for his place, but it shall be no more. But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” (Psa. 37:10-11) The wicked is the Adam seed. That man was put to death on the cross and will be no more.

The saints that have kept the faith and have gone to be with the Lord before us are waiting for this “better” resurrection. Their bodies will be made manifest and they will inherit the earth and delight themselves in the abundance of peace. This is the perfection that they are awaiting with us.

We read about them, “And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise (to inherit the earth), God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” (Heb. 11:39-40)

This power of resurrection arises within us from glory to glory through the spirit of revelation. God confirms His revelation to us through dreams and visions and quickening of His Holy Spirit. This is the resurrection that works in us and is transforming our minds and changing us daily. When a word of God, by whatever means we receive it, is quickened to our spirit, we receive another degree of new life. 

Looking back we each know that we are not the same today as we were yesterday. Paul prayed a fervent prayer for the saints, “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” (Eph. 1:17-18)

This is a powerful word from Paul. He yearned that those whom God had given him would come to the knowledge of the riches of Christ’s inheritance in the saints. This inheritance is the prize of the high calling of God; it is the new body that is able to house the fullness of God’s glory.

These earthly bodies are only able to hold a measure of glory, but the prize is the body that will house the fullness. This is the inheritance in Christ and His inheritance in the saints.

In the past, we have worshiped and exterior God asking Him to do things for us in our lives. Yet God has ordained that we should become the ones who house His glory in the earth; this is the purpose of this new body of resurrection. It is only through the spirit of wisdom and revelation that we are able to know these things.

It is not “book knowledge; it is “heart knowledge” therefore man cannot teach them to us. They are not learned mentally but directly from His Spirit to our spirit. Man only confirms and establishes what we learn from His Spirit by witnessing it to us. The witness that we give to one another establishes the truth that the Spirit teaches us.    

We are given the Holy Spirit to stir up within us this spirit of wisdom and revelation who speaks to us and opens our understanding to the things of Spirit. This is resurrection power; the more we hear through the spirit of revelation, the more we receive of this new life.


Today we live in an angry world. The world is filled with so much fury that the hatred of people against each other has reached the point of no return. Killing is becoming the normal thing to do and nations who claim to love peace are turned into savage beasts. Is there really a solution?

All of the ingredients for such a day were already in place from the beginning and the old prophet who was crying out to Jerusalem warned of destruction to come, “Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely. They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying Peace, peace! When there is no peace.” (Jer. 6:13-14)

In Old Testament times God’s chosen nation was called Israel or Prince of God. It became so corrupt that God lifted His Hand of protection from the people and their enemies began to overcome them. The leaders soothed the people with promises of peace but there has never been any peace; the problem is a matter of the heart.

The longer God permits men to live on the earth as it is, the more violent the earth becomes until there would be no flesh remaining if God did not preserve a Seed (a generation). As it is now, humanity is moving toward extinction by means of the greed and animosity that is spewing out of men’s hearts.

The problem is buried deep in the heart and may not be visible to the natural mind. There is a seemingly inborn hatred, a revulsion and repugnance between the Gentile or heathen world and the Jews. The heart is where peace has to begin and man has no solution for the problem within; only God provides it in Christ.

Before we go any further it may be good to understand who is a Jew in God’s economy. In the Old Testament, the Jews were the chosen people of God through the natural seed of the patriarch Abraham. If we read the words of the prophets and the history of the Jewish nation in the Old Testament or in the historian Josephus, we learn that this chosen nation turned away from the God who had called them. They went on to worship the gods of the heathens and for this reason God turned away from them.  

These Jews became scattered over the face of the earth and the natural seed of Abraham became mixed. So the nation that calls itself Israel today bears little resemblance to the people that God had covenanted with at first. If we are to believe the words of our Lord Jesus we know this.   

When the Pharisees who were the highest order of Jews in His day told Him that they were the full-blooded descendants of Abraham, He answered, “If you were Abraham’s children you would do the works of Abraham… (Jn. 8:39b)   Then they went on arguing that God was their Father and Jesus said “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.” (John 8:42)

If Jesus came to Jerusalem in flesh and blood today He would utter the very same words and they would kill Him over again. They cannot recognize Him because they are not of Him. The only way any one can know Him is when they are born again. This is what Jesus explained to Nicodemus.

So as hard as it may be for some to accept, the nation that calls Israel today, and that is fighting for  survival, is not God’s chosen nation. God’s chosen people are those who know Him and who are His seed, the Christ Seed in Abraham.  

Jesus made this clear when they made the comment that their father was Abraham. He told them that if they were truly Abraham’s seed they would know Him.  He explained to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the work of Abraham…” (John 8:39)  These Pharisees had the same mind-set as those who are ruling Israel today; they still cannot accept that Jesus is the Son of God. 

Later, Paul spoke of those who are the Seed of Abraham indeed and who inherit the promises. He wrote, “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘and to seeds’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed’ who is Christ.” (Gal. 3:16)  There is only one seed of Abraham; the ones in Christ are that seed.  Therefore our prayer for the literal Israelite must be that they may know Him.

God does not have two covenants with His people. There is no other covenant valid today than the covenant in the blood of Jesus. The Old Testament covenant is no longer in force. “In that He says, ‘a new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” (Heb. 9:13)


Jesus had been sent to the house of Israel, but when they could not receive Him His heart cried, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you; you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’” (Matt. 23:37-39)

Jesus was yearning for them to know Him but they were not able. Our hearts prayer for Jerusalem is not that they will be established in the Old Testament covenant of temple worship; our heart’s prayer must be as Jesus, that they will bless Him who comes in the name of the Lord. This is such an important truth. It is only when their eyes are opened and they recognize the Son of God that they will be saved. When they say, “Blessed is He!”   

Paul clearly wrote that there is a day when God’s mercy would extend to all, “For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Rom. 11:32-33)

The mercy of God leads to repentance, therefore God will send His mercy upon them that they may repent (change their minds) and know their Savior and Lord. Who knows in what form that mercy will come?

In Abraham’s Seed, that is in the Christ generation, there is no longer any separation between natural Jews and Gentiles, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:28-29)


The apostle Paul identified himself as being of the seed of Abraham after the flesh, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee. He had been very zealous in persecuting the new Christians to the fullest degree. Paul had experienced the enmity that welled up in him against the Christ first-hand as he stood watching the stoning of young Stephen.    

But after his conversion, Paul wrote this, “For He Himself is our peace, who had made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of division between us, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace. And that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.” (Eph. 2:14-16)

The peace that Paul is speaking of is the result of the deliverance from that horrible hatred that is ingrained in the hearts of all who are not in Christ; in particular, heathens against Jews who are the seed of Abraham, and against Christians who are the Seed of Christ. Jews as well hold this repugnance in their hearts against non-Jews; all need peace of hearts, before they can know peace on earth with one another.

Today, in view of world events and of the escalating warfare in the Middle East and in the world, this verse makes more sense than ever. There are so many unanswered questions in people’s minds. One has to wonder at the hatred and fear that fuels a war that brutalizes and kills children and innocent people. Why do harmless people keep paying such a price for an illusive peace?  

We know that wars are either driven by greed or by fear. In this case, the very life of a nation and its people has been threatened unto obliteration. Any animal or human who is threatened with extinction reacts violently to protect itself; it is a normal reaction.

Paul, an apostle out of due season, had received insight on the things that are happening today. He gave us the absolute answer: The enmity and hatred that fuels all these wars can only be stopped by way of the cross.

Those who spat upon Jesus and condemned him to death on the cross did it out of that deep-seated hatred that could not be quenched. They were moved to do this because they felt that everything that they were and represented was threatened. Jesus understood this.

He laid His life down. He did not have to, but He chose the way that His Father had ordained for Him. He also looked beyond the cross and saw the deliverance and the joy that this would one day bring to the entire creation. He knew that this was the only way that humanity could be delivered from the animosity that was destroying them.

We are called upon to not only believe on the work that Jesus did on the literal cross, but also to be moved by the same Spirit and pick up our own daily cross. We are called to stand against the natural instincts and reactions that prompt us to hate and to destroy each other. By the power of the cross, Jesus made it possible for us to overcome this enemy of our souls.   

The power of the cross is the only way to overcome this enemy within and also the enmity that is built-in between all manners of peoples. Within countries, men use their religions as an excuse to kill each other.

Over the centuries, factions have risen up with the purpose of killing entire tribes or races of people. This is a fearful thing but it stems from that deep-seated hatred within. This hatred is fueled by the fear that others will take over and destroy us. When beasts fear, they react violently.


Man is forever in search of peace of heart and deliverance from the turmoil within nations. In his search for peace man turns to any formula that offers a solution. This is why Buddhism is on the rise in this country as well as throughout the world. Buddhism offers an answer to the inner turmoil and to the quest for peace.

These things were far from my mind when on a recent evening I turned on a PBS station at random.  I quickly became interested in an interview between a soft spoken older woman and Bill Moyer, a very qualified journalist.  I did not know who this woman was because I had missed the beginning of the interview. But she spoke in a soft, confident voice about her experiences in life, and she expounded well on the wisdom that she had derived through suffering and enduring.

Bill Moyer addressed her as a “Nun” and of course I took it for granted that she was a Roman Catholic nun. Then she said that she had once been married and had children and that her husband had left her; she had been devastated. She explained that it was at that point that she became interested in becoming a nun; and she has never regretted it.

When Bill Moyer asked her if she had ever forgiven her husband for leaving her, she replied that on the contrary she asked his forgiveness for saying that his leaving was the best thing that ever happened to her; she was sincere.

As the interview went on, I learned that this woman is not a Catholic or Christian Nun as I had assumed; she is a Buddhist Nun. It was at that point that I realized the things that have crept into the most popular Christian teachings in the country today.

At this time, in this country, and perhaps in the entire world, there is a real thrust toward Buddhism and I can see why. I am reminded of a dream that I have already shared a couple of times with my readers, where I was sitting on a bench way up high in the heavens. From that place I could see the whole earth way down below. Then I noticed this huge statue of a Buddha growing up   from the earth and reaching to almost the height where I was seated. I saw his huge face with many lights on it and people climbing up rope ladders that had been set up on the statue to reach these lights. It was a dream that staid with me. 

As the message of the dream showed, in Christ we are seated above all others, yet the Spirit was revealing that among religious or spiritual teachings, Buddhism is set up to attain to great heights among the people.

As I listened to this soft spoken Buddhist Nun I was fully aware of that. The teachings that she was laying out reached deeply into the soul to impart calmness, acceptance and peace in the midst of suffering. Coping and overcoming through suffering, is it not what we are trying to attain?

I was amazed to hear the wisdom that was coming from this woman, and I recognized the very real threat of this religion, which is growing by leaps and bonds. This is not a religion that simply worships the statue of a Buddha, as I once thought; this is a program that reaches down into the soul to bring it into a realm of understanding and peace.

It is just as the dream showed; it subtly urges people to make the effort of climbing up higher to find lights (truths) in the face of this Buddha (what it represents). Thus people climbing the rope ladder.

The next morning the Lord reminded me that ‘the words of wisdom may be very much the same, but eternal life is only through Christ’. The danger arises when people strive to find help for their situation, instead of seeking the One who gives eternal life. It is only through the Christ that we can know the One true God and that is the only way to life.

Many Christians today are being taught a lot of wisdom and are flocking to it; but no matter how much of man’s wisdom we apply to this realm of “life”; it is still death.  Paul wrote, “For Jews look for a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom.” (I Cor. 1:22) Indeed the heathens seek wisdom in their lives, but this also is deception.

Jesus called fishermen with no scholarly learning and no worldly sophistication to be His disciples. To receive life we need to set aside our own reasoning and hear the Spirit; this is what it means to follow Him. Our worldly wisdom will trip us and set us on the wrong path along the way.

Today, Buddhism membership is growing, and although most of us would not be attracted to join it, it still poses a real threat to Christians. Its teachings and principles are insidiously infiltrating our creeds.   Christians are being charmed by those who are fluently serving these doctrines as if they were wisdom from the Lord.

It is one thing when people flock to hear the Dalai Lama but it is another when we see crowds unawares, flocking to hear those who are esteemed among them, teaching them by the same smooth worldly and intellectual wisdom as the Buddhists. I have even heard some say that it did not matter what name we give our God; He may be Christ to us but Buddha to others!  And then there are those who are not even aware of their own deception; it is a work of darkness and it just continues the death cycle.


One must keep in mind that our calling is not to know how to cope with this life, although in Christ we certainly receive that; our calling is to know the One true God and obtain the quality of life that the Bible calls “eternal.” The word for eternal means without end, perpetual and Jesus explained that to reach that quality of life, one must not be worshiping an image of God, one must know Him.

This means that one must have union with His ways and His desires. One’s soul must be united with His Spirit and be perfectly in step with what He is doing. This is evidently not achieved in a day; it takes the daily work of His Holy Spirit within us to bring us into perfect harmony with our true God. Each time we stray and are drawn toward other gods in our lives, we delay our time of union with Him.  

There is a problem for the soul that has been converted but not yet fully born of the Spirit. It seeks union with the true God, but because it is not accustomed to hearing His voice within, it leans towards the voices of this religious world.

At first, our mother is visible the church into which we are born again. This mother is to be esteemed because she nurtured us unto adulthood. But Paul said, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (I Cor. 13:11)

Indeed there has to be a time when we reach spiritual adulthood and begin to make decision without the help of mother. Mother church seeks to keep us always near her, at home, and under her protection.  If we follow religiously the indoctrinations of our church or assemblies we remain children.  

We are first made free of the world but then we need to be made free of our need to be joined to a worldly religion. When we are born of the Spirit, we belong to the true church, the Jerusalem from above.

But the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written: Rejoice, O barren, you who do not bear! Break forth and shout, you who do not travail! For the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband.”  (Gal. 4:26-27)

Beloved, our true mother is the Jerusalem (Church) from above. She is not a visible assembly of worshipers; she is the mother of those who worship in spirit and in truth. She is the one who has been barren because she has none of the husbands that are part of men’s religious systems. Her husband is the Spirit of the living God. When we feel the need to belong, we can look to the Spirit and know that we do belong!   

As adults we hear the voice of our Father and we are about our Father’s business.  We have cut the apron strings and have begun to enter into the kingdom within. We then begin to war against the strong man of the carnal mind who refuses to die and wants to rob us of our faith. But the more we are exercised in picking up our daily cross the easier it gets… Beloved, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (even the cloud of witnesses).(I Tim. 6:12)

Because of His love,



















































TEN VIRGINS – MSG. No. 162-B [Jackie Caporaso] August 2006           1


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