Oil & the Holy Spirit
The 2 Anointings

In my webpage Are You Prepared for the 2nd Coming? , I discuss that there are 2 works of the Holy Spirit. It is there, that I say, it is the Holy Spirit that Jesus is referring to in these verses:

Math 25: MKJV  
1 Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.  
3 The foolish ones took their lamps, but took no oil with them.  
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.  
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes! Go out to meet him.  
7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.  
8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps have gone out.  
9 But the wise answered, saying, No , lest there be not enough for us and you. But rather go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.  
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came. And they who were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.  
11 Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.  
12 But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I do not know you.  
13 Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of man comes.

You will notice that in verse 8 that the foolish had oil in their lamps, but did not take extra oil in jars like the wise did, so when their oil began to burn out, they asked for more. I spoke on that page that this shows all 10 virgins were christians because they had oil, but only 5 had the extra oil. And that this extra oil is either being Born Again or Spirit Filled. Being Spirit Filled is a 2nd work of the Holy Spirit. I also go in detail the difference between being saved and Born Again here:

 Believing vs. Being Born Again

On the following link, I discuss the difference of the seal of salvation by the Holy Spirit (being saved) and being Baptized in the Holy Spirit as 2 separate works. You need to go to the section that says this: 
3rd Baptism - Baptism into the Holy Ghost/Spirit

Then head to the bottom of that area before getting to the 4th Baptism, and read after seeing the ----------------. The link is here:

 The Doctrine of Baptisms

What I am going to endeavor to do on this page is show through scriptural evidence that Jesus is referring to the Holy Spirit in Math 25:1-13.

Oil was used in the Old Testament for anointing.

Ex 29:7
Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.

In the Old Testament the common believer did not have access to the Holy Spirit in or upon him, but God anointed the priests, the prophets, and kings. And it was these people who could and sometimes did have the Holy Spirit on them to do many wonderful deeds for God. 

The following scripture is when Saul was anointed to be king, and he was sent among the prophets to prophesy for awhile:

 1 Sam 10:1 ¶ Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
 6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
 10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
 11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
 12 And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

The oil was directly used for the anointing, but this was a symbolic act, as the True anointing comes from the Holy Spirit.

Isa 10:
27: And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

Thus it is by the Holy Spirit that this anointing came to empower:

Zech 4:
6: Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

It is the same Holy Spirit today that anoints us, including Jesus:

Luke 4:
18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised

But when did Jesus get this anointing and power? Or the disciples? It was at the infilling of the Holy Spirit. The 2nd work of the Holy Spirit. You will note Jesus didn't preach, teach, or do His miracles until after He was anointed. Jesus didn't need to be Born Again, thus didn't need the 1st work of the Holy Spirit. I am NOT denying Christ's deity. But Jesus put down that authority and took up the nature of man. The power He used was through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, not His deity. It is the same anointing we can have, but Jesus had it without measure.

Acts 10:
38: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

John 14:
12: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

John 3:
34: For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

Now back to the point. The Holy Spirit has 2 anointings for us, and the 1st is at salvation:

2 Cor 1:
21: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
22: Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

You see that? This is an anointing, but is only the earnest of the Spirit. Not that we can get it without measure like Jesus had. But we can be overflowing with it when we get the 2nd anointing. Before we go there, lets get another witness of the 1st one:

1 John 2:
20: But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
27: But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Ok, I am now going to show that the 2nd work of the Holy Spirit is an anointing also. I already showed you this verse but lets take another look:

Luke 4:
18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised

When did this occur? When Jesus was saved or born again? Of coarse not, Jesus was born without sin. Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit when John the Baptist baptized Him. It is this 2nd anointing which empowers us to do God's works and be a witness to others.

And another repeat:

Acts:10:38: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

This page is not about teaching the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. But to testify that the oil mentioned by Jesus in the parable of the 10 virgins is 2 different anointings by the Holy Spirit. We have seen that oil was used to anoint, we also see there are 2 anointings. I think this well testifies that this oil represents such. But lets use another witness. What is this oil used for in the parable? It is used for lamps. The lamp, or candlestick, found in the Tabernacle of Moses and in Solomon's Temple is the symbolic piece representing the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Let me quote some other websites on this:


"Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth" (Revelation 1:4). John begins this remarkable letter with a prayer that his readers may receive grace and peace from each of the Persons of the divine Trinity. The Holy Spirit is presented here as the seven-branched candlestick that stood before the Most Holy Place in the temple of the Old Testament. This is in line with the symbolism that pervades the book of Revelation, most of which is taken from Old Testament temple worship. "Seven" in Revelation is the number of perfection, completion or fulfilment.


Under the law they had the Tabernacle. There are many types and shadows in the Tabernacle correlating to our experience with God. The Brazen Altar was for offering sacrifices. The Laver was for the Priest to wash before entering the Tabernacle. The Candlesticks were the only source of light in the Tabernacle. The Table of Shew bread was for the bread the priest would eat. The Altar of Incense was to offer incense upon. And the Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God.


The Holy Place had no doors or windows through which light could come. The only light to be provided here was to come from the golden candlesticks. These candlesticks consisted of seven wicks fed by oil from seven bowls. The wicks had to be lit with the fire brought by the priest from the brazen altar. The uniting at the candlesticks of the oil and fire to produce light is a perfect type of the Holy Ghost and fire promised to New Testament believers (Matthew 3:11). Without the light of the Holy Ghost, we could not see to live in the Holy Place which is where every Christian should live. God spoke of His great plan of redemption in the Old Testament in types and shadows; and then in the New Testament He spoke plainly to us so that we would have no doubt of His will!  


Aaron's rod that budded, which was kept in the Ark of the Covenant; the candlestick in the tabernacle; these were pictures of the Holy Spirit, illuminating the mind and heart. The cruse of oil from which the widow poured which never became empty, was a picture of the flowing of the oil of the Spirit in a life. The two olive trees of Zechariah which dripped oil from their branches into the bowls of the golden lampstand, this is a picture of the Holy Spirit. Ezekiel's river that came pouring out from under the throne of God, growing deeper as it went, is a wonderful picture of the flow and power of the Spirit-filled life. These men of old, reading these and studying them, gradually understood what it meant to be filled with the Spirit and experienced it by faith. 

So the parable of the 10 virgins using a lamp is symbolic of the Biblical imagery of using a lamp or candlestick as a representation of the Holy Spirit. 

I have used 2 witnesses that the oil in the parable of the 10 Virgins is speaking of the Holy Spirit:

1. Oil is used for anointing, and the true anointing power is the Holy Spirit
2. The Lamp represents the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (as well as the Baptism of Fire).

I have also used scriptures showing that there are 2 anointings of the Holy Spirit.

I have erred on grace, and perhaps wrongly, by saying that a person may be raptured if he is born again and perhaps not Spirit-filled, believing in God's grace in giving account of being 1 step further than the step the person is really at. For salvation occurs at the 1st baptism, but being born again occurs at the 2nd baptism, and it's the 3rd baptism where one gets the 2nd anointing.

But I never took a definitive stance. As I know Jesus and God operate by grace, Jesus had the right to stone the woman caught in adultery, after everyone else left, but He didn't. She had taken a step in repentance and He accepted it.  

But is it safe to say He will extend the grace all the way to basic salvation for the rapture? No. This would cancel out the whole point of the parable. All scripture is usable for doctrine.

2 Tm:3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

While I may err on being born again may be sufficient, and I have no scriptural stance for this, and thus never made it doctrine, but I warn folks to err on the other side for their own safety to get Baptized in the Holy Spirit and secure their rapture.

Remember, there is only 1 sin God will NOT forgive.

Lk 12:10: And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

You see it is this very sin which can stop BOTH anointings of the Holy Spirit. If an unbeliever continues to ignore the Holy Spirit leading him to Christ and salvation, the Holy Spirit will eventually be offended and leave. And without the Holy Spirit, man cannot get the grace to be saved.

Mk 3:29: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation

Eph 2:8
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God

Thus a person will miss the anointing of the 1st work. But a person who is saved, can offend the Holy Spirit also, if he rejects the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

I would like to conclude this page with another very interesting parable.

Luke 11:
5: And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6: For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7: And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8: I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
9: And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11: If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12: Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

This is a very interesting parable after now having understood the parable of the 10 Virgins. Here a man seeks to enter at midnight and his neighbor won't let him. But because of persistence he eventually does. The Lord goes on to say this is asking for the Holy Spirit (vs 13). What we learn here is we can get the Holy Spirit if we continue and ask. I also believe that God will even give the Holy Spirit to the 5 Virgins who did not have it and went out to get it during the Tribulation (this goes against some teachings out there that folks cannot repent after the rapture, which I believe is completely wrong). I also believe this may point to a 2nd rapture, because the door was eventually opened, but I am not dogmatic on that as well.

If you desire the Holy Spirit, this is a good thing, perhaps it is not the best motive to seek it for the rapture. Fire insurance is always good though, though it is not perfect.

Rom 12:
1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Here is the purpose of this Baptism:

Acts 1: MKJV  
8 But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you. And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.  

If you want it, just ask God. He can do this several ways. Often people are baptized in the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. Sometimes folks get it when they are water baptized like Jesus did. Others during worship or prayer. If you need help, find a church that preaches the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, but be aware that there is a denomination that says that it is needed for salvation. They are in error and have confused the 2 different anointings. This is a Pentecostal denomination, it may be the United Pentecostals. They can help get you baptized as other denominations, but they will teach you this bad doctrine. The Assemblies of God denomination is a good one, there are others, even many non-denominational churches. I was baptized in the Holy Ghost in the Catholic church! You can read my story and more about this baptism here:

 The Doctrine of Baptisms

I could not have written this page without the help of the late Kenneth Hagin from his book  "Understanding the Anointing".
 A wonderful video by Alan Horvath on this subject:

The Parable of the 10 Virgins


Links of interest:

  The Rapture - a detailed look at the premillenial partial rapture

  Are You Prepared for the 2nd Coming? - Part 1, of this page, a look at who gets raptured

  Believing vs. Being Born Again

 Walking in the Spirit

 Foundational Principles of Christ - Part 2 The Doctrine of Baptisms

 Interactive 3D Temple  

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