Are the ten virgins a picture of backsliders?

Are the ten virgins a picture of backsliders and of Christians who are waiting for the wedding? (Matthew 25:1-13)

To draw teaching about a partial Rapture from this parable is ill-considered, because first the context shows the parable doesn’t deal with the Rapture. Second, the descriptions of "wise" and "foolish" in this last discourse in Matthew remind us of the same contrast at the end of the Lord’s first discourse (chapters 5-7). There the foolish do not build on His sayings and their building suffers a great fall. They are not believers. Third, should anyone relate the waking (wise) and sleeping (foolish) virgins to the two states, "whether we wake or sleep" (1 Thessalonians 5:10), the context in that passage will dispel the idea of a partial Rapture. Paul does describe Christians who are watching for the Lord’s coming and Christians whose behavior is like the unbelievers of the world (sleeping in the night, v 7), but he states the reason both will be saved by the Rapture from the coming wrath (during the 7-year period) is the result of the death of Christ and not of our spiritual condition.

Teaching of a partial Rapture is not in the Parable of the Ten Virgins or anywhere else in Scripture.

D. Oliver