This phrase, which the Millerites used to describe their message to the world, is adapted from the words of Christ’s parable regarding the wise and foolish virgins who were waiting for the bridegroom to come forth that they might go “with him to the marriage.” During the long wait they “all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him.” The wise virgins had taken oil in their lamps. All arose when the cry went forth at midnight. The foolish went to buy Oil; the wise went in with the bridegroom to the marriage celebration, and “the door was shut.” The lesson Christ drew was this: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes.” Matthew 25:1-13. The language of this parable is woven all through Millerite literature. They believed they fulfilled this parable.