ANOTHER PARABLE PUT HE FORTH UNTO THEM, SAYING…
The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, an enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matthew 13:24-30)
Now I have a question for you.
MB: Who do the tares represent in the above parable? You’ll notice that the tares, at the time of harvest, are gathered before the wheat is gathered. However in the Book of Revelation Jesus says that the trumpets, which are interpreted as being blown during the Great Tribulation, come before the vials of God’s wrath. Now I’ve always thought that the tares represent the world. And the world will be the ones going through the vials of wrath after the saved have been taken away at the Rapture. So why is Jesus saying in the parable that the tares are gathered before the wheat? I looked up some MO letters to make sure I had the order of events correct, and here is what I found.
But here UNDER THE TRIBULATION TRUMPETS THERE IS ONLY A PARTIAL DEATH, and a partial cursing, and a partial woe: a third part of the trees burnt, a third part of the seas become blood, etc. THE WRATH OF GOD IS MUCH MORE SEVERE IN FALLING UPON THE WICKED WHO ARE LEFT BEHIND when the Church is taken away at the Coming of Christ at the end of the Great Tribulation.
MB: So it is pretty clear there that the Tribulation Trumpets come first; the church is taken at the Rapture next, and the Wrath of God follows the Rapture. So either Dad has misinterpreted scripture, or I don’t fully understand who the tares are. Matthew Chapter 13 is the parable chapter. When you read the parables in Matthew 13, you see they are all related. So if Jesus spent a whole chapter talking about the tares and the Kingdom of Heaven, it must be important for us to understand who the tares are.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
MB: Isn’t that interesting that Jesus likened the Kingdom of Heaven to a mustard seed? I’m sure it must be the same mustard seed that moved the mountain in Matthew 17:20. And that certainly is what we have been told to do now –to use our mustard seed of faith in prayer and move the mountain (Kingdom of Heaven) to Earth. In the above parable, the Kingdom of Heaven is first planted in the world (the field), so that all the birds can come and nest in it. But that is not the end of the story… It turns out that not all those birds (the flock of God) are good, or in fact welcome in that great tree.
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
MB: I wondered why Jesus made a point of saying, “in three measures” ? Well, the only thought that came to me was that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are the “Three”, and I guess they could be likened to unleavened flour without us. It’s like they are incomplete without us, the Bride. The leaven, or the Bride, makes the whole Kingdom full. In other words, where would the Heavenly City be without all the brides? And that concept goes along with the Children of Israel (the Bride) having to eat unleavened bread before they came out of the world. The children were ordered to eat unleavened bread for seven days. I wonder if that has anything to do with the seven years that we are passing through now. The Warrior Band really had to recommit themselves and make a decision to come out of the world (not eat leavened bread) when they first began banding together after the Reboot.
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
MB: Well, this explanation from Jesus could be turning things around. He says the tares are “the children of the wicked one.” Jesus also said, “If you love Me then keep My commandments.” It says of the church in Revelation chapter 3 “Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.” So if you are not loving Jesus, then who are you loving? –the world, of course. So you could very well be one of the wicked one’s children. We know that many, many church pastors get into Churchianity for money, so why couldn’t they be the tares? –That goes for all those that follow their false teachings, which at this point of time, seems to be an awful lot of Christians …or better said, wolves in sheep clothing.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
MB: There’s that field again. Yet this time the man buys the field…gets a little confusing, but it would seem this field is full of Heavenly treasures and not worldly trinkets. So make sure you find the right field –the one that, when planting time comes, will bring forth an hundred fold.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. (Matthew 13:31-52)
MB: So who are the tares? I don’t believe Jesus is talking about world. Maybe He is talking about the “world” in the Christian. After all, it was the enemy that sowed the seeds amongst the wheat whilst we slept (We’ve let our faith flicker low.)
But I believe the tares could very well be those within the church. The church, as we see quite plainly, even among our own people, is full of tare-ish believers. These are they who do not deem the Words of God worthy, who are not prepared to pay the price for the pearl of great price. Here is a Daily Might for May 31st. Dad is saying here that that Great Tribulation is for those “tares” that needs be ripped out from amongst the wheat at the time of harvest. The trumpets-and-vials timeline in Revelation is sound doctrine. It would seem the Tribulation is for rooting out the tares from within the church.
TRIBULATION IS GOING TO TRY MEN’S SOULS BUT THOSE WHO HAVE REAL FAITH WILL COME THROUGH LIKE PURE GOLD!
God is going to allow the Tribulation for the sake of His wayward children, Christians and believers who have been disobedient and failed Him. He’s going to purge them and refine them with fire, He says, to make them white (Daniel 11:35).–Not that they’re not saved or might miss Jesus when He comes to gather His Own immediately AFTER the Tribulation (Matthew 24:29-31). Nobody who’s saved is going to miss that, not one!
But Jesus is going to divide the tares from the wheat and show who’s REALLY a Christian and who was just pretending. Those whose faith is only a proud pretense are going to see their works burn up like chaff, though they be saved themselves if they love Jesus.
But a lot of people who have gone back on the Lord and are not serving the Lord today are going to see in that day what fruitless empty lives they are living. It’s going to cause a lot of people to wake up and get back to the Lord and His Will and witnessing and serving Him and make them willing to die for Him! So thank God for the Tribulation! The ones who really love Jesus are going to shine in that day! (May 31 [#152])
(Matthew 13:1-13) The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
MB: All the birds gathering in the branches of the tree are the great multitude.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty-fold, some thirty-fold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
MB: I’ve met many people that don’t really want the truth. It seems they don’t want to be converted. So how can they be healed? Healing takes faith, and faith comes by loving the Word of God. This is an hard saying, but putting the greater church aside and touching on The Family’s response to the Words of David, it can be said: “It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.Therefore speak I to them in parables” How sad, but it does seem true that the Words of David were as parables to many in The Family.
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. V22: He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. V23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
“Come to Me with boldness and expectancy, My love. You’re My partner, My wife, My lover‚ and as such you can expect Me to answer. You can claim your right as My wife to receive the miracles you need. Please don’t approach Me with a timid and shy request and an only-if-You-can-and-deem-it-worthy approach. My Word says you can even command Me to do the miracle.”
Keep the Vision of Who You Are, Why You Are Here and the Rewards Awaiting You