It is discerned by the documented commentary written in the fourteenth chapter of the book of Luke, that Jesus went by invitation to dine at the house of a chief Pharisee. The other guests that attended the event that day were lawyers and Pharisees: and they were watching Jesus. There was in their midst a man who was sick, and Jesus healed him; and everyone witnessed it. Later at the table, Jesus spoke with the host of the event, saying: “When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends… But call the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind: and thou shalt be blessed.” It offended some of the guests that Jesus was offering counsel to a chief Pharisee; and one spoke up, and said unto Jesus: “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God (Luke 14:12-16).” Jesus answered this man with a kingdom of heaven parable. Stop and think about these things, for the happenings at that dinner on that day depict prophecy: because everything that is prophesied to happen, has already happened, and God recorded the past so that believers would have a pattern to study for their edification.
The message which Jesus delivered to the offended man on that day, is the parable of a great supper. Before advancing on to the parable, be aware that there is also a second kingdom of heaven parable wherein Jesus prophesied truths about an end time dining event. This other parable is recoded in the gospel of Matthew, and the other dining event is called, a wedding. These two parables, the one about a great supper, and the other about a wedding feast, compliment one another and work together to give believers good understanding and counsel concerning, The marriage supper of the Lamb.
In prophecy, the word “marriage” is used to depict the relationship between a congregation and their leader. This likening reveals that oftentimes believers rely upon their teachers for their interpretations of scripture, rather than praying to God and studying the scriptures to find out answers for themselves. Whereas this is not an ideal relationship, “marriage” is that controversy which God has against his people. “Hear… the Lord’s controversy… for the Lord hath a controversy with his people (Micah 6:2).” “Turn.. saith the Lord; for I am married unto you (Jeremiah 3:14).” “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent (1Corinthians 1:19).” “Thine eyes shall see thy teachers (Isaiah 30:20).”
Marriage is especially dangerous during end times, because believers cannot be relying upon the understandings of their teachers while new understandings are breaking forth. Believers need to understand that prophesy was designed to be sealed up and misunderstood until the appointed time, therefore all the previous interpretations of prophecy are inaccurate representations of God’s word. Unless teachers accept the evidences, and renew their understandings, they will not be able to safely guide their congregations through the trials and tribulations of end times. In addition to all this, the foundations of every religion have been uncovered, and it has been proven that every religion which serves the God of Abraham, was, and is, established upon a law, or laws, which are also, inaccurate representations of God’s word. This is problematic, because every believer is convinced that they know the truth, and that that truth cannot be changed. Therefore without God’s divine intervention, it would not be possible to raise up the newly revealed truths of prophecy. “Thou hast eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men (Hosea 10:13).”
As part of God’s plan to raise up these newly revealed truths of prophecy and deliver his people from the prophesied plagues of correction, Jesus gave his followers the kingdom of heaven parables. These parables make it possible for the elect to be of quick understanding. The marriage supper parables are designed for this very purpose. See how the words “great supper” and “wedding” suggest that there will be joy, along with eating and drinking. This grand gala celebration is a royal feasting upon God’s word, for God has given his people promises that one day they would receive answers to the sealed up, well hidden, mysteries of prophecy. “There is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither is there anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad (Mark 4:22).” “Thy words were found, and I did eat them (Jeremiah 15:16).”
Now on to the parable: “A certain man made a great supper, and bade many (Luke 14:16).” The words “certain man” specify that this celebration will be hosted by just one man. Whereas Jesus reverenced him as king, and prophesied that he would dispatch his armies, these evidences suggest that this event will be hosted by, The king of Assyria. This name is prevalent in prophesy, because God chose it to prophesy truths about the prophet which has been dealing with the covenant message. Regardless of his attitude towards the message, the Assyrian has been instrumental in helping God destroy the laws of Christianity: for God has determined a consumption upon the whole earth wherein every religion will be destroyed. “What is the vine tree more than any tree (Ezekiel 15:2)?” “All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity (Isaiah 40:17).” “There is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10).”
It is prophesied in both accounts of this feast, that initially only certain individuals with prior knowledge of the event were invited to come. “He sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding (Matthew 22:3).” The purpose of clarifying this point, is because it manifests evidence that initially the king’s invited guests were only certain priests and prophets which had already heard his message.
“They all with one consent began to make excuse (Luke 14:18).” Why would every single invited guest decline his invitation? “I pray thee have me excused (Luke 14:18).” “I cannot come (Luke 14:20).” Their excuses are documented in the gospel of Luke, where it is implied that some of them were busy, others needed more time, and some had already made other religious choices. But once again think upon the words, “with one consent,” for they seemingly suggest that a coup has been organized against the Assyrian, therefore, none of these men will come to hear his teachings.
“Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage (Matthew 22:4).” After learning of their excuses the king sent out his servants yet a second time, to try harder to convince these people that the feast is ready. This time he stressed the importance of coming immediately, saying that his beasts were killed. The word “killed” is a parable word which teaches many truths. “In that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and mourning… and behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine… Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die (Isaiah 22:12-14).”
“Killing ” happens whenever someone projects a truth that cause believers to see their mistakes, to perceive their iniquities, and to know their religion’s shortcomings. According to God’s parable use of the “killed,” whenever a person is made to see their iniquity in this way, they are “killed” by the sword. In other words, whether they elect to sacrifice their life, and go against their former beliefs and people they love, in order to do the will of the Father, or whether they walk away from the truth and ignore it, either way the result is death. The one results in being killed in the flesh, that they might be quickened by the spirit. “Being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the spirit (1Peter 3:18).” And the other way, which is rebellion, results in being slain by God, for God will withdraw his Spirit because of their transgression. “When the commandment came, sin revived, and I died… For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me (Romans 7:9-11).” The Assyrian’s teachings have killed many believers, because they manifested many iniquities. “I have hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth (Hosea 6:5).” “Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter (Psalm 44:22).”
There is also another way in which believers will be “slain” during end times: those who disobey God’s instructions will be “slain” by affliction. This death is one of being rendered ineffective for the kingdom, for everyone that is slain by affliction will be esteemed guilty, and smitten of God, and cursed. “I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength: Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand (Psalm 88:4-5).”
God has given his people commandments and instructions for end times, and along with them is his oath of promise that anyone who disregards or disobeys them, will be punished. “He gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment (Proverbs 8:29).” “Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass (Job 14:5).” The covenant message has loudly proclaimed God’s voice of instruction, and these instructions are quoted from scripture. One of these instructions is that believers are not to lie, or curse and swear and deny the truth, when they are confronted by questions concerning the events of end times. “Put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing you have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man… Put on therefore, as elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye (Colossians 3:8-13).”
The book of Ecclesiastes reports that there is a time to kill, therefore, is the Assyrian is doing righteousness? Yes, he is. “He shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked (Isaiah 11:4).” However, scripture also reports that obeying God’s voice is more righteous than the glory of correcting others. “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams (1Samuel 15:22).”
Is God pleased with the Assyrian’s sacrifices so long as he is guilty of withholding truths from the people? “If you offer the blind for a sacrifice, is it not evil (Malachi 1:8)?” “I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God (1Corinthians 10:20).” The Assyrian is transgressing against God’s commandments. “Ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock (Ezekiel 34:3).” “I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings (Hosea 6:6).” Because his teachings have slain many, he has left many without the Holy Spirit, for until God pours his Spirit upon them, their dead carcasses will not be raised. “The Lord killeth, and maketh alive (1Samuel 2:6).”
The prophet Ezekiel testified of these matters in a parable about the Assyrian, confirming that the Assyrian and his servants are without the Holy Spirit, therefore they are depicted as being dead in their graves in the midst of those whom they have slain. “They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen (Ezekiel 31:17).” Ezekiel prophesied a second time about these matters, confirming and signifying that these truths were established by God: “Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword: whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave (Ezekiel 32:22-23).” The performance of killing and slaying were a necessary part of God’s end time plan, for killing fulfills scripture, but scripture also testifies, “He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword (Revelation 13:10).” “As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth (Jeremiah 51:49).”
There is one other significant lesson concerning the killing of sacrifices: God used the city name of “Gilgal” to testify truths against the great day of the Assyrian’s feast. Prophecies which include this city’s name, alleviate any doubt as to the future profitableness of the Assyrian’s teachings. Listen as God warns his people against going to Gilgal, testifying that their bread is leavened with iniquity, and that their teachings promote transgression. “Come not ye unto Gilgal (Hosea 4:15).” “They sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields (Hosea 12:11).” “All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them (Hosea 9:15).” “At Gilgal multiply transgression: and bring your sacrifices… and offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven… for this liketh you (Amos 4:4-5).” “Seek not to Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal… for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el shall come to nought (Amos 5:5).”
The name “Gilgal” was also attached to a message which God prophesied through the prophet Balaam. “O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that you may know the righteousness of the Lord (Micah 6:5).” The message which Balaam delivered is yet another warning against attending the Assyrian’s feast. When believers combine all the truths which were published against Gilgal, with certain other newly acquired understandings of prophecy, then they can perceive that Balaam’s message was meant to serve as God’s warning that terrible consequences will come upon every believer that continues to support the Assyrian’s deeds. “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good (Numbers 23:19)?”
Now back to the parable: Even upon the king’s best efforts to entice his bidden guests to come unto this event, they remained aloof and dismissive. “But they made light of it, and went there ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise (Matthew 22:5).” The Greek word which was translated into the word “farm” is the same Greek word which was translated “field;” and the word “merchandise” has to do with the prophets. So when these two clues are put together, they help forward the idea that the king’s bidden guests were indeed some of the priests and prophets which had already benefited from his message. In other words, ironically, the king’s bidden guests are his seed; they are his sons and his daughters in the Lord.
“And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them (Matthew 22:6).” Some of the less honorable priests and prophets did wickedly, for they mistreated messengers which were sent unto them for their good. But despite their err, God poured affliction upon every believer that disobeyed his instructions. God defends his people, even those that are deceived. Whereas these messengers knew God’s instructions, they were afflicted for disobeying God. “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off (Psalm 37:8-9).” “The Lord shall smite thee with consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning (Deuteronomy 28:22).” “The slain of the Lord shall be many (Isaiah 66:16).” “You shall not afflict any… If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry unto at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword (Exodus 22:22-24).”
“But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city (Matthew 22:7).” The parable word “murderers” seems to insinuate that these priests were laying in wait to come against the king’s messengers. “As troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness (Hosea 6:9).” Their mischievous deeds did not go unnoticed. “When the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons and daughters (Deuteronomy 32:19).”
Deeper understanding of the Assyrian’s anger is prophesied in a parable about two great eagles. This parable informs believers that certain promises were made between the king of Assyria, and a man whom he instructed in the Lord. They covenanted together, but his proselyte forsook those covenant promises, and as a result, many of the Assyrian’s followers have now joined affinity with another prophet. “Shall he escape that doeth such things? Or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered? …Seeing he despised the oath by breaking covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; As I live, surely mine oath that he despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head (Ezekiel 17:15-19).”
According to evidences of scripture, the new hero which these priests are following is no better than the Assyrian. “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against my land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face (Ezekiel 38:18).” The Assyrian’s rage, and his jealousy, are part of God’s end time plan. “For the Lord shall rise up… and he shall be wroth… that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act (Isaiah 28:21).” The Assyrian is angry with the man that broke his covenant, he is angry with the murderers, and he is angry with every believer that deserted his teachings: and news of the affliction is exactly what he has been waiting for. “He hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and strength of the battle (Isaiah 42:25).”
Take another look at the verse which prophesies damages to the murderers: “But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city (Matthew 22:7).” The word “armies” is crediting this king with having prepared many other priests, for they were armed with certain truths, and they were prepared for this battle. Whereas “he sent forth his armies,” the king of Assyria is initiating the battle; and he is deploying his troops with a message that has been kept secret from the public. The words “destroyed” and “burned” confirm the success of his work; for his troops behaved themselves wisely, and they presented those new understandings which slew the murderers, and which burned up their religious mistakes. “That which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned (Hebrews 6:8).”
But the Assyrian’s anger was not appeased. “Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy (Matthew 22:8).” Be wise and understand that the Assyrian and his armies were not successful at destroying these murders because of their righteousness. “Speak not in thine heart… saying, For my righteousness… Not for thy righteousness… but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the Lord swore unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Deuteronomy 9:4-5).” The Assyrian cannot curse those whom God hath blessed. “Anger resteth in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9).”
“The master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind (Luke 14:21).” The words “poor, maimed, the halt and the blind,” are all parable words that depict God’s people, with all their infirmities, and with all their religious handicaps. This king is following Jesus’ advice, and he is inviting those persons whom every host of the battle is instructed to invite. “When thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed, for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just (Luke 14:13-14).” Notice the evidence that this obedience has earned the Assyrian and his followers an implied guarantee that at the resurrection of the just, they will blessed with blessings. The Assyrian is heeding Jesus’ advice, yet he has added a few other words, saying: “go into the streets and lanes of the city.” These words imply that the king’s invitation has been expanded exclusively to believers that have respect for Christianity’s laws.
“And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper (Luke 14:22-24).” The parable word “highway” refers to the paths of just men that obey God’s commandments, yet they do not understand God’s will for end times. “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil (Proverbs 16:17).” The parable word “hedge” refers to the paths of believers who consider themselves to be among God’s people, and yet they frequently transgress against God’s word. “The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns (Proverbs 15:19).” Whereas the word “compel” depicts pressure, this verse is indicating that the Assyrian is now telling his servants to go out and forcibly try to convince Christianity’s religious holdouts to come unto him, for they need to attend his conference. The words, “that my house may be filled” are protesting his objective, for although the Assyrian has a desire to do good works, he is still denying certain truths. “He shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many (Daniel 11:44).” “Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil (Habakkuk 2:9).”
“As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both good and bad: and the wedding was furnished with guests (Matthew 22:10).” The words “marriage” and “wedding” are once again reminders of the Lord’s controversy. The king of Assyria still favors Christianity, therefore his teachings are purposed to maintain its rule over the people. This king is has not admittedly confessed that he is without the Holy Spirit. Losing the Holy Spirit is a private rebuke which testifies unto the soul: It is a darkness which is purposed to certify God’s disapproval of your ways. It is also a punishment that can be easily ignored, for it is discrete. “For the iniquity of his covetousness I was wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on forwardly in the way of his heart (Isaiah 57:17).”
Losing the Holy Spirit is what God calls, a covering, because it is discrete; nevertheless it is a correcting punishment. According to God’s end time plan, every believer that hears the Assyrian’s teachings is covered by his grace, so that while they are being privately rebuked, they will not suffer the affliction of God’s pestilence unless they disobey his instructions. “O God the Lord… thou hast covered my head in the day of battle (Psalm 140:7).” This truth further clarifies a testimony which God gave against Christianity. “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so… Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee… Thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O Covering cherub (Ezekiel 28:14-16).”
Back to the parable: “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless (Matthew 22:11-12).” Garments have everything to do with outward appearances. “All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).” Outward appearances are technicalities, because they can be changed, as well as removed. “All the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling (Ezekiel 26:16).”
“Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:13-14).” This is a gross misrepresentation of Jesus’ words. Jesus once concluded a parable, saying, “many are called, but few are chosen.” This parable testifies that many believers will be called to go into the Lord’s vineyard to prepare God’s people for end times. According to Jesus’ cleverly worded concluding remarks, it is discerned that people which heard the covenant message “last” will have less time to transgress against God’s word, so many of them will be the first to enter into the gates of everlasting life; whereas those which heard the message “first” will have more time to complain about God’s goodness, and to disobey and transgress against God’s instructions, so therefore they will not be entering into life until after they have received the recompense of their err. Few, that is a remnant, are chosen, because few will keep God’s instructions, and sacrifice their own lives to follow after the Lord, therefore only a few will enter immediately into Lord’s presence. “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are called, but few chosen (Matthew 20:16).” “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14).”
Believers are not to cast people out of their assemblies, but rather they are to be casting lying spirits out of the deceived. “He cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick (Matthew 8:16).” God is not willing that any should perish: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).” “These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils (Mark 16:17).” When the Assyrian publicly acknowledges and confesses everything regarding his knowledge of the covenant message, then even the speechless will be praising God. “When the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled (Matthew 9:33).”
In conclusion: think again upon the fourteenth chapter of the book of Luke: think about where Jesus was, and who he was with, as well as about why he told this parable. All of the Pharisees and lawyers that were with him on that day, wanted to know whether Jesus was of God, or not. Jesus preformed a miracle of healing in their midst which should have convinced them, but despite the miracle, some of them continued to be offended by Jesus. Apparently their minds were already made up, and they were seeking ways to discredit him. Jesus responded to everyone with great grace. To show his love for them, he offered them much good counsel from the Lord God. And even though this is true, the setting, and the prophesy within the kingdom parable are meant to be edification for today’s believers.
The entire sum of the offense of that day is discovered when we understand the parable: believers are not to blindly follow after highly successful religious leaders and accept their doctrines over God’s instructions. The offended guests that day were postured against Jesus because they desired to preserve their religious heritage, therefore they were of closed minds, and they were ignoring the evidences before them. When believers are walking according to God’s will, there is power, and there is evidence, and there is great confirmation, thereby every believer already knows the truth of the covenant message. Don’t follow the iniquities of our forefathers by ignoring the evidences within, in order to maintain your course, and your pride, and your religious heritage.
So what about the marriage supper? Every priest or prophet that disobeys God and attends the Assyrian’s conferences, will be punished. They will either remain spiritually dead, or else they will lose the Holy Spirit. Find evidence of this in the verses: “Gilgal shall surely go into captivity (Amos 5:5).” “In that day… the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians (Isaiah 19:23).” “Who shall repay him for what he hath done? Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb (Job 21:31-32).”
Think once again upon those words which were recorded against Jesus: “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God (Luke 14:15).” Think about the irony of these words: for scripture is a believer’s only uncompromised bread, and scripture affirms that every single person who is either called, or bidden, or in any ways invited to come unto the Assyrian’s feast, will be blessed: even by not attending the conference. “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the lamb (Revelation 19:9).”