Friday, December 1, 2017

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

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).”

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Manifesting Our Righteousness

The very words “end times” and “Judgment Day” are poignant reminders that scripture has not been fulfilled, therefore it must be concluded that a performance the things of end times is inevitable: Get prepared! “The time is short (1Corinthians 7:29).” “Because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth (Romans 9:28).” God gave believers the covenant message to raise up his voice through his servants the ancient prophets. Through their words God has confirmed that he would send a covenant messenger unto his people before his coming, to prepare his people for that great, and terrible day of the Lord. Furthermore, through their testimonies God has warned believers against not receiving, or hearing his messengers. Whereas these things are true, let the voice of the covenant message awaken you from your confidence and disinterest, unto a true desire to know God’s will. “He that doeth the will of God abideth for ever (1John 2:17).” “Be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:17).” “Awake thou that sleepest (Ephesians 5:14).” “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord (Isaiah 51:9).”

“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me… even the messenger of the covenant… As a refiner… and he shall purify the sons of Levi… Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord… And I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against the false swearers… For I am the Lord… Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord (Malachi 3:1-7).”

Ignoring the covenant message equates to ignoring the voice of the Lord, for God puts no difference between his own voice, and the voices of his messengers. This truth is confirmed by the testimonies of the ancient prophets: “Wisdom crieth without… in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and ye fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: they would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices… But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil (Proverbs 1:20-33).”

The covenant message has affirmed that end times are purposed to be a time wherein God will arise to utterly destroy religion, and cleanse every believer from his religious way. The ancient prophets scripted evidence and proof of these radical changes. “Wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you (Habakkuk 1:5).” “Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder (Isaiah 29:13-14).” “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent (1Corinthians 1:19).” “I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not… Hear, ye deaf: and look, ye blind, that ye may see (Isaiah 42:16-18).” “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God in one Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4).” “I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it (Ezekiel 21:27).” “And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them (Jeremiah 32:39-40).” “And I will bring you into the bond of the covenant (Ezekiel 20:37).”

“Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew (Deuteronomy 32:1-2).” “Hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me (Ezekiel 33:7).” “He that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears (Ezekiel 24:26).” “The Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard (Isaiah 30:30).” “They shall be all taught of God (John 6:45).” “For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent (Zephaniah 3:9).” “And they shall know that I am the Lord their God… when I have left none of them any more there (Ezekiel 39:28).” “None shall remain in it (Jeremiah 51:62).”

Also be forewarned that God will be raising up an Islamic prophet who will come with an army of believers. They are God’s weapons of war, and they will correct the deceivers, and the mistaken beliefs of many generations. Prayers have already come before God asking him to bring this prophet unto his people: there is evidence of this in scripture. “Hear, Lord, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies (Deuteronomy 33:7).” “O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee (Jeremiah 14:7).”

“God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran (Habakkuk 3:3).” “I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct his ways (Isaiah 45:13).” “Who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? For who is like me? And who will appoint me the time? And who is that shepherd that will stand before me (Jeremiah 49:19)?” “I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: he shall come upon princes as upon mortar, and as the potter treadeth clay (Isaiah 41:25).” “Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of earth… They are cruel, and will not show mercy… every one put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon (Jeremiah 50: 41-42).” “He shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord… and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth (Micah 5:4).” “Who raised up a righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave nations before him, and made him rule over kings (Isaiah 41:2)?”

One question which will assuredly be asked among God’s people, is, Could this prophet be The Antichrist? The answer is: Absolutely not. “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit the confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world (1John 4:2-3).” “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also (1John 2:23).” This prophet and his army of followers have come forth to do God’s will. “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous (1John 3:7).” “Perfect love casteth out fear… If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar… This commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also (1John 4:18-21).”

God has instructed and taught his chosen leader to be a righteous judge. “The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are they that put their trust in him (Psalm 2:7-12).”

Finally brethren, according to God’s word, a person’s deliverance from the judgments and punishments which are forthcoming, will be based solely upon whether or not that person repents and does something to promote the covenant message. "Wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead (James 2:20)?" “The gospel must first be published among all nations (Mark 13:10).” Taking part in the publication of God’s message is evidence of your righteousness. “I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe (John 13:19).” “Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? And beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? Yea, there is none that showed, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words (Isaiah 41:26).” “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken (Luke 24:25).” “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all (Romans 11:32).” “The Lord shall rise up… that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act (Isaiah 28:21).”

Confessing your mistakes and the mistakes of your religion will not only manifest your own righteousness, but your confession will also manifest the righteousness of God. “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them (Romans 1:17-18).”

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ten Virgins Went Forth to Meet the Bridegroom

A Parable Concerning Marriage and the Resurrection of the Dead

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins (Matthew 25:1).” The parable of the ten virgins pertains to the bride, the bridegroom, and the marriage, therefore these parable words, need clarification. “Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9-10).” “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband (Revelation 21:2).” According to evidences of scripture, the parable word “bride” is used to refer to the body of believers who have prepared themselves, and are watching for their Lord. “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready (Revelation 19:7).”

The covenant message has likened the new covenant unto a marriage covenant: but this comparison is dangerous in light of the parable meaning of the word, marriage. Jesus taught us: “The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection of the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage (Luke 20:34-35).” This piece of evidence verifies that marriage is only a viable option until the day that God arises and pours his spirit upon his people: after that it is an unaccepted practice. “When they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven (Mark 12:25).” The disavowing of this expression will in no wise change the new covenant, for the new covenant is the everlasting covenant which will remain unchanged for ever.

But the expression of likening the new covenant to a marriage covenant is being disavowed because of who the “bridegroom” is. “He that hath the bride is the bridegroom (John 3:29).” In prophecy the word “bridegroom” applies to every priest or prophet who uses Christianity’s persuasion of influence to try and convince others to know the Lord Jesus. Wherefore believers that love that message, “marry” the priest. Then the people start depending upon that man, and they begin trusting and believing that, like a god, everything he says is the truth. Despite the bridegroom’s reproach, they are fulfilling God’s word. “As a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee (Isaiah 62:5).” God will judge the bridegroom’s heart. Is the bridegroom teaching the congregation to have respect for the word of God, or is the bridegroom's primary objective that of converting people to his religion? “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge (Hebrews 13:4).” “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels (Isaiah 61:10).”

When believers believe the truth of the covenant message, there is one final step which is absolutely required of them. Believers must step out in faith and do something which promotes the kingdom’s message. Verity of this requirement is heard in a parable which reveals that an unprofitable servant was cast into the outer darkness because he took the one talent which he was given, and he buried it in the sand (Matthew 25:30). Doing something for the Lord and for the glory of his kingdom is how believers will testify to the world who it is that they have chosen to believe: will it be God and his word, or will it be the unprofitable persuasions of the religious majority? “A remnant shall be saved (Romans 9:27).” It is through taking the final step that the inheritance is earned. When a righteous believer deliberately does something for the kingdom of God, then God will send his Holy Spirit to rise up within that believer, and that believer will know that he is doing is the will of the Father. “Oh how great is thy goodness… which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men (Psalm 31:19).”

Taking note of the final step is relevant to the parable of the ten virgins because the parable word “bride” pertains solely to those believers who have not taken the final step. Believers who have already performed something which promotes the kingdom message are called “friends” of the bridegroom: and they are not the bride. “The friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice (John 3:29).” “Friends” of the bridegroom are learning the truths of the covenant message, and they are increasing their understandings of end times, so that when the bridegroom arrives they will be able to instruct others and tell them what they must do in order to receive the Holy Spirit. “Ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately (Luke 12:36).”

The apostle Paul gave believers a word which reveals God’s sentiments concerning the marriage. “Then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better (1Corinthians 7:38).” This acknowledgment testifies that it is better to have believers spend some time on their own studying the scriptures, then to have them completely dependant upon a bridegroom, who is himself compassed with infirmities. “They shall be all taught of God (John 6:45).”

Now for the parable: “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish (Matthew 25:1-2).” For the record, there were only five groups of virgins to begin with, but God has divided them into ten because within each of the five groups were some believers who failed to bring any oil. The five groups include: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, the priesthood; and the fifth group are the heathen, which although they believe, they do not attend worship services at the house of God. All ten of these virgins have acquired a certain amount of understanding of God’s ways from the scriptures. The lamps in their hands serve as their testimonies. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalms 119:105).” “The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light (Proverbs 6:23).”

“They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps (Matthew 25:3-4).” In prophecy the parable word, oil, pertains to the anointing truths of God’s two chosen prophets which have been leading his people into an understanding of the covenant message. Proof of this found in the book of Zachariah: “I looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: and two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying… What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? …Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth (Zechariah 4:2-5; 4:12-14).” So logically the interpretation of the five foolish virgins which have no oil, is that they are believers which are completely oblivious to the newly revealed truths of the covenant message.

“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept (Matthew 25:5).” The word “tarried” insinuates that the bridegroom has kept these virgins waiting for a considerable amount of time. “Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:3).” All ten of these virgins quit watching, despite being warned. “I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken (Jeremiah 6:17).” “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is (Mark 13:33).” “Let us not sleep, as others do; but let us watch and be sober (1Thessalonian 5:6).” “If thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee (Revelation 3:3).”

“At midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps (Matthew 25:6-7).” The words “at midnight” and “cry”attest to the commotions which will erupt as soon as the prophets begin to sound their understandings of the secretive portions of their message. "They shall fight everyone against his brother, and everyone against his neighbor; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom (Isaiah 19:2)." “The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts mustereth the host of the battle (Isaiah 13:4).” Without any hesitation all ten of these virgins will arise in response to their Lord: for this is the resurrection of the dead! In other words, the saying, "resurrection the dead," depicts and pertains to the moment when every believer is caused to wake up, and make a decision on what they will choose to believe in the matter of iniquity verses the truth of God's word. All believers who aren't already doing the will of God will take part in the resurrection of the dead, and proof of this is evidenced in the words: "All of the virgins arose (Matthew 25:7)." “They took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1).” “Let the bridegroom go forth out of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet (Joel 2:16).”

“And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves (Matthew 25:8-9).” The response of the five wise virgins reveals their sorry state of affairs. They sent the uninformed virgins back to the prophets to read and study their messages, and in so doing these five wise virgins were transgressing against the Lord. Transgression is knowing the truth of God’s word, but electing not to do it. Believers are commanded to give to everyone that asks: “Give to every man that asketh of thee (Luke 6:30).” “Be ready always to give an answer (1Peter 3:15).” Believers are also told to labor and increase their understandings of scripture for the benefit of bringing others into a relationship with the Lord: “Let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth (Ephesians 4:28).” “Every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor (1Corinthians 3:8).” “That servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes… for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required (Luke 12:47-48).”

The wise five virgins, (or should we call them, the not so wise virgins), were hoping to postpone the inevitable day of the Lord, but God has spoken against it. “Thou shalt not… decline after many to wrest judgment (Exodus 23:2).” God’s word commands believers to execute judgment. “O house of David, thus saith the Lord; Execute judgment in the morning… lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings (Jeremiah 21:12).” These slothful virgins were afraid that there were not enough informed supporters of the covenant message to convert the multitudes of God’s people. “Men’s hearts failing them for fear (Luke 21:26).” Having fear is sin, for fear reveals that there is a lack of faith in what God can do. “There is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few (1Samuel 14:6).” “He will not stay them when his voice is heard (Job 37:4).”

God gave believers a statue against fearing end times. Before learning this statute, understand that statutes are documented confirmations of what God expects of his people if they want to inherit his blessings, and if they hope to have him fulfill his promises. This is proven in the words: “Now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)?” The statutes which were commanded to Moses in the day that God gave Israel a covenant, are the very same statutes which were continuously rewritten and reaffirmed throughout all of the pages of scripture.

The statute which God gave to Moses against fearing end times reads: “If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them? Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the Lord thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt; the great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the Lord thy God brought thee out: so shall the Lord thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid (Deuteronomy 7:17-19).” Other prophets also sounded the same message: “Nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).” “I will save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong (Zechariah 8:13).” “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer (Revelation 2:10).”

There are several other statutes which are worthy of calling to remembrance because they are relevant to end times. One of these statutes warns believers not to forsake the Lord, and another warns believers against worshipping the false prophets (Deuteronomy 8:11; 4:19). “The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you (2Chronicles 15:2).” Forsaking God equates to forsaking his word. Believers are forewarned that in the last days there will be many false prophets. “Many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many (Matthew 24:11).” A prophet’s decision to follow the Lord is directly proportional to his love for scripture (Deuteronomy 13:4). No scripture is of any private interpretation, which means that for every newly revealed truth of prophecy there will be scripture verses which support and approve it, so every newly revealed truth is verifiable. “It is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it (Deuteronomy 30:11-14).”

The only true and accurate litmus test to know whether a prophet is a false prophet or not, is to question and judge whether the prophet is using scripture to back up his every claim. “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine: for in so doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee (1Timothy 4:16).” “We have a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place (2Peter 1:19).” “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name… and shall deceive many (Matthew 24:4-5).” “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness (Luke 11:35)."

Another worthy statute which is good to call to remembrance in light of end times, is a commandment to hear the words which God has given unto his servants the prophets (Deuteronomy 5:27-29). This statute was prevalent throughout all of the old testament, often making claims that the leaders of God’s people are not hearkening to the words of the prophets. By these remarks God is warning his people that the leaders which preach before them are not paying attention to the words of the ancient prophets. Consider this: the words of the ancient prophets are being loudly proclaimed in the covenant message, but there are many believers who are tuning out the message, so, in effect, there are believers who have refused to hear the words of the prophets. Therefore these rebellious believers are breaking God’s statutes. God said that the hidden truths of scripture would be revealed, and that he would do nothing before he revealed his agenda unto his servants the prophets. Wherefore it is not unreasonable to conclude that it will be through the prophets of the Lord that God will confirm the hidden truths of prophecy. If believers refuse to consider the covenant message and God arises and executes judgment upon them: who then is righteous, the believers that refused knowledge, or God? “O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more (Isaiah 5:3-4)?” The next few paragraphs are dedicated to the Lord: to serve as confirmation of these things, and as a testimony and a witness on behalf of God’s righteousness. Hear the words of the prophets:

“I earnestly protested unto your fathers… rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice. Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked everyone in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did them not. And the Lord said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words… The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers. Therefore… I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them (Jeremiah 11:7-11).”

“There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known (Matthew 10:26).” “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7).” “I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I showed thee… Will not ye declare it? I have showed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. They are created now, and not from the beginning… Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewst not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously (Isaiah 48:5-8).”

“And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the Lord, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim (Jeremiah 7:13-15).”

“For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face, because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction (Jeremiah 32:31-33).” “No man repented of his wickedness, saying, What have I done (Jeremiah 8:6)?”

“The virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing (Jeremiah 18:13).” Scripture confirms that many believers have given their hand in marriage unto the king of Babylon. “Put yourselves in array against Babylon… Shout against her round about: she hath given her hand (Jeremiah 50:14-15).” In other words, believers are marrying some of the false prophets, and not God. “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you (Jeremiah 3:14).” The lies of rebellious prophets cannot deliver them. “He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee (Isaiah 44:20-22).”

One final statute which is worthy of consideration is a commandment against coveting your neighbor’s property: in other words, stop trying to convert every person of another faith to your religion. Christians are very guilty of breaking this statute. Trying to convert everyone to your religion when your own religion is riddled with its own flaws and mistakes is not only covetous, but it's unprofitable, and God has spoken against it. “Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbor’s wife, neither covet thy neighbor’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, his ass, or anything that is thy neighbor’s (Deuteronomy 5:21).” “If a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless (Leviticus 20:21).” “Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth (Deuteronomy 2:5).” “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! Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul (Habakkuk 2:9).”

Believers who break God’s statutes are facing God’s judgments. “Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of his covenant, which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall you be my people, and I will be your God (Jeremiah 11:3-4).”

Now for the conclusion of the parable: “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us, but he answered and said, Verily, I say unto you, I know you not (Matthew 25:10-12).” These words imply that some of the five foolish virgins were of good understanding and they were quick to accept the truths of the covenant message and they went into the kingdom, but the others of them were not so quick to believe, and they entered not in; as for the five wise virgins, none of them were accepted. For God will rise up, and the door will be shut. “There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:27).” “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able (Luke 13:24).” “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out (Luke 13:28).” “He also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity (Isaiah 31:2).” “God repays them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face (Deuteronomy 7:10).” “These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth (Revelation 3:7).”

“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh (Matthew 25:13).” Be wise and understand that what the friends of the bridegroom are waiting for, is an unmistakable sign which confirms the authenticity of a prophet. But at this point even their waiting and watching is a testimony against them, for it shows their fear and their lack of faith. Evidence and proof of the truths of the covenant message are already heard in their own messages, and shouldn't that be all the evidence that is necessary? “An evil and adulteress generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall be no sign given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas… and Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah (Matthew 12:39-41).”

When God arises and the truths of salvation are verified, then the door to the kingdom of heaven will be shut. Once that happens then every new convert will be required to acknowledge and confess the truths of the covenant message, as well as their own guilt concerning the matter, before they can gain access to the kingdom, and receive everlasting life. “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early (Hosea 5:15).” “Acknowledge the Son (1John 2:23).” “Acknowledge the son of the hated (Deuteronomy 21:17).” “Acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed (Jeremiah 3:13).” “Submit yourselves… to every one that helpeth with us, and laboreth… for they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such (1Corinthians 16:18).” “Hear... what I have done; and... acknowledge my might (Isaiah 33:13).”

“Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness (Isaiah 1:27).” “For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed (Isaiah 61:9).”

Monday, August 21, 2017

Jesus' Parable About Forgiveness

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto… (Matthew 18:21-22).” Peter’s unremarkable question prompted Jesus to deliver one of his kingdom of heaven parables. Although in the parable Jesus never mentioned the words “judge” or “judgment,” the core lessons of the parable revolve around these two words. Therefore the interpretation of the parable is contingent upon having a good understanding for God’s use of these two words in prophecy.

Even referring to that day as, Judgment Day, manifests the significant roll that the word, judgment, will have during these times. Hear another expression which was used to refer to that same day: “The day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God (Romans 2:5).” For believers this is significant. It reveals that not only is Judgment Day going to be a day wherein the whole world will be witnessing God’s wrath upon his enemies and his adversaries, but Judgment Day is also going to be a day wherein God’s people will be witnessing God’s amazing righteousness in judgment. “Thou art righteous, O Lord… because thou hast judged thus (Revelation 16:5).” “True and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth (Revelation 19:2).” Knowing that it has been announced that God’s righteousness will be revealed on that day, means that on Judgment Day many believers will know God’s hand is at work fulfilling his word, and they will be glorifying God, and testifying of his righteousness.

“The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment to the son (John 5:22).” Jesus Christ and his followers will be the ones that will be judging during these times. They will be judging all of the deceived believers. “Jesus commanded us to… testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of the quick and the dead (Acts 10:42).” “He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead (Acts 17:31).” God hath appointed Jesus Christ and the followers which follow him in the regeneration to the position of judge, because they have the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit as their guide, these believers will execute righteous judgment. “If I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me (John 8:16).” “As I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father (John 5:30).”

“Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28).” Jesus spoke these words which confirm that his followers will be the judges on that day: but Jesus also wielded a warning: “With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged (Matthew 7:2).”

Judgment is not about hurling insults or provoking violence against people of other religions. “Why doest thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:10).” “Be ye perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment (1Corinthian 1:10).” Judgment is about speaking the truth of God’s word, in love, for the purpose of helping the deceived to recover themselves from their mistakes. It is outrageous to speak evil about other believers. Judges that offend in this way are not only breaking God’s law, but they are judging in a way which provokes God's wrath, and infuriates his people. “Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaks evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law but a judge (James 4:11).” Ponder a verse of scripture which manifests the good objective of a righteous judge: “If… there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: Thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face, he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth (1Corinthians 14:24-25).”

Before judging others, believers should to judge themselves and make sure that they have the Holy Spirit. “If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world (1Corinthians 11:31-32).” Begin to judge yourself by considering whether or not the words of Jesus Christ and his apostles are truly written in your mind, and in your heart. Note that believers that have the Holy Spirit are no longer selfishly living unto themselves, but they are eager give up the comforts and eases of this life, in order to help the Lord fulfill his word. “They which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again (2Corinthians 5:15).” “We are laborers together with God (1Corinthians 3:9).” “And joint-heirs with Christ, if so be that we suffer with him (Romans 8:17).” “We ourselves glory in you… for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer (2Thessalonians 1:4-5).”

“If any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day (John 12:47-48).” The key words in this instance are, "and believe not," for God hath not appointed Jesus and his followers to judge the unbelievers. If a righteous judge wishes to deliver God’s message to another person and they are met with fierce resistance, they are not to torment or in any way try to forcibly convert the unbeliever. Leave their rebellious soul unto the judgment of the Lord God Almighty. God will judge the unbelieving, and the deceivers. Many of them will suffer violence and assault, and afterwards those who are still refusing to believe will be afflicted on Judgment Day, for every unbeliever will receive the reward of his or her doing. “The Lord shall judge his people (Hebrews 10:30).” “Them that are without God judgeth (1Corinthians 5:13).” “Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge (Hebrews 13:4).” “Babylon... shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her (Revelation 18:8; 18:10).”

After understanding the truth about God’s use of the words, judge and judgment, this parable is ready for interpretation: “Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants (Matthew 18:23).” The words “certain king” specify that the accounting which is being done, is being done by just one man. This man is consistently referred to in the parable as, lord, and yet one verse seemingly indicates that this man is a “fellow-servant.” This clue insinuates that this judge is a leader that has acquired a great deal of admiration and respect from those that work with him: arguably his peers are fully persuaded and convinced that this man is being led by the Spirit of God. Another discernible point concerning this man, is that he is someone who knows the covenant message. He demonstrates not only the power to judge, but also the power to deliver a man unto the tormenting pestilence. For these two reasons it is presumed that this parable is prophesying truths about God’s chosen prophet whom he hath raised up from the Islamic nation: “Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings (Isaiah 41:2).” Before moving on to the next verse, note that this formerly Islamic lord is in the process of taking into account his own servants, or in other words, he is already judging the believers of his own nation.

“And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all he had, and payment to be made (Matthew 18:24-25).” There is an unspoken hint of interpretation in the scriptures concerning the word “talent.” This word seemingly is a reference to men’s souls. Three convincing arguments for reaching this conclusion, include: “Stones” are likened to talents (1Peter 2:5; Revelation 16:21); Gold, silver, brass, and iron talents were given for the service of God’s house (1Chronicals 29:7); and David’s crown was said to be one talent of gold (2Samuel 12:30). For reason of the interpretation of the word talent, and for reason of the sentence which was served against the guilty, it can be presumed that the perpetrator which was brought before the judge, is a thief who was caught stealing converts. “If a thief be found breaking up, and… if the sun be risen upon him… he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft (Exodus 22:2-3).”

In prophecy the word “sold” allows that someone has convinced and persuaded believers to have and uphold certain untrue beliefs which separate them from God: they are sold into spiritual death. Verses wherein this is proven, include: “For your iniquities have ye sold yourselves (Isaiah 50:1).” “They… sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger (2Kings 17:17).” Anyone who tells lies or withholds information for the purpose of deceiving God’s priests or prophets, is not only selling that priest or prophet into spiritual death, but he is also selling all of the people which sit in his circle of influence. Believers that are sold, are deceived, and they unwittingly work together against God, and against his word. “We are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish (Ester 7:4).” The act of lying or withholding truths which sell God’s people, is abomination. “The land shall not be sold forever: for the land is mine (Leviticus 25:23).” “Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head (Joel 3:7).”

The judge in this instance, has commanded his servants to lie unto the thief, and the thief was sold: but the Lord has prepared a better way. “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee (Proverbs 20:22).” The one who is the perpetrator and thief is undoubtedly an Assyrian that was given a door of opportunity to reach the Islamic nation for the Lord, but rather than teach the covenant message, he worked wilily and was converting faithful Muslims unto the practices and ways of Christianity. “Mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes. And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable things (Jeremiah 16:17-18).”

God has mercifully given both of his chosen prophets a full disclosure of his plan for end times, but there still remains one essential key which has escaped much attention, and this key is absolutely necessary for opening the doors of the kingdom. “I will give unto thee the key of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19).” Forgiveness is the key that is essential for not only loosing the thief, but also for opening the doors of the kingdom. It is absolutely necessary that believers forgive persons of other religions for their religious iniquities and transgressions. It is only through forgiveness that believers can share the truth of God’s word without reservation, even with their enemies and adversaries. When a believer completely forgives religious mistakes because they perceive and know that religion’s rules are rooted deep into the hearts and minds of God’s people, then they can have true pity and compassion and mercy for all of God’s people. “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors… For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:12-15).”

The parable continues: “The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt (Matthew 18:26-27).” The word “worship” insinuates that this thief was made sorry for his deceit, and he pled with his judge for leniency. The word “loosed” confirms that the judge believed God. This prophet was moved with compassion for the people of God, and he forgave his adversary, and he confessed unto him all that was lacking from his understanding of the covenant message. He was able to forgive the dealings of this crafty servant of the Lord, because he wisely considered the stolen converts to be on loan to the Lord. “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again (Proverbs 19:17).”

The parable continues: “But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt (Matthew 18:28-30).” It is highly likely that the hostile actions that are being waged, are coming from another prophet, because the word “owed” is often attributed to the prophets. Believers owe prophets a certain debt of gratitude because they are responsible for bringing the word of God forth before it is ever desired or believed. Prophets will suffer the mistreatment of many in order to win a few souls to the truth of God’s word. “I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides (Philemon 1:19).” Nevertheless, the appalling actions of this prophet, testify against him. He has rejected certain truths of scripture, and has disregarded the testimony of God's chosen prophet. A couple of confessions recorded in the scriptures by another prophet which took place when he was religiously deceived, alien themselves with this parable, and they help make the interpretation. “I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women (Acts 22:4).” “Many of the saints did I shut up in prison (Acts 26:10).” When the deceived apostle Paul did these things he was being zealous for God, but nevertheless, he was working against God. The outrageous deeds of this prophet testify that in spite of being zealous for the Lord, he is persecuting true believers, and he is working against God.

Whether today's Christian leaders and authorities are truly deceived, or whether they are intentionally hiding the truths of the covenant message from the multitudes for their own purposes, every leader that is claiming to be waiting for a sign, is God's adversary. “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign (Matthew 16:4)." Scripture confesses that many of today's authorities are keeping the secrets of God’s message quiet for covetous reasons. “Among my people are found wicked men… As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich (Jeremiah 5:26-27). These rulers will be against any Christian believer who confesses the covenant message before they decide that it is time, but according to God’s word the message of the kingdom will go out first before there is any sign given.

There are three gospel accounts wherein Jesus testified truths concerning these matters. It is evident by these three testimonies that when a believer is taken before the religious authorities because he has spoken out and confessed the truth of covenant message, he is to take heed of what he says, for the Spirit of God is going to be speaking through him. Before reading these three accounts, note that there will be false prophets which arise, and they will try to convince God’s messengers to change their theology. The consequence for accepting their lies is to lose the Holy Spirit, which means that those who turn back to religious lies, will die spiritually. Afterwards they will be delivered to the noisome pestilence. “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62).” “Remember Lot’s wife (Luke 17:32).” “Let him which is on the housetop not come down… neither let him which is the field return back to take his clothes (Matthew 24:17-18).” The next three segments are Jesus' words concerning the misdeeds of Christianity's rulers, and their actions against those who are doing God's will:

1.) “Take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost (Mark 13:9-11).”

2.) “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come (Matthew 24:9-14).”

3.) “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist (Luke 21:12-15).”

To surmise what is happening in the parable: From the word “owed” it is deduced that the fellow-servant which was thrown into prison, was a priest who was introduced to the covenant message through the teachings of the unsympathetic prophet. Because the prophet is depicted as being furious with this man so that he took him by the throat, it is likely that the priest was speaking of things that the prophet wants kept silent. The word “prison” infers that this man’s freedom has been taken away and he is not at liberty to speak the word of God freely, probably because there is a vast number of people against him.

The parable continues: “So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me. Shouldest thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee (Matthew 18:31-33)?” The word “so” suggests that this incident may have been a set up, for their were spies watching the proceedings to see what the reactions would be. The unsympathetic prophet and his cronies have continued to remain spiritually deaf and blind, and are still trusting in the iniquities of Christianity. Despite being judged through the voice of the Lord's chosen prophet, this unsympathetic leader has not repented of his sin: he is deaf and he cannot hear. “They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words… Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them… for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble (Jeremiah 11:10-14).”

“The leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for everyone is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly (Isaiah 9:16-17).” “Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them (Ezekiel 8:17-18).”

The parable continues: “His lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him (Matthew 18:34).” God will cause his chosen prophet from the east to rise up with his servants, and they will spread the good news of his message. “Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the Lord; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not. For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord: but, lo, I will deliver every man into his neighbor’s hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them. And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock (Zechariah 11:4-7).”

“Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them…Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity… their eye shall not spare children. And Babylon, the glory of the kingdoms… shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah (Isaiah 13:17-19).” “Come out of her, my people… that ye receive not her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her… double according to her works… How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I… shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day… for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her… The kings of earth… shall bewail her… standing afar off for fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come (Revelation 18:4-10).”

“Should ye not hear the words which the Lord hath cried by the former prophets? …Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother (Zechariah 7:7-9).” Believers already know that they are commanded by God to love one another, and to show mercy and pity and forgiveness. But these deceived Christian authorities have hardened their hearts in covetousness, and they have forgotten pity; therefore they need God’s correction. God will arise and pour out his afflicting pestilence upon the earth so that these prophets will stand corrected, but God also will arise for his mercy, because the pestilence is not only purposed to be a correcting judgment, but it also purposed to cause God’s adversaries, the deceived prophets, to stop persecuting the righteous. “He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy (Job 37:13).” “Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy (Zephaniah 3:8).”

There are many prophesies which warn that God’s messengers will suffer ostracizing and betrayal. The worst part about their ordeal is that the fury of the adversary which comes against them, is the fury of their own fellow church members, and the fury of their family and friends. These messengers will need to forgive their persecutors, for they are deceived. They will also need to stay strong and not turn back from following the Lord, even against the persuasions of their love ones. Turning back to follow after iniquity and keep your old religious ways, equates to spiritual death. “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it (Luke 17:33).” The battle of the Lord is a battle against iniquity, for no religion that is righteous in God's eyes. "There is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10)." “I will dash them against one another, even the fathers and the sons together… I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them (Jeremiah 13:14).” “Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. But their shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls (Luke 21:16-19).” “Now brother shall betray brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. Ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved (Mark 13:12-13).”

When believers learn the doctrine of God, and they have it right, then God will be merciful unto them. “For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on forwardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and will restore comforts unto him and to his mourners (Isaiah 57:17-18).” “In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy redeemer (Isaiah 54:8).” “Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed evermore (Psalm 18:50).” “He that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart (Psalm 32:10-11).” “The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy (Psalm 147:11).”

The conclusion of the parable reads: “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses (Matthew 18:35).” Can there be any doubt that forgiveness is the last essential key that is necessary for opening the doors of the kingdom? “Forgive, and you shall be forgiven (Luke 6:37).” Forgiveness and mercy are so important to God that he used these words in his name: “The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty (Exodus 34:6-7).”

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Parable of the Tares of the Field

“His disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field (Matthew 13:36).” The parable of the tares is about the harvest of end times, but equally as important, it is one part, and another clue, in the kingdom of heaven parables. Believers have already understood that the kingdom of heaven pertains to the receiving of the Holy Spirit, but what they did not, and could not know, is that in the fullness of time God planned to cause every believer to inherit the Holy Spirit. He named this plan: the kingdom of heaven. Every kingdom of heaven parable is another key which unlocks the mystery of God’s hidden agenda.

One of the biggest achievements of God’s plan is that it made a way to force every religious leader to confess and acknowledge four things: Number one: that believers should desire the Holy Spirit, for it is the gift of God. Number two: that believers have a new covenant, and that the Holy Spirit will only given unto those persons who know the new covenant, and who do it. The new covenant is to learn of Jesus. Number three: that religion resulted from the forefathers' misinterpretation of God's word, and the people's fears of deviating from their teachings. Number four: that God used four carpenters to build Zion: Islam, Judaism, Christianity and the priesthood: And all four of these groups are of the seed of Abraham, therefore all four of these groups are God’s chosen people.

It is absolutely necessary to confess and acknowledge these four truths before the masses: for then, and only then, is the kingdom of heaven received by all of God’s people; and then, and only then, are all of God’s people be set free from every possibility of religious deception. Rejoice! This is the day that believers have been hoping and praying for, for when these four things are confessed before the masses, then God's people can all be partakers of the inheritance which is the Holy Spirit. “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation… for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:20-21).” Since God’s wrath will be the ultimate confirmation of the matter, our new covenant will be established, and spiritual death will be swallowed up in victory! “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory (1Corinthians 15:55)?” Evidence of this is documented in the words: "And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and for there children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them (Jeremiah 32:39-40)."

There are various facets working together which are all part of God’s plan to accomplish the destruction of religion. Some of these facets are already at work fulfilling God’s word. Every kingdom of heaven parable is an individual account examining one of the various facets of God's plan. Ultimately, the kingdom of heaven parables provide evidence that God is causing every believer to receive the riches of the kingdom. “That ye may know… the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints (Ephesians 1:18).” “That he would grant you… to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man… that you might be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:16; 3:19).”

Now the parable is this: “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field (Matthew 13:24).” “He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man (Matthew 13:37).” The interpretation of this parable needs to start off by acknowledging that the sower is a priest or a religious leader, because the male gender is used in prophecy to represent religious leaders. Crediting the sower with being the Son of man, means that he understands Jesus’ doctrine: he is in Christ, and the Holy Spirit is in him. The work of a “sower” pertains exclusively to one specific message, therefore this believing priest is teaching the congregation how to receive the Holy Spirit. “The good seed are the children of the kingdom (Matthew 13:38).” Because there is “good seed,” the seed itself becomes evidence that God has approved of this man’s message, for good seed only happens because God causes a good message to be received into the hearts and minds of believers.

“The field is the world (Matthew 13:38).” There are important understandings which can be learned from each of the two words that were used to describe the place where the sower is sowing his message. First of all it is important to acknowledge that everyone, from all the people who have forgotten God, unto all the people who have drawn near to him, everyone is said to be “in the world.” “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil (John 17:15).” “As he is, so are we in this world (1John 4:17).” “Ye shine as lights in the world (Philippians 2:15).”

When scripture sounds its alarm against “loving the world,” it is insinuating that believers can corrupt themselves if they love and accept the laws of a religious doctrine over what God’s word truly says. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men (Colossians 2:8).” “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition (Mark 7:9).” God plans to overthrow the practices of every religion, therefore every profitable believer should be studying the scriptures, and increasing their understanding of what God's word truly says. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him… The world passeth away, and the lusts thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever (1John 2:15-17).” “The fashion of this world passeth away (1Corinthians 7:31).” “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (1John 5:4).” Believers need to overcome their religious doctrines.

The word “field” reveals things about where the sower's message is being heard. “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest (John 4:35).” In prophecy the word “field” pertains to everywhere that the covenant message is being heard, regardless of the fact that some of the core of its message has been withheld. “The meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God (Joel 1:13).” Evidence that the parable word “field,”is associated with hearing the covenant message is found in an old testament account which prophesies truths about the Assyrian. The Assyrian's name in prophecy pertains to a Christian prophet who is selling and teaching truths from the covenant message, even though he is withholding that counsel which will destroy Christianity as we know it. Notice how often the parable the word “field” was used in the prophecy, and how that word was placed in ways which insinuate that this ruler has power over those who sit under his influence. “Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon… his height was exalted above all the trees of the field… under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young… In the day when he went down to the grave… I caused Lebanon to mourn for him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him (From Ezekiel chapter 31).”

Despite those things which seem to the contrary, God has used the Assyrian to fulfill his word. His ways have resulted in a delightsome field. “Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength (Joel 2:22).” “Your vine shall not cast her fruit before the time in the field (Malachi 3:11).” “You shall go out with joy… and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12).”

The parable continues: “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way (Matthew 13:25).” Confirming that men are sleeping is evidence that some Christian leaders are not preparing themselves for end times. “The tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil (Matthew 13:38-39).” Who is the devil that sowed these tares? He is anyone who stood before the Lord’s congregation and rehearsed old religious doctrines which are contrary to God’s will for these times. Every uninformed teacher is subjecting God’s people to deceit and confusion. Evidence of God’s opinion on the matter, resounds in the words: “I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam… So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against thee with the sword of my mouth (Revelation 2:14-16).”

“Tares are the children of the wicked one (Matthew 13:38).“ The parable word “tares” represents confused believers which sat in the congregations of sowers, but they received the Holy Spirit when the adversary of the Lord taught them his religious doctrine, and his old traditional ways. Tares are, by the design of their father, eager to contend for their religious beliefs, and wickedly opposed to conversion. “The wicked… go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies (Psalm 58:3).” “I beseech thee, look upon my son… A spirit taketh him… and it teareth him… As Jesus was yet a-coming, the devil threw him down, and it tare him (from Luke 9:38-42).”

“Wheat” on the other hand, is a name which represents good believers who perceive God’s hand in the activities of end times. These believers rejoice, and are eager and ready to come into the Lord's house for healing, and for greater understanding. God placed the name "wheat" upon these believers because of the apparent relationship between wheat and bread: the awakenings of the multitudes of people which will come into the house of the Lord, will be the sign, and the bread of enlightenment which will convince many of the naysayers. “Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all (Jeremiah 31:12).”

The parable continues: “But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also (Matthew 13:26).” The blade is the anticipated sign which identifies that it’s harvest time. “Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven (Matthew 24:30).” Certain men are waiting for this sign. “Be patient… unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it (James 5:7).” Their patience was a calculated part of God’s plan, for a season of patient waiting fulfills scripture. Patience insured that every priest had an opportunity to hear God’s plan. Men are waiting because God seemingly suggested that people should wait for a prophet’s words to come to pass, before they regard his message. “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:22).” Wherefore the Assyrian and his fellows thought it necessary to keep the controversial parts of God’s message silent until after they had seen the Lord’s sign. “I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe (John 13:19).”

The “blade” is Nebuchadnezzar, whose name in prophecy represents a righteous Islamic prophet whom God hath chosen (Isaiah 41:2). The blade will come, and furthermore, he will make his debut, and his sudden appearance, in Ariel. “Woe to Ariel… I will camp against thee… and thou shalt be brought down… it shall be at an instant suddenly. Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire (from Isaiah 29:1-6).” “The Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard… For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down (Isaiah 30:30-31).” “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh… a day of darkness… a great people and a strong; there hath never been the like… yea, and nothing shall escape them (from Joel 2:1-3).”

The parable continues: “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 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 the 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 13:27-30).” Note how the words “householder” and “servants” elicit their confirmation that this parable is about a priest, and his church. Before believers can understand this priest’s response, the parable words “reapers” and “harvest” must be interpreted.

“The harvest is the end of the world; and reapers are the angels (Matthew 13:39).” Start with the word “angel.” This word conjures up images of a spiritual beings, but according to God’s word, Spirit led believers are also called, angels. This is easily understood by studying the Hebrew and Greek words which were translated into the words “angel” and “angels.” These same words were also translated into the words, ambassadors, messengers, apostles, and even into the word, God. Wherefore, angels are believers with sincere hearts, and they have a great desire to do their part for their Lord: they are God's messengers. Further, evidence that the Lord calls his messengers, angels, is found in the book of Revelation where Jesus wrote messages to the "angels" of the seven churches. Unfortunately even “angels” can be deceived. When angels get deceived, they serve their leaders and not God, which is why Satan has angels. “The angels which kept not their first estate… he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day (Jude 6).”

“Reapers” are end time angels, which are sent out with their priest's message to gather the people. “He shall send his angels with the great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24:31).” Deceived reapers will also be delivering messages, and their messages will be gathering unprofitable servants into the houses of those priests which are still preaching religion. “He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity (Proverbs 22:8).” “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up (Matthew 15:13).” “Angels… shall gather out of his kingdom all things which offend, and them which do iniquity (Matthew 13:41).” “Then shall he say… Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).”

“The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest (Matthew 9:37-38).” The secret behind the word “harvest” is understanding that each priest is his very own, “Lord of the harvest.” Priests have a certain amount of control over harvest day. Harvest day happens when a priest either confesses the covenant message before his congregation, or else he begins to use his powers of  influence to persuade his congregation to go against the message. “When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come (Mark 4:29).” On the very day that a priest utters his decision, his angels will go forth with his answer, and they will use their powers of persuasion to convince others to come into their houses for greater understanding. Some reapers will be sent to gather the disgruntled into the furnace of the rebellious. “Cut off… him that handleth the sickle in time of harvest (Jeremiah 50:16).” “They have sown wheat, but they shall reap thorns (Jeremiah 12:13).”

Hear again the sower’s response unto his servants. “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 the 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 13:27-30).” The priest’s response shows mercy in allowing time and prayers to heal and convert some of the deceived, but it also indicates that for reasons of peace believers should not go forth to correct any individual’s theological mindset until after the priest has confessed the truths of the covenant message before the congregation. “I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love: endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is… one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:1-6).”

“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 the kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and they shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:40-42).” The word “furnace” is used in prophecy to depict the wars and conflicts which will take place among the deceived all the while that religion is being debated. God has factored these battles into his plan. The tumults which occur will cause the righteous to seek for the truth of his word, and hopefully they will get right before Judgment Day. “The house of Israel is to me become dross… therefore I will gather you… into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it… and I will leave you there, and melt you (Ezekiel 22:18-20).” The word “fire” conjures up images of passions raging as some believers get furious, and protest and blame one another for messing up, and for making religious mistakes. These fires will burn either until the day that believers perceive their need to be charitable and forgiving, or else until the day that God causes all mistakes, and the power of religious deceit, to be burnt up and destroyed forever.

Another gift: There are three short kingdom of heaven parables in the thirteenth chapter of the book of Matthew. Although they are less involved, these parables contain good insight for end times. The rest of this message is dedicated to these three parables.

“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 (Matthew 13:44).” This parable manifests the response of believing priests as they rejoice in finding the truths of the covenant message. “Buy the truth and sell it not (Proverbs 23:23).” These priests have already bought the truths of the message, and they have left behind every religious law, and every religious mistake that their forefathers and teachers taught them. They are wholeheartedly, albeit secretively,  following after this message. “In the house of the righteous is much treasure (Proverbs 15:6).”

“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 (Matthew 13:45-46).” The parable word “pearl,” pertains to believers hearing the good word. The word “merchant” is God’s clever way of depicting a modern day prophet. Prophets are like merchants because they buy and sell the truths of scripture. Modern day prophets seek for inspired truths from faithful believers, and they turn those inspirations into their own inspired messages, which they sell for profit. When believers apply the two meanings of these two parable words to the parable, then the message of the parable confirms that some of today’s modern day prophets were looking for good and honest words when they found the covenant message. Its good message caused these merchants to give up everything, all of their former works, and all of their former beliefs, in order to follow after this message and its truths. “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast… and come and follow me (Matthew 19:21).” “She… delivereth girdles unto the merchant (Proverbs 31:24).”

“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 (Matthew 13:47-50).” First of all, consider the words “when it was full.” These words once again provide evidence that God planned for there to be a sustained period of waiting, it was part of his plan. Next, it is important to acknowledge that God prepared a net for the purpose of catching rebellious leaders in it. “I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard (Hosea 7:12).” “Take up a lamentation for Pharaoh… I will spread out my net over thee with a company of many people; and they shall bring thee up in my net (Ezekiel 32:2-3).”

“As fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them (Ecclesiastes 9:12).” The net is how God intends to force every rebellious leader to listen to the truths of prophecy. Scripture is God’s voice, and in it God commanded his people to watch, and to listen diligently to his word, and to do those things which scripture tells them to do. During end times the watching and listening that believing priests are required to do, is a watching and listening for newly acquired understandings of prophecy. Believers are given revealed answers to prophecy for their good. “Those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law (Deuteronomy 29:29).” The leaders which have ignored God's newly revealed truths of prophecy are without excuse, for they have rebelled against God, and against his word.

“In their affliction they will seek me early (Hosea 5:15).” God has prophesied that afflictions are to be poured upon religious leaders which refused to hear his message. These afflictions are God's net. When believing priests are caught in God's net they will be anxious to learn the truths of prophecy, but the unwise will be cast away and will simply disappear back into the sea. Therefore angels in this parable are gathering the good into vessels, meaning that it will be believing priests which have some measure of goodness in them that the angels will be casting into the furnace. The furnace is where they will tested and made perfect. The furnace is for their punishment, and for their correction. Scripture makes it abundantly clear that God will be with these believers in all their trials, and in their troubles, for he is their defender. And when they have been perfected, then God will be judging their enemies. “Unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work (Psalm 62:12).”