Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jesus' Parables Give Answers to Prophecy Concerns


When Jesus walked the earth he preached parables concerning the kingdom of God, and neither those who heard him nor the generations which followed, truly understood that his messages contained concealed prophetic answers concerning the times when Jesus would set up his kingdom upon earth, and when religion would have its end. God’s enactment of this future ministration was first revealed by a Psalmist (Psalm 78:2), but was later established in the book of Matthew, saying, “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world (Matthew 13:35).” In other words, God verified that before the end of time he would give his people answers unto the sealed up, well hidden, elusive mysteries of the kingdom, and that those answers would come unto them, through parables. “There is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad (Mark 4:22).”

One of the parables that Jesus taught the people was a parable of a sower, who went out to sow. This parable was recorded in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. After Jesus finished teaching the message his disciples came unto him and asked him what the parable should mean, and why he spoke to the people in parables. Jesus said: “Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables (Luke 8:10).” In essence, parables give obedient believers an opportunity to listen and receive the truth. “He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures (Luke 24:45).” At the same time parables can hide certain understandings from the prideful, and the rebellious. “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them (Mark 4:12).” “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished (2Peter 2:9).”

“What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction (Roman 9:22)?” Parables concealed God's answers for end times, and yet kept those answers available for today's believers. Evidence that God is preparing to send pestilences and wrath against hypocrites and adversaries, and against those who are his enemies within his house, is eluded in verses such as: “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before ordained to this condemnation (Jude 4).” “The Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints… to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed (Jude 14-15).” “Esaias cried concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved (Romans 9:27)." In other words, Isaiah published and made known that God will cause a remnant of his people to be delivered from having to suffer the noisome pestilence, or from having to experience the wrath of his correction. “He himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire (1Corinthians 3:15).”

“Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:18).” This parable provides important end time understanding. “Know ye not this parable? And how then will you know all parables (Mark 4:13)?” As in every parable of scripture, Jesus’ parables also have one perfect solution, and one provable meaning. The perfect solution of Jesus’ parables is not only determined by examining each written account of the parable, but also by finding the perfect meaning behind each parable word within the parable. God has perfectly placed words in scripture, so that every scripture reference unto a parable word, can, and should be used to help believers determine the perfect solution for the parable. For instance, the true and perfect meaning of the word “sower,” is someone who shares the kingdom message and testifies to others how they can receive the Holy Spirit; and the true and perfect meaning of the word “seed,” is putting the message of salvation into the hearts of willing listeners.

Believers can know and prove the perfect meanings of words. Consider some of the various ways, and verses wherein the meanings of the words “sower” and “seed” are exposed. In the parable of the sower, Jesus confirmed that “sowers” are sowing the kingdom message, because he verified within the parable that those who are hearing the message, are hearing the kingdom message: “When one heareth the word of the kingdom (Matthew 13:19).” What is the kingdom message? The kingdom message is the covenant message, but above all, it is telling others how they can receive the Holy Spirit, “For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21).” Knowing that sowers are sowing the kingdom message, is evidence, and proof that sowers are telling others how they can obtain the Holy Spirit; but don’t be deceived, even the devil sows his version of this message. “The tares are the children of the wicked one; and the enemy that sowed them is the devil (Matthew 13:38-39).”

The perfect meaning of the word “seed,” is hidden. The verse which is most responsible for hiding its true meaning, reads: “The parable is this, the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11).” This verse is responsible for hiding the perfect meaning of the word, seed, because there is, and can only be, one perfect meaning for the word “seed”. In prophecy, the word “seed” pertains to the kingdom message being put into the hearts of believers, which is something that God does, and which only God can do. “The children of promise are counted for the seed (Romans 9:8).” How can two such diverse verses concerning the same word, both be true? God covenanted with his people, which in essence means that he lifted up his hand and swore unto the people that he will make them have seed, and that he will multiply their seed. So the verse which is concealing the truth of this word is actually stating that every new convert is a fulfillment of God’s promise to give us seed. “The seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11).” If believers will faithfully tell others the kingdom message, then God is faithful to give them seed. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts (Hebrew 8:10).”

When believers seek to prove the perfect meanings of each parable word within Jesus' parables, then they will find answers to the mysteries of end times. The parable of the “sower” and “seed” answers the question: How will God keep his people from the hour of temptation, as promised in the book of Revelation: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth (Revelation 3:10).” The answer is: By giving believers counsel, or in other words, by increasing the believer's' knowledge and understanding.

1. “When anyone heareth the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side (Matthew 13:19).” Notice how the parable involves two parties: First there are the wicked ones, and then there are the hearers. Luke’s account refers to the wicked ones as the devil, and Mark’s account calls them Satan; but all three of the gospel accounts confirm that Jesus told the people that fowls would come and devour up the believers which are by the way side. In prophecy the word “fowl” refers to the priest, or any religious leader who has heard the kingdom message, but who has continued to tell lies and preach inaccuracies against it. Consider Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees, priests, and elders of his day: he accused them of being of their father the devil (John 8:44). Likewise, Jesus rebuked Peter, calling him Satan. “Get behind me, Satan… for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men (Matthew 16:23).” In essence, whenever a leader hears the truth of the kingdom message, if they continue to disregard God’s will and to give out their voices and sermons against it, then they are behaving themselves as Satan and as the fowls which swallow up good seed. “You have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered (Luke 11:52).”

Now consider the believers which heard the kingdom message, yet still fell by the way side. This group of believers hear the kingdom message and they receive the Holy Spirit, yet they don’t understand it. “When anyone heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not…this is he which received seed by the way side (Matthew 13:19).” Jesus revealed the secret of this seed's mistake, in the words, “Then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved (Luke 8:12).” Their mistake is one neglecting God's word and of relying upon false teachers. Do not rely upon a teacher for end time guidance: believers should read the scriptures, and study the covenant message. The new covenant is a requirement for believers to continue to learn of Jesus, which is especially important for those who have not known his doctrine. The purpose of this portion of Jesus' lesson is to warn new converts: You must reject the counsel of any teacher who tries to convince you that what you have heard and experienced wasn't true. Rely upon God's word for your guidance, and in love speak truth unto the deceived. “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience (Ephesians 5:6).”

Walk in the Spirt, and speak truth even before those mighty rulers and dictates. If they don't receive you and they won't hear your testimony, then leave. “Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet (Matthew 10:14).” “There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you… and many shall follow their pernicious ways (2Peter 2:1-2).” “Take heed what ye hear (Mark 4:24).” “Take heed… how ye hear (Luke 8:18).” “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath (Matthew 13:12).” “Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown (Revelation 3:11).”

2. “Some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture (Luke 8:6).” Additional truths which are written about this group of believers, include: they are in stony places with no depth of earth, they have no roots, and they will wither away and be offended when the sun comes up, and it scorches them.

The perfect meaning of the word “rock” is Jesus Christ and his teachings. “That rock was Christ (1Corinthians 10:4).” “Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock (Matthew 7:24).” The perfect meaning of the words, stony places, (which words were used in both of the other two gospel accounts), pertain to places of worship wherein believers are in Christ, whether they have heard the covenant message or not. A "stone" in prophecy is a person who has the Holy Spirit, and confesses that Jesus is the Christ. This is proven by noting that when Simon Peter confessed before his fellow disciples, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” then Jesus answered and said, “Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:16-18).” The word stone was only implied, but Jesus' response was purposed to teach believers the necessity of knowing assuredly that he is Christ, which means that you must receive confirmation by the Holy Spirit; then afterwards, if you give your testimony before others and confess who Jesus is and what he did for you, then you become the stones of his building. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house (1Peter 2:5).” “The foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones (Revelation 21:19).”

The perfect meaning of the word “sun” is best revealed by carefully considering a few subtle clues which were written about the sun. “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into the furnace of fire… Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matthew 13:41-43).” Well said, albeit cleverly stated: upon further investigation the scriptures reveal that the sun is residing in controversy. “The sun knoweth his going down (Psalm 104:19).” In prophecy, the word, sun, is the name given to religious leaders who are ignorant of the covenant message, and who are unwittingly teachings lies and making false claims which conflict with God’s will. For the sun’s grievous mistake, it will be punished, and the sun will be ashamed. “The moon shall be confounded and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously (Isaiah 24:23).” “The sun shall be turned into darkness… before the great and terrible day of the Lord come (Joel 2:31).” The truth against the sun is non-negotiable, for there is no place for the sun in new Jerusalem. “The city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof (Revelation 21:23).” "There shall in no wise enter into it anything that... maketh a lie (Revelation 21:27)."

As for the seeds which fell into stony places, these believers are worshipping in places where their teachers are unaware of the covenant message, which is made known by their exposure to the sun. Jesus testified that these seeds will receive the Holy Spirit with joy, and that they will believe the message for awhile, but in the time of temptation they will fall away (Luke 8:13). Their mistake is one of being childish, and offended, and impatient. “You have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (Hebrews 10:36).” “In your patience possess ye your souls (Luke 21:19).” These seeds have no root, which is a reminder that all believers must be “rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17),” “built up in Christ, and established in the faith (Colossians 2:7).” Therefore these seeds should put their trust in the Lord, and have patience. Speak to your leaders, and if they are willing to listen, then stay there. Spend time upon your knees and do your own reading and studying of the covenant message and God’s word, so that you can be living water, and so that you don’t get scorched, or withered, or tempted. It will be tempting to get mad at your priest, or to be discouraged and leave, but God can use you there where you are, so stay there and be patient. “If they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth (Matthew 24:26).” “In the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils (1Timothy 4:1).” “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up (Matthew 15:13).”

Jesus prophesied that in the last days “many shall be offended (Matthew 24:10),” and Paul testified that “that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (2Thessalonians 2:3).” Both of these prophecies seemingly indicate that there will be many believers who are in “stony places” in the last days. “Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh (Matthew 18:7)!” “Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were downed in the depth of the sea (Matthew 18:6).”

3. “Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit (Mark 4:7).” Thorns are corrupted believers whose teachers have rejected certain truths which are within God’s word. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing… You shall know them by their fruits… for every… corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit (Matthew 7:15-18).” These false teachers have brought forth thorns and briers. “That which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned (Hebrews 6:8).” “Because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will reject thee, that thou shalt be no priests to me (Hosea 4:6).” They do not have the spirit of Christ. They “walk after the flesh in the lusts of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities (2Peter 2:10).”

Believers who fall among thorns are susceptible to being carried away by making excuses of why they cannot serve the Lord, or help him promote the kingdom message. This mistake is revealed in the words: “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful (Mark 4:19).” Just confessing the Holy Spirit, or sharing the message of what you learned and experienced with others, insures that believers are fruitful. Whereas these seeds are unfruitful, it signals that they have no confidence in the Lord. “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit (John 12:24).” “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).” “Ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to him that is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God (Romans 7:4).”

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou not know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead (James 2:19-20)?” “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples (John 15:8).” “I say unto you… Be not afraid of them that kill the body… fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him… Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: but he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God (Luke 12:4-9).” One quick side note: In prophecy, the parable word "angels" refers to spiritual leaders and priests which are upon earth and which have the Spirit of Christ, and therefore the afore mentioned verse is testifying that Jesus will cause believing leaders to rise up and defend those persons who are fearlessly confessing him before the unbelieving.  “I give unto thee power... over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).”

4. “Other seed fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold (Luke 8:8).” “Those which fell on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience (Luke 8:15).” The seeds which fell on good ground are believers which are blessed with the gift of having leaders that did pay attention to God’s word, therefore they are hearing and learning the covenant message. These seeds have a work to do which will be well-pleasing unto the Lord. “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things (Romans 10:13-15).” “The earth bringeth forth fruit of herself (Mark 4:28).” The Lord will multiply our seed. “Immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region (Mark 1:28).” “Such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred (Mark 4:20).”

In conclusion: Since Jesus’ doctrine and messages were meant for all the world, did you ever stop to wonder why Jesus specifically commanded his disciples, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles… But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 10:5-6)?” Or why the Apostle Paul felt it necessary to rehearse the words, “To the Jew first, but also to the Gentile”? These things are written for a pattern. This pattern is meant to verify that God will bring the truth of his word unto his people first, then afterwards to the world.

In another of Jesus’ parables, a king prepared a wedding supper for his son. Then the king sent his servants to call those that were bidden to the feast, but the invited guests made light of it and gave out their excuses, and would not come, even mistreating and killing some of the messengers. Therefore when the king heard this, he was wrathful, “and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage (Matthew 22:7-9).” The covenant message is God’s marriage supper, and it has been lovingly prepared, and it is ready for God's people. How long shall our leaders tell lies and remain silent? "I tell you that, if these should hold their piece, the stones would immediately cry out (Luke 19:40)." "He saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God (Revelation 19:9)."

Remember also the words which Jesus spoke to the religious rulers of his day, saying, “Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore I say unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof (Matthew 21:42-43).” If Jesus and his teachings are the rock, then who is the stone that the builders rejected? Is it not God's prophets? And since the covenant message has already gone out to the nation of the priesthood, should not the priesthood be terribly afraid? “Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you (Matthew 21:31).” "Many that are first shall be last; and the last first (Matthew 19:30)." “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God (John 1:11-12).”

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