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 his 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 important 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 to receive the Holy Spirit, for it is the gift of God. Number two: that all believers have a new covenant, and that the Holy Spirit is only given unto those persons who know, and who do, the new covenant. Number three: that religion resulted from men making mistakes. Believers should be ashamed and sorrow for the violence and atrocities which were done in the name of religion. Number four: that God used four carpenters to build Zion: Islam, Judaism, Christianity and the priesthood: These four groups of believers are of the seed of Abraham, and they are God’s chosen people.

It is absolutely necessary to confess and acknowledge these 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 God’s people be set free from every possibility of spiritual corruption, forever. Rejoice! This is the day that believers have hoped and prayed for. In other words, when these things are confessed before the masses, then God’s kingdom has come! “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 vindication, the 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)?”

There are various facets which work together and they are all part of God’s plan. 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. 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 starts 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 him with being the Son of man, means that he understands Jesus’ doctrine: he is in Christ, and the Holy Spirit is in him. Since the work of a “sower” pertains exclusively to one specific message, this believing priest is telling the people 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 becomes evidence that God has approved this man’s message, for good seed only occurs because God causes a good message to be received into the hearts and minds of believers.

“The field is the world (Matthew 13:38).” Consider the two words which were used to describe the place where the sower is sowing his message. The world is where all humans coexist together. That means that everyone, from all the people who have forgotten the Lord, 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 warnings against “loving the world,” it is indicating that believers can corrupt themselves if they choose to love and accept the claims of a religious doctrine over what God’s word 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’s plan includes overturning the practices of every religion, therefore every profitable believer should be studying the scriptures, and praying for increased understanding. “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).” The real test for end times is finding out whether or not believers will obey the word of God and it’s instruction, before it becomes necessary for God to use his wrath to convince them. Believers who follow the Lord by faith, will receive the rewards of righteousness. “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (1John 5:4).”

The word “field” adds yet another dimension unto the place where the sower is sowing his message. “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 meat of its message has been, unavoidably, withheld. “Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests… for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God (Joel 1:13).”

The most persuasive evidence against the parable word “field,” is found in an old testament account which prophesies truths about the Assyrian. This parable likens the potential fate of Pharaoh and his multitude, unto the spiritual deaths of the Assyrian and his followers. Note how many times in the parable the word “field” is used, and see how God prophesied evidence that the Assyrian has been ruling over the priesthood. “Speak unto Pharaoh… Whom art thou like in thy greatness? 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… They also went down into hell with him… they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen… Thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them… This is Pharaoh and all his multitude (From Ezekiel chapter 31).”

Everyone familiar with the covenant message already knows about the Assyrian. The Assyrian has been altering the covenant message. Unfortunately, in the day that he knew within himself that the covenant message was the divine plan of God, he became a transgressor: The definition of a transgression is knowing the truth of God’s word, and then turning away from God, and not doing it. The Assyrian is without the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit never resides in a transgressor. As is the Assyrian, so are his followers, for in the day that they perceived the truth, if they turned from it and spoke vanity and deceit, then they died spiritually too.

Despite the Assyrian’s spiritual condition, God has used him to fulfill his word. His controversial 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 leaders are not preparing 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 has done this thing? He is anyone who stood before the Lord’s congregation and rehearsed old religious doctrines which were contrary to God’s will for these times. These uninformed teachers are 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 enemy of the Lord taught them his religious doctrine and his 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 believers who perceive God’s hand in the activities of end times. These believers are rejoicing, and they are eager and ready to come into the house of the Lord for healing, and for greater understanding. The correlation between wheat and bread is the reason for this parable name: the awakenings of the multitudes, and multitudes of people which will come, will be the bread of enlightenment that convinces 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 was necessary not only to fulfill scripture, but also to insure that every priest had an opportunity to hear about God’s plan. Our omnificent God insured this lengthy waiting period by seemingly suggesting 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 the 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 being, but according to God’s word Spirit led believers are also esteemed to be 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 the Lord. Above all else, angels are famous for being the Lord’s messengers, because they deliver his messages. “If our brethren be inquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ (2Corinthian 8:23).” But even “angels” can be deceived. When an angel is deceived they start serving the wrong master, which is precisely 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 to gather the people. “What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation (Isaiah 14:32)?” “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).” But surely the messages of deceived reapers will only be profitable to destruction. “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 in 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 preach his own beliefs and to use his powers of persuasion against the covenant 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 delivers his choice, his angels will go forth with his answer, and they will use their powers of persuasion to convince others to come into the Lord’s house for greater understanding. Some angels will unwittingly, be gathering 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 indicates that there are good reasons why believers should not go forth to correct an individual’s theological mindset until after the priest has confessed 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 season of conflict and warfare which ensues among the deceived all the while that religion is being overturned. God has factored these things into his plan. The tumults which occur will cause the righteous to seek the truth of his word, and to get right with God 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 the passions which rage as believers get mad, and they protest and blame one another for screwing up, and for making mistakes. These fires will burn until the day that believers either perceive their need to be charitable and forgiving, or else until that infamous day in which God will cause all the 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 rejoiced in finding the truths of the covenant message. “Buy the truth and sell it not (Proverbs 23:23).” These priests have already bought the truth of the message, and they have sold and left behind every religious law, and every religious mistake that their forefathers and teachers ever 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 hearing good words. The word “merchant” is God’s clever way of depicting a modern day prophet. The name merchant is suitable for modern day prophets because they buy and sell truths. Modern day prophets seek for inspired truths from faithful believers, and they turn those inspirations into their own inspired messages, and then sell them for profit. When believers apply these two parable meanings of these two parable words unto the prophecy, then this message confesses that some of today’s modern day prophets were looking for good and honest words when they found the covenant message. Its good words caused these merchants to give up everything, all of their former works, and all of their former beliefs, in order to follow after these 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 supply additional proof that there was to be a sustained period of waiting, it was part of God’s plan. Scripture confesses that God has 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 our rebellious leaders to listen to the truths of his word. Scripture is God’s voice, and in scripture God commanded all of his people to watch, and to listen diligently to his word, and to do what the word tells them to do. The watching and listening that believers are required to do, includes watching and listening for newly acquired understandings of prophecy. Believers are given 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 the newly revealed truths of prophecy are without excuse, for they have rebelled against God.

“In their affliction they will seek me early (Hosea 5:15).” The prophesied affliction will be poured upon these leaders, for it is God’s net. When they are caught in God’s net, true believers will be anxious to learn the truths of prophecy, but the unwise will simply chose to disappear back into the sea. Whereas angels are gathering the good into vessels, the insinuation is that the good will be cast into the furnace. There they will tested and made perfect. Revealed prophecy makes it abundantly clear that God will be with these believers in their trials, and in their troubles, he is their defender: after their perfection 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).”

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