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The Parable of the Midnight Request

Have you ever asked someone, maybe a friend, to help you from a bind in the middle of the night when you had nowhere else to turn? How did that friend or acquaintance respond? How would you respond to a friend who needed your help? Let’s take a look at what Jesus would have to say about such a predicament.

 

(Luk 11:5) And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

How many friends do you have that you can count on at any time of day or night to come to your aid when you’re in need? I would guess that most people do not have many friends they can count on at any time of day that will drop what they are doing at the time and rush to assist them. But there is One Whom we can count on.

 

(Luk 11:6) For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

This particular man is making a request from a friend and neighbor of his for some bread in the middle of the night that he would like to be able to offer to this late-night visitor. Now we can kind of get the picture as to what is going on here: this friend feels that what he has to offer to his visitor is inadequate as he wasn’t prepared for the visit. We could take this at face value, and we could apply this to our daily live in that we need to both be a good hospitable host to our guests, and we should help our neighbors as good Christians, but there is more going on here as there is a deeper lesson God would like us to learn aside from what is on the surface.

 

(Luk 11:7) And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

Now, the answer you would expect to hear from your neighbor, if you knock on his door in the middle of the night, is that he would tell you to go away and come back when everyone is awake, like a normal person. This is what the person would ordinarily be thinking in such a situation at such a time of day, but if the person is a very good friend and they genuinely like to help people, the results may be different.

 

(Luk 11:8) I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

Because this man came to his friend’s door practically begging for his help, and the neighbor could see his friend’s desperation, he decided to help, even though it would seem that this was such an inconsiderate request. This is a true friend and neighbor.

In the Word of God, the bread symbolically represents Jesus Christ, Who is the Living Word; it is the Word of God Itself. The night represents the tribulation prophetically, and this one man is going to his friend in at midnight, which represents the halfway point of the tribulation (the time at which antichrist arrives) symbolically through the Bible, and he is asking his friend for the Word, or rather understanding of the Word of God through Jesus Christ. You can even surmise that the visitor that has arrived is antichrist and this man wants to be prepared with the Word of God before the antichrist arrives. Who would you think this friend is that is so willing to help his neighbor?

 

(Luk 11:9) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

You guessed it! It is our Father in Heaven. He is telling us here that if you pray to Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, and ask for His help in understanding, and you seek it in His Word which we get from the Bible, all you need to do is knock, at any time, and He will open the door to understanding His Word.

Now, this may even be during the tribulation itself through to the halfway point. Understanding of God’s Word will be closed during the second half of the tribulation (see the Parable of the Ten Virgins), as those who have not prepared will be deceived by antichrist, and they will not even know the difference between him and Jesus Christ, but the seal of God of His understanding will be given by the Holy Spirit right up until just before antichrist arrives for the 6th trump. Those who haven’t sought to understand God’s Word will not even know what is missing from their lives until they see Jesus Christ finally come at the 7th trump. But this is all part of God’s plan as He loves all His children and does not wish that any should perish. That is why we will have the Millennium, which begins as Jesus returns to earth.

 

(Luk 11:10) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

However, if you would desire to have a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, and want to know Him, spend time with Him; and you do that through His Word, for He is the Living Word. All you have to do, after accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, is to pray to our Father through Jesus’ name, and ask God to give you the understanding that His Word has to offer, and then actually pick the Bible up and He will open the door to your understanding. It is a simple task, but how many will actually do it? I don’t know…is it important to you to not go astray from Him just because you allowed yourself to be deceived by satan and his lies, rather than learn from this letter He gave us? I would hope so and I would expect so. The Bible was written to us by God through some of His servants, and God never wastes His time or energy. It is an operator’s manual for our lives. And by all means, don’t wait until the last minute to ask for this gift.

 

(Luk 11:11) If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

Do you think that if one of our Father’s children comes to him desperately and sincerely to ask Him for understanding of the Bible, that He would not give it? He doesn’t wish that any of His children would perish, but that all of them would return to Him. If you ask our Father for Jesus (Fish), would He give you satan (serpent)? No, or Father will keep you from going astray toward antichrist and his deception.

 

(Luk 11:12) Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

If you ask Him for seeds of truth (egg) that He will water and grow inside of you, would He give you lies or deception (the scorpions, such as in Revelation 9, devour their pray from the inside out by dissolving and turning to mush everything you are inside through deception so that you willingly follow after a lie. These scorpions are the fallen angels)?

 

(Luk 11:13) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

People are not worthy to receive grace or eternal life because they continually fall short, but God wants us to turn to Him and live eternally with Him. It is not possible for us to be saved on our own merits, as really we have none that are good enough to earn salvation. But for God, everything is possible, and through Jesus Christ, we may receive this eternal life. So as evil as we are as people, even then, we still know how to give good gifts to our own children. So considering this, don’t you think that our Father, being infinitely better than us and infinitely good, knows how to give good gifts to His children, especially if they earnestly ask for those gifts? No sin is too big for Him to forgive as long as you repent and ask forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. And no matter how bad you think you are if you repent and then ask for the gift of understanding honestly in Jesus’ name He will give it so that you can stay on the right path, the path or Jesus Christ.

Though, through accepting Jesus Christ, we receive salvation through grace, this does not mean that our journey is over at that point, there is still a rough road ahead. If you would like to rejoice at the return of Jesus with Jesus (which I know any Christian would), rather than having to wait one thousand years to come close to Him as you are disciplined because you have gone astray from your first love, Jesus Christ, then you will want to read what He has to say to you in this book called the Bible.

If you haven’t done this yet, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and then begin to seek Him by digging more deeply into His Word.

 

(Heb 5:12) For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

(Heb 5:13) For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

(Heb 5:14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Be prepared for the midnight visitor! God Bless

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The Parable of the Seed Caster

Do you ever find yourself sharing a kernel of truth with someone and it seems to go in one ear and out the other? Do you ever feel like no one is listening to or learning from your efforts in teaching the Word of God? Jesus gives us The Parable Of the Seed Caster to teach us how we should be sharing His Gospel.

(Mar 4:26) And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

As Christians, we are to sow seeds of Gods truth into the ground, without trying to determine what type of ground it is, as explained in the Parable of the Sower of the Seed. Only God knows who is fertile ground and who is not, and it is God that causes this seed to grow or not.

(Mar 4:27) And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

This sleep isn’t the slumber of those who are spiritually blind–this is the sleep of rest. Once the sower plants the seed, he should leave it alone and not push the point. However, if the person wants to hear more, we can water the seed to quench its thirst. If not, then God will send the rain if that seed is to grow, and it will be in God’s time, because God sets the seasons.

(Mar 4:28) For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

God grows these seeds a little at a time. If we plant a crop and water it some, and sit and watch several times a day, those seeds can seem to take forever to grow. And if you didn’t know any better, you would say that nothing is happening. But we know and have faith that God will allow them to grow and that there is a lot going on before we can even see it sprout above ground. We never question if the process works because we know it and we can see the results all over the earth. We have faith that our seeds will grow too. We should have the same faith when we plant seeds of truth.

(Mar 4:29) But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

All the seeds of a crop grow at slightly different rates, but when harvest time comes around, they all suddenly blossoming and producing fruit and week can see the fruits of the labor. It is just the same in the Kingdom of God–every seed will grow at a different rate, but when harvest time comes, all of those within whom God grew the seeds will be ready to roll and will have their part in the very end as Jesus is about to return.

Have faith and let God grow the seeds.

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The Parable of the Marriage of the King’s Son

Have you ever wondered why Jesus Christ came in the flesh? And why God divorced Israel? And why not everyone who is an Israelite is saved? Why don’t we take a look at it from the prospective of this parable in which Jesus relates the lesson to His wedding that will come at the time of His return, at the 7th trump.

(Matthew 22:1) And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

Jesus often taught in parables so that only those who are supposed to understand the lesson would understand it fully. Everyone can understand different aspects of a parable, but a parable can be taken much deeper because a parable can be applied fully to completely understand what is being taught. It can be taken even much further than what is said on the surface. God created the world this way so that His creation works in a way that can be a model to the things He wants to teach and what He wants us to understand if we care to investigate much more deeply.

(Matthew 22:2) The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

Of course, this wedding is the same as the wedding between our Bridegroom Jesus Christ to His bride, true Christians, the Christian church, those whom please Him. And, obviously, the king is the Father of the Son.

(Matthew 22:3) And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

These servants are dedicated people that God has chosen because He knew they wouldn’t ever stray from Him. These servants are chosen before they are even placed on this earth and He always chooses them to perform tasks for Him. In this case these servants are prophets that are calling those who are known as His people, the Israelites, to serve Him and be His people.

Remember, Christ is a form of God, He is one of the roles God takes and He has always existed since before the creation, but He had not been born in the flesh. He was there in Old Testament times and often referred to as, the son of man, the angel of the Lord or Melchizadek.

(John 1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

(John 1:2) The same was in the beginning with God.

(John 1:3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

(Eph 3:8) Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

(Eph 3:9) And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

 

In the Old Testament times, God sent His servants, the prophets, to warn the Israelites to turn back to Him, as they had strayed and began to go after idols and pretty much anything that could come between them and God. However, they wouldn’t listen, and continued the same way they were going and doing whatever made them happy.

(Matthew 22:4) 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.

The Israelites continued on their path to destruction for many years, so God sent more prophets to warn them one last time to turn back to Him. God wants to give people as many chances as He can to return to Him because He doesn’t want to destroy anyone unless there is no other choice.

 

(2Pe 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

(Matthew 22:5) But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

Still, the Israelites would not listen. They just wanted to continue doing the things they had always done, and live their lives being oblivious to God.

(Matthew 22:6) And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

Some of God’s servants were even killed by those who didn’t want to be told how to live.

(Matthew 22:7) But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

Just as God had wiped out whole cities and civilizations in Noah’s flood and in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah because they were so perverted and didn’t care about Him as all, these Israelites He led into captivity, and many were killed, and their cities, such as Jerusalem were destroyed. The people were led away as slaves and the temple was torn down.

(Matthew 22:8) Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

The Israelites, as a whole, weren’t worthy to be wed to Christ, so God divorced Israel from being His bride. Israel (and the southern kingdom of Judah) had committed adultery by putting other things before God, who was supposed to be their Bridegroom. So by being unfaithful to God, they committed acts of whoredom and became a harlot.

(Jer 3:6) The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.

(Jer 3:7) And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

(Jer 3:8) And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

 

(Matthew 22:9) Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

From this point, God would come to earth born in the flesh as Jesus Christ so that He could suffer the life of man and die in place of all sinners who would accept Him, so that anyone who would choose to be could be saved from the final death of the Lake of Fire, and receive eternal life.

(1Ti 3:16) And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

(Heb 2:14) Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

(Heb 2:15) And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

(Heb 2:16) For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

(Heb 2:17) Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

(Heb 2:18) For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

This salvation would be offered to all regardless of whether they were of Israel, or were gentiles. Just the same, even Israelites would have to accept Jesus Christ because God had divorced the entire family of Jacob (Israel). Now everyone was on an even playing field regardless of birth and all could attend this wedding as the Bride of Christ if they accept Him as their Bridegroom and remain faithful to Him. Even when we stray, we can be forgiven in His name if we repent.

(Eph 3:8) Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

(Eph 3:9) And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

 

(Matthew 22:10) So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

So these servants, the apostles, went out spreading the teachings of Jesus, and offering this salvation to anyone who would accept it, no matter what was their background.

(Matthew 22:11) And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

From the time that Jesus returns, we will be clothed by our righteous acts we had while in the flesh. These are white linen robes that are washed clean in the blood of Jesus. This is our wedding garment.

(Rev 19:7) Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

(Rev 19:8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness (righteous acts) of saints.

(Rev 19:9) And 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.

 

(Rev 7:13) And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

(Rev 7:14) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

(Rev 7:15) Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

(Rev 7:16) They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

(Rev 7:17) For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

 

(Rev 16:15) Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

(Rev 3:18) I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

 

(Matthew 22:12) And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

These who are not wearing these white robes made of linen and washed clean in the blood of Christ will obviously be out of place. There will be many who come to Jesus claiming to be faithful servants, but they will be turned away because they never really knew Him, and He never knew them.

(Matthew 25:10) And while they went to buy (the oil of the Holy Spirit), the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

(Matthew 25:11) Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

(Matthew 25:12) But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

 

(Luk 13:24) Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

(Luk 13:25) When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

(Luk 13:26) Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

(Luk 13:27) But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

(Luk 13:28) 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.

 

(Mat 7:17) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

(Mat 7:18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

(Mat 7:19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

(Mat 7:20) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

(Mat 7:21) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

(Mat 7:22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

(Mat 7:23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

(Mat 7:24) Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And that Rock is Jesus Christ.

(Matthew 22:13) 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.

All of these who are not allowed into the wedding will be locked out, but will have a chance to redeem themselves by the end of the one thousand year period, called the Millennium, in which Jesus rules here on earth, and we are allowed to teach those who fell short, so that they may be corrected from how they went astray in the flesh period before Jesus returned.

(Matthew 22:14) For many are called, but few are chosen.

In this period of grace, everyone is called and has an equal chance to accept Jesus Christ, but everyone must accept Him, in order to be saved and allowed into this wedding. And everyone who accepts Him will produce good fruit and therefore be clothed in the proper wedding garment that is made up of this righteousness.

So the moral of the story is to make sure you accept Him and are not naked, bearing your shame, by producing good fruit for Him and earning this fine white linens.

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The Parable of the Householder and His Vineyard

Have you ever wondered about God’s plan? Or do you wonder why He exhibits His wrath on those who refuse to revere Him, and instead decide they want to do what feels good to them and disregard and disrespect His message? This parable put forth by Jesus gives us a little taste of His point of view and what will happen in His response.

Jesus gives us this parable that was addressed to the Pharisees who questioned His authority to do the great things that He was doing:

(Mat 21:33) Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

This householder is none other than the Father Himself. He created and established this vineyard, which represents the world in which we live in this flesh age. He put a hedge around this vineyard, which is a border that prevents us from leaving it. Everything we know is inside this vineyard. Everything outside this hedge or fence is not of the physical world. The grapes themselves represent those who live in this world, and the husbandmen are those who are supposed to tend to the grapes and make sure that they are taken care of and grown properly so that there is a bountiful harvest when the time comes. Once the grapes are harvested, they are put in the winepress to make wine. This winepress is reserved for the return of Jesus at the end of this flesh period.

(Rev 14:15) And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
(Rev 14:16) And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
(Rev 14:17) And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
(Rev 14:18) And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
(Rev 14:19) And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
(Rev 14:20) And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

God the Father also placed a watchtower in this vineyard. The watchmen, those appointed by God to oversee the world and warn the world of what is to come, are placed on top of this watchtower. These are God’s elect who are here to guide the world in the right direction by sharing the truth of God. Many of these elect, or watchmen, are given the role of prophets of God, among other roles.

This vineyard was leased out by God to priests, husbandmen, for them to take care of it, for better or for worse. Notice that these priests are leasing this vineyard and are not servants hired by the householder. They were not chosen or appointed, but chose to take the role, but are held responsible for the crop none-the-less, because the vineyard is still owned by the Householder, and they will be held responsible for the results. After the Householder set up this vineyard, and leased it out to caretakers, He left the vineyard and went outside the hedge that was placed around it, outside this physical world and left them in charge.

(Mat 21:34) And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

As time went on, the vineyard matured and grew closer to harvest time. So the householder sent his personal servants to the vineyard to collect the grapes that were already matured and ready to be picked. A vineyard in the northern hemisphere is generally harvested between late August and early October. September is the main space of time that the harvest occurs. So these servants are sent to collect those early grapes. These early grapes are those who are more spiritually mature and ready to hear a deeper message from God. So God sends these servants, His prophets, to give them His message and help them come closer to Him.

(Mat 21:35) And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

These earlier servants are the earlier prophets who warned of the coming doom that would be seen if God’s children didn’t return to Him. They warned that His kingdom would go into captivity if they didn’t make a correction. Many of these grapes were matured and ready to hear the message and be gathered by the servants of the householder. But the priests had been tending to the vineyard and not doing it justice, so many of the grapes weren’t ready and those people didn’t listen. The priests didn’t like this, and instead they totally disregarded God’s prophets and continued leading God’s children astray, and did what they wanted, which basically amounts to idolatry. They put their own desires between them and God.

(Mat 21:36) Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

Then, because the householder never heard back from his servants, he sent more. So, God sent further prophets to try to guide His children back to Him. They warned that if they didn’t return to Him, there would be consequences. They were again there to gather those who were matured and ready back to God. Of course, the priests didn’t like this idea this time either. They wanted to be the big dogs and run the vineyard their own way and reap the reward. They didn’t want anyone else to receive the credit or the benefits. So they also completely disregarded these servants of God and continued leading His children astray.

(Mat 21:37) But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

Because he also didn’t hear back from the second group of servants, what did he do?

These householders had absolutely no respect for the householder’s servants. So if they should have respect for anyone, it should be his own son. They should revere his son just as they revere him right. After all, his son is his closest kin and representative. If they don’t respect his son, who will they respect? They certainly wouldn’t have reverence for him if they don’t even revere his son. So God sent His Son, this is His representative to man. Whatever way we treat His Son, Jesus Christ, is how we are also treating His Father, our Father, because Jesus is God. For all intents and purposes, the son was the householder. Jesus is the form God takes to present Himself in a form we are able to comprehend. We could never even comprehend our Father in Heaven.

So this son of the householder should have been treated just as they would treat the householder himself. Right?

(Mat 21:38) But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

But, instead, they treated the son even worse. They understood how they should have treated the householder’s son, but they decided to choose to serve their own personal gain. The husbandmen knew that this son would inherit the entire vineyard, but they didn’t want to have to give it up to him eventually.

(Mat 21:39) And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

They figured they could kill the son and take over the control of the vineyard themselves. So they killed God’s Son, His representative on earth. They killed God in the flesh. That should have been the end of it…or so they thought.

(Mat 21:40) When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

When harvest time comes, then the householder returns to see how the vineyard turned out. What do you think the householder will do to those men who were supposed to take care of his vineyard and respect his servants and his own son?

(Mat 21:41) They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

These husbandmen who were so disobedient aren’t going to have a fun time once the householder returns on the Lord’s Day. This flesh world is going to pass away in fervent heat. All that offends will be destroyed and we will enter into a period called the Millennium, a thousand year period in which Christ will rule on earth firsthand.

(2Pe 3:10) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

He will return with a rod of iron and will not be meek as most would expect Him to be. If you accept Christ and submit to Him and listen to His words, and remain faithful to him until He returns as a good servant, then you will be put in charge of this next vineyard crop in the Millennium. If not, then, well just use your imagination.

Hopefully, He will give you a chance to be part of that vineyard crop to become spiritually mature and part of the good final harvest, at the end of the Millennium.

These who He puts in charge of His vineyard in the Millennium are those who He knows will bear good fruit because they have already proven themselves.

(Mat 21:42) Jesus saith unto them, 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 marvellous in our eyes?

This Stone the builders rejected, the Son, is the very Stone that the Kingdom of God is built upon. The cornerstone is a stone that is put in the foundation of a building for its strength. It is a symbol of strength in the building’s foundation, and often, in ancient times, it was even anointed, just as Christ is anointed, and so are His servants. Christ is the most marvelous anointed one. There is no one above Him.

(Mat 21:43) Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Jesus is getting to the point of this message to these Pharisees He’s talking to. He is telling them they will soon lose the priesthood and it will be given to those who are worthy. This not only applies to those Pharisees, but anyone who considers himself a priest of God, but leads God’s children astray. Do you know any of these? Beware of them.

(Mat 21:44) And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Ultimately if these do not correct their ways, they will be destroyed in the second death of the Lake of Fire at the end of the Millennium.

(Rev 21:8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

(Mat 21:45) And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

The Pharisees knew exactly who Jesus was talking about. It was them, and they hated Him for it. They hated the Son of the Householder. This is the very thing that He just warned them of.

(Mat 21:46) But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

They knew that they could not kill the Son right now though, because so many that were around did, in fact, revere Him.
Though they knew He was talking of them, they still didn’t get the bigger picture, or even heed His warning.

Will you heed His warning and be a faithful servant?

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Parable of the Sower of the Seed

The Parable of the Sower of the Seed

(Mat 13:1) The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

Jesus was teaching by the sea side and the sea represents the people of the world who don’t have the truth of God.

(Mat 13:2) And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

This ship, here, represents the ark of truth – this is where those who have the truth of God reside, especially during the flood of lies that comes in the great tribulation. Just like in the time of Noah, this ark of truth keeps us safe, where we will float above the waters of the people of the world who buy into the lies of antichrist and his fallen angels. Being above this flood and the waters is to be on a higher level of understanding, and that higher level is the spiritual level. We as true Christians are to live by the spirit.

(Mat 13:3) And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

The sower is the Christian who spreads the seed of the truth of God. This seed is broadcast all over the ground because we never know who will receive the truth and within whom God will allow it to grow – it isn’t our decision to make as to who is worthy to hear it.

(Mat 13:4) And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Some of the seeds landed on the wayside, which is the road or path that goes by the field. This road is dirt and clay that is packed very hard from usage – these people are hardheaded and distracted by life. This road is used by merchants and all sorts of people who are to busy trying to attain their ideas of success and doing things that occupy their time to really pay much attention to the Word of God – they put many things between them and God, and these things become idols to them because they are more important to them than God. When the seeds of truth are planted here, they don’t sink into the ground, they just bounce off and the fowls of the air eat them up. These fowls of the air are the fallen angels of satan who influence the minds of those who don’t focus on Christ, the Word.

(Mat 13:5) Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

These stony places are hardheads who will sit still and listen for a while, but are not dedicated enough to stick with their study to have a solid understanding of the deeper truth in the Word. They are stuck on the most shallow level of understanding. Immediately, while they were listening, these ideas made sense, but the roots don’t go deep in their mind.

(Mat 13:6) And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

As soon as they were put under pressure by others who had different views, or who were purposely trying to mislead them, they didn’t have the study of the scripture to back what they were taught and remain standing for what they thought they believed. When antichrist is here, during the second half of the tribulation, your understanding of the truth will be put to the test, and your teacher will not be here to hold your hand.

You will need to build your understanding from guidance of the Holy Spirit and study of scripture, not what others have taught you. We are told to build our foundation for our houses on the Rock, Jesus Christ, and not on the teachings of another man, clay. When we build our house’s foundation on Rock, it will be sturdy and withstand floods and storms. But when we build our foundations on clay, as flood waters and storms come, that clay will soften and our house will sink into the ground and crack and crumble. Your understanding won’t be able to withstand the flood of lies that comes with antichrist and his fallen angels. They will put your beliefs under heat and pressure and cause you to believe what you were taught was wrong all along because you don’t have the knowledge of scripture to back it up.

(Mat 13:7) And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

Some seeds will land among people who are surrounded with bad influences. These bad influences will lead you away from any truth that may have flourished if it had been allowed to grow around positive influence. These thorns are evil people in the grand scheme of things because they don’t have the love of God to care about the truth of the Gospel, or want the Gospel to be spread. By default these influences are evil, though they may even seem harmless enough. Don’t hang around those who do not believe in Jesus Christ and love Him as their Lord and Savior. The Bible tells us to not even wish them God speed. We can plant seeds in them occasionally, but don’t spend too much time around them if they don’t love God. You cannot come to the Father, except through the Son, Jesus Christ.

(Mat 13:8) But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

These people are those who are given a deeper understanding from God because they love Jesus Christ and are dedicated to understanding the Gospel of the entire Bible. These people know about what is about to come with the tribulation and the test that the world will be put to, or they want to know all these things and be prepared. These people will be prepared and will never stray from Christ to be deceived into worshipping antichrist. They have, or will have, the Seal of God, which is the complete understanding of the Truth. These people will be examples to the entire rest of the world during the Millennium, but in the mean time, they take their knowledge and understanding and share it with anyone they can. These seeds of truth can bring other people into the light of understanding.

(Mat 13:9) Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Those who are given the ability to understand this message need to pay attention to this and let it sink in. This is a call from Jesus Christ to pay attention to what is being taught here because it is a very important message, as really all scripture is when it is taught on the deepest level. Be this good ground so that God will grow the seeds of truth inside you.

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Parable of the Ten Virgins

*[[Mat 25:1-13]] KJV* (1) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

These are ten Christians who have never yet strayed from Jesus. The virgin represents someone who hasn’t turned to another god, as adultery in the Bible represents idolatry, and marriage represents our relationship with Jesus.

(2) And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

All ten of these Christians are believers and would not choose to stray on purpose. The number 10 represents law and responsibility as it is our responsibility, as Christians, to spend time with Jesus, the Word, and understand His gospel so that we can share the Truth with others and let our light shine. The number 5 represents grace, and though five of them are foolish, they still have grace on their side.

(3) They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

In the Bible, the oil always represents the Holy Spirit. The foolish virgins were believers, yet they had not received the Holy Spirit. Their spiritual eyes were darkened and they had no spiritual understanding of God’s truth. They could have received it if they had diligently sought Jesus through His Word.

For you deeper students, notice the difference between these 5 wise virgins and the 7000 predestinated elect. The 7000 are the wife of God and never slumber, while these wise virgins, like the foolish virgins, do sleep at some point.

(4) But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

The wise virgins are those who had the oil, the Holy Spirit, and their lamps burned bright and shone for all to see. They spread the truth, which is represented by the light of their lamps, everywhere they could.

These wise virgins are Christians who earned their sealing in their lives in the flesh, though they had strayed at least some during satan’s rebellion. These wise virgins will never bow to antichrist.

( *[[Rev 7:3-4]] KJV* (3) Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. (4) And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.)

( *[[Rev 14:1-4]] KJV* (1) And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. (2) And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: (3) And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. (4) These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.)

(5) While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

All ten of these virgins slept while Jesus was away, meaning they had the spirit of slumber, though the 5 wise virgins come out of this slumber, and are given the Truth by the Holy Spirit.

(*[[Rom 11:7-8]] KJV* (7) What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (8) (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber [stupor], eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.)

(6) And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

The 7th trump, which announces the return of Jesus, was sounding. The return of Christ was approaching.

This is taking place at night, which represents the tribulation. Darkness always represents the deception and lies of satan, as the light represents the truth of God. The tribulation is the period of the strongest deception the earth has ever seen. There will be a flood of lies.

(7) Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

To trim your lamp is to trim the wick and make it shine brighter. They were sharpening their understanding and shining the truth as bright as they could to others.

( *[[Mat 5:14-16]] KJV* (14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.)

(8) And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

The foolish virgins had not prepared for this darkness and were scrambling to get ready. They were too late as they had missed the sealing of the servants of God. Their lamps had gone out because, though they were believers and lived Jesus, they did not love Him enough to study the Word of God, and that Word of God is Jesus. He is the Living Word.

(*[[2Th 2:10-12]] KJV* (10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.)

( *[[Hos 4:6]] KJV* My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.)

(9) 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.

The wise virgins did not give their oil to the foolish virgins for two reasons: it wasn’t theirs to give (as it is a gift from God), and there are only so many who are sealed with His truth. They sent the foolish virgins away into the world to get some oil from the people who do not have the understanding of God. There is no Holy Spirit there, but there is an unholy spirit: that of satan and his fallen angels.

(10) 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.

The wise virgins remained faithfully waiting for Jesus’ return on the Lord’s Day. When He finally arrives, they are allowed to partake in the wedding and feast with Jesus.

(11) Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

The foolish virgins realize they have missed the boat, and ask to be allowed to be part of the celebration.

(12) But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

While they were out carrying on they were buying the lies of those who did not serve God. And like those people of the world, they also bought the lie that antichrist sold them, that he was Jesus Christ. In worshipping him, they received the mark of the beast and would not be allowed to the wedding of Jesus to His people at His return. They were shut out.

( *[[Rev 14:9-10]] KJV* (9) And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, (10) The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:)

Those who receive the mark of the beast will receive some wrath at Jesus’ return, but many will have a chance to be corrected in the Millennium. Pray that those you know who aren’t prepared, will receive that chance.

Those who have strayed because they were deceived, yet are found worthy because they love God, will have a chance to be corrected in the Millennium kingdom that follows the return of Jesus, because of grace through Jesus Christ. But those who partake in the wedding will belong to Jesus and have eternal life from that point.

(13) Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

We are given the signs of the times to know when the Bridegroom approaches, and we are given the tools to figure all but the exact day and hour, though we can get pretty close. And closer it gets we will know for sure, such as when the two witnesses are slain by satan.

( *[[1Th 5:1-8]] KJV* (1) But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. (2) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. (3) For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (4) But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (5) Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. (6) Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (7) For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. (8) But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.)

( *[[Rev 3:3]] KJV* Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.)

As we are told, Jesus only comes as a thief if we do not know and watch for the signs of the times. Only the children of darkness (lies) will be surprised at His coming. The children of the light (truth) will expect Him and be prepared–they will not be startled at His arrival.

( *[[Mar 13:23]] KJV* But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.)

He has given us all the tools we need to be prepared and not stray and to know the timing of what is about to come.

Fill your lamp with oil before it’s too late. The sealing is very close to complete.

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