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PARABLE OF THE TARES

    
MATTHEW 13:1-30

AND IT’S RAMIFICATIONS.

         

          It is imperious that we not assume anything in regards to this subject, but rely upon God’s Word, and His law to give us the right instructions as we travel down the road of Tares. First, it is good to look at the road map which perhaps will give an insight into a clearer understanding of the Tares.

THE ROAD MAP --- The importance of an accurate knowledge of the Divine Word, and Law of God. This is the Road Map. “Open thou my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Law”. Psalms 119:18. By the law of God, the sacred writer here means the whole revelation of the Divine to man. He designates this Divine revelation, in this psalm, by the various words, “Statutes, and commandments, testimonies, judgments, precepts and Law.” They are all employed, to describe that connected and perfect system of instruction, which is contained in the “Holy Scriptures given by inspiration of God.” That we must “Prove what the will of God is.” Rom. 12:2. In dwelling upon these communications of the Will of God, the psalmist speaks the language of a heart that fervently loved his holy commands, and rejoiced to contemplate the excellence and purity of his character, by vigorously studying God’s Word, the Law, 2 Timothy 2:15. We notice the extent of spiritual application which he perceived in these commands, in the earnest of his prayers that they might be deeply impressed upon his own heart; in the sorrow which he felt at witnessing the transgressions of them by others; in the eagerness of his desire to understand more clearly their excellence and perfection; he has displayed his view of their importance, and the mind of the Spirit, in reference to the worth of a full understanding of them to man.

          In the above paragraph we have seen the psalmist pleading with God, that God would open his eyes, and allow him to understand God’s Road map to salvation. “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things.” Can we unite with the same affectionate and earnest spirit, in the petition which he has set before us? In our natural ignorance of the things of the Spirit of God, and in the sinful aversion of our affections from them, there is a veil of thick darkness concealing from us the blessed truths in which God alone can reveal through Study of His word.  It is the Law, which has been fulfilled for the sinner’s justification, by the Lord Jesus Christ, the constituted Mediator of the New Covenant, Matthew 5:17.

          In paragraph 1, we have shown how the psalmist was careful as he traveled down the right road to salvation. He prayed that God would open his spiritual eyes, and allow him to see the beauty of the land as he traveled, open his eyes to dangers along the road, to see the pitfalls, to be careful with those who traveled with him. Again I say we must Unite with the same spirit, and vigorously and with caution as we consider this study.

Next, to help prepare us for our trip, we must, I think look at the following, and decide how we are going to approach the Tares. You are planning a trip to Montgomery Alabama, from Panama City, FL, Highway 79, is our best route, but there is at least THREE 4 way crossings, where each vehicle must stop, and wait for road clearance. So you have left early in the morning, and the children is still sleepy, and crying, some wanting a Coca Cola, the wife is screaming at them, “Shut up, or we will go back home.” You are trying to drive, and trying to quite the three children, and suddenly there is a great Bang. You have run a Four way Stop, you look around and see the children in the Ditch, your wife is screaming, but you cannot help her. Then some one coming by stopped to help. A man says what happened? You reply, I did not see the 4 way STOP SIGN!

          Physically the things described above happens every day, people in general begins important events without proper planning, and without careful understanding of what lies ahead.

          Will you take this lesson and look at it, and say, “O I have read about the Tares 100 times, our preacher talked about them a week ago? Or will you take the lesson, look at it, and say

“Open thou my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy Law?”

          I pray that you will not begin the study, as did the careless driver, reckless, and unprepared, you cannot study this lesson while you wash the dishes, or talk to someone on the telephone, or while you are watching the Ball Game. Take your Bible, Study with me each page, and look at the Scripture given. Prove what the Will of God is. 2 Tim. 2:1, Rom. 12:2, and notice carefully how that God is building a 4 Lane Highway of truth, going only One way.

           Matthew 13:35,”So that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, I will open My mouth in Parables; I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the World.” The parables in chapter 13 must be considered as events planned by God before the creation of earth. We must understand that Christ is going to reveal things which were written down in heaven’s beginning. Example, the Old Testament does not in clear language reveal that legions of angels which were created for heaven’s use sinned against God. It is only through the New Testament that we learn of this, 2 Peter 2:4-6, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness reserved for judgment.” Jude verse 6, “And Angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness, for the judgment of the great day.”

          It should be understood that every event in every generation was known, and planned by God, who could look down through time and see the results of His plans. In the generation of the Messiah, the Christ, through Him, and His Apostles all things which were not revealed in clear messages would during the generation of Christ be revealed and fulfilled, Matt. 5:17. In Matt. 13:35, Jesus makes it clear that He will reveal all the mysteries of the Old Testament in fulfillment. Example read Romans 16:25-26, this is clear; no one can misunderstand what Paul is revealing here. Remember it was Christ who said He would utter these things, and He did using the 13 Apostles.

          So now without delay, we speak upon the Parable, this was the greatest day yet, a multitude of people gathered to hear Christ teach, so He got into a boat, and sat down, and the multitude was standing on the beach. Here He begins His lesson with V-3 “parable of the sower, who went out to sow his seed in his field, and he sowed, and some of the seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and devoured them. Sounds like the fellow that had the accident on the car when he ran a 4 way STOP. V-5. And some seed fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. V-6. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no depth of soil, they withered, V-7. And others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. V-8. And others fell on good soil, and yielded a crop, some a hundred fold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

          Jesus was a master teacher, an example through eternity. Notice He gives them something light that they can digest. This first extended series of parables was given on one of the busiest days recorded of Jesus’ ministry, the seed sowed.

          1. The things we want to learn here is, Jesus was in the land of Judah, a Jewish nation, He was addressing Jewish people. No Gentiles were present. His message was directed to the Jewish people of Judah. His message was not directed to the Gentile World.

2. First, His message of the seed sown by the farmer, He used a plausible narrative to convey spiritual truth through comparisons.  But most of all through the nature of this parable Jesus conveys a history of Israel, of their rebellious attitudes. The sower is not identified, but in conformity with the next parable, it is clearly Christ Himself, and those who represent Him the Apostles. The land was Israel and Judah, their sins were that when the prophets were sent to them, some prophets and Apostles they killed, others they would not listen to, that is seed sown on paths running through the field, where people frequently walked. Where the soil was packed, and the seed would not produce, yet the seed had to be planted. The seed were worthless to some. Keep in mind that all the nations surrounding Israel, and Judah were Pagan nations, and the Pagans constantly went into Israel teaching Paganism to the Jews, of all the trouble they had, Paganism was at its roots. From the time of beginning you had Paganism as a ruler of earth. Paganism was of the Devil, Satan. Satan was the Prince of the earth. John 12:31; John 16:11; Ephesians 2:1-2.   

          The seed that Jesus planted, some produced a hundred fold, and so some seed produced sixty fold, and then we get down to those where only 30 out of a hundred would listen and produce good fruit. Is it not that way today in this Country today? But, out of the hundred fold where the seed were planted, many accepted Christ and as soon as they rejoined their friend’s back in town, they soon fell away, they lost eyesight. The sun would soon warm the thin crust of the ground, and this plant would shortly become scorched and wither away, as many did. Indicating that from the beginning of the Nation of Israel, some was faithful, some unfaithful, even until death. Verse 9 is not a mystery, for they all had physical ears, but they were so deeply involved in Paganism, that to hear Christ in person meant nothing to them. (An illustration of facts.) Briefly, when you study God’s Word, and law, you find that God had only One religious system, and only One Covenant to govern His institution covering the Hebrew nation. They have turned away from God, and turned to other god’s established by man.
              
          (The illustration is this.) The Law of God says that He authorized only One Kingdom. One system of Religion for Israel is Judaism. But now Judaism is polluted. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can rescue them from the Wrath to which they are exposed. Some will humbly seek, and they shall find salvation which God has clearly revealed in Christ. Others are led to doubt, and even to deny Christ, and say crucify Him. But now Christ is giving Judah a chance to come back to God, before He utterly destroys the Nation, and it’s Covenant. (Please read Deut. 30:17-20, 31:16-18) and, Heb. 8:13. Here is where we must understand that all these parables point to one and the same event. First Christ is teaching the Gospel, saving whom He may. Secondly He also at the same time through the parables taught a global destruction of the Jews. For us today to understand God provided ample evidence in the above scriptures, and in Deut. 28:1-14; 28:15-47; 28:48=68. I see no reason how that an intelligent person could read Deut. 28:48-68. And not fully understand that God was bringing the nation of Rome against Israel in 67 AD, through 70 AD.  He promised at their beginning. This judgment which is according to truth can never be satisfied, with anything but the full punishment, announced upon Israel the offender.
             
          The same kind of events over and over has happened in Israel. The Pagans had come in and even set up their god’s within Israel, the Jews sold out to Paganism, and turned their back on the God who created them, and gave them life, these natural events that Jesus speaks in regards to the “SEED.” Yet He is very smart, to make a declaration of this simple story, without preface or explanation, had a deeper meaning.

          3. Truthfully we cannot mention these things about Israel and Judah without referring you to Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Deut. 28:15-47; Deut. 28:48-68. Herein lies the real story regarding Israel and Judah. We will get more into the Old Testament Laws when we study the Tares. And see first hand how Deuteronomy develops the case for Jesus on this occasion, to continue building the road to somewhere.

Matthew 13:10-11, “The disciples came to Jesus, and said to Him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” V-11. And He answered and said to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.” Verse 12, is also metaphoric language, so I trust that I have rightly arranged the verse at hand. A ruined sinner, conscious that he has been ransomed by amazing grace, from eternal death, and rescued like a brand plucked out of the fire, will feel abundant cause to magnify the love and mercy of God forever. He has had much forgiven, and he will love much in return.
          Jesus now begins to reveal to His disciples a meaning of the seed that they, the disciples can understand. Verse 13, begins His revelation and His explanation of why the people cannot see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears. (A Brief examination of facts). All true religious feelings are intimately connected with a proper knowledge of God. Real spiritual affections are, in great degree, dependant upon it, without it, man cannot have real convictions of sin, or humility, or gratitude, or zeal, or love to God. This people could have no real conviction of sin, without an adequate conception of the demands of the law, and of his own condition under it. That is why I used Psalms 119:18 “Open thou my eyes.” This people the Jews appeared to triumph on every side. They boasted of their success and power, and proclaimed their contempt of God. They derided the many warnings of the Divine inspection, and of their own final responsibility to God, they failed to study the Law of God. Because of Self-righteousness they have opposed the authority of God, and the Self-righteousness which justifies itself in opposition to God. They had lost their eyesight, and they have lost their hearing. It has always been incumbent upon the faithful to study with open eyes the law of God. To know the law is to show to us, that this knowledge of the law of God is far from being a mere speculation, or a dead theory in theology.

          Now Jesus begins to use the prophecy of Isaiah 6:8-13, what Jesus is relating to the disciples, they can understand, but the common people cannot. The way, in which Jesus quotes Isaiah is in keeping with what God informed Isaiah of concerning the war on Jerusalem, had Jesus informed the people of the impending war upon Jerusalem, they would have killed Him on the spot. Yet He advised the disciples of the true meaning of Isaiah 6:8-15. There is something more recorded in Isaiah 6:11, that we need to understand. Isaiah said, “Lord, how long? And God answered. “Until cities are devastated and without inhabitants, houses are without people, and the land is utterly desolate.” This particular thought is in regards to the destruction of Israel by King Nebuchadnezzar in 606 B.C. 596 B.C. 586 B.C. However, we cannot forget verse 13, “Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, and it will again be subject to burning, like a terebinth or an oak whose stump remains when it is felled. The Holy seed is in its stump.”

          Jerusalem will be destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar, but, look at this in verse 13, “yet there will be a tenth portion in it, and it will again be subject to burning, thy Holy Seed is in its stump.” The burning again of Jerusalem is what Jesus is at His moment concerned with. Especially with the Condemning power of the Law. Romans 4:15, “The Law works wrath.” The single sentence presents the whole subject of the present discourse. It demonstrates the condemning power of the Divine Law, as exercised upon transgressors of its precepts. It is but the amazing ignorance and blindness of guilty man which makes this assertion necessary, yet it is necessary for those under the Law. Here Jesus is talking about Jews under the Law, Jews being punished by Law, Which the Gentiles being grafted into the Stump of Israel are not included under punishment of the Law. This is Jews only that we speak of which the parables represent.

          But, our accurate knowledge of the demands of the Law is the source of all proper conceptions of the Divine mercy and love. Here only, do we see the depths of the compassion of God in that He gave His only Son in death for fallen man.

In an accurate knowledge of the Divine Law alone, do we gain just views of the character and work of the Saviour of mankind? Not that the Laws of the Old Testament saves us, rather we are saved by and through the Laws of the Gospel of Christ. Thus our conceptions of the demand of the Law, and our estimate and apprehensions of the wonderful mediation by which the Lord Jesus Christ has fulfilled it, will always be found in exact proportion to each other.

Matthew 13:18-23. Jesus’ interpretation of the parable explains the fate of the Word in this age as due, humanly speaking, to the condition of human hearts. The importance to us, of a clear and distinct intelligence of this subject of the “Seed,” cannot be overlooked; and we may well take upon our lips, and utter from our hearts, the psalmist’s prayer, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold the wondrous things of thy Law.” Here we gain all just conceptions of the character of God. And more so at this period of time, a time when God must deal with His creation, the Jews.

Matthew 13: 24-33. I see here a chance to teach the Spiritual development from the parable of the “Seed” and the Kingdom of Heaven, as well as the Tares. Going back to 13:11, the phrase the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven. This has reference to Christ’s Kingdom, a Kingdom existing after the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost after the resurrection of Christ, and the Apostles were given the miraculous Holy Spirit to speak for Christ, as if He were present. This is called the Spiritual Covenant, the Spiritual age. This relates to the present day glories of the Messianic reign, which was clearly sketched in the Old Testament. But the rejection of the Messiah and the interval between His first and second comings was not fully understood. These parables describes the strange form of the Kingdom while the King is absent, during which time the Gospel is preached and a Spiritual nucleus is developed, the establishment of the Messianic reign. Souls were taught the Gospel; souls were baptized; souls were added to the Kingdom. They were Charter members of the Spiritual Kingdom of Christ, which would be given later, Daniel 7:13-14, Luke 19:12-26. Notice what is happening in Col. 1:13, “For God delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son.” From Eph. 4:30, we gather the evidence that these Charter members of the Kingdom were also sealed by the Holy Spirit awaiting legal Redemption at the “second coming.” Remember at the beginning of chapter 13, you had Two distinct groups---“To you it is given.” “To them it is not given”. To them it was not given for them to trample under foot the truth, Matt. 7:6, Matt. 10:11. Yet we notice here Spiritual grace, for they were spared the greater guilt of out right rejecting the plainest teaching.

There remained the possibility that the intriguing parable might arouse curiosity and bring about a change of heart, thus leading to a full knowledge of the Gospel which would produce fruit of baptism, and add a member to the newly formed Kingdom of Colossians 1:12-13, “These things are but a mere shadow of what is to come.” Col. 2:17. But the people were not made ready for a Spiritual system. Israel and Judaism were founded for the purpose of preparing the world for Christ and His Gospel. Israel failed! The parables are built upon this rejection; the penalty is death, spiritual death. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus refers to, those who have, and those who have Not, Matt. 5:10-13. God and Jesus knew from the beginning that only a few would enter the straight gate, but many would enter the wide gate, Matt. 7:13-15. From the above we can draw several Spiritual conclusions, to “Those who has.”

It is the law which has been fulfilled for the sinners justification, by the Lord Jesus Christ, the constituted Mediator of the New Covenant, to the Jew first, and then to the Gentile, a new Covenant which is written again upon the hearts of the justified man, “Those who has.” According to the provisions of this Covenant, by the Holy Spirit. This is the law of which I speak the law which requires in every intelligent creature, supreme love to God, and unqualified submission in the spirit of love, to all His commandments.

We can neither restore to God, the honor we have taken from Him; nor regain for ourselves the image of His holiness, which we have lost in sin. We must therefore have a Saviour who shall be able to bear the curse and condemnation under which we are lying, and to restore the union of our souls with God, which we have broken and cast away. The violated law holds us in bondage, our lost condition under it demands a Redeemer who is mighty, and it is only as we understand the extent of our need that we can appreciate the indispensable necessity to us, of such a Saviour as God has revealed. Only then can our estimate of the nature and worth of the atonement which the Lord Jesus has made, and has suffered at the hands of His own people. But,

All things will be regulated by the law which required it.


          SUMMARY, of verses 20—23, here we have two classes of people which the “seed” represents. (1) “Those who has not, and fall away.” (2) “Those who has.” Verse 23, and bears fruit unto the Lord, will escape the great Tribulation. Reference, Isaiah 6:6-13, First Isaiah saw into the future, of both wars against Israel and Judah. (1) Babylon 606 AD, verses 6-12, verse 13, “Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, the holy seed is its stump.” Being devastated by tribulation and burning the second time refers to the devastation and tribulation of Matthew 24:14- 34, in 70 AD. I Challenge the reader to apply Rom. 12:2, Prove me wrong. If you cant then take a close look at the Road that is being built Scripturally going to Matthew 24. As adopted sons, bring them to enjoyment into the family of God, Rom. 8:12, our faith weakens and we are made to feel that our dangers and wants are extreme. That our condition is one of total corruption and depravity, as well as of condemnation and guilt.

We shall see that we must have a remedy adapted to such extremes; we shall be content with nothing short of the power of the Living God, in that spirit who will pluck us out of the horrible pit, teach us, love us, and then regenerate us to a new creature.

From Page 4, and Paragraph 6, we have discussed the Word of the Kingdom. The wicked One, Satan. The Tribulation. The good Ground and the fruit produced thereof. Gal. 5:22-23, John 15:1-6. It is a spiritual law which has been fulfilled for the sinner’s justification. That which belonged to the Hebrew nation during the period of Christ. And then the Gentile nation which was grafted into the stock of Israel, and who became incorporated with Spiritual Israel. So only in an accurate knowledge of the Divine law do we gain just views of the character and work being done in the parables by Jesus Christ.  

          Matthew 13:24-30. First, in this parable also, the Kingdom of God is brought to bear. There is wonderful knowledge contained here if we use it correctly. We must consider first of all that this Kingdom mentioned here is to replace the Old Kingdom and its laws. The ceremonial or ecclesiastical law which was appointed for the same people enjoined the rites and observances of a form of religious worship, which was established for the Hebrews alone. This cannot justly be called a spiritual law, though its ordinances had an important spiritual meaning, and were certainly designed to instruct the believing mind in spiritual things. The Apostle Paul calls, “A law of carnal commandments.” Which made nothing perfect; and speaks of its ordinances as carnal ordinances imposed upon the people of Israel for a time. The Apostle Peter calls it a yoke which neither they, nor their fathers were able to bear,

Secondly, we mention the Spirit of the law which governed the Old Kingdom of God. It was published first on earth, when it was written upon the heart of man at creation. Its governing principles and power were obliterated then, by man’s transgression, and it was published again, written by the finger of God, upon tables of stone, at Mount Sinai. It was added then anew, to display the holy character of God. However, in this Kingdom of laws, and ordinances, some important factors were left void. They are No sin was forgiven; their sins were rolled forward year by year through sacrifice. No mortal being upon earth could go at death to heaven, except by special acts of God. Departed spirits were held in the Hadean world.

          The Spiritual Kingdom of Christ. Here it is important to have a proper interpretation of the word Kingdom. (1) The territory of people, ruled by a King, or of a Queen, a monarchy. Britannica World Language, Volume 1. This clearly spells out what the Kingdom is, and its makeup of subjects. So in the English and Greek language it is referred to as the Called out. The assembly of people, as in the Old Testament the Church of God, Zion. Zion is interpreted as A hill in Jerusalem, the site of the royal residence of David and his successors, the site of the temple, the center of Hebrew national culture, government, and religion, the ancient Hebrew theocracy of the modern Church of Christ. Britannica World Language, Volume 2, page 1520.

          The Kingdom of Christ, the Church of Christ was established by Christ as a Spiritual institution. He has only One Church, one name, no other name is qualified, Acts 4:11-12, the Covenant governing the laws of the Kingdom is Spiritual. Sins are forgiven, sins are no longer remembered against a subject confessing his faith, and asking forgiveness. Spirits of departed members are not held in the Hadean World, but is caught up to the King. 2 Cor. 5: 1-10. A member is judged by his belief in the Son of God. John 3:18, John 5:24. This Kingdom offers its subjects baptism in water, salvation by faith, Redemption, Regeneration in Christ only. Roman 6:1-12. Thus you have full assurance that Christ has His own Kingdom, Daniel 7:13-14, Luke 19:12-26, Matt. 16:28, Jesus says that some of His Disciples would be living when He returned from the Father with the Kingdom, they would see Him. This Kingdom which the Father gave over to the Son of Man, in Daniel 7:13-14, with all Glory and Power, Matt. 28:18, this is the only Kingdom which will endure forever. This is the Kingdom which Christ purged and separated the evil ones from the good ones of Matt. 25:31-46, at the end of the Old age. (Hebrew age). This is the Kingdom, (Church) that we will refer to as we study the Tares.        

          The character and extent of this holy law is described in our text. It requires entire submission to the Will of God; and is obligatory upon Gentiles as upon Jews. If the Jew is saved he must come out of Zionism, and accept Christ. If the Gentile is saved he must come out of Paganism and accept Christ. Thus is shown a comparison between the Old Kingdom, and the New, the Kingdom of Christ. “We know that the law is spiritual.” It is Spiritual in its origin. It flowed from no human or inferior source, but immediately from the mind of that most High and Holy being, who is Himself a Spirit.

          THE TARES. While men slept. At night most likely the time when the wicked is at work. Neither here nor in interpretation is this detail regarded as negligence, but the work of an enemy, when darnel a noxious plant almost indistinguishable from wheat. While workers were resting and sleeping the enemy came in and sowed noxious seed. The one who sowed the wheat was the Son of Man. The Son of Man who received the Kingdom from the Ancient of days in Dan. 7:13-14. The enemy (Satan) was stirring up the rebellious Jews against Christ who sowed the seed. The field is the world; and the good seed, these are the Adopted sons of the Kingdom. The Tares are the son’s of the evil one.

          There are not a few different detailed interpretations regarding these parables. But first, there is also a Law limiting interpretations of the Holy Scriptures, 2 Peter 2:20-21. “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” The Law, of which I purpose, by the Divine help, to speak, is that one great moral Law of God. All the commandments of which, are “holy, just, and good;” an obedience to which, “is more to be desired than gold. Yes, than much fine gold;” the purity of which is, to a holy mind, “sweeter than honey, and the honeycomb;” by the guidance of which the “servant of God is warned.”

          Verse 30, “No, but allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” Certain words that needs consideration. (1) Reapers, the reapers are angels. The same reapers, or angels; they are to gather the evil from the good, bind them awaiting the judgment at the end of the age. Matt. 13:40-41, immediately, you wonder, where have I read about the end of the old age. Wars, catastrophic events, Signs, wonders, tribulations, and then you turn immediately to Matt. 24:1-35ff. Then you remember the disciples clearly asked Christ Himself, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming? And the end of the age? They asked the Questions, Jesus Christ gave the answer, all in Matt. 24. And in Matt. 13:49-50, do you understand these things? If not, then take a close look at Matt. 24:21, “For then there will be a great tribulation such as has not ever occurred, even since the beginning of the World.” Now do you understand? No, well then look at the History of Jerusalem by Josephus, Book 4, ch, 5, V-1-2; Book 6, Ch.5, V, 1-3, Now do you understand? Yes. God Bless you.          

          The same principle is applied in Matt. 13:47-48, separating the good fish from the bad fish. Both presents the Son of man as the King of His Kingdom, having authority both in heaven, and on earth, both representing the judgment at the end of the Jewish age when the Jewish Covenant will become absolute, and pass away. Heb. 8:13, Is there more? Yes there is more.

Observe Matt. 22:13-14, The Kingdom of heaven compared to; Here is the man not dressed in wedding clothes, the King said, “Bind him head and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Again casting out of the evil one, the separating of the bad from the good at the end of the age. Matt. 25:1- 12, the story of the ten virgins, five wise (Good), and five unwise prudent (evil), unprepared to meet their King, cast them out. Verse 12, “But He answered and said, Truly I say to you, I do not know you.”

         Again in Matt. 7:13 - 23, Few finds the small gate, and narrow way, the few are those faithful ones in the Kingdom of Christ. Christ has reference to any one in the Old Kingdom of God.

There remains two ways of life open to mankind. (1) Is the wisdom of the Gospel of Christ displayed in its perfect adaptation to the accomplishment of the great purpose which it designs? The mark of true wisdom is in the best arrangement of means to obtain a desired end. The great object of the Gospel is to seek and to save that which is lost, to convert sinners unto God, to make a time of restitution throughout the world. One way to Christ has been discussed, yet there remains another way of life. Matt. 7:21, “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of heaven; But he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” So, this last option is giving us the same evidence as the evil ones, the Tares, the evil one of Matt. 22:13, or, the good and bad fish of Matt. 13:47-48. The good and the bad, the parables continue to reveal the great Tribulation of Matt. 24:29-34, the Signs of the coming of the Lord. Matt. 24:29-33. Is not literal language, rather metaphoric.

          But let’s look at Matt. 25:14-30, Verse 30, “And cast out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Look closely now at Matt. 25:34, now the new King sits on His throne with power to Judge the World. Acts 17:31, “Because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in Righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” Matt. 25:30-46, this is the end of the age, the Jewish Covenant age, Heb. 8:13. Not the end of the world. Gen. 8:20-22, this then goes back to the parable of the Tares. Then understand that the Road I have mentioned throughout this lesson is soon going to be finished as it enters Matthew 24 

          Matthew 13:41,”The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom (Christ’s Kingdom) all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness.” Refer this reading to Matt. 24:31, here Christ is sending forth His angels to gather His elect from the Four Corners of earth. This also is the end of the Jewish age, AD 70. Verse 42 and the angels will cast them into the furnace of fire. Would you intelligently say that the subject of the tares and the end of the age is not consistent with Matt? 24:31 and that of Matt. 23:36-39, also Matt. 16:27-28?? If not, then how do you apply Revelation 20:10-15? ?

          It is very observable, too, that Satan is spoken of as Christ’s enemy, the enemy of the Son of Man; for here, as in so many other places, the great conflict is spoken of as rather between Satan and the Son of Man, than between Satan and God. It was part of the great scheme of redemption, that the victory over evil should be a moral triumph, not a triumph obtained by a mere putting forth of superior strength. We can see how important for this end it was, that man, who lost the battle, should also win it (1 Cor. 15:21) “For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.” And therefore as by and through man the kingdom of darkness was to be overthrown, so the enmity of the Serpent was especially directed against the seed of the woman, the Son of Man. But, not only the Son: But the woman also suffered the enmity of the Serpent Revelation 12:1-12. On the other hand we also can see the seed of woman directed against the Serpent. The Serpent received a deathblow to the head when Christ died. Christ went down and preached to the enslaved spirits who were held in bondage by the Serpent the Devil, and while there Christ destroyed the power of the Devil who were holding them, and caused their resurrection to occur along with His. Hosea 6:1-3, Hebrews 2:14-15. John 12:31, John 16:11.

Can we for a moment compare ignorant of the purpose and hidden glory and power of the Church of our Lord? Many today, including the Church of Christ has in many cases developed new Doctrines, Doctrines which are foreign to God’s Bible, Doctrines which teach the Tares being burned up at the end; but they teach the end as being the end of the world, eternity. That is not true. I have shown clearly that these Tares, these parables in Matthew conveyed the time of the end when the wicked Israel would be judged, even Luke 21:20-32, designates this time as being in the generation which Jesus lived, Lk. 21:32; Matthew 24:34. Is it any wonder why such teaching occurs? This single thought presents the whole subject of the present discourse. It exhibits the condemning power of the Divine Church, as is exercised upon transgressors of its precepts. It is a transcript and publication of His holy and perfect mind. It was the guide given to man at the beginning; it is the spiritual law, which has been fulfilled for the sinner’s justification, by the Lord Jesus Christ, the constituted Mediator of the New Covenant. This is the law to which I speak; the spiritual law requires in every intelligent creature, supreme love to God, and unqualified submission in the spirit of love, to all His commandments, including 2 Timothy 2:15, and 2 Tim. 3:16.

Please look back to Matt. 13:27, “Did thou not sow good seed in thou field? From where then hath it Tares?” Now let us question Christ in another way, did thou not constitute thy Church to be a pure and Holy Communion? Is not the doctrine such as should only produce fruits of righteousness? Where then is it that even within the holy precincts themselves, there should be so many who themselves openly sin and cause others to sin? The question the workers asked the landowner is not put forward merely to give opportunity for the householder reply, but to test his policy regarding sin in his field, Matt. 13:29, the landowners reply. “But he said, NO; lest while you are gathering up the Tares, you may root up the wheat with them.” I Aver that we may suspect, that it is not wheat making war on Tares, but in this case Tares seeking to root out wheat. So it has been in every age of the Church that evil ones enter the Church seeking to destroy anyone, or certain ones holding fast their own belief. Such was the problem in the first century. That is why Christ said in Matt. 13:41, “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom, Church all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness.” On the other hand members of His Kingdom can make the Church a heaven on earth. But that rests upon the members of that Church and their faithfulness.

          I have laid this before you earlier; I will be redundant and so speak again: An accurate knowledge and understanding of this Divine and Spiritual law, lies at the very foundation of true religion. And of all instruction in the things of God. By this alone, can we be taught to appreciate and accept the gracious provisions of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In whom, God has been pleased to do for us, what the old law required, but could not do; and by whom, he has laid open for us unsearchable riches of grace. Meeting all the demands of justice, making it honorable, so that He is revealed as the one and only Jesus Christ.

          Continued the Tares, and the End of the Age. Matt. 13:39-50.

          To see Christ’s interpretation of the parables see, Matt. 24:36-43. But in keeping harmony with the Tares, and the other parables, we cannot but see a direct meaning, a time element, and the finished road to Matthew 24, and Luke 21:20-32. Here it is finished, it cannot go further in the future, than when Rome invaded Israel and consummated the destruction thereof, in 70 AD.

Daniel 7:8-26.

Before closing we desire to once again look at the whole revelation of the Divine Will of God in this matter, the Scriptures are all employed, to describe that connected and perfect system of instruction, which is contained in the Holy Scriptures given by inspiration of God, 2 Tim. 3:16.

Here Christ has displayed His view of the importance of the Tares, and other parables. It also clearly shows the danger of rejecting the revelation of Jesus Christ in ever age, Christ clearly teaches the danger of adding to their meaning, or reducing their meaning to a white washed Tomb stone. Rev. 22:18-19, here we can gain just conceptions of the character of Jesus Christ. His Divine perfection’s are shining here.

          This parable was more involved than the Mustard seed, and the Leaven, and its implications of persisting evil may have conflicted with the disciple’s notions. Our Lord’s explanation of the symbols shows that major details are important, but some features are merely to give form to the story and are not symbolic. The field is the world not the Church, as many claim. The springing up of Christ’s true followers in this world is counterfeited by the Devil, whose children often masquerade as believers, 2 Cor. 11:13-15, a classic example. It seems that efficient removal in the early stages is shown to be impossible. But at the end angels will be delegated to gather the Tares out of His Kingdom; Out of the Assembly; out of the Church. Thus the Tares in the world are also regarded as being in the kingdom; for they abide mingled with the righteous, in some sense, it must be so. Finally, removal of the Tares will be done by angels at the consummation of the age. The end of Daniel’s seventieth week and the time of the “Second Coming”, Dan. 9:24-27, also Matt. 25:31-46.When He will establish His glorious reign, Dan. 12:3.

 

OBSERVATIONS

 

          I Observe within these 12 pages one could write a railroad car full of books, regarding the parables, and never loose sight of the real significance involved in revealing the root cause of the parables, and of their destruction by fire. I also observe that this is the place, and time to reveal more than just parables.

          Psalms 80:8-19. Guess what, the whole history of Israel is revealed here, from the beginning to the END. By the law of God, the sacred writer here means the whole revelation of the divine Will to man. He designates this Divine revelation, in this Psalm by the various questions and pleas. So let us observe the real meaning of Psalm 80:16, “It is burned with fire, it is cut down.” Thus Isaiah 5:1-7, is a parable, and Allegory of which the explanation is separately given, verse 7. I observe that we could even begin here and show the history of Israel, in doing so, we begin to build the Road that I have mentioned before, a Road to Matthew 24, that even God could not Deny. Of a time window that Christ could not Deny, He could not deny it, because He gave it.

          Where is the man, that is so great, that he is willing to deny the evidence given, even from the beginning of the New World in Genesis 6:1ff. The man chosen to begin the Hebrew nation, Noah. I observe the Ocean of evidence regarding the rise of the Hebrew nation, and its failure to exist, the burning thereof the prescribed time of execution.

          The Road that I mention throughout these written pages is an allegory, taken from, Pilgrim’s Progress, an Ocean of Allegories and parables.  Nevertheless, the Allegory of the Road is real; it has a dead End that is when it reaches Matthew 24. It is not destroyed along with Israel. It remains there today, there are Tollgates on the road today, it is used for another purpose, and Jesus gives us instructions of which Lane to get in.

Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. But, “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.”

          All these, and many other occasions and instruments, would be to you the evidence that the Spirit of God has been long striving with you with the utmost tenderness and patience. Why then, are you still unpardoned and without God in the world? Simply because you have done despite to the Spirit of Grace. These unsearchable riches of His long suffering, not willing that any should perish, but that the goodness of God should lead you to repentance. How solemn and awakening, is the appeal which the text makes to all of us. This is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and man has loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil, Matt. 13:39-43. This has stopped every mouth, and counted every uncovered soul guilty before God. See then that we do not refuse Him that spoke on earth; we shall not escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven. This is my Observation.

 

PURPOSE FOR THIS LESSON BEING WRITTEN IN THIS FASHION.         

This lesson just shows you that there is yet another avenue in which one can enter the subject of fulfilled prophecy. Every reader has heard of the Tares, or has heard someone speak about them. But, have you heard Scripturally when the Tares would be burned up as rubbish. Well this lesson is designed in such way as to inform you Scripturally when the Tares were burned up as trash, or rubbish. Would you like to know the Truth? Every Parable which Jesus taught was designed to have a Time window attached to it. Thus His Second Coming always took the first page news. Then the Catastrophic events would take place when He came back. Until then the Disciples were not to go into the Gentile Pagan nations, rather they were to stay within the borders of Judah. The only remaining Tribe of Israel left and it will help you to understand that this Tribe would be prisoners of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, for 70 years. Because they also began to worship the Pagan god’s of the Gentiles, they would be released after 70 years; they would rebuild the temple at Jerusalem, but, many who returned from Babylon soon left God, and went back into Paganism. Now to help you further, open your Bible to Matthew 10: The whole Chapter deals with the commission given to the 12 Disciples, by Christ Himself.      

          Read this, it is important. Now go back and read, Matt. 10:5-6, “These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Now read, Matt. 10:23, “But whenever they persecute you in this city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you shall not finish going through the Cities of Israel, Until the Son of Man comes.”

          So now ask yourself some questions about what Christ demanded from the 12 Disciples, until He comes back preach to the lost sheep of Israel. You will be Persecuted. Move from one City to another. I will be come back before you finish going through the Cities of Israel (Judah).
Remember this commission to the Disciples was so profound that they were to stay in Israel, or Judah teaching Until Christ returned. Question.  Question. Question. You, who believe that Christ has not returned as promised, then answer this; first tell me just where the Disciples are teaching at this time in Israel, if this prophecy have not been fulfilled. I have planned a trip to Israel; I want to meet them.


          But now tell me, how old are these men now. And second what are we to do with Ancient history, both Christian, and Pagan, that informs us just when these Disciples died, and what date?
It seems that our facts get lost when unbelievers present them, and the worst part is that many people believe them. But, Prove what the Will of God is, Rom. 12:2. Can you do that?

          Well now, something that is simple. Most people know that Rome in the first century waged a war against Judah for three and one half years, ending in 70 AD. Judah lost her power to exist; Judah lost her Covenant in 70 AD. Heb. 8:13. Judah was destroyed in 70 AD. Jacob the grandson of Abraham had 12 sons that constituted the 12 Tribes of Israel. On his death bed the prophet Jacob called his 12 sons in, to tell them that he was dying, and to tell them what would befall them in the end of the age. To his son Judah, he said, “Judah, your brothers shall praise you; your hand shall be the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons shall bow down to you. Judah is a lion’s whelp from the prey, my son you have gone up. He couches, he lies down as a lion, and as a lion, who dares to rouse him up? The Scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor does the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Messiah (Christ) comes. And to Him shall be the obedience of the people’s, Genesis 49:8-10: Now truthfully think about verses 11-12, of the same chapter. What does verse 11 really mean, as it is set forth in Metaphoric language, language that the son Judah could not understand? We shall come back to V-11-12, when you answer the questions that I have asked. Together let’s discuss the phrase Until Shiloh comes. This phrase is fashioned from Genesis 3:15, and continuing through the Psalms and prophets. And is here used for the second time, then in Ezekiel 21:27, for a third time, the Messianic promise came through all the prophets. Christ the Messiah was also born and came through the Tribe of Judah. That which Jacob was enabled to see was a clear picture of Judah’s inheritance. But the full realization of God’s purpose would not be enjoyed until the ideal ruler came, the Messiah, demonstrated perfect sovereignty. The Messiah is the true one who should come. The sovereignty would never depart from Judah. Until He came who had a right to reign.


          This powerful leader of a people who could enthusiastically praise him, (Judah means praise), he would grasp in his hand the scepter and baton that would symbolize his mastery in the roles of warrior, king, and judge. Peace, plenty, and prosperity would prevail in Judah, so long as they obeyed every stature, and command of God. (See Deuteronomy 28:1-14). The wine would be so plentiful that men could wash their clothes in it. Blood would be so plentiful.  Do you understand? Study Zechariah 14:1-9 And Deuteronomy 28:48-68, the end of Judah. Let’s look now at verses 11-12 of Gen. 49, again. Notice the phrase of V-11, “He ties His foal to the vine, the vine here is Judah, “And His donkey’s colt to the choice vine.” He Christ is coming back on His donkey as He did at first, when He rode into Jerusalem on His donkey. “He washes His garments in wine, and His robes in the blood of grapes, “in the blood of grapes.” Demonstrates the vengeance brought upon Judah by God, blood shed in Judah, blood which would run like water, up to a horse’s head, because they did not obey Him, Deuteronomy 28:15-47, then look at Deuteronomy 28:48-68, to see what is happening to Judah in 54 AD through 70 AD. Daniel informs us what would happen, Dan. 7: 7-8, Dan. 7:17-27 then discuss Dan. 9:23-27, but notice verse 24, “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy City.” Daniel’s people were the people of Judah. Daniel was a member of that Tribe. See Dan. 10:14, Your people. Dan. 12: 6-7 is very interesting, “When will be the end of all these wonders?” As soon as they (Rome) finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be fulfilled, finished, completed. All history reveals it to be AD 70.

          If you cannot prove Biblically and Historically that this has not already been fulfilled, then believe what I have written. If you cannot believe and want to discuss this, and then write me, I will discuss any issue with you. ----- jem51@earthlink.net


          Last, but not Least, what do you make of Genesis 49:8-10? Does it say that Judah will be destroyed by Rome in 2 B.C, when Christ was born? No it does not mean that; because Christ’s Disciples were to preach in Judah Until He came back. Well then, Genesis 49:8-10 must mean what Zechariah foretold in Zech. 14:1-9, the destruction of Judah, and judgment upon the world. The burning of the Tares. Is this not what the Messiah said would take place during His own Generation? Matt. 24:29-34, Luke 21:20-32. The army surrounding Jerusalem, you may know that her destruction is at hand. Verse 22, Because these are the days of vengeance, in order that all things written may be fulfilled. I Pray that God will bless you for reading this document.




Jessie E. Mills, DM. PHD. To those whom daily I work with in, India, Africa, Canada, US.

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