Much more mightily than the metaphorical ‘lightbulb’ going off was the explosion of ‘light’ in my mind upon opening my Bible!
Only occasionally have I blogged about how that startling event thrust me into writing regularly on End-time events. On the 7th Anniversary of Watching last February I wrote about what had been happening back in 2009 and noted current coincidental indicators of 2016.
So to continue from previous post #0, I emailed a few friends, some of whom were in church leadership, under the header ‘The Endgame is Now in Play’ and told about the extraordinary kick-start to my mission:
‘Last year, I encountered two conflicting claims about Jesus’ explanation of the parable on the end-time harvest of wheat and tares (Matt13:36). So I went to check scripture but upon opening my Bible a deep excitement exploded within as I heard, “This is ALL about to be fulfilled” – WOW!!
‘Hence, my previous remarks about a sifting of the Church – in preparation for a rapid ‘sHifting’? Jesus urged His disciples to look out for and observe signs of the times. Regarding their questions about His return at the end of this Age, the earliest Gospel account has Jesus stressing 7 times, “Watch…be alert…on your guard“ (Mark 13). Matthew 24 reports Jesus saying 4 times, “Watch…and when you see…” followed by the parables of the burglar and of the virgins:> “Don’t be caught napping!” [Is the Church still asleep?] Luke’s account has, “Be always on the watch…” (ch21:36) and chpt 12 (NIV) has sections on watchfulness and interpreting the times. In each Gospel Jesus commands, “Learn the lesson of the fig tree…”. Also, the Apostles went on to give more indicators (Acts 3:20-1, Hebrews 12:26-7, 2 Peter 3, 2 Timothy 3 and the first and second letters to the Thessalonians).’
“This is ALL about to be fulfilled!”
Therefore, I’ve been watching and blogging about biblical prophecies that have been or may soon be met as current events unfold, as well as reading and logging contemporary prophetic words and noting which ones are being fulfilled.
However, what about that specific parable itself? Could it, or any of it, soon be fulfilled?
It was one of several Jesus told a crowd listening to him teaching from a moored boat – AND when his close disciples asked him why He teaches the people in parables Jesus stressed their especial importance to them personally, saying:
“It has been given to you to know the Mysteries of the kingdom of heaven but to them it has not been given” [Matthew 13:11 NKJV. Holy Spirit-Filled Study Bible note ‘mystery’ = secret or hidden truths.]
Let’s look at this specific parable of the wheat and the tares, or darnel, which isn’t just any weed but grows looking like wheat until flowering, when the difference is obvious. Jesus said:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
“So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not grow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this’. The servants replied, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’
“But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to urn them, but gather the wheat into my barn’.” [Matt 13:24-30 NKJV]
When alone with Him, His disciples asked Jesus to explain the kingdom reality of that story and He told them the sower is Himself (‘the Son of Man’) and “The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom” and the ‘enemy’ is the devil. The tares are ‘sons of the wicked one’ and ‘the reapers’ are angels.
“Therefore, as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out his angels and they will gather out of the kingdom all things that offend and those who practice lawlessness and cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear let him hear!” [Matt 13:37-43 NKJV -emphases added]
Many theologians and prophecy students have speculated upon possible future dates for all the End-time events. You may note, however, this scripture precludes ‘the rapture’ and refers to evil being extracted from its association with the ‘sons of the kingdom’, ie. those believers who have taken up that signal privilege promised in John 1:12 ‘as many as received Him (Jesus) to them He gave the right [authority] to become children of God, to those who believe in his name…’ (NKJV).
I humbly suggest noting my emphases in Jesus’ explanation because the next post covers a prophetic word for 2017 promising the parable’s soon fulfillment…