It is time for the followers of Jesus to be up and doing. But the perpetrators of these high outrages are generally among those who call upon his name and attend upon his worship.
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Anyone who can say that they can interpret prophesy to the “t” can’t be trusted. It is interpretation based on scripture–therefore cannot be understood in full until it is a past event.
Three great periods of separation are, we think, clearly revealed in God’s Word: 1) “The separation of the chaff from the wheat,” Matt. 3:10,12; 2) “the tares from the wheat,” Matt. 13:37,43; 3) and “the sheep from the goats,” Matt. 25:31. The third great separation like the previous two cover a period of time yet future.
When we think how much time and energy are put forth, and how much money and influence are expended to obtain some little, petty earthly honor of worldly renown and glory, and when we reflect that these at most will last but a few years and be unsatisfactory at best, then we can appreciate the better the glory, honor and immortality which God has in reservation for the “called and chosen and faithful,” the Bride, the Lamb’s Wife.
“Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For … many prophets and righteous men have desired to see … and to hear [understand] those things [but it was not given them to know].” The disciples were given the understanding, but before Jesus explained the parable, he told them that they were in a unique position. The lesson is that before the Lord gives us advanced understanding and truth, we must act. We must have the desire and must hunger and thirst for further righteousness if we are to be filled. Holy men of old had this desire and were in the proper heart condition, but it was not yet due time for this understanding.
The different types of ground the seed fell on represent different heart conditions. In the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, the instruction was not to uproot the tares until the end of the age. Thus a progression was shown. The Parable of the Mustard Seed indicates that the primitive Church started with relatively few people but grew into a large nominal system (Papacy).
In other words, we are considering these parables from a different standpoint now—a dispensational standpoint. The woman who hid leaven in the three measures of meal pictures the adulteration of truth by Papacy in three primary areas: love, faith, and hope. Treasure being hid in a field pictures the Dark Ages, when it was very difficult to find the Word of God. Diligence and effort were required.
Some one has well said:—”The Christian in the world is like a ship in the ocean. The ship is safe in the ocean so long as the ocean is not in the ship.” One of the great difficulties with Christianity today is that it has admitted the strangers, the “people of the land,” and recognized them as Christians. It does injury, not only to the Christians, by lowering their standards (for the average will be considered the standard), but it also injures the “strangers,” by causing many of them to believe themselves thoroughly safe, and needing no conversion, because they are outwardly respectable, and perhaps frequently attendants at public worship. It lowers the standard of doctrine also, because the minister who realizes that at least three-fourths of his congregation would be repelled by the presentation of strong meat of truth, withholds the same, and permits those who need the strong meat, and could appreciate and use it to advantage, to grow weak, to starve. Furthermore, the worldly spirit and the fuller treasury have attracted “strangers” into the professed ministry of the Gospel, many of whom know not the Lord, neither His Word, and who consequently are thoroughly unprepared to feed the true sheep, were they ever so well disposed.
The object of these parables, then, was not to depict to our minds what the Kingdom would be like after it has been established in the world, but rather to picture before our minds something respecting the processes of development by which the Kingdom-class would be selected from amongst mankind and made ready for the Kingdom which is to be set up at the second coming of Christ in power and great glory,— when he shall establish that Millennial Kingdom for the very purpose of granting a judgment or trial to all the families of the earth—peradventure under the favorable opportunities of knowledge, etc., then granted unto them, many may choose life through obedience to God and attain it.
It is because Christendom as a whole –though nominally a wheat field, is practically a tare field with a scattering of wheat intermingled, that there is to be such a commotion in connection with the separation of the wheat and the tares. True, the Lord who knoweth the heart, who knoweth them that are His, could easily separate them from the others, but He has chosen to make a separation publicly to demonstrate His own justice in the matter. Hence in this harvest time–at the proper time to separate the wheat from the tares–the Lord not only sends the sickle of Truth to gather the wheat, but He also sends the strong delusions to gather the tares.
Six circuits (once each day) = 6 periods of Gospel Age (Ephesus Philadelphia). An angel blew a trumpet (announced a special message) in each period/Church. (In all, there are 7 churches/trumpets/messages/messengers for 7 periods.) In the Joshua type, 7 priests blew 7 trumpets. Seven priests = 7 messengers; 7 trumpets = Word of God; sound = message (7 of them).