In all of Jesus 70 Parables many of them describe how we can be in God’s Family as God’s sons and daughters, in the coming Kingdom of God on this earth, when Jesus Christ returns.
In the Parable of the “Wheat and the Tares”, Christ told how a man planted good seed in his field. But, while he was sleeping a bad enemy came and sowed tares or weeds amongst the man’s good wheat.
The weeds grew with the wheat and looked very much like the wheat. So, it was very tricky and hard for the farmer to tell which plants were valuable wheat and which were worthless weeds.
So, the farmer’s servants wanted to be helpful and they said to him: “Do you want us to go and pull out the weeds?” But the farmer said: “No, lest while you are trying to pull out the bad weeds, you might pull out the good wheat grain too! So, just let them grow together until the harvest. Then at the harvest time, I will get you to gather the weeds first, bind them and burn them, but reap the good wheat and put it in my granary barn.” (Matthew 13:24-30)
“Now our child, can you tell us the meaning of Jesus parable of the ‘Wheat and the Tares’?” says Nanna.
“Well, Jesus explains how he used this story to explain the spiritual truth of how we can be in God’s Family in God’s coming Kingdom on Earth, when Jesus returns”, says Grandad.
Jesus says the One who sows the seed in this Parable is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The field is this world. The good seed are the children of God who God is calling to be in God’s coming Kingdom. The tares or the weeds are the false followers of God who are actually following Satan and the ways of this world. This whole world is deceived by Satan. (Matthew 13:36-43, Revelation 12:9)
The bad enemy who sows the tares or weeds is the Devil or Satan. (Matthew 13:39)
The harvest is at the end of this age of Satan’s rule over mankind. (Matthew 13:39-40)
When Jesus comes again to this Earth, the wicked who do not keep God’s 10 Commandments and laws will be destroyed. (Matthew 13:41-42)
But those who are righteous, which means that they love God and keep God’s commandments, laws and Way of life, will be saved alive as sons and daughters of God. They will be in God’s Kingdom, and will help Jesus Christ rule over all the nations of people on this earth for 1,000 years. (Matthew 13:43, Revelation 20:4-6, Daniel 7:18, Daniel 7:27)
Jesus gave a similar Parable about “The Net”.
He told how the coming Kingdom of God is like a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind of fish. Many clean fish and many unclean fish. (Leviticus 11:9-12, Deuteronomy 14:9-10)
When the net was full, they pulled it in to shore, and sat down. Then they pulled out of the net the good clean fish and gathered the good fish into vessels, but cast the bad unclean fish away.
Jesus said: “So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall come forward, and they will sever or cut out the wicked law breaking people from among the just and faithful people who love God and keep God’s laws and Way of life. (Matthew 13:47-50, 1 John 5:2-3)
The “good clean fish” are like the faithful people who love God and keep God’s commandments and Way of life. (Revelation 12:17, Revelation 14:12, Revelation 22:14)
Jesus showed by the Parables that following what God says, is the most important step to knowing the true right way to live, so that we are in agreement and harmony with God our Father and God His Son, Jesus Christ. (Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10, Matthew 13:10-16)
Jesus Christ gives the gift of life forever for all people who do God’s will, just as Jesus came to do his Father’s will. (John 6:38-40)
The Church of God was started by our rock, Jesus Christ, as His group of faithful people, who would meet together on God’s Sabbath days, and whenever else we can. (Matthew 16:16-19)
As part of God’s Church we are to work together in unity to contribute our prayers, our tithes and offerings, our good leading example, and efforts of service, to preach, teach and publish the good news about God’s coming Government on this Earth, with Jesus in charge as King of kings and Lord of lords. (Matthew 24:14, Mark 13:10)
One day a Scribe asked Jesus which is the most important commandment of God?
Jesus answered him: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second commandment is like this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-34, Deuteronomy 10:12, Joshua 22:5)
“Yes indeed, our child, this is the ‘Golden Rule’ of God’s law”, says Grandad. “Love God and love each other.”
“Jesus also gave us an additional new commandment”, says Nanna.
Christ said: “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34)
“Of course, what was new about this old commandment in the Old Testament, was the words “as I have loved you”, says Nanna. “Even though the commandment to love each other was already in Leviticus 19:18, Jesus now added His example to this law, as a description of Who’s example we should follow, in loving one another. It is Jesus example of deep love and service to us.”
“Yes Nanna. So true. Some people who don’t want to keep God’s commandments and laws, try to excuse themselves, by saying Jesus only gave us this new commandment”, says Grandad. “But, clearly, Jesus gave this new commandment as an extra helpful law, to show us how we should follow Jesus example in loving one another.”
His disciples asked Jesus one day: “What will be the signs that will happen before you come again to establish God’s Kingdom on this Earth?” (Matthew 24:3-51, Mark 13:3-37, Luke 21:7-36)
Jesus warned us that there would be many false ministers in false churches preaching about Christ but with a twisted slant about not having to live by God’s commandments and Way of life described in the Old and New Testaments. Jesus was the One who inspired the 40 different authors to write in 66 different books, over a 1600 year time span, from Moses to the Apostle John.
Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
He also warned there would be wars and rumours of wars, famines and disease, and earthquakes in different places, leading up to the time of the end of the age, before Jesus returns.
Then Jesus prophesied that the good news about Christ’s return and the starting of God’s Kingdom on this earth would be preached and published by his faithful ministry and brethren in the Church of God, prior to Jesus Christ’s return. (Matthew 24:14, Mark 13:10, Psalms 68:11)
The Beast armies of Europe as the King of the North will come and attack, “like a whirlwind”, the Arab confederacy of nations in the Middle East, called the King of the South and will surround Jerusalem at the 1,290 days that Daniel said would be the “abomination of desolation”. (Matthew 24:15, Daniel 11:40-45, Daniel 11:31, Daniel 12:11)
Before these terrible things happen God will protect His people from the great Tribulation of that three and a half year period in God’s chosen “wilderness” “place” of protection. (Daniel 12:12, Luke 21:34-36, Revelation 12:14-17, Isaiah 33:16)
A huge army of 200 million soldiers out of the north and eastern very populated nations of Russia to China and India and Iran (Persia), called in the Bible “Gog and Magog”, will come across the river Euphrates to attack the armies of the Beast at Jerusalem and one third of the world’s people will die. (Daniel 11:44-45, Revelation 9:16, Revelation 16:12, Ezekiel 38:2-6)
This horrible nuclear war will be so bad, that unless Jesus Christ returns, no human beings would be saved alive on Earth. (Matthew 24:22)
But that is when there will be the 1st Resurrection of God’s faithful sons and daughters from the time of Abel. Ten thousands of them will return with Jesus Christ, to destroy the evil Devil deceived armies. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 24:30-31, Revelation 15:2-3, Revelation 15:8, Revelation 19:1, Revelation 19:7-8, Jude 1:14-15, Revelation 19:11-21)
Then the wonderful loving and powerful Kingdom of God will be established on this Earth, Jesus Christ said to His disciples, as He told the Parable of the 10 Virgins. Notice that all of them had fallen asleep while waiting for Jesus to return. But, 5 were wise and 5 were foolish. (Matthew 25:1-13, Isaiah 9:6-7)
“Well the best way to read that exciting Parable of the 10 Virgins is to read Matthew 25:1-13”, says Grandad.
“Yes, good idea”, says Nanna, “because we have got to go now, until our next Chapter. Ohh! But also read Jesus wise Parable about the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30, too!”
To be continued in Chapter 19…