The Parable Of The Tenants
Christ's "parable of the tenants" metaphorically described how people who were given to operate a vineyard not only unlawfully took over control of it for themselves, but also eventually began committing outrages, not merely against the servants who remained loyal to the owner, but even against the owner's son when he came to claim his property. The parable is historically dual in meaning. It was first about Jews, those among the Messiah's own people, who took over the physical Temple of God for themselves and rejected the Owner's Son when He came. But the parable is also about how some of Christ's other own people, (people who claim to be) Christians, have abducted a large portion of the spiritual Temple of God, the Christian-professing church, and for the past nearly 2,000 years have not only persecuted those who actually live by the Word of God, but in doing so have as much rejected the Son of the Owner as unbelieving Jews did. The parable is dual; it's about Jews and Christians who reject the Truth about the Messiah.
"And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus"
The parable of the tenants ("husbandmen") as it was delivered to the opposers of God's Truth of that time:
"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: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it."
"And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son."
"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. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him."
"When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?"
"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."
"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?"
"Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits [see Good Fruit] thereof." (Matthew 21:33-43 KJV)
As stated, the parable was at first about Jews who rejected the Christ. But events of the past nearly 2,000 years have shown the duality of the parable, in that true Christians have been persecuted by people who claim to be Christian, a blasphemous abomination that will reach its worst in the time yet to come, prior to Christ's return:
"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, 'Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth."
"And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" (Revelation 17:3-6 KJV)
And what did Jesus Christ say is the fate of those who claim to be Christian without truly living by the Word of God?
"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."
"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?"
"And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV)
Fact Finder: It may not be too late for those "Christians" who have yet to become truly Christian. What can they start to do about it?
See The Decalogue, The Little Big Horn and Who Will Have The Mark Of The Beast?