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Parables Of Jesus Christ: Leavening Of The Kingdom

The Messiah's parable of the leavening (leavening means rising) of the Kingdom of God:

"13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world." (Matthew 13:33-35 KJV)

"In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom"

The "foundation of the world" in verse 35 above refers to the physical creation (see Christ The Creator) when the world was established as the platform upon which all of Christ's work would be accomplished (see The Messiah's Mandate). The prophet ("That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet") quoted in that same verse was King David in the Psalms (see David's Prophecies Of The Christ; also David, Future King Of Israel):


"78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old [see also The Ancient of Days]: 78:3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'], and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done."

The rising of the Kingdom of God will occur at Christ's return. The "till the whole was leavened" refers to the whole earth. The prophet Daniel was also given to see and write of it i.e. "the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth":

"2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:35 KJV)

The "image" that will be destroyed by the Rock, that is, by Jesus Christ at His return, refers to all of man's idolatrous and self-worshipping kingdoms, collectively known as "Babylon" because the prophecy was originally given to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (see Nebuchadnezzar's Dream):

"2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom [see Ancient Empires - Babylon], power, and strength, and glory. 2:38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.

2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom [see Ancient Empires - Persia] inferior to thee, and another third kingdom [see Ancient Empires - Greece] of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

2:40 And the fourth kingdom [see Ancient Empires - Rome] shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

2:44 And in the days of these kings [see Imperial Rome, One Last Time] shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." (Daniel 2:37-45 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is "leaven" used in two very different ways in the Holy Scriptures?
See The Two Kinds Of Leaven; listen also to the sermon Unleavened Bread For The Rising Kingdom

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