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Friday, January 27 2017

The Seed Parables

"But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the Word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit"

The Messiah's "parable of the sower" describes the state of the world such as it has been since humanity has become lustfully-receptive to the spirit of lies and self-worshipping delusions. Only those with deep roots in the Word of God (see Saved By The Truth) and watered by the Holy Spirit (see The Healing Waters Of Body And Spirit) survive to the harvest of the "firstfruits" (see Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Weeks).

"13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying,

Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." (Matthew 13:1-9 KJV)

A Wheat Field

The Messiah always explained the meaning of His parables to those whose time of having the "ears to hear" had come (see The Meaning Of Parables).

"13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Matthew 13:18-23 KJV)

The Messiah's "parable of the weeds" provides the answer to why the LORD permits the evil to prosper in the world, for now - to destroy them would also destroy the innocent. The evil will get their day of reckoning in due time (see What And When Is The Day Of The LORD? and What Happens After The Day Of The LORD?).

"13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.

The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn." (Matthew 13:24-30 KJV)

Again, the Messiah explained the meaning to those who weren't too full of themselves to hear Him (see What Causes Humility?).

"13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." (Matthew 13:36-43 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is the resurrection of the dead like that of a planted seed (i.e. "that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain")? How is Salvation like a harvest?
See When Will Your Resurrection Happen?


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This Day In History, January 27

380: The Edict of Thessalonica. Emperor Theodosius I, with co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II (see also Who Were Valentine And Cupid?) proclaimed that all Roman citizens were to convert to the Roman perversion of Christianity (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

837: The 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet occurred (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).

1526: In Germany, Saxony and Hesse formed the League of Gotha, a confederation of Protestant princes (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Saxony

1531: German Protestants established the League of Schmalkalden to resist the authority of the Emperor (although doctrinally, there is no difference between the Church of Rome and her "Protestant" daughters; see Antichristians).

1560: The Treaty of Berwick, which expelled the French from Scotland, was signed by England and Scotland.

1594: Henry IV was crowned King of France.

1670: Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) were expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I.

1803: The Great Fire of Bombay, India.

1861: The "Warsaw Massacre" occurred when Russian troops fired on a crowd demonstrating against Russian rule.

1881: Rebel Boers defeated the British at the Battle of Majuba Hill, South Africa.

1900: The British Labour Party was founded.

1900: Canadian forces under General Herbert Kitchener (the city of Kitchener, Ontario is named in honor of him) led the final attack of the Battle of Paardeberg, the last battle of the South African Boer War. General Kitchener was featured in the 1914 First World War recruiting poster, the design of which was copied 3 years later in the U.S. for the "Uncle Sam Wants You" poster - for which no credit or acknowledgement was given.

Kitchener Poster

1933: The Reichstag Fire. The Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and his Nazis (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?) claimed the burning of the German Parliament building was a "conspiracy" by "terrorists" and used it as an opportunity to outlaw their political opponents (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator). A Dutchman, Marius van der Lubbe, who was later executed for starting the fire, is regarded by many historians to have been either completely innocent, or a patsy of the Nazis; he was posthumously pardoned in 2008.

Reichtag Fire

1942: The Battle of the Java Sea began; a U.S., British, Dutch and Australian naval force under command of Dutch admiral Karel Doorman fought the Japanese. Doorman was killed when the Dutch cruiser De Ruyter was sunk.

1948: The Communists forcefully took over the government of Czechoslovakia from President Eduard Benes.

1949: Chaim Weizmann became the first President of "Israel" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

1967: Revered CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite editorialized against the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam), changing from his previous neutral stance.

1973: Native Americans began an occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a siege that lasted until May.

1974: A new constitution was approved in Sweden which reduced the status of the king to a figurehead.

1991: During the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq, Kuwaiti troops re-entered Kuwait city.


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