This is what the Lord opened my eyes to 23 years ago, that destroyed the rapture doctrine for me before it could take hold.......sorry, this is going to be long.Matthew 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 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. 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.
Notice that JESUS sent the multitude away. Having problems with friends and family receiving from you? Maybe Jesus sent them away for a season, to process them thru some more "lake of fire" experiences to make them more desperate for some water on their tongue (Word of living water).
The multitude are generally more concerned with getting their immediate carnal needs met, ie. fishes and loaves, and at some point(s) we were ALL in the category of the multitude. In your walk did you ever get a prayer answered for a pressing problem and as soon as you got it, suddenly you were not pressing in as much as before? Time for some more lake of fire processing.37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world;
He's telling us right here that the good Seed is Him, and that WE, our bodies, are the EARTHEN field, the WORLD, that He is planted in.the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil;
Notice here that the offspring of the devil have also been planted in this earthen field of ours, which is also called the world. They were planted while we slept, because Adam was put to sleep but you cannot find where He ever woke him up. This is because we were lowered into this bondage of corruption (this "world" that passes away) WITH THE TARES IN IT, for the purpose of giving us something to overcome thru Christ. Eph 5:14 - Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Luke 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Mt 15:18 - But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
And we know these things are the tares, because He said this:Mt 5:28 - But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already IN HIS HEART.
The outward man DOES whatever the inward man (whichever one is allowed to manifest), IS.
Is it this "man" manifesting?Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For OUT OF THE HEART proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Or this man?1Pe 3:4 - But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
I always use an analogy of this; I've heard my kids use this on their friends to this day, LOL. There are two dogs fighting inside of you, a black dog and a white dog. Which one is going to win?
Everyone always answers the white dog, instinctively associating the white with good, and that's true. But the real answer is; WHICHEVER ONE YOU FEED THE MOST. Which is not to say, He's not going to win in the end, anyway. So just to be clear; by feeding, I mean taking in the Word. The work is ALL of Him. the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 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; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Now we've established what the "WORLD" is He's talking about here, and it's us, the earthen field, and now we see that the end of the world is what? It is a cataclysmic anything out there? Or is it personal? The angels, which means messages or messengers, gather and burn in the fire of God, all the tares out of His kingdom. Where is the kingdom of God? IN YOU.
So the end of this world He is talking about started on the day of Pentecost when the fire of God fell upon the heads, and the Spirit of Truth that was within them already began to bring to their remembrance all things pertaining to righteousness and godliness and these messages gathered up all those things that were not like the image of Christ and cast them into the firey furnace of God's Spirit. And the end of your world, started on the day of Pentecost for you, as well.
It is interesting to note that in the Hebrew, end of the world also means ANKLE, which is, in a very real sense, the end of THIS WORLD we call our body. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The tares, or darkness are literally covering the good Seed of Christ within us. Antichrist literally means AGAINST Christ, and not just in the sense of opposition, but lying along side of, or against, as in surrounding, or encompassing.Psalms 22:12 - Many bulls have COMPASSED me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
It is not a coincidence that the Israelites made a golden calf to worship. These speak of the flesh and the strength of men, which in reality is the strength of the adversary of our souls. When He said we can do NOTHING without Him, He was not kidding. Satan is said to go around like a lion, seeing whom he might devour; which to devour something is to encompass it also, via consuming it. Ps 118:10 - All (imagi-) nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
Jon 2:3 - For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
We know that Jonah being in the belly of the great fish for 3 days before being spit out, is as a type of Christ. The Seed of Christ is encompassed by the waters below the firmament in this type and shadow. Waters speak of spirit or spirits and these things are tares that are in the heart of every man, overshadowing the good Seed. Notice there are two elements encompassing Him: the flesh/earthen body of the "fish", and the waters/spirits.
This is why He said there would no sign be given except the sign of Jonah, because He has been in the center of our earth for 3 days (a day is like a 1000 years and we are in the dawning of the 3rd day expecting a resurrection), ENCOMPASSED by His enemies in us, but in the 3rd day, He shall arise.Matthew 12:38 - Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (THE WORLD/FIELD).
Ps 23:5 - Thou preparest a TABLE before me IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Ex 24:12 - And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee TABLES of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
2Co 3:3 - Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in TABLES of stone, but in fleshy TABLES OF THE HEART.
So where are the enemies again? I have more, but this is it for now. Blessings.....