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Parable of the Sower

An important key to our understanding of the day of the rapture (catching way), may be seen in the Lord's parable of the Sower, and also the parable of the wheat and the tares. I caught the latter moments of a message by an unnamed brother on TV. The Scripture reading in Matthew 13 begins: That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.  And such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then He told the multitude many things in parables.  Jesus/Yeshua tells the multitude, who were following Him, many parables including the parable of the Sower and the linked parable of the tares. In the midst of the parables, the Lord explains the parable of the Sower to His puzzled disciples. Then after the Lord Jesus sends away the multitude of people,  Jesus then reveals, to His disciples who asked Jesus about the parable, the mystery of the tares of the field.  The following scripture, is the parable of the tares, followed by the Lord's clarifying Words.

Another parable Jesus put  forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, did thou not sow good seed in thy field? from whence then has it tares? He said unto them, An enemy has done this. The servants said unto him, Will thou then desire that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather you together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matthew 13:24-30.)

Jesus answered His disciples and said unto them: He that sows the good seed is the Son of Man. (speaking of Himself, the Son of Adam.)  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom: But the tares are the children of the wicked one. (referring to the devil Satan.) The enemy that sowed the tares is the devil: The harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angles.  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of the world.

The Son of Man shall send forth His angles, and they shall gather out of the kingdom, all things that offend and them which do iniquity and shall cast them into a furnace of fire.  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  THEN shall the the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  Who has ears to hear, let them hear. (Matthew 13:36-43.)

It would appear that during the time up until the last harvest, the unrighteous tares were first identified and set aside to be burned with all the remaining tares at the last of God's judgment.  But the harvest of the wheat throughout time was gathered up to be stored in the Master's Sanctuary of safe keeping. Perhaps the exception being the final harvest of wheat that would remain after the tares were bundled up. Now comes God's wrath upon the wicked: And yet except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

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Robert Glenn Pratten