The American Wisdom Series

Presents
"The Parable of the Sower" and "The Parable of the Tares" combined into one pamphlet.
Pamphlets 7000&7007

"Two Sowers of seed; both the good and the bad"
(Jesus Christ told His disciples (which means you if you are one)
that unless they understood the Parable of the Sower
they would not be able to understand any of His parables.)

Do you know why Christ spoke in parables?

Do you know what it means to have "eyes to see and ears to hear"?

It is imperative that you do, or else with closed eyes and clogged ears you will not be able to see nor understand the "eight parables" of Jesus Christ concerning the Kingdom of God in this pivotal 13th chapter of the great Book of Matthew.

Furthermore it is written in Mark 4:13 that if you do not understand the parable of the sower, which we will begin reading in this study, then you will not be able to understand any of Christ's parables!

That means that the Book of Life shall remain a mystery to you and you shall remain "unfruitful".

Yes, it is that important, even a matter of spiritual life and death that you understand this parable.

Mark 4:13
And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
You "see", those foolish Christians who do not go to Him, to His Word, to get to know Him and believe in Him will surely be among those spiritually deaf and blind sheep who are destined to stumble and fall before Satan, the false-christ in the great apostasy of these last days simply "because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved (2 Thes. 2:10)".

Fortunately we are blessed in this study to have Jesus Christ explain with great clarity by using a simple analogy that even a child can understand, what it takes to have eyes that see Him and ears that hear (take heed to) His voice.

Matthew 13:1
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
This is "the same day" that we left off in Matthew 12 so we should well keep in mind that which we have learned so far concerning things like good vs. corrupt trees and the unpardonable sin and how it is that "whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven" can enter into the family of God!

Notice also that Jesus has gone "out of the house" to speak in public to the multitudes because when we get to verse 36 we shall see Him "go into the house" and only His disciples who hunger and thirst for His wisdom and knowledge and understanding will follow Him there. This is important because the "action" we see gives us a graphic illustration, a picture, of why it is some people understand His parables while others don't.

In other words, we can see how some people "put their ears on" and seek Him even after the manner in which the Queen of Sheba sought the wisdom of Solomon, while others do not.

Also, in as much as the subject of Christ's teaching in this 13th chapter of Matthew has to do with "hearing His voice", the Word of God, the opening phrase to this most important chapter, "The same day", sets the time frame and places emphasis on "Today", even this same day!

Let's read what the Psalmist wrote concerning "Today":

Psalm 95:7-11
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
Will you hear His voice this day or will you be among those who stick with their religious traditions of men,
WHICH ARE TAUGHT (INSTEAD OF THE ACTUAL WORD OF GOD) IN MOST OF OUR CHRISTIAN CHURCH HOUSES TODAY, and fall short of His righteousness?

The choice is yours.

[8] Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
If you stubbornly hang onto your idolatrous ways, including not only the cares of this world but also the traditions of men taught by most churches, and forsake the rich knowledge and wisdom of the Word of God then you are going to stumble and fall in the great apostasy (2 Thes. 2) and shall not enter into the promised land, i.e. His rest (vs. 11)!
[9] When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
Our forefathers saw all the wonderful works and miracles He performed and how He protected them and provided for them, yet they hardened their hearts and turned aside from His ways.
[10] Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
"Forty" in Biblical numerics denotes trial and tribulation even as the tribulation of our forefathers in the wilderness was an ensample for us in these last days "upon whom the ends of the world are come (1 Cor. 10:11)".

You "see", the reason they did err in their hearts (minds) back then is the same reason our people do err today.

It is because they hardened their hearts against seeking Him to "hear His voice" and obey His commands.

To wit, the depth of Biblical illiteracy in this nation witnesses to the fact that the same attitude prevails among our people "this day"!

Therefore take heed and be as one who is wise and open your ears today, this same day, to hear His voice, the Word of God, believing Him regardless of what the mainstream churches teach, for as it is written in Mat. 24:5 and Mark 13:6 the many (majority) of Christians shall be deceived by their preachers in these last days.

[11] Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
So Christ has gone out of the house and now great multitudes have gathered unto Him.
Matthew 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.
In order to be able to speak to (as in broadcast to) all the ears of such great multitudes, Christ entered into a ship at a location that served as a natural outdoor amphitheater.

Then He spoke unto them in parables which was the manner in which He always spoke unto the multitudes.

Matthew 13:34 documents it: "All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them."

[3] And He spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Do you wonder why Christ always spoke in parables?

His disciples also wondered and so they went to Him and asked Him for an explanation, the substance of which might come as a surprise to some.

We will find out shortly.


By the way, what exactly is a "parable" anyway?

Let's go to the Greek from which it is derived.

parabole, par-ab-ol-ay', Greek 3850; from Greek 3846 (paraballo); a similitude ("parable"), i.e. (symbolic) fictitious narrative (of common life conveying a moral), apothegm or adage :- comparison, figure, parable, proverb.
In other words, a parable is a symbolic or representative analogy, a similitude, used to figuratively explain something else. Therefore the connection between the parable, that which is figurative and symbolic, and the literal thing it represents must be made by the "hearer" else the parable cannot be understood! The beauty of it is that a parable has the unique capacity to work to the extreme on both ends of the scale of understanding, which simply means that if you know what the symbols represent then the picture painted in your mind by the imagery of the parable makes vividly clear the meaning and explanation thereof, but if you know not what the symbols mean then even though you have heard the parable in your ears and seen a picture in your mind's eye you are still deaf in your understanding and blinded to the truth of the matter. In the latter case, the true meaning of the parable itself remains hidden from your eyes.

One more note on parables for the deeper student. If you are familiar with the primary preposition "para" and the primary verb "ballo" from which the compound word "parable" is formed, you will "see" that a parable is a "casting" "alongside of" or even a casting from above... like being cast from a higher or parallel dimension... spiritually speaking that is.



So Christ has now begun to speak in parables saying: Behold, a sower went forth to sow;.

Sowing seed by hand from a sack is sometimes called broadcasting. Smith's Bible Dictionary gives the following description under the heading "sower":

"The operation of a sowing with the hand is one of so simple a character as to need little description. The Egyptian paintings furnish many illustrations of the mode in which it was conducted. The sower held the vessel or basket containing the seed in his left hand, while with his right he scattered the seed broadcast. The "drawing out" of the seed is noticed, as the most characteristic action of the sower, in (Psalms 126:6) (Authorized Version "precious") and (Amos 9:13)..." (Smith's Bible Dictionary).
Christ now describes four types of ground (conditions of the mind) upon which the broadcast falls.

By the way, He (Christ) is the sower (are you yoked with Him?) and the "seed" is the Word of God.

[4] And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
The wayside was the packed earthen pathway upon which people walked, i.e. a sidewalk.

The seeds that fall upon that compacted sidewalk find no bed and therefore have no chance to germinate before Satan's "devouring birds" swoop down and gobble them up (vs. 19).

[5] Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
[6] And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
The seed "sprung up", which means it did germinate but there was not enough ground to build a root system.

So when things got hot because of the Word they were "burned up" in the heat of tribulation and just withered away (vs. 19-20).

[7] And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
These fell upon ground which was fertile enough to cause growth but the riches and cares of this life crowded them out (vs. 22).
[8] But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold*, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Good ground is fertile ground that has been worked and tilled to the point that the Word of God can easily take root and grow and bring forth fruit according to its measure (vs. 23).

And there you have the results of the broadcast!

The question then is, "What happens when the seeds of His Word are received into your mind?"

Does it fall upon deaf ears, void of understanding?

Do you "hear" His words but are just too busy trying to make a living or put out fires to take the time to study His Word?

Or... do you have "ears to hear"?

*Note: Some might find it interesting that "100" in Biblical numerics denotes "election of grace". (as per hundredfold in verse eight)

[9] Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Pay close attention to what Christ teaches us in the next few verses because He is now going to explain what it means to "have ears to hear".

Again, one must have those "ears to hear" in order to rise to the level of understanding the parables Christ spoke and hence the Word of God... else he or she remains in darkness which is to remain ignorant of the truth.

Consider therefore the following question posed by His disciples who came to Him:

[10] And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Remember the unique characteristic of parables which allows them to both reveal and hide the truth at the same time?

You "see", they have much to do with the "stupor" God has allowed to be placed over the eyes of those who hear but have not the sincere desire to take action and seek Him for wisdom and understanding.

Paul documents this for us in Romans chapter 11 where he quotes from the same passage in Isaiah Christ will refer to a few verses hence.

Romans 11:8
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
Are you beginning to see how the parables play a part in this?

"Whomsoever will" must wake up and take action and go to Him...for only Jesus Christ, the Word of God, can heal their deafness and heal their blindness.

So "Wake up" Christian before it is too late!
Stop listening to men who teach you to follow their church traditions and instead turn to your Father's Word "Today" and hear His voice!

If you do, then the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven shall be opened unto you!

Otherwise, you can just continue to suffer in ignorance and stumble in darkness.

Matthew 13:11
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you (my disciples) to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (Are you one of his disciples or one of the multitudes?)
Would you like to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven?

Did you know that Jesus Christ gave the brotherhood, His family, the key of David (Rev. 3:7) to open and unlock the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, even those "mysteries" which are contained in the eight parables spoken in this 13th chapter of Matthew.

You were already told how to become part of that family, that brotherhood, in Matthew 12:50: "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."

That does not mean that God does not love those who do not seek Him to do His will.

On the contrary, it is precisely because He does love them that He speaks to them in parables, lest they should see and hear and become accountable to the point they could commit the unpardonable sin, the penalty of which is to follow the son of perdition into the lake of fire.

Matthew 13:12
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Whosoever hath what?

Remember the subject is sowing the Word of God and the "whosoever" are those who have ears to hear and sow that Word!

That one shall reap the abundant blessings of God for bringing forth fruit for the harvest, not to mentioned that he or she will be as overjoyed and excited as the Queen of Sheba for seeking the wisdom of God.

Remember to what great lengths she went to seeking the wisdom God had bestowed upon Solomon?

Those who do not make and are not willing to make that journey shall lose out on the abundant blessings of the first resurrection (Rev. 20:6).

[13]Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
They do not have the spiritual understanding of God's Word because they listen to men instead of "hearing His voice"!

In other words, the "seed" either falls upon deaf ears and does not germinate, or it germinates but quickly withers away in the "heat" of things because it has no root, or the ears that could hear are just too busy "takin' care of business" to be bothered with studying Father's Word.

The following verses quoted from the Book of Isaiah (6:9-10) explain why it is God has placed that spirit of slumber upon them by speaking to them in parables which the blind cannot perceive.

[14] And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
They hear His words with their ears but they have no spiritual ears with understanding from above as to what they mean.

To that end, this next verse explains why they do not have those eyes to see and ears to hear.

[15] For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
The REASON they cannot understand the meaning of the parables is because THEY have closed their eyes to wisdom and understanding.

This is the "heart of the problem" in that their hearts (minds) are "waxed gross" which is akin to Ps. 95:8 where we read of our forefathers who "hardened their hearts".

However, should they have a change of heart and be converted (which means to "turn about", i.e. turn to Him) then He will heal their deaf ears and open their spiritually blind eyes to the truth!

Again, it cannot be emphasized enough that it is because of the love our Father has for His children that He has allowed their eyes to be glazed over whereby the spirit of slumber (stupor) has come over them.

For it is their ignorance of His Word that actually serves as a cloak of protection lest they begin to see and understand to the point of accountability and find themselves in the spiritual position of being able to commit the unpardonable sin.

However, the eyes of those who do "see" and the ears of those who do "hear" shall be blessed indeed.

Do you want to be blessed?

[16] But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Happy you will be if you seek Him to hear His voice...Today.
[17] For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Do you understand how privileged and blessed we are in this final generation?

Many prophets and righteous men have desired to "see" Christ and "hear" His voice.

The prophets all wrote of Him and foretold of His coming and desired to see Him and understand the things He has revealed unto us here in the 21st. century.

Take the prophet Daniel for example: Daniel 12:8-9 "And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? [9] And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."

However, in the time of the end, the "wise" shall understand (Dan. 12:10).

And now with the understanding of the importance and knowing what it takes to have ears to hear, are you ready to "hear" Christ explain the simplicity of the parable of the sower?

Matthew 13:18
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
Therefore, open your ears and "Hear ye"!
[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.
This is the explanation of verse 4 concerning the seed which fell by the wayside!

The wayside are people who listen to Satan's doubters and are caught away by the "birds of prey".

Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.
[20] But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

[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.

This is the explanation of verses 5 & 6.

Note: Look up the Greek word translated "offended" (skandalizo) and you will find it means to "stumble", as in fall in the great apostasy.

Matthew 13:5-6 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: [6] And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
[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.
This is the explanation of verse 7 concerning the "thorns" which choke the word.
Matthew 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.
Christ explains that the thorns represent the care of this world and the deceitful of riches.

My, this is real hard stuff, isn't it?!!!

[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.
Those who hear with understanding, i.e. those with ears to hear, and then bear fruit and bring forth fruit, are those that receive seed "into the good ground".
Matthew 13:8-9 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. [9] Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
You must bring forth fruit else what good are you?

And there is no emphasis on the amount of fruit that you must bring forth, only that you do so, for you "see" it is the seed itself that grows and produces fruit and that is how you become blessed.

Unfortunately some teach that "sowing seeds" means you write big checks to their ministry and God will bless you for it.

More unfortunately than that, many of our spiritually blind and deaf brothers and sisters believe that what they say is true and are taken across by these charlatans.

Don't be a foolish virgin.

Today, this same day, open your eyes and put your ears on and listen to His voice and then you won't be a fooled by thieves and wolves who come to you in sheep's clothing claiming God's Word says this or that!

Always go to Him and let the Word of God interpret itself for the true Shepherd will never lead you astray.

Mark 4:10 And when He was alone, they that were about Him with the twelve asked of Him the parable.

[11] And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

You will also find this documented in Matthew 13:10-11
where the disciples asked Jesus face to face,
"Why speakest thou unto them in parables?"

His answer was twofold:

Mat. 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
(1) To simplify and make easy to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven to His disciples.

(2) To hide the mysteries of the kingdom to those who do not seek Him and do not have eyes to see nor ears to hear.

Until they are truly "converted" and turn and repent from forsaking Him,
from forsaking His Word and not coming to Him privately,
they shall remain unable to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.

Here are Christ's own words:

Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Then Jesus Christ told His disciples (which means you if you are one)
that unless they understood the Parable of the Sower
they would not be able to understand any of His parables.
[13] And He said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
Therefore we better take some time and lay some groundwork
and make sure we understand the Parable of the Sower
else per Christ's own words we cannot understand the parable of the fig tree [Pamphlet #1031],
which Christ told us in Mark 13:28 we must learn, right?

You see, the Parable of the Sower has to do with "seeds"
and "planting" and "fruit",
etc., all of which we shall be discussing in our study of the Parable of the Fig Tree
which actually begins in the "Fig Grove",
in the Garden of God called Eden,
where the first "sowings" took place
and the "cover-up" by the fig leaves themselves
have kept hidden what really happened in that grove.

Do you know?

Let us therefore go to the parable of the sowing in the beginning
and learn the truth from the words of Jesus Christ Himself.

You see, not all seeds were planted by God.

God creates, but, Satan Sows!

"The Parable of the Tares"
This parable is about a different sower!

Matthew 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:

 
[25] But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
What are "tares"?

We need to know and understand the horticulture of "tares"
which is zizanion (dziz-an'-ee-on) in Greek (#2215) and means "darnel" or false grain :- tares.

Here is Dr. Smith's explanation:

Tares: A noxious plant, of the grass family, supposed to mean the darnel. It grows among the wheat everywhere in Palestine, and bears a great resemblance to it while growing - so closely that, before they head out, the two plants can hardly be distinguished. The grains are found, 2 or 3 together, in 12 small husks, scattered on a rather long head. The Arabs do not separate the darnel from the wheat, unless by means of a fan or sieve, after threshing (Mat. 13:25-30). If left to mingle with the bread, it occasions dizziness, and often acts as an emetic. ("Smith's Bible Dictionary", A. J. Holman Company, pg. 301.)
[26] But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
Only a trained person can distinguish the toxic tares from true wheat
while they are growing together in the field. However,
at harvest time the two are easily distinguishable.

The bearded darnel (Lolium temulentum) is a poisonous grass, almost indistinguishable from wheat while the two are only in blade, but which can be separated without difficulty when they come into ear (cp. mat. 13:29, 20). ("Davis Bible Dictionary", Baker Book House, pg. 759.)
Do you understand that most people would not be able to tell the difference
between a tare and a wheat plant?

This is important to our understanding of the parable of the fig tree [Pamphlet #1031],
which Christ told us we must learn in Mark 13:28, very important!

[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?
The "servants" of the house knew there were tares,
toxic look-alike false wheat plants, in the field!

You could call them anti-wheats!

[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?
Hmmm, it seems the sowing of the tares was the deliberate covert activity of the enemy.

Should we go round those suckers up?

[29] But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let the tares alone! That's an order!
[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.

Editor's Note: This sure proves "The Rapture Theory" to be false,
DOES IT NOT?
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The reapers, whoever they are, will handle those tares,
whoever they are, at harvest time, whenever that is!

We are about to learn the mystery.

You see, what we have just read from Mat. 13:24-30 is an actual parable,
which is a truth expressed in similitude using symbols
with characteristics analogous to something else.

Next, notice again the emphasis on the fact
that Jesus Christ spoke unto the multitudes in parables.

In fact, He didn't speak anything to them that was not in parable form.

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.

This is a quote and a fulfillment of Ps. 78:2:
Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Are you able to see and understand from what we have learned so far
that contained in this parable of the sower of the tares is a "secret"
which has been kept from the "foundation of the world"?

Do you understand that the multitudes do not understand it?

They cannot tell the difference between tares and wheat in the field!

Now notice what happened next.

Jesus sent everyone away and went into the house,
but those eager-to-know-His-Word disciples followed Him
and ASKED HIM to "explain the parable of the tares of the field"!

[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.
Jesus granted their request to seek knowledge from the Living Word of God
and He answered and EXPLAINED the parable!

Therefore, what you are about to read is NOT A PARABLE!

It is the simple EXPLANATION of the parable by Jesus Christ
to His disciples who want to KNOW the parable of the tares.

[37] He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
Remember, this is not a parable nor a spiritual analogy!

It was God Himself who placed the "good seed" in the field.

What is the field?

[38] The field is the world;
The world is just that, the world, i.e. good old mother earth
which He Himself created.

What or who are the "good seed"?

[38 cont.] ... the good seed are the children of the kingdom;
The "good seed" are the children (real people) of the kingdom,
i.e. the children of the kingdom of God which He placed in the field,
which we now know is the world.

You MUST understand that Christ is giving an explanation here of the parable.

It is not a continuation of the parable nor is it a parable of the parable.

The "good seed" is simply symbolic terminology for His children
which should not be a complicated thing to understand at all.

He formed Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden!

It is that simple and any attempt to "spiritualize" it into something other than what Christ just said
is to change His explanation.

In other words "children" means "children" as in offspring.

[38 cont.] ... but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
Uh oh!

This is where we separate the men from the boys
or you might say the tares from the wheat.

It seems that many are willing to accept that the "good seed"
are the children of the kingdom but that the "tares", the "bad seed",
are not really the children "of" the wicked one, the devil himself.

Let us see and read from Christ's own words who it was that "sowed his wild oats"
and produced these tares, which we now know are also children (real people).

[39] The enemy that sowed them is the devil;
HOLD IT right there!

Is Jesus Christ saying that Satan actually has progeny "of" his own,
as in his own offspring?

Yes, that is EXACTLY what He is saying.

Remember, this has been hidden as in covered with figs leaves from the beginning,
and those who still "sleep" (vs. 25) will continue to look at the field and see no tares.

It is time to wake up, Christian!

The hour is late and harvest time is nigh indeed!

What is harvest time anyway?

[38 cont.] ... the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
What will eventually happen to the tares?

They shall be "burned in the fire" at the end of this world age.

[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.

[43] Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?

Well get them on because we are about to
learn the minute details of when, where, and how the devil "sowed the tares" in the field.

It is the foundation and the beginning of wisdom
in learning the Parable of the Fig Tree
and therefore we are going to cast out the traditions of men
which have for so long obscured the truth of God's Word
and we are going to learn what REALLY happened in the fig grove in the midst of the Garden of God!

Keep in mind that what you are about to read and hear
may be so completely different than this illustrated "tradition"
handed down by the churches for many generations that it might "set you on your heels".

One of Satan's most effective and subtle tools in covering up the truth of God's Word
is to take that which is expressed figuratively
and cause people to take it literally, and vice versa.

And since it is of such extreme importance to understand what happened in the beginning of any book
in order to place that which follows in proper context,
you can be certain that Satan has worked real hard on the first few chapters of God's Word
to make sure it is misunderstood thereby throwing people off track,
by covering up his own tracks from the very start.

In other words (and never forget this):

If you do not know what really happened in the first few chapters of Genesis
and especially in garden of Eden
you will never truly understand the rest of God's Word.
That is why Jesus Christ said that if you do not understand the Parable of the Sower
you will not understand any of His other parables.

That is why we have come to the Book of Genesis in order that we might understand the sowing of the "seeds",
both the good and the bad,
so that we might then be able to understand the Parable of the Fig Tree
for it requires this understanding as background.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words", so let us "see" a visual of the typical "fairy tale" Satan would have the "little children" believe happened in the garden:

The narrative at the bottom of the picture reads:

"Adam and Eve were told by God not to eat apples from a certain tree in the garden. An evil serpent tempted Eve and she and Adam both ate the forbidden fruit. Because they disobeyed God, they were forced to leave the Garden of Eden."
What is said in the narrative and illustrated in this picture is as far from the truth of what happened in the garden as night is from day,
for it is the very twisted "interpretation" of God's Word by the prince of darkness himself, i.e. Satan.

It is an image created by "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world (Rev. 12:9)" to keep you in darkness, from learning the truth.

We intend to shed the "light" on this "snake" and expose him as the liar and fraud that he is.

Keep in mind that what you are about to read and hear may be so completely different than this illustrated "tradition" handed down by the churches for many generations that it might "set you on your heels", which is a figure of speech meaning it might astound you.

So do not say I didn't warn you!

Of course, if you are willing to believe fairy tales like the one in this picture
then perhaps you can believe some reality and truth which may appear stranger than fiction.

Go for it!

First of all, would it surprise you to know that the word "apple" is not even mentioned anywhere in the Book of Genesis?

Check it out for yourself.

You see, Satan wants you to believe that the "forbidden fruit"
Adam and Eve partook of was literal fruit just like an apple.



This is a prime example of taking that which is used figuratively to be the literal thing
(or place or person) used symbolically to graphically depict something else.

Figures of speech are so overlooked in God's Word
that I'm sure if we were to read in the New Testament that the apostle Paul "got into hot water"
that there would be churches teaching that in order to be in good standing
among their members you would have to "get into hot water" yourself.

Of course there would be division and disagreement among the denominations and "scholars"
as to what temperature actually constitutes "hot" as opposed to just "warm"
and how much hot water a person should actually get into,
i.e. should one step into hot water just up to his knees or waist or should one become totally immersed in hot water.

And if you looked up the word "water" in any Greek dictionary it would certainly mean H2O, like rain.

Yet the phrase he "got into hot water" has absolutely nothing to do with water!

It is a figure of speech which means he "got into trouble"!

Maybe this hot water scenario sounded a bit ridiculous to you
but you should just see some of the ludicrous things churches teach
and have their people do because of their ignorance of His Word.

Do you not think Satan would be laughing his fool head off at watching Christians getting into pools of "hot water"?


Well guess what?

He is laughing his fool head off at Christians who think Eve was deceived by a snake who talked her into eating an apple from a fruit tree!

Good grief Charlie Brown!

You see, the word "serpent" is simply one of the symbolic names of Satan
that describes him according to his low-life character.

He is also called the dragon, the little horn, the vile person, the son of perdition, the Devil, Satan, Lucifer, the morning star (Isa. 14), etc.

Spiritually speaking, he is a "snake" alright!

He is a sneaky, no-good, low-down, yellow-bellied, lying, conniving "serpent"!

Rev. 20:2 "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years."

But you know what?

He is also the most beautiful and charismatic individual you will ever encounter, a charming one indeed!

You can read all about this highly intelligent glistening one, "perfect in beauty", in the 28th chapter of Ezekiel.

He does not look like this:

Ok, then what about the fruit and the trees?

They are also symbolic.

Trees are used throughout the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, to symbolize people.

God's elect are called "Cedars of Lebanon" because the roots of the cedar go as deep as the tree is tall
and therefore those trees cannot be easily shaken or uprooted.

Jesus Christ is symbolized by the "Tree of Life" and the Vine, the branches of which bring forth good fruit.

And as we shall see, Satan is symbolized by the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil"
and he and his branches bring forth corrupt and evil fruit which we are NOT to EAT.

And so depending on what kind of "tree" you are determines what kind of fruit you produce.

Here are words of Jesus Christ:

Luke 6:43
For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
In God's nature there is no such thing as a literally corrupt tree, because you see,
trees have no brains and no knowledge of good and evil.

However, people do!

[44] For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
If you eat the fruit from that "corrupt tree", which brings forth no good fruit, you are going to be in big trouble.

Where should you get your fruit?

Here is what your Father says:

Hosea 14:8
Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
Imagine that!

God even likens Himself to a tree, an evergreen fir symbolic of eternal life!

You are to get your fruit from Him and from His Word (Your Bible) and from NO ONE ELSE, no other tree (person, preacher. whatever!))!

[9] Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
The question is "Who is wise, and understands these things?"

Are you wise, or do you believe in fairy tales about snakes and apples?

Let's go to Genesis and see what happened in the garden.

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
You now know who this "serpent" is who was more subtle, meaning cunningly wise, than any "beast" of the field,
which means any other living, created being, human or otherwise!

So the PICTURE you now need to place in your mind is one of a very smart, good looking,
handsome young man who is very, very charming and likeable and intelligent and well spoken.

Got it?

That old serpent has perpetuated a lie, a tradition, about the "snake" and the "apple" long enough.

Do not let him have the victory any more!

Again, it is his diabolical plan to deceive a Biblically ignorant people,
"because it ministers to the acceptance of his lie, the hiding of God's truth,
the jeers of the infidel, the opposition of the critics, and the stumbling of the weak in faith." (Companion Bible, appendix 19, last paragraph.)

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By the way, the apostle Paul also refers to this "serpent" in the garden in 2 Cor. 11:3:

2 Cor. 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The Greek word for "serpent" is ophis, which means "an artful, malicious person; (figuratively a snake).
serpent =   ophis  of'-is   Strong's #3789
Probably from G3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan:—serpent.
Again, Satan appeared to Eve as a beautiful and charismatic charming young man,
truly a glorious "angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:14).

Let's repeat Gen. 3:1.

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Notice that Satan is about to tempt Eve with God's Word
and He is quoting the Word of God, though he has slightly twisted what was actually said!

God told Adam that he could freely eat of every tree of the Garden.

See what a subtle twist this is, from a positive to a doubtful questionable negative?

Genesis 2:16
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
There was only one "tree" that he was "NOT to eat of"
and that was the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" in midst of the garden,
the corrupt one who bore "bad fruit" which ultimately causes "death".
[17] But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Have you ever read Ezekiel chapter 31 concerning the Assyrian (the te ashshur  meaning "box cedar") who was in Eden?
Ezekiel 31:3
Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.
This is not a literal "tree" as we will see,
any more than the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was a literal "fruit" tree!
[4] The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.
"Waters" are symbolic of people (Rev. 17:15).

They made this tree great!

[5] Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.
His influence extended worldwide, even unto all the nations (next verse).
[6] All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.
All nations cannot "dwell" under an actual tree, can they?

Of course not!

And the fowls of heaven are those "dirty birds" which we will learn more about in our study of the fig tree parable.

[7] Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.
The "great waters" are the children of God,
the House of Israel represented by the 12 stones that the Levite Priests wore.

In Ezek. 28 you will find that Satan, called the king of Tyre,
wore those same stones on his breastplate in the first earth age (before his rebellion)
and walked up and down in the midst of them (called the stones of fire.

God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29).

[8] The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chesnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.
He was something else, this handsome intelligent preacher and leader of God's people!

Did you know that he drew a third of God's children away from Him
and caused them to follow and participate in his liberal ways!

(Rev. 12:4). Many, many people just love this guy!

Yes, the Devil, the serpent!

[9] I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.
Trees do not envy other trees.

Remember they have no brains and no knowledge of good and evil.

Satan WAS the tree in the midst of the garden of Eden,
both in the first earth age as shown here, and in this earth age in Gen. 3!

It was Satan, that old serpent the devil, who tempted Eve and beguiled her.

Satan also tempted Jesus Christ in the wilderness with God's Word
by misquoting and twisting the scriptures to read and mean the "letter" of what is written,
instead of the "truth" of what is written.

Most Christians do not even know that Satan misquoted the Word of God when he tempted Jesus Christ.

Do you?

Let us go back to the garden.

Genesis 3:2
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Notice Eve also did not accurately quote God's Word
for she left out the word "freely",
probably due to the now negative tone Satan has injected into God's words.
[3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Eve again has not gotten it right!

God did not say "LEST ye die!"

There is no "lest" or "perhaps" about it!

It is not "questionable" at all!

God said "thou shalt surely die!" She also added "neither shall ye touch it"!

However, she will end up "touching" this tree who will literally "touch" her as in wholly seduce her.

Yes, she will lose her "virginity" to the serpent, to this handsome, smart young man!

Have you ever looked up the word "touch" in a Hebrew dictionary?

touch = ‡ˆnaga€naw-gah'  Strong's #5060
A primitive root; properly to touch, that is, laythehandupon (for any purpose; euphemistically, to lie with a woman); by implication to reach (figuratively to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.):—beat, (X be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch.
That is why Paul talks about presenting the church as a chaste virgin unto Christ,
unlike Eve who was "seduced" by the serpent and lost her virginity to him!
2 Cor. 11:2
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
The analogy is that you are to stay spiritually true as a "chaste virgin" and wait for your bridegroom, Jesus Christ.

Do not be like Eve who was "beguiled" by the handsome young intellectual preacher in the midst of the garden!

[3] But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

beguiled = dexapataoex-ap-at-ah'-o Strong's #1818
From G1537 and G538; to seduce wholly:—beguile, deceive.

Let us continue with the discussion in Genesis chapter 3:
Genesis 3:4
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Satan has now brought the Word of God into question and after leading a twisted discourse he smiles at Eve
and tells her that God didn't really mean that you will actually die!

This is the first of many, many lies, for he is the father of lies (John 8:44).

[5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
It is their "spiritual eyes" that will be opened!

In other words they will become enlightened through the expansion of their minds!

You see, what Satan is saying is that you do not need God's Word to be your standard for right and wrong.

No, you can be liberated, as in a "liberal", and you can determine for yourself what is right and wrong!

Yeah, that only makes good sense, doesn't it?

I mean, who is to say what is really right or wrong?

Furthermore, the argument goes, what right do you have to impose your beliefs on someone else?

Go by what "feels good", baby!

Live for today!

(Baby Boomers know the song, "Sha la, la, la, la, la, live for today!")

Note: If a person gets really filled with the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good an evil he or she can become an arrogant condescending liberal politician who believes he or she can also determine in his or her own "godly wisdom" what is best for other people (of lesser intelligence). Of course what is good for others would obviously have to exclude God's Word, any reference of which must be stricken from the halls of justice and any and all government and public institutions, especially those schools where the children go to learn.

[6] And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise,
Yeah baby!

It looks real good!

"Come on Eve, think about it!

What harm can come to you?

God is not going to "kill you" just for having a little fun!"

Now Think: When is the last time you saw an apple tree and said to yourself, "You know self,
if I eat the fruit from this tree it will instantly make me wiser.

I'll bet these are some kind of smart apples".

Get apples and grapes out of your mind.

It is the "leaven", the doctrine of Satan, his bad fruit, that Eve listened to.

In other words, she "ate up" Satan's philosophical reasonings and "interpretations" of God's Word
as he began to appeal to her ego and "desire".

It all started to make sense to her and she told Adam all the things she was learning and he began to eat it up also.

And before long, they were had!

... she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Thus was Eve "seduced" by the serpent in garden,
the truth of which has been hidden for a long time to those who cannot tell the difference between trees and people,
to those who have allowed the deceptive stories of the traditions of men to blind their eyes,
that in seeing they don't see and in hearing they don't hear.
[7] And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Their eyes were opened all right and they experienced something new,
NAKEDNESS, both spiritually and physically!

But why in the world do they now "know they're naked"?

You will find it is because of the SHAME they have brought upon themselves, for disobeying God,
yes, but in a much more perverted way than biting bad apples.

"And they sewed FIG LEAVES together, and made themselves aprons."

Do you suppose these were itty bitty little aprons that they sewed together to cover their mouths because they just ate a bad apple?

How stupid the traditions of men!

Learn to think for yourself and stick to God's Word, not the traditions of men.

[8] And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Uh oh! There's big trouble in paradise now!

Adam and Eve hear their Father walking in the garden in the "ruach" (cool)!

And now that they know good and evil, they know they've done evil!

So they did what most people do, they HID THEMSELVES!

Today we would call it "FigGate".

You can read their excuses for disobeying God in verses 9 through 13 on your own.

Let us now see what judgment was made by our Father:

Genesis 3:14
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
"Upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life" are Hebraisms,
figures of speech, which are simply statements of "degradation"
and have nothing to do with snakes crawling!

In English we might say you will always be "lower than a snake's belly" and "eat dust" all your life!

Remember, the rotten snake seduced mother Eve right there in the fig grove!

And you know what?

She conceived!

Genesis 3:14
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
[15] And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Here we have it!

The two seeds of the Parable of the Tares in Mat. 13!

REMEMBER?

God is NOT talking about "apple seeds" here!

He is talking about progeny, children, the same thing Christ was talking about in Mat. 13!

Matthew 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;
That's right?

Eve is about to give birth and one of those children will be the offspring of the Devil.

[39] The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Satan sowed his "seed" right there in the fig grove!

How?

He seduced Eve and she participated in the "conception" of that bad seed (Cain)!

Now notice the sentence of "sorrow" (travail) related to child birth that Eve receives because of what she has done.

Genesis 3:16
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Well, how are you doing?

Are you still with us or have you decided to stick with "snakes and apples"?

Adam was not Cain's father!

I beg you,
please log unto the links below for a complete
study of the "Parable of the Fig Tree".
Jesus said, "Learn it!"

#1031The Good Figs of Judah
#1752 The age old question asked by the servants of God both "then" and "now" is, "When shall the end of this earth age be?
#1753   How many Christians do you know who go to Him privately, to His Word, and seek the answers to their questions?
#1754 Keep in mind that what you are about to read and hear may be so completely different than this illustrated "tradition" handed down by the churches for many generations that it might "set you on your heels".
#1755First of all, would it surprise you to know that the word "apple" is not even mentioned anywhere in the Book of Genesis?
#1756   Let's go to Genesis and see what happened in the garden.
#1757   Here we have it! The two seeds of the Parable of the Tares!
#1758"How long until the end when He returns?"
#1759And we now KNOW from history the exact "day" when the fig tree was planted, for it has already come to pass.
#1760   What ever happened to Cain after he "went out from the presence of the LORD"?
#1761   Lets take a look at Cain his children throughout the scriptures.
#1762   The Nethinim brought back some Levites, but they did not come back with very many.
#1763   The Israelites are TWO STICKS, not one!
#1764   The question is "Just who are those today who claim to be Jews (of Judah) but are NOT?"
#1765  Understand, there are both good figs and bad figs, as in edible figs and non-edible figs!
#1766 Who are the kenites of the house of Hemath?
#1767   Let us now go to the New Testament a learn from the Teacher of teachers.
#1768   Let us return to Mark 11 and to the teaching concerning the fig tree.
#1769Jesus said Learn it! Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree;...
#7006Some things you should know about "The Lord's Day"

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We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.



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