The American Wisdom Series

Pamphlet 1753 Figtree kc 1-2

How many Christians do you know who go to Him privately,
to His Word, and seek the answers to their questions?

Make no mistake about it!

The Day of the Lord and the return of Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords
shall come whether any man believes it or not.

The question is if you do believe it,
"Would you like to know when it shall come to pass?"

The disciples wanted to know and so they sought Him
and they went to Him "privately" and asked Him!

How many Christians do you know who do likewise,
i.e. who go to Him privately, to His Word, and seek the answers to their questions?

You see, this is extremely important because herein lies the key
as to whether or not you will be able to understand the Parable of the Fig Tree.

How so?

Well, first of all it is a "parable", a teaching by analogy or similitude,
the in-depth meaning of which lies beyond the understanding of the multitudes
of main stream "churchianity" and is reserved only for those who "seek Him",
i.e. who hunger and thirst for the true bread of life
and the fountain of living water, the Word of God.

Let's document it.

Mark 4:1 And He began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that He entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
A great multitude came to hear Jesus Christ teach
but they did not seek Him afterwards as did His disciples.

We can only imagine that like most good church goers of today,
when they departed they likely said to one another
"Wasn't that a wonderful message today"!

[2] And He taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in His doctrine,

[3] Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

Christ taught in parables for two reasons and one of those reasons is
because He loves all of God's children and wishes to protect those of free-will
who do not yet have the love of the truth.

You see, if and when they are ready in this flesh age and truly
"believe in Jesus Christ",
they will come to Him privately through His Word and ASK for wisdom and understanding!

They will become doers of the Word and not hearers only (Rom. 2;13, James 1:22)
and they will obey His commands because they love Him
(John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments.").

 One of those commandments is the very subject of this study
which is to "learn the Parable of the Fig Tree (Mat. 24:32 )".

Have you taken the time to do as He commanded you?

Let's skip ahead to verse 10 of Mark 4:

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, 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 this 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.

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, 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.
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 aga in 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 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
and in our next study we will document it even further.

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 in our next study
we will 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!

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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