Jephthah, a man of his word: 

Chapter 5



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(Mat 13:24-29)  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field [“the field is the world” v. 38]: But while men slept, his enemy [“the devil” v. 39] came and sowed tares [darnel; false grain (black heads – poisonous weeds)] among the wheat [(golden heads – eatable grain)], and went his way. But when the blade [stalk] was sprung up, and brought forth fruit [the head or seed pod of the stalk], then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder [us] came and said unto him [Jesus Christ], Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence [where] then hath it tares [something is definitely wrong]? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up [sullego; collect]? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up [sullego; collect] the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

(Mat 13:30)  Let both grow together until the harvest: and of in the time harvest I will say to the reapers [“the angels” v. 39], Gather ye together [sullego; collect]  first the tares [the poisonous weeds], and bind them in bundles [bundle /// to tie, i.e. shackle:--bind] to burn them: but gather [sunago; assemble (selves together)] the wheat [the good grain] into my barn.

1.       (Prov 5:21-23)  For the ways of man [all men] are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities [lawlessness, sins, evil] shall take the wicked himself [catch in a net, trap or pit], and he shall be holden [kept fast] with the cords [ropes: bindings] of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly [foolishness] he shall go astray.

2.       astray = Heb: to stray (be misled), to mistake, espec. (mor.) to transgress; (through the idea of intoxication) to reel; (fig.) be enraptured:--(cause to) go astray, be deceived, err, be ravished, sin through ignorance, (let, make to) wander [away from God].  

Commentary: What exactly is the action sequence depicted during “the time of harvest,” which is a process, in verse 30 and of which Jesus Christ later said “is the end of the world” (Mat 13:39)? The use of the word “to burn them” rather than “and burn them” indicates the preparation for future action rather than a continuation of the present action. Whereas “but gather the wheat into my barn” indicates a single continuous action or a process.

THE TARES (the bad guys: non-eatable poisonous weeds)

We may note then that the tares experience two distinct actions or judgments. The first action is the discernment (judgment) of the angels upon each individual, as to whether he or she be a tare or a wheat, and if discerned to be a tare, binding, separating, him or her into their respective “bundle.” The second action is waiting for an unspecified period of time for the harvest process to be completed, upon which the bundles of weeds shall be burned, which is the judgment of “the second death” (Rev 2:11; 20:6,14; 21:8).


Why has the Lord rendered in this text the word “bundles” plural rather than a single bundle? A bundle is a relatively large number of individual stalks held and tied (bound) together by a common thread or string. Perhaps it is that “first” the tares (the bad guys) are bound (marked out – or judged, i.e. separated) from the wheat (the good guys) by the discernment of the angels and collected into clearly identifiable apostate associations, groups, or bundles, such as abortionists, feminists, homosexuals, etc., each bundle sharing a common thread of association. That “first” action of separation into bundles by the angels has already occurred. How do we know that? Because the “bundles” of tares are now clearly discernable, even to His servants (us), as well as the angels, and we ourselves are waiting… with the angels.

1.       (Rev 22:14,15)  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without [outside] are dogs [homosexuals], and sorcerers [pharmakos; drugs], and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. [other bundles waiting to be burned]

THE WHEAT (the good guys: eatable grains)

However, the wheat experience only one action or judgment. Once the binding process of the tares has been initiated, sort of like a trigger device, the wheat (the good guys) are thereafter continuously being assembled “into my barn,” a process, which is a type of continuous “rapture” (Dict: ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy) or rapturing. Let us look at a personal although imperfect example of “rapture:” I was just immediately experiencing “rapture,” ecstatic joy or delight, joyful ecstasy, in the presence of God while being assembled into His barn, a process, for the past several hours as I sat here completely oblivious (unaware, unconscious, unmindful, ignorant, insensible) to the world, interacting and speaking, communing with God, focusing upon Him through His Word with questions (mine mostly) and answers (His mostly) about this message. Praise God! And, thankfully, since becoming a born-again Christian, I have wonderful opportunity to experience “rapture,” which is a process,  every moment of my life! “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thes 5:17).

1.       (Eph 2:19-22)  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And [you] are built [a process] upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together [a process] groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together [a process] for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

2.       (1 Cor 6:19)  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

BUT GATHER [sunago; assemble (selves together)]


(Mat 24:27,28)  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the [Second] coming of the Son of man be [at the end of the first harvest, which is also the beginning of the Millennium]. For wheresoever the carcase is [a ruin, i.e. (spec.) lifeless body (corpse, carrion):--dead body, carcase, corpse], there will the eagles be gathered together [sunago].

 (Isa 40:31)  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength [vigor: ability, able, force, might, power, strength]; they shall mount up [ascend (into Heaven - rapture)] with wings as eagles; they shall run [on the earth], and not be weary; and they shall walk [on the earth], and not faint [Joel 2:1-11]. [During my “rapture,” my mind was in the clouds in Heaven but my body was on earth].

1.       (Psa 37:9)  For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

2.       (Rom 12:2)  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed [metamorphoo; to transform (lit. or fig. "metamorphose"):--changed, transfigured, transformed] by the renewing of your mind [a process], that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(Jer 16:16,17)  Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after [my Second Coming] will I send for many hunters [eagles], and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity [sin] hid from mine eyes. [What does an eagle symbolize? Power and majesty and keen eyesight: discernment. Eagle saints.



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