Judging by the way Jesus interpreted His own parables, every detail is included for a reason and points to spiritual truths vital for us to understand. We would do well to pay attention to the message each one brings us. As Jesus Himself said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear,” Mk.4:9.
Tares look like wheat on the outside, but on the inside are poisonous and no good for anything. Satan is actively trying to infiltrate the church with his tares. When Jesus returns, He's going to separate the two. So on that day, will we be classed as His wheat, or as a tare instead?
Where does the parable of the sheep and the goats fit in the chronology of end time events and does it have anything at all to do with the church of God? And who are the sheep and who are the goats? Recorded at the Do You Know Him fellowship based in Ashford, Middlesex, UK on 18/4/19. Contact details:firstname.lastname@example.org
What's going to happen at Christ's judgement seat? Who will appear before it, when will this take place and how will it all unfold? If I've come to the faith at some point in my life, is there any danger of me not making it into the Kingdom in the end? A look at the Judgement Seat of Christ from the point of view of the parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:1-14.
Jesus said if you don't understand this parable you probably won't understand any of the parables (Mk.4:3). That makes it pretty important for us to get to grips with it. John the Baptist said, "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire," Matt.3:10. The question we need to be answering is what type of soil is in our hearts and will it produce a harvest of fruit in our lives?
Too many people assume the foolish virgins are those bad people in the world who get locked out of the Kingdom once Jesus returns, but is this what Jesus was talking about in this parable? Who are the virgins, what are the lamps, and what is the oil that allows light to shine in the darkness?