Judgment

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Would you explain how the parable of the tares and the wheat (Matthew 13) where the tares (wicked) are gathered FIRST and burned in the fire and the wheat (believers) is taken into the barn fits in the End times scenario? I understand that the harvest is at the end of the world. Where does this fit in the time line you have outlined?

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Matt 13:24 (NIV) Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 "The owner's servants came to him and said, ´Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' 28 "´An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, ´Do you want us to go and pull them up?' 29 "´No,' he answered, ´because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'"

Now, my interpretation of this passage has to do with several elements. 

First, look at my newsletter and read the article on "The Elect."   I believe during the 70th week of Daniel the church will increasingly compromise with the world so that most of the church will be "lost." 

Secondly, at the end of the 70th week after the rapture has already happened, there will be many who have not taken the Mark of the Beast and yet are not "saved," but they will enter the millennial reign of Christ.  For more on this go to my FAQ question regarding "wedding guests."

Third, the scripture records the judgment of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25:31.  Here the distinction will be as they had done to the "least of these my brethren." 

My conclusion is that this parable is a picture of how the tares and wheat abide together and supposedly it is hard to tell them apart.  But at the "harvest" they will be separated.  I am not sure that this is a specific picture of any of these individual judgments, but rather a general picture that whether through the rapture, or the judgment before the millennium the wheat will be gathered in to barns and the tares burned. It is interesting here that those raptured and entering into the millennium are not at their final destination - the new heaven and new earth and that may add some significance to the wheat being gathered into barns.  And, the result of those left at the rapture and not entering the millennium would be hell - although not the final lake of fire - "to be burned."

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Last update: 2012-04-17 04:36
Author: Elbert Charpie
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