Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr
Series Code: CGC
Program Code: CGC000046
01:13 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:16 Our Father in heaven, what a joy and a privilege it is
01:19 to come into Your presence
01:21 to sing praises to Your name,
01:24 to speak with You in prayer,
01:26 and to hear You speak with us
01:29 through the ministration of Your Holy Word.
01:32 We ask that as we open that Word
01:35 that Your Holy Spirit will hover over this place
01:38 and give us clear minds and tender hearts to receive
01:43 the message that You have for us.
01:45 We thank you for the privilege of approaching Your throne
01:49 boldly... knowing that You hear us and You answer.
01:53 And Father, we ask that You will answer
01:56 because we ask it in the precious name of Your beloved
02:00 Son Jesus Christ, Amen.
02:04 We'd like to begin our study today at that verse
02:08 which has basically been the
02:09 theme of the Genesis series:
02:12 Genesis chapter 3 and verse 15.
02:16 Genesis chapter 3 and verse 15.
02:21 Here God is speaking to the serpent.
02:24 He's speaking to Satan... to the devil...
02:27 and notice what He says:
03:02 Genesis chapter 3 and verse 15
03:05 speaks about two seeds.
03:09 One Seed is righteous
03:12 and the other seed is wicked.
03:17 But in our study this morning we don't want only to talk about
03:21 the righteous Seed and the wicked seed.
03:24 In fact, we're going to discover that there's only one kind
03:29 of righteous Seed but there are actually
03:33 two types of wicked seeds.
03:37 Now you're probably wondering what I mean by two types
03:41 of wicked seeds. Well, the fact is that in our study today
03:47 we're going to notice that there is one type of wicked person
03:52 who is overtly wicked.
03:55 In other words, openly wicked.
03:59 We would call them ungodly.
04:02 And by the way, this type of individual
04:05 would be illustrated by the publicans and the sinners
04:09 of Christ's day.
04:10 Outcasts of society.
04:13 Ungodly so to speak.
04:16 But then there's a second type of wicked seed,
04:21 and that is those who are covertly wicked.
04:27 In other words, they don't appear wicked on the surface
04:31 but they are wicked actually in their thoughts and in
04:34 their hearts. They are covertly wicked.
04:39 And of course this type of wicked person is illustrated
04:43 by the scribes and the Pharisees.
04:46 And so when Genesis 3:15 speaks about a wicked seed
04:52 we need to understand that that seed includes
04:55 two different types of wicked people.
04:58 First, those who are overtly wicked -
05:03 in other words, they live a disorderly lifestyle
05:06 and don't care much about it -
05:08 and those who are covertly wicked.
05:12 In other words, they put on a wonderful veneer,
05:16 a wonderful exterior,
05:18 but their hearts and their minds are far away from God
05:22 illustrated by the scribes and the Pharisees.
05:26 Now in our study today we are going to particularly
05:30 take a look at the second type of wicked seed:
05:35 those who are covertly wicked.
05:38 Those who have a wonderful front but whose hearts and
05:43 whose minds are alienated from God.
05:48 Now this type of wicked person is illustrated in the parable
05:52 of the wheat and the tares.
05:55 This parable is found in Matthew chapter 13
05:59 and verses 24 through 30.
06:02 And basically I'm going to read the passage
06:05 and then we're going to go back and interpret the symbols
06:09 of this parable. Matthew chapter 13
06:13 and verses 24 to 30.
06:16 It says this:
07:48 This is the famous parable of the wheat and the tares.
07:53 And we're going to notice that the tares in this parable
07:56 represent a particular type of wicked person:
08:01 a person who does not appear wicked
08:05 but in the sight of God is even more wicked than those
08:09 who are overtly unrighteous.
08:13 Now we have several symbols in this parable.
08:17 Let's take a look at the symbols in order.
08:22 Back to Matthew 13 and verse 24.
08:25 Matthew 13 and verse 24.
08:28 We have three symbols here that we want to interpret.
08:32 It says there in verse 24:
08:47 Three symbols.
08:49 Number one: the sower who is referred to as a man.
08:55 Second symbol: good seed.
08:59 And the third symbol: the field where the seed is planted.
09:05 So we have a sower; we have good seed;
09:09 and we have a field.
09:11 Now what is represented by these three symbols?
09:14 Let's go down to the interpretation that Jesus gave
09:18 of this parable. And it's wonderful that Jesus gave
09:21 an explanation of the parable. He didn't always do that.
09:24 Notice Matthew 13 and verses 37 and 38.
09:28 Matthew 13:37-38.
09:37 So we know who the Sower is.
09:39 The Sower is Jesus.
09:44 Then it says:
09:50 And by the way, I'm going to qualify that.
09:53 It is not just the world in general...
09:56 it is the church of Jesus in the world.
10:00 We're going to notice that as we study along.
10:03 It's particularly the church as the church is found
10:07 in all of the places of the world.
10:09 So it says: "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. "
10:26 That's another way of saying the righteous.
10:31 The saved, if you please.
10:33 And so you have three symbols.
10:36 You have the Sower,
10:38 the good seed, and the field.
10:40 The Sower is Jesus.
10:42 The good seed are the righteous.
10:45 And the field represents the world... more specifically
10:49 the church of Jesus as it is found in the world.
10:55 But there's more to this parable.
10:57 Notice Matthew 13 verses 25 and 26.
11:02 We have here three additional symbols in the parable.
11:07 It says there in verse 25:
11:13 I want you to notice that... that's very important.
11:15 We're going to come back to it in a moment.
11:21 Should they have been vigilant?
11:23 Should the men have been vigilant?
11:26 Should those who take care of the field have been vigilant?
11:34 Particularly referring to the leaders of the church...
11:43 So they're sleeping. There's an enemy who comes.
11:55 So we have tares.
11:57 Now what do these symbols represent:
12:00 the symbol of sleep, the enemy, and the tares?
12:06 Well, we don't have to guess
12:08 because in Matthew 13:38-39
12:12 Jesus explains the symbols.
12:15 It says there:
12:22 So what do the tares represent?
12:24 The tares represent the sons or the seed of the wicked one.
12:31 And who is this wicked one? It says:
12:40 So you have sleeping; you have the enemy;
12:45 and you have the tares.
12:47 Now allow me to read you a very interesting statement
12:52 that we find in Testimonies to the Church, Volume 3,
12:57 page 113 about the sleeping aspect
13:02 of this parable.
13:06 The author, Ellen White, had this to say:
13:36 Then she says this:
13:39 "Satan never sleeps... "
13:58 This is a very telling statement.
14:01 If the church were awake,
14:04 the church would be able to make sure that the enemy
14:08 did not plant tares in the church.
14:11 But because many times the church is under the effects
14:15 of anesthesia or the church is sleeping and not vigilant,
14:19 the devil comes in and he plants tares
14:22 and we can't even tell what the devil is doing.
14:26 By the way, even worse than sleeping
14:32 and have the devil plant the tares in the church
14:35 is the idea of knowingly
14:39 planting tares in the church.
14:43 And you say: "Pastor, are you saying that sometimes
14:46 tares are planted in the church by the servants? "
14:50 That's exactly what I'm saying.
14:52 I'd like to read another statement that we find in
14:55 Testimonies Volume 5, page 172.
14:58 You know, we live in a world - in a religious world - where
15:02 everybody thinks that that which is big and spectacular
15:07 is the best.
15:09 And so we have the idea that we need to plant mega-churches:
15:14 churches with 10,000... 20,000... 30,000 members.
15:19 And we have the idea that we want to fill the church.
15:24 But the question is: what are we filling the church with?
15:30 Is it just possible that not only are we sleeping
15:35 and allowing the devil to come and plant the tares
15:37 but we are knowingly participating in the process
15:41 of planting the tares. Allow me to read this statement.
15:44 Very telling statement... powerful. She says this:
15:48 "The accession of members... "
15:53 Accession means the entrance of members.
15:55 "who have not been renewed in heart
15:59 and reformed in life
16:03 is a source of weakness to the church. "
16:08 I'm going to read that again.
16:10 "The accession of members who have not been renewed in heart
16:15 and reformed in life
16:18 is a source of weakness to the church. "
16:22 And we say that strength is in numbers.
16:26 Think again. Strength is in piety.
16:32 Strength is in character.
16:34 She continues saying:
16:36 "This fact is often ignored. "
16:40 And now she's going to meddle with me...
16:43 "Some ministers and churches
16:48 are so desirous of securing an increase of numbers
16:54 that they do not bear faithful testimony against
16:58 unChristian habits and practices. "
17:04 "Let 'em come in... the importance is having
17:07 just lots of people in the church. "
17:10 She continues saying:
17:13 "Those who accept the truth
17:16 are not taught that they cannot safely be worldlings
17:21 in conduct while they are Christians in name.
17:26 Heretofore they were Satan's subjects.
17:29 Henceforth they are to be subjects of Christ.
17:34 The life must testify to the change of leaders.
17:39 Public opinion... " We would call them polls today...
17:45 "Public opinion favors a profession of Christianity.
17:51 Little self-denial or self-sacrifice is required
17:57 in order to put on a form of
18:00 godliness and to have one's
18:03 name enrolled upon the church
18:05 book. Hence, many join the church
18:09 without first becoming united to Christ.
18:13 In this Satan triumphs. "
18:18 Now notice this:
18:19 "Such converts are his most efficient agents. "
18:25 Are the openly irreligious
18:29 the greatest threat to the church?
18:31 No! She says: "Such converts are the devil's
18:35 most efficient agents.
18:37 They serve as decoys to other souls.
18:42 They are false lights
18:44 luring the unwary to perdition.
18:47 It is in vain that men seek to make the Christian path
18:52 broad and pleasant for worldlings.
18:56 God has not smoothed or widened the rugged, narrow way.
19:02 If we would enter into life,
19:05 we must follow the same path which Jesus and His disciples
19:09 trod... the path of humility,
19:13 self-denial, and sacrifice. "
19:17 That is a powerfully telling statement.
19:20 And I fear sometimes that even within our own church -
19:24 not our own local church but within the Seventh-day
19:27 Adventist church - we're so anxious to grow in numbers
19:32 that we don't present a clear and decided testimony
19:36 so that we make sure that people know what they're deciding
19:40 for before they join the church before they are baptized.
19:43 And as a result, what happens is we are consciously
19:48 planting tares within the church.
19:52 Not even sleeping any more
19:54 but actually knowingly doing this.
19:59 Now you notice in this parable that it says
20:02 that the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
20:06 Now allow me to pursue that just for a moment.
20:10 Notice John chapter 8 and verse 44.
20:13 Remember we're talking about a particular type of
20:16 wicked person today. We're not talking about
20:18 those who are openly wicked. We're not talking about those
20:22 who are overtly unrighteous.
20:24 You know, you can tell by their lives that they don't
20:27 profess Christianity... they don't care about religion.
20:30 They don't care about ordering their lives according to the
20:33 Ten Commandments. We're talking about
20:35 a covert type of wicked person
20:37 which in the sight of Jesus was the worst type.
20:41 Now in John 8 verse 44 Jesus is speaking - listen up -
20:45 to religious people.
20:47 He's not speaking to the publicans and sinners.
20:50 He's speaking to the righteous
20:52 and notice what He says to them:
21:00 What are the tares?
21:01 The sons of whom?
21:03 The sons of the wicked one.
21:05 Now Jesus says to these
21:07 religious people:
21:25 I find it amazing here that Jesus would call those religious
21:30 people - the scribes, the Pharisees... those who
21:34 went to the temple and worshiped God every day,
21:37 those individuals who apparently had great piety -
21:41 and Jesus would say to them: "You are of your father
21:46 the devil. " You are the devil's seed in other words.
21:50 Amazing! So is it possible to be religious
21:54 and still be the seed of the devil?
21:56 Absolutely. And I know that what I'm saying here
21:59 is not politically correct... but it's the truth.
22:03 As they said to Martin Luther once,
22:06 you know, when he stood there at the Diet of Worms.
22:09 He says: "My conscience is captive to the Word of God.
22:13 Here I stand... I can do no other. "
22:17 They said: "That is heresy, Dr. Luther. "
22:20 And Luther says: "Heresy - but it is the truth! "
22:28 Now I want you to notice I John chapter 3 and verse 12.
22:32 Here it speaks about someone else
22:35 who was of this type of wicked person.
22:39 I John 3:12.
22:41 Speaking about an individual who is called Cain.
22:44 Anybody ever heard of Cain?
22:47 Let me ask you: was Cain a religious person?
22:50 Was he? Sure he was.
22:52 Did he raise an altar? Yes.
22:55 Did he bring an offering? He sure did.
22:59 Did he come and present the offering?
23:02 Did he bow and worship the Lord? He most certainly did.
23:06 He was a religious person,
23:08 and yet I want you to notice I John 3 verse 12.
23:11 It says:
23:37 By the way, is this story going to be repeated?
23:41 In this Genesis series we studied a whole lecture
23:44 on the Battle of Armageddon
23:45 and we analyzed in detail the story of Cain and Abel.
23:49 And we noticed that this story is actually a small-scale model
23:54 of what's going to happen at the very end of time.
23:56 The only difference is that at the beginning you have two
23:59 individuals; at the end you have two world-wide groups.
24:03 Is it just possible that at the end of human history
24:06 those who profess to be religious -
24:10 those who are overtly religious -
24:13 are actually going to become persecutors
24:16 of God's people?
24:18 Do you know that Jesus said in John 16 verses 1-2
24:22 that the day is coming when those who kill you
24:25 will actually think that they're doing God a service?
24:29 It's amazing.
24:31 The end-time scenario is not of irreligious people,
24:36 apostate people, worldly people
24:42 becoming the enemy of God's people.
24:45 The scenario is people who profess to be religious
24:49 coming against God's people.
24:52 Notice also John chapter 6 and verse 70.
24:55 John chapter 6 and verse 70.
24:57 It's speaking here about Judas Iscariot.
25:03 That's a very interesting story.
25:05 Notice what Jesus had to say about Judas.
25:08 John 6 and verse 70.
25:22 What did Jesus call Judas?
25:26 He called him a devil.
25:29 Now, let's take a look at Judas.
25:32 Was Judas part of the inner circle?
25:37 Did he claim to follow Jesus?
25:38 He most certainly did.
25:41 Did the disciples think that he had a promising future?
25:45 Oh yes. I mean, even till the very end
25:51 Judas had the disciples deceived.
25:55 Was he a tare in the midst of the wheat?
26:00 In fact, when Jesus said to Judas: "What you're gonna do
26:04 go and do it quickly" the disciples were so blind
26:08 that they thought that Jesus was sending Judas on an errand.
26:12 They didn't understand that Jesus was saying:
26:14 "Go and betray Me. "
26:16 They were so blinded because
26:19 Judas was a very capable man.
26:21 You find in Desire of Ages
26:23 a description of him. He was the tallest of the disciples.
26:26 Very wise when it came to the administration of money.
26:29 A shrewd businessman you might say.
26:33 You know, very charismatic.
26:35 They considered him a great asset for the future of the
26:38 church. And yet Jesus said: "One of you is a devil. "
26:44 One in the inner circle.
26:46 A tare if you please.
26:50 Do you know that the scribes and the Pharisees were also tares?
26:54 They were also this second type of wicked person
26:58 or unrighteous person?
27:00 And by the way, God considers this type of unrighteous person
27:04 worse than the one who is overtly unrighteous and worldly.
27:08 If you don't believe it, you remember the story of the
27:11 Pharisee and the publican
27:12 that came to the temple to pray?
27:15 And the Pharisee says: "I thank you, Lord, that
27:18 I'm not like other men.
27:21 I fast twice a week.
27:24 I pay tithe from everything that I earn. "
27:28 And he says: "I especially thank you, Lord,
27:31 that I'm not like this miserable, overt
27:36 publican that has come to worship here. "
27:42 Let me ask you: who went home justified?
27:46 Jesus said that the publican went home justified.
27:50 The overt sinner went home justified because he said:
27:54 "Lord, be merciful to me - a sinner. "
27:57 He repented of his sin,
27:58 and it was more acceptable for him than it was for the person
28:02 who had this righteous holy veneer.
28:07 Notice what Jesus said in Matthew 23 and verse 33.
28:12 Speaking about the scribes and the Pharisees
28:16 Jesus had to say this.
28:20 Politically incorrect language, folks.
28:23 Jesus said:
28:28 Speaking to the scribes and Pharisees.
28:31 Now let me ask you: what do snakes breed?
28:37 So if Jesus here calls these individuals serpents,
28:41 who were they born from?
28:43 They must have been born from the serpent, right?
28:47 They're babies of the serpent if you please.
28:49 So Jesus said: "Serpents, Brood of vipers!
28:57 Individuals who had a wonderful external veneer
29:02 of righteousness but in the sight of God wicked
29:04 because their hearts were far away from God.
29:07 Notice Matthew 23:27-28.
29:11 This is the famous chapter where Jesus pronounces His woes
29:15 upon the scribes and the Pharisees.
29:17 Matthew 23 verses 27 and 28.
29:20 Jesus says this:
29:39 Let me ask you, have you seen some pretty nice looking graves?
29:44 I've seen some real nice ones.
29:46 You know, for those of you who are going to Battle Creek
29:49 this Fall you're going to see some mausoleums that are
29:52 incredible there at Oak Hill Cemetery.
29:55 Impressive. Let me ask you, though: what is inside there?
30:01 It looks beautiful outside but inside it's full of what?
30:05 It's full of bones... dry bones.
30:11 Notice once again: "Woe to you scribes and Pharisees,
30:14 hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed tombs
30:17 which indeed appear beautiful outwardly
30:19 but inside are full of... "
30:40 You know, it's a sobering thought that the strongest words
30:45 of rebuke of Jesus
30:47 fell upon health reforming, tithe paying, Sabbath keeping
30:51 people. Thank you, Melvin.
31:00 You know, Jesus had a lot more to say about the self righteous
31:03 than about the unrighteous.
31:06 I don't know whether you've noticed that.
31:08 Now I'd like to read another statement that we find in the
31:12 book Our High Calling.
31:14 This is a statement in a devotional book.
31:16 Powerful! Notice what it says:
31:49 No doubt where they stand.
31:52 You know, if you want to know
31:53 where they stand, just go to
31:55 San Francisco on Gay Pride Day.
31:59 I mean, you know...
32:00 I don't agree with what they do
32:02 but they come out and they
32:04 proclaim it and they announce it
32:06 That's the first type of person.
32:09 First type of Satan's seed.
32:13 But there's a second type
32:14 which is even worse.
32:15 She says:
32:46 What kind of Christians are you?
32:49 What kind of Christian am I?
32:52 Am I a good seed?
32:54 Or do I fit in one of these two categories of seeds
32:58 that we're discussing this morning?
33:02 Now you'll notice in the parable that the servants
33:05 say to the owner of the field
33:08 "What do you want us to do? "
33:10 "Do you want us to pluck up the tares
33:13 so they don't damage the wheat? " In fact, let's read it:
33:15 Matthew 13:27-29.
33:18 Matthew 13:27-29.
33:23 It says here:
34:11 So in other words the tares and the wheat
34:13 are supposed to grow together until when?
34:16 Until the harvest.
34:19 You say: "Well Pastor, I guess that means that there's no
34:21 church discipline. "
34:24 Do you know we live in a period
34:25 of time when if discipline is
34:28 applied to someone they say "Oh,
34:30 that's so unkind
34:32 to put someone on censure
34:35 or to remove someone from the church books.
34:38 That's not kind. "
34:41 We live in a time such as that.
34:43 In a disciplineless society.
34:50 And so you say: "But here, Pastor, it says that you're
34:52 supposed to let the wheat and the tares grow together
34:56 until the harvest. " That's true.
35:00 But allow me to read you a statement that gives the balance
35:03 and the explanation about the fact that this doesn't mean
35:07 that we're to allow anything in the church. Anything goes...
35:11 even overt open sin.
35:14 This statement is in Christ Object Lessons page 71 and 72.
35:32 When someone practices open sin
35:34 do you have to judge their
35:37 For example, an individual in church commits adultery.
35:42 If you say: "We're going to discipline you for committing
35:46 adultery" would it be right for that person to say
35:49 "You can't judge me? "
35:51 Of course not.
35:53 Because the behavior is what?
35:56 It's open... it's an open book.
36:00 That's overt sin.
36:03 And in those cases Ellen White says that church discipline
36:06 is not only allowable but desirable.
36:10 She says: "Christ has plainly taught that those who persist
36:12 in open sin must be separated from the church. "
36:27 In other words, you can judge
36:29 the outside. When the outside is
36:31 openly contrary to God's will
36:33 church discipline can and
36:35 should be applied.
36:37 But you cannot judge people's intentions and motivations.
36:41 You cannot judge their character -
36:43 you cannot judge their heart -
36:44 because only God can see that.
36:47 She says: "He has not committed to us the work of judging
36:50 character and motive. He knows our nature too well
36:54 to entrust this work to us... "
37:41 Now for those of you who think that perhaps
37:44 God made a mistake by saying "Let the tares grow with the
37:47 wheat" and it would have been better to uproot the tares
37:49 God practices what He preaches.
37:53 You remember the story of Lucifer in heaven?
37:57 Did God know that Lucifer was a tare?
38:02 Yes He did.
38:04 Did He uproot him immediately?
38:07 He did not.
38:08 Did He allow the devil to remain there in the midst
38:12 of the righteous and holy angels to do his vile work?
38:16 Yes. In fact, 1/3 of the angels
38:19 sided with Satan or with Lucifer.
38:22 Why didn't God pull up the tares right away?
38:26 Because He knew that the angelic host would have doubts
38:31 because it was necessary for the great controversy to come
38:35 to full fruition
38:38 when you could see the mature tares
38:41 and the mature wheat together at the very end.
38:46 And of course the moment came when the difference was clearly
38:49 seen... the lines were drawn in heaven.
38:52 And then Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven.
38:55 So God Himself showed the principle.
38:58 You also have the example of Judas Iscariot.
39:01 Did Jesus know from the very beginning that Judas Iscariot
39:05 was a tare? Of course He did.
39:08 Why didn't He say: "Forget it. You're a tare.
39:10 I don't want you as one of My disciples? "
39:12 Did He allow Judas to come in? Yes He did.
39:15 In fact, do you know when that scribe came to Christ
39:18 and he said: "I'll follow You wherever You go"
39:22 and Jesus says: "Birds have nests and foxes have holes
39:26 but the Son of Man doesn't have any place to lie His head"
39:29 do you know that that individual that came to Jesus was Judas?
39:33 And Jesus was saying to Judas "Listen, if you're in this
39:37 for the loaves and fishes,
39:38 if you're in this for fame and for money,
39:41 you can forget it because there's no money in this.
39:45 Birds have nests... I don't even have a nest.
39:48 Foxes have holes... I don't have any place
39:50 that I can call home. "
39:52 So Jesus tried to discourage him
39:55 but he still decided to join the disciples.
39:58 And do you know the Sprit of Prophecy tells us
40:00 that Judas was a source of contention among the disciples
40:04 all the way through the ministry of Jesus.
40:07 And yet the disciples thought he was great.
40:10 And the tare and the wheat grew together
40:15 until at the end of the 3-1/2 year ministry of Jesus
40:20 the difference between Judas and the disciples
40:23 is clearly revealed and clearly seen.
40:27 And we all know what happened to Judas.
40:29 Judas went and committed suicide and he hung himself.
40:33 You see, if Jesus had uprooted Judas before this
40:36 the disciples would have thought: "What is this man
40:38 doing? This is one of the most prominent
40:43 and one of the most promising prospects
40:46 that we have in this group. "
40:48 But Jesus had to allow things to mature.
40:53 Now we still have to talk about the harvest, the reapers,
40:55 the binding and the burning.
40:57 Let's go to Matthew chapter 13 and verse 30.
41:01 Matthew chapter 13 and verse 30.
41:06 It says here:
41:32 Now there's four symbols that I want us to take a look at
41:35 as we near the end of our study today.
41:38 First of all... the harvest.
41:42 Secondly... the reapers.
41:45 Third... the binding and fourth... the burning.
41:52 By the way, all of these are stages in a process.
41:58 What is represented by the process of separating
42:04 the wheat from the tares
42:06 and binding the tares and binding the wheat in bundles?
42:12 Revelation chapter 14 and verse 7 has the answer.
42:17 There's this angel - powerful angel - that
42:20 flies in the midst of heaven
42:22 having the everlasting gospel to preach to every nation,
42:25 kindred, tongue, and people.
42:27 And he says in a loud voice
42:29 "Fear God and give glory to Him
42:31 for the hour of His judgment
42:34 has come. "
42:36 Let me ask you: when are the righteous separated from
42:39 the wicked? Is it at the moment of the second coming of Christ?
42:43 Is that when the righteous are separated from the wicked?
42:46 When Jesus comes? No.
42:50 The process takes place in heaven before the second coming
42:55 of Jesus. Because after the first angel proclaims
42:59 "the hour of His judgment has come"
43:03 when you get to the third angel's message, there you have
43:06 the two harvests. You have the harvest of the earth
43:09 and you have the grapes of the earth.
43:11 They are totally separated.
43:12 But the judgment took place in heaven
43:16 before the second coming of Christ.
43:19 Because if this angel announced "the hour of His judgment
43:21 has come, " this is happening while the door of probation
43:25 is still open, correct?
43:27 What good would it be to preach that the hour of His judgment
43:29 has come if probation has closed?
43:31 It wouldn't do any good.
43:33 And so this judgment takes place before the second coming
43:35 of Christ on earth.
43:37 That's when the wheat is tied in bundles.
43:42 It's separated from the tares
43:43 and the tares are separated from the wheat.
43:46 In fact, allow me to read you a statement
43:49 that we find in the book Christ Object Lessons page 72.
43:55 Ellen White had a profound perception when it came to
43:58 what the Bible teaches.
44:01 She says this:
44:20 Did you catch that?
44:22 The harvest is when? The second coming?
44:24 The harvest is the end of probationary time.
44:29 You know, we can go back to the story of Noah...
44:32 which we've studied in this seminar before.
44:36 When were the righteous saved and the wicked lost?
44:39 Was it the moment it started to rain?
44:42 Or was it when the door of the ark closed?
44:46 You know the answer.
44:47 The closing of the door took place before the rain.
44:52 And so the closing of the door of probation for the world
44:55 is going to close before Jesus actually comes
44:59 to gather His people into His barn.
45:01 So you have the separating of the wheat
45:04 and the tares, and you have the tying of the wheat
45:07 in bundles and the tying of the tares in bundles.
45:10 This represents the judgment that is taking place
45:13 in heaven right now as I speak.
45:16 Jesus is separating the righteous from the wicked
45:20 and He's tying the righteous in bundles
45:23 in such a way that when Jesus comes
45:26 He will send His angels to gather the wheat into His barn.
45:32 Now let's notice Matthew chapter 13 and verses 40-43.
45:37 Matthew 13 verses 40-43.
45:40 There's several things that we want to notice
45:43 in this passage. Here Jesus is explaining
45:46 the meaning of the harvest and the binding and the burning
45:50 and so on. It says here:
46:26 Did these individuals belong to His kingdom?
46:29 How can He gather them out of His kingdom
46:32 if they did not at some point belong to His kingdom?
46:35 And so it says:
46:48 That word offend is very
46:50 It usually applies in the
46:52 gospels to people
46:53 who have been with Jesus, have followed Jesus,
46:58 and at some point a stumbling block comes
47:01 and they are offended.
47:03 In fact, in John 16:1-2 Jesus says to the disciples:
47:06 "I'm telling you these things so that you are not offended. "
47:11 So the fact that these are gathered out of His kingdom
47:15 and the fact that the things that offend are gathered out
47:19 indicates that these are not overtly wicked people.
47:23 These are what? These are covertly wicked people.
47:28 And so it says:
47:31 "They will gather out of His kingdom
47:32 all things that offend. " And now notice this:
47:37 "those who practice... " What?
47:41 "lawlessness. "
47:43 And you say: "Oh well, Pastor Bohr, see there it is.
47:46 These are people who are overtly wicked.
47:49 They're openly wicked... it says that they're lawless. "
47:53 Let me ask you: do you remember that passage
47:55 in Matthew chapter 7? In fact, let's go there just
47:57 for a moment. Matthew chapter 7
48:01 and verses 21 to 23.
48:03 Don't miss this point.
48:05 Matthew 7:21-23.
48:09 Here it says this:
48:13 "Not every who says to Me 'Lord, Lord... ' "
48:18 Would these be Christians?
48:21 Would they? Of course.
48:24 A non-Christian wouldn't call Jesus Lord.
48:27 "Not everyone who says to Me 'Lord, Lord'
48:31 shall enter the kingdom of heaven
48:34 but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
48:38 Many will say to Me in that day:
48:40 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? '
48:47 Were these Christians?
48:49 Sure they were.
48:52 'Cast out demons in Your name,
48:56 and done many wonders in Your name? '
49:03 Is it possible to apparently have the gift of prophecy,
49:06 to cast out demons, and to perform miracles
49:08 and not be on the side of Jesus?
49:10 Do it all in the name of Jesus? Absolutely.
49:14 Notice verse 23:
49:17 "And then I will declare to them:
49:22 'I never knew you. ' "
49:24 Yeah, because some people say: "Well, Pastor, you know
49:26 they were once with God. You know, when they cast out
49:28 demons and they did these things in the name of Jesus
49:31 they were with Jesus and then they went astray. "
49:34 But the fact is Jesus says here: "I NEVER knew you. "
49:38 Not even while they were casting out demons
49:41 and prophesying in His name
49:42 and doing miracles in His name.
49:44 "And then I will declare to them: 'I never knew you.
49:48 Depart from Me you who practice... ' " What?
49:53 "You who practice lawlessness. "
49:57 So when this parable in Matthew 13 speaks of those
50:02 who practice lawlessness
50:04 does that necessarily mean that it's talking about
50:06 those who are overtly wicked?
50:09 Absolutely not.
50:11 Do you know, folks, that there is a lot of wickedness
50:14 that goes on in the church unseen except by holy angels?
50:20 People who come to church, they pray,
50:24 listen to sermons.
50:28 Maybe even come to prayer meeting.
50:31 The religious life appears to be in order.
50:35 But there's a second, unseen, life to human beings
50:40 that is taking place behind the scenes.
50:43 That's what this is talking
50:45 about. And folks, I'll tell you,
50:47 in the religious world today
50:49 there's a lot of self-righteousness.
50:52 There are people who are openly condemning gay marriage
50:55 and they're openly condemning abortion
51:00 when if you examine their lives
51:03 you would find that their lives are filled with hypocrisy
51:06 and that they are really living a lie
51:11 because it's all a façade to gain power and to gain
51:15 influence. And so Jesus says
51:21 that He will gather out of His kingdom - notice,
51:24 "out of His kingdom those that are offended... "
51:28 That refers most of the time to the righteous
51:32 or professedly righteous.
51:34 "and those who practice lawlessness. "
51:36 Matthew 7 indicates that these are individuals
51:38 who externally are OK internally they have a problem.
51:42 And now notice what it continues saying:
51:50 Let me ask you: when are the wicked
51:52 cast into the furnace of fire?
51:56 This parable actually takes us where?
52:00 It takes us all the way to the period at the end
52:04 of the millennium. In fact, do you know -
52:09 just a little sidelight - do you know the Spirit of
52:12 Prophecy says that there's going to be a group
52:15 of individuals outside the Holy City
52:17 who are going to feel like God has incorrectly put them
52:22 out there? In fact, listen up:
52:28 this passage in Matthew 7: 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy
52:33 in Your name? Lord, Lord, didn't we cast out demons
52:35 in Your name? Lord, Lord, didn't we perform miracles
52:37 in Your name? " Do you know when they're actually going to
52:39 speak this according to the Spirit of Prophecy?
52:41 They're outside the Holy City and they're saying to the Lord
52:43 "Lord, what are we doing out here?
52:44 We're supposed to be inside. "
52:51 So that's not applying to the second coming
52:53 but to what happens after the millennium.
52:57 And so it says that they will be gathered
53:00 and they will be cast into the furnace of fire.
53:03 This is after the millennium.
53:06 And then notice: "There will be... " What?
53:13 Some people say: "See, wailing and gnashing of teeth.
53:15 This is the everlasting fire. "
53:17 It doesn't say anything about everlasting fire.
53:20 It doesn't say endless
53:22 everlasting wailing and gnashing of teeth.
53:25 It simply says: "Wailing and gnashing of teeth. "
53:30 And by the way, do you know that every time that Jesus uses that
53:33 expression "wailing and gnashing of teeth"
53:35 in the gospels it applies to people
53:37 who profess His name.
53:40 He's always addressing it to the Hebrew nation...
53:43 to the Jewish nation.
53:45 That's another indication as to who the tares are.
53:48 "There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. "
53:52 But now notice the contrast with God's people.
53:55 It says there in verse 43:
54:15 Have you learned anything this morning?
54:18 Listen, folks, we need to realize
54:22 that just because we're in the church
54:25 does not mean that we are in the kingdom.
54:29 We need to realize that there are two kinds of wicked people
54:33 in the sight of God.
54:36 There are those who are overtly wicked.
54:39 Openly wicked. I mean, you can tell it.
54:43 And people who commit works of wickedness in the church:
54:45 members. They're supposed to be disciplined.
54:48 Disfellowshiped... no matter how much people say
54:52 "Oh, that's unkind. "
54:53 No! Discipline is always loving and kind.
54:56 But at the same time it's firm, because the God of love
54:59 is also a God of justice.
55:02 Are you following me?
55:04 And then of course you have the second kind of wicked person
55:08 which Jesus condemned more than the first type,
55:10 and that is individuals who outwardly
55:15 appear righteous before man
55:17 but inside are filled with wickedness.
55:23 And basically, they're living a double life...
55:26 a life of hypocrisy.
55:29 My question is: what kind
55:33 of seed are you?
55:36 Are you a son of the kingdom?
55:39 Am I a son of the kingdom?
55:43 Or are you one of these other two types of seeds
55:48 that we've spoken about?
55:50 I pray to God that we
55:54 will be the seed of the woman's seed.
56:00 That we will truly belong to those who are described
56:04 as the righteous in this parable.
56:07 That the inside will be in harmony with the outside.
56:12 And that the outside will not only be a veneer
56:15 hiding that which is inside.
56:19 And by the way, folks, the inside and the outside
56:22 must always be in harmony.
56:27 Some people say: "Well, the only thing that matters
56:29 is my heart. It doesn't matter what I do.
56:32 God knows my heart. " No, the fact is, folks,
56:34 that when the heart changes the life changes.
56:37 The problem is when we try to live the life and the heart
56:40 isn't changed. That's the tares.
56:43 And so what we need is a conversion experience
56:47 where we have a change of heart
56:50 and the change of heart - out of love for Jesus - leads us
56:54 to live a changed life for His honor
57:00 and for His glory.
57:02 How about it? Do you want to live that kind of life
57:06 that God would have us live?
57:08 Praise the Lord!
57:10 I pray to God that that will be our experience
57:14 as we have studied this well-known parable
57:17 of Jesus of the wheat and the tares.