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The Deceivers Of The Harvest

John Collins11/27/2012Throughout time, many deceptive men have risen, claiming that their following was the "elect group" that would be taken away before the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord.  Proclaiming that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was for a small, superior group of people, these deceivers isolate their following from other Christians.  In Matthew 13, Jesus explained to His disciples that this was not the case.

In the "Parable of the Weeds," Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven could be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but weeds were sewn into the field by his enemy as he slept.  As the plants began to rise, and the wheat began to bear grain, the weeds also appeared.  

His servants asked if the master wanted them to gather the weeds early, but the master was concerned more about the wheat than he was the weeds.  The master told his servants to let them both grow together until the time of the harvest.  

During the harvest, he said that he would tell the reapers to gather the weeds first, not the wheat.  He said that he would tell the reapers to gather the weeds and bind them into bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into his barn.

When the crowd had left, Jesus explained to His disciples that the one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.  The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom.  He said that the weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them was the devil himself.

Jesus said that the harvest was the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.  The weeds, which were gathered first, were burned with fire, just as those of the evil one would be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and all of the unjust, throwing them into the fiery furnace.  

But, Jesus gave us this assurance:  the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we think that we are of some 'elite' or 'elect' group that will bypass the harvest?  Do our leaders think that Jesus did not know the order of events in his own kingdom?  Are we the weeds that will be burned, or are we the wheat that will one day shine like the sun in the kingdom of our Father?