The Stories Of Jesus #5

Matthew 20:1-16 ” For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said unto them, Go you also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and said unto them, why stand here all the day idle? They say unto him, because no man has hired us. He said unto them, Go you also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall you receive. So when the even was come, the lord of the vineyard said unto his steward, call the laborers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last even unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house. Saying, these last have wrought but one hour, and you have made them equal unto us, which have born the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them and said, Friend, I do you no wrong: did not you agree with me for a penny? Take what is yours, and go your way: I will give unto these last, even as unto you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”

In this parable the goodman is Jesus, and the vineyard is the kingdom of God. The men were standing idle, not doing anything at all in God’s kingdom. Jesus contracted with each man for one penny to work in his vineyard. The penny represents salvation. The cost to get it? Each and every man had to come labor in the vineyard. Each man was hired to WORK IN THE VINEYARD, with a PROMISE of a penny at the END OF THE DAY. Every person who has faith in Jesus, is put to work in the kingdom of God. No one is idle in God’s kingdom. They are not given the penny, which represents salvation, but the PROMISE of salvation, to be given or revealed at the END of the day. Whether they work the entire day, or just the last hour, they all receive the same payment for their work, salvation.

How different is this from the grace gospel! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him. Only the doctrine of Jesus saves us.

2 John 1:9 “Whosoever transgresses and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.”

We are called to work in God’s kingdom. Those who answer the call, and go to work in God’s kingdom, they will be paid with salvation at the end of their life. Those who do not go to work in God’s kingdom, remain idle and do not receive the payment of salvation at the end of their life. So Jesus ended the parable by saying, “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Sadly, people today mistake being called with being chosen. They think that just because they are called, that they immediately receive the salvation free of charge, without doing any work. This is completely FALSE. Jesus calls you to go to work in the kingdom of God. If you answer the call, and go do the work, then you will receive payment of salvation at the end of your life.

Matthew 21:28-32 “But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir; and went not. Wither of them twain did the will of his father? They said unto him, the first. Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and you believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and you, when you had seen it, repented not afterward, that you might believe him.”

Again, the parable speaks of work being done in the father’s vineyard. The first son said that he would not go to work, but later repented, and went to work. The second said that he would go to work in the vineyard, but did not go. Salvation depends on being called, first of all. The father went to both sons and he called them to go to work. One son was chosen, and the other son was not chosen. Why? The chosen son answered his father’s call, and went to work in God’s kingdom. The rejected son did not answer his father’s call, and did not go to work in God’s kingdom. He only gave LIP SERVICE to his father of going. If you believe that salvation is by grace, without any works; then you will not answer God’s call, and you will not be chosen, you will be rejected.

Jesus is explaining to these religious people exactly why the publicans and harlots go into the kingdom of heaven before them. John came and preached and they believed him not. The publicans and harlots DID believe John. So the key to entering the kingdom of heaven is to believe the gospel of the kingdom and to obey it. You do understand that the Bible’s definition of believing requires actions or works of obedience don’t you? As James aptly tells us, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also, being alone.”

Matthew 21:33-40 “Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruit of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, this is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the Lord therefore of the vineyard comes, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons”.

This parable is about the Nation of Israel. It is also about God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord of all the earth appeared unto Abram and called him to leave his home, and to go out unto a land that God would later give to him as an inheritance. God made his covenant with Abram and all of his offspring. We all know the story of how God made a multitude of offspring from Abraham, how they were made slaves in Egypt, how God raised up Moses to deliver them and to judge Egypt. How they went into the promised land and became the Nation of Israel. Then they rebelled against the Lord until they were led into exile. The Lord sent them prophets and judges to call them back unto himself. Then lastly He sent his very own Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus prophesied here of how they would kill him and then how God would judge them and give their inheritance unto the Gentiles.

All of this has come to pass. But the Gentiles have done the exact same thing that Israel had done. The Church has gone apostate and they have left the teachings and the commands of Jesus Christ to follow their own ways and their own idols as Israel did. Now the time is almost fulfilled that Jesus will judge the entire world. The time of his returning is now upon us. The church thinks themselves righteous and saved. But they are like the Church of Laodicea and are without even knowing it “Wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”. They are also like the Church of Sardis and they “Have a name that they live, and are dead”.

The saddest thing about all of this is the fact that they do not know their true condition. They believe themselves to be born again children of God who are righteous, holy, and pure. They believe that they are pleasing to God. They cannot see that they are rebels and that they do not live at all like Jesus and his apostles lived. They have rejected the teachings of Jesus Christ and they have followed the teachings of the false prophets. They think they will be raptured and rewarded, even though they are rebels full of sin who hate God’s laws, and they refuse to allow King Jesus to rule over them. Jesus has promised to vomit them from his mouth unless they repent.

The greatest shock that they could ever receive will be when the two witnesses appear at the wailing wall in Jerusalem, and they discover that they were lied to about there being a rapture, and they discover that they are now in the tribulation period, and they will very soon die a gruesome death either by a cataclysmic event, or by war, famine, disease or martyrdom. And they will very soon enter into judgement, and each one will be judged according to their works which they did while still in the body. All of this will soon come to pass. They do not believe that it will happen to them, but it will nonetheless.

Matthew 21:42-44 “Then said Jesus unto them, Did you never read in the scriptures, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore I say unto you, The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder”.

Did you never read in the scriptures? It amazes me how much is contained in the scriptures that I still do not know and that I have not yet seen either. There are verses that I have read for more than 30 years that I have never really seen. Until the Lord opens my eyes, I am blind to these scriptures and the truths that they contain. You are no different than me. There is a lot that you have not seen either. We all need the Holy Spirit to illumine our eyes and our understanding that we may see the wonders of his word. Without him we can do absolutely nothing at all.

Jesus is the cornerstone which the builders rejected. The builders were the Pharisees, Scribes, and religious leaders of Israel. They were the leaders of the nation of Israel and the guardians of her worship of Jehovah God. Jesus is God made flesh, Emmanuel, the Messiah. He is the cornerstone and the religious leaders rejected him and crucified him. Jesus has become the head of the corner. The building of God’s spiritual temple, the church, is to be made in the exact image of the cornerstone, which is Jesus Christ.

Here is the curious thing. The modern church looks absolutely nothing like Jesus. They reject his image as the cornerstone which they are to be an exact copy of. Jesus was poor, he was born in a stable among animals, he was uneducated, when he worked a secular job he was a simple carpenter, and he desired no promotion to anything higher than that. His education consisted of learning the Torah, or what we call the Old Testament. He also learned a trade, that of being a carpenter. He never held a political office, nor was he the leader of a synagogue or any other elected office. He lived a very simple life and was content doing so. He was obsessed with the word of God, and indeed he IS the word of God. He said that his food was to obey God’s word and to fulfil it. He was totally legalistic and a stickler to obey every single jot and every tittle of the law. He taught others to do the same thing by both word and example. He kept a watch over his mouth, because man shall be judged to be righteous by the words of his mouth. Man shall give an account of every idle word on the day of judgement. Jesus was very serious. He didn’t laugh or participate in games, although I am sure that he smiled a lot. He had joy, but happiness was not his. He was burdened by the sins of the world, the lifelong persecution against him, the rejection by his own countrymen, and the complete knowledge of the gruesome death that awaited him at 33 years of age. Greatest of all was the knowledge that he would one day become sin as the sacrificial lamb, and that he would be forsaken by his Father God. “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” would be his cry on the cross. The burden was so great that one day he would sweat great drops of blood in a garden in order to gain mastery over his flesh in preparation to being crucified.

When Jesus began his ministry he left his home, any lands that he had, his family, his friends, his hometown, and all creature comforts. He became homeless and trusted God to supply his daily needs. He had only what he wore on his back. He walked everywhere that he went. He had no horse or donkey or camel or wagon or chariot. He had no gold or silver or jewels or a bank account. He slept on the ground under the stars. His pillow was the rocks he found wherever he slept. He began to baptize people for the repentance of sins, that is, he instructed his disciples to do so. After John the Baptist was thrown into prison, he began to preach the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. He suffered rejection and persecution. He was hated by many people even though he performed astounding miracles. Finally, he was arrested by the Jews, falsely accused, and illegally tried by them, and turned over to the Roman Governor to be crucified. He was abandoned by his own disciples and associates. One of his closest disciples, Judas Iscariot, was a traitor and turned him over to the Jews for 30 pieces of silver. He was tortured, mocked, scorned, rejected, whipped with 30 lashes, and crucified between two thieves.

Now tell me if you will, In what way do you resemble Jesus? He is the cornerstone and you are to be an exact likeness of him. Are you? Please do an honest assessment of your own life and compare yourself to Jesus. Look at the modern Church. Do any of them look like Jesus? Do you read, study, meditate on, speak, teach, and carefully obey all of the words that King Jesus spoke and commanded? If you are honest, you will have to admit that you look NOTHING like Jesus Christ. And therefore you cannot possibly have had a true conversion and been born again. You have followed and received a false gospel and you have had a false conversion. You are still lost in your trespasses and sins. You are in great need of receiving Jesus as your Lord and to obey his every word. To do this you will need to focus on the words of Jesus found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Revelation.So make your choice. Your eternal destiny depends upon the choice that you make. It is safe to follow and obey the books of James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation. These books are in complete agreement with what Jesus taught and commanded.

The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. Think of it. The Kingdom of God belonged to the nation of Israel, to the Jews, God’s covenant people. But because they rejected the Messiah, and delivered him to be crucified, the Kingdom of God has been taken from them. They were in covenant with God but through breach of contract on their part, the Kingdom of God has been taken from them. So the modern teaching and doctrine of once saved always saved is false. The Jews had a covenant with God and the very Kingdom of God itself. Jesus told the woman at the well in Samaria, that salvation is of the Jews. So they were saved, and then they lost their salvation. They were in covenant with God, and then the covenant was taken away from them. They were the possessors of the Kingdom of God, and then the kingdom of God was taken from them.

So now at the end of the age, the church does not bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom of God any more than the Jews did back then. The church has committed the breach of contract by abandoning the teachings and commands of King Jesus, and the Kingdom of God shall be taken from them. This age in which we now live shall very shortly come to an end. We are very near now to entering into the seven year tribulation period. There will be no rapture for a rebellious and sin-filled church, but they shall be vomited from the mouth of Jesus, unless they repent and are truly converted. The modern church is convinced that they are God’s children and are saved, just as the Jews believed themselves to be God’s children and to be saved. But just as the Kingdom of God was taken away from the Jews, so the Kingdom of God shall be taken away from the Gentiles. As soon as the tribulation period begins, the Kingdom of God once again shall be given to the Jews. There will be the 144,000 male virgins, and also the eyes of nearly all Jews will be opened to see that Jesus is the Messiah.

So if you want to be saved, you will have to be prepared to join the ranks of the Jewish Christian Church that will dominate the tribulation period. You will have to follow the example of Jesus Christ and become zealous and legalistic to obey the law of the Kingdom of God. The doctrines and the ways of the modern church will need to be thrown away, as they will not endure in the tribulation period. Just as when the Jews rejected Jesus and the vast majority of them had their eyes blinded, so it is very possible that the Gentile church will continue to be blinded and a new group of people will become the true disciples of Jesus Christ. The modern church has rejected Jesus Christ from being Lord over them, so it is very possible that he will reject them also, just as he rejected the Jews 2,000 years ago and until this present day.

And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, he shall be ground to powder. Those who fall on Jesus shall be broken. Their old life shall be destroyed and a new life given unto them. But on whomsoever Jesus shall fall, shall be ground to powder. Jesus fell on the Jews 2,000 years ago and continues to fall on the Jews of this modern day. They are being destroyed, they are cut off from God by their spiritual blindness. They have been murdered by the millions all through the past 2,000 years, and especially through the Nazi holocaust and the ethnic cleansing by the Soviet Union. The Arabs want to murder all of the Jews up until today. So it is highly likely that Jesus shall also fall on the modern church just as he has the Jews. It is highly probable that the modern church shall never truly be saved. If there is any fear produced in you by reading this, then begin to cry out to God to save you. There may be hope for you.

Matthew 22:1-14 “And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, the wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he said unto him, friend, how came you in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”

The king is God the Father and the son is Jesus. The marriage is the marriage supper of the lamb mentioned in the book of Revelation. Those who are bidden referred to the Jews, when Jesus spoke this, and now to the Gentiles. To be specific it is anyone that God has called to invite them unto his eternal kingdom. The king sent his servants, the angels, to call those who were bid to come to the wedding, which is when the bride of Christ, the church, will be wed to Jesus for all eternity, but they would not come. The king sent other servants to invite the guests, but they still would not come. They made light of the messengers and would not take the invitation seriously. Then he sent even more servants, the prophets and righteous men, but they took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. So he sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. This happened after Jesus’ death when the Jews rebelled against Rome, and the Roman legions came and destroyed Jerusalem with fire. And it will soon happen again when the entire earth is judged and destroyed during the tribulation period.

Then the king told his servants that the wedding is ready, but they needed guests, so he sent them to call as many as they found, both good and bad. The original guests that were invited were not worthy, so they were to go and call new guests. This is a warning to us today. The modern church is backslidden, sin-filled, lukewarm, and rebellious: and thus are unworthy. The king called NEW guests, and so it will be done in the tribulation period when Israel shall have the blindness removed from her eyes and will answer the call. I fear that the modern church will continue with the blindness not removed from their eyes, and be eternally damned for rejecting Jesus Christ, by rejecting his laws and commands. They may not be given another chance to repent and be converted. This is yet to be seen, and it will be seen during the tribulation period.

So the false followers of Jesus Christ are all deceived. They believe themselves to be in right standing with God even though they are not. This deception runs very deep. It will carry over into eternity for a short while after death. Those who go to the marriage supper of the lamb will for the most part be those who recently died during the tribulation period. Notice that at the marriage supper, the king saw a man who had not on a wedding garment. He asked him how he got to be there without having on a wedding garment. The wedding garment of course represents the robes of righteousness given to those who overcome the world. He was speechless and couldn’t answer. This man was still deceived after death and he thought that he belonged at the marriage supper. He did not, so he was bound hand and foot and cast out into outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

For many are called but few are chosen. The ones today who claim to be born again are simply the called. Among the called will arise an elite group who are chosen. So the called are many, but the chosen are few. To confuse being called with being chosen is deadly. The false doctrine going around today says that by praying the sinner’s prayer or by being baptized, people are then guaranteed of going to heaven and to enjoy eternal bliss. They say that it is all by grace and not by works that we do. Jesus says just the opposite. We are called, and by our works and by our words, we are made righteous or wicked. It is by ACTING OUT, SPEAKING, AND OBEYING the teachings and the commands of Jesus that we are chosen. What we do and what we say makes all of the difference in the world. That is why Jesus kept telling people that they will be judged according to their works and according to their words. It is by your WORDS that you will be either justified or be condemned. There is a godward side and a manward side to salvation. God calls us but we are the ones who answer the call. God commands us but we are the ones who obey the commands. Jesus teaches us but we are the ones who practise what Jesus teaches. So cry out to God to be unshackled from every chain of deception and unbelief. Seek him diligently to be set free from spiritual blindness.

Matthew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Jesus never spoke of a rapture of the church. Jesus taught of a second coming after the tribulation of those days. So his coming will necessarily come at the end of the seven year tribulation period. Jesus shall be seen by every inhabitant of the earth, coming in the clouds with great power and great glory. He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together the elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. In the second coming of Jesus Christ, all of his elect shall be gathered from the four corners of the earth, and the godless people shall all see it happen. It shall be a glorious time for the redeemed, and a fearful and awful time for the damned. Jesus painted a very clear picture of what his second coming will be like. He does not want us to be unaware of what is soon coming to pass. He does not want us to be confused or in the dark about it. There will be his second coming, but there will be no rapture. Not one word does Jesus utter about any rapture of the church. He DOES mention that he will vomit the lukewarm, blind, miserable, wretched, poor, and naked, Laodicean church from his mouth. Be careful not to be a part of the Laodicean church.

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