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MATTHEW CHAPTERS 21 & 22

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1-7 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3 "If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 "SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 'BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.' " 6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 

 

Mat 21,1-11

(215ia) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The Kingdom of Heaven appears suddenly >> Without warning >> Disciples expected the kingdom to appear immediately – Everyone was expecting the Kingdom of God to suddenly appear, though there were no indications that this was about to happen. Many believed this, including His own disciples from their former training starting from childhood, being taught that their God would send His Messiah and would establish Israel on the earth to reign over all other kingdoms, and He would make them the greatest nation in the world. This is the same teaching that the Church continues to believe to this day, called the Millennium, defined as the thousand-year reign of Christ. Everyone worshipped Him as He entered the city, because they were expecting Him to take over Jerusalem. They expected this for the same reason scientists expect a reaction when they put vinegar with baking soda, for that was the relationship Jesus had with the religious establishment in Jerusalem. Either His kingdom would suddenly appear or His visit to the Holy City would end badly. His disciples maintained their hope against the words that Jesus reiterated to them many times that He would be rejected by the chief priests and the elders, scourged and crucified, and the third day rise again. Instead, they kept expecting Jesus to wave His hand or something and immediately myriads of angels would converge on His enemies, causing Israel to rule and reign in place of Rome with Jerusalem as the capital city of the world, but this was not God’s plan, at least not yet. Jesus came to Jerusalem to become the Lamb of God to be sacrificed and take upon Himself the sins of the world. The people didn’t care about this; they wanted release from their physical enemies. They didn't care about overcoming their spiritual enemy, Satan, and the sin nature that resided in their flesh. There were many things they wished they could resolve, but their sins never surfaced in conversation, though the things they wanted Jesus to fix were the result of sin.

Mat 21,1-3

(68b) Authority >> Doing God’s work under His authority >> Natural Ministry of helps

Mat 21-2,3

(110a) Thy kingdom come >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through you >> Word of knowledge >> knowing their thoughts by the mind of Christ

Mat 21-4,5

(141a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry >> Jesus as the great shepherd

 

8-17 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!" 10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" 11 And the crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee." 12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He said to them, "It is written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER '; but you are making it a ROBBERS' DEN." 14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they became indignant 16 and said to Him, "Do You hear what these children are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF'?" 17 And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

 

Mat 21-8,9

(143j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Jesus is popular because of His works – Jesus did what He could to keep His notoriety to a minimum, but eventually He became a household name to nearly everyone in Israel and surrounding districts, though very few knew what to think of Him, being skeptical that He was the Christ, though they treated Him as such in His triumphal entry into the Holy City. They knew Him as a miracle worker, but denied His identity as the Christ, having every reason to believe He was in fact Israel’s Messiah. Jesus’ notoriety had escalated to a point that everybody knew Him as “the Lord.” Not only did they know about Him, they also loved Him. Under these circumstances why then was He crucified? There were two kinds of people who lived in Israel: the poor who lived in the rural areas surrounding Jerusalem, Judea, Capernaum and Galilee, and there were the citizens of Jerusalem. People who lived there were vastly different from the countryside people. Many of them enjoyed better wages that reflected in a higher standard of living than those who lived and worked in the rural areas. The Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees and priests of the temple all had a great influence on the city and its residents. These are the ones who shouted, “Crucify, crucify Him!” Ironically, the countryside knew more about Jesus than the citizens of Jerusalem, which acted as the hub of Israel’s religion. In Jesus' younger days He probably ventured there at least once a year to celebrate Passover with His family, even during His ministry He did this, though Jerusalem was the city that “kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her” (Mat 23-37).

(252b) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for who he is -- These verses go with verses 15,16. Jesus rode into Jerusalem not as a great king but as a humble servant, and the people worshipped Him and glorified His name as he entered the city, which incited the religious leaders to condemn Him. This was to fulfill Old Testament prophecy.

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Mat 21-12,13

(69d) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Righteous anger >> God is angry at sin -- In chapter 24 Jesus gives His exposé on end-time prophesy regarding how the world intends to destroy itself, but in these verses, a couple chapters earlier, Jesus casts out the money lovers from God's sanctuary, who were spiritual leaders of His time. What does that tell us? When we take these verses in context with His dissertation in later chapters it suggests that in the last days there will be a high concentration of spiritual leaders within the Church who will be lovers of money. This will be the precursor for end-time prophesy to unfold and for the world to implode on itself through an unchecked passion for greed, since the Church abandoned its role in the world as salt of the earth, having lost its savor, and it no longer has the ability to act as the world's conscience against sin.

Mat 21-14

(145c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Jesus healed them all

Mat 21-15,16

(76d) Thy kingdom come >> Wicked motives >> Motives based on envy -- Jealousy is the single most destructive force in the universe. It was the motive that Jesus' accusers used to crucify Him, which was the single most wicked act of man's shady past. In these verses the children bystanders were worshipping Him for all the wonderful things He had been doing with the power of God. The chief priests and scribes didn't want Jesus to get any more popular with the people, because He was stealing their popularity, and they knew it would ultimately translate to fewer dollars in their pockets. 

(252b) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for who he is -- These verses go with verses 8,9. If Jesus never committed a sin and worshipping other gods breaks the first and foremost commandment, then why did Jesus let the bystanders worship Him without doing something to silence them as the chief priests and the scribes warned Him? There is only one explanation, Jesus is God! Look at all the instances in the New Testament where Jesus allowed people to worship Him and did nothing to stop them, in sharp contrast to the instances where angels were worshiped and immediately stopped the people, directing them to worship God (196c). This holds a strong case for the trinity. 

Mat 21-16

(141c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry >> Jesus as the Son of God

Mat 21-17 -- No Entries

 

 

18-22 Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry. 19 Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, "No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you." And at once the fig tree withered. 20 Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, "How did the fig tree wither all at once?" 21 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will happen. 22 "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."

 

Mat 21,18-22

(49d) Judgment >> Those who are unfruitful in His kingdom are destroyed -- A scary thought but one that is well supported by the Scriptures is that God wants us to be fruitful; He will have it no other way. Either we are fruitful or we will dry up and die. Yes, our faith can die if we do not protect and maintain it. God Himself will terminate our faith if we put forth no effort to grow spiritually. He is offended when someone wants to go to heaven to avoid hell, but refuses to serve Him.

(83a) Thy kingdom come >> Receiving from God through prayer >> Prayer of faith

Mat 21-18,19

(147h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> God uses His power to be destructive

Mat 21-19,20

(215h) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> The judgments of God come suddenly >> Without delay – Everybody is familiar with gentle Jesus, who came to be a blessing and died for our sins that we might be saved and go to heaven and live in paradise with Him. That’s all really good stuff, but how often do we recognize Jesus as someone who spoke a curse over the fig tree and it immediately withered, and how does that correlate with the rest of Scripture? Jesus told a story about a landowner who had fruit trees, and there was one tree that never produced any fruit (Lk 13,6-9). The landowner was intending to chop it down and plant another tree in its place, but the vineyard keeper asked for time that he might help it grow, saying to the owner that if the tree doesn’t produce fruit after working with it, then remove it. There gets to be a point when God has waited long enough for us to bear fruit and loses His patience. What did John the Baptist say? “The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Mat 3-10). Jesus spoke similarly in Jn 15-6, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.” We could think about this in terms of predestination and say that God knows the exact number of people who will occupy His heaven and their names. He looks at His book of life and if He doesn’t see the person’s name, then out he goes on his ear (Mat 22,11-13). The book of life is a very unique book in which God makes edits to it by the name simply disappearing off the page. His name was there; he was saved, and then it disappeared along with his faith, and made room for someone else’s name to be etched in his place. There are people who go to church who may or may not be saved. Regardless, they should fear, because if they never bear any fruit, instead have come to some kind of conclusion that they are not required to bear fruit, since all they need to do is believe in a set of doctrines to get into heaven, this is a very common error in our understanding of the gospel.

Mat 21-21,22

(114g) Thy kingdom come >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Implementing the revelation of the Holy Spirit -- For those kind of results in prayer, we must be fully committed in our faith in God, both through diligent study in His word and through powerful and frequent sessions in prayer. In order for God to satisfy our every whim, we must know Him as we would know our spouse. He would be in control of our life and we would be praying for His will, so our longings are His longings. God would have given us many revelations through a dynamic relationship, and we would have proven a potent zeal to see those visions come to fruition. We believers in Jesus live by our visions, and if need be, die by them. What we believe about Jesus is greater than this life, for we believe in Jesus for eternal life. What He shows us in the Spirit about His kingdom is already attainable. This is how the fig tree withered at once and is how the mountains will be removed: in God's time, at our request and through His will.

Mat 21-22

(85la) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Believing the Son by obeying the Father >> Obeying the law by faith in the cross >> Obey God for answered prayer

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23-27 When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?" 24 Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 "The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?" And they began reasoning among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to us, 'Then why did you not believe him?' 26 "But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet." 27 And answering Jesus, they said, "We do not know." He also said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. 

 

Mat 21,23-27

(62a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Responding cleverly to your enemies >> Outwit them

(75f) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Questioning God’s authority

(89e) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Wise questions

(179a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for questioning His authority -- The Pharisees were the end of authority for Israel, whose religion had ties with politics, with the economy and even with the Roman empire. Caesar Himself had to dicker with Israel's religious figures in order to keep the peace, yet Jesus never made any deals with the Pharisees, because He was not going to put power in their hands to control His destiny or the destiny of the Church that He would establish. Instead, Jesus let His Father do the talking for Him through convincing proofs of His identity, including the wisdom to answer His enemies. Jesus humbled them to such a degree that they had to make one of two choices: either this man had something they didn't, so sit at His feet and learn from Him, or allow jealousy to consume them until they disposed of Him. As authority figures, if anyone asked them a question, they would feel no obligation to answer, but if they ask you a question, they expect an answer or cite the person with contempt. Jesus felt no obligation to answer the Pharisees, because they would never answer Him. By not answering their questions, Jesus was making the statement that they had no authority over Him, who came from God whom they claim to represent, yet they responded adversely to Him and to His ways and teachings.

(206j) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to getting your prayers answered -- We talk to the Father through Jesus when we pray, so in a way the conversations the Pharisees had with Jesus were like their prayers to Him. They obviously did not get their prayers answered, because their heart was not with Him. likewise many pray to God thinking their heart is with God, yet their prayers go unanswered, and they wonder why. Many don't know what it means to have their heart right with God. There are things in their heart that are greater than their relationship with God that are getting in the way of their prayers. Collectively, it could be a hundred different things; this world should not have the hold on us that it does. We should not be living this life but sacrificing it so we can truly live! Then we could pray and expect to receive what we asked from God. 

(241c) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Ask but don’t receive >> Asking with wrong motives

Mat 21,25-27

(17h) Sin >> Judging in the flesh >> Passing judgment without seeking truth Instead of diligently seeking truth and making intelligent decisions, some people strategize what they call truth as though it were a game. They make final decisions based on predictions, hoping to manipulate the circumstances in their favor, as opposed to allowing the Holy Spirit and their conscience to guide them through sacrifice and conviction. However, Jesus put the Pharisees in a corner so there were no right answers according to their perception of "truth" no matter what they said. This flushed out the cruelty of their ways and exposed them to the public as religious villains.

(166e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Wisdom of the world >> Nature Of Man’s Wisdom >> Man’s wisdom is fixed on gaining personal advantage

Mat 21-27

(222g) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God shares no intimacy with dogs >> God does not speak to dogs -- There were a number of reasons Jesus did not answer the Pharisees. One of them was that they would not answer Him if He asked them a question. When they took Jesus by force to their mock trial and interrogated Him, He told them in Lk 22-67,68, "If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I ask a question, you will not answer...." Jesus was not in the habit of answering people's questions who did not reciprocate their respect. His mission was not to submit to man's tyranny, but to set us free from such bondage. Jesus may have submitted to the Roman guards, to His murderers, and He even answered their question that night with the "good confession", but He did not live under their oppression, instead submitted to the will of God. He made it clear that He had nothing in common with those guys and lived free of their tyrannical reign and gave them no place to hold Him to their godless religion. 

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28&29 "But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go work today in the vineyard.' 29 "And he answered, 'I will not'; but afterward he regretted it and went. 

 

Mat 21,28-46

(178l) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Jesus rebukes the Pharisees >> Rebuked for having no love for God -- The Pharisees and many of the Jews made the ill-omened assumption that they were the chosen few who would find favor with God no matter what they did or how they lived. They could be sons of those who murdered the prophets, and they could contrive a plan to dispose of Christ while deliberating with Him and somehow God was not supposed to find fault with them. They thought they were special based on some genealogical evidence asserting that they were part of the lineage of the Hebrew priesthood. Jesus taught that bearing the fruit for the Kingdom was greater than being a link in an elite genealogical chain, and the Pharisees took it hard since they believed in their Jewish heritage. These religious leaders used their religion for profit, they shunned whomever they didn't like and killed whomever they couldn't shun. It is the religion of witchcraft to use good for evil, such as the Bible to distort the truth, and to believe something evil to be good. The end justifies the means they say, until their inheritance is taken from them and given to a nation producing the fruit of it. This too may happen to the developed nations of the world, who once believe in the gospel and have since turned apostate. 

Mat 21,28-32

(20m) Sin >> Disobedience >> Demonstrating unbelief in the validity of God’s word – Jesus’ conclusion to His parable that He posed to the religious establishment was that tax gatherers and harlots would get into the Kingdom of Heaven before them. Jesus was pointblank; He did not mince any words. This was a level of boldness that we don’t see today; He was defending His Father’s honor, and he used the lowest elements of society to compare with the Pharisees, who claimed to be spiritual leaders. Israel being a theocracy made the Pharisees also Israel’s politicians, thus wearing a duel hat, but Jesus told them, ‘You’re less than the people you despise.’ The Pharisees were the kind that gave lip service to God, but their hearts were far from Him. They were the kind that said, ‘Yes Lord, I will do whatever you say,' but they would never do it. They were the kind that told everyone all about God, but they never got around to serving Him themselves. Jesus was not fond of hypocrites; He held them in utter contempt, and He did not spare their feelings or care if He offended them. They were hurting people by teaching amiss and living worse than the greatest sinners.

(26a) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death >> Dead to God through sin – The parables that Jesus presented to corrupt sinners of His day were so simple, whether they believed Him or not, it was impossible to get the wrong answer. Perhaps Jesus had to ask questions this simple, otherwise they would always answer wrong. This is what sin does to people: it has a regressive effect. Sin makes people arrogant and full of pride, but when it comes to matters of the heart, they are spiritually retarded.

(50dd) Judgment >> Last Days >> Jewish Led endtime revival >> Jews become obedient in the last days -- These verses go with verses 42-44. Like so many of Jesus’ parables they are timeless, having a second implication for the future. This parable personifies a Great Endtime Revival. Many people today who claim to be Christians will be tested in these last days and will reject God’s purpose for themselves and refuse to partake of God’s Great Endtime Revival. It says in another parable that the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame have already been called (Lk 14,21-24), and they made excuses like everybody else why they couldn’t come. When the Great Endtime Revival comes, God will call one other group that Jesus did not mention who will be faithful to Him. They are considered dregs of society, and there are millions of them in the world today. They will answer God’s call and receive His endtime revival that will fill God’s house, but many of those who make grandiose claims about their faith in Jesus will reject God’s purpose for themselves, and they will lose their souls over it.

(87i) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Those who obey believe in God >> Those who obey the word Jesus’ use of the word “believe” in verse 32 meant that the tax collectors and harlots received John’s baptism, signifying obedience; hence, He equated believing with obedience. If they were baptized, they believed John, if they did not receive baptism, they did not believe. The first son loved his father, and for that reason he went and worked in the vineyard as he was told, but the other son told his father what he wanted to hear but didn’t do what he said, demonstrating what he really believed. The first son may have had his whole day scheduled in advance, but canceled all his plans to please his father, and Jesus equated that with believing in Him. If we believe, we will get baptized. If we don’t get baptized, we don’t believe.

(172f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Hypocrites among the just >> Talkers among the walkers – The first son said he wouldn’t go but then regretted it and went. The second son said he would go, but then didn’t go. Jesus’ point was that it doesn’t matter what we say; it only matters what we do. He said to his sons, ‘Go into the vineyard,’ and then later he inspected the vineyard to see if the work was done. The second son would never dream of speaking against his father, but neither did he obey Him, so what good was his respect? Instead of serving him through obedience of faith, he tried to schmooze him with lip service. Jesus was saying that God would rather we did what He said than garnish our disobedience with flowery speech.

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Mat 21,28-31

(225f) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables >> Parables about wealth >> Parables about a father and his sons 

Mat 21-28,29 

(63d) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Righteous deception >> God’s people deceive Jesus

(174k) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Lip service – In this parable the man commanded his sons to go into his field; the one that went was obedient and the other gave him mere lip service. It is not what we say that matters; it is what we do; actions speak louder than words. Often religious people are those who talk it up about God and make themselves appear righteous, but Jesus said that the tax collectors and sinners would get into heaven before those who knew the nomenclature of Christianity but acted like sinners. John accompanied his baptism with the preaching of repentance, but the religious people wanted nothing to do with the plan and purpose of God. John was saying, ‘If you take this baptism, you are promising God to lead a repentant life,’ and the religious crowd were not about to agree to that, since they didn’t see themselves as sinners. The tax collectors and sinners knew exactly what they were doing and got baptized promising God that they would mend their ways, but the religious crowd slandered John as a heretic. Had they really believed he was a heretic, they would have imprisoned him, yet they saw no contradiction with the Old Testament Scriptures, nor did he speak against Moses. So why didn't they receive baptism? They could have lied and been baptized without intending to repent, but John confronted the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, saying, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” He knew they had no intention of repenting. He rebuked them in public saying, “The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Mat 3,7-10). Regardless of our zeal or religion, what matters is our obedience in fulfilling the old covenant law through the new covenant Spirit.

(182h) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Being deceptive with people >> Lying to others Perhaps the central theme of this parable is keeping an honest and open heart to the Lord, as opposed to practicing deception. The first son showed a lack of integrity, telling his father what he wanted to hear without any intension of working in His vineyard. The second son didn't want to work in the vineyard either, but he was honest about it; and it was his good heart that made him regret turning down his father and later doing his will. Having an honest and good heart before the Lord is worth more to Him than a hundred vineyard workers. His father would have been happier with the honest son than the dishonest son if neither of them did his will, but an honest and sincere heart creates conviction, which led the honest son to work in the vineyard.

 

30-42 "The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, 'I will, sir '; but he did not go. 31 "Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. 32 "For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him. 33 "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT AND DUG A WINE PRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. 34 "When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce. 35 "The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third. 36 "Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them. 37 "But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 38 "But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.' 39 "They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 "Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?" 41 They said to Him, "He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons." 42 Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, 'THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES'?

 

Mat 21-30

(203d) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God >> Lying to God

Mat 21-32

(191ba) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism >> Baptism symbolizes death, burial and resurrection >> Baptism is a sign of faith Baptism is a sign of obedience, among other things. God never does anything for one reason only. Like trees, baptism has more than one purpose. Trees don’t live for themselves, but for all the animals that use them; they live for all the birds that nest in their branches and for all the caterpillars that eat their leaves. They support an entire ecosystem, and baptism is the same. It is a multifaceted ceremony; foremost, baptism represents obedience. It also represents dying to self and then rising from the water to a new life in Christ, the water representing the Holy Spirit from which we are born-again. The fact that we get wet on the outside refers to the anointing, which clothes us with His power, called the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Do we have an anointing from God? Then, we were baptized in the Holy Spirit. 

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Mat 21,33-44

(201c) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> You are against Christ when your unbelief materializes >> If your heart is not with Him your deeds are against Him

(225d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables about wealth >> Parables about a land owner and his farm

Mat 21-38

(17e) Sin >> Judging in the flesh >> Based on greed This parable is about the insanity of the Jewish mind, who thought they could kill Jesus and take His inheritance. Heaven was inaccessible; how could they attain it? The thought of killing Jesus and taking his inheritance resembles the thought of Lucifer, when he decided to take God’s throne and was subsequently cast out of heaven. Satan was no more likely to succeed in his mission than the Jews had access to the Kingdom of God apart from Christ.

Mat 21,42-44

(50dd) Judgment >> Last Days >> Jewish Led endtime revival >> Jews become obedient in the last days -- These verses go with verses 28-32

(137c) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Jesus is the foundation of the Church >> Jesus is the cornerstone

Mat 21-42

(141b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry >> Jesus as head of the Church -- The Old Testament is like a window into the past to help properly interpret the present. Without the Old Testament validating the New and giving it perspective, Jesus would have looked as though He appeared from nowhere without any reason, to do things that no one could have possibly understood. He came by invitation, giving us fair warning. He told us why He was coming and what He intended to do. The world still doesn't know what He did, but the Church believes that the one who came from heaven was God incarnate. He sacrificed His flesh to win a people for His own possession. We know these things mostly because of the Old Testament. The New Testament filled in the details, but without the Old, there would be no legacy and no occasion to believe the New Testament. Consequently, the Old Testament is the foundation of our faith in Jesus. 

 

43-46 "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. 44 "And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust." 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them. 46 When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.

 

Mat 21,43-46

(95a) Thy kingdom come >> False perspective in the world

Mat 21-43,44

(21e) Sin >> Disobedience >> Unfruitful – Jesus was talking to the Jews when He said that the Kingdom of God will be taken from them and given to those bearing the fruit of it, referring to the gentiles. To say that the gentiles have born the fruit of the kingdom is only in comparison to the Jews who rejected it altogether. The statement is still true that the Kingdom of God will be taken from anyone who does not bear the fruit of it and given to a people who will obey Him, meaning that if the gentiles quit bearing the fruit of the kingdom, He will take it from them and give it back to the Jews. There are only two kinds of people in the world according to the Bible: Jews and gentiles. So if He takes the kingdom from the gentiles, then He will give it back to the Jews, and this is prophesied to happen in the last days Great Endtime Revival. God took the gospel from the Jews during the age of grace because they were disobedient, and now that the gentiles have swung the pendulum to become no better than the Jews, God will take the lead role of the gospel from the gentiles, since they cannot agree on anything regarding sound doctrine, and will give it back to the Jews to disseminate the true doctrines of the kingdom to the gentile church. The Jews will lead this revival in the last days, and the gentiles will be welcome to join them, under the condition that they receive their doctrines. These things will occur in the coming days when civilization collapses and life is no longer feasible. Even then, many believing gentiles will not repent of their unbelief and will resist the teaching of this Jewish-led ministry, calling it of the devil, blaspheming, yet knowing that it is from God. See also: 222b

(49d) Judgment >> Those who are unfruitful in His kingdom are destroyed -- There is a difference between falling on this stone and this stone falling on you. If you fall on it, you may skin your knee, but if it falls on you, well, we know what happens when boulders fall on people. The difference is between the saved being broken of their sinful ways, and the unsaved dying without faith in Jesus and facing a Christ-less eternity, whose life cannot be found, but blows away like dust in the wind.

(222b) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God does not entrust his treasures to dogs >> God retrieves his treasures when sheep revert to dogs -- God took the kingdom away from the Jews (Israel) because of their unbelief, but the promises are irrevocable. God never takes back His promises, but He can make sure that what He said will never happen in our lifetime. Jesus said, "He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces." This is in reference to the conviction of the Holy Spirit falling on the sinner until He repents, as the Bible speaks of having a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51-17). This is the one who falls on the rock, but when the rock falls on him, it pulverizes him, grinding him into dust. This prophecy refers primarily to the Jews but is not exclusive to them. God scattered them like dust to the four corners of the earth, because they rejected their God, so He will do the same to the gentiles if they do not bear the fruit of His kingdom. In the last days, the religious establishment of the gentiles will reject the ministry of the Jews once they turn from their unbelief, for God will give them a heart to believe in Him again. This revival will be 2,000 years in the making, 2,000 years of longing to be restored, 2,000 years of horror apart from God. Now that they have reunited, the connection between the Jews and their God will be something the gentiles never had. Many of the nations will see this bond forming between God and His people and want to join it. They will attach themselves to the Jewish revival and become members of an act of God comprising billions of people, but many who call themselves Christians today who do not bear the fruit of the kingdom, who reject this Jewish-led endtime revival, will be crushed into powder and blown with the wind. See also: 21e

Mat 21-43

(157d) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Being displeasing to God >> Leading a fruitless lifestyle

Mat 21-44

(47d) God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of destruction -- To be scattered like dust is to be utterly destroyed. One of the descriptions of hell is that it is a place of destruction. The nation of Israel has been scattered throughout the world like dust in every corner. God has given us Israel as an example of what can happen to us if we disobey the Lord. They are also an example in that God will restore Israel to their faith, and they will come to believe in Jesus as their Messiah. God did not give up on His people as a nation, chosen according to the flesh, but He did make it hard on them, and He will make it hard on us if we resist Him, but if we die in our sin, there is no future in that. 

 

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MATTHEW CHAPTER 22

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1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying,

 

Mat 22,1-14

(21b) Sin >> Disobedient to the call – The greatest enemies of God’s people in the last days will be those of the Church who are Christians in name only. When they are called to rally to the wedding feast, being not actually the children of God, they will politely decline the offer. This parable is suggesting how many unsaved Christians there are in the Church today. It almost sounds like the entire church as a whole will reject the calling of God in the last days. God intends to step over the contemporary church who has rejected the call of God and will choose other people to be His worshippers instead.

(50d) Judgment >> Last Days >> Great Endtime Revival >> Jews lead the world into revival >> Leading the harvest at the end of the age – There are many things that will happen in the last days, twists and turns that most people will not see coming, and one of those things is the Great Endtime Revival. God will establish camps all around the world, where believers can go and be protected from this great tribulation that is coming in the last days. The criteria for being accepted into these camps will be a vibrant relationship with God, and this relationship will be apparent as a mark upon our foreheads (Rev 7-3). Unbelievers will attempt to enter these camps and those inside will see they are not Christians for lack of a heavenly countenance, and so they will have to face the tribulation outside of God’s protection. This corresponds with the parable of the Ten Virgins. There was a shout, and those who were prepared entered through the door, and the rest walked back to the world, supposedly to buy more oil, and when they returned the door was shut. They wanted to be Christians, but they loved the world more. This kind of Christianity especially will not work in the last days. See also: 198c

(91i) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> God’s calling transcends the will of man >> We are called by God through His choice of us – Verse 3 says, “And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.” This would be a parable about Israel crucifying their own Messiah, except that there is a wedding feast, which is expected at the end of the age of grace, making this a parable about the Church rejecting their savior much like the Israelites rejected their Messiah.

(198c) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> Ungrateful – Only a couple centuries after the death of Paul the Catholic Church was formed (Act 20,29-32); they were the false church, and they ran Christianity into the mud. Paul knew that if the Jews did not receive the gospel by the time he died, it would indicate a very long and dark period between the ascension of Christ and His return. So far it has been two thousand years and counting. It is written that at the end of the age the Jews will return to their faith and will acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Messiah and the gospel of Christ will finally come into the hands of the Jews, and there will be a Great Endtime Revival like no other revival in history. They will disseminate the true doctrines of God’s word, so that all the denominations of the gentile religions will be abolished, and those who will not relinquish their denominational faith will not participate in this last day’s revival. They will be left behind with the unbelievers. See also: 224e

(201a) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> He is against Christ who does not receive Him >> Whoever does not receive God’s word is against Christ -- This is a parable about Jesus' gospel being rejected by those it was initially intended, Israel. Note in verse 7 it says that God sent His armies (the Romans) to destroy the people of Jerusalem who rejected Him. God worked with Israel throughout history to bring about His vision and purpose to the world and they systematically rejected Him at every juncture. Finally they rejected their own Messiah, so He sent Rome to destroy them, a heathen nation that claimed no affiliation with the divine vision. If God were willing to judge the nation to whom the promises were made, how much more willing is He to judge the nations that were grafted in place of that nation as wild olive branches (Rom 11,17-21)?

(224e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> The marriage supper of the lamb -- This parable is about the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which occurs at the end of the age in heaven immediately after the last trumpet (Rev 11-15), which prompts the First Resurrection and the Rapture to occur. The seventh trumpet sounds, the dead are raised, the Rapture occurs and God assembles His church in heaven with everyone in attendance. Others will get saved after the Rapture, who have not taken the Mark of the beast, and they will become the seed by which God repopulates the earth in the Millennium. The marriage supper of the lamb is scheduled between the end of this age and the beginning of the millennium. This is a wedding feast to celebrate the long awaited joining of Christ with the Church, which will consist of all the people of faith from both the old and new covenants. This parable is about a people whom God will replace after the Church rejects God’s purpose for themselves in the Great Endtime Revival. As God stepped over disobedient Israel after they rejected the gospel of Christ, so He will step over the disobedient gentiles. The Jewish led revival will offer the gospel to the gentiles and the Church will reject it, so God will bypass the contemporary church and elect others among the gentiles to become his true worshippers. According to the parable, Christ is about to be married to His people, and He sent out his prophets to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, but they were unwilling to come. We know that Israel mistreated and killed their prophets over the centuries, which ultimately led to the crucifixion of Christ. In this parable who are the slaves but the 144,000 Jews whom God will call in the last days to manage His Great Endtime Revival. Who then is “the rest” but the heathen, who will mistreat and kill those of the Great Endtime Revival. This parable is talking about the Church rejecting the invitation of Christ to come to their own wedding. They don’t want to get married to Jesus, apparently because they are involved with the world as the parable states, “one returned to his farm another to his business," etc. See also: Mat 22,1-6; 201j

(225k) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables about a wedding feast – When God calls them, their hearts will be a million miles away, but there will be multitudes of people in third-world countries who will abandon their Buddhist faith, their Hinduism and Muslim roots and cling to God for truth and protection, and God will save them from the antichrist. They will immediately graft onto this Great Endtime Revival, and millions will be a part of it, for God will have his way in the last days. 

Mat 22,1-10

(61d) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Destroy the murderers and set their city on fire (Israel -- The false church) – This is obviously a parable about Israel, which happened in AD 70; the Romans came and set Jerusalem on fire. However, the things Jesus said often have two implied meanings, and the reason for that is there are two covenants, the old and the new, and He often means what He says for both covenants. He spoke to old covenant Israel and it came to pass, and what He said was also meant for the new covenant, not for His church, but for those who presume to be part of His body just because they go to church. When he promises to set the city on fire, isn’t that what happens to Babylon in the last days? Babylon represents a religious entity, the false church, Catholicism, the city of Rome, and it says they seized His slaves and mistreated them and killed them, in reference to martyrdom. Israel did it to their prophets, and the false church has done it to Christianity throughout the entire age of grace, Catholics burning true believers at the stake as heretics. God was patient with them, not willing to intervene, because of those He intended to handpick throughout the 2000-year age of grace, and because He had judgment prepared for them in its time.

Mat 22,1-6

(201j) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Man’s will over God >> God permits man to go his own way – He sent His slaves to call those who had been invited. This refers to the Jews, for Israel was first called, and then the gentiles. This scenario will repeat itself in the last days. God will first call the developed nations of the world, America and Europe, who first responded to the gospel after the reformation, but they will pay no attention. By the time endtime prophecy unfolds, these nations will have fallen-away from the faith; “they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them” We are talking about the wedding feast here, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb that occurs at the end of the age, indicating that many of the events that occurred in the first century will occur again at the end of the age. Just as the apostles went out and preached Jesus to both Jews and gentiles and were mostly rejected and martyred, though many thousands were also saved, so there will be an invitation in the last days, and those who give the invitation will again be Jews, 144,000 of them, God’s bondservants, similar to the apostles of the first century. Wicked men laid their hands on the apostles and mistreated and killed them, and as a result the Jews lost their place and their nation; they tore down the temple and burned their city with fire. This happened to Jerusalem in 70 AD, and very much the same thing will happen again in the last days. In Revelation chapter 18 it says that another city will be burned to the ground, the Vatican of Rome, which they say represents the Church world-wide. Much of the gentile Church will have fallen-away by the time these events take place, and they will pay no attention and go their own way, and God will send His armies to tear down their temple (Vatican) and burn their city with fire (Rome). People today are interested in their temporal lives; they care more about the things of the world than they do about the things of God. The Church in the last days will go the way of Israel. God will send His servants, a 144,000 Jewish people, who will invite mankind to the wedding feast, and after their proposal is rejected, many will be seized, mistreat and killed. It will enrage the Lord, and He will send His armies to destroy the Vatican. Those who were invited were not worthy, “Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast” (v9). This represents the second extension of the invitation, the first went to the religious establishment that will reject the invitation, and second will go to the third-world countries of the world who are not as familiar with the gospel of Christ, to the poor and destitute, the good and the evil, and He will call the nations to faith in Jesus, and the response will be in the hundreds of millions, and God will supply their needs until He comes for them at the First Resurrection. There will be a great ingathering of souls in the last days, but much of the contemporary Church will be left behind. See also: Mat 22,2-10; 8h

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2-6 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. 3 "And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. 4 "Again he sent out other slaves saying, 'Tell those who have been invited, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast."' 5 "But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, 6 and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them.

 

Mat 22,2-10

(8h) Responsibility >> Preparing to interact with God >> Preparing for revival – When the moment comes the prophets will begin to prophecy of a Great Endtime Revival, and everyone who wishes to be part of it will be saved, and those who refuse to take part in it will be lost. The Two Witnesses will organize the 144,000 Jews, who in turn will organize the gentile church, which will globally range in the millions. The antichrist's growing hostility against this revival will foster martyrdom among the servants of Christ, after which God will employ the Two Witnesses to protect them from further harm, instructing them to flee into the wilderness and away from the big cities that are controlled by the global monetary system that is employing the mark of the beast established by the antichrist. Jesus is calling his people to prepare themselves for the great event of the First Resurrection/Rapture, which they have been anticipating for generations and now that it is here they want to abandon God’s plan, because they do not agree with the doctrines that the Jewish witnesses are teaching, and because endtime prophecy is not happening according to their predictions. They will reject the purpose of God because of the gospel they have come to believe, when in fact the Jewish witnesses will be laying down the true doctrines of the Church according to Scripture. See also: Mat 22,3-6; 18i

Mat 22-2,3

(14f) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers obey Christ

Mat 22,3-6

(18i) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Unable to distinguish between good and evil >> God’s purpose is evil – The false church today believes lie upon lie and deception upon deception, believing a gospel that does not require them to obey God, having accepted the doctrines of easy-believism, which is a distortion of the doctrines of the grace of God. Jewish witnesses in the last days will preach the gospel of truth regarding the Revelation of Jesus Christ, and the apostate church today will see an amassing of people who have a single faith and mind, walking by the power of the Holy Spirit, and it will turn their hearts jealous against the true people of God. They will realize that God is sidestepping them because of their unbelief. They could join the revival, but their unbelief will not let them, having previously committed themselves to the doctrines of demons, and the satanic powers that will not let them leave their godless religion. They had come into bondage to their beliefs and be left behind. God will have called them, but they will not listen. Many in the Church who refuse to partake of this coming revival will become bitter, because of the adversity that God had allowed them to suffer. There will be many aspects of endtime prophecy that will have already taken place that they didn’t expect to experience as a result of their Pre-tribulation Rapture beliefs. As a result of their early Rapture theory not happening, they will realize that God had other plans all along, that He was willing to let them face adversity, and it will embitter them. They will not want to serve a God who will let them suffer. They want a god that protects them from all harm, because this is what they were taught. Instead, they will serve the antichrist. What about the thousands of martyrs who gave up their lives for their faith throughout the age of grace? Many of them were burned alive and tortured in catholic dungeons. Many of these were prophets of God, who warned the people that they couldn't be further from God in their manner of worship. People today who trust in an early Rapture think they shouldn’t have to suffer. In fact, God has every intention of protecting the vast majority of His people, but there will be martyrs in the last days. To them it was a privilege to suffer for His namesake, but this is not the mindset of the Church today. See also: Mat 22-3,4; 67n

Mat 22-3,4

(67n) Authority >> Doing God’s work under His authority >> Ministry of helps >> Help God – This wedding feast refers to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb that occurs at the end of the age, when Christ and the Church are finally united for the first time and are essentially married. Therefore, to whom were these slaves extending the invitation, and who were these other slaves? We know that those unwilling to come to the wedding feast were originally the Jews. Therefore, the first slaves to invite the guests referred to the original apostles, and the other slaves refer to the Jewish ministry that God has planned, who will invite the world to a Great Endtime Revival at the end of the age. It says in verses 8-10, “The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast,” and so they went and gathered both good and evil until the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests. These guests were not the ones originally invited, nor were the slaves the ones originally extending the invitation, for these refer to two separate invitations, one at the beginning of the age of grace and one at the end of it. We know the Jews will return to their faith in the last days, and they will receive the gospel and call many to salvation. Although the dinner hall has been filling over a course of 2000 years, there will be one last ingathering of souls. Since we know the Jews will be restored to faith prior to the coming of Christ, and since this parable teaches that there are two groups of slaves giving invitations, the wedding hall has been filling with dinner guests for 2000 years, but in the last days the Jews will call more to faith in Jesus than the gentiles did throughout the age of grace, just as Samson killed more people in his death than he killed throughout his life (Jud 16,28-31). See also: Mat 22,1-14; 50d

Mat 22,4-7

(48m) Judgment >> Jesus’ enemies are destroyed >> Enemies of His grace are destroyed -- These verses go with verses 11-14. At the end of this age the religious whore of Catholicism will systematize their enthusiasm for martyrdom and round up hundreds of thousands of Christians and kill them. God will not stand for this; in fact, this will be the primary cause (if not the only cause) of endtime prophecy in the first place. World Wars I and II happened and God lifted not a finger to stop them; if mankind wants to kill himself, God will not intervene; even during the holocaust God just sat there and watched it all. Why? They may have systematically killed six million Jews, which were His chosen people according to the flesh, but when man starts a campaign of systematically destroying those who believe in Him, His children whom He has handpicked according to the Spirit (His real people), man will have effectively picked a fight with God that he will never win. Jews are first in line to become members of His True Church. When mankind, the Catholic Church, creates a system of rounding up and destroying his people, this will incite God to take His authority and begin to reign, and by that endtime prophecy will be fulfilled.

Mat 22-6

(242a) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Killing God’s prophets

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7-10 "But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. 8 "Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 'Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.' 10 "Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.

 

Mat 22,7-14

(64a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot tolerate sin >> He cannot allow unbelief in His presence – The King asked the attendant not wearing wedding clothes, ‘How did you get in here without the proper attire?’ and they will cast him into outer darkness where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” The wedding clothes represent our works (Rev 19-8). There are essentially two tiers to God’s judgment, the judgment of the righteous and the judgment of the wicked, explaining this in His parable of the Great Shepherd separating the sheep from the goats, based on their works (Mat 25,31-33). The unbelievers’ fate will be determined at the Great White Throne judgment, slated to occur between creations, after God destroys this present universe and before He creates the new one (Rev 20,11-15). It says, “Heaven and earth fled away, and there was no place found for them.” They couldn’t hide behind a rock because there was no rock; everything was destroyed. God will judge all the unbelievers who ever lived throughout the ages at the Great White Throne judgment, and sadly none of them will ever see the Kingdom of Heaven. Anybody who attends the White Throne Judgment is automatically barred from heaven.

(218a) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to rejection

Mat 22-7

(69d) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Righteous anger >> God is angry at sin – This happened in AD 70; it says that God was enraged with the Jews, and when we look what happed to them over the last two millennia, we can see more clearly the level of anger God had for them. When they cried for help during Hitler’s rein of terror while they were tortured and murdered in his death camps, God just watched. He is long suffering, but when He finally comes to the end of his patience, His judgment can be just as long suffering. When we think of all the time Israel spent in rebellion against God, having the audacity to reject their own Messiah, who came four hundred years after their deportation to Babylon, their rebellion started soon after the death of Solomon, This was Jerusalem, the city the Jews thought God loved so much that He would never let it be desecrated by the gentiles, but they were wrong. Turns out they loved their temple and city more than God did, who prefers compassion over sacrifice. Over the next two millennia they would be hounded from city to city and from country to country, persecuted and systematically slaughtered, having lost their place and their nation, made to live among foreign people who despised them, all because of their rejection of God and His Son.

Mat 22,8-14

(113a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Protection >> Covering -- The Bible refers to the anointing more often that we think as in this example. The wedding clothes represent our good works, but it simultaneously represents the anointing that enables us to obey God.

Mat 22,8-10

(150a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Invitation to the Kingdom of God

Mat 22-9,10

(51i) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> Do not show partiality to one another

Mat 22,10-14

(172d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Communion between the world and the Church >> Worldliness in the Church – These wedding clothes represent our works (Rev 19-8). A person goes to heaven or hell based on his works, which is different from what Paul taught. He said, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph 2-8,9). However, the very next verse says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (v10). This is in reference to the narrow way. Performing the good works along this trail makes the difference between heaven and hell. God has called us all to acquire the hearing ear and do whatever he says, which guarantees our place in heaven. The problem with Christianity today is that the majority of those who go to church are not students of God’s word or disciples of prayer. They have handpicked a couple verses in the Bible, such as Eph 2-8,9, and ignore the rest.

(193j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Consequences for not repenting

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11&12 "But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?' And the man was speechless. 


Mat 22,11-14

(30c) Gift of God >> God knows our needs >> He is the source of our obedience – Anybody who enters heaven must be dressed in wedding clothes, which represent our good works. Many sinners do good things; many give to charities; many do volunteer work; some spend their whole lives helping others, but Jesus said, “He who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God” (Jn 3-21). Sinners do good works, but they don’t attribute their good works to Jesus Christ. The Christian dedicates his good works to Christ, testifying that if it weren’t for Him, he wouldn’t have any good works to show. This may sound like a petty difference, but it wasn’t petty for the one who was physically removed from the wedding feast and cast into outer darkness.

(48m) Judgment >> Jesus’ enemies are destroyed >> Enemies of His grace are destroyed -- These verses go with verses 4-7. On the one hand the Bible says that God will throw everybody in the lake of fire who does not belong to Him, and on the other we see people thrown into outer darkness with no mention of fire at all but weeping and gnashing of teeth. Revelation speaks of a New Jerusalem, and it says there is a high wall surrounding it with the implication that it is made to keep out the riff-raff, saying, “Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying” (Rev 22-15). This is meant figuratively, since the damned do not dwell just outside the gate of the holy city. The New Jerusalem dwells on the new earth, which has the curse removed. The damned will have no opportunity to scale the city walls and attempt a coo; instead, they live somewhere else. They are not on the new earth at all, but perhaps under it. For years people have postulated the location of hell, and the general consensus is that it exists under the earth; currently, this may not be true, but it probably will be true in eternity. Psalm 110-1 says, “The Lord says to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” We could say that this is just figurative, but we could also take it literally and say that hell is in the heart of the new earth.

(90i) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Righteousness of the law >> All righteousness is covered by the law -- These verses go with verses 36-40. There is not a single good work we could name that is not covered by the law, partly because the law in some ways was very general. When it says we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Deuteronomy 6-5), this could be expressed in a hundred different ways. Then the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” taken from Lev 19-18, is an obscure verse indeed, yet it summarizes the law that pertains to human relations. So these wedding clothes that represent good works appear to have been produced by the law, but in fact they were not. The law and the Spirit parallel one another, so a person can follow the Spirit and achieve the law, but not the other way-round. The Spirit does not use the law to determine how we should behave, for the Holy Spirit has a will of His own about the things we should do and how we should live. The good works that comprise these wedding clothes were not performed through the works of the law, but as Paul said in Gal 3-2, “by hearing with faith.”

(113c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Clothe yourself with good works -- This hypothetical situation of a man sneaking into the wedding feast without proper attire is about his clothes representing good works according to Rev 19-8, “It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” If we accept Jesus as our savior but don’t live for Him, we are without wedding clothes; Jesus said“Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” In contrast, Paul said in Phi 3-9 “… that I may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.Nevertheless, passages like this indicate that if we don’t have good works, we won’t make it to heaven, so how do we understand this? The “righteous acts of the saints” (Rev 19-8) refer to the good works that God has prepared for us, according to Eph 2-10, suggesting that our wedding clothes are comprised not just of any good works but of the specific works that we do as we follow the Holy Spirit. We should clothe ourselves walking in His specific works that furnish an anointing. See also: Wedding clothes 233i

(158i) Counterfeit (Key verse)

(159c) Works of the devil >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit Christian -- We do not embrace the doctrines of easy-believism to think we can be Christian but not produce the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This list refers to the acts of the anointing, and be sure to distinguish them form the works of self-righteousness. It is the Spirit of God Himself that makes the distinction, we must discern between flesh and Spirit, hint: one is sweet and the other bitter. 

(222h) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God shares no intimacy with dogs >> God does not let dogs in His house – It is comforting to know that no one will sneak into heaven; Jesus was just trying to make a point; He wasn’t saying this scenario will ever happen; the weeding will have already taken place long before this. The king called him friend and then cast him into outer darkness, indicating there was no personal vendetta the king had against the sinner, but neither was he allowed to stay. It was the same relationship that any groomsman would have with a person who crept into his reception party uninvited, not wearing the proper attire. This person was trying to avoid hell, and apparently he didn’t fit in the crowd of heaven either. This is the very meaning of angst; there is just no place for some people; there must be no worse feeling than to be caught between two opposite worlds and feel uncomfortable in both.

(233i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seek His glory without wavering >> Seek His glory through obedience – There is a big difference between the works of our wedding clothes and the works of the sinner man. The works that pertain to our wedding clothes represent the good works that God has prepared for us “beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph 2-10). They are the good works that we perform along the narrow way. These good works are the result of hearing the Holy Spirit and doing what He says. The works that a person does apart from the hearing ear are not holy to the Lord. His good works may be benefiting someone, but not the person doing them, because they are not designed by God for His glory, but design by the person for his own glory. Some people have the attitude that God is a glory seeker, but it only seems that way, for if we are not seeking the glory of God we will seek our own glory. The sinner does good works to glorify himself, but the one who seeks the glory of God walks by the Spirit along the trail of good works. See also: Wedding clothes 113c

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13-28 "Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14 "For many are called, but few are chosen." 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said. 16 And they sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. 17 "Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?" 18 But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, "Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? 19 "Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax." And they brought Him a denarius. 20 And He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" 21 They said to Him, "Caesar's." Then He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's." 22 And hearing this, they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away. 23 On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection ) came to Jesus and questioned Him, 24 asking, "Teacher, Moses said, 'IF A MAN DIES HAVING NO CHILDREN, HIS BROTHER AS NEXT OF KIN SHALL MARRY HIS WIFE, AND RAISE UP CHILDREN FOR HIS BROTHER.' 25 "Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother; 26 so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh. 27 "Last of all, the woman died. 28 "In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her."

 

Mat 22-13,14

(47g) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of darkness – The wicked are thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20,13-15), yet there are aspects of hell other than the lake of fire. The way we might make sense of this is that this lake of fire has finite dimensions, meaning that it has a shore like any lake, where people can escape this horrible torment. Sin is upon each person in varying weights, and when they get thrown into the lake of fire, their weight of sin pulls them deep into the liquid-hot magma, making it difficult for some to swim to shore and impossible for others. If they can escape the torment of this lake of fire, they must endure the horrors that await them in a place called outer darkness. Apparently, underneath the new earth there are caverns, suggesting that it will be somewhat hollow, and many of the damned will inhabit these caverns. Although the outer darkness may be better than the lake of fire, it will still be a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Rev 16-10 says that one of the bowls of God’s wrath will be darkness, and it says that men will gnaw their tongues because of pain. We know that one of the trumpet judgments was a demonic scorpion-like locust that was loosed on the earth that when it stung a man, caused him to long for death (Rev 9,1-11), and it could be that creatures such as these exist in hell and will sting its inhabitants while they are blinded by the darkness.

Mat 22-14

(219g) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God chooses us as we choose ourselves >> God chooses us as we fulfill His calling – Many are called, but few accomplish the things they were called to do, and those who fulfill their calling were predestined to do so. This leaves no room for human will to obey God without Him. There are three kinds of people in the world: those who are not called, those who are called, and those who are called and chosen. We know that those who are chosen are also predestined by Him to inherit eternal life. Unfortunately, not everybody who has been called answers the call. There are some who have not been called at all, so what can we say about them? Does it have to do with God or with the person who never heard Him call? The person called-but-not-chosen actually heard His call, but doesn't answer it. Then there are others who are so distant they cannot hear His voice. Therefore, we might say that everybody is called, but not everybody hears the call, and not everybody who hears the call answers Him, but there are some who both hear and heed the call of God, and these are the one who are saved. Therefore, salvation is a combination of God and man working together. Predestination is mere foreknowledge of future events; God knows the end from the beginning. He actually visits the future to see what will happen and then reports to his prophets what must take place. Prophecy is not a prediction, but something that is absolutely inevitable. Prophecy is so powerful that not even announcing the future can change it, though it notifies both man and demon ahead of time to manipulate the events to shift the circumstances off course to prove God wrong, yet it happens just the same.

Mat 22,15-46

(178k) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Jesus rebukes the Pharisees >> Rebuked for accusing Jesus of Sin

Mat 22,15-22

(7h) Responsibility >> Defend God’s cause >> Protecting the Church -- There is something in Jesus' response to the Pharisees that is largely overlooked. When Jesus said, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's," everyone understands that He concurred with paying Caesar's poll-tax, but what else did Jesus mean by, 'Render to God the things that are God's?' Most people interpret this statement as Jesus advocating to 'paying tithes,' and maybe He was suggesting this, but there's more. He was talking to the Pharisees and told them to "render to God the things that are God's," that is, render to God the people who are trying to enter the kingdom of heaven. Luke 11-52 says, "Woe unto you, lawyers! [Pharisees and lawyers are in one basket] for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." If you don't want God or heaven, that is your business, but don't persecute the truth and hinder those who are trying to be saved.

(61h) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's (Their money — Their people)

(179b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Jesus rebukes the Pharisees >> Rebuked for loving money

Mat 22-18

(68i) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging truth and error >> Perceiving wicked motives

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29&30 But Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 "For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 

 

Mat 22,29-32

(39b) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Characteristics of the resurrection -- the world says they don't want to go to heaven just to pick up a harp and stand on a cloud playing boring music, but they "are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures or the power of God." We are saddened when we read this passage to learn that in the next world there will be neither male nor female, where the union between a man and a woman no longer exists. Our first impression is that it would be an inferior existence. However, we were not God's counselors when God made them male and female, yet we think He did well on His own. Why then don't we trust Him to make a creation that He promises to be better than the first? Ps 16-11 says, "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." 

(224a) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Describing the kingdom after he makes all things new >> Description of the resurrection

Mat 22-29,30

(136c) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Similarity in the body >> No distinction between male and female

Mat 22-29

(79l) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word as a sword in spiritual warfare >> To defend yourself from religion

(109j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit the teacher >> Spirit of truth is our teacher – If we don’t understand the connection between the Scriptures and the power of God, then we understand neither the Scriptures n or the power of God. We cannot properly interpret the Bible without the Holy Spirit, and we can hardly work with the Holy Spirit apart from His word. Both are required if we are going to interact with God. The Spirit and the word operate in tandem, the New Testament being dotted with this concept throughout its discourse, no doubt far more often than anyone would dare to imagine, though it is almost never mentioned in any pulpit. Jesus Christ is the word of God and the Spirit speaks through Him. The cause of the Pharisees and Scribes misinterpreting their Old Testament was from their ignorance of this truth, and if we choose to remain ignorant of it too, we will not be able to rise any further in our relation to God than the Pharisees.

(177g) Misunderstanding (Key verse) 

(177i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Misunderstanding the word of God

(182f) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Three causes of interpreting Scripture falsely >> Because they do not understand the Scriptures -- Jesus told the Sadducees there were two reasons they were mistaken: They didn't understand the Scriptures and they didn't understand the power of God. They didn't understand either one because they work together as a teem. Scripture works to lead us in the dark while the power of God acts to illumine our way. Jesus used these tools  throughout His ministry, since He was the word of God in bodily form as the power of God worked through Him. 

Mat 22-30

(3e) Responsibility >> To the Family >> Pattern your marriage after Christ and the Church – Someone might say that having no marriage in heaven is the worst news, ever. The reason for this: there is only one family in heaven. In this life there are many millions of families, each consisting of a mother, a father and their children, and when those children marry and have children of their own, they add a generational layer to the family, but as layers are added, previous layers are subtracted through death, and so families are allowed to grow only so big. In heaven there is only one family, the Church. Those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life are members of the single family of God, and we are all brothers and sisters and members of one body, the wife of the Lamb. We might think that Jesus is our Father, but He is the Husband of the Church, His bride, and His Father is our Father. Since children result from the husband and wife on earth, it would be fitting that children should result from the marriage relationship between Christ and the Church. Those children will be the people whom God will create after us. He will create another race of man after He creates a new heavens and a new earth, and there will be no sin, and they will live forever. God will give them only one commandment to be fruitful and multiply, and this they will do, and we will be their mother, Christ will be their Father, and His Father will be their grandpa, and their numbers will infinitely grow throughout eternity as part of the family of God.

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31-46 "But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 32 'I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB '? He is not the God of the dead but of the living." 33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching. 34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 37 And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' 38 "This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 "The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' 40 "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." 41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question: 42 "What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?" They said to Him, "The son of David." 43 He said to them, "Then how does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying, 44 'THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET "'? 45 "If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his son?" 46 No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.

 

Mat 22,31-46

(62a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Responding cleverly to your enemies >> Outwit them

Mat 22-31,32

(57f) Paradox >> Opposites >> To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord – This passage totally dispels the multitude of ideas about what happens to a person after he dies. When we look at the Scriptures, we see that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are not dead but alive. There are some who would argue and say that they are alive but are currently asleep. They say the dead are in a state of hibernation over a period of millennia, until the First Resurrection occurs; then God will awaken them with new bodies. Agreed, Jesus often said that when a person was dead, his body was just sleeping, but that was His point of view, being the embodiment of the resurrection and the life. In our view their bodies are literally dead, but His view had the resurrection in mind. However, some people can’t seem to understand that things have changed in the new covenant. Since His resurrection, Jesus has taken old covenant believers to heaven with Him as disembodied spirits, and they are alive and awake in Heaven. God can interact just as easily with spirits as with living flesh, because God is Spirit. They don’t need a body in heaven, because heaven (the New Jerusalem) is as much a spiritual place as it is a physical place.

(239k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Let not many of you become teachers >> Dividing accurately the word of truth -- Jesus interpreted these well known verses, and brought them to light in a way that no one before Him ever could, accentuating the idea that God does not rule over dead people, and suggesting that the patriarchs of ancient times are still alive. He did not go over a long, blown-out dissertation, but spoke a few small words about one of the most popular verses of the Old Testament and it caused them to take a new, fresh look at the God they served. He showed them what they have overlooked for centuries regarding their most fundamental beliefs. The word of God is full of epiphanies such as that, lost knowledge just waiting to be re-realized as did other generations before them. An example of this is Luther with His revelation of faith. One of Jesus' advantages to interpreting this scripture was that He Himself saw Abraham in heaven (Jn 8-56). We do not have the advantage of seeing heaven yet, but we currently experience the things of the God through the word of God and prayer.

Mat 22,36-40

(90i) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Righteousness of the law >> All righteousness is covered by the law -- These verses go with verses 11-14. These two commandments are not located together in the Bible. The first, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…” is not even one of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus chapter 20, but in Deuteronomy 6-5; and the second, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” is found in Leviticus 19-18. The Ten Commandments make no mention of either one of these, yet the passages Jesus quoted express the very essence of the Law, and they do just as much to express the new covenant as it does the old. So what is the difference between the old and new covenants? It isn’t the Law; instead, it is how we fulfill the law. In the old covenant they were to abide by the commandments without any help from God, but in the new Jesus inaugurated with His own blood the means by which God forgives our sin in order that He might empower us with His Spirit, and by that we fulfill the Law.

Mat 22,41-46

(37e) Judgment >> Jesus’ humanity >> He was part of the lineage of David – Joseph, an ancestor of David, was not Jesus’ real Father, but was actually His stepfather. His real Father was the God of heaven. Jesus put His enemies to silence because they knew in their hearts that in fact He was the Son of God. They didn’t ask Him any more questions because they didn’t want to know any more about Him. They asked Him questions to stump Him for the purpose of swinging the momentum in their favor as the first step in arresting Him with the goal of having Him put to death, but they soon learned that they would not win any arguments with Him. He had done nothing wrong and they had no way of condemning Him. He untwisted their minds, and the moment He let go, their minds snapped right back to its naturally twisted, knotted shape.

Mat 22-44

(67b) Authority >> Jesus is at the right hand of the father >> He is above all other authorities

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