In Matthew 13 we find Yehshua teaching once again to the multitude by the sea shore.
Matthew 13:3 ““See, the sower went out to sow. 4 “And as he sowed, some indeed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them 5 “And others fell on rocky places, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil 6 “But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered. 7 “And others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them. 8 “And others fell on good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
That’s the famous parable of the Sower.
Why did Yehshua speak in parables?
To hide what He was saying. These days if you go to churches, everybody is a teacher. Each assumes he knows the Scriptures, but I am sorry to tell you, the bible is a coded book.
Matthew 13:10 And the taught ones came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 And He answering, said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the secrets of the reign of the heavens, a but to them it has not been given. 12 “For whoever possesses, to him more shall be given, and he shall have overflowingly; but whoever does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away from him. 13 “Because of this I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand”.
If this was why He taught in parables, what secret was in this narrative? You, then, hear the parable of the sower:
Matthew 13:19 “When anyone hears the word of the reign, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is that sown by the wayside. 20 “And that sown on rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived, and when pressure or persecute in arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 “And that sown among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the worry of this age and the deceit of riches choke the word, and it becomes fruitless. 23 “And that sown on the good soil is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields – some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
What was the seed?
The word. The Gospel of the kingdom of Yehovah.
The parable is repeated in Luke 8:5-15 for emphasis now covering a wider scope.
Yehshua informs us Once the Gospel is preached, it is received in different settings-
The wayside Gospel was preached by John the Immerser.
Mark 1:1-8,Lk.3:1-18,Jn.1:6-36,”There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light”
NB: John prepared the way.
As the farmer was scattering the seed,(Matt.3:4) the evil one destroyed the seed. He devoured it(3:19). This mean people never got it.
That’s the 1st sowering.
Even though the work started small, it was to grow bigger day after day.
John 1:31-32 (TS2009-The Scriptures) “And I did not know Him, but that He might be revealed to Yisra’ĕl, therefore I came immersing in water. 32 And Yoḥanan bore witness, saying, “I have seen the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove and remain on Him.
2)The stony ground:
This second sowing by Messiah himself – Matt.4:17,”From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”.
After he had selected the twelve, He sent them.
Matthew 10:5-7, “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light”
As the farmer was scattering the seed,(Matt.3:4) the evil one destroyed the seed.He devoured it(3:19).This mean people never got it.
Then the seventy
Luke 1:1-6 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. 5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. 6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again…….”
However the ground was stony with little soil.
Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended”
Those who heard Messiah betrayed Him.
This was during the dispensation of the apostles.
In Hebrews 2:1-4 we read,”Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”
This was the sowing amongst thorns.
Acts 3:17 Then Peter proclaimed, “And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
In this setting the seed is chocked but those who received the Gospel continued being, ‘all zealous in the law’…
Acts 2:17-20 “And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present. 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. 20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law”.
Galatians 3:2-5 “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. note 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Galatians 4:8-9,”Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Galatians 5:1-4 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace”.
This 3rd setting came into crisis, the kingdom was rejected.
Let’s look at this passage.
Acts 28:11-28 “And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. 12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days. 13 And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:
14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome. 15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage. 16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him. 17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. 19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it”
This type of mission continues-
Mark 16:15-16,”And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned”.
Matthew 24:14,”And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”.
4) This is the final phase.
We read in Matthew 28:19-20,”Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of YEHOVAH. 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.
We are informed in Romans 11:25 that this is the period when blindness has happened to Israel:
” For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in”.
This blindness will last until the end.
But what end? End of age.
Genesis 6:3 “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years”.
Until 120 jubilee cycles from creation of Adam(120×49=5880 years).
To understand more about Jubilee cycles and why we take 120 x 49, please visit http:// beythshalomtorahministry.com for an in depth study of the timeline.
Back to the end of the age, let’s look at Isaiah 6:11,
“Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate”.
This is also referenced in Daniel 12:13,
“…..till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days”.
Also Matthew 24:22 eludes to it:
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
Brethren, please note, those in the mainstream churches do not accurately teach on this. Why? Because they lack knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures. The entire Scriptures were written by Hebrews for Hebrews in the Hebrew culture. Yehshua was a Hebrew from the tribe of Judah. Paul was a Hebrew from the tribe of Benjamin and was trained at the foot of Gamaliel. He continued to view himself as a Pharisee. That is not a negative term as taught by the church.
As we teach the Good News of the Gospel of Yehovah as revealed and taught by Yehshua as well as when the end of the age will be, the Scripture are unveiled and open to those with eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to receive and not reject.
Yehshua talks straight to us; NOT in parables.
In short the ‘end of the age’ is “the end of this system” = i.e. the current civilization.
Greek – sunteleia – consummation of things as they are today.
Until the 4th Sowing is over, mankind will continue labeling Yehovah’s dictates – the law. The Law continues to be in force, known as The Torah in Hebrew.
In the end Greek – telos – i.e. the termination of purpose – Yehovah will restore everything to before sin came into existence. It will be as in the Garden.
You remember what the disciples had inquired from Messiah?
Lets revisit Matt.13:3 and refresh our memory.
” And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth”
How would you rate yourself? Do you hope to be part of those who will inherit the kingdom? Then come out of Babylon today.