The prophesied divide is taking place.
There’s a split going on in the Church.
True, we’ve already been split 40,000 different ways, but this is different. It’s a split that transcends denominations.
Charismatics, conservative Baptists, and ritualistic Catholics are all feeling the pinch as their congregants are independently being faced with a choice, as we approach the End of the Age.
Our Father is merciful, and in this mercy, He is confronting those who are willing to listen.
This is the question:
Will you conform to my ways, or continue in your own?
It’s All About the Harvest…
This divine confrontation is causing us to look at one another with a renewed perspective.
For those who have answered the Father’s Call to conform to His ways, there is pain (and yet a strange sense of joy) as we see the reactions of those who question (and sometimes loathe) our decision to believe and follow.
The Master spoke of this harvest time in His parable of the wheat and the tares.
… and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Yes, the lines are being drawn, and your decision to follow His ways or continue on with your own will influence who you belong to and where you end up.
Now, before you continue reading this post, I need to give this brief caveat:
If your definition of salvation is walking the aisle, kneeling before the altar, saying the sinner’s prayer and asking Jesus into your heart (none of which can be found in the Bible), then this post may not be for you.
But if you’ve observed the situation with an honest heart; if you have watched with clear vision and faced the truth; if you have felt the discontent that accompanies the realization that the “church” you have been promised is not the “church” that is coming to fruition – read on.
Who’s Your Daddy?
In explaining the parable of the tares and the wheat, Yeshua said:
The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
When the reapers come, you will belong to only one of two families:
- The children of the Kingdom
- The children of the Wicked One
We know that, at the End of the Age, the tares are gathered and thrown into the fire.
Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.
What are the characteristics that set the tares apart from the wheat?
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend [G4625 – skandalon], and them which do iniquity [G458 – anomia];
We can see from Matthew 13:41 that the tares “offend” and “do iniquity.”
The Greek word for “offend” is “skandalon” [G4625] and it means to “entrap,” or “snare.”
“Entrap” or “snare” into what? Let’s look at the next characteristic of a tare.
The Greek word for “iniquity” is “anomia” [G458] which means “lawlessness.” This is not a general “lawlessness” as understood by the church. The root word of “anomia” is “anomos” [G459] which means “against Mosaic law.”
You cannot get around this definition.
If You’ve Decided to Repent of Your Ways…
Let’s take a step back.
If you’ve said you would follow Him, are your “brothers and sisters in Christ” those who disobey the commandments and try to “entrap” or “snare” you (and others) to do the same?
No, they are not.
If the tares are “lawless,” then what are the characteristics of the wheat?
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The wheat are those who are righteous. The wheat are those who have desired and submitted to His ways. They are “the children of the Kingdom” who are willing to forsake their own ways and religious upbringing, choosing instead to walk His paths.
The cry of their lips echoes in the ears of the Father:
Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.
The Father has already shown us His unchangeable ways, it’s up to us to choose to forsake our own ways and follow them.
He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
This is where the “circumcised heart” enters the picture
The idea of a “circumcised heart” is not a New Testament concept that mysteriously appeared when the Messiah showed up on the scene.
When Moses spoke to the children of Israel, an iron-clad connection was made between keeping the commandments of the Most High and having a circumcised heart.
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in ALL His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?
The Fruit of the Tare
An interesting thing about the tares and the wheat is that they both look the same until the time of harvest. There is no way to tell the difference between them until the time when the plant has grown to maturity and the fruit is ripe.
When harvest time arrives, the wheat stalks will bow under the weight of the fruit that is upon them. The tares, however, will stand upright – with a “stiff neck” – refusing to bow in submission to the Father’s commands.
According to Thayer’s Dictionary, the grains (fruits) of a tare are black. And since we know that the grains appear during harvest time, we also know that the fruits of those who (up until this point) looked just like the wheat, are becoming more and more obvious.
For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
Yes, the fruit of the wicked is being exposed as we see the black grains ripening on the stalks and the caustic encounters with those who should have been our brothers and sisters (but are proving otherwise) are becoming more and more relentless.
But the severity of this treatment that we suffer is serving the Father’s end time purpose.
Our roots are becoming untangled.
The Father purposely waited for this time to separate the tares and the wheat. He knew that, prior to this point in His-story, the children of the Kingdom could not handle the separation. Their roots were too intertwined with those of the tares.
He said to them, “An enemy has done this.” The servants said to him, “Do you want us then to go and gather them up?”
The Bible plainly says that “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Until this appointed (“kairos”) time, the root system of the children of the Kingdom was too connected to the root system of those who are lawless (Torah-less) and entice others into lawless (Torah-less) practices.
But no more.
Just as the tares stand upright in pride against the Kingdom rule, preferring to believe in their own standard of righteousness, the children of the Kingdom bow in submission to the Kingdom law (the opposite of “lawlessness”).
This shows that we are not the same. We don’t follow the same standard. We don’t have the same destination and we do not serve the same God.
Recognizing Our Family
Looking through a scriptural lens at the field around us, we can see our brothers and sisters all bowing in reverence to the Word of the Most High. We are siblings… children of the Kingdom.
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
Those who refuse the rule of the King?
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
We don’t acknowledge that with pride or arrogance. In fact, it is with pained and weeping hearts that we join with Peter and plead with them:
Repent (turn from your transgressions of the law), and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (transgressions of the law), and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
You still have a chance to make this right! “Save yourselves from this untoward generation!” (Acts 40b).
In other words… CROSS OVER.
Characteristics of the End Time Remnant
John, on the Isle of Patmos, saw a vision of the end time believer warring with the dragon and the beast.
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
The end time believers – the chosen ones who fight the dragon and the beast – are those who BOTH “keep the commandments of God” and have the “faith” and “testimony” of Yeshua HaMashiach.
You will not make it into the Kingdom on what you believe about the Messiah.
You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
True to the Calling
So it has been revealed who the “wheat” and the “tares” really are, for they are now showing themselves true to their natures.
As painful as this may be for some, this was meant to happen.
You see, when the Father asks the divine question… “Will you conform to my ways, or continue in your own?” …He is not looking to enslave you into blind obedience to a set of burdensome commands.
The Father never wanted automatons, He wants “a people” called by His Name. This was always His will for you.
Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification:
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
He created the earth to respond to you! Before the fall, He told man:
Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
…and even now, the earth eagerly waits for us to take our rightful places as children of the Kingdom.
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
And, while the full realization of this will not happen until His return, we can start to be who we were meant to be now, in our imperfection.
It’s time to lay our hearts on the chopping block.
David, the man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), cried out in his humanity:
With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
…and we can do the same.
Do not fear the process.
The prospect may be painful to the flesh, but the Sword is sharp and you will walk away from the chopping block with the prayers of your brothers and sisters resounding in your ears.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
And you’ll also hear the words of your Master.
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.
Let it be so.