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End Times: Will you be considered a good or a bad seed?

Published: Wednesday, 21 May 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like…“ ’No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest.  At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”  Matthew 13:24; 29-30

 

In this short parable, Jesus told of a man who had planted good seed.  While he was asleep, some of his enemies secretly sowed some bad seed among the good seed.  His servants came to tell him that there was now bad seed sown in with the good seed. They wanted to start pulling out the bad seed, but the owner said to wait until the seed had grown.  The weeds could be easily identified, pulled out of the ground, tied up in bundles, and burned.  The good seed that had produced good results would be pulled up and carried into the owner’s barn.

 

Jesus provides an explanation for this parable in Matthew 13:36-43, and the answer may surprise you.  The one who sowed the good seed was the Son of Man.  The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the members of the kingdom.  The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil.  The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.  As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will remove from his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

This parable is clear about who is involved and what happens to them.  At the end times of this world, there will be only two kinds of people living on this earth: those that represent the good seeds and those that represent the bad seeds.  Those people without God (bad seeds) in their life will be pulled up from the world, wrapped in a bundle, and thrown into the fiery furnace.  It is not a stretch at all to equate the fiery furnace with the “lake of fire” described in Revelation 20.  These are the people whose names are not written in the Book of Life.  Those people with God (good seeds) in their life will live in the kingdom of God.

I don’t know about you but eternal life and eternal death do not get much clearer than the words spoken by Christ.  There is finality in His words.  There are some people who say they are Believers but their lives result in nothing but weeds, fruitlessness, evil, sin, and a living for self.  These people will die a Second Death (eternal separation from God) and be thrown into the Lake of Fire for eternity.  This is a sobering thought.  Think about it!  How could there ever be any bad seeds.  The only way someone could live on this earth would be to believe that the Son of Man would not have such a horrible, forever final ending for those people who grow up acting like Believers when they are not because of their lifestyle (weeds).

On the other hand, what a glorious day it will be when the Son of Man looks at you and says, “well done, my good and faithful servant!”  Your life will be called a fruitful seed because you have lived a lifestyle of loving God with all your strength and serving others.  You did not live your life to be consumed for yourself.  You know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.

 

I don’t think God could make it clearer.  None of your rationalizations or excuses before God will counteract God’s plan for every single person that has ever taken breath.  Everyone will be either a good seed or a bad seed.  If you even have a small inkling that you have not made Jesus Christ Savior and Lord of your life and you are living a “self” lifestyle, today is the day to change that with God.  Ask for His forgiveness and begin a new life of loving God and loving others.   Jesus said, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.” See Revelation 22:10

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