Wheat and the Tares When Does it Happen?

What end time event is the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares depicting? If its the Return of Jesus it certainly seems to negate the Rapture (as we know it). The other possibility is that it pictures the Sheep and Goat Judgment. With so much at stake, we have to have a very good understanding of what Jesus was teaching in this Parable. We need an answer to the question: “Wheat and the Tares when does it happen?”

The Two Possible Solutions

This controversy was mentioned in a recent comment on another article which prompted this follow-up. Let’s take a look at the two possible understandings of this Parable. The first is that it represents events that occur at the Physical Second Coming of Jesus on the last day of the 70th Week of Daniel. If this is true it seems to negate a traditional  Rapture of the Church as the unrighteous are “taken” first. In this view, all the scriptures listed are seen to occur on this last day.

wheat and tares no rapture

The Second View includes a Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church at the end of the sixth year of the 70th Week. In this view, the events portrayed by these scriptures are seen to occur at different times; and the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares is seen to take place after the Physical Return of Jesus at the Sheep and Goat Judgment. This understanding permits a more traditional understanding of “taken” and “left” in Luke 17 and Matt. 24; the more sensible understanding that the righteous are taken to “safety” and the unrighteous “left” to judgment.

wheat and tares rapture

We will return to these graphics at the end of the article to see which one makes the most sense Biblically. First, we’ll take a detailed look at the Parable itself.

Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares is familiar to many, but let’s examine it verse by verse:

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. (Matt. 13: 24-26)

This parable immediately follows Jesus’s Parable of the Sower in Matt. 13:1-23 so much of the symbolism is the same and it’s explained by Jesus himself:

He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.  The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. (Matt. 13: 37-38)

In Greek the word translated “tares” is ZIZANIUM which is a specific “spurious wheat.” A plant that looks like wheat but is worthless.  So Jesus is telling us that in the world there will righteous and those that look just like the righteous, but are evil. Now most commentators throughout history have assumed that the Wheat is the Church of Jesus Christ.  I think we need to carefully reserve that judgment. Jesus tells us they are “sons of the Kingdom.” Let us leave it at Jesus’s word for now. We will return to explain this more fully at the end of the article.

So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have 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?’  But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.   Let both grow together until the harvest, 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. (Matt. 13: 27-30)

Jesus explains the symbols in this part of the parable as well.

The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. (Matt. 13: 39)

Jesus continues to explain the parable for us:

 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.  The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,   and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Matt. 13:40-43)

This mirrors John the Baptist’s teaching almost exactly:

His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matt. 3:12)

There can be little debate as to the meaning of the Parable. Jesus has not left that for us; he has clearly defined it. Let’s review the pertinent facts:

  • This takes place at the time of the harvest; the end of the age
  • The angels first gather the unrighteous
  • They are gathered out of Jesus’s Kingdom (Jesus is reigning)
  • They are burned with fire
  • The righteous are then gathered into Jesus’s “barn.”

Wheat and the Tares When Does it Happen?

Now we have assembled the facts lets begin to dig into scripture to solve this mystery. First let’s look at the words used in the Parable. Perhaps if we let “scripture interpret scripture” we will solve this mystery.

The words that jumped out at me in the Parable were the words “gather together” in Matt. 13:30. These are famous “rapture” words. They are found in these other famous Rapture and Deliverance verses.

For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. (Matt. 24:28)

 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matt. 24:31)

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! (Luke 13:34)

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him. (2 Thess. 2:1)

What more evidence does one need I originally thought. This word is a tell-tale marker for the Rapture and the final gathering of the righteous; and there it is in the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. But then the mystery deepened. The Greek word used in the four famous Rapture verses above is EPISUNAGO. The word used in the Parable of the Wheat and Tares is SULLEGO. They are two similar, but different Greek words.  The prefix “EPI” in the first word intensifies the word and denotes a very specific purpose in the gathering (the purpose is deliverance of the saints). The second word denotes a simple assembling. I then looked at all the uses of SULLEGO in the New Testament. It is always translated as a simple gathering. Other than the KJV or NKJV, all other major translations also only translate this word as “gather.” Only in the KJV and NKJV and only in this one instance is it translated “gather together;” in the Parable of the Wheat and Tares.

Can we safely say the translator of the KJV and  NKJV that I used for this study had a bias? Maybe. It appears he/she believed this parable was about the Return of Jesus and the Rapture and inserted “gather together” into the English translation even though it isn’t justified. Just a short while ago, a reader chastised me for criticizing traditional Bible translations and interpretations rather than trusting all of them implicitly. This is why I don’t! Translators can have a bias, even the NKJV and the KJV. We need to be very careful about English translations alone.

Now that we have seen the Rapture/Return of Jesus verses use the stronger EPISUNAGO, I thought what about our other possible candidate event, The Sheep and Goat Judgment. Does it include a word for “gather?” It does!

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. (Matt. 25: 31-32)

This is the simple usage of “gather” without the EPI prefix. The grammar that I thought would originally favor a Rapture/Return of Jesus application actually favors the Sheep and Goat Judgment.

Time of the Harvest

We know the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares takes place at the time of the harvest. Most people believe the Harvest occurs at the return of Jesus and I agree. The article HOW MANY RESURRECTIONS ARE THERE?  discusses this in great depth. Thus upon superficial reading, the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares seem to imply an application on the Return of Jesus. However there is a difference between the “return of Jesus” (the Rapture) and the physical Second Coming. This is where so many are mistaken. Revelation shows the Harvest at the end of the age to be more complex than a one day event:

When I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.  And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped. (Rev. 14:14-16)

The son of man coming on the clouds can be none other than Jesus; and the reference to the harvest and harvest symbolism is unmistakable. But then there is a second step to the harvest:

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles. (Rev. 14:17-20)

For those who believe the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares pictures the physical Second Coming and make a big deal about the Tares (the unrighteous) being harvested first, this passage creates an enormous problem. The order of harvesting is exactly opposite that of the Parable. The righteous are harvested first by Jesus coming on the clouds and only then are the unrighteous harvested. Obviously then these passages must picture two separate events! If the order of events is opposite, the two events cannot be the same.

Let’s look at the graphic I provided at the beginning of the article and find out where these passages occur:

wheat and tares rapture

I propose that the Harvest that pictures Jesus coming on the white cloud in Rev. 14:14-16 is the Rapture of the Church and occurs at the end of the sixth year of the 70th Week. This is followed immediately by the Wrath of God which is poured out on the earth. I propose the second half of the harvest (that of the unrighteous) pictured in Rev. 14:17-20 is this Wrath of God. A second set of scriptures will confirm this. The reference to the Wine Press of God in Rev. 14: 17-20 comes from Isaiah:

Who is this who comes from Edom, with garments of glowing colors from Bozrah; this One who is majestic in His apparel, marching in the greatness of His strength? “It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” (It is Jesus) Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press“I have trodden the wine trough alone, and from the peoples there was no man with Me. I also trod them in My anger and trampled them in My wraththeir lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, and I stained all My raiment.  For the day of vengeance was in My heart, and My year of redemption has come. . . And I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”

This is an incredible passage for many reasons. For purposes of this article it provides timing clues. First, of course is the direct reference to the wine press and pouring out of blood upon the ground (from Rev. 14). Second notice this clearly refers to God’s Wrath. Third, notice it clearly gives the time of this period as a DAY and a YEAR. So Jesus treads the wine press of his Wrath for one year, just as our graphic represents.

Those reading who are desperately trying to hang on to a Post-Tribulation Rapture or No-Rapture position might be arguing that this passage in Isaiah depicts the physical Second Coming. “See (they might say), Jesus is marching from Edom and Bozrah, he is upon the earth.” Yes, that is true. The first verse involves the events upon the physical return of Jesus, BUT, the treading of the wine press happens earlier. Jesus’s stained garment proves this. Let me show you how:

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.  He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (Rev. 19:11-13)

Nearly all commentators agree that this passage depicts Jesus just prior to his physical Second Coming. But notice something interesting that is missed by almost all: his garments are already dipped in blood! This is not something that happens upon the earth after his physical Second Coming, but something that happens before it during the one year, ten day Wrath of God. So in Isaiah 63:1 when Jesus is marching from Edom in garments dipped in blood, they didn’t get stained in Edom, they already were stained. This is an enormously important prophecy insight!

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Wheat and Tares and Sheep and Goats

So I propose the Wheat and Tares judgment is the same as the Sheep and Goat Judgment. Let’s look at them both and see how the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares tracks with it.

But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.  All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;  and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left… The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire” (Matt. 25:31-33,40-41)

The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. (Matt. 13: 41-43)

A comparison chart follows:

Wheat and Tares Sheep and Goats
Son of Man and angels Matt. 13:37-39 Son of Man and angels Matt. 25:31
Works Judgment not based on faith Matt. 13:41 Works Judgment not based on faith Matt. 25:40
Righteous and Unrighteous are “gathered” Matt. 13:30 Righteous and Unrighteous are “gathered” Matt. 25:32
Wicked thrown into fire Matt. 13:42 Wicked thrown into fire Matt. 25:41

Of greatest significance in this comparison is that the judgment that occurs is a WORKS judgment not one based on faith! We all know that only faith in our Messiah Jesus can save and that this judgment is applied to those that have DIED.  Only those written in the Book of Life are saved. Here the Book of Life is NOT used. Thus this judgment is on LIVING survivors of the 70th Week.  After the 70th Week of Daniel there will be a limited number of human survivors, Wheat or Sheep (like the Jewish Remnant) and Tares or Goats (unrighteous). Jesus will send his angels to gather them all and he will judge them based on WORKS; specifically how they treated the Jews and Christians during the 70th Week (the least of these my brothers). Those that treated them well are deemed worthy to enter the Millennial Kingdom and become “sons of the Kingdom (Matt. 13:38).” These “sons of the kingdom” are survivors of the 70th Week who are allowed to enter the Kingdom, they are not the Church of Jesus Christ, IMO. Eventually even some of these “sons of the Kingdom” are tempted by Satan when he is loosed after the 1000 years and rebel. There is still sin in the Millennial Kingdom. Only after the Kingdom is sin completely purged.

One Final Thought

For those who are still persisting in believing that the Wheat and Tares represents the physical Second Coming of Jesus, let’s look at one more inconsistency.

And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh. (Rev. 19:20-21)

Here we learn that upon the physical Second Coming of Jesus, the Beast and False Prophet are thrown into the fire but not the “rest.” They are killed with the sword that comes out of the mouth of the Messiah. However in the Parable of the Wheat and Tares AND the Sheep and Goat Judgment, the “rest” of the unrighteous are thrown into the fire. Rev. 19 makes the specific point that the unrighteous are killed differently upon the physical Second Coming.

“Taken and Left”

The theory that the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares occurs upon the return of Jesus has spawned additional thinking of what Jesus meant by “taken” and “left” in Luke 17 and Matt. 24. Now that we know that the Parable does not occur at the return of Jesus but at a later Sheep and Goat Judgment, we can see what in my opinion is the proper meaning of “taken.” That it means the righteous taken to safety. This is further proved by Luke 17:

Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. . . I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left.  Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left. (Luke 17:27-30, 34-36)

The meaning here could not be more clear. Noah “entered the Ark” and was taken away to safety and Lot “went out” and was taken to safety. In both instances the unrighteous were “left behind” to suffer the Wrath of God. A mistaken timing of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares had confused this understanding among some in the Church, but now this newer understanding restores the meaning of “taken” and “left.”

Summary

I realize this has been another challenging and complex analysis of scripture, but I hope it clears up a massive misconception that has plagued the Church for generations.

33 thoughts on “Wheat and the Tares When Does it Happen?”

  1. All Glory to God

    “Again, Curtis you “could” be correct, but I don’t see it as “proved” by any means. Yes, rev. 7 refers to glorified saints, but don’t you think you and I are drinking of that living water right now? And we don’t have glorified bodies. White garments or “glowing” bodies is what I’d need to see in terms of “proof” of resurrection bodies”.- Nelson

    Curtis- Yes Nelson we have received Salvation from the judgment of eternal death but we have not received complete Salvation from sin. This can only be completed when we have been liberated from our present sinful flesh into the glorified bodies. This is what the fountain signifies- complete separation from sin. This is what Paul is telling us in 1 Corinthians v 15. Only those with glorified bodies (who have received from the fountain) get to reign/rule with Christ in the Millennial Kingdom. The others who still bear mortal flesh are subjects in the Kingdom.

    God Bless

    1. Correct Curtis, but whether the Jewish remnant is ruling and reigning or whether the saints are and the Jews are the leading nation of those in the flesh remains to be seen in my opinion.

  2. Janae, we can only speculate on your question because God does not give us the answers to ALL our questions. Lucifer/Satan was a Cherub in the order of the angelic host and held a very high position within that order according to Isaiah 14 which seems to elude to this fall. Satan REBELLED against his God-given charge and his desire to be worshipped became wickedness in God’s sight. God in his infinite wisdom determined not to grant those fallen angelic host who followed Satan pardon. They are forever damned and will never gain restoration before God. Heaven is a different spiritual dimension than earth and we don’t understand how Satan can be granted access to God and accuse the saints before Him. This is why we have our great and awesome advocate, the LORD Jesus Christ, to make our case before God-Father who is always before Him. The fallen angels will in the future be forever punished when God determines that time has come and we must take that on faith that God will correct all injustice in His world. In fact, the most heinous demons are incarcerated in the abyss and do not interact with humans until the wrath of God comes to punish unrepentant mankind.

    But this is just my speculation and we will never have all our questions answered this side of heaven.

    Blessings!

  3. I have a question that isn’t really relevant to this article, but I want to know what your thoughts are on it. If Lucifer was able to sin and fall away from God, then angles must be given free will, right? And if angels have free will and some of them sinned (Lucifer and the third of the angels he took with him), why didn’t sin enter Heaven the way it entered the earth? Why don’t the angels in Heaven have to go through the suffering that God’s people on earth have to go through?

    1. Sin did not enter heaven, because God never gave heaven to the Angels to rule.
      Angels were meant to be servants of God and to never rule over any territory.
      On the other hand Adam and Eve were given rulership over the earth and all its resources. Unfortunately they relinquished their authority, over to Satan, by disobeying God and obeying Satan’s instructions. And now all of earth and its kingdoms are under the rulership of Satan.

  4. All Glory to God

    Nelson,

    You have touched on a difficult part of end-time prophecy. I have considered this closely and as of now, I have to say I disagree with you my friend. Let me explain.

    I believe Revelations 14 is talking about the wheat and the tares. We must remember that the remnant of Israel are of the same root as the Church therefore are not subject to judgment unto punishment (only unto rewards) like the Church. This is goes for the saints who are beheaded. I imagine that these are the ones who are harvested first at the Lord’s return. The rest go on to the judgment of the sheep/goats which includes works.

    Consider Micah 5 v 8
    “And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver”. (KJV)

    It is clear to me that for the remnant to carry out this feat they would have to have been transformed. That is they would have to have received glorified bodies.

    I have some ideas about this judgment of the sheep/goats which we can discuss at another time. I do believe that the book of life is opened at this judgment as it involves everlasting punishment. Hopefully you will do an article on the topic.

    I believe that the theory of the entire wrath of God being only one year and ten days to be inconsistent with my reading of the scriptures in Habakkuk 3 and Revelations 9. I believe the year is a reference to the year the Lord arrives and all that He shall after He arrives before the Millennial Kingdom actually begins.

    God Bless

    1. Curtis, it is apparaent that some people live through the Millennial Kingdom in human bodies because there is still sin in the Kingdom. Satan inspires a considerable rebellion at the end of it; this requires the ability to sin. Now are the Jewish Remnant transformed (like those at the Rapture) into Resurection Bodies at the Sheep and Goat Judgment? I imagine it is possible but I don’t know any verses that confirm this. Certainly Micah 5:7-8 speaks of aspects of the remnant but this is speaking of leadership of Israel (I believe) not resurrection bodies.

      As for the Wrath of God, Rev. 9 and Hab. 3 speak of no timing issues that preclude a year period. Habakkuk is on the list for me to do an article on. Let’s discuss that one then.

      1. All Glory to God

        Nelson,

        It is my understanding that when the Lord returns He is returning to save Israel in particular. The Lord’s Kingdom is global but at the center of this Empire is Israel which is made up of the Church (the faithful ones), the Jewish remnant and the martyred saints of the tribulation. I believe that all in this “new” Israel have glorified bodies (a Holy priesthood for the Lord).

        Remember that the rapture is also known as the “time of the FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES” which means that every Gentile marked for the Kingdom (the martyred saints apart) is removed. The martyred saints are resurrected at the Lord’s return.

        The Jewish remnant receive glorified bodies also at the Lord’s return. All these do not face judgment unto punishment as in the judgment of the Sheep/Goats

        Consider Zechariah 13 v 1 & 9
        “IN THAT DAY there shall be A FOUNTAIN opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness”.

        “And I will bring the third part THROUGH THE FIRE, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God”. (KJV)

        Note that fountain (cleansing and renewal) and fire (Holy Spirit) are both used in relation to the transformation of the Church in other scriptures.

        Revelations 7 v 17
        “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living FOUNTAINS of waters…”(KJV)

        1 Corinthians 3 v 10
        “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so AS BY THE FIRE”.(KJV)

        I believe that in Revelations 14 the Lord is reaping these and not the Church which has been raptured by this time.

        The Sheep (the remainder of the Lord’s people) in the judgment of the sheep/goats enter into the (global) Kingdom but in their natural bodies and are not part of Israel.

        I think you should do an article on the Judgment of the Sheep/Goats.

        God Bless

        1. Curtis, thanks for responding. Yes, Jesus is returning to save Israel (among other important factors). It is never just one thing with Jesus’s ministry. Second you are not correct in my belief that the fullness of the Gentiles comes with the Rapture. During the 1 year, 10 day Wrath of God, I foresee millions coming to faith during those horrid days. The Letter to the Church of Laodicea was written for them, those who are neither “hot” (already on fire for Jesus and were already raptured) or “cold” (have taken the Mark of the Beast and have no chance of redemption.) God pleads with them to buy white garments and be saved.

          Zechariah 13:1 refers to Jesus’s fountain of cleansing blood, it signifies salvation IMO. The fire in v. 9 is the fire and brimstone Jesus casts upon the earth during the Wrath of God! To me you are overspiritualizing these simple references.

          However, I don’t discount the possibility that the remnant of Israel is transformed. I just haven’t found a single verse that supports that view.

          1. Nelson,

            I don’t think I am over-spiritualizing. I am using scripture to explain scripture as you taught me to. You are right that millions come to faith during the tribulation but I am talking about “new” Israel. New Israel is made up of the faithful Church, the Jewish remnant and the martyred saints in the tribulation, this is what Paul spoke about in Romans when he talked about the root and the branches. All these receive glorified bodies. The rest of the sheep enter into the global Kingdom but are not part of new Israel and do not receive glorified bodies at that time.

            Consider John 4 v 14
            “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a WELL OF WATER springing up INTO EVERLASTING LIFE”. (KJV)

            Compare again Revelations 7 v 16-17
            “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

            For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters”

            I have added verse 16 for greater clarity. It is clear that the saints thirst and hunger no more BECAUSE they receive of the fountains of waters. Again this is linking the fountains directly. with everlasting life (glorified bodies). Note that this happens after the rapture scene Rev 7 v 9.

            Then we have Zechariah 13 v 1
            “IN THAT DAY there shall be A FOUNTAIN opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness”.

            We see the same fountain. Note we cannot completely liberated from sin in the flesh and we cannot inherit the Kingdom in the flesh. In order words we cannot be part of the “new” Israel in the flesh. It is new Israel that inherits the global Kingdom.

            Consider 1 Corinthians 15 v 50 & 53
            “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption”.

            “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality”.(KJV)

            So you see my friend…the scriptures are clear that the remnant receive glorified bodies. I have more on the “fire” but I will hold on that for now.

            God Bless

          2. Again, Curtis you “could” be correct, but I don’t see it as “proved” by any means. Yes, rev. 7 refers to glorified saints, but don’t you think you and I are drinking of that living water right now? And we don’t have glorified bodies. White garments or “glowing” bodies is what I’d need to see in terms of “proof” of resurrection bodies.

        1. Thanks for the comment tena. In 1 Cor. it says “we will all be changed.” This means Christians, not all people on earth. The unrepentant will not be changed as I read it. “we” does not include the unrepentant.

  5. So Nelson: This article opens up few questions for me that I cannot answer them on my own. Help me out to think through some of your answers.

    1) why do you think Jesus has chosen not to include the righteous from the 7th year of the 70th week and the 1000 years,in the Book of Life?

    2) Do you think the righteous from the 1000 millennial kingdom, will also be judged based on works, rather than faith through Grace?

    3) Is Jesus’s intention for writing these 2 parables, was to mainly help the 7th year of the 70th week righteous to be able to overcome God’s wrath and ACs persecution of the righteous, who will not accept the mark of of the Beast?

    4) What should the current Bride of Christ can gain from the 2 parables that was solely meant for the believers in the 7th year of the 70th week?

    1. AFO, thanks for these questions. I’ll answer the best I can
      1) if someone is “righteous” in the 7th year of the 70th Week, they came to faith AFTER the Rapture. So they weren’t righteous prior to it or they would have been raptured. They are pictured in the Parable of the Ten Virgins as foolish virgins. After placing their faith in Jesus they are written into the Book of Life
      2) ultimately everyone is saved by grace through faith in Jesus. Those who live in normal human bodies during the Millennium are seen judged at the Great White throne and only those written in the Book of Life are saved.
      3) the parable of the tares is a follow-up to the parable of the sower. It follows immediately after it in Matt. 13. In the parable of the sower, Jesus demonstrates four reactions to hearing God’s Word based on four condition of the human heart. The Wheat and the Tares is primarily how those not written in the book of life at the time of the Rapture enter the Kingdom. This will include the Jewish Remnant. I’m not sure Jesus’s intentions specificially.
      4) Only the Wheat and Tares applies solely to those living through the Wrath of God (7th year of 70th Week). It is a very important milestone in the establishment of the Kingdom. Jesus says he removes all that offend. It is a major dividing, separating, after which only Godly living will be on earth. In revelation we are told the Antichrist has authority for 42 months (1260 days). Jesus defeats him at the Battle of Armageddon on this 1260th day (IMO). Yet Daniel speaks of this mysterious 1290th day which is 30 days later. If Armageddon is Yom Kippur (Tishri 10 – the Day of Atonement), 30 days later is Chesvan 10. This is an historic day in the Jewish calendar, the day that Noah entered the Ark. It was the day the Godly were separated from the unGodly. It is my opinion this is a perfect day for the Sheep and Goats and Wheat and Tares to be separated.

      At this point in Jesus’s ministry, it had not yet been revealed how the Rapture would work. For that matter it wasn’t revealed how people would be saved under the New Covenant, so Jesus showed his listeners the earthly judgment they’d understand at the Sheep and Goats in this Parable. At least that is my thinking.

  6. Thanks! You did a great job of communicating all of this, it’s just a lot of information to take in. I probably should have read it over several times. Thanks again for the info.

  7. So you’re saying that the wheat & tares/sheep & goats judgments take place at the end of the 70th week of Daniel, correct? What judgment did you say in another article would take place at the end of the Millennial Kingdom? (I can’t remember right now what you said that one was.) Also, just to clarify, are you saying that the “taken” and “left” passage will occur at the time of the sheep & goats judgment, at the end of the 70th week? Doesn’t Jesus return to the earth at the end of the 70th week? If Jesus is already on the earth at that time, where will those who are “taken” be taken to? (Maybe you already provided answers to these questions and I missed them.)

    1. Sorry I did a bad job communicating Janae. Here is the order of events as I see them:

      Resurrection – Day of the Lord – end of sixth year – all righteous resurrected
      Rapture – Day of the Lord – end of sixth year – righteous taken, unrighteous left
      Wrath of God – Day of the Lord – 1 year 10 days long
      Physical Second Coming of Jesus – final day of 70th Week – Daniel’s 1260th day – fights Armageddon
      Sheep and Goat Judgment – Daniel’s 1290th day – Godly enter the kingdom – ungodly into lake of fire
      Second Resurrection – end of Millennial Kingdom – all unrighteous resurrected, righteous from 7th year of 70th Week and all of Millennial Kingdom resurrected
      Great White Throne Judgment – all those in Second Resurrection are judged

  8. Nelson,

    I’ve always surmised the wheat and tares were a different event and after the rapture. But I never delved into it as arduously as you have. Poignant and well defended research. Since the 200,000 horseman loosed by the four angels take a year, month , and day to destroy 1/3 of mankind, how does this time frame fit in with the year and 10 day wrath of God, and the 1 day and 1 year wrath of the wine press? I know the angels are released at the sixth trumpet. The duraton of time of the first five trumpets must not be fairly short then?

    1. Some people believe that the sixth trumpet is over a year long as you do, others like myself believe the phrase “And the four angels, who had been prepared for THE hour and day and month and year, were released” means a specific date and time like 9 AM Nisan 1, 5987 (Hebrew year), (this is just an example, I do NOT think that is the date or time.) The use of the definite article “the” indicates a specific date. If it were a length of time it would say “A year, A month, A Day, and an hour.” Hope that helps you see my thinking.

  9. This entire post is exactly how I understand the 1st Resurrection/Rapture of the Church (“the return of Jesus in the AIR”) and the physical Second Coming of Jesus to earth, specifically, to the Mount of Olives AFTER the Day of the LORD. This is an EXTREMELY critical point of understanding in prophecy which many just get confused and then it leads them to all kinds of misconceptions. Well explained. Hope this clears up many misunderstandings for others.

    Blessings!

  10. Sorry to write again, but in my Greek English New Testament, Matthew 24:31 “will gather his elect from the four winds” Only gather is used, not gather together. Interesting!! I am going to look up all of the verses you posted here to see if I spot any other differences. I have a Nestle-Aland Greek-English New Testament. I love using it. I have found that is have a better translation of the original Greek words.

  11. Nelson, I went digging after reading your article!! I use a Greek/English translation of the New testament, 2 Thess 2:1 uses the word “assembling to meet him”. Interesting, I did not pay that much attention to this until now.

  12. Fascinating that I referred to this parable this morning and our previous chat in the piece I’m drafting for today. Thanks Nelson and will mull over and digest in depth at leisure later…

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