Most of us are very familiar with this parable that Jesus gave. It is found in Matthew chapter 13 and basically like most of His other parables, He is speaking about the Kingdom. He compares the wheat (good seed) with the tares (weeds). Symbolizing the righteous and unrighteous.
The harvest would be the final scene of this parable when the reaper would come and SEPARATE the just from the unjust.
We see this same language in Revelation chapter 14 when the angel says....
"“Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” Revelation 14:15
But back to the parable of Jesus.....
Jesus gives the parable and then he actually explains it further and says...
"The harvest is the END OF THE AGE, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the END OF THE AGE." Matthew 13:39-40
So we know that the weeds (the unjust) were going to be burned up with fire in judgment. But what about the just? (aka the wheat) What would happen to them at the end of the age? He tells us...
"Then the righteous will SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear." Matthew 13:43
Now, keep that in mind and let's go to Daniel chapter 12.
Daniel chapter 12 is the ultimate time indicating passage in scripture in my opinion. It helps us to pull everything back into context. It answers so many questions. It is easy to understand and it honestly CANNOT be placed in our future based on the historical facts that we know about the 42 month destruction of Jerusalem at the end of the age ending in ad70.
In the first 3 verses of Daniel 12 we see the great tribulation, the resurrection, the judgment, and the saints inheriting the Kingdom mentioned. A few verses later, someone asks when all of those things would be fulfilled. The answer comes and is actually sworn by God. The answer is that "it would be for 42 months, and when the power of the holy people is completely shattered, ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE FINISHED". We know that happened already so of course all of those things mentioned are fulfilled...But what is the point in regards to the parable mentioned above?
Well look at this verse in the beginning of Daniel chapter 12 and you're going to notice something very similar to what Jesus said..
"At that time.....many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt...."
Do you see what I see? That right there is the separation of the wheat and tares/ the just and unjust
Jesus also referred to this elsewhere as the separation of the sheep from the goats.
But look at this....
Remember earlier when we quoted the parable of the wheat and tares and Jesus said this....
Then the righteous will SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear." Matthew 13:43
Now, check this out from Daniel 12. I am going to start at verse 1 and go straight through verse 3 and I want you to notice THE EXACT SAME LANGUAGE THAT JESUS USED TO DESCRIBE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AFTER THE WHEAT WAS SEPARATED FROM THE TARES......
“At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise (the wheat/just) SHALL SHINE LIKE THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE SKY ABOVE; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." Daniel 12:3
If you don't understand what I am trying to demonstrate, here it is...
Daniel in chapter 12 when predicting "the time of the end", looks ahead to the future and sees the resurrection of the dead out of Hades. He then sees them judged. He says that "some would go to everlasting life and some to everlasting contempt".....that right there is your wheat and tare separation.
Now, the last thing Daniel sees is those who are "wise" which is his way of referring to the wheat or those who were righteous. They enter into the Kingdom to do what? "TO SHINE LIKE THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE SKY ABOVE". What gives the sky brightness? The sun!
Now remember, ALL of this was going to be FINISHED once the 42 month tribulation on the Jews was finished. We know FOR A FACT that this was finished exactly as predicted in the year AD70.
Jesus in His wheat and tare parable says that after they are separated, the wheat (or the righteous) would "SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM"
Daniel in his vision sees the resurrection take place out of Hades. He sees the righteous and the unrighteous judged and then split which is the same separation as the wheat and tares. He then says that the righteous would "SHINE LIKE THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE SKY ABOVE".
BINGO!! DIRECT CONNECTION.
Since we know Daniel 12 is NO DOUBT fulfilled and since we know that Jesus is basically just drawing off of Daniel's vision, then what do we know for sure?
WE KNOW THAT THE SEPARATION OF THE WHEAT AND THE TARES WAS ANOTHER WAY OF DESCRIBING THE END OF THE AGE RESURRECTION AND JUDGEMENT AND SPLITTING WHEN THE RIGHTEOUS WOULD ENTER THE KINGDOM LIKE ANGELS AND WOULD SHINE FOREVERMORE!
THIS MY FRIENDS, IS A PAST EVENT.
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