'See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.' James 5 verse 7
Do you remember the Bible story of the farmer who sowed his field with wheat, but as it grew, tares were found amongst the wheat. The farmhands wanted to pull up the tares, but the Farmer said
to wait until the harvest, because if they uprooted the tares, they would also uproot the wheat along with it.
When the harvest was ready
the Farmer instructed the farm-hands to collect the tares first and burn them, then collect the wheat harvest. Good thinking.
So now the question
is, what are tares and what do they represent seeing they were burnt up? We know the wheat is the good stuff so that's not a problem.
looked just like wheat as it was growing and only became identified at harvest time, because there was no head of grain.
You might ask who
had sown the tares in the first place; well it was an enemy of the Farmer, who is likened to Satan.
Some people find it very hard to imagine
that there is a personal Devil and the source of all evil. Nevertheless I can assure you, from personal experience that the devil and demons are very real.
world we live in is rapidly desending into the abyss of darkness. In fact we are going backwards to the days of Noah.
"As the days of Noah were, so shall it be in days of the coming of the Son of Man."
Matthew 24 verse 37
How are we going to cope with this, depends on whether we are wheat or tares; so what makes the difference?
The wheat are born-again Children of God and the tares are children of the Devil. That is not to say they are particully evil, but just that they are not born-again Christians.
I used to think I was a Christian, because I was born in Britain, christened, confirmed and occasionally went to church.
Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than going to the dentist's makes you a dentist or going to a garage makes you a mechanic!
You have to make a choice, wheat or tares?
In the not too distant future Jesus really is coming back - as Judge this time and He is coming for the wheat not the tares; remember what happened to them!
People say, "O yes we know about that, but where is He, it's thousands of years ago and he still hasn't come."
'They forget that a thousand years is but a day to the Lord; to Him it was like yesterday that Jesus died for us. 'He doesn't want anyone to perish but all to come to repentance
and be saved.'
2 Peter 3:8,9
I for one am extremely grateful He waited, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this!
People spend more
time planning their annual holidays than they do their final destination. There are only two departure lounges;
one going up the other going
Still not convinced? Jesus talked more about Hell, than He did Heaven!
All you have to do to get to Hell is ignore Jesus' sacrifice for you and carry on doing your own thing.