The Glory of the Lord
There is a message the Spirit of God is speaking to His children these days. A message to encourage us to move beyond ourselves and our perceived limitations and prepare for the work He is about to do.
In the Book of Matthew, chapter 13, verses 24-30, we find Jesus speaking to His disciples in the following parable: "He presented another parable to them, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while men were sleeping, his enemies came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprang up and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' And he said to them, 'An enemy has done this!' And the slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?' But he said, 'No, lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, 'First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up, but gather the wheat in my barn.' (NASB)
The interpretation of this parable can be found in verses 36-43 of the same chapter:
"Then He left the multitudes, and went into the house, and his disciples came to Him saying, 'Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field'. And He answered and said, 'The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world, and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom, and the tares are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age, and the reaper are the angels. Therefore just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. 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 cast them into the furnace of fire, in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. THEN THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.' " (NASB)
The message contained in these passages of scripture point out the parallel growth of both the wheat and the tares at the same time, meaning that the kingdom of the evil one and the Kingdom of God will grow together side by side until the end of the age. However, at the appointed time, the harvest, the Lord will separate the wheat from the tares, and THEN THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN! How will the righteous shine and for what purpose? "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you." Isaiah 60:1 (NASB) As darkness and evil increase, so will the power, glory and righteousness of the kingdom of God. This is not the time for fear, but for boldness and confidence in the strength of the Lord. His light will come and rise upon the righteous, His children and servants. For what purpose?
"For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples, but the Lord will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you. And the nations will come to your light, and the kings to the brightness of your rising." (verse 2-3)
The approach and rising of the kingdom of the evil one will cause darkness to cover the earth and the people. Perhaps not a literal darkness, but a darkness covering the souls and minds of people, being unable to know the truth and distinguish between good and evil, for the scripture says: "and even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NASB)
The rising of the light, the glory of God upon His people is to shine forth in the darkness and draw nations to Him, so that they may come to know Him and be saved, for God desires that none should perish. "Lift up your eyes round about, and see, They all gather together, they come to you. Your sons will come from afar, and your daughters will be carried in the arms, then you will see and be radiant, and your heart will thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, the wealth of the nations will come to you." (Isaiah 60:4-5)
As we see the increasing darkness over all the peoples, we know we draw even closer to the day of harvest, the time when the light and glory of the Lord will shine upon us so that the nations will come, be healed and saved. It is important that we view these days as great opportunities for the expansion of the kingdom of God and not to be conformed to the spirit of the world, living in fear, doubt and apprehension. We serve a God that has created the universe and has our destiny in His hand. We need only to draw closer to Him and become a prepared vessel, found worthy to bear the image and glory of the living God.
Willie Jefferson, 8/17/98
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