From The Master's Table Web Site
Are you a Wheat or a Tare?
A question I have asked God for years is why did His Church start out with pure conviction and truth but has in our time become pagan? He gave me the answer many years ago but I did not make the connection because I did not understand the reason. About 30 years ago as I was involved in researching the different religions with-in the Christian churches I found most did not teach the same doctrines although they taught from the same book we call the Hebrew/Christian bible.
One day around that time I was talking to a minister and asked him some questions that were clear from the bible and he would either change the subject or not answer so I pressed him much harder stating that he being a minister who has studied the bible for years must know these teachings are truth from God and what the minister was teaching was not in line with the bible. Finally I had pressed him in a way he could not continue to deny what I was saying so he looked up at me from his desk and stated … “Yes Timothy! All what you say is true but how long do you think I could be a minister if I taught those things? I was shocked and stated it would be better to be true to God than be loved by thousands that wanted their own religion. Although I had sought the truth for about 10 years at that time (Around 1980) I set out to get to the real facts and find more about what was taught in error and correct it and that became my life’s work as I’m now at the time of this writing almost 63 years of age. (September 17, 2012)
As I continued to ask God in Jesus’ Name to show me what to do and how to combat this evil infecting influence it was revealed to me that Jesus knew about it and He would deal with it in time. I also understood that I had a responsibility to continue to seek and teach the truth because there are many people that will be called by the Holy Father and will need a place to go for answers. If a person knows of any danger that could harm others you have the responsibility to warn them and if you don't you become responsible for their harm.
Now for the scripture we all are familiar with but many never want to consider if they are a wheat or a tare and I would say most would say they were wheat if asked. I did some research on these two plants and can see why they were used by Jesus to depict His church down through time and how this answered my question as to why His Church started out with pure conviction and truth but now has become a pagan religion using His name? The point here is that I found that it was many people with money and power that wanted these false doctrines to continue and the lay members were the victims in that they became complacent and self-satisfied but unaware over time of the potential danger of allowing the Tares to be in charge of their education concerning the importance of the Message Jesus the Messiah brought to mankind.
A Tare is a weed that grows among wheat and other grain and is known as the darnel weed. It is pretty much accepted today that the tares Jesus spoke of are darnel of the genus Lolium. Easton's Bible Dictionary describes "tares" as follows: "the bearded darnel, mentioned only in Matt. 13:24-30. It is the Darnel weed and even its seed as well as the plant which bears the closest resemblance to wheat till the ear appears, and only then the difference is discovered.”
This explains why Jesus stated that He would allow the tares to grow among the wheat till the harvest and then the difference would be detectable and the wheat would be separated. You see brethren, it will be the time of the last days that will determine who is a tare or who is wheat because people will be so complacent and self-satisfied by this system of ease and comfort that they may very well deny the Messiah because it will be too hard to leave all they have. They will deny the true message and feel they are justified because the false message is what they have been taught and want to hear. Never forget the answer Jesus gave to the man that came and asked “Lord what must I do to be saved” Jesus answered… “Go sell all you have and give it to the poor and come follow me.”
Now that answer does not mean that we all should at this time sell all we have and give it to the poor no more than Jesus literally meant we should cut off our hand if it offended but there will come a time to choose over our very life when it gets down to the difference of not denying Jesus as the Son of God and our savior or staying in the coming system and accepting the mark of the beast. Yes that answer from Jesus will be asked again and it will have to be answered by millions of people around the World. How will you and I answer it? That will depend on the depth of apathy one is caught in and how close we are to the love of God and His truth!
It will also depend on how deep one is caught up in a church with a hierarchical governing structure which Jesus stated we should NEVER be involved in which is recorded in Matthew 20:25-28. Jesus stated "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and then He stated... "It shall not be so among you!" By the very words of Jesus we see He forbids His followers to lord-down upon each other. Instead, He reminds us that he who would be great must be a servant and whoever would be first must be a slave, even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Question is are you ready to get down to the hard work now or are you going to put it off ? Remember the story Jesus related concerning the 10 virgins where half did not have their oil when Jesus returned which means they slumbered in apathy and was not ready? They lost salvation as depicted by the "shut door" when they returned and even though as scripture notes they were considered Christian as we find recorded in Matt 7:22-23. Jesus stated "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Notice the time setting in the above scripture is the last judgment and these people being judged were doing things during their lifetime in the Name Christian, but Jesus will not accept them. There is in fact an Apostasy in the Christian church and many warnings from Jesus and the prophets for people to wake up are recorded in scripture however the question is will you check your oil?
If you want to read a study about the Ten Virgins check out the URL below.
Also if you want to be ready at the time of the harvest you might want to hear these sermons.
Timothy M. Youngblood