The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 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?’ 28 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?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 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.”

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The Signs of the Coming of the Messiah

Now, let’s go back to the beginning of the chapter.  In Matthew 24:3,  Jesus was asked three separate questions:

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

The first question is:  what will be the sign of Your coming?

The second question is:  what will be the sign of the end of the age?

The third question is: when will these things be?

Jesus added two sets of information which the disciples did not ask about, which are: what needs to have happened already before the actual sign occur?  and what you need to avoid believing concerning the second coming?

So, let’s analyse all of these five points but in a different order:

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سفر الخروج – الإصحاح الأول

 هَذِهِ هِيَ أسْماءُ أبْناءِ إسْرائِيلَ الَّذِينَ ذَهَبُوا إلَى مِصرَ مَعَ يَعقُوبَ وَمَعَ عائِلاتِهِمْ: رَأُوبَيْنُ وَشِمْعُونُ وَلاوِي وَيَهُوذا وَيَسّاكَرُ وَزَبُولُونُ وَبَنْيامِيْنُ وَدانٌ وَنَفتالِي وَجادٌ وَأشِيرُ. وَكانَ مَجمُوعُ أفْرَادِ نَسلِ يَعقُوبَ سَبعِينَ. وَعاشَ يُوسُفُ فِي مِصرَ.

وَماتَ يُوسُفُ وَإخوَتُهُ وَكُلُّ ذَلِكَ الجِيلِ. وَأمّا بَنُو إسْرائِيلَ فَقَدْ أثْمَرُوا وَازدادَ عَدَدُهُمْ. فَكَثُرُوا جِدّاً وَصارُوا أقْوِياءَ حَتَّى إنَّ الأرْضَ امْتَلأتْ مِنْهُمْ.

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