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PARABLE OF THE NET...
The Parable of the Net
MAT 13:47 "Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was
let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.
MAT 13:48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the
shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets,
but threw the bad away.
MAT 13:49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels
will come and separate the wicked from the righteous
MAT 13:50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will
be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This is not the "Gospel net", as it is often called. After the one
pearl is taken up, the end of the age begins. This parable falls
into the completion of the age. The net is let into the sea, which,
as we have seen before, represents the nations, the Gentiles. The
parable refers to the preaching of the "everlasting gospel" as it
will take place during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 14:6-7).
REV 14:6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the
eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth--to every
nation, tribe, language and people.
REV 14:7 He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory,
because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the
heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water."
The separating of the good and bad is done by the angels. All this
cannot refer to the present time nor to the Church, but to the time
when the Kingdom is about to be set up. Then angels will be used, as
is so clearly seen in the book of Revelation. The wicked will be
cast into the furnace of fire, and the righteous will remain in the
earth for the millennial kingdom. It is the same "end of the age"
described in Matthew 24:3-35...
MAT 24:3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples
came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen,
and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
Signs of the End of the Age
MAT 24:4 Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you.
MAT 24:5 For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the
Christ,' and will deceive many.
MAT 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it
that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is
still to come.
MAT 24:7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
MAT 24:8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
MAT 24:9 "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to
death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
MAT 24:10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will
betray and hate each other,
MAT 24:11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many
MAT 24:12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most
will grow cold,
MAT 24:13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
MAT 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the
whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will
MAT 24:15 "So when you see standing in the holy place 'the
abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet
Daniel--let the reader understand--
MAT 24:16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
MAT 24:17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take
anything out of the house.
MAT 24:18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.
MAT 24:19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women
and nursing mothers!
MAT 24:20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on
MAT 24:21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the
beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again.
MAT 24:22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would
survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
MAT 24:23 At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the
Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it.
MAT 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and
perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that
MAT 24:25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
MAT 24:26 "So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the
desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not
MAT 24:27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even
in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
MAT 24:28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will
MAT 24:29 "Immediately after the distress of those days "'the sun
will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars
will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'
MAT 24:30 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in
the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see
the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great
MAT 24:31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and
they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the
heavens to the other.
MAT 24:32 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its
twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is
MAT 24:33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it
is near, right at the door.
MAT 24:34 I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not
pass away until all these things have happened.
MAT 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never
PARABLE OF THE LEAVEN...
The Parable of the Leaven (Yeast)
MAT 13:33 He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of
heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount
of flour until it worked all through the dough."
This fourth parable has been a battleground for commentators. There
is no need for confusion if the authority of the Scriptures is
recognized and allowed to interpret the parable. The popular concep-
tion---that the leaven is the Gospel of Christ, and that this Gospel
is to pervade and permeate the world until the world is saved---is
without scriptural basis. Not only does such an interpretation place
our Lord in the position of contradicting all His other parables by
the use of this one, but it also destroys the whole Bible as the
source of authority in the matter of its own understanding and
Now, comparing spiritual things with spiritual, it is found that
leaven is never once used in the Word of God except as a type of
corruption. In connection with the first Passover, Israel was com-
manded to put away leaven out of their houses (Exodus 12:15).
EXO 12:15 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast.
On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats
anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh
must be cut off from Israel.
In Leviticus 2:11, the Law provided that no meal offering should be
made with leaven.
LEV 2:11 "'Every grain offering you bring to the LORD must be made
without yeast, for you are not to burn any yeast or honey in an
offering made to the LORD by fire.
In Leviticus 6:17, in the law of the meal offering, it is written,
"it must not be baked with yeast....it is most holy".
LEV 6:17 It must not be baked with yeast; I have given it as their
share of the offerings made to me by fire. Like the sin offering and
the guilt offering, it is most holy.
The two wave loaves of the Pentecostal offering (Leviticus 23:17)
were baked with leaven because they typified the Church of God and
signified that we are accepted in the Beloved despite our indwelling
evil nature, for He was made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).
LEV 23:17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-
tenths of an ephah of fine flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offer-
ing of firstfruits to the LORD.
2CO 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in
him we might become the righteousness of God.
In His personal ministry our Lord often used leaven as a type of
evil. At one time His disciples forgot to take a supply of bread
Jesus told to them...
MAT 16:6 "Be careful," Jesus said to them. "Be on your guard
against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
MAT 16:7 They discussed this among themselves and said, "It is
because we didn't bring any bread."
But Jesus explained His words...
MAT 16:12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to
guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of
the Pharisees and Sadducees.
In Luke 12:1 the Lord Jesus said to His disciples, "Be on your guard
against the "yeast" of the Parisees, which is "hypocrisy".
LUK 12:1 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so
that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first
to his disciples, saying: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the
Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
And in Mark 8:15 He also warned them against the leaven of Herod,
evidently meaning lust for worldly power.
MAR 8:15 "Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the yeast
of the Pharisees and that of Herod."
Leaven, then, is a figure of corruption. Now, who is the woman
hiding the leaven in the meal? It is significant that this is the
only mention of a woman in the seven parables of the chapter. She is
easily recognized as the false professing church, corrupting by
false doctrine and sinful conduct, the food of the children, which
is the Word of God. Hiding the leaven in the meal, she leaves it
there, and the corrupting process continues until the true food is
all gone, being utterly lost in the repulsive and poisonous
mass---the whole lump leavened.
It was against this awful danger that Paul later warned the Galatian
churches, which were receiving the Judaizing teachers. With the
Lord's parable of the leaven in mind, he wrote...
GAL 5:7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept
you from obeying the truth?
GAL 5:8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who
GAL 5:9 "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."
GAL 5:10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other
view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penal-
ty, whoever he may be.
And again when the Corinthian church was indulging in sinful prac-
tices, the apostle wrote...
1CO 5:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality
among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A
man has his father's wife.
1CO 5:2 And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have been filled
with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?
1CO 5:3 Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in
spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this,
just as if I were present.
1CO 5:4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I
am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,
1CO 5:5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may
be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
1CO 5:6 Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little
yeast works through the whole batch of dough?
1CO 5:7 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch with-
out yeast--as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has
1CO 5:8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast,
the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast,
the bread of sincerity and truth.
And so it is seen that in Scripture language leaven never means
anything good, and it "always" stands for evil and corruption. The
ones to whom our Lord spoke were Jews, and they certainly understood
what was meant by leaven. No Jew would ever dream that leaven used
in illustrating some power or process could stand for something
good; leaven to the Jews "always" meant evil.
And now the question of the three measures of meal and what they
represent. The accepted but faulty teaching is that the Lord means
corrupted humanity by it. However, this is as impossible as it is
for leaven to be something good. Where does the meal come from?
Surely any child can answer that---the meal comes from the "wheat".
Tares, the type for evil, never yield fine, wholesome meal; meal is
the product of the good seed only.
Good, nutritious, and pure as it is, it can never represent the
unregenerated mass of humanity. But there is still greater evidence.
Three measures of meal "stand for Christ in type", the corn of wheat
and the bread of life; when Abraham comforted the Lord (Genesis
18:1-8) it was by three measures of meal and a calf, typical of
Christ, His person and His work. He is good, pure, holy, undefiled,
as well as that which He has given, His Word. It is therefore folly
to twist Scripture language around and make the three measures of
meal mean corruption when meal always denotes purity.
GEN 18:1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre
while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the
GEN 18:2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When
he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them
and bowed low to the ground.
GEN 18:3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do
not pass your servant by.
GEN 18:4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash
your feet and rest under this tree.
GEN 18:5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed
and then go on your way--now that you have come to your servant."
"Very well," they answered, "do as you say."
GEN 18:6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. "Quick," he
said, "get three seahs of fine flour and knead it and bake some
GEN 18:7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf
and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.
GEN 18:8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had
been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood
near them under a tree.
PARABLE OF THE MUSTARD SEED...
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
MAT 13:31 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is
like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.
MAT 13:32 Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it
grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so
that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches."
Here we have the outward development of the kingdom of heaven as it
grows and outspreads in an unnatural way, and becomes the roosting
place of the birds of heaven. The almost universal comment on this
mustard seed and its miraculous growth, as it is termed, is that it
fully declares the expansion of the Church, and the birds of heaven
are interpreted as meaning peoples and nations who find shelter in
the Church. Growing and still growing, the mustard seed reaches over
the entire earth, its branches spread out wider and wider, and soon
(so they tell us) the tree will have covered the earth as the waters
cover the deep.
If the Lord had meant His Church by this mustard seed, which becomes
a tree and a roosting place for birds, then this parable would be in
flagrant contradiction with what He and the Holy Spirit teach else-
where concerning the Church in the earth, the mission, and the
future of the Church, and the greatest clash of teaching would be
For instance, in His prayer our Lord says concerning His own, those
who are one as the Father and Son are one..."They are not of the
world any more than I am of the world" (John 17:14).
JOH 17:14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them,
for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
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