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Is The Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate Of God? Or Is It Evil?

Did you know the Word of God (the Christian Bible) speaks directly against what governments are doing with Covid-19 vaccine mandates? Get the facts here

¿Viene de Dios el mandato de vacuna contra el Covid-19? O ¿acaso es malo?

¿Sabía que la Palabra de Dios (la Biblia cristiana) condena de manera directa lo que los gobiernos están haciendo a través de los mandatos de vacuna contra el Covid-19? Obtenga los hechos aquí.


The Third Man by Angela Sheffield

Was There A Curse On Helen's Romantic Life?

The Third Man by Angela Sheffield is based on a true story. Read chapter one now!

Should A Christian Practice Yoga Or Pilates? The Shocking Truth

Perhaps you practice yoga for health reasons, or to reduce stress. But, do you really know the diabolical goal of any form or style of yoga, including pilates? Get your answers here

La verdad espeluznante sobre el yoga revelada por la Biblia cristiana

Quizás practiques yoga por motivos de salud o para reducir el estrés. Pero, ¿realmente conoces el objetivo diabólico de cualquier forma o estilo de yoga, incluido el pilates? Obten tus respuestas aquí.

Communicating With The Dead: Learn The Shocking Truth

The spirit you think is mom, dad, or some other loved one from beyond the grave is NOT your loved one. But, what about the "proof" that the living can indeed talk to the dead? Let God's Word open your eyes to a deception that is pure evil. Read Spirits Of The Deceased

Comunicarse con los muertos: La impactante verdad

El espíritu que parece ser tu madre, padre o algún otro ser querido tuyo desde el más allá NO es tu ser querido. Pero, ¿qué hay de "la prueba" de que los vivos pueden comunicarse con los muertos? Permite que la Palabra de Dios te abra los ojos para que veas el engaño que es de la maldad pura. Te invitamos a leer ¿Están los muertos entre los vivos?

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Capital Punishment Is Sanctioned By The Bible

Christians and believers in the Bible, the Word of God calls for the death penalty for first degree murder, rape, and other acts of violence. The Bible tells us to behold the goodness AND the severity of God whose Word--including in the New Testament--does NOT speak against capital punishment Read the scriptural proof now.

La Biblia sanciona la pena capital

Cristianos y creyentes en la Biblia, la Palabra de Dios pide la pena de muerte para el asesinato en primer grado, la violación y otros actos de violencia. La Biblia nos dice que contemplemos la bondad Y la severidad de Dios, cuya Palabra -incluso en el Nuevo Testamento- NO habla en contra de la pena capital. Lea ahora la prueba bíblica.

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¿Qué tiene que ver conmigo? por Teófila Gottfried

Lo que leemos en la Biblia tiene que ver con todos los seres humanos, sean cristianos o judíos, ateos o agnósticos, budistas, musulmanes o adherentes a alguna de las filosofías o nuevas religiones que surgen en el mundo. ¿Por qué? Ver mayor información sobre este interesante libro.

Parable of Wheat and Tares Part - II


The study of the parable of wheat and tares begins with: Parable of Wheat and Tares - Part I

Chosen Vessels of God Among the Tares

There are two very important truths that are learned in answering the questions of why the angels can't tell the difference between the wheat and the tares and why God doesn't just destroy the tares so they don't trouble the wheat. It's important to understand some very basics about tares and wheat to fully grasp the richness of the parable of wheat and tares. Tares are a noxious plant that belong to the family of grasses and they grow among wheat in the land of Palestine. So great is the resemblance of tares to wheat that it's extremely difficult to tell the two plants apart while they are growing.

Certainly a look at the genes or the very make-up of the plants would reveal what is tares and what is wheat; but that requires a much higher understanding of the two plants. The common man who can only view them with the naked eye can't see that deeply into the differences of the essence of each plant. Likewise, the holy angels of God, with all of their wisdom, cannot see the heart of man like the Lord. This is why they can't distinguish the plants in the parable of wheat and tares.

Saul of Tarsus, whose name was changed to Paul after his conversion to Christ, is a prime example of "wheat" that behaved like "tares." Ananias, a servant of Christ to whom Saul was sent shortly after his conversion was understandably leary when the Lord told him in a vision to go to Saul. We read, "And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand o him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way, for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake" (Acts 9:11-15).

Paul tells in the scriptures of his relentless persecution of the Christian church, even consenting to the torture and murder of the saints. If the tares had been gathered up to be burned during the times that Paul was Saul of Tarsus, he surely would have been separated from the wheat. However, God said he was a chosen vessel. It might be said that he was wheat that would definitely have passed for tares. To uproot him and burn him would have interfered with God's plan and specific timing for everything. Of course the Lord could simply have informed the angels of which "tares" not to uproot. However, he also could inform the angels of the events of the end of the present world, but he doesn't (Mark 13:30-32).

When Saul of Tarsus persecuted the church, it was a situation of the wheat suffering at the hands of a chosen vessel who appeared to be among the tares. Later, much more good seed would be planted by the Son of man through his converted servant and chosen vessel, the apostle Paul. It isn't logical to expect the Lord to uproot his chosen vessels while they are behaving as tares. Sadly, the wheat endures suffering at the hands of those "tares." The faith in God that the wheat has is perfected; and they are earning a crown of righteousness while God's chosen vessels among the "tares" are moving towards becoming wheat. This can seem so very unfair at times because of the suffering involved.

However, Part of the whole work of believers having faith in God is that they trust Him even when his ways, purpose, and timing just do not seem fair or to make sense to the logic of the natural mind. This is one of the truths of which Christian believers are reminded in the parable of wheat and tares.

Tares that Appear to Be Wheat

Some readers of the Bible have suggested that not only can "tares" who are destined to become wheat be uprooted and burned by mistake, but that tares posing as wheat might escape being uprooted and end up slipping into the kingdom of God. Their reasoning is based on scriptures such as 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 which says, "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness...."

This explanation surrounding the parable of wheat and tares certainly makes sense on the surface, considering the many scriptures that speak of the children of the enemy disguising themselves as children of God. However, there are scriptures which cast doubt that the angels could be deceived regarding who is a servant of Christ and who isn't. This is not the same thing as expecting them to know who among the "tares" will be saved and who won't because that would be expecting them to be able to see into a man's heart and to see into the future.

God's word teaches us that man is made a little lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:6-7), yet the Lord gave man a way to be able to distinguish his true children from the children of the enemy. Man is instructed with the words, "...Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God. Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God..." (1 John 4:1-3).

In the scripture of Matthew 24:23-27, Jesus warns his servants about false Christs and false prophets who will work great signs and wonders that appear to be performed in his name and by his power. He gives his followers very specific instructions to follow so they are not deceived. There are numerous scriptures that deal with distinguishing the children of the kingdom of heaven from the children of the kingdom of darkness. The Bible also gives the accounts of God's intervention to protect his children from being deceived by ministers of the enemy. If man, who is lower than the angels, is permitted such wisdom, it's not logical to think that a holy angel of God would not be wise enough to detect the children of the enemy even if they are in the most crafty disguise. The conclusion: tares posing as wheat would not be able to slip into the kingdom of heaven. "Tares" destined to become wheat, however, definitely would be in danger of being uprooted prematurely.

The Third Man by Angela Sheffield Based on true events, The Third Man by Angela Sheffield, brings the Bible up close and personal as the characters face real issues of life: Betrayal, deceit, romance, bitterness, anger against God, hopelessness, will power, perplexity, triumph, unforgiveness, mental illness, and the "Alcohol made me do it" excuse. Read chapter one FREE now.

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