STUDY OF THE WHEAT & TARES,
THE UNITED STATES BABYLON ?
Just the other day, I was having lunch with an old friend, whom I admire
and respect tremendously. He, is a pastor in the community of Havasu
City. Reverend Richard Tatham and his precious wife Grace have served
the community for many years. Anyway, as we
visiting, I asked him what I should write about in my next newsletter.
He suggested that I write about the wheat and the tares. So, here I
go with God’s help.
"And I heard a voice from Heaven saying, COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE
so that you do not partake of her sins and do not receive of her plagues,
for her sins have reached unto heaven and God has remembered her plagues."
. . . "And the Merchants of the earth shall
weep and mourn for her, because no man buys their merchandise
any more." . . . "The merchants. . . who were made rich by
her shall stand afar off for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing.
. . for in one hour, so great riches have come to nothing. And every
and all the company of ships and the sailors as many as trade
by sea, stood far away and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning,
saying, What city is like this great city?" -Rev. 18:4,
THE UNITED STATES BABYLON ?
Over the years I have been asked this question many times. My answer
has not changed. No, the United States is not Babylon, because this
city was drunk with the blood of the saints and Apostles. Many have
speculated that this city is ancient Rome. She certainly was drunk with
blood of the saints! Yet, I know of no time, when the leaders of the
Church called for Christians to abandon Rome. Such an event must be
future because the Christians did not leave Rome in large numbers.
However, I do believe that cities like New York and London and Paris
and Tokuyo, are in Babylon. We must first understand
that Babylon represents a lifestyle of acquisition and consumption.
It stands in sharp contrast to the New Jerusalem which was seen
descending to the top of a mountain.
Now, do not suppose that we will see a literal city descending to earth.
She is already here! "The Kingdom of God does not come with outward
observation; Neither will they say, ‘Loa there! for behold the Kingdom
of God is within you." - Luke 17:20, 21 I am satisfied that
fiery judgement shall fall upon man’s city, with its wayward institutions
and corrupt lifestyles, creating a revolution in the affairs of men,
such as has never been seen. I believe that Babylon is falling right
now and that those who do not forsake her will experience the same
visitation as the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. They will be
burned with fire just as the Tares in Jesus’ parable.
PARABLE OF THE WHEAT AND TARES
father of a family planted good seed in his field but while his servants
were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat. When
the wheat sprang up, his servants saw many tares growing among the wheat.
So they came to the father of the House and said,
Didn’t we plant good seed in the field? Behold, now there
are tares growing among the wheat. The good man answered, ‘Yes, I sowed
good seed, but the enemy of Man, came and scattered tares among the
wheat. The servants asked him, Would you like for us to go out and pull
the tares from between the wheat? No, said the master of the House,
for in doing so, you would also uproot the good seed." -
Gospel of Barnabus as found in the Complete Gospel Of Jesus, P. 87,
88, Edited by Jeffrey Brackeen
until the day of harvest when the tares will be quite visible and then
pull them up and cast them into the fire,
but gather my good grain into my granary." - Gospel of Thomas
Scholars believe these tares to be darnel.
This may well be, however there was also a fungus which often appeared
on wheat but particularly on barley. If
it got ground up with the wheat, it could prove to be quite deadly.
In small amounts, it was used to enhance the wine or beverage given
to the Initiates of the Eleusian Mysteries. It assisted them to see
the great vision which lifted Greece from barbarism to great civilization.
But we are not left to imagine what Jesus meant these tares to symbolize.
DO THE TARES REPRESENT?
they asked him to explain the parable of the tares in the field. He
answered, ‘I tell you the truth, the father of the family is God our
Lord, the Father of all things, since it was He who created everything.
But He is not a father as nature knows a father, because he does not
is dependant upon silent motion. Nevertheless, He ownes the world. The
field where he sows is Mankind and the seed is the Word of God. When
the teachers become negligent in teaching the word of God, because
they are occupied in worldly business, Satan sows errors
in the hearts of men, producing countless sects with false teachings".
- The Memories of the Apostles
the good seed becomes the Sons of the Kingdom, while the tares become
the Sons of the Evil One, who is the enemy that sowed them". -
The Gospel of Matthew
prophets and angels of God cry, ‘Oh Lord, did you not give them good
teachings, why then are there so many errors? God answers them,
I gave good teachings to men, but while they sleep in their vanity,
Satan sows errors among them in order to bring to nothing my laws.
holy ones asked Him, would you have us destroy those errors by destroying
men? The Lord answers them, Do not do that, because the faithful are
joined to the infidels by kinship. To wipe out the infidels would also
destroy the faithful. I tell you that many an infidel father has
sons who became faithful and that is why God waits for repentance. -
Gospel of Barnabus- bus as recorded in the Complete Gospel of Jesus,
p. 91, 92, by Jeffrey Brackeen
both grow together until the Harvest; and in the time of harvest, I
will say to the reapers, gather together first
the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them but gather
my wheat into my barn." . . . "The harvest is the end of the
age and the harvesters are the angels. For just as
Tares were pulled up and cast into the fire, so shall it be at the end
of the age. THE SON OF MAN WILL SEND HIS ANGELS
AND THEY WILL PLUCK OUT OF HIS KINGDOM EVERYTHING THAT OFFENDS AND THOSE
WHO PRACTICE EVIL. They
cast them into the fire, where there will be weeping and grinding of
teeth. The righteous will shine like the Sun in the Kingdom of the
Father. He that has ears to hear, let him hear! - Gospel of Matthew,
The other day, I had an interesting visit with a Mormon evangelist.
He informed me that those who serve as bishops, priests and apostles
in the Mormon church do not receive any kind of wage for their work,
which I thought was wonderful. But then, he turned around and told me
manage all the corporations and business entities owned by the Mormon
church. According to Jesus, it is was because of those who profess to
be spiritual leaders, being involved in daily business, that errors
and corruption creep in.
‘bundles’of tares represent the various
organizations which attract the wicked. The ‘sheaves’
of wheat represent the cults, sects, denominations and churches
that hold them. Soon, there will only be one fold and one flock,
if we can believe Jesus. But the
process of gathering the sheaves into the barn and then beating
them to extract the grain may be painful. After the grain has been extracted,
the wind will carry away the chaff.
IT MEANS TO WATCH
To avoid falling into error and the clutches of false teachers and prophets,
we are commanded to Watch! If we Ask,
we will receive the Holy Spirit. If we Seek
for the Divine Mysteries, we will find them. If we Knock
upon the Door, which stands at the beginning of the strait and narrow
Way, it will be opened to us.
Watching was a form of meditation. It involved introspection and self
awareness. It also involved watching for error and false teachings and
recognizing false teachers. One of the expressions which Jesus substitutes
for ‘watch’ is ‘take heed’. For instance, in the Gospel of
we find him saying, "Take heed lest any man deceive you."
"Take heed to your selves, for they will deliver you up (to be
persecuted.)" "Take heed
- watch and pray - for you do not know when the time is. For
the Son of Man is as a man taking a long journey,
who left his house and gave authority to his servants and to
every man his work and commanded the porter to Watch. Watch you
therefore, for you know not when the Master of the House comes, at dusk,
or at midnight, or at cock-crowing or at noon. Lest
he finds you sleeping. And what I say unto you, I say to all
of you, Watch! - 13:5, 9, 33-37 These are the four watches of ancient
times. "Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord, when he comes
shall find them Watching; Truly I tell you he will gird himself and
cause them to sit down to eat and will come and serve them.!"
- Gospel of Luke 12:37
We are also warned, "Take heed and beware of covetousness: for
a man’s life does not consist of the things which he
owns." - Gospel of Luke 12:15
said, If you have money do not lend it out at interest, but give it
to one from whom you will not get it back." - Verse 95, Gospel
of Thomas. "I say unto you Make friends for yourself with your
Mammon (gained from unrighteousness) so that when you fail, they will
receive you into everlasting habitations! - Luke’s Gospel 16:9
So many of our people are concerned about their investments in the Stock
Market and their Bonds. They forget that this life is short and that
we are destined to be laid in graves and if we attain the Resurrection,
it would be well to have laid up treasures in heaven, where thieves
in and steal and where moths do not eat our clothing. "The Light
of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye is single, your whole
body shall be full of Light. But if your eye is evil, then your whole
body shall be filled with darkness. Therefore, if the Light that is
in you be Darkness
great is that darkness! For no man can serve two masters: either he
will hate one and love the other or he will cling to one and despise
the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon."
My advice to my readers for this time of trouble would be: 1. Move out
of the big cities to small communities. 2. Find people to work with
who believe as you do. 3. Begin raising your own food. 4. Take up bartering.
are exchanges today for everything.
God bless you my reader. -