Matthew 25, part 4 - The buried talent
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Truth reveals more truth, that keeps growing in depth and detail. But any error helps destroy the truth we once had.
- 5 + 2 = 7 church age talents then one extra Jewish talent.
- Five talents represent being saved, holy, and having the full truth
- Two talents represent being saved and living holy
- God was looking for restored truth as His main priority
- The one talent man was very different. He represents the Jews.
- The one talent represents the First Coming of the Lord to the Jews
- The first and last church ages unite at the resurrection
- Matthew 25 ends with Jesus looking ahead to Judgement Day
5 + 2 = 7 church age talents then one extra Jewish talent.
This next parable traces events through the seven church ages until the return of the Lord Jesus.
MATTHEW 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Jesus was going to ascend to Heaven. Ahead lay the seven church ages. The clue was the 5 talents and 2 talents that add up to 7 talents, symbolizing the seven church ages.
Then there is another talent. That does not fit in with the seven churches.
But 7 + 1 = 8 which is a new system. God turning to the Jews in the 3.5 years of great Tribulation.
Matthew deals with Jesus as the King, and thus He rules both Gentiles and Jews.
So, this parable concerns the time that Jesus is away in Heaven as well as His unexpected return. It must apply both to Gentiles and Jews.
Let us look carefully at the parable.
MATTHEW 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
The person with one talent does not fit into any Christian category.
A talent was at least the value of 30 kilograms of silver.
Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
The servant with one talent represents the Jews. They had betrayed their Messiah by killing Him.
As a nation, they would play no role in God’s Plan during the seven church ages. They were blinded to the truth. The truth was effectively buried from them. After Calvary, they had no Messiah as they had killed Him. After AD 70, they had no Temple as the Romans destroyed it. They were only allowed to sacrifice in the Temple. With no Temple, they had no sacrifice. They were doomed. But they had a buried talent that they could not use.
Their talent was the Coming of the Lord. Jesus had come to them.
But they rejected Him.
The last they knew of Jesus was when He was buried because they refused to believe in His resurrection.
So they buried their talent.
We will consider the Jews later.
Five talents represent being saved, holy, and having the full truth
The seven church ages each had different circumstances.
The first church age had the full truth, thanks to the apostles.
Let us assume that to be worth five talents.
Assume that two talents (two measures of the Holy Spirit) represent a person who is saved and living holy.
A person can be saved but not yet living holy. That would be one talent. One portion of the Spirit.
Two measures of the Holy Spirit are needed for one’s personal growth in the Lord.
Getting saved requires the conviction of the Spirit.
Living holy is a deeper experience with God. More of the Spirit is needed to enable an individual to develop the inner discipline needed to live a Scripturally virtuous life.
This is especially true for ladies who have to resist revealing-dress fashions, wearing pants, not cutting their hair, and not using makeup or jewellery. That certainly requires a deeper measure of the Holy Spirit. But those ladies who succeed live a daily sermon just by their appearance.
Three talents (three measures of the Holy Spirit) is needed to believe the full truth.
To be able to see what God’s Big Picture is. One measure is needed to unlearn all one’s past mistakes and unbelief.
Another measure is needed to anoint one’s eyes sufficiently so as to be able to see the truth. It takes a lot of re-learning to understand the Bible's truth.
The third measure is needed to sufficiently love the truth that one has the courage to insist on always being strictly Scriptural. This is not the courage needed to be a brave person. Plenty of sinners are very brave.
This is the courage to love Bible truth, and endlessly want to know more and more about the revealed Word of God. This causes a person to be unpopular and rejected, and losing friends and living with rejection requires courage. To place the Bible above any man’s word.
To have the courage to oppose the pastor and his yes-men in the church.
To feel about the Bible the same way that you feel about Jesus. The Bible is the Absolute and Infallible Word of God.
PHILIPPIANS 2:13 … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
To stand on your own against the church instead of huddling for safety in the church.
It takes a lot of courage to stand up for the King James Version of the Bible against all the churches and pastors obsessed with quotes.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.
The evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism is our ability to learn the truth of the revealed Bible.
REVELATION 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man,
The seven candlesticks represent the seven church ages.
On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit ignited the central candlestick. The true Word of God was introduced to the world by the apostles.
This truth was carried over to the second church age. Human leadership infiltrated the church. But God allowed the Roman Empire to persecute and scatter the Christians. This kept the local churches small and minimized the amount of error that ambitious leaders sought to introduce. These two ages were the Lion-beast of the First Seal.
Two talents represent being saved and living holy
In the third church age, Bible truth started dying.
From then on, individuals could get saved and live holy but they could not believe the full truth because they believed in a Trinity, Christmas, Good Friday, one-man-is-the-head-of-each-church, etc.
Then the truth got lost in the third church age at the Nicaean Council of AD 325 when Trinity entered the church. The church was dominated by the political emperor Constantine who used the military sword to stamp out opposition. Within a hundred years the persecuted church became the persecutors.
But Bible truth was killed at the Nicaean Council and man-made opinions became the official doctrine of the church.
The Roman Catholic church destroyed Bible truth and replaced it with man-made denominational organization.
By AD 350 Christmas was adopted by Pope Julius 1 as a copy of the birthday of the pagan sun god on 25 December.
Paul had warned about dates and months that are repeated each year.
GALATIANS 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
25th day of the 12th month every year. “Times”. Christmas time.
GALATIANS 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
In AD 382 the emperor Theodosius called Pope Damasus by the title Pontiff which means he was the High Priest of the Babylonian mysteries.
By AD 450 Pope Leo 1 was giving orders to kill opponents of the Roman Catholic church.
By AD 606 Pope Boniface 3 called himself the Universal Bishop, the Head of all the churches.
By the fourth church age, almost all Bible truth had been lost.
At this stage, even the good Christians believed in the Trinity and the Bishop being the Head of each city.
Much truth was lost and all God could expect from the better Christians was that they could get saved and live holy. Tens of millions of opponents of the Roman church were slaughtered like oxen. They were incredibly brave but the truth was disappearing. Thus, church ages 3 and 4 produced Christians with two talents. Strict Bible truth had been lost as pagan and political influences overwhelmed the churches.
Fewer and fewer saved and holy people survived these vicious persecutions and crusades.
The first four church ages that are described in Revelation Chapter 2 shows how the church steadily lost sight of the original truth.
But then the very brave Martin Luther in Germany turned the tide and revealed salvation by faith alone which counts as one talent. This was the fifth church age.
John Wesley in England restored holiness and outreach in the sixth church age.
Holiness counts as the second talent.
Human wisdom had restored salvation and holiness back to the church in general.
MATTHEW 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
God distributes His gifts in different amounts,
In each age there would be different amounts of Bible truth that was known.
The conditions of salvation and holiness (worth two talents or portions of the Holy Spirit) that managed to survive in church ages 3 and 4 were duplicated as church ages 5 and 6 restored salvation and holiness to the churches in general.
Thus the two talents appeared in the Ox-age and the Man-age.
These were brave people in many ways and they endured much hardship.
But there was not much Bible truth that was restored because Trinity kept a stranglehold of error on the churches.
God was looking for restored truth as His main priority
God's blueprint for eternity was laid out at the beginning. We cannot be part of eternity until we get back to that blueprint of original Bible truth.
That counted more to God than human bravery.
There have been many brave Christians but there have not been many Christians who knew the full truth of God's Plan.
Human bravery is magnificent but the restored truth is far more important, in God’s eyes.
Look what God said to those saints in the golden missionary age of church age 6, Philadelphia, which means brotherly love. You can’t get much better than that. Brave missionaries taking the Gospel to the heathen nations.
REVELATION 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
The open door of the missionary movement.
But with all their bravery and sacrifice, God says they only have “a little strength”.
So human bravery counts for little in God’s Big Plan.
What really counts is knowing and spreading the Truth of Scripture.
These missionaries got heathens saved in the name of Jesus Christ. That got them a good talent.
Holiness got them a second talent.
But Trinity made sure that they would never understand the mysteries of Scripture. Thus, despite their magnificent performance, they only had two talents. Only a little strength
But God's Plan for the restoration of the apostolic truth was underway.
MATTHEW 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
He traded Scriptures with the church people in order to establish what was Scriptural and what was not in terms of the church doctrines. His knowledge of Scripture grew as he sought to run his beliefs through the Bible. Steel sharpens steel. The more he debated his beliefs, the more Scripture he learned.
There is no better way of strengthening our own faith than to seek to make others share in it. Christian convictions, when spoken, are confirmed, but when muffled in silence are weakened.
‘There is that scattereth and yet increaseth.’
Seed heaped and locked up in a granary breeds weevils and moths. But when flung and broadcast over the furrows, it multiplies into seed that can be sown again, and bread that feeds the sower.
The apostles established the bright central flame of Bible truth in the midst of the candlestick.
That was only true at the start of the first church age when the apostles influenced those early believers.
After the apostles died, the truth known by the church shrunk and died down. Most of the truth had been lost by the fourth church age. Each age had to serve God as best they could with what they knew.
In the 7th church age, the Bride has to accept an eagle spirit that has a deep insight into the revealed mysteries of the Bible. Only then can we be restored back to the beliefs of the apostolic fathers.
When we believe what they believe then we will also have 5 talents.
So the seventh age has to become a duplicate of the beliefs of the first church age.
Then when the first age saints resurrect, we will agree with their beliefs.
That way there will be ten talents available.
MATTHEW 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
“A long time” is a vague time period. This is intentional. Jesus is making it clear that we cannot puzzle out when He is coming back. He will suddenly appear when we least expect it.
MATTHEW 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
The first age saints knew the truth and laid the foundation for the last age to know the same truth.
MATTHEW 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
A rich reward in Heaven awaits those who were able to understand the truth of Scripture.
MATTHEW 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
Those who lived in the time when trinity dominated the church will also get the same reward.
MATTHEW 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
This is the same reward that was promised to the 5-talent person.
So, each age produced a portion of the Bride and thus the complete Bride will share in the full joy of the Lord, irrespective of which age they were in.
Each age had different circumstances to fight against. Each age had a different amount of Bible-light to illuminate their path. What counts is how faithfully they believed whatever Scriptures had been revealed to their age.
Again, however much truth was available for each age, the Bride for each age will resurrect up together to rejoice in their heavenly reward.
The one talent man was very different. He represents the Jews.
MATTHEW 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
The Jews knew that Jesus had been buried. That is as far as their relationship with Him had gone.
MATTHEW 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
“A long time” is a vague time period. This is intentional. We cannot know the date of His Coming. Jesus returns to take away His Bride and then the Jews will go into the 3.5 years of great Tribulation.
MATTHEW 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
Jesus spent His earthly ministry dealing with the Jews but then reaped in a Gentile church, despite ignoring the Gentiles during most of His ministry.
MATTHEW 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
The Jews, despite knowing that Jesus was buried, are afraid of His influence.
After all, there are 1400 million Catholics and 800 million Protestants on earth. So, more than two billion people call themselves Christians. That is one-quarter of the world’s population.
How can a Man, who the Jews say is dead and buried, have that kind of a following? This scares the Jews into a state of total denial. They cannot explain away the evidence. So, they just want nothing to do with Jesus.
Just before the Second Coming of the Lord, the resurrection from the dead of all the New Testament saints will occur.
The Jews will not then be able to deny that Jesus resurrected from the dead.
Digging up the buried talent implies that the Jews are back in the Promised land where they knew Jesus had been buried.
This also implies a reluctant admission that Jesus did in fact rise from the dead.
A reluctant admission that He has come back for His Gentile Bride.
The one talent represents the First Coming of the Lord to the Jews
But this does not agree at all with 2000 years of Jewish thought.
“There thou hast that is thine”.
In effect, the Jews, when Jesus comes for His Bride, will be forced to acknowledge his Coming (the one talent that they had) but they throw the talent back at Him.
As if they are saying, “Alright, you have proved your point. We admit you have come.
But in giving this talent back to you we are saying that we want nothing to do with your Second Coming”.
Thus, they seal their fate.
When the Bride escapes great tribulation by being caught up to Heaven at the Second Coming of the Lord, the Jews acknowledge that He has come but want nothing to do with His Coming. So, they are condemned to 3.5 years of great Tribulation.
The Jews themselves represent a national “resurrection” as they are finally back as a nation almost 2000 years after being scattered world-wide by the pagan Roman Empire who hated them.
Their language of Hebrew has been literally resurrected from the dead as it died out in the Dark Ages.
MATTHEW 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
At His First Coming, Jesus worked with the Jews but then they rejected Him and He gathered a Gentile Bride for Himself.
So, His Second Coming will happen after working with the Gentile church for almost 2000 years. Since the church of the Laodiceans rejected Him, He would be quite happy to gather in the Jews if they wanted Him. But they gave the talent back to Him. They did not want to be part of His Second Coming.
MATTHEW 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
Even though the Jews had rejected the Gospel and were not part of God’s Gentile church, God expected them to get involved in money lending where they became bankers to the various nations. By building up their money, using usury or interest on their loans, they built up enough money to buy up large portions of Israel in the early 1900s. Thus, the United Nations in 1947 regarded them as a legitimate nation and voted them a portion of the Promised Land as their new homeland.
Then Jewish money was able to buy up enough arms and ammunition to defeat all the Arab armies that attacked them. Today, Jewish money has equipped Israel with the best army and air force in the Middle East.
The Jews own much of the New York stock exchange and this forces America to support Israel by giving the Jews the best of their aircraft. The Jewish air force is now protecting certain Arab countries from Iran’s air force as Iran has no desire to fight the Jewish air force. This is helping to keep the peace between Israel and certain Arab countries.
As a result of this focus on money, the Jews can hold their Promised Land despite the Arab desire to exterminate them.
The Jews are probably the world’s best at making a profit out of what they have.
After killing their Messiah, the great Prophet, they spent 2000 years focused on making a profit.
Now Jesus says that it is His turn to make a special profit from the Jews.
He wants an elite group of 144000 Jews that will receive the Holy Ghost.
The Jews have rejected Him for 2000 years. He intends to return to the Jews in the years of great Tribulation in order to save the 144000 Jews who will accept Jesus as Messiah.
Jesus is looking for spiritual eunuchs who will form a protective wall around His Bride.
We get a hint of this from the Heavenly city that has a protective wall around it that is 144 cubits high.
REVELATION 21:17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
144 speaks of protection.
MATTHEW 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
The Jews are tough fighters. They won four wars against the Arabs who outnumbered them.
Now Jesus wants tough Jewish fighters to protect His Bride when they come down for the battle of Armageddon.
But how is Jesus to turn stubborn Jews that have rejected Him for 2000 years into saved and loyal defenders of His Bride?
Remember, God does not deal with the Jews as individuals.
God deals with the Jews as a nation.
The Gentile church is His Bride, but the Jews are His servants. And God needs protective servants for His Bride. People who have nothing to do with women, which symbolize churches.
MATTHEW 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
The Jews had one talent. The Coming of the Lord to them.
They buried this talent when they saw the Lord buried and then demanded that His tomb be sealed by the Romans so that His Body would stay buried.
The first and last church ages unite at the resurrection
The first church age of the apostles had the full truth for their day. That gave them five talents. The end-time prophet has to get the full truth of Scripture restored to the last church age Bride. The Bride at the end will also have five talents. When the Bride is restored to the full truth, then the resurrection will happen.
The mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 will come down to raise the dead. The living last age church will be identical to the planted first age church.
When that Angel, of Revelation the 10th chapter, puts one foot on land and one on the sea, and a rainbow over His head, He swore, "time shall be no more." When that time comes, you will rise up from among the dead. While the rest of them lay there, you will go in.
Thus, in effect, the first church age apostles who wrote the New Testament will have doubled their effectiveness because they will finally have produced an exact copy of themselves. An exact copy that has the full truth.
God puts huge importance on understanding the full truth.
Thus, when the apostolic church is resurrected and joined with the 7th church age Bride, then the talent that represents the Coming of the Lord will be given to them.
Obviously, the resurrected saints from the other church ages will also be present when the Lord comes.
But the real trigger that produces the Second Coming will be when the First and Last church ages are exactly the same in their beliefs.
MATTHEW 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
First and last church age saints are interchangeable because they believe precisely the same.
MATTHEW 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
The last church age Bride will have a deep insight into Scripture that grows increasingly deeper as more details are revealed concerning the basic Bible patterns that brother Branham restored.
The foolish virgins, though saved, then stray further and further from the Bible as their wrong ideas pollute their thinking and wreck the basics that they once had.
For example, they started off believing that brother Branham was the voice of the seventh angel. Then they replace Scripture with his quotes and end up believing that he is the Voice of God.
In 1870 the Pope was declared to be infallible. Now, message-people have picked up this unscriptural Catholic spirit and declared brother Branham to be the infallible Absolute. Thus, they lose the truth and slide further into error. Brother Branham came to reveal the Bible as the Absolute and infallible truth. He did not come to be the Absolute or to be infallible.
MATTHEW 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
But the Jews of today still have a price to be paid for killing their Messiah.
They get thrown into great Tribulation in order to find their salvation.
Two-thirds of the Jews will be killed by the antichrist Pope and his murderous hordes. Then Jesus will return to save the 144000 elect Jews. That display of incredible power, just when all seems lost to the Jews as they face the horror of being annihilated, will convince the Jews that He is the Messiah.
The Jews will have a financial covenant with the antichrist Pope who desires their Stock Exchange money. The Pope will break this covenant, leaving the Jews bankrupt as they lose their investments and money. Losing their “talent” of natural money will leave them with no other option but to cry out to Jesus for the spiritual “talent” whereby He comes to save the 144000 Jews.
At this time of murderous horror, the Jews will realize the extreme importance of Jesus Coming to them.
It will take the horror of great Tribulation to force the Jews to accept Jesus as their King.
But two-thirds of the Jews will have to die before the remainder can realize this fact.
ZECHARIAH 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
Remember what the Jews demanded from Pontius Pilate.
MATTHEW 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
So, the Jews rejected the blood of the Messiah as their salvation and preferred to pay with their own blood.
As a result, they had to buy their salvation in their own blood.
They were allowed this mercy because God had blinded them. Jesus came in a way that was too humble and too forgiving. Plus, He had no focus on politics and He did not hate the Romans. That made it impossible for the Jews to accept Him, especially when he threw the money-makers out of the Temple. That was one step too far for the religious leaders. They killed Him three days later.
The last that the Jews knew of Jesus was when He was buried because they refused to believe in His resurrection.
ROMANS 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
God blinded the Jews. Thus, they have an excuse.
But God will only save them if they are killed for their faith.
They killed Messiah, so they must also be killed.
REVELATION 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
They believed in the Old Testament and died for their own testimony, not the testimony of Jesus.
The martyr’s altar in Heaven is where the murdered Jews rest.
:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
They want vengeance. These are Jews. Christians forgive their killers.
By this stage of Revelation Chapter 6, the Bride has just been caught up to Heaven. These Jews want to go back to earth to destroy the antichrist spirit that persecuted them for 2000 years.
:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
Fifth Seal. Five is the number of grace. God saved these murdered Jews by grace.
These Jewish martyrs are told to wait. There is still a 3½ year great Tribulation that is needed to call out the 144000 Jews. Then they must be killed and resurrected up to meet the Bride and protect her at Armageddon.
Matthew 25 ends with Jesus looking ahead to Judgement Day
MATTHEW 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
This is Judgement Day. The 1000 years of peace have been completed when Jesus reigned on earth.
The general resurrection has happened.
People now stand before God in the hopes that He may grant them eternal life as sheep.
The only ones who are sure of being in Heaven are the foolish virgins who were saved before the years of great Tribulation started.
Having accepted Jesus as Saviour, they made sure of their place in Heaven.
They were fooled into false beliefs by their churches and thus missed being part of the Bride.
The Bride from the seven church ages and the Old Testament saints are already in their immortal bodies. Thus, they will not be tried on Judgement Day.
But the fooled or foolish virgins will be tried on Judgement Day.
MATTHEW 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
The sheep will go into Heaven, the goats into the Lake of Fire.
MATTHEW 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Jesus makes an astonishing statement. If they were kind to the members of His Bride, He will spare them.
The foolish virgins knew little Bible truth so God rewarded them if they displayed Christian charity towards the Bride. Unfortunately, message-people prefer to condemn those who only believe the quotes that can be proven from Scripture. This will count against them on Judgement Day.
MATTHEW 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
They did this kindness unknowingly. They never knew that they were helping the Bride.
They were just kind enough to help a fellow human being who was suffering.
This kindness paid off.
MATTHEW 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
“Everlasting fire”. Not eternal fire.
Eternal never starts and never ends. Only God has eternal life.
If the Lake of Fire is eternal then sinners would have to have eternal life to suffer therein. But eternal life which is the life of Christ is what saves us from the Lake of Fire.
JUDE 1:8 … suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
The fire has no life. Thus fire cannot take vengeance.
HEBREWS 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
God is the Fire Who takes vengeance on sin.
God is eternal. Thus, God is an eternal Fire.
God’s judgement is eternal. Once He sentences a person to the lake of Fire that sentence will never be reviewed or changed. The person will be condemned for all eternity, even though they will not live for eternity.
MALACHI 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
People will burn in the Lake of Fire for an allotted time, depending on how sinful they were. The bad sinners will burn for longer.
But at the end of their punishment time, they will then be totally consumed or burned up. They will then completely cease to exist.
ISAIAH 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
“Neither shall their fire be quenched”. This describes the Lake of Fire. The flames cannot be put out by any means. But when the last sinner has served his lengthy sentence in the flames, then God will speak and the Lake of Fire will disappear as it has no further use.
The flames cannot be put out to ease people’s suffering. But in the end, as the longest punishment sentence is finally completed, after a long, long time the flames will go out as they cease to exist.
MATTHEW 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Jesus now points out simple acts of human compassion.
MATTHEW 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
These goats preferred to condemn the Bride when they were alive. Their philosophy was based on hatred of truth.
That is why they could never show basic acts of human compassion towards the Bride.
MATTHEW 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Again, this is a very simple test. God looks at the unrepentant sinners and gives them a last chance. Were you ever kind to any member of my Bride?
When the answer is , “No” then these people are condemned because of their lack of human kindness.
Those who mock and persecute the Bride will deeply regret their actions.
Your enemies will be in deep, deep trouble.
MATTHEW 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Please notice. The punishment is everlasting. That is a long time but it finally ends.
But the reward is eternal. There is absolutely no end to that.