Let Him Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Matthew 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Parable: is an earthly story with a spiritual meaning.
In John’s gospel account, Jesus stated, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which has sent Me draw him…” (6:44). Twenty-one verses later, He repeated to His audience, “Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto Me, except it were given unto him of My Father” (vs. 65). In the next verse, John records that “From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.” Many who heard Christ simply could not understand that God has to “draw” people and that a calling is something that is “given” to them. While many today appear to understand that they must in some fashion be called, they do not seek to understand—from the Bible—how to know for certain that it is God who is calling—drawing—giving to them whatever it is they are to receive. Let’s consider a few scriptures that make plain what it is Christians are “given” when they are called. We must clear up all possible confusion. In Matthew, Christ’s disciples asked, “Why speak you unto them [the multitudes who heard Him] in parables?” (13:10). His answer summarizes how and with what God calls: “He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven [or kingdom of God], but to them it is not given” (vs. 11). The next several verses amplify what He meant, explaining how many in the world can hear the truths of God (the “mysteries of the kingdom”) but not grasp them. Since the overwhelming majority of mankind is not being drawn by the power of God’s Spirit, they have not been given the ability to comprehend God’s Word. How does this apply to you?If the answers to these questions are “yes,” then God is calling—“drawing”—you! The mysteries of the kingdom of God are being given to YOU!
Posted on December 28, 2015
The intent of the book of Revelation is provided by the very first word of the first verse: ʼΑποκάλυψις [Apokalypsis] 1 which Strong defines as “1 a laying bare, making naked. 2 a disclosure of truth, instruction. 2A concerning things before unknown. 2B used of events by which things or states or persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all. 3 manifestation, appearance.”
2 The emphasis shared by all these varied meanings is making known or revealing things which previously were not known and is rendered by our English word revelation which has a similar meaning: “1.a. The act of revealing or disclosing. b. Something revealed, especially a dramatic disclosure of something not previously known or realized.”
3 That it is God’s intent to reveal information is made plain later in the same verse where it is said that God gave the Revelation to Jesus “to show His servants.” Clearly, the book of Revelation is not meant to obscure, but to reveal! Yet many would admit to finding the last book of the Bible difficult to understand, even puzzling—almost as if written to frustrate the very goal stated in the first verse.
4 It is our belief that this tension between God’s desire to reveal and the fact that many are unable to understand the book of Revelation stems from a principle which Jesus spoke about. Like many of Jesus’ teachings, it is a disturbing teaching which is very important to grasp. After Jesus had been rejected by the religious leaders of the Jews, Matthew records: On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying. . . (Mtt. Mat. 13:1-3) This is the first mention of the word “parable” by Matthew and underscores an essential shift in the teaching ministry of Jesus.
5 Previously, Jesus had not relied heavily upon the use of parables for teaching. Matthew identifies this shift for the reader:
All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them (Mtt. Mat. 13:34) [emphasis added]
At first, one might be tempted to interpret this change in teaching style to Jesus’ desire to impart deep truths through simple illustrations. Such an understanding is partly true, but there is another more ominous aspect of the use of parables which is more germane to our topic at hand—understanding the book of Revelation. Toussaint explains:
According to the etymology of the word “parable” παραβολή [parabolē] is the act of placing one thing beside another so that a comparison may be made between them. As a result the word came to mean a comparison, illustration, or figure. [Henry Barkclay Swete, The Parables of the Kingdom , p. 1.] . . . The key to the purpose of these parables is found in the Lord’s own explanation (Mtt. Mat. 13:11-18). He says that He uses parables at this juncture for two purposes—to reveal truth and to conceal it. To the ones who accept the Messiah the truth and interpretation of the parables is revealed (Mtt. Mat. 11:25-26; Mat. 13:11-16). On the other hand, to those who have hardened their hearts the truth is veiled by the parables (Mtt. Mat. 11:25-26; Mat. 13:11-15). [emphasis added]
6 Here then is a principle which all who seek to understand God’s Word must come to grips with: the Word of God is like a two-sided coin. One side reveals His truth to those who seek Him. The other side hides that same truth from those who have hardened their heart against Him. Jesus Himself explained it best: He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive.’ ” (Mtt. Mat. 13:11-14 cf. Isa. Isa. 6:9-10)
Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 are parallel accounts of what is called The Olivet Prophecy. This all-important prophecy works in combination with the books of Revelation and Daniel. It puts in sequence events that transcend the entire period from Christ’s First Coming until His Return, almost 2,000 years later.
Most have not understood the events of this prophecy because they do not know the keys to unlocking it—and they do not under- stand that Christ spoke it “privately” to only His disciples—“His servants.”
This must be understood because it identifies who are and are not able to understand what lies ahead for the world! Matthew uses the most detail, so we will look there, where the prophecy picks up in verse 3.
Notice: “And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the world [age]?”
Verses 4-15 follow with Christ’s list of a whole series of events, which occur sequentially until just prior to His Return. Verse 15 concludes with a reference to “Daniel the prophet” and “whoso reads, let him understand.” Of course, most today do not—and will not—understand the shocking crush of events soon to smash into civilization.
Here is why. God’s servants obey Him (Acts 5:32). Understanding flows directly from obedience to God: “The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments” (Psa. 111:10). All who yield themselves in obedience to God will be able to understand all prophecies to be fulfilled in the last days!
Almost everyone in professing Christianity refuses to obey God, rejecting His authority over them—and remains blind as a result. No amount of trying to understand will unlock God’s purpose to those who will not keep His Law.
This is the Key to grasping the meaning of major prophecies for America and Britain. They are intended for, and will only be understood by, God’s true people. All others will remain in confusion, mangling and misunderstanding the horrific, world- shattering events that will soon directly impact every human being on this planet!