This Revelation Timeline Decoded post focuses on Messiah’s parable of the sower and how it applies to sharing the truth about prophecy fulfillment.
Messiah’s parable of the sower in Matthew 13:1-9.
The same day went Messiah out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The disciples asked Messiah why He spoke in parables, and He said that it’s to hide truth from those who should not understand it.
And the disciples came, and said unto him, 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. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Matthew 13:10-13
Messiah’s parable is more relevant than ever today.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Matthew 13:14-17
Let’s see how Messiah’s explanation of the parable of the sower applies to sharing the truth about prophecy fulfillment.
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. Matthew 13:18-19
In Judea, there are paths that go through farming properties, which gave people a shortcut instead of having to walk around someone’s property. These paths are hard, so when a farmer casts seeds in the field, some falls onto the hard path and it doesn’t take root.
When you share the truth about prophecy fulfillment, some people are so convinced that they know the truth, that they’re not able to receive an explanation that is outside of their beliefs.
Messiah said these words about the end-times church age of Laodicea, which help us see how many people are like the hard path.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. Revelation 3:17
Messiah is saying that people think that they are rich in truth about prophecy fulfillment and that they have no need for a different explanation. Sadly, many have been deceived by the false futuristic explanations of prophecy fulfillment, so that they will be caught by surprise about how the end times play out and they will be exposed.
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. Matthew 13:20-21
Jerusalem sits up on a plateau, so there’s rocky ground which underlies the soil. Some seed lands on rocky ground and there’s not much depth to the soil, so the seed can’t take root and it withers away quickly.
This describes people who show interest, but then fade away quickly. They’re lukewarm and really aren’t interested in making an effort to pursue truth about prophecy fulfillment.
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Matthew 13:22
This describes people who seem excited to learn and they start to pursue truth, but then the things of life distract them and occupy their time.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:23
This describes people who hunger for truth and pray for it, so that when it’s presented to them, they pursue it with vigor. These people know that the truth is not just for them, but that they need to share it with others, so they bear a harvest.
Let’s apply this to sharing truth about prophecy fulfillment with friends and on social media.
Your role is to spread the seeds of truth and let the Spirit move in people’s lives. People determine what kind of soil they are and you can’t do anything to change them, so stop trying.
Just pray for them and let the Spirit work in their lives. If you badger them or tell them that they are wrong, you will only cause them to defend their beliefs and make it hard to change their mind. Share the truth in love and make it easy for them to pursue truth and concede that they were wrong.
If you spend your time trying to get hard-soil, shallow-soil and thorny-soil people, to seek truth about Revelation, you will end up frustrated. Just share truth and move on. They will contact you when they’re ready to learn. Make it easy for them to do that!
Apply the 80/20 rule, called Pareto’s Principle.
Pareto’s Principle states that 80% of the people will produce 20% of the results, and that 20% of the people will produce 80% of the results. You see this played out at church, at work, etc.
If you spend a lot of time focusing on the hard soil, shallow-soil and thorny-ground people, trying to convince them against their will, you will end up frustrated and you will bear the brunt of their attacks. Spend 20% of your time with these people, planting seeds to see if anything takes root and grows.
Keep in mind this advice from Messiah: Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Matthew 7:6
Spend 80% of your time with the fertile-soil people, the people who are seeking truth and are teachable, for they are the ones who deserve your time and they will bear fruit for the kingdom.
When the fertile soil people understand the historical fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel and Revelation, then they will proclaim it to the world. This will cast down the power of the enemy to set the captives free, so that many will be redeemed for the kingdom in the end times, for a great harvest for our Heavenly Father and beloved Messiah.
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