Binding The Bundles For Burning

Binding the Bundles for Burning…
                                                                                                                              By Pastor F. M. Riley
                                                                                                                                 November 17, 2013

     THE LORD’S STATEMENT…..
     “…The servants said unto Him, Wilt Thou that we go and gather them up? 
     But He said, Nay, lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
     Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My barn,” Matthew 13:28-30. 
   
     THE LORD’S OWN INTERPRETATION…..
     “…the tares are the children of the wicked one;
     The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world [aion…age]; and the reapers are the angels. 
     As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world [age]. 
     The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity:
     And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth,” 13:38-42. 
Introduction

     Many of our readers are aware that I am currently in the process of writing and sending out expository Bible studies on The Parables of the Kingdom of Heaven set forth in Matthew 13.  So far I have posted Bible studies on the first three parables; The Parable of the Sower, The Parable of the Wheat and Tares, and most recently The Parable of the Mustard Seed.  I am working on Part IV of the series at this time, and hope to be posting it online for our readers real soon.  I will be glad to send copies of these studies to any reader who has not received them.  Just send your request to my email address listed at the end of this study. 
     After sending out my recent study on The Parable of the Mustard Seed, suddenly a “breaking news alert” appeared on the Internet, and then on the mainline news media.  The breaking news?  The atheist-humanists in this country are now organizing huge “Mega churches” for their followers all over this country, and in a number of other countries around the world.  Yes, I did say “churches.” Atheist-Humanist “Mega-churches!”  In other words, huge “churches” in the large cities of this country and other nations, whose purpose is to attract hundreds or even thousands of people to come to their “churches” and hear their  God denying atheist-humanist teachings.  Hello!
     No, I am not making this up!  I personally watched and listened to Fox News this morning as they interviewed one of the new “priests” of the atheist-humanist “churches.”  And guess what?  Their “priest” was dressed in totally black clothing, except for his collar which was white, and turned backwards exactly like the priests of the Catholic religion.  Significantly, this is the same color of the “tares” when they reach maturity.  Coincidence?  You decide! 

The Timing of this News

     I could not help but be amazed at the “timing” of this “breaking news.”  I had just sent out my study exposing the history of how the “seed” of the ancient Babylonian religious system came to be taken from ancient Babylon to ancient Pergamos, and then finally “sown” in the Roman Empire.  The very day I posted that study, the news about this new atheist-humanist movement to establish “Mega-churches” broke on the Internet and then on the mainline news channels on TV.  “Coincidence?”  I
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don’t believe in “coincidences” when it comes to events clearly predicted in the supernatural inspired Word of God!  All I know is that it is certainly happening! 
    As I read the very first reports of this “Mega church” movement among the wicked atheists and humanists, these statements of the Lord Jesus Christ above, which I have used as a text for this article, were immediately impressed on my mind by the Holy Spirit.  I knew at that moment that I had to follow up my last study with this article for the benefit of God’s faithful believers.

The Prophetic Significance…..

     In The Parable of the Wheat and Tares, the Lord Jesus explicitly stated that His “angels would be sent forth to “bind” the “tares…in bundles to burn them,” Matthew 13:30; 13:40.  That the God denying atheist-humanists are “tares” in God’s sight is beyond question.  The inspired Word explicitly states, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.  They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good,” Psalm 14:1; 53:1.
     There is no question that their establishment of atheist-humanist “churches” is plain and simple, a mockery of God, of Christ, of His church, and of His Word. Of course these so-called Atheist-Humanist “churches” have every intention of competing with “Christian” churches for the attention of the masses of mankind, and thereby making “converts” to their atheistic philosophy. 
     It is interesting to me that the atheists have decided to launch their movement at the exact time that the masses of humanity have become careless and indifferent to spiritual truth, and are presently “halting between two opinions,” 1 Kings 18:21.  Could this be due to the unseen hand of God still directing the affairs of mankind?  Think about it!   
     The Lord also explicitly stated that His “angels” would be sent forth to “bind” the “tares” in bundles in preparation for them being “burned” at “the end of the age.”  Is this then another confirmation of where we are at on God’s “time clock” today?  I think it most certainly is! 
     Folks, we are living right at the end of this present age.  The unbelieving atheists and humanists are too spiritually dull-witted to even understand that their movement to establish huge Mega-churches where thousands of them could be gathered together, was not simply made by their own initiative, but rather was influenced by the unseen angels of the Lord God.  What really lies ahead for them is the sudden and instant “burning.”  I suspect that it will be one of the first things that will occur during the Tribulation period.  After all, the inspired Word does explicitly state that the Tribulation will be a time of great heat and fire.  Read Malachi 4:1.   
     Now some readers may doubt that the Lord God and His angels could be involved in such human activities.  Is that so?  Then let me give you a glaring example of the Lord God’s intervention into human activity…..
     In January of 1994, I think the date was the 16th day of the month although I don’t have the record before me as I write, one of the largest earthquakes which has ever occurred in America suddenly occurred in California.  It caused great destruction and loss of life.  I am sure some of our readers still remember it.  When the scientists finally calculated the epi-center of the quake, the epi-center was located directly beneath a skyscraper in the Los Angeles area in which were the offices of the largest producers of pornography and pornographic trash in the world.  Coincidence?  Not hardly! 
     Folks, my faith is in a personal living God.  My God is not some far off impersonal entity.  The Lord God whom I love and serve is personally interested in and watching over the course of humanity upon this earth, and intervenes in the plans and affairs of men at any point which He deems necessary.
     If you are not serving the personal, living God of the Bible, then you are serving the wrong god, and your god is worthless.  My living God paid the redemption price for my soul, forgave my sins when I called upon Him, and saved me by His grace.  Since He saved me when I was eleven years of age, He has never left me nor forsaken me.  He hears and answers my prayers, directs the course of my life, protects and guides me, and blesses me with provision for my life and with His wisdom and knowledge.  His blessed name is the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Savior of mankind and the Son of the living God.  If any reader does not know Him as your own personal Savior, it would be my joy and blessing to introduce you to my LORD JESUS.  Just contact me.  By the grace of God, I do know Him
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who is the way, John 14:6.
Conclusion

    The Lord Jesus said that His “angels” would be sent forth at “the end of the age.”  We are living today right at “the end of the age.”
    The Lord Jesus said that His “angels” would gather the “tares” together into “bundles” in preparation for being “burned.”  As I write, there is a massive movement going on among the atheists and humanists to establish huge “Mega-churches” where they can gather together for mutual encouragement in their hatred of God, Christ, Christians, the Bible, and the “moral restraints” placed upon them by our Judeo-Christian heritage.  Right at this very time the terrible Tribulation period is staring humanity in the face.  Do I need to draw a picture for some to connect the dots? 
     If any reader is unsaved, I urge you to seek the Lord TODAY!  Tomorrow may be one day too late!  Read 2 Corinthians 6:1-2.  Then read John 3:3-8, 3:16, 3:36, 5:24, 14:6, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31, Romans 10:8-13, 10:17, Ephesians 2:8-10, and Titus 3:5.  Believe these Scriptures and call upon the Lord for salvation, and He will answer and save you for time and eternity!   May God grant every reader His grace to believe is my prayer. 

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     Thank you beloved brothers and sisters for your gifts and prayers for this ministry.  Thank you from my heart.  You dear folks have held up my hands, spiritually speaking, enabling me to keep sending out the Word of God for God’s people and for lost seeking souls.
     Please address all comments, questions, and correspondence to:  Pastor F. M. Riley, Last Call Gospel Ministry, 184 County Road 108, Harrisburg, Missouri 65256, or I can also be contacted by sending an email to:  fmr7sngn@centurylink.net
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