The Parable of the Hidden Leaven

The Parables of the Kingdom of Heaven
PART FOUR
                                                                                                                         By Pastor F. M. Riley
                                                                                                                           November 19, 2013

     “Another parable spake He unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened,” Matthew 13:33.

Introduction

     I have now posted Bible study expositions of the first three Kingdom of Heaven parables; The Parable of the Sower, The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, and The Parable of the Mustard Seed.  This morning [November 18th] I posted an article, Binding the Bundles for Burning, which I hope sets forth the connection between these first three parables.  Any reader who has not received these Bible studies need only request them. 
     There is yet one more parable necessary to complete the subject being set forth in the first four parables given by the Lord in Matthew 13.  Thus far we have pointed out…..
     [1]   The sowing of the “seed” of the gospel of Christ in The Parable of the Sower.
     [2]   The crop that the “seed” of the gospel produced; “wheat,” in The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares.  But this second parable also reveals Satan’s attempt to dilute and destroy the effects of the gospel of Christ by sowing “tares” in the “field” among the “wheat.”
     [3]   The Parable of the Mustard Seed sets forth the history of how the “seed” of Satan’s false religion [the tares] was moved from ancient Babylon to the city of Pergamos, and then from Pergamos to Rome, Italy, where it was “sown” in the Roman Empire in the religious Hierarchy established by Emperor Constantine.       
     [4]    Now let’s turn our attention to the fourth parable which completes the prophetic picture Christ was setting forth in the first four Kingdom of Heaven parables…..

The Parable of the Hidden Leaven

     This is the fourth parable in the Kingdom of Heaven parables given by the Lord in Matthew 13.  This parable completes the account of Satan’s infiltration of Christianity with the “tares” of the ancient Babylonian religious system.  
     The Symbols…..
     The “leaven” in this parable, and throughout the Scriptures, is symbolic of SIN.  It is a ridiculous, silly, false teaching that attempts to make leaven represent the gospel of Christ.  No place in the Scriptures does leaven ever represent anything other than SIN.  Read 1 Corinthians 5:6-9. 
     The “woman” in this parable symbolizes wicked old “Jezebel,” the whore Queen of ancient Babylon.  Compare the Lord’s statement to His church in Thyatira in Revelation 2:20-23. 
     The “three measures” are symbolic of the the third century of the Christian era.
     The “meal” is symbolic of true Bible believing Christians and Christianity, who at the beginning of the third century had been crushed and ground by the persecutions heaped upon them by the Roman Empire during the previous three centuries.    
     The Exposition…..
     Most Christian believers today never give any serious thought to the fact that Satan began to sow “tares” among the “wheat” just as soon as the “weakness of the flesh” among true believers made it possible, Revelation 2:4-5. Before the New Testament had been written, several “professing” Christians had already turned away from their “profession” and gone back into the world.  Those specifically mentioned by name in the New Testament are Demas, [2 Timothy 4:10], Hymenaeus and
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Alexander [1 Timothy 1:19-20; 2 Timothy 4:14-15], Philetus [2 Timothy 2:17-18], and Diotrephes [3 John 9-10]. 
     Also, before the New Testament had been written, there had already been at least two serious “splits” or divisions in the ranks of the Christian movement. 
     Paul records in Acts 15:1-2 how that certain men in the church at Jerusalem had come down to Antioch and began teaching the disciples that they had to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses in order to be saved.  Paul adds that him and Barnabas “had no small dissension and disputation” with these “false brethren,” Galatians 2:4.  This resulted in the first genuine church council being convened as recorded in Acts 15.  Our readers should notice that during the course of this council, there was “a sect of the Pharisees which believed,” yet insisted “That it was needful to circumcise them [Paul, Silas, Barnabas, and the church at Antioch], and command them to keep the law of Moses,” Acts 15:6.  This resulted in “much disputing” at that council.  Nevertheless, the Apostles settled the matter by commending the work and teachings of Paul and Barnabas and writing a letter to the church at Antioch verifying the truth of the gospel.  Every reader should study the account of this church council carefully.  It is a sad truth that after that church council, this “sect of the Pharisees” who insisted that salvation was by being circumcised and keeping the law, is never mentioned again anywhere in the New Testament. It appears that they separated themselves from the Lord’s churches. 
     That there was such a division or split in the ranks of Christianity before the New Testament was completed is made glaringly clear in 1 John 2:18-19, “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist [singular] shall come, even now are there many antichrists [plural]; whereby we know that it is the last time.  They went out from us [separated themselves; split off], but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”  Don’t fail to notice that by Divine Inspiration, John refers to those early “professors” who split off from Bible believing Christianity as “antichrists.”   
    These inspired Scriptures plainly establish that there were two or more “splits” in the ranks of Christianity before the New Testament had even been completed.  But this split is not the point I want to make! Rather, the important point is that those religious “antichrists” who apostatized, and left Bible believing Christianity continued to refer to themselves and represent themselves as “Christians.” 
     This made it glaringly easy, after Constantine convened his council, for a Hierarchy to be set up which called itself “Christian,” even though it obviously was filled with unscriptural pagan practices and teachings. What an opportunity this presented for the old Babylonian whore religious system to infiltrate the ranks of Christianity.  In the third century of Christianity, after Constantine had established his religious Hierarchy, the old Babylonian whore religious system joined the Hierarchy, hiding their idolatry, false teachings, and wicked practices by disguising them as “Christianity.”  Now some 2,000 years later, the old Babylonian-Roman whore religion is still claiming to be ”Christian.”  Sic!
    If our readers will obtain a copy of the book written by Charles Chiniquy entitled Fifty Years in the “Church” of Rome,” and carefully read it, they will gain insight into the inner workings of the Roman whore religious system far beyond anything even imagined by the average Christian.  Charles Chiniquy was a Catholic priest for fifty years before receiving Christ as his Savior.  He held a number of high positions in the Roman Hierarchy, and shared his intimate knowledge of the whole wicked system in his book.   I do not sell the book, but it can be obtained at any good Christian bookstore, or by contacting Chick Publications, P. O. Box 3500, Ontario, California 91761-1019.  
    Through the so-called “Christian” Hierarchy system established by Constantine in 313 A.D., thereby the “counterfeit” church was brought into existence.  This counterfeit church grew in power and wealth until it literally controlled the whole religious world for a thousand years.  313 A.D. to the time of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s.  The Lord sternly rebuked His church at Thyatira for allowing “that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols,” Revelation 2:20.  During that 1,000 year period, the old whore of Babylon bitterly persecuted the Lord’s true churches, torturing, raping, murdering,   burning, and crucifying millions of true believers.
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     Remember that the Lord told His “servants” to allow the “tares” to continue to grow with the “wheat” in the Kingdom of Heaven until “the end of the world [age].  Notice that in this parable the “leaven” keeps right on working “till the whole was leavened,” 13:33.  Dear readers, we have reached that point in human history.  The entire world society today has been contaminated with the “leaven” of the old Babylonian whore religion, which for the past 1,700 years has been flowing forth out of the putrid fountain of paganism established in Rome, Italy by Constantine in 313 A.D.  When one carefully looks today, they can see how the “leaven” hidden by the “woman” has spread into every strata of human society.  We can see it in the ranks of Christianity, but also in commerce and business, in politics, in education, in medicine, in the military, in morals, in gangsterism, and especially in the so-called “entertainment” industry, etc.  Why is it that Catholicism is always portrayed in movies and on TV as “holy, pure, and good,” while all other religious systems and characters are portrayed as  evil idiots, and as sources of foolishness, greed, crime, and perversion?  Well…???  The Lord Jesus said that the “leaven” hidden by the “woman” in or among the “meal” would ultimately leaven the whole kingdom, and it has!  Exactly as the Lord predicted that it would!  Hello!

Conclusion

     This spreading of the “leaven” through every strata of human society today, should again impress upon true believers that we are living right at the very end of this present age, and the coming of our Lord Jesus to resurrect and rapture His true New Covenant believers to glory is at the door.  The Lord’s “wheat” is ready to be gathered into the Lord’s “barn,” Matthew 13:30; 13:43.  If our readers will carefully study The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares again, it is obvious that the gathering of the “tares” for the burning and the gathering of the “wheat” into the Lord’s barn takes place in very close proximity.  Hallelujah!  Glory to God!   Praise the Lord!  
     Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as I write the “tares” are being gathered together into “bundles”  in preparation for their “burning.”  Therefore, we who are true New Covenant believers should be expecting our “gathering into the Lord’s barn” to occur at any minute now.  O praise the Lord! 
     If you know and have assurance that you are a true believer, then lift up your heart and voice and give the Lord praise!  If you have any doubts about your salvation, then seek the Lord in earnest and sincere prayer right now for salvation or assurance.  If any reader needs spiritual help, contact me at once.  By the grace of God, I do know the way, John 14:6.  I will study with you, pray with you, and help you in any way I can to find salvation in Christ, or the assurance of salvation and peace in Christ.  Read Galatians 5:22-25 and 1 John 5:13.  I would like to meet every reader in Heaven when our Lord comes to take us home to glory.  Please don’t disappoint me!

TO BE CONTINUED…..

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     Permission is granted to any true believer or Bible believing Christian ministry to reproduce this study to share with others, or to quote from it in context as written
     Thank you again dear readers for the love you have shown towards this old preacher man in sharing
your blessing with me.  May your rewards be great in glory. 
     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 be contacted by sending an email to:  fmr7sngn@centurylink.net
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