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Gathering The Tares

Some people have expressed surprise at the rapid growth of the various left wing organizations. They are not able to understand how, in a nation with our history of freedom, justice and opportunity; so many could be attracted to organizations, which want to set up a communist totalitarian government. To those who are familiar with their Bibles, this should cause no surprise at all, for it is fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

There are in the world two basic types of people. First, those to whom religion and the things of the spirit have a deep appeal and who deeply love liberty. Secondly, there are those who are materialistic and power hungry. These latter are quickly and strongly attracted to socialism by its materialism and its concentration of tyrannical power in the hands of a few commissars.

The division between the two was foretold by Yahshua in Matthew 13:24‑30, 36‑43. "Another parable put He forth unto them saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, there appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy fields? From whence hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then 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 unto the reapers, Gather ye first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn. Then Yahshua sent the multitude away and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the 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 age. The Son of man shall send forth the 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. Then shall the righteous shine forth in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

Yahweh's own household, the children of the kingdom, are the good seed sown in the world. Their loyalty is never swayed by materialistic, atheistic socialism, whether you call it a New Deal, New Horizons, or just plain communism. Living among them is another group to whom the things of the spirit have no appeal. During this age these two groups have grown up together and in their early growth, it has been sometimes hard to tell them apart.

However, as the time of the harvest approaches, the end of this age. We, who study our Bibles, know that this time is near at hand. In the harvest, the good seed and the bad seed, the children of the kingdom and the children of the wicked one, will be separated.

`Note that the first part of the harvest consists of this separation, for Yahshua said, "Gather ye first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them." This takes place before the harvest of the wheat, the good seed. Gathering the tares into bundles is a very clear and logical simile for gathering the children of the wicked one into groups or organizations. It serves very well as a means to separate and distinguish between the two families.

`Yes, to discriminate is Biblical, for Yahweh always discriminates between good and evil, between truth and falsehood, between His own children and the others. So, the gathering of the tares into bundles, or organizations, is already in progress, indeed nearly completed.

`This parable was no new approach to the problem. Many prophets had given us warning of the treacherous element in our midst. For example Isaiah 26:10 says, "Let favor be shown to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly and will not behold the majesty of Yahweh."

Surely this has been a land of uprightness, as far as the nations go. Yet even here, where every favor has been shown to them, these people have not learned righteousness and they turn against us most unjustly. They conspire to destroy the nation which has sheltered them, given them freedom and prosperity as they have never found anywhere else. They seek to crush us into just a conquered province of the United Nations, like Katanga, to be ruled and plundered by the Afro/Asian bloc of barbarian and savage nations under the leadership of Moscow.

Yahweh foresaw this as it is told in Psalm 83:1‑4. "Keep not thou silence O Yahweh: hold not thy peace and be not still O Yahweh. For lo, Thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate Thee have lifted up their heads. They have taken crafty counsel against Thy people, and consulted against Thy hidden ones. They have said, come, and let us cut them off from being a nation." All their ambitions, their ideals and purposes are completely adverse to ours and to all that we hold dear. Notice that Yahweh classifies them as not merely our enemies, but His enemies as they are those that hate Him.

This gathering of the individual tares among us is exactly parallel to the similar gathering of the beast nations in this same judgment. Yahshua prophesied it in Matthew 25:31‑34, 41. "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: 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: and He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 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. Then shall He say unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels." Of course there must be a division, separation, and discrimination, to say it plainly. This is the purpose for which Yahshua came. In Luke 12:51 Yahshua says, "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you nay: but rather division."

True to Yahshua's prophecies, the division has come in just the way He said it would. Remember that the goats, destined to everlasting fire, were to be placed on the left side, while the sheep were on the right. They have already divided this way. All the various forms and names of materialistic, atheistic socialism, New Dealism, New Horizons, and communism, all the variously named bundles of the tares, are by their own proclamation and universal recognition, classified as to the left of center, on the left hand.

Those who recognize that Yahweh has spoken out plainly against this materialism and atheism, tyranny and trampling all people down to one level, are called right wing. The official communist party line now proclaims we are to be called extreme right wing. This is just where Yahweh said that we would be.

Even in our English language, the deep seated racial instinct for the truth has shown up. We recognize that the plans of the left wing are to destroy our national independence. Their wish to reduce us to slavery under the dark races in a communist dominated United Nations, is very sinister. You know the word sinister means evil, corrupt, or base. This word sinister is derived from the Latin word meaning left, or on the left side.

Yes, the gathering of the tares into bundles, the various left wing organizations, shows us how many of them there are. It gives them the appearance of dangerously great power. We who read the Bible and know the word of Yahweh, have no reason for fear and despair. The gathering of the tares is just a sign that the end of the age is at hand, the time of our deliverance. Remember that the tares are to be gathered into bundles to be burned in the everlasting fire. Our God Yahweh as His own will keep the wheat, the good seed. (Taken, in part, from a study entitled “Gathering The Tares,” by Bertrand L. Comparet)

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