• The Prophetic Parable of the Minas

    The Prophetic Parable of the Minas

    In the context of the return of Jesus and those who will remain here on earth while He is gone, He begins to describe what His servants should be doing until He comes again.

    A mina is equal to about three or four months wages. It is interesting that the amount of the mina and the time that it will last may be a hint for us in regards to the Rapture. Jesus fulfilled the first four feasts of Israel, called the feasts of the Lord, by becoming the Passover Lamb on Passover, remaining in the tomb for three days during Unleavened Bread, rising from the dead on the feast of First Fruits, and sending the Holy Spirit to birth the church on the feast of Pentecost. Between Pentecost and the next feast called Trumpets, there is a three-month Harvest Period. Jesus leaves these servants enough resources to last them through the three months of harvest before He returns for His church during the feast of Trumpets. In the chapters, The Seven Feasts of Israel and The Rapture of the Church, I discuss this subject in greater detail.

    Much like the Parable of The Talents, from Matthew 25:14-30, the Parable of The Minas deals with stewardship while here on earth, with the possibility of rewards given later in heaven. This is a subject that most Christians know very little about. The principle and promise of rewards is for the believers who labors during their life for the Lord, after their salvation has taken place.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

    The Prophetic Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

    A primary requirement for salvation is humility. No one who believes that they are basically a good person can find the humility necessary to be saved. Unless we believe sincerely that there is no good thing in us and that our sins have completely separated us from God, He can do nothing to cleanse us and grant eternal life.

    The pride of the Pharisee is seen in his words. He is glad that he is not like other men, when in fact—he is exactly like all other men who are not saved. He cites his own works as evidence for his righteousness, to his own ruin. No work that any human being does for God, or for others, is merit enough for eternal life.

    The tax collector, on the other hand, has come to a deep sense of his own destitution. Some internal conflict or external force has been laid upon him that have caused a good result. He is keenly aware that he desperately needs a Savior. All he can muster is the heartfelt words: God be merciful to me a sinner. It is not the words, whether they are many or few, that allow us to experience salvation. It is the broken heart and humble attitude behind those words which brings us to a private room where God will hear us and grant the forgiveness of our sins.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Persistent Widow

    The Prophetic Parable of the Persistent Widow

    The topic of this parable is persistence in prayer. The central practice missing in the lives of many Christians today is prayer that perseveres. Here, Jesus defines answered prayer by the steadfastness of those who ask. A comparison is made between an earthly judge, who may be slightly lazy in answering the request of a poor widow, with our heavenly Father who delights in helping us when we ask of Him.

    Why does the Lord desire that we ask Him repeatedly? Why does He answer the persistent prayer of those who persevere rather than the one-time casual prayer?

    The answers to these questions are defined by the faith that is required in continually asking, compared to a one-time prayer. When someone asks repeatedly, it signifies that he believes the object of his request is able to answer and meet the needs of his petition. Conversely, a person who asks only once, most often is not sure if the Lord cares enough or is able to answer.

    We might argue that there is a third type of petitioner who asks only once because they are sure that the Lord will answer and that He genuinely wants to help. His or her petition is short and sweet and right to the point, with a sure assumption that the Lord will help.

    While it is true that there are moments when a short prayer is all that we have time for; most of the time, we have the opportunity to diligently seek the Lord in prayer over a longer period of time. This seems to be the correct application of this parable.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

    The Prophetic Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

    This parable stands alone as the proof text for the doctrine of heaven contrasted with hell. Here, we have two men who lived their lives on the earth. One is rich with everything he could possibly desire materially, yet he gave no concern for eternal matters. The second—a very poor man who barely survived here on earth and ultimately died as a result of his lack of resources. Though he was poor in material wealth, this man was rich in his love for the Lord and trust in His salvation.

    We should remember that it is Jesus who is speaking this parable. It is clear that His intent is to illustrate for us exactly what happens after death.

    If we ignore God, we will be cast into hell for eternity. If we live our life for the Lord, we will live in unimaginable joy for eternity. Both the punishment for ignoring and the reward for acknowledgment are equal—they will last forever.

    In hell, the rich man was no longer rich; he was destitute and in agony. He was tormented in the flames of hell, and he regretted his decision to reject the Lord in his life. It is very easy to ignore God while living a life of wealth and ease. It will be an entirely different matter altogether when our last breath is drawn, and we find ourselves in eternity. This rich man wanted to change his decision once he found himself in hell, but it was too late. He asked Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth to warn his family of hell, but this was also not possible. Jesus is the person that He described as coming back from hell to testify to the world that it is real; yet the world has ignored Him and failed to heed His warning.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Dishonest Manager

    The Prophetic Parable of the Dishonest Manager

    If you read the various commentaries written by very astute and scholarly men on this parable, you will see that they are perplexed and confused by the language of the text. If we attribute this parable to the saved as the stewards of Jesus who are given certain positions of responsibility while here on the earth, a correct understanding becomes difficult when we arrive at, So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly (good judgement).

    First, it should be understood that in this parable, Jesus is not condoning the behavior of the unjust servant. He is simply acknowledging that like those in the world, this steward is cunning and intelligent in business. Notice the contrast in words, for the sons of this world are more shrewd… than the sons of light. By this statement, we should understand that the steward who is the topic of this Parable, is a “son of this world.”

    For this reason, it is not likely that this unjust steward is one who has been Born Again. This steward may perhaps be pretending to be a son of light; but by his unjust actions, his true nature is revealed. It is certain that Jesus would encourage us, who are the sons of light, to be wise in all our business dealings and the management of our resources and finances. We should be as wise as the unjust servants, but as honest and pure as a true son or daughter of the Most High God.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Prodigal Son

    The Prophetic Parable of the Prodigal Son

    Only when our actions are changed, along with a changed mind, can the Lord grant us the forgiveness of our sins. The son described in this parable of Jesus had true repentance that led him to change the behavior of his life. Because of his true repentance, the father ran to the son and welcomed him back home.

    Upon the son’s restoration, the father places his ring on his son’s finger as a symbol of authority. The son is given the robe of his father, significant of the fact that his righteousness now comes from his father. A person who is Born Again by the Spirit of God is said to have the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to, or given to them, as described by Isaiah 61:10.

    Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.

    This righteousness that comes from the Lord is like a robe that covers those who come to Jesus for salvation. This covering from the Lord, which is His righteousness, is described in the Book of Revelation Chapter 3:5 as a white garment worn by the saved.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Lost Coin

    Luke 15:8-10 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

    Many women would wear their dowry in their headdress as a public display. It appears that these ten coins were all the financial resources that this woman had. Many of the rooms in these small houses were poorly lit, with only a single small window to allow the light from the sun to radiate inside. To find the lost coin, this woman would need to light a lamp. Losing this one coin was the loss of ten percent of her life’s savings. So, in finding the lost coin, she would call her friends who lived nearby to rejoice with her over finding that which was lost.

    The parable of the lost coin is like the parable of the lost sheep, which speaks of the Messiah’s love for all of His sheep—even if one should stray—He will go out and find the lost and bring them home. We are seen by our Lord as His treasure in which He has searched for and found. The joy that is seen in heaven over His finding us and redeeming our lives back to God is seen here:

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Wedding Feast

    The Prophetic Parable of the Wedding Feast

    Luke 14:7-11 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

    The lessons that are given in all of the parables that Jesus taught are the opposite of normal human behavior. Every person who has been born on this planet is selfish and self-centered. All of us secretly want the best seat to be noticed above other people, and we want our own personal needs taken care of first, before others.

    For the person who is endeavoring to follow Jesus, we should seek out the lowliest place. Give others preference above ourselves, and think of the needs of other people before our own needs.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

    The Prophetic Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

    The Lord expects fruit from His people. He desires righteousness and truth in the lives of those who claim to be His children. When the Lord looked for these things in His vineyard—Israel, He found none. He also is looking for fruit in our lives, and He will accept nothing less. Are we bearing fruit? Are we growing in good deeds and putting away the sins that so easily beset us? Is the constant expectation of our heart the arrival of Jesus? Is the ever present earnest desire of our life to know Jesus and be with Him?

    We should be working every day to further Jesus’ kingdom. He is coming soon, and with Him—judgment. The time is far spent, and we do not have many more days in which we can make Jesus known by whatever means possible.

    Jesus gave us this parable to encourage us to be a fruitful people. When He arrives, He will reward us according to whether or not we took His words seriously. The rulership and authority that He will give to us will be based completely on our faithfulness to what He has called us to, right now. We may see our life as small and insignificant; but in reality, every day you and I have opportunities to do something for Jesus and produce fruit for Him. If we are a student, a mother or father, have a career or are still looking for one, we should do everything as if we are doing it for the Lord. For it is Jesus whom we serve, and from Him will come our reward.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Rich Fool

    The Prophetic Parable of the Rich Fool

    Luke 12:16-21 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

    This parable speaks of the perils of placing your hopes and affections in things that are passing away. This is sadly a common focus for most of the people of the world—gathering things, buying bigger things, and worrying about loosing things. All the while—forgetting that there is an appointed time for each one of us in which we will exit this world and pass into eternity without taking anything with us. Instead, we should be thinking past this transient life to the eternal life that awaits us. Finding our satisfaction and joy in the Lord, storing up in our heart the great hope of seeing Jesus face to face and dwelling in His presence forever. These are the most valuable treasures that all of us should set our hearts upon.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Good Samaritan

    The Prophetic Parable of the Good Samaritan

    Continuing in the development of this theme of a genuinely changed life as a result of salvation occurring, the parable of The Good Samaritan shows us that the one who is truly saved will have evidence of their salvation.

    After the capture of certain citizens of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar that resulted in their captivity in Babylon for 70 years, many of these captives chose to remain in Babylon after they were released to go back home to Judah. Some intermarried with the Babylonians, giving birth to children who were considered only half Jew. These children of the captives returned later to Judah and formed a community referred to as The Samaritans who were hated and despised by those who saw themselves as the true Jews of Israel.

    If a true Jew would approach a Samaritan on the street, they would cross to the other side just to avoid coming into contact with a Samaritan. In this parable described by Jesus, a man is beaten, robbed, and left for dead by thieves. A Samaritan happened to pass by and observes this beaten man laying on the road. He stops and bandages his wounds, then carries him to a local hotel where he pays for a night’s stay, remaining with the injured man throughout the night, caring for him. On the following morning, the Samaritan pays the innkeeper in advance for any further needs this man may have in recuperating from his injuries. He also promised to return to pay for any additional charges that might be incurred by the innkeeper while he allows this injured man to remain with him and fully recover.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Talents

    The Prophetic Parable of the Talents

    The parable of the Talents is a continuing and equivalent illustration made by The Parable of the Ten Virgins. The theme is similar: Responsibility and accountability in using what the Lord has given us to make Him known and bring Him glory.

    In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, the proof that these people have a sincere relationship with the Lord is seen in their anticipation of His return. In the Parable of the Talents, the genuineness of their commitment to Jesus is measured by how they use the talents and resources that the Lord has given to them.

    Each one of us who claim to know Jesus have been given a certain amount of resources by Him. What we do with those resources is a clear indication of where our hearts are at, and whether or not we are genuinely saved. In doing counseling, I sometimes ask those whom I am giving Biblical advice, to bring their checkbooks to the session. Not so that they can write me a check but so that I can show them where the focus of their life is really at. As we look through the list of expenses described in the register of the checkbook, we can see where all our money is spent. If all of our financial resources goes towards fun, pleasure, and material possessions, it is certain that our priorities are incorrect.

    Many a Sunday, I watch the tithe and offering basket that is passed from person to person in some of the churches that I visit. Often, only a dollar or two is placed into the offering by several of the people who are in attendance. I am sure that many of us who give so little to further Jesus’ kingdom will give hundreds of dollars in the coming weeks for things that have absolutely no eternal value whatsoever.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Ten Virgins

    The key to the parable of Ten Virgins is—responsibility. Five are described as wise and five are foolish. All ten are waiting for the arrival of the Bridegroom, though they do not know exactly when He will appear. Five have come prepared for His appearance, and five are not ready. It should be noted here that the saved are designated as the bride, not bridesmaids. These ten virgins are bridesmaids waiting for the arrival of the Bridegroom so that they may enter into the wedding ceremony, they are not the Bride.

    The fact that Jesus placed this parable strategically in Matthew Chapter 25, where He describes events that will occur during the seven-year Tribulation, is significant. These ten virgins may be a description of those who are saved out of the Great Tribulation, and watch for the return of Jesus—the Bridegroom—at the end of the seven years. When Jesus returns, He will be bringing with Him His Bride who has been with Him in heaven for the past seven years.

    Jesus has called all those who genuinely know Him, to be ready for His return. He has given us resources and opportunities to keep us busy until He comes, but nothing should prevent us from watching for Him above all other things in our life.

    There are many who watch and are ready for Jesus to arrive because He is the essential part of their life. Others know who the Lord is, but they do not know Him personally by experience. They have a partial intellectual knowledge of Jesus, but they do not posses a heartfelt commitment to Him as the Lord and Savior of their life. If we follow the pattern that Jesus has laid out here, about half of all those who profess to know Jesus are actually saved. At the end of the parable, the five who were not ready were told by the Lord, I do not know you. The final words of the parable of the ten virgins are: “‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.” Because five of the virgins were not watching, they were not ready. The reason that they were not ready is that they never came into a real personal relationship with Jesus.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the Great Supper

    The Prophetic Parable of the Great Supper

    Similar to the preceding Wedding of the King’s Son, this parable contains an invitation that is also unheeded. The invitation is given to attend the Supper in honor of the Son and His bride—the church. This appears to be a reference to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, described in the Book of Revelation Chapter 19:

    Revelation 19:7-9 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

    After the Rapture has taken place and the church is removed from the earth, all those who have received Jesus as their Savior will attend a great banquet in heaven, wearing the righteous garments given to them by Jesus. The wedding garments of the bride are made from the righteous acts of the saints, made possible by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

    First, the Jews were invited to attend. They rejected God’s offer; and in the words of Jesus, their house was left to them “desolate (Matthew 23:38). God then turned to the sick, the handicapped, and the poor, and extended an invitation for them to come and attend; and they obeyed. The Father was told that there was still room for more, so He invited the whole world; and some of these heeded the invitation. Many of those invited had many reasons for why they could not come. God accepted none of their excuses. By their inaction to receive the Son, they were excluded from the great banquet held in His honor and from all the blessings prepared by God for all who love Him and are obedient to His invitation.

  • The Prophetic Parable of the King’s Son

    The Prophetic Parable of the King’s Son

    A continuing rebuke against the false religion of the Scribes and Pharisees, Jesus describes a story in which a King arranges a marriage for his Son. The King is God the Father; His Son is Jesus Christ. The wedding is the uniting of Jesus with those who receive Him and come into His church to be His bride. This is accomplished by receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior, not by keeping the laws of Moses or the traditions of the elders in Israel.

    Those who believe in Jesus and are united with Him as His church are called His bride—the Lambs’s wife.

    Revelation 21:9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”

    Ephesians 5 uses the illustration of an earthly husband who becomes one with his bride in the same way that Jesus become one with all those who have received Him.

    Ephesians 5:25-32 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

    Israel was first invited to come to the wedding, but they were not willing. Instead, they killed those who were sent with the Lord’s invitation. God was angry with Israel and allowed her enemies to attack, destroy, and take captive the nation of Israel and her people.

    The Father then ordered other servants—the Apostles and Disciples of Jesus—to go out with the good news that He has paid the price of our Salvation, and anyone who is willing can be forgiven and saved. Those who believe this good news are given garments of righteousness from God and are invited to attend the wedding of the Son, described in Revelation Chapter 19.

  • 365 Prophecies, Rob Robinson, The Prophetic Parables of the Messiah

    Posted on July 31st, 2013

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    The Prophetic Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers

    The Prophetic Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers

    This parable is a scathing rebuke against the leaders of Israel at the time Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, in fulfillment of all the Old Testament Prophecies.

    The landowner is God. The vineyard that He planted was Israel (See Isaiah 5). The hedge around her was God’s protection from all enemies. The vinedressers, whom He leased the vineyard to, were the leaders in Israel who were to teach and declare the words of God to the people. The ones whom the vinedressers took and beat, stoned and killed, were the prophets, priests, and kings, whom God sent to speak His words to the leaders of Israel. God was seeking the fruit of righteousness from Israel, His vineyard. Instead, all He received was sour grapes. The leaders of Israel continually killed and persecuted all those whom God sent to them.

    Finally, God sent His only Son to whom the leaders in Israel arrested, tried, beat, tortured, and crucified. Therefore, God will destroy these religious leaders in Israel and give the kingdom of God to the Gentile nations who believed Him and received His Son as their Savior.

    The final remarks are stunning: If we fall on Jesus, the Messiah, the Rock, in a broken heart of repentance, though we will be crushed, we will also be saved. If, however, this Rock falls on us in Judgement, without our repentance and turning to Him for salvation, He will grind us to powder and will be lost forever.

  • 365 Prophecies, Rob Robinson, The Prophetic Parables of the Messiah

    Posted on July 30th, 2013

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    The Prophetic Parable of the Two Sons

    The Prophetic Parable of the Two Sons

    This is both a wonderful and a terrible parable. If you have ever rejected Jesus in your life but then later changed your mind and decided to receive Him, He will accept you. On the other hand, if you eagerly accepted Jesus’ offer to be the Lord and Savior of your life and then later choose not to continue following Him, it will be almost impossible to restore you again to a faith that can save you. We must abide continuously with Jesus if we truly want to be saved. It is not enough to confess that we know Jesus, but then disingenuously live our lives for Him. There will be many on the final day of their judgement who will believe that they are saved, whom Jesus will proclaim I never knew you. In other words, He never had a close and personal relationship with these people. Many people confess Jesus as their Savior, but they will not allow Him to be Lord of their life. True salvation occurs when a person follows and serves Jesus as both the Savior of their sins and the Lord of their life while abiding with Jesus their entire life. When the last breath is breathed and the final deed is done, only those who have obeyed the gospel and have sincerely received Jesus as Lord and Savior will be saved.

  • 365 Prophecies, Rob Robinson, The Prophetic Parables of the Messiah

    Posted on July 29th, 2013

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    The Prophetic Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

    The Prophetic Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

    Heaven is available for every person. There is no sin that can keep a person out of the presence of God except one: Failure to receive the salvation that was forever perfected in Jesus sacrifice upon the cross. God is ready and willing to forgive us of every sin that we have committed, but we must come in repentance and come believing that Jesus death and resurrection are sufficient to cleanse us.

    This is the good news that Jesus came to declare to us all, and He illustrates how this operates here in the Parable of the workers and the vineyard.

    The simplicity of this story is described by workers who come to be hired, some early, some later. At the end of the day, all the workers receive the same wages. Although those who came late, only worked a short time, they receive the same as those who came to work much earlier.

    A person can be saved early in their life, or later, even at the last few minutes of their life. Both will receive the forgiveness of their sins and eternal life. I received Jesus as my Savior when I was 19 years old. I have spent the past 37 years serving the Lord and it has been the greatest joy of my life to do so. My dear father was unwilling to serve the Lord for his entire life, until he reached his 74th year. When he learned that he only had about a year to live, he decided that he was ready to receive the Lord as his Savior. I was not angry that he would receive the same eternal life as I had received so many years before. I was just happy that he did come to the Lord before it was too late.

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