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I have looked for a suitable title for the whole series, and the best I could find was “The Past, The Present, and The Future in the Light of Scripture”. Now, there are a few sayings that I am going to use, that you might have heard before.
First of all, without a past there is no future. You have to know the past if you want to understand the future. So many of us want to leap into the future. We want to understand the future, but history is a continuous stream. History is like, a river that originates somewhere, perhaps on a high mountain and flows through many valleys before it eventually reaches the sea. But that river is one continuous stream of water; otherwise it would not be a river.
On its course to the sea there are many tributaries. There are also many kinds of objects carried along that river stream, like dead animals, tree stumps and so on. But the essential part of the river is still water, although it might become very polluted during its course, but the essential element is still water. We must remember that, also in history it will carry with it the character of its origin until its final inflow into God’s eternal sea; His eternal purpose.
So, without a past there is no future. Another saying, which is often used, which I will also use this morning and which you must ponder is: “He who does not know his history will be compelled to repeat it.”
Now, how far back should we go? Where now should we go to find this past? The history of man, and therefore of humanity, begins before Adam: It actually begins before “In the beginning” of Genesis. This is very, very important, and that is why, in politics, in religion, in our social affairs many of our people do not understand, especially the problems of these times. Because I believe we have come to the time when this river of history has reached the end of its course and is about to flow into the sea, it is of the utmost importance to know how it started, otherwise we shall not be able to understand:
The “time” of destiny, “time” of appointment and “time” of consummation.
How it all began
So, the history of man begins before Adam.
We shall be referring to many Scriptures.
First of all we start in the New Testament and listen to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ himself. I want to read with you firstly, Matthew 13: 24-30. As a Bible student, you will immediately recognize it as the parable of the tares and the wheat. But I want us to look at what Jesus said.
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then, hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Now listen carefully!
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: - - - -
(this harvest is the time of consummation to which I referred.)
- - - - and in the time of harvest I will say unto the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Matthew 13:36-43; (Jesus gives the explanation and Jesus himself explains this parable)
36 Then Jesus 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.
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; - - - -
(so the good seed are men, people, they are the children of the kingdom)
- - - - but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
So, the tares are also people, the children of the wicked one, the devil so he also has children - this is very important. They are men, they are people, and yet their origin is not from God, but is from the devil.
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; - - - -
(he sowed them, but they are people)
- - - - the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Now, in some Christian churches, at least some, if not all, it is being preached more and more today that we have come to the end of the world or the end of the age, the consummation of the age. We look at the world, at the nations with their fingers on the triggers, all ready to make war, and we are warned of the end of all life upon this earth unless it is stopped. And this is true!
You know that it is said that the world has enough weapons of destruction at its disposal today to destroy the world three and a half times over,- enough nuclear bombs, bacteriological bombs, chemical bombs and many other weapons of destruction. They have them and will certainly, in their mad attempt towards the end - if they cannot succeed in any other way, use them. The world in its state of madness is capable of just that. So, the harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
(or more correctly, consummation of the age.)
41 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;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
So, remember how it started: He say’s: at the beginning there were two seeds sown in the world, the one was wheat, and the other tares. Jesus explained that the wheat was the children of the kingdom or of the Son of man, and the tares are the children of the evil one, or the devil. But both are human beings.
There are two groups of people on the earth, which started right at the beginning: Where did they start and how did they start? We know that the one group called the tares or the children of the wicked one originated in the devil himself. The other originated in the Son of man. These two groups of people will be together until the end of time and man alone by himself, will not be able to tell the difference.
The angels will tell the difference at the end of time and they are going to do it. They are going to gather them up, separate them and tie them into bundles or groups. I am not being dogmatic; I am just putting a thought into your mind. If you look at the world today there are definitely different groups of people: different teachings, ideologies, attracting different classes of people. We must take note of that, but we shall see much more of it as we go along.
There is a point that I wish to draw your attention to, if you will refer again to:
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
So at the beginning there was only good seed, there was only wheat, and they were as we saw, the children of the Son of man.
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
Now, if we refer to the original language, (and I want to show you a Scripture or two about that), the real meaning is not “while MEN slept”, but while a “certain MAN slept”.
That is actually what Jesus said.
If you go carefully into the Greek, the meaning is that “while a certain man slept his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way”.
Now, who was the “sower” in the beginning?
God started with Adam and He started with Eve.
So, this certain man must have been Adam.
“While he slept, the enemy came and sowed the tares”.
In other words, sowed his children.
How did it happen? Now we are going to see.
First turn to:
Matthew 18:23; (and you will find it reads as follows)
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
A certain king - if you go into the construction of the original Greek you will find that it is the same construction as used here, viz. “WHILE MEN SLEPT”.
If you take a good Concordance, like “Strong’s” and you compare these phrases carefully, you will see that, what Jesus said: “but while men slept” has the same construction and the same meaning as; likened unto a CERTAIN KING.
Now I want to show you as we go along that, “that certain man” - was Adam. While he (Adam) slept, the devil came and sowed his tares.
Let us first go to:
31 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:
32 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:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For our purpose, it is sufficient to note, that He shall separate the nations of the world, as the sheep from the goats. So there will be sheep nations and there will be goat nations. Now bear in mind the tares and the wheat:
The children of the Son of man, or of the kingdom;
And the children of the wicked one, or the devil.
We must always compare Scripture with Scripture; otherwise we shall never understand the Bible. The Bible is not confusing. When we look at God’s Word and place relative items and thoughts about certain things in their true perspective, then we gain insight.
So, these sheep nations are the same as the children of the kingdom, and as the children of the Son of man. He put them on his right hand.
I wish to make these things clear to you today. One must be alert with wide-open eyes and ears to be able to judge with discernment these many things, which are before us. If we do not open our eyes we shall not see them.
Note the tremendous emphasis on the word left today: left wing, left Communism and so on. All these things are significant and great things in the world today, such as leftist movements of whatever category; be on the lookout! The Bible will give you clear indications with regard to all the major occurrences in the world.
If you hold that as a key in your mind, then look at your news. Whether it is in your newspaper, however slanted it might be, or on your television, or the mass news media, and you look at events happening in the world, and
you have a clear understanding of the basic framework of God’s plan, then the news of the world becomes absolutely fascinating because you can see fulfilment in the minute’s detail.
Now, these goat nations on the left and the tares are the same.
(Remember we spoke about the origin.)
If we want to understand the present and the future it is essential that we understand the past, otherwise we have no comprehension. We must look at the origin. As these nations on the left are called the goat nations, let us look at the things we know only too well today.
We know that occultism (mystical, magical, and beyond the range of ordinary knowledge, involving the supernatural) is very prominent in the world. As a matter of fact, it is making dreadful inroads even upon Christianity.
And what is one of the major signs of occultism? - The goat!!!
It is very prominent in Satanism. At their ritual and their ceremonies they involve the goat - the goat’s head!
In much of your “pop music” today, which is a subject on its own, so many who have been in pop and have come out again and were converted, show you how many of the “pop songs” revolve around the goat and the ceremony of the goat.
I know that what I am saying is being recorded on tape and will be circulated all over the country and various countries in the Western World. I know that I am saying things that are dangerous, but if I don’t say it, nobody will know the truth. I have been doing this for years and know that God, by his grace, has kept his hand upon me.
There is another movement in the world in which the goat plays a prominent part, which is Freemasonry. One can go into the history of Freemasonry, you can read books by, say, Lester Webster; there are many books written by her. You can read books such as Occult Theocracy by madam Queensburough, and so on, and you will see that the goat is a very prominent figure in Freemasonry and how this organization is connected with subversive movements in the world. The goat nations on the left: goat and left. How prominent that is today.
So, also “in the Illuminati”. Those who study international politics will know what a prominent part the goat plays. We shall meet the goat again, perhaps in our fourth lecture when we get to Esau. I shall then come back to the goat again.
Let us have a look at:
1 GIVE ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
I always advise people to read the Bible with their imagination. You must try to picture a certain scene or situation of which you read in the Bible as clearly as you possibly can. Try and picture Adam and Eve in the garden, and imagine Cain and Abel; where Cain slew Abel etc. and so on