It is a time of separation. Jesus told the parable of the separation of the sheep and the goats. He also told the parable of the separation of the wheat and the tares. This is a very difficult thing to see. Jesus spoke the following in Mat. 13:
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
12 “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
13 “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14 “And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’
16 “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
Jesus said that it had been given for His disciples to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to the multitudes it had not been given. In verse 13 Jesus said that He spoke in parables because seeing, they do not see, and hearing, they do not hear, nor do they understand. How could Jesus say such a thing? It is because our inability to see and hear and understand is determined by ourselves, thus we are held accountable. Verse 15 speaks of how the hearts of the people had grown dull, and their eyes had closed and their ears hard of hearing. This is all speaking of our spiritual faculties. Verse 15 holds a very important key of judgment. The lack of seeing, hearing, and understanding is a willful choice that is made. Continue reading