Sunday, September 18, 2005

Luke - Unfruitful Vineyard

Luke 20:9  Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.  

Israel is the picture of the vineyard.  

Isa 5:3  And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
Isa 5:4  What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?

Luke 20:10  And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.  

The man hired to take care of the vineyard beat up the owners servant who was sent to collect the grapes. Who was the man sent? Probably a prophet sent to the religious leaders.

Luke 20:11  And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.
Luke 20:12  And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

All the men sent to collect the spiritual harvest were mistreated.  

Mat 23:34  Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
Mat 23:35  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Mat 23:36  Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Luke 20:13  Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.
Luke 20:14  But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

Jesus knew he would be killed by the jealous religious leaders, who would not repent and who wanted to be rulers of the people, even killing their deliverer.

Luke 20:15  So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?
Luke 20:16  He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Jerusalem would be destroyed, the Jewish nation would be dispersed until the end times. The end times would see Israel once again as a nation. These are the end times, Israel was rebirthed as a nation in 1948. Jerusalem became under Jewish rule since 1967. All that is needed for the final days is the building of a temple, to be ruled by the antichrist.  

2 Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2 Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2 Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

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