“THE 41 PARABLES OF JESUS CHRIST”
28 general parables and 13 kingdom of God parables
Parable #17 – “THE TWO SONS”
The 8th of the 28 general parables
In 445BC, with one Bible week equating to seven years (a prophetic year being 360 days), God commanded that seventy weeks each of 7 years, would be determined upon Israel, that is … 70 weeks x 7 years = 490 years (Daniel 9:24-27).
This time frame is broken into four time periods of (a) 7 weeks + (b) 62 weeks + (c) the mystery church age of about 2,000 years + (d) 1 week = 70 weeks and is explained as follows:
#1. Seven weeks of years is 7 x 7 = 49 years … the time it takes to restore and build Jerusalem from 445BC to 396BC.
#2. Sixty two weeks of years is 62 x 7 = 434 years … the time from the building of Jerusalem in 396BC to Christ being cut off at the cross in 32AD.
#3. The church age of approximately 2,000 years
#4. One week of years is 1 x 7 = 7 years … this is the seven years of tribulation of God’s wrath upon the earth, that takes place after the rapture … called Daniel’s 70th week.
“v28 But what think ye (chief priests)? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the FIRST, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. v29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. v30 And he came to the SECOND, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. V31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The FIRST. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. V32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.” (Matthew 21:28-31,32)
it be possible for people to go into the kingdom of God, heaven itself,
Christ goes to the cross?
son are the harlots and the publicans initially rejecting
If you see it from their point of view, the harlots and publicans were already treated as outlaws from the religion of the chief priests, so when they hear about the priests getting excited about the coming Messiah, this only further drives them away from Christ and his vineyard … and so it is a resounding “NO” from them. But after seeing his wonderful works of his healings and his acceptance of them by eating with them, they accept him … that is, after initially saying NO, they willing say YES to working in his vineyard.
The second son are the self-righteous Pharisees and Sadducees (Luke 18:10-13,14) initially
accepting the promise of Christ the Messiah, but then rejecting Christ with extreme hatred
being jealous of his works, after seeing him eating and associating with harlots and publicans.
Now continuing on, Christ talks further to the chief priests …
v31 “ ….That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. v32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.” (Matthew 21:31-32)
Here we have Christ in the kingdom of heaven dispensation, talking about the believing Jew’s eventual home being the kingdom of God which is in heaven itself.
to be understood that the Jew would enter the kingdom of God in heaven,
the temporary stopover in Abraham’s bosom, should they accept Christ.
The following diagram will help:
We can see that the harlots and publicans entered heaven, the kingdom of God, God’s kingdom, before the chief priests … unless the latter repent and accept Christ with his kingdom of heaven … which some of them did.
and become a good son.
Furthermore, the bad sons today are those still under the law eg SDA’s, Mormons, Catholics and on, who believe you can lose your salvation. Are they aware that …
“THE 41 PARABLES OF JESUS CHRIST”
28 general parables and 13 kingdom of heaven parables
Parable #18 - “The Vineyard Labourers”
The 10th of the 13 kingdom of heaven parables