Revelation 13 Lesson

Serving God In An Evil World

Being a Christian is not easy! That may come as a shock to many of us. When we commit our lives to following Jesus, we may mistakenly think that our newfound faith means that our lives are going to get easier and that there will be less adversity.

That is not what the Bible says, and it is not what Jesus taught. Suffering is an important part of being a Christian. God uses adversity to teach us, to discipline us, and to shape us into the Christians that He created us to be.

While we are on earth, there is evil all around us. These evil forces are in constant opposition to the righteousness of God, and this leads to conflict. We need to be aware of this and manage it. In the end, God will separate those who are evil from those who love righteousness, and we will find the harmony that we have been seeking.

THE PARABLE OF THE WHEAT AND TARES

For today’s lesson, we will be looking at how evil and righteousness coexist on earth. We will also look at how and when God will separate the two.

We will begin with the following parable spoken by Jesus:

  • Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.  Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” – Mathew 13:24-30.

There are four points that we will make relative to this parable, and then the lesson will be yours.

POINT #1 - SATAN TRIES TO DISRUPT OUR GOOD WORKS

In the above parable, the man that was planting good seeds found himself under attack by Satan who was planting weeds meant to destroy the good crop. The righteous man did not ask for this, but he must deal with it.

POINT #2 - SATAN IS A MASTER OF DECEPTION

The word “tares” is another word for “weeds.”

Notice how in the above parable, the good seeds look nearly identical to the weeds.

The Biblical term for this is, “A wolf in sheep’s clothing,” which is a type of false prophet. Jesus warned us about this form of evil during His Sermon On The Mount:

  • “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” - Mathew 7:15-20

As we strive to live righteous lives and obey God’s commandments, Satan will intervene and try to destroy what we are doing. This puts our souls at risk, which is exactly what Satan wants! The way to combat this is to always be on the alert for Satan’s attacks and by putting on The Full Armor Of God as described in Ephesians 6:10-17.

POINT #3 – GOOD AND EVIL MUST COEXIST UNTIL THE TIME OF THE HARVEST

As much as we might want to eliminate evil from our lives, that is simply not possible if we are going to do the work of the Lord. If we truly desire to follow the example of Jesus, we must interact with lost souls. Otherwise, how will they come to know Jesus and be saved?

It is a fact that faithful Christians will encounter the evil works of Satan in their day-to-day lives as they go about doing the work of the Lord.

Jesus was asked by His disciples why He was eating and drinking with known sinners. He replied:

  • It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:31.

POINT #4 – THE EVIL AND THE RIGHTEOUS WILL BE SEPARATED ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

All of us will give an account for our lives on the Day of Judgment. On this day, God will separate the good from the bad as pointed out in the following two scriptures:

  1. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”Hebrews 9:27,
  2. “(God) will repay each person according to his deeds: to those who by perseverancein doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life; but to those who are self-serving and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, He will give wrath and indignation.”-Romans 2:6-8.

CONCLUSION

The lives of Christians are not going to be easy. Jesus suffered, the apostles suffered, and so will we.

The Parable of the Wheat and Tares (weeds) teaches us four things:

  1. Satan is going to try and disrupt our good works,
  2. Satan is a master of deception,
  3. Good and evil must coexist until the time of the harvest,
  4. The evil and the righteous will be separated on the Day of Judgment.

And while suffering is not pleasant, it is necessary, and it will be worth it when we get to heaven!

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture about heaven. It is the hope of spending eternity with God, Jesus, and the saints that will sustain us until the harvest as we do the work of the Lord!

  • And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”Revelation 21:2-4.

Comments

Sade Stephanie Hackett

Question for anyone who wants to answer.... If you had a Choice to still be alive during the frightening times as a Christian would you ? Or would you not?

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Joe
Sade Stephanie Hackett

Given the choice, I would not want to be around for these horrific events.

I suffer from PTSD, and these events are so horrific.

I guess that’s the point.

To deter us from winning.

But God is in control and I feel safe in His loving arms. Despite my flaws.

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Sade Stephanie Hackett
Joe

Thank you for your replay. It is amazing to see how much Courage and strength you have in the Lord! I pray that he continues to protect you within every session. For myself I pray that he takes me up to heaven before these times LOL

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Virtual Bible Study

Verse 14 talks about Satan's deception. What are some ways that Satan deceives people, even today?

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Rick
Virtual Bible Study

By filling people's minds with the idea that they do not need Jesus.

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John

It's great to know that Jesus will ultimately defeat Satan and good will triumph over evil for eternity. Here on earth, the news is often about the worst parts of humanity. There is no place for that in heaven and that makes me want to be there.

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