America in the Kingdom Parables

C.O. Stadslkev - 1959

The Householder

Matthew 13:51-52

  The last parable in Matthew 13 is very brief and reads as follows:

   "Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things?* They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old."

   A scribe is a teacher, one who instructs. Jesus is here stating that every one who is instructed in the Kingdom of heaven must bring forth and be familiar with the treasure -the truth, in both the New and Old Scriptures.

   This parable strikes straight at the heart of much of the popular instruction relative to the Kingdom of God today which completely ignores the truth pertaining to the Kingdom of God in the Old Scriptures.

   The fact that Jesus spoke this brief parable immediately after He had asked, "Have ye understood all these things?" and His disciples had answered, "Yea, Lord" shows that the Lord was emphasizing the fact that no one could be instructed in the Kingdom of God who ignored the Old Scriptures and who was unwilling to receive new truth from the New Scriptures.

   The principal new treasure or truth that was to come to the disciples after the Lord's death and resurrection was the mystery of the Church of Christ, which in the plan of God is to rule over the Kingdom after the resurrection of the righteous dead.

   When the Lord asked the disciples if they had understood His kingdom parables they said, "Yea, Lord." And the Lord was satisfied that they had, but in Luke 18:31-34 ยท we read the following:

   "Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken."

   This shows, as we have stated before, that the disciples did not understand the truth and the mystery of the Church, the body of Christ. Therefore the kingdom parables are not Church parables; they are kingdom parables based on the covenants, prophecies, and the history found in the Old Scriptures.

   The scribes or teachers who are teaching that the Church is the Kingdom of God are defying and denying both the Old and the New Scriptures.

   The disciples understood, and correctly so, that the Kingdom of God was to become manifest here on earth, and it would eventually cover the whole earth. They also correctly understood the teaching of the Old Scriptures and the Lord's parables that the Isaac sons, now known as the Anglo-Saxons or the White race, are the kingdom people. But they did not understand why Christ must die. They thought, as we read in Luke 19:11 "that the kingdom of God should immediately appear." To correct this error Jesus gave the parable recorded in Luke 19: 12-27.

   When Christ went to the cross, instead of exerting Himself and establishing a throne, the disciples deserted Him, and Peter even denied the Christ. Peter's confusion, disappointment and despair was so great that he returned to his trade.

   After the disciples had found the treasure or truth revealed in the New Scriptures, riley rallied to declare the truth of the Lord's death and resurrection. They showed from the Old Scriptures, the only Scriptures they had, that Christ died for the redemption of Anglo-Saxondom as well as for the personal salvation of "whosoever will."

   They never changed their stand or teaching on the Kingdom of God on earth, for the last question they asked the Lord after His resurrection and glorification is found in Acts 1:6,7,8a, where we read, "When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be w/messes unto me..."

   This period of witnessing has now practically run its course, and the restoration of the Kingdom of God on earth has begun.

   Those who teach that Christ made null and void the covenants and prophecies given concerning the Isaac sons as found in the Old Scriptures not only make the writings of Moses and the prophets untrue, they make the words of Christ and the apostles untrue also.

   In Romans 15:8 Paul wrote, "Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers."

   In Acts 15:13-18 the apostle James sets forth God's purpose in the Church Age and what would follow the closing of the Church Age. Let us note here these verses:

   "And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon hath declared how God at first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and l will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world."

   Note that in verse 16 we read that after the Church Age of witnessing and taking out of a people from every tongue and people, the Lord would build again the tabernacle of David.

   In II Chronicles 5:2 we read this expression, "... the city of David, which is Zion." Nearly every one of the Old Scripture prophets prophesied that in the last day there would arise a great nation patterning its civil administration and its religious faith after that of King David. The prophets called this nation "Zion."

   If you will read my book on "The United States is Zion of Bible Prophecy" it will help you to realize that "known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world," and that all of the promises of God found in the Old Scriptures are "Yea, and Amen in Christ," whether they be personal or racial.

   It is evident from the writings of the prophets and the Lord's kingdom parables that the Kingdom of God on earth does not become a world-wide condition instantaneously, but rather a gradual development throughout the earth.

   Apparently, God will use one nation as an example to demonstrate His way of life for all nations, and this will eventually cause all nations to seek and adopt this way of life.

   In Isaiah 61:11 we read, "For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."

   If God is going to cause national righteousness and praise (freedom and happiness) to spring forth before all the nations, It would seem that it is His purpose to use one nation to demonstrate the Christian and scriptural way of life for all nations. Also, it would have to be something other nations could see.

   P. A. del Valle, Lt. Gen. U. S. M. C. Retired, wrote the following: "When the Founding Fathers, under Divine inspiration, framed the American Constitution, they made history. For the first time in this world a government was founded upon the principles and concepts of Christianity. They stated that our rights were derived from God, and not from any worldly king or government."

   These are true and tremendously significant words, for they further identify the North American Continent as the land where God will cause national righteousness and praise to spring forth for all nations to see and copy.

   The fact that Isaiah prophesied that this would come forth "as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth" refutes the idea that the Kingdom of God is to come forth in a moment or in the twinkling of an eye.

   It also indicates, as we find in the kingdom parables, that it would take time for this kingdom nation to become manifest and its significance realized. A garden, before the flowers spring forth and before the weeding is under way, looks like any other plot of ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Jesus: "Did you understand what I just said?"

Apostle, "Yes, but then I read the footnote in the Scolefield reference Bible."

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