America in the Kingdom Parables

C.O. Stadslkev - 1959

The Marriage of the King's Son

Matthew 22:1-14

   There are three parables in Matthew 21 which are definitely kingdom parables, but since they do not open with the words "The kingdom of heaven is like" we will pass on to Matthew 22. These three kingdom parables in Matthew 21 are The Fig Tree that Withered Away (verses 18-21), The Parable of the Two Sons (verses 28-32), and The Parable of the Householder and the Husbandmen (verses 33-45).

   The 22nd chapter of Matthew begins as follows: "And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son."

   In the expression 'a marriage for his son" we are confronted with a symbol which is used repeatedly in the Old Scriptures, but is misused and misunderstood perhaps more than any other type or symbol in Bible teaching today.

   Ignoring the fact that the Israel people are always symbolized as the Lord's bride throughout the Old Scriptures, some teach that the Church is the Lord's bride. This they do in spite of the fact that the apostle Paul repeatedly taught that the Church was the body of Christ, and Christ was the Head of the Church which is His body.

   Let us note three New Scripture passages showing that the Church is symbolized as the body of Christ.

   I Corinthians 12:12-13a. "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body."

   I Corinthians 12:27. "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. "

   Colossians 1:18. "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."

  Turning to Revelation 21:9-12 we read the following concerning the bride and Lamb's wife:

   "And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory (or presence) of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve dates, and at tile gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel."

   Here we find what we would expect, for it is what we find throughout the Old Scriptures, namely this, that the children of Israel are symbolized as the bride, the Lamb's wife.

   We need not comment here on the fact that the bride, the Lamb's wife, is symbolized as a high mountain, or great nation, and as the new and holy Jerusalem descending from God for we have done that in our books on the United States in prophecy.

   It is interesting to note that according to verse 9, it was one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues which showed John the bride, the Lamb's wife, indicating that the identity of the Lamb's wife would not be generally known until the end time.

   When God created a wife for Adam, God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him" (Genesis 2:18).

   A wife is an helpmate. Therefore when the Lord in the parable in Matthew 22 said, "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son," He was saying there is coming a time when the Isaac sons, or the twelve tribes of Israel, will unite and cooperate with the Church, which is the body of Christ, and cause the will of God to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

   Having established from the Scriptures what is symbolized by the marriage of the king's son, we shall proceed with our study of this parable. Verses 3 through 7:

   "And (he) sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

   "And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city."

   These verses are not difficult to understand for anyone familiar with the four Gospels.

   In Matthew 3:1-2 we read, "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

   John, the forerunner of Jesus, preached, "Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." But neither the religious nor the civil leaders of that day would repent and honor the Word of God in either civil or religious affairs, and after a brief ministry John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod because John rebuked the king for violating God's marriage law.

   Meanwhile, as we read in Matthew 4:17, "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

   But as with John so with the Lord Jesus Christ after a brief preaching and teaching ministry of three years: the religious leaders crucified the Lord.

   Now we come to verse 8 of Matthew 22 where we read, "Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy." Let us also note verses 9 and 10:

   "Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests."

   We must not lose sight of tile fact that this is a kingdom parable and not a church parable. Christ is presented as a king's son and that means one who has to do with civil administration.

   It is important that we note that both bad and good people were found at the wedding. There are no bad people in the body of Christ for all who are members of the body of Christ are born again and have the imputed and imparted righteousness of Christ.

   But as we found in other kingdom parables, there are bad and undesirable people among the kingdom people at the end of the present age. Therefore the kingdom people must be cleansed as it is symbolized in verses 11 through 13 where we read, "And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
"Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and loot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

   The man in the parable who did not have a wedding garment represents and symbolizes those in Christendom who are opposed to Christ and His kingdom laws.

   The fact that the man was speechless when questioned is interesting, and perhaps revealing, when we note how some people refuse to answer, pleading the fifth amendment when questioned about their communistic activities.

   The "outer darkness" where the man without the wedding garment was cast is the same as in Matthew 8:12 and Matthew 25:30. It is darkness outside the nations of Christendom.

   Weeping and gnashing of teeth symbolize the loud protests that will be heard and the anger that will be evident when the Reds with their stooges and dupes are deported. Don't think this cannot happen here. It has already begun. According to the kingdom parables and the propheĀ­cies of the Old Scriptures, when Anglo-Saxondom comes to its final showdown with the anti-Christ forces of World Communism, it will be forced to do one of three things with the Reds in our midst: jail them, deport them, or execute them. We have already done all three on a limited scale.

   One reason why both the disciples and the scribes and Pharisees, the enemies of the Lord, understood the Lord's kingdom parables is because they were familiar with the history and the prophecies of the Old Scriptures.

   At the time Jesus spoke this kingdom parable it was a matter of Bible history that ten-tribed Israel was on the highways.

   According to the 17th chapter of II Kings, ten-tribed Israel was taken into captivity by the Assyrians and placed by the river of Gozan and in the cities of the Medes in 722 B. C.

   According to the 25th chapter of II Kings, the Judah kingdom was taken into captivity by the Babylonians and carried to Babylon in 586 B. C.

   According to the books of Ezra and Nehemiah "forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore" people returned from the Babylonian captivity and founded the little state that developed into, and constituted, the Jewish nation at the time of Christ.

   According to the prophecy of Hosea, Isaiah and the other prophets, ten-tribed Israel was to migrate away from Palestine into the north and west and occupy and develop the undeveloped areas of the then great unknown wildernesses of Europe and America.

   The teaching that the return to Palestine of less than 43,000 Judahites was the reuniting of the Israel and Judah nations is as absurd as it is unscriptural. How could less 43,000 people have been the reuniting of two kingdoms, each one numbering into the millions.

   In His parable on the marriage of the king's son, Jesus ,vas predicting that the scribes and Pharisees would reject His preaching and crucify Him, bringing upon themselves and their people and their city great wrath and great destruction.

   But Jesus also predicted what we now know to be history, that the Gospel with its personal and national message would go to ten-tribed Israel as they migrated on the highways to their appointed places in the north and west.

   As a result of the preaching and the teaching of the Gospel "the wedding was furnished with guests." In other words, God's will shall be done on earth and all who object to God's way of life for men and nations will be removed.

 

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