America in the Kingdom Parables
C.O. Stadslkev - 1959
The Prodigal Son
Many very fine Gospel sermons have been preached from the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and many unsaved and backslidden souls have made their peace with God through the personal and spiritual application of this parable. For this we thank God.
The kingdom parables may have many spiritual applications and lessons, but there is always one correct interpretation. The fact that the parable of the prodigal is not primarily a parable on personal salvation becomes emphatically evident when we consider the attitude and the action of the elder son.
In order to have this before us we shall read verses 25 through 28 of Luke 15: "Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted call, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out and intreated him."
The elder son's behavior certainly is not the attitude and action of Christians when sinners and backsliders repent and accept mercy and pardon from God.
There is no greater joy to the Christian than the repentance and regeneration of the unsaved. And any so-called Christian that did not rejoice at the repentance of a sinner would give unmistakable evidence of not being a true, born again Christian.
Therefore in seeking the correct interpretation of the Parable of the Prodigal Son we must look further into the Scriptures.
If we let the elder son represent the Church of Jesus Christ as a whole rather than the individual Christian, and if we let the younger, wayward and unruly son represent the other great God-ordained institution, civil government, the Parable of the Prodigal son fits throughout and gives us a tremendous revelation which is in harmony with what was foretold by the prophets for our day and age.
The two great institutions brought into being by God are Church and State.
The Church is a spiritual body or
association and is composed of all who believe in and receive the Lord Jesus
Christ as the Messiah, the Son of God.
While the Church burst forth into active power and glow through the ministry of the Apostle Paul, the Church as a spiritual organism goes back to the Garden of Eden where God, after the sin of Adam and Eve, provided personal salvation through the sacrificial blood of an innocent animal which represented the sacrificial death of Christ who, in God's appointed time, would die on Calvary for the sins of the world. So there is a sense in which the Church was established before civil administration was brought forth by God.
It is important that we realize that Apostle Paul repeatedly stated that the truth and light which he taught concerning the Church was revealed to him from the Old Scriptures.
In Romans 16:25-27 Paul wrote: "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen."
Note, Paul said "my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ ... is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets."
In I Corinthians 15:1,3,4 Paul wrote: "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; ... For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."
In other words, the gospel Paul preached was in and according to the Old Scriptures, the only scriptures in existence in the time of the Apostle Paul.
Thus we learn that Church and State, as we speak of them today, have run parallel down through history. They were both brought forth by God and ordained to serve and glorify God and bless mankind.
However, throughout the last 2,520 years, or the seven times of punishment, civil administration has been for the most part a prodigal son.
The Father's will relative to civil affairs has been almost completely ignored. God's civil laws, statutes, commandments and judgments have been cast aside. Legislators have made laws that defy and violate the civil laws of God. Like the prodigal son who joined himself to a citizen of that far country we, in civil affairs, have exacted and enforced heathen laws, and now like the prodigal we find ourselves feeding the swine of communism.
But like the prodigal, we too will finally get our fill and will come to our senses and realize there is only one of two courses open to us in civil, national and international affairs, and that is to arise and return to God our Father and to honor and observe His civil, moral and social laws, or perish.
Like the prodigal, we have wandered so far from God's word and will in civil affairs that we no longer think of human government as being born or ordained of God.
It required considerable time for the prodigal to finally get back into the father's house, and when the father saw him returning he was yet a great way off.
So our return to the civil and national laws of God will require time. A great and very significant development in this direction took place at the founding of our own nation. But now we have come to the time when, according to all the prophets and other kingdom parables, Christendom will be forced by circumstances, as was the prodigal, to honor and observe God's civil and national laws. And those who will not will perish.
This is the teaching of both the Old and New Scriptures.
Peter had this in mind in Acts 3:23 where we read: "And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people."
The nuclear weapons, which we in our defiance of God's civil and national laws have given to the men in the Kremlin will help a great deal in bringing us to our senses.
When the prodigal son came back to his father he said, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son."
This is the realization, acknowledgment, and confession that we as a nation - especially our civil administrators - must realize, acknowledge and confess before God.
When we as a people realize that civil administration and international law was established by God, and that the violation of these civil and moral laws is sin, we will begin to come to our senses and like the prodigal be able to think and act intelligently.
When the prodigal first left his father's house he undoubtedly imagined he was embarking on a great and thrilliing adventure, and that by casting aside the standards and restraints of his father he would enjoy great liberty and find challenging and exciting opportunities.
So it was with us as a nation a generation ago when we threw the Bible out of our schools, threw to the wind God's national law relative to Sunday (Sunday-keeping is a national and civil law and not merely a religious ordinance). We, too, as a nation imagined that by casting aside the standards and restraints of our God-given constitution that we were embarking on a great and thrilling adventure.
Little did we as a nation realize that when we established our present Federal Reserve banking system we were violating the basic economic laws of God and bringing upon ourselves and our children's children unbearable burdens.
It was not until the prodigal had for some time found himself feeding swine that he came to himself and decided to return to his father's house and offer himself as a servant.
The following information comes from the Legislative Reference Service of the Library of Congress:
Not only has the United States sent more than 2 1/4 Billion Dollars to aid Communist countries since 1945 ... but - In addition: Communist Poland has recently received $193 Millions in gifts from the United States - $95 Millions in 1957 and $98 Millions in February 1958. The transfer of these U. S. dollars to Red Poland was handled in a special transaction.
Throughout the Scriptures we find various animals used to symbolize nations. For instance, in Daniel 7 ancient Babylon was symbolized by a lion that had eagle's wings.
The Medo-Persian Empire was symbolized by a bear which had three ribs in its mouth; ancient Greece was was likened unto a leopard. This did not necessarily imply that every person in these different nations was as cruel, destructive and dangerous as these animals are, but the system of human government in these nations was, as history shows.
And as we consider the nature, policy, spirit and purpose of international, anti-Christ communism we find that it is undoubtedly one of the most corrupt, selfish, unclean and destructive forces of all history - and we are feeding it not only with taxpayers' money but with peoples and their lands in Europe, Asia and Africa.
In considering the Parable of the Prodigal Son we find that it was not until the prodigal was face to face with destruction that he actually arose and returned to his father. Not until he realized and said "I perish" did he repent. So it will be, undoubtedly, with our nation and all Christendom.
When world communism, which we in our defiance of God's civil and moral laws have fed, threatens us with utter destruction we, like the prodigal, will have only one way out of the dilemma which we have brought upon ourselves by our wicked and sinful departure from God's civil and moral laws.
After receiving his prodigal son "the father
said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put
a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf,
and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is
alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry."
The significance of the father's word - "For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found" -- is apparent to anyone familiar with what happened to the Israel people whenever they departed from God's national laws. This is set forth very clearly in the Book of .Judges and has been repeated in our generation.
Jesus, you recall, said "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel." This does not mean that none but Israelites, or Anglo-Saxondom, may come to Christ for personal salvation. It means that since the Israel people were the only people who ever received God's national laws they were the people that Christ came to redeem and restore to His national laws, and would use them to establish His kingdom on earth.
The elder son certainly does not represent the individual believer for no true Christian is angry and complains when an individual backslider repents and comes back to God. And since the last part of the Parable of the Prodigal Son cannot be made a Church parable neither can the first part be made a Church parable. Any correct and scriptural interpretation of the Lord's Kingdom Parables will always be consistent throughout the parable, and will be in harmony with Bible history and Bible prophecy.
Those who insist on making the Parable of the Prodigal Son a Church parable, and spiritualize this parable, get along fairly well until they get to the elder son. They actually have more difficulty with the elder son than with the prodigal son; therefore most often the elder son is ignored or bypassed.
For instance, can you imagine a truly born again believer becoming angry when hearing about decisions for Christ in the various evangelistic efforts throughout the land?
So while the elder son cannot be made to represent the individual Christian at the conversion of the individual sinner, the elder son does represent the position and the attitude of most of organized churchianity when it first hears the truth concerning the restoration of the Anglo-Israel people as a race.
It is a strange thing that the Christian that seems so joyful when hearing about one individual sinner repenting becomes angry when he hears the Gospel of the Kingdom and the restoration of the kingdom peoples.
It is quite evident that the elder son represents the Church as a whole rather than the individual Christian, for in verse 31 the father said to the elder son, "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine."
The Church is the body of Christ. And as the Apostle Paul repeatedly stated, the Church is heir and joint heir with Christ.
God could never say to any one individual Christian "alI that I have is thine," but it is a true and scriptural statement when applied to the Church as a whole.
Among other things, the elder son when he became angry at hearing of the younger brother's return and the father's welcome said, "Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment."
For the past 1,900 years the true Church, the body of Christ, has served God and obeyed God's command to preach the Gospel of Personal Salvation. Millions have given their lives and other millions have given of their means, and for the Church it has been a long and hard service.
But the Church as a body has become so occupied with the personal phase of the Gospel, and the salvation of the individual sinner, that it has forgotten the younger brother who was also brought into being by God the Father. The Church has ignored the Kingdom and even imagined itself to be the Kingdom of God.
We have now come to the close of the Church Age; the Kingdom is soon to become manifest in file earth. The Kingdom people, the Anglo-Saxons, will soon be forced by Divine providence as was the prodigal, to return to God's Kingdom laws, statutes, judgments and commandments. And throughout Christendom God has been calling messengers (or servants) to preach and teach the Gospel of the Kingdom, showing from the Scriptures the identity and destiny of the Anglo-Saxons who are the Kingdom people, formerly called Israel. And as in the parable these servants met with anger and abuses from the organized Church.
The elder son would not even go in and look at his brother, the returned prodigal, although the father came out and entreated him.
So it is with organized churchianity today. It will not even look at the scriptures pertaining to the Kingdom of God on earth and the Kingdom people whom Christ came to redeem. Most so-called fundamentalists merely become angry and without any study or consideration condemn the Gospel of the Kingdom as heresy and an unscriptural teaching. They would rather turn the whole world, including the nations of Christendom, over to come great antichrist than join those who rejoice in the Gospel of the Kingdom of God on earth.
All that the eider son said about the prodigal son has proven to be true. The eider son said to the father, as we read in verse 30, "But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf."
Note, he did not say "my brother" but "this thy son." And so it is with organized churchianity, it must admit that human government was ordained and set forth by God, but Christendom is very reluctant to admit that there is any redemption for the Anglo-Israel people in the realm of civil affairs and the government of this world.
It is true that in civil administration and concerning God's laws for human government the Anglo-Saxons (the Kingdom people) have for the past 2,500 years been living like the prodigal. A great awakening and great recognition of God in civil affairs came at the time of the founding of our nation. But Anglo-Saxondom has now come to the time and place when it must return to the Word of God in both foreign and domestic policies, or perish. From all of the Kingdom parables and all of Bible prophecy pertaining to the destiny of the Anglo-Israel people we know they will not perish but return to God's Word and will in civil affairs and be used of God to spread the Kingdom of God throughout the earth.
The father has the last word in this Parable of the Prodigal Son, and it is addressed to the elder son. Tile father said, as given in the last verse of Luke 15, "It is meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again: and was lost, and is found."
Note, the father's firmness and note the father said "this thy brother."
Like the elder son, the Church must and will be made to realize that God brought forth and established human government as well as the Church. There can be no Kingdom of God on earth for which the Church has prayed for 1,900 years until and unless the Kingdom people, the Anglo-Saxons, are restored to the place where they will administer God's kingdom laws, and this will come in spite of all that evil men and devils can do to prevent it, for it is the wilt and purpose of our Sovereign God, clearly and repeatedly stated in the immutable Word of God.
"This thy brother was dead, and is alive again and was lost and is found," needs little explaining for the history and destiny of the Anglo-Saxons, God's kingdom, has been both dead and lost as far as the Church is concerned, but it is now becoming very much alive, a truth the Church must recognize and reckon with.