In the natural it seems like everything is turned upside-down. The earth has never been so out of kilter as it is right now. Words are being used by governments and organisations of influence in ways that convey one thing, but means another. Policies and laws are being pushed to further break down Godly foundations in the nations. However, it is in this very act of resistance and attack against everything right and just, that God is going to flip the world back on track.
When reading the parables of the weeds in Matthew 13, we see that God allows the wheat and the weeds to grow together until the time of harvest. Then He separates the weeds by pulling them out, bundling them up, and burning them. We are finding ourselves as the wheat amongst the weeds. It’s oil and water that can’t mix. It’s a clash of kingdoms – light and darkness. This creates a tension that will continually increase until God’s harvesters are sent to pull out the weeds.
Join me in reading this parable in Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43:
Then Jesus taught them another parable: “Heaven’s kingdom can be compared to a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and ran away. When the wheat sprouted and bore grain, the weeds also appeared. So the farmer’s hired hands came to him and said, ‘Sir, wasn’t that good seed that you sowed in the field? Where did all these weeds come from?’
“He answered, ‘This has to be the work of an enemy!’ “They replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather up all the weeds?’ “ ‘No,’ he said. ‘If you pull out the weeds you might uproot the wheat at the same time. Let them both grow together until the harvest. At that time, I’ll tell my harvesters to gather the weeds first and tie them all in bundles to be burned. Then they will harvest the wheat and put it into my barn.’ ”
Jesus left the crowds and went inside the house where he was staying. Then his disciples approached him and asked, “Please explain the deeper meaning of the parable of the weeds growing in the field of wheat.” He answered, “The man who sowed his field with good seed is the Son of Man. And the field is the world. The good seeds I sow are the children of the kingdom realm. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest points to the end of this age, and the harvesters are God’s messengers. As the weeds are bundled up and thrown into the fire, so it will be at the close of the age. The Son of Man will send his messengers, and they will uproot everything out of his kingdom. All the lawless ones and everything that causes sin will be removed. And they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will experience great sorrow and anguish. Then the righteous will shine like the brightness of the sun in their Father’s kingdom realm. If you’re able to understand this, then you’d better respond!” (TPT)
The Lord wants to encourage us that He is on the throne and it is by His hand and power that He will deliver us from the evil one. This is the time of great reward, for His eyes have seen the faithfulness of His people, standing and fighting against the evil, lawlessness, and injustice of our times. We will see the Lord show Himself merciful with the merciful, and blameless with the blameless. However, we will see Himself tortuous with the crooked and wicked.
As the Lord delivered David and rewarded him according to his righteousness, so He is rewarding us at this time:
For I have kept the ways of the Lord and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his rules were before me, and from his statutes I did not turn aside. I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt. And the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight. (2 Samuel 22:22-25)
We are waiting on the Lord to save us, and indeed, He will. He is reminding us of this great promise:
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
We might feel weak and weary, but we will run and not faint, we will mount up with wings like eagles, for it is our God who strengthens and keeps us. He is the Faithful One who fights on our behalf and gives us victory over our strong enemies. We will sing the song of David, we will give praises to the Name of the Lord, Most High.
He is the God of the Harvest, the One who sends out His messengers to clear the field of weeds, bringing forth a fruitful harvest that will not be spoilt or lost. Be encouraged to know that God has promised us a time of arising and shining, a time of reward and inheritance, and a time of ruling and reigning as we partner with Him.
He is our light and our salvation. He is our open door and divine opportunity. He is our blessing and promotion. He is the farmer of the field, who has sown us as good seed into the soil of the earth. We will be fruitful and multiply, bringing forth multiple seed for sowing and reaping. Our lives carry His life and light, and as we willingly lay down our lives to be sown, we will partner with Him in the reaping of the nations.
As the tension increases, fear not. See through the eyes of faith and understanding that God has brought the field to maturity so that He can separate the weeds from the wheat. This is the work of the Lord, to separate the sheep from the goats. The nations are yearning to be set free. We will see new formations of nations, new geographical lines and borders being drawn. It is a time of decisive action and history-in-the-making.
For those called to defend and fight for righteousness, justice and truth in the courts of justice: this is your time! You have been prepared for a time such as this. The enemy has made a mockery of the judicial system in the nations, but God is restoring its order in the ruling, reigning, building and establishment of nations. This will be your greatest season yet.
The shaking we’ve endured is coming to a head, where that which has been upside-down will be flipped the right-side-up. The hand of El Shaddai is working in our midst. Glory to the One who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb!
2 Samuel 22:1-31
And David spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said,
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my saviour; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
“For the waves of death encompassed me, the torrents of destruction assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
“In my distress I called upon the Lord ; to my God I called. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry came to his ears.
“Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations of the heavens trembled and quaked, because he was angry. Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him. He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. He rode on a cherub and flew; he was seen on the wings of the wind. He made darkness around him his canopy, thick clouds, a gathering of water. Out of the brightness before him coals of fire flamed forth. The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered his voice. And he sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning, and routed them. Then the channels of the sea were seen; the foundations of the world were laid bare, at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
“He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
“The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his rules were before me, and from his statutes I did not turn aside. I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt. And the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight.
“With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; with the purified you deal purely, and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous. You save a humble people, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down. For you are my lamp, O Lord , and my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God— his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.