The wheat and the weeds


Reading: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43

My friend, do not be disheartened by what you see in the world.  The evil that was sown in the kingdom of heaven will be uprooted from the earth.  The weeds will be segregated from the wheat.  Do not lose hope.  Our King will come again in great power, and to judge righteously.  He will reign forever, putting an end to Babylon, the beast, the false prophet, Satan, and the people who follow them—they will be thrown into the lake of fire, together with death and Hades themselves.

And there will be a new heaven and a new earth, and God’s dwelling will be with us.  He will be our righteous Ruler, and he will wipe every tear from our eyes… there will be no more crying or pain.

Take comfort, my friend.  Take comfort in His word.

As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  He who has ears, let him hear. – Matthew 13:40-43

Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.  Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.”  The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.  They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia. – Revelation 14:17-20


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