|Matthew 22:2-14 |
2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call those who were called to the wedding, and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, 'Behold, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fattened cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage.'
5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his business.
6 And the remainder took his servants, treated them spitefully and killed them.
7 And when the king heard of it, he was angry, and he sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you can find, invite them to the marriage.'
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad [diseased or blind] and good; and the wedding was furnished with guests. [No evil people are invited to the wedding feast in heaven, where only the undefiled and holy enter; the below verses show that the impure are banned. See Footnote 2 to Luke 14:23 for more detail and full explanation of this parable.]
11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man who did not have on a wedding garment.
12 And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here and not have a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.1 [The white wedding garment is a white robe, washed in the blood of the Lamb; for those who walk in the light as He is in the light are cleansed by the blood of Jesus. 1 John 1:7. Who are born of God cannot sin; they have been freed from all sin, even the desire to sin. The confronted guest without a white garment was speechless because although he had died still sinning, when alive, he had been told by his preacher that he was righteous and would go heaven because he believed in Jesus being his Lord.]
13 Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and take him away and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' [This is being banned from heaven, which all who die while still sinning experience.]
14 For many are called, but few are chosen." [Every person is anonymously called by God to depart from evil on their day of visitation when Christ, the light given to every man so that he might believe, preaches the gospel in them; He knocks at every person's door, (heart). The vast majority of people ignore His anonymous call to turn from evil because they love their selfish lifestyle and have no love of the truth about their evil ways. Thus they deny and hate the truth; thus they deny and hate Christ. The few who do heed His anonymous pleas, loving the truth, turn from evil to then be chosen by God to receive more of His Spirit in return; God gives them a taste of His goodness by revelation, which creates the hunger and thirst in them for more of Him — thus to seek Him with all their heart and soul. From the Word of the Lord within: "Every man has heard the call to repent." But it is a gentle, anonymous call to forsake their evil ways. You might ask, why anonymous? What a man hears and/or sees is the truth of his ways; if he heeds the call, he has an appreciation and love of the truth; if he ignores the call, he hates the truth. Thus it is a test of those who love the truth or love their evil ways. From the Word of the Lord within: "Many people use the visitation of this web site to remove the blocking of past visitations. People can't come in fear; they have to come in love. " Only through love, can the cross be endured to death of one's selfish spirit.]
1 What missing wedding garment? A white robe washed in the blood of the lamb. And he said to me, "These are those who came out of great tribulation and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Rev 7:14. The white robe symbolizes purity: Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; Dan 12:10, Rev 19:7-8; the believers having been purified through suffering. Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin, so that you should not live the rest of your time in the flesh in the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2. Tribulation is not a hard day at the office, a car wreck, or some natural difficulty; it is unmistakably, supernaturally imposed. See Tribulation for additional details.