Parables of the Golden Nugget (Kingdom of God)

“After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.”  (Acts 1:3 NIV)

NOTE:  If the kingdom of God subject was important enough for Jesus to spend on for His last 40 days with His disciples, we can certainly give some significant time to it.

“All Things Come in Parables” (Mark 4:11)

Certain things remain a mystery to mankind such as the water molecule, what light travels through, and the parables of Jesus. According to Jesus, He taught the truths of the God of heaven and of the kingdom in “parables” in order: (1) to allow hidden mysteries of the kingdom to be discovered only by disciples; and (2) to confuse the wisdom of the other wise of the world including the religiously wise. {Could this not explain all the religions, interpretations of the Bible, denominations, and why even PHDs and THDs in religion do not come to the ASPI*common understanding of the Bible.}
*NOTE: ASPI stands for God’s Authorized Version, the Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation of the Bible as defined in II Peter 1:20, “no prophesy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophesy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

A15-1: Foundational Bible Study in “all things come in parables”.
Jesus in these words of Mark 4, “all things come in parables” establishes an important guideline for understanding the Bible. Perhaps, you never realized that parables go beyond the approximately 12 parables that we considered in SOUND MORE SOUNDS, or even beyond the approximately 52 total parables from the four Gospels. Also perhaps you have never realized that the “come” in Mark 4:11 is a word carefully chosen by Jesus. Why did He not say “all things are spoken in parables”’ Or why did He not say, “all things are delivered in parables’ The reason is that Jesus is talking about a method that God uses to communicate to His Creation in the revelations of the Bible. In short, “come” is the equivalent of “are inspired”. The phrase is easily the equivalent of “all things are inspired in parables.” And what that means is also in the verse context of Mark 4:11.
“And He {Jesus} said to them (the 12 apostles} to you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables….”
Below is a little exegesis of this verse.
(1). Disciples {the 12 were unique disciples much like 500 more, but who later except for Judas became apostles} are allowed to understand all the hidden mysteries of God.
(2). These mysteries are also hidden to disciples until they are revealed by Jesus, the Prophets, or Apostles.
(3). This very process of spiritual understanding or not spiritual understanding is a process of parables.
(4). You see this as you realize that all outsiders to the kingdom of God hear all spiritual matters in parables, the “all things” of Jesus words.

A15-2: All outsiders to the Kingdom of God hear most spiritual matters in Parables.
Paul wrote much more on the subject after his revelations from the Ascended Jesus in Saudi Arabia, and later recorded the same in I Corinthians 2. First Paul recorded how disciples understand the Bible of spiritual things and then how the natural man {not born again, and the same as “outsider”} can not understand spiritual things.
(1). How disciples understand the Bible of spiritual things.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (I Corinthians 2:12)
The contrast is between the spirit of this world, the spirit of the natural man, and the Spirit of God, shown with a capital letter for Holy Spirit. The difference between the natural man and the believer is that God can work internally on the human spirit that has been born again. It is His Spirit internally working on our spirit.
(2). The non-born again, natural man-outsider does not have this internal advantage.
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, because they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Corinthians 2:14)
It is like in the Ephesians introduction of learning Christ to the three answers of Jesus in John 14-16 of the three questions from three Apostles. The introduction of Ephesians to the “how” to Learn Christ is given in the words of Ephesians 4:20,21.
“But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus…” (Ephesians 4:20,21)

A15-3: The Critical Process of Learning Christ according to the Bible, the Word of God.
In short the process of Learning Christ, the same as being a disciple, is (1) to hear Jesus and (2) to have been taught by Jesus and (3) as the truth is in Jesus. Jesus had explained that internal process of new birth and salvation to the apostles as John recorded it in John 14-16. The answer of the new birth or how to learn Christ is very practical as our approach needs to be today to prevent more tares in the kingdom. This Jesus-taught approach to the new birth required for spiritual understanding is far from the contemporary instant new birth concept that has accumulated so many tares in churches generating the Falling Away. Here is a summary of the three questions from the disciples and the three answers from Jesus. (1a). First Thomas asked Jesus where He was going and what was the “way”. (1b) Jesus answered that He was “the way, the truth, and the life”; and further that there was no way anyone could come to God the Father except through Him. God is just not approachable except through Jesus Christ! But how approachable God is, beyond human ability to know, see, and hear, if a person only comes through Jesus. Did you notice how Jesus referred to Himself as “the truth”, reminding you of Paul’s reference in how to learn Christ of “as the truth is in Jesus.” (2a) The second question is from Philip, echoing the age long question of “Show us God the Father.” (2b) The answer of Jesus is “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). (3a) And the third question completes the specifics of how to learn Christ, what is really required in the new birth. Judas, not Iscariot, asked this question; and no doubt, the same Judas or Jude who wrote the book of Jude with his tremendous defense of the “faith once delivered to the saints”. In short I think he learned very well and personally this answer of Jesus the third question. “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world.” (John 14:22) That is a good question. How do we see Jesus like Paul specified as necessary in order to really learn Christ, since we know that Jesus ascended back to the right hand of God the Father. Is it that only those alive during Jesus short life of approximately 33 years are able to see Him’ Or how can we be taught by the Ascended Christ’ (3b) The answer of Jesus can open our eyes on how to learn Christ, how to really be born again, and how to pass from being an outsider to the kingdom of Christ to being a citizen of the kingdom of Christ. Here it is: “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23)
You don’t have to make the trip to heaven in order to see Jesus. You don’t even have to have a special hearing device in order to hear God the Father and Jesus. All you have to do is to love God and Jesus, then He and the Father do the rest. They take up residence in your heart. Jesus uses the very comforting words, “we will come and make our home with you.” Wow, you become a residence of the eternal God the Father and of His only begotten Son. That is the new birth. That is salvation. That is the only, real way to learn Christ and to be a disciple of Christ. That is the only way to start the process of a spiritual understanding of the Giant Parable called the Bible.

A15-4: Daniel is Full of Parables
I would like to illustrate from Daniel how the Old Testament Prophets are also full of parables. What we often like to call double or triple meaning in the Prophets is really one parable with two or three applications. Take for example, the story of the king of the north versus the king of the south in the last few chapters of Daniel. There are no names given. And yet we can easily apply the same parable to three distinct periods of history, as God intended for us to do in the ASPI, one during the Greek Empire, one during the Roman Empire when General Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple, and one near the end of the time as applied to the man of sin, the son of perdition. Remember that even the names of the Empires are not given as in the nature of parables. Recall how “a man” owned a vineyard and when going into a foreign country, let it out to tenant farmers. The owner and farmers have not names. No doubt, as God observes from heaven, the same event happens many times; and so true is the story and the pattern that God so often sees from heaven about His creatures, that why should He put names. God Himself is no respecter of persons anyway. He hardly stands in awe of a General Titus that later became a Caesar, nor of an Alexander the Great that conquerors the world and cries for more territory to conquer even as His disposition of the Pharaoh of Egypt was simple for Him. It fulfilled His purpose of bringing the children of Israel back to the promised land for the birth of Jesus. It also fulfilled His purpose of using the Jews as custodians of the oracles of God in the Bible, and thus God as the Great Maker of history just did it. {So much of what goes on in this world is determined by the Great Maker of history in world history, in the acts of nature, in the works of the Bible and of the Spirit, yet we hardly stop to think about His control of human history.}
The same in the book of Joel where there parables about a plague of locusts. We know such plagues did and do happen as a course of history. Well, there are at least three applications of this one parable of locusts in Joel: a actual seemingly natural plague of locusts which ravished the land and under the control of God in an effort to bring the people back to Him; the invasion of an army against the land once again under the control of God, an army that can be compared to locusts; and then at least a third in the Final Day of the Lord. {A day of the LORD in the Old Testament is a day of true justice and judgment which can refer to punishment by nature, by an invading army, or the wrapping up of events on earth with the disintegration of the sun, the moon, the stars, and the elements melting with fervent heat. Make no mistake, however, that the great final DAY of the LORD and Lord is easily distinguished from the others as there will always be some reference to the destruction of the sun, the moon, the stars, and of the consequences to the earth.}
The problem is that we have heard so much malarkey on eschatology and the book of Revelation based on Darby and Scoffield, that we have become confused about what is actually in the Scripture and what is not. How easy it is to mix up the Scoffield notes in the Bible with the actual Scripture! And since so few fundamentalist actually quote Scripture when they dogmatically tell you of the end times, it becomes hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Daniel among the Prophets best illustrates both Gods foreknowledge of and control over the history of the world. When you read and study the book of Daniel, you begin to appreciate more fully the statement of Pastor James at the Great Jerusalem Conference.
“Known unto God are all His works from the beginning.”
This tells us that God both has plans for this world, and universe, which He has ordained to happen from the beginning of time until the end of time; and further that He makes sure those plans will happen. The plans involve nations, kings, kingdoms, the angels of nations, pharaohs, governments, and all kinds of social and political organizations where men think they are exercising the real control. What you will also find in Daniel is that the events here on earth, and in particular between nations, is very closely related to the spiritual warfare that goes on at a much higher level between good and bad angels of nations, between Christ and Satan, and between God and the dominant opposition to His will. {“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth” will not come quickly or easily until the very end of time.}

A15-5: The 3 Great Time Sweeps (Cycles) of Daniel.
The three cycles of Daniel {three that we can identify, remembering that a parable can have unlimited applications} are much like the repetitive cycles of the book of Revelation and the respetitive cycles of Matthew 24 from Jesus on which they are based. What you will find in Daniel, Revelation, and Matthew 24 is much like the scan of a radar trace where from a distance the preliminary scan only picks up the peaks, then on a second and closer scan more detail is filled in, and then finally with a closeness much detail is filled in.
The First Great Sweep in Daniel starts in Daniel 7:9 and ends in 7:13, not many verses so this is like a distant sweep that hits only the peaks. The first sweep starts where it should with God, “the Ancient of Days” seated on the great white throne above the clouds where a thousand times thousands ministered to Him and ten thousands times ten thousands stood before Him. The vision we should get here as Daniel did is of real power. Oh, by the way, the court to decide on the fate of nations and kings was in session at that point to make a ruling. Daniel wondered what all that power around the throne would do as they listened to the pompous words from the “horn”. What Daniel saw was the beast slain with his body destroyed and given to the burning flame. Recall that the vision of Daniel in a dream, during the first year of the reign of the Belshazzar, king of Babylon, was of four beasts; and the last of the four more terrible than the others with 10 horns, and then a little horn coming out from among them. It is this little horn, the man of sin and perdition of the final days who speaks the pompous words. {You see once again the nature of parables in Daniel where the four beasts are the successive kings of four conquering kingdoms—Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome, and that the ten horns are 10 Caesars of the most powerful of the beastly kings.} Here we can allow secular history to help us in the interpretation since the details of each of the four kingdoms help us to identify them from what really happened in secular history. Never forget, however, that these four beasts except for a detailed description remain in Daniel as unnamed parables like the owner with the vineyard.
In the first sweep of Daniel 7:9-13, we know the little pompous horn to be man of sin and perdition of II Thessalonians because: (1) God and the great judgment court are seated for final judgment; (2) The books are opened, mentioned also in Revelation as the books of final judgment; (3) the thousands and millions are surrounded around the throne of God for execution of the will of God; (4) the pompous words from the little horn remind us of how the final anti-Christ in the form of the man of sin will stand in the temple claiming to be God, which we learn from the last sweep of the five sweeps or cycles; (5) the description of the immediate slaying of the pompous little horn as its body is given to “the burning flame” which is obviously the equivalent of Satan, the beast, and the man of sin, the little horn, being cast into the lake of fire and brimstone of the book of Revelation.

A15-6: Rapid and Short is the First Sweep of Daniel.
With this for background, we can see how rapid and short is the sweep of the first cycle of Daniel 7:9-13, in only four verses going from the Court of God in session through four beasts, and then another beast and a little horn, and then in one long verse, the verse 13, we have the establishment of Christ’s Eternal kingdom.
1. Daniel 7:9a. The Subject of the first sweep as “THRONES WERE PUT IN PLACE.”
2. Daniel 7:9b-10a. The Ancient of Days take the throne of judgment seat, a God of white garments, hair of wool, a throne of fiery flame, and the wheels of mobility were a burning fire, and a fiery stream runs out from the throne to the universe. {It is easy to see final judgment in all this since we know from the Apostle Peter that the elements of the universe will melt with a fervent heat.}
3. Daniel 7:10b. Court was in session and seated for the final work, a court of ministers of a thousand thousands and a multitude to do His will of ten thousand times ten thousand.
4. Daniel 7:10c. Judgment starts as the books of judgment of Revelation are opened.
5. Daniel 7:11. Pompous words from the man of sin with an immediate slaying and casting of the horn and Satan into the lake of fire and brimstone
6. Daniel 7;12. The rest of the beasts last longer than the little horn, and then their dominions are also taken away. God does and will reign supreme is the message here.
7. Daniel 7:13-14. The Son of Man appears before the Ancient of Days, and is given by God an everlasting kingdom.
(1). This is obviously the Second Coming of Christ as He is coming with “the clouds of heaven”.
(2). This is obviously Christ since He is “given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.”
(3). This is obviously Christ and the Second Coming of Christ since “His dominion is an everlasting dominion” {Daniel 7:14}.
(4). This is obviously the kingdom of Christ established by Jesus on earth during His first coming and now made complete, which “shall not pass away” like the other kingdoms of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome to be mentioned {of course, not by name} in the last four cycles.
(5). Christ’s kingdom is “THE ONE WHICH SHALL NOT BE DESTROYED”.