The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats and the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares explain what is happening in the world today by God's own hand. There is a great sifting process going on as God shakes up the environmental, political and economic systems of this world. This is being done to divide the world into two opposing camps, and God's people are being called out into their own special camp to follow their Good Shepherd into the Promised land of the Kingdom of God.
Yes, God is pouring out His Spirit right now in an effort to reach the lost, and He is doing so with or without our support and cooperation. That is why so many former Muslims have been coming to Christ in the Middle East. Yahshua or Jesus our Savior has been appearing to them in visions and dreams, just as the Prophet Joel said God would do in the Last Days. In fact, this is how I came to be saved as well. One night, I saw a vision of Christ when I was searching to know Him, and in that vision, He told me who He was, and I received Him as my Messiah on that very night.
But even as He draws many lost sheep unto Himself through His Spirit, God is also dividing the nations into distinct groups. In fact, all the rioting, fighting, bombings, and demonstrations that have been going on around the world today are signs that the division of the nations into these two spiritual groups is nearly complete. Among these two groups, those that want to serve God and follow His moral commandments are the Wheat or Sheep of the aforementioned Parables, and those who reject God's Word and despise His Moral Laws are the Goats and the Tares that are to be burned in the fire.
An article that I wrote about the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares is linked to in the first paragraph of this article, and I highly recommend that you read it. It explains why the world is so hopelessly divided right now along political lines that reflect the two opposing spiritual ideologies that are at work in the world today.
This division of the wheat and the tares and the goats and the sheep is very evident in the United States and Israel right now, where there are very few fence sitters or lost sheep left to be won for Christ to be found any more. Those that have been reached have been reached in the USA, Europe, China, Asia and the Middle East because our Messiah Yahshua or Jesus has been steadily appearing to the ones that He has chosen to save in those nations over the past few decades.
Yahshua is doing this because we are so close to the end of the Age of Grace. Even the Jews in Israel and the USA have been steadily led to face the fact that Yahshua is their Messiah, and they will eventually realize this - and mourn over what they have suffered for their long and stubborn refusal to accept Him.
We can rejoice now in the harvest of saints that have been found in these Last Days, and also pray for the many who are still lost that will be left behind in the Rapture. These poor souls need to be refined further in even greater tribulations than the ones we have had to face. Many unbelievers that have hardened their hearts to the Gospel of Salvation still dwell in darkness - NOT because they did not hear the Gospel, but because they are not yet worthy to receive Christ! Instead, they need to be refined in the fires of the worst part of the Great Tribulation before they will be ready.
So do not mourn for the lost that will be left behind. God has a plan for their salvation too, and many will still be saved. But many will be saved only after they have suffered great loss, and have made the ultimate sacrifice in death in order to be spiritually purified. These are those who are to be saved through the fire of tribulation. The Apostle Paul alluded to this in the following Scripture:
~*~ 1 Corinthians 3:14-15 ~*~ “If anyone’s work which he has built on it (i.e. Christ, our Rock) endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire (or through the flames).”Contrary to popular belief, this passage is not saying that those who are unfruitful in their walk with Christ in this life will automatically be saved even though they may lose their kingdom rewards. It is saying that they will be saved through the fire of tribulation because they will be left behind, and will have to suffer through the Wrath of God in the cleansing fire of the Great Tribulation.
The Apostle Peter also discussed the spiritual testing that believers will undergo, and mentions both those that will suffer for Christ's sake, as well as those who will suffer for their disobedience and sin. Those who sin and do not repent of it before the Rapture will be left behind, and will have to suffer through the Great Tribulation:
~*~ 1 Peter 4:12-17 ~*~ “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”Here, Peter is alluding to the process of purification and sanctification that sincere and born again believers undergo when they make a decision to follow Christ. But he is also alluding to the process of refining and purification that those who are backslidden or living in apostasy will undergo. This process is also alluded to by the Prophet Zechariah:
In the above passage, Zechariah is using the analogy of refining gold and silver by melting it in fire repeatedly as a prophesy about how the Israelites who heard Yahshua and began to follow Him during His First Advent would be persecuted mercilessly through time until they learned to call on His name and to trust in Him in all things. Since apostates posing as Messianics and Christians today will be left behind, and some new believers will come to Yahshua after the Rapture at the beginning of the Great Tribulation, this process of being tested in the fire of tribulation will not end until the Great Tribulation is over.
After that, remember that we will sit with Yahshua or Jesus in judgment of the nations that still survive after the Battle of Armageddon, and before the Millennial Rule of Christ, when the Beast and the False Prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire forever. The following scriptures prove this:
~*~ 1 Corinthians 6:2 ~*~ “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?”
~*~ Revelation 20:4-6 ~*~ “And I saw thrones, and they (i.e. the resurrected saints) sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”So all the resurrected saints will have a say in who should be shown mercy, and who should not from among those who are not killed by war, famine, old age, or sickness. At this time when the born-again and resurrected saints are called to sit in formal judgment, I believe that God our Father in Heaven and Yahshua our Messiah and King will listen to all of our pleas for mercy for those whom we love and vouch for at that time, for He wants none of His beloved saints to be consumed by sorrow, or left to mourn for eternity. I believe that God's love and mercy for those who love Him is so great that He will hear our cries for those whom we love despite their sins, and He will save them from Hell-fire for our sake.
Helena Lehman of
The Pillar of Enoch Ministry