They often call it a parable. While it follows a couple parables in Matthew 25, the story including the "sheep and goats" is not a parable. It is simply a narration of future events. The sheep and goats are a metaphor describing the righteous and the wicked in a very straight-forward presentation of fact, telling us what will happen when Messiah comes and sits upon the throne of His glory in Jerusalem, beginning His millennial reign on earth. In a few sentences Messiah tells us about the greatest paradigm shift human society will ever experience.
The first big change is that the evil people will no longer dominate the world. That will be over forever. In fact, those "goats" that ruin everything for everybody else simply won't be here anymore. How is that possible?
Simple. We will have a righteous King with the power and wisdom to deal with them, who also has the will to do so - and will do so. While today's human leaders seem to want everyone to tolerate every sort of evil, the righteous King will not tolerate institutionalized wickedness - Perpetual evil in His realm will simply not be allowed.
That doesn't sound much like the "Jesus" being pushed by many of the go-along-to-get-along churches of today, does it? You know who I mean. The fictitious effeminate "Jesus" who "loves everybody the same no matter what." Who accepts all kinds of evil behavior and never judges anybody. If that is who He really is then He could not be the Messiah. Because He is the Messiah, this Messianic prophecy describes who He really is, and how He will rule:
Yahweh’s Spirit will rest on him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yahweh. His delight will be in the fear of Yahweh. He will not judge by the sight of his eyes, neither decide by the hearing of his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the poor, and decide with equity for the humble of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips he will kill the wicked.
Isaiah 11:2-4 WEB
The wicked will read that as harsh. They know who they are and this doesn't sound like a good thing to them, for obvious reasons. However, for anyone who is sick of all the evil, who would like to live in a world no longer requiring guns or even keys to be safe, a world where the poor and humble among us will finally be dealt with in true equity without having their needs thrust aside to be trampled underfoot by the rich and powerful - for anyone longing to live in a world built on righteousness and justice this sounds like the only possible solution to the age-old dilemma of human society. A blessed state of human society that has always been beyond the reach of human rulers to accomplish will finally be possible, when the Kingdom of Messiah rules the earth.
And that, my friends, is just the beginning of the blessings that will flow to those who choose righteousness over evil in the midst of the darkness of these Last Days. Every heart is being sifted and weighed as the entire population of the world is being forced to pick a side through the circumstances of this darkest age of mankind. Every person will reveal who they really are by their own personal response to the pressures that are steadily building upon us all. This is a time of separation of humanity. In the end of it, among earth's survivors of the Great Tribulation, there will be only two camps, two segments of mankind. Namely, "sheep" and "goats" - the righteous and the wicked - on the day Messiah sits on His Throne every person will be faced with the choices they made through it all, and will be assigned where they belong.
Shouldn't we all be thinking about that now, before that day comes?
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Eliyahu ben David
PS - The Sunni/Shia war in the Middle East is heating up. See below.
Iran and Gulf nations prepare for war.
Reprint: Debkafile, 11/6/2017
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir on Monday, Nov. 6 accused Iran of an “act of war” in reference to the Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi missile attack on Riyadh airport Saturday.
On Sunday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei secretly ordered a significant reshuffle in the high commands of the Iranian army and navy. Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Dadras was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, with orders to boost the intelligence and operational preparedness of the Army. He came from the post of commander of ground forces.
In a separate notice, Khamenei promoted Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi to commander of the Navy, replacing Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, who was elevated to Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army for operational coordination.
DEBKAfile’s military sources add: Sayari spent the last ten years developing the combat doctrine practiced by the Iranian Navy and Revolutionary Guards in the Gulf, which hinges on special forces, especially marines, for naval and ground warfare. He was responsible for the tactics and harassment that Iranian forces directed at US warships and warplanes operating in the Gulf.
Sayari hands these functions over to Rear Admiral Khanzadi, while himself joining the Army’s General Staff as head of operations of Iran’s armed forces.
Khamenei emphasized that all these
appointments were approved by the chief of staff, Maj.-Gen
This major reshuffle occurs at a time of high tension between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, on the one hand, and Iran, on the other. This week it rose to eve-of-war pitch.
Saud Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir accused Iran of orchestrating an “act of war” and asserted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had the right to defend itself. He went on to say: “The Iranians can’t interfere in the affairs of countries in the region and expect to get a free pass. There is no doubt that missiles and suicide boats are coming from Iran to the Al Houthis.
“We want to avoid war [with Iran] at all costs,” he said, but Iran continues to violate “every international law and every international norm.” Iran is waging a war through its regional proxies, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Al Houthis in Yemen, Jubair said, adding, “we must say enough is enough” to Iran.
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