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Bible Study The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares



The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Scripture Reference - (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43)


The kingdom of heaven (or God's kingdom) is similar to a field in which a man sowed good (or precious) seed.

But, while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

The soil was good, and so alongwith the wheat even the tares grew.

So, the servants of the householder (or owner of the field) came and said unto him, Sir, Did you not sow good seed in your field? then from where did these tares come?

He said unto them, An enemy has sown the tares. The servants said unto him, Shall we go out and pull up by the roots the tares and burn them in the fire?

But, he said, No, that would not be good. The wheat and the tares grow close together in the soil and while you pull up the tares, you may root up the wheat also with them.

So, we will let them grow together until the harvest time. And in the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, Go and gather up the tares first and bind them in bundles to burn them in the fire but gather all the wheat into my barn.


When the disciples asked Lord Jesus Christ the meaning of this parable, He answered and said unto them -

He that sows the Good Seed is the Son of Man (Lord Jesus Christ Himself).

The Field is the World.

The Good Seed (or Wheat) are the Children of God's Kingdom (or God's Children). But the Tares are the Children of the Wicked One (Children of the Dark, Devil's Children).

The Enemy that sowed them is the Devil (Satan or our own Carnal Self).

The Harvest Time is the End of this World (or Closing of the Age).

And the Reapers are the Angels.

Therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire at the end of this world.

The Son of Man (Lord Jesus Christ Himself) shall send forth His Angels, and they shall gather out of this kingdom all the creatures that offend God and those creatures which commit sin and shall throw them into a furnace of fire and there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Then, shall the Righteous (Wheat or God's Children) shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

Who has ears to hear, let him hear.

May we be found as the Wheat ready to be gathered into God's barn at the end of this world according to the abundant mercy and grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

-- Anonymous Christian


The parables of the wheat and tares had begun when the churches were establish after the Holy Spirit was pour out and it continues on until towards the great tribulation begins is when they will begin to separate as it is mention in the book of Revelation.


Nov 30, 2004
I think this parable also makes it clear that the concept of immortal wicked souls burning in hell right now is false. At the end of the world, the tares are burned in the fire not right now.

Thus, this shows that even if I believed the righteous went to heaven at death, we see that the wicked do not have this same immortality but remain dead until the second resurrection in Revelation 20 where this parable is ultimately fulfilled.

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