The Lord Jesus Christ often used parables when he spoke, and here is one of those parables where he exposed the spiritual bankruptcy of the Rabbis of Israel. When the Lord Jesus Christ spoke the parable of the vineyard to the unbelieving Jews of his time, was he talking about a SPIRITUAL vineyard, or was he talking about a PHYSICAL vineyard? The answer to that question is that the Lord was obviously talking about a spiritual vineyard and it all had to do with the SPIRITUAL Kingdom of God. It is very important that you understand that because we are living in a day where the PHYSICAL land of the Nation of Israel has become the focus point instead of the SPIRITUAL NEED of every Jewish person to be born again (John 3:1-8) into the Kingdom of God. The modern day Christian Zionist leader now works hand in hand with the political and UNSAVED leaders of the Nation of Israel, receiving plaques and awards from them on a regular basis. Millions have fallen under the deception of those “leaders” also. Search the scriptures and especially the book of Acts and you will find the gospel being preached without compromise. You will NEVER find the disciples being handed a plaque or award from the unsaved Jewish people who wanted nothing to do with Jesus the Messiah! Beware of those who thrive on the praise which comes from men, for it can become like a drug for some and the more they get, the more they want.
Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but BECAUSE of the Pharisees they did not CONFESS him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they LOVED the PRAISE of MEN more than the PRAISE of GOD. (John 12:42-43)
When you study the scriptures you will see when the Jewish apostle Paul got saved, his fellow Jews wanted to KILL him. (Acts 9:1-24) Why? Because he told them that Jesus was the Messiah and they wanted nothing to do with Jesus Christ! That is the honest truth! Stephen preached the word to the Jews and they did KILL him for the very same reason.(Acts 7:1-60) In fact what happened in the New Testament was actually a continuation of how the people of Israel treated the Lord’s prophets throughout the previous centuries. The bottom line is that the Lord Jesus Christ (he is eternal) confronted the people of Israel for centuries, and now in the parable of the vineyard, he described their actions in detail. He wanted them to see their own wickedness for themselves and that was the very purpose of the parable. In the parable of the Vineyard it is the Lord Jesus Christ who lays out the charge against the people of Israel that they have been consistent in the persecution and murder of their own prophets, and he actually PROPHESIES of his OWN DEATH at their hands. Compare this parable to what you hear being preached in this modern day. I truly thank my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for opening my spiritual eyes to the grand deception of modern day “Christian” Zionism. In the Parable of the LORD’S VINEYARD [Matthew 21:33-46] we gain much insight into how the Lord dealt with the Jewish people of His day, regarding their rejection of not only Him, but of the prophets through the ages. This parable was given by the Lord Jesus Christ, the creator of the world, almost two thousand years ago:
” Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: ” (Matthew 21:33)
The householder in this parable is the Lord God Almighty, and the husbandmen are the gardeners who were responsible for the vineyard. In this case the husbandmen [gardeners] are the children of Israel who were entrusted with the Word of God down through the years. The children of Israel were the ones who were instructed by the Lord, and they often had His prophets sent to them. In fact the book of Isaiah shows us clearly that the vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
“For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry. Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!” (Isaiah 5:7-8)
” And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. ” (Matthew 21:34-36)
In this part of the parable the Lord is describing the history of the children of Israel and how they treated the sevants of the Lord. These servants were beaten, persecuted and even KILLED at times. In fact if you read chapter seven in the New Testament book of Acts you will hear Stephen, a man of faith and power, rehearse the history of Israel in great detail. In fact this chapter is one of the clearest testimonies in the whole New Testament of how the Jewish people were confronted regarding their rejection of JESUS their MESSIAH. At one point Stephen addressed the Jewish leaders who were standing before him and said the following:
“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:” (Acts 7:51-52)
Stephen told the Jewish leaders that they were resisting the Holy Ghost just as their fathers did. Stephen also made a point of telling these Jewish leaders that they were responsible for killing the prophets who prophesied of the coming Christ [MESSIAH]. We know the Messiah is Jesus. Stephen was stoned to death a short time later like so many others of the Lord’s faithful witnesses. [Acts 7:55-60]
” But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. ” (Matthew 21:37-39)
This part of the parable describes what happened when Jesus Christ arrived on the scene. He was rejected by the majority of the Jewish people, especially the chief priests and the elders, and they wanted Jesus Christ to be put to death. The scriptures below testify to the truth that they were surely involved in putting Christ [MESSIAH] to death.
“When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:” (Matthew 27:1)
The Lord was not surprised by what was coming and He told His own disciples that His death was the FULFILLMENT of prophecy. The Word of God is truly amazing in its accuracy regarding the prophetic word. The scriptures foresaw what took place here, and declared it hundreds of years before.
“Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. ” (Luke 18:31-33)
” When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? ” (Matthew 21:40)
Here the Lord Jesus Christ asks the Jewish religious leaders, who were listening to Him tell this parable, what should be done to those who did all of those things to the Lord’s servants. Jesus was now getting to the very heart of the matter, as He always did, and He wanted them to give Him the answer to His question.
“They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.” (Matthew 21:41)
The Jewish religious rulers responded and told Jesus, that those who did those things were wicked and they should be destroyed! Not only that, but they said that the vineyard should be let out [given over to] to other husbandmen [gardeners] who would bring forth the fruits in their seasons. They had no idea that their answer played right into the meaning of the parable. They were able to see the unrighteousness of what was done to the servants in that parable, but they did not realize that they were the very ones whom the Lord was describing.
“Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? ” (Matthew 21:42)
The Lord Jesus Christ then quoted PSALM 118:22 regarding Himself as being that STONE which the builders [Israel] rejected and who had become the head of the corner [or cornerstone]. The Lord was basically telling the leaders of Israel that the very one standing before them was the very one whom they needed. The Lord was and is the chief cornerstone in the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom which would be made up of Jewish and Gentile believers.
” Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. ” (Matthew 21:43)
Could Jesus Christ, the creator of the earth, [John 1:1-3], have been any clearer in His pronunciation against the leaders of Israel. The Lord made His point that Israel had rejected the prophets who were sent to them, and they would end up killing Him too. Yes, the Lord was prophesying of His very own death, but He was also telling Israel that the Kingdom would be taken from them, and it was!
“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.” (Matthew 8:5-13)
The Lord Jesus Christ commended the incredible FAITH of this GENTILE man who was a Centurion which generally led about 100 soldiers. That man knew the power of authority, and he knew that Jesus Christ had a lot more authority than he had and that is why he requested his help. Jesus made a point of telling those who were listening that he had not found that kind of faith even in Israel! Do not miss what Jesus said after that, because he told them that many would come from the East and the West and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven! Then he said that those in the “kingdom” meaning the Jewish people (who should have understood these things but did not), would be thrown into outer darkness where there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth! Was he talking about Hell? Of course he was!
The nation that the Lord spoke about in the parable of the vineyard who would be given the Kingdom is simply that “holy nation” of believers described by Peter. [1 Peter 2:9-10]
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)
It’s all about Jesus Christ NOT Israel
The prophets prophesied about Jesus Christ because it is all about HIM. The Lord is going to have a people who serve Him and worship HIM with all of their heart, and those people are going to come from every part of this large world in which we live. If a person has not been born again then they are not part of the Kingdom of God [John 3:1-8] because entrance into this Kingdom is only through Jesus Christ. Do not let anybody replace the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a false gospel, because a curse comes along with a false gospel. [Galatians 1:8-9]
Who are the “BLESSED” In God’s Sight?
The “Blessed” of God includes ALL people who believe the testimony that God gave concerning His Son Jesus Christ, and are NOT offended in HIM! [Jewish and Gentile]
“And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Luke 7:19-23)
If a person does NOT believe the testimony that God gave of His Son then they make God a LIAR!”
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:10-12)
Who is the “Apple of God’s Eye”?
The “Apple of God’s Eye” includes ALL people who have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ! [Jewish and Gentile]
God is not a respector of persons, and any person who desires salvation in Christ will not be turned away. Does that mean that a person who has led a life without the Lord, and who has lived in absolute decadence their whole life can be saved? Absolutely YES. That very same person can also be called the apple of God’s eye, and one of God’s chosen people as much as any person who has received the Lord since the beginning of the world. This gospel is not about Israel, but it is all about Jesus Christ! Do you remember what the Lord Jesus Christ told that Gentile woman of Samaria concerning the worship of God?
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. ” (John 4:21-26)
Jesus made it clear to this Gentile woman, that the city of Jerusalem did not matter when it came to the worship of God. Jesus told the woman that God must be worshiped in Spirit and truth, and the physical location had nothing to do with the true worship of God. That same Gentile woman from Samaria was shacking up with some guy, and she had been married five times previous to that time. Jesus Christ knew that, but he showed her mercy, and the woman was blown away by that mercy! Perhaps Jesus was looking forward into this modern day where people have made a religious idol out of the city of Jerusalem, and the National State of Israel. Jesus told this Gentile woman that He was in fact the Messiah that she was looking for, which clearly shows us that the Lord will reveal Himself to anyone who truly desires to know Him. This woman had been married many times, and she was living with a man at the time, but the Lord offered her mercy. Do you remember what the angel said to the apostle John, in the book of Revelation, when John went to bow down and worship him?
“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10)
If a person does not have the testimony of Jesus in their heart, and on their lips, then they are NOT true worshipers of God. The angel made that very clear to John. The angel also let John know that the spirit of prophecy will put the testimony of Jesus within a persons heart. If a person truly wants to know what the Word of God is about, then they will find out very quickly that it is Jesus Christ who is the central figure in the Bible, and the redeemer whom they need.
” And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. ” (Matthew 21:44)
Jesus Christ did not mince words when He spoke, and here he tells the Jewish leaders that those who reject Him would end up as powder. The word of God still stands true today for both Jew and Gentile. It is either Christ or nothing, and there are no back doors, side doors, or any other door you might think of in this plan of salvation. Jesus said this:
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ” (John 14:6)
“And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.” (Matthew 21:45-46)
At this point the Jewish priests and the Pharisees caught on to what Jesus was telling them, and they realized that He was speaking about them. They would have grabbed Jesus right then and there but they feared for their own lives so they did not take Him at this point.
Actual Quote from Jesus Christ
” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. ” (John 3:16-21)