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Before reading this brief study, please read,

  1. The Meaning of Eschatology
  2. Flashback to the Prophecy of Jesus Christ
  3. The Parable of the Vineyard – Part 1 
  4. The Parable of the Vineyard – Part 2 
  5. The Parable of the Vineyard – Part 3

The Wedding Feast

Matthew 22:1 – 14 — And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:

Jesus used parables to speak to the people, and his wisdom was shut off from the natural ear and the natural mind. The Spiritual knowledge starts to work in you and then, afterwards, with natural expressions, communication and thought processes, one can connect that spiritual understanding to language, analogies, metaphors, and parables. But spiritual vision comes before understanding or words. And then with words we try to explain the spirit aspect.

Matthew 22:1-14
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.
He sent his slaves to summon those who had been invited to the banquet, but they would not come.
Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! The feast I have prepared for you is ready. My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.”’
But they were indifferent and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest seized his slaves, insolently mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was furious! He sent his soldiers, and they put those murderers to death and set their city on fire.
Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy.
So go into the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’
And those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all they found, both bad and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to see the wedding guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.
And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he had nothing to say.
Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’
For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Luke 14:16-24
But Jesus said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many guests.
At the time for the banquet he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’
But one after another they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’
Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going out to examine them. Please excuse me.’
Another said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’
So the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’
Then the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’
So the master said to his slave, ‘Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled.
For I tell you, not one of those individuals who were invited will taste my banquet!’”

The last week before His crucifixion, Jesus spoke to the chief priests and rulers of Israel in parables. He explained what was to take place shortly.

vs.2 “The Kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,

Chronological Events

The wedding feast gives us a chronological timeline of events in prophetic nature. The King is God the Father who gives a wedding banquet for His Son, the Messiah.

The temple was essential to the practice of old covenant laws, ceremonies and rituals. The temple was the place where the high priests and Levites offered animal sacrifices to satisfy the law of Moses. All the old testament prophets spoke about these last days of old covenant Israel.

vs.3 “…and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.”

Keys to Unlock

The key to unlocking this parable is to understand these two things:

i. The promised wedding feast had to be prepared.
ii. The guests invited had to be gathered to the banquet.

The old testament prophets pictured the Kingdom of God as a wedding banquet—the Messiah’s banquet. This Son had to suffer and die, and was raised from the dead to ascend to the right hand of His Father. Jesus Christ received the Kingdom—and this was the Wedding feast.

vs.4 — Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’

Sent Out Ones

These verses, 3 and 4 speak of the “sent out” ones. His apostles and prophets were sent out. There has to be a sending out of apostles and prophets of the new covenant—His servants carrying His voice and speaking His words. The guests who were invited in both verses speak of the Jews and Jesus came primarily to the lost sheep of Israel.

The gospel first came to the Jews and since they were not willing to listen and obey, it came to the gentiles. God is systematic in His approach and there cannot be judgement until His will has been presented and rejected willfully by man.

Natural v/s Spiritual

Jesus spoke this of the natural descendants of Abraham, the natural sons of Israel, the natural sons of God. These are the ones of whom Christ spoke about in many of his parables. The sons that rejected to do the Fathers invitation.

These are the ones that refused to come to the wedding banquet though they were invited. The ones that would not give the fruit of the vineyard to their owner. The ones that grew up for a time next to the sons of obedience but were eventually separated and destroyed.

A Backward Understanding

The dispensationalist teachers understand this backwards in which they claim the gospel is first to the gentiles and after the secret rapture of the church, there will arise one hundred forty-four thousand (144,000) Jewish evangelists who will gather the remnant of Israel and prepare them for the coming of the Messiah.

vs.5 — But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. vs.6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.

When the invitation to receive the Kingdom came to old covenant Israel, they were reluctant to come. The Jews refused to believe and obey the message of the apostles. The chief priests and rulers of Israel had killed Jesus using the Romans and now they instigated the persecution of the church and the killing of the apostles again through the hands of the Romans. Only a remnant of the Jews received the message, obeyed and entered the wedding feast.

Prophesied to the Dot

vs.7 — “…But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.”

This prophecy was completed to the dot in 70 AD. when the Roman armies destroyed the city and the temple. The Roman armies were the conquered nations and Kingdoms which made up the Roman Empire. These armies in 66 AD. destroyed Galilee and the region of Samaria. They withdrew for a season and came back around 69 AD. and laid a siege to Jerusalem and destroyed it and the temple.

Grace and Mercy Rejected

vs.7 — “…But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.”

The King was furious because the offer of mercy, grace and salvation through His Son was rejected by Israel. They resisted the spirit of grace and trampled underfoot the blood of the new covenant. This enraged the King, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Murderers Destroyed

vs.7 — “…But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.”

The chief priests and rulers of Israel killed Jesus through the hands of the Romans. The judgement of God fell upon Israel, the city Jerusalem and its temple in 70 AD. because of what they had done. The early church was made up of the believing remnant of Jews first and then the gentiles.

Wedding Not Postponed

vs.8 — Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. vs.9 — Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’

It was a prophetic parable spoken to them by Jesus. The first apostolic mission was to the Jews. Salvation is already freely available to all who believe, and Jesus is King reigning with all authority in the heavens and earth.

vs.10 — So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

The Jews were deemed not worthy as they refused the Kingdom and through Paul, the mission was now focused on the gentiles. Before the city was burned, the gospel was proclaimed to the guests who were invited; however, after the city was burned, the gospel came to all. When I say this, I do not imply the gospel was not preached to the gentiles before 70 AD, but it means that a first fruit of the gentiles was saved before it as the old covenant was coming to a complete end.

Acts 13:46 – 49 — And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.
47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ”‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
48 — And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.
49 — And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.

The gathering of the first fruits of the gentiles began from Peter preaching to the household of Cornelius and as in the scripture above, Paul declares boldly about turning to the gentiles. After the destruction of the temple and the city, the gospel moved beyond the borders of the Roman Empire.

The wedding feast is for all—good and bad. You do not need to be righteous to come, but to enter into the banquet, you must put on Christ—His righteousness which is the wedding garment.

Revelation

Other than the historic interpretation of this verse, a personal revelation is that good and evil represents the fallen man. All who came were either good or evil, however the wedding garment is a garment of righteousness which is not an earning of a good and evil person but a gift of God.

When one receives the Kingdom garment—he is no more righteous through his works or through the law but now he is made righteous by faith in Christ.

The Kingdom Garment

vs.11 — But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
vs.12 — So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.

The nature represented by God’s kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. This is a garment of the Kingdom. The Holy Spirit cannot be separated from the Kingdom of Christ. He brought the Kingdom to the earth—to the church. Putting on Christ is putting on His nature which is the robe of righteousness. Christ and His nature cannot be separated.

Revelation 19:8 – 9 — “…it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”- for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

The man who did not have the wedding garment possibly symbolized the Jew (Jewish people) who believed that his physical lineage from Abraham earned him an automatic place in the Kingdom of God.

vs.13 — Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
vs.14 —  For many are called, but few are chosen.”

The binding and casting into outer darkness symbolizes separation. Those who enter in without the wedding garment are those who reject the King and the Kingdom willfully. They were judged and punished and this happened to the Jews in AD. 70. They had cried aloud with one voice that they had no king but Caesar and had asked for Barabbas to be released in place of Jesus.

We must recognize these aspects to function in the present-day, present truths of the administration of Christ’ Kingdom government and I ask the Lord to enlighten our eyes to see and open our hearts to receive understanding and revelation.

Blessings,

Godwin.

All content © Godwin Sequeira, 2019.

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