The Sheep and the Goats

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Matthew 25:31-33

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he shall sit on the throne of his glory:

And before him all nations shall be gathered: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats:

And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

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The Grain of Wheat

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John 12:23-26

Jesus: The hour has come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much grain.

He who loves his life will lose it; and he that hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

If any man serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, he will be there also. If any man serves me, my Father will honor him.

The Talents

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Matthew 25:14-30

The kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods.

To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several abilities; and he immediately left on his journey.

The servant that had received the five talents went and traded with the five talents, and made with them another five talents.

The servant that had received the two talents went and traded with the two talents, and made with them another two.

But the servant that had received one talent went and dug a hole in the earth and hid his lord’s money.

After a long time the lord of those servants comes and reckons with them.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought the other five talents.

The first servant: Lord, you delivered five talents to me, and I have gained beside them five talents more.

His lord: Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.

He that had received two talents also came.

The second servant: Lord, you delivered two talents to me, I have gained two additional talents.

His lord: Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came.

The third servant: Lord, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered. I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the earth. There you have that which is yours.

His lord: You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I have not scattered. You ought to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I would have received my own with interest. Take the talent from him and give it to him which has ten talents, for to every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has. Cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Ten Virgins

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Jesus told a few parables about the end times. “The Ten Virgins” is one of them.

Matthew 25:1-13

The kingdom of heaven is likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

Those who were foolish took their lamps but took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

While the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

At midnight a cry was made: Behold, the bridegroom comes; go out to meet him.

Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

The foolish (to the wise): Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are gone out.

The wise: No, lest there not be enough for us and you. Go to them that sell and buy for yourselves.

While the foolish virgins went to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Those who were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.

Afterward the foolish virgins came also.

The foolish virgins (at the door): Lord, Lord, open to us.

The Lord: Truly, I do no know you.

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man comes.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

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In Matthew 24:3 Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, and his disciples came to Him privately.

The disciples: Tell us …what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus told them several things, then He said:

Learn from the parable of the fig tree.

(paraphrase of Matthew 24:32-33 and Luke 21:29-31)

When the branch of the fig tree and all the trees is tender and puts out leaves, you see and know summer is near.

Likewise, when you see all these things of which I have spoken, you will know the kingdom of God is near, even at the doors.

• Wars and rumors of war, nation rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom (Matt 24:6-7)

• Famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in diverse places. (Matt 24:7)

• Many will betray one another and hate one another. (Matt 24:10)

• You will see the abomination of desolate, spoken of by Daniel, (the Anti-Christ) standing in the holy place (the temple). (Matt 24:15)

• False christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Matt 24:24)

• The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Matt 24:29)

When you see all these things, you will know the kingdom of God is near, even at the doors.

(Also found in Mark 13:28-29)

Whitened Tombs

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Matthew 23:27-28

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

You are like whitened tombs.

These tombs appear beautiful on the outside, but are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness inside.

You are like this also. Outwardly you appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

The Wedding Invitation

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Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus spoke to them again by parables.

The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage for his son. He sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding, but they would not come.

He sent other servants.

The king (to these servants): Tell those who are bidden, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fattened calves have been killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage.”

But they made light of it and went their way, one to his farm and another to his merchandise. The rest took his servants and treated them spitefully and killed them.

When the king heard of it, he was angry. He sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city.

The king (to his servants): The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. So go into the highways, and as many as you find, bid them come to the marriage.

So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

When the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man who did not have on a wedding garment.

The king (to the man): Friend, how did you come in here not having a wedding garment?

The king (to the servants): Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

For many are called, but few are chosen.

The Cornerstone

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The chief priests and the elders of the people (and the scribes – Mark 11:27) spoke with Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem. (Matthew 21:23)

Matthew 21:42-45

Jesus (to the chief priests and the elders of the people):

Did you never read in the scriptures,

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?

Therefore, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits of it.

Whoever falls on this stone shall be broken: but on whomever the stone shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

The chief priests and Pharisees heard his parables and realized that he was speaking of them.

The Wicked Tenants

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The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders spoke with Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem. (Mark 11:27)

Mark 12:1-9

Jesus began to speak to them using parables.

A certain man planted a vineyard, planted a hedge around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went into a far country.

At the season of the harvest, he sent a servant to the tenants, that he might receive of the fruit of the vineyard from them.

They caught the servant and beat him and sent him away with nothing.

He sent another servant to them and they cast stones at him, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully mistreated.

He sent another servant; and they killed him.

He sent many others; they beat some and killed some.

The owner had one beloved son, and he sent him last to them.

The owner: They will reverence my son.

Tenants (among themselves): This is the heir; come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.

They killed him, and cast his body out of the vineyard.

What will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants, and he will give the vineyard to others.

The chief priests and the scribes and the elders perceived that Jesus had told the parable against them.

The Parable of the Two Sons

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Matthew 21:28-32

Jesus asked the chief priests and the elders:

What do you think?

A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first.

The man (to the first son): Son, go and work work in my vineyard today.

First son: I will not.

But afterward he repented, and went.

The man (to the second son): Son, go and work work in my vineyard today.

Second son: I will go, sir.

But he did not go.

Jesus (to the chief priests and the elders): Which of the two did the will of his father?

The chief priests and the elders: The first.

Jesus: The publicans and the harlots will go into the kingdom of God before you. Because John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the publicans and the harlots believed him. And when you had seen it, you did not repent afterward and believe him.