The Lord of the Vineyard Cometh Soon
“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 husbandman, an went into a far country: 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. 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. When the Lord of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 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” – (Mt.21:33-41). This parable will be fulfilled in these end times soon.
The nation of Israel is here represented by the vineyard of the Lord. Jesus was referring to (Is.5:1-7) “Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: and he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard, that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up: and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: and I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged: but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 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.” That cry was “crucify Him.”
The householder represents God the Father who created and planted the whole earth, but especially the nation of Israel, to be a separate, and special, and peculiar, and holy people unto himself (Du.7:6-8 and 14:2 – and Ex.19:5,6): To be a godly example and witness to the whole earth. The husbandmen were the religious leaders and the kings and the fathers. Under whose care the fruits of righteousness should come forth from Israel. God did everything He could do to induce Israel to bear godly fruit, and He had every right to expect fruit from His vineyard as He placed it in the hands of His husbandmen. It was their duty to cultivate this heritage of God that it might bring forth fruit to glorify God. But alas, the evil husbandmen sinned greatly and led the vineyard of Israel to commit evil fruit, which is exactly what happened to the first husbandman, Adam in the Garden of Eden. God destroyed the Garden of Eden and threw Adam and Eve out and killed them. And that happened to Israel in A.D. 70 by the Romans, 37 years after God sent His beloved Son to the vineyard of Israel and they rejected Him and murdered Him and seized His inheritance from His Father and God destroyed Israel.
This is exactly what wicked King Ahab and Jezebel did when they had Naboth and his sons killed so they could steal his vineyard – (I King.21). They even had two false witnesses to testify of blasphemy against Naboth, exactly like the high priest did to Jesus, God’s beloved Son and heir of the vineyard.
When God destroyed Israel and disbursed them around the world in A.D. 70, He let out his worldwide vineyard to other husbandmen to render Him the fruits in their seasons – fruits of the Holy Spirit – fruits of righteousness. For the last 2000 years the born again saints of God and godly pastors have been taking care of God]s and His son’s vineyard worldwide – God’s vineyard is no longer one nation, but the whole earth is His vineyard. And very soon the Lord of the vineyard comes again checking for the fruit and He will miserably destroy the wicked people who are not saved and have no godly fruit.
They would not partake of the precious blood of Christ, typified by the fruit of the vine, the grapes, and so they will be cast into hell and burnt up like useless chaff after the harvest- (Mt.3:12). This is vividly shown to us in (Rev.14:14-20) which shows Christ coming back as the Lord of the vineyard and He reaps the earth with his sharp sickle. God will have His harvest of His human crop that He planted in Eden and in Israel. “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire: and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” Christ reaps the whole world.
The Lord of the vineyard comes soon and He comes at the great worldwide battle of Armageddon and He treadeth out the grapes of His wrath upon the ungodly Christ-rejectors. “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” – (Rev.19:15). This is not a hymn of God’s grace in Christ, but the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a hymn of God’s wrath.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.
The Lord planted this whole earth, the whole earth is His vineyard, and the Lord Jesus comes soon as the Lord of the harvest with a sharp sickle.
Don’t seek after the riches and power of this world so you can take vacations on ‘Martha’s Vineyard’ for the price of $35,000 a week. Seek after salvation in Christ and be a part of His vineyard producing godly fruit. It costs you nothing. Christ paid the sin debt for you on the cross when He shed His precious blood, the fruit of the vine (Mt.26:29) for you. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life thorough Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23).
The key to Jesus’ parable is “evil husbandmen,” and I don’t mean only the religious and political leaders, but each ‘husband’ in his family. The godly, saved husband and father can produce godly fruit on his little farm. The definition of husband is (male partner in marriage – to manage prudently and economically – farmer – husbandman). We have far too many evil husbandmen in the U.S. All we seem to have is good babymakers who won’t marry and become good husbands and fathers and manage their little household prudently and economically without putting their wives to work outside the home. Ungodly husbands who won’t get saved and “bring children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” and feeding them Bible soul food, as well as physical food. Rearing up godly, human fruit of the womb is the primary responsibility of each husbandman in the home, not the religious and political leaders. Instead of loving God’s beloved Son, most husbandmen curse Him and won’t have him in their hearts and homes. Divorce has removed 50% of husbandmen out of the home entirely.
The U.S., like Israel, was planted a godly vineyard in Jamestown and Plymouth Plantations by godly Puritans and Pilgrims who loved the Lord Jesus. And we produced godly fruit, but now we’re producing evil fruit and have turned our back on Christ and His Word and have become exceedingly wicked. And God will soon break down our hedge and wall of defense and towers and allow the enemy to destroy U.S. We were given a warning on 9-11 when our high towers and Pentagon were hit.
James also prophesies of the Lord of the vineyard coming to reap the earth – “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient, stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” – (Jam.5:7,8). We, as God’s N.T. husbandmen, must have patience as we wait for the fruits of the harvest to come at Christ’s second coming. We are to continue to sow the Word of God’s gospel in Christ so that the harvest of souls and godly fruit will be greater for our Lord of the harvest.
Are you saved and born again? Has the blood of Christ, the Lord of the vineyard, typified by the fruit of the vine, washed all your sins away? If not, repent of your sins and believe in your heart by faith in the Lord Jesus and you will receive forgiveness of sins and become a new born again creature in Christ having eternal life. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” - (Col.1:14). Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved; you become a new creature in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7).
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76
Tucson, AZ 85705
Would love to hear from you!