By Reverend Paul N. Papas II
March 29, 2022
A forecast is a prediction of events to come such as a storm in the sky. Not all forecasts come true as they often rely upon science and man’s interpretation.
There was a landowner who PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A FENCE AROUND IT, AND DUG A WINE PRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER, and he leased it to vine-growers and went on a journey. And when the harvest time approached, he sent his representatives to the vine-growers to receive his fruit. And the vine-growers took his representatives and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other representatives, more than the first; and they did the same things to them. But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let’s kill him and take possession of his inheritance!’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
They questioned when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will the owner do to those vine-growers?” The answer was, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other vine-growers, who will pay him the fruit in the proper seasons.” (1)
The owner of the property was not permitted to use the property as the owner wished. Local people had contracted with the owner to work the land and pay for their use of the land as tenants. The tenants became lawless and thought they could bully the owner to stay away. The owner sent several representatives to collect the rent. The tenants beat and killed some of the owner’s representatives. The tenants underestimated their power and authority as the owner eventually removed the lawless tenants and re-rented the property to tenants who were lawful and would pay their rent to the owner.
The owner was very accustomed to being hated and opposed. The owner instructed his followers that they would be hated and opposed because they first hated and opposed the owner.
It was forecasted for many years that the owner would be born and in a way in which scientists would say is impossible. There is a certain segment of today’s population which denies hates and opposes the owner.
The owner’s birth was so feared that the local king had thousands of baby boys under the age of two years old killed in attempt to kill the owner and eliminate the threat to the local king’s reign as king. The local king had not understood the forecast as the owner was coming to proclaim His Kingdom which was not of this world.
The chief priests and the elders came to the owner and ask him, “By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?”
By asking these questions, they were looking for a way to discredit the owner. The owner had spent the better part of the last three years demonstrating with signs and wonders where His authority came from, but the religious establishment didn’t really want to know.
The owner was despised and hated before birth. The local king tried to eliminate the owner before the owner could walk. The local authorities, priests and elders constantly tried to manufacture reasons to stone the owner to death for perceived violations of the law. Many who forecasted the owner’s arrival and who have followed the owner since have endured similar attacks.
If you think you have it bad, remember what the owner endured for you.
If you have not already answered the owner’s call, now would be a great time to know the owner as his return is near. Call upon the owner while he may be found. Receive your free gift from the owner which the owner already paid for – entrance into the Kingdom which is not of this world, salvation and eternal life.
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
(1) Matthew 21:33-41