Do the Jews of Today Know the Kenites Intermixed with Them?
Do you know of any documentation, from Jewish sources, that the Kenites (i.e., descendants of Cain) mixed with God’s people Israel? In other words, have any of today’s religious Jews ever admitted that the Kenites had intermixed with them?
Yes, there is at least some documentation from Jewish sources. I’ll tell you about two more or less modern-day examples in which Jewish religious leaders admitted to being descendants of Cain, one that I cannot personally document, and one that I can.
But first, it’s important to remember that when Christ confronted the Jewish religious leaders in John chapter 8, He accused them of having a different Father than God. As it’s written:
Joh 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
Jesus was speaking of two different fathers. One was God. And the other was Satan himself, who sired Cain through Eve. (See the Bible study, A Strange Thing: Mystery in the Garden if you’re unfamiliar with this teaching.)
But the Jewish religious leaders vehemently disagreed with Jesus, claiming in John 8:39, “Abraham is our father,” to which Christ replied, “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.” (John 8:39-40)
In other words, the Jewish religious leaders confronting Christ may well have been children of Abraham through intermixing with the children of Israel. But by their wicked works it was obvious that they took after their father, Cain, the first murderer, and not after Abraham who deeply loved God and His long-promised Savior.
Christ went on to say to these Jewish religious leaders, “Ye do the deeds of your father.” And they replied to Him, “We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.”
In other words, they replied that they weren’t born of the fornication that took place in the Garden of Eden between Satan and Eve, which resulted in the birth of Cain (I John 3:12).
But how did Christ reply? As it’s further written:
Joh 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Joh 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Joh 8:46 Which of you convinceth [i.e, convicts] me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
Joh 8:47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
In short, Christ identified these Jewish religious leaders as being of their father the devil, who had sired the first murderer, Cain.
And He once again pointed out that actions speak louder than words, i.e., that although the Jewish religious leaders laid claim to a direct connection to God through Abraham, their actions proved they were not of God at all, but of their father the devil who had seduced Eve, producing the murderer, Cain, and the resulting lineage known throughout history as the Kenites.
My point is this: At the time of Christ, the Jewish religious leaders vehemently denied being descendants of Cain and claimed they were not born of fornication, but instead, were direct descendants of Abraham.
And Christ set them straight on the matter, telling them exactly who their father was, and letting them know that their actions and murderous intentions proved it.
And this enraged them so much, they later delivered Him up to Pontius Pilate and had Him crucified for it.
Modern-Day Jews Who Admitted the Children of Cain Intermixed With Israel
Now, on to your original question:
I remember several decades ago listening to a tape from Shepherd’s Chapel in which Pastor Arnold Murray told a brief story about having watched a television documentary in which a Rabbi was being interviewed about Jewish history and religion.
Pastor Murray said he was shocked when the Rabbi flat-out stated that the modern-day Jews were of the lineage of Cain. He said, “I about fell out of my chair when I heard him say that.”
Now, that was a long time ago. I was never able to find out which TV documentary Pastor Murray had been watching. And until recently I haven’t seen any similar documentation from exclusively Jewish sources admitting that the Kenites (i.e., children of Cain) had mixed with the people of Israel.
Then, I found an online essay titled The Kenites of America: the Jewish Position in American Society, by Professor Daniel J. Elazar, former Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University.
The essay was featured in Tradition: a Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought, which is published by the Rabbinical Council of America. So it’s pretty high-brow stuff.
It’s an undated essay, but I assume it’s from the 1960’s or maybe 1970’s, based on the author’s frequent references to “post-WW II Jews in America.”
As you’ll see below, the essay is not what you might think based on its title. And yet, reading between the lines, it certainly is what you might think. The professor does indeed admit, albeit somewhat surreptitiously, that the Kenites and God’s People Israel of the southern kingdom of Judah had intermixed with each other in Old Testament times.
Jewish Assimilation Into American Society Post-WWII
Basically, the professor begins his paper by stating that Jewish assimilation into American society since WWII had diluted emphasis on the traditional religious aspects of their lives.
Many American Jews, the professor complained, were becoming atheistic. Others were foregoing synagogue attendance and settling into a western lifestyle, simply ignoring the religious aspects of Jewish life altogether, or only paying lip service to it.
In fact, “apathetic” is how the professor characterized the reaction of post-WWII American Jews toward the religion of Judaism and its many traditions and tenets.
He further explains that Jews in America are often “unable to see the values of Judaism for lack of Jewish knowledge.”
In other words, in post-WWII America, the Jews who had come to America were beginning to lose their religious identities because of their assimilation into the American culture.
The Kenites of America
The professor then briefly outlines the Old Testament story of the Kenites, claiming that the Jews of post-WWII America need to become more like the Kenites of old who lived in and around the geographical area of Judah for hundreds of years, but who kept their religious and social traditions completely intact even as the people of Israel went astray from God and chased after Baal and other idols.
The professor wrote:
“When the Israelites left Egypt and resettled themselves in the Promised Land, a small tribe known as the Kenites accompanied them.
We know little about the Kenites. It is believed that they were a tribe of wandering iron-smiths who joined with the Israelites, helped them in the conquest of Canaan, and then ‘settled’ in their nomadic way in the Negev where they preserved a separate identity for at least 700 years.
Note from Steve: Genesis 4:12 tells us that Cain’s son, Tubalcain was “an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron…” In other words, he was a metal worker. And Genesis 4:11-12 tells us that Cain would be “a fugitive and a vagabond…in the earth.” In other words, they’d be nomadic wanderers. Hence, you’d think the professor would know that the Kenites he speaks of were of the lineage of Cain, since he admits they’re a “tribe of wandering iron-smiths.”
The professor goes on to state:
The Israelites accepted the Kenites as partners because the Kenites accepted the essential values of Israelite civilization. They accepted the monotheism of Moses, the ethical values of the prophets, and the political concerns of the Israelites as a whole.
At the same time, the Kenites felt that their way of life offered them a better way to translate those values into reality within the large context of Israelite society, and therefore, unlike other tribes who accompanied the Israelites to Canaan, refused to assimilate among their hosts but held fast to their own way of life.
And, indeed, it appears that they were substantially correct in their evaluation. When the Israelites succumbed to idol worship, the Kenites seem to have remained steadfast in their belief in the Lord.
…the prophet Jeremiah discovered that the Kenite observance of very strict rituals designed to reinforce the common values they shared with the Israelites kept them on the straight path while his brethren had deviated substantially.”
In other words, Professor Elazar writes in his journal paper that the Kenites held tightly on to their social and religious traditions, even while living among the Israelites who were operating in full-blown apostasy from God’s Word.
Of course, we know that to be essentially true from Jeremiah chapter 35, in which God decided to use a branch of the Kenites known as the Rechabites as an example to His People Israel. As it’s written:
Jer 35:1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,
Jer 35:2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.
The Rechabites were one of the main tribes of the Kenites. As it’s written in 1 Chronicles 2:55: “And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.”
Jer 35:3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;
Jer 35:4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:
Jer 35:5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.
Keep in mind that God is telling Jeremiah to do all of this. At God’s behest, Jeremiah has brought the leaders of the main tribal branch of the Kenites — the Rechabites — right into the house of the Lord. And now he’s offering them wine to drink, which of course, would later become symbolic of Christ’s shed blood.
Jer 35:6 But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever:
The Rechabite branch of the Kenites studiously obeyed the religious traditions of their forefathers, refusing to deviate from them, even when they were invited right into the temple of God and asked to do otherwise.
Of course, you know symbolically this means they’d later reject the shed blood of Jesus Christ, as well, which is represented by the holy communion wine.
In other words, their religious traditions were diametrically opposed to our heavenly Father’s great plan to save His children through Jesus Christ’s shed blood.
But that’s not what God is looking at here. He’s looking at the strict obedience of the Rechabite Kenites to the religious and social traditions of their forefathers, in comparison to Israel’s blatant disobedience to God’s Word and their apostasy from it.
The Rechabite Kenites continue to speak about the traditions laid out for them to follow by their forefathers:
Jer 35:7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.
You see, part of God’s curse on Cain after he murdered his brother Abel in Genesis chapter 4 was that Cain and his descendants would not be able to grow crops to any significant degree, and that throughout much of history they’d be wanderers/vagabonds, living in tents. In other words, they’d be largely a nomadic tribe.
Again, as it’s written of God’s curse on Cain in Genesis 4:11-12, “And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.”
So the Rechabite Kenites that Jeremiah brought into the temple were not agriculturalists like the people of Israel, because God’s curse on Cain would not permit it. Crops wouldn’t grow for them, and still won’t to this day. They need other people, of other races, to do their farming for them.
And instead of dwelling in permanent structures, the Rechabite Kenites of old instead dwelt in tents they could uproot at any time and move on, like fugitives and vagabonds. In other words, because of the curse of God on their father Cain, they were nomadic wanderers, which is why you find them scattered throughout every country of the world today.
Jer 35:8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
Jer 35:9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:
Jer 35:10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
Believe it or not, this strict obedience to the traditions of their forefathers actually impressed God, because His own people Israel and Judah were completely disobedient to Him and His Word.
Let’s see what else the Rechabite Kenites had to say:
Jer 35:11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem.
That’s the key: The Kenites moved into Jerusalem — the capital of the southern kingdom of Judah — and dwelt among the Judahites and Levites in the land, because it was one of the last strongholds that hadn’t been conquered by the invading armies of the Chaldeans (i.e., Babylonians) and the Syrians.
Jer 35:12 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
Jer 35:13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.
Jer 35:14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father’s commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.
God is here instructing the prophet Jeremiah to use the Rechabite Kenites as examples to the people of Israel.
God is essentially saying to His People, “The Rechabites strictly obey the religious and social commands of their forefathers, so why won’t you obey My commands?”
God continues by saying:
Jer 35:15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.
Jer 35:16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me:
Jer 35:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.
This is what Professor Elazar is talking about in his journal paper.
He’s essentially saying to the post-WWII Jews of America, “We Jews of America need to be more like the Kenites of old. They maintained their strict religious traditions, even though they were a relatively small foreign tribe living among the far larger southern kingdom of Israelites (i.e., Judahites and Levites) at the time of the Babylonian conquest.”
Jer 35:18 And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you:
Jer 35:19 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.
God actually had Jeremiah pronounce a blessing upon the Rechabite Kenites, saying that He was so impressed with how they obey the commandments of their forefathers that He was going choose a representative from among their own kind who would, spiritually speaking, stand in covenant relationship (look up the word “stand” in your Strong’s Concordance) before Him, forever.
(In my Bible study, Builder of Cities, I explain exactly which prominent Bible character I believe to be that perpetual representative from the Kenites who would stand forever before God on the Kenite’s behalf, for the explicit purpose of leading the Kenites to Christ during the Millennium teaching period. It’s a fascinating and extensively documented study, if you’re at all interested.)
The bottom line is that as Professor Elazar points out, the story of the Kenites living among God’s People Israel back in Old Testament times demonstrates that it is indeed possible to be a small foreign tribe living within a much larger population, and still keep ones religious and social traditions without compromise.
Professor Elazar then admonishes the post-WWII Jews of America that they need to become more like the Kenites of Old Testament times. And he emphasizes that advice by titling his journal paper, The Kenites of America: the Jewish Position in American Society.
Of course, that title strongly implies that Professor Elazar understood a little more than he might have let on about the Kenites and their inter-mixing with the Jews of olden times.
And Now for the Clincher: the Kenites Did Merge With Israel
So far, in Professor Elazar’s journal paper, the only identification between the Kenites and the Israelites is that they lived in close proximity to each other from the time of the Exodus from Egypt to the time of the Babylonian exile, maintaining distinct religious and social identities the entire time.
But here’s the clincher; the professor goes on to state that the Kenites did indeed later mix with the Israelites, saying:
Ultimately, it seems that the Kenites did merge with the Israelites, but only after the Babylonian exile had ended the possibility for their separate survival.
By that time, they had done much to convert the Israelites to their notions of rigid maintenance of tradition through observance in order to maintain the values which the tradition fostered.”
In other words, he says that after the Babylonian exile the Kenites finally intermixed with the Israelites (basically, the Judahites and Levites of the southern kingdom), for the sake of survival.
You see, God had promised the people of the land of Judah, through the prophet Jeremiah, that their captivity in Babylon would ultimately be to their good, and not to their harm (see Jeremiah 29:4-14).
So the Kenites, being very intelligent, finally began to intermix with the remaining Israelites of the southern kingdom so they too would be protected by that promise from God while living under the thumb of the Babylonians.
Furthermore, Professor Elazor points out above that not only did the Kenites “merge” with the Israelites, they also took that opportunity to begin slipping their religious traditions into the religious life of the Israelites.
As he states above regarding the Kenites, “By that time, they had done much to convert the Israelites to their notions of rigid maintenance of tradition through observance.”
So there you have it: A Jewish Professor writing in a Rabbinic journal and openly admitting that the Kenites of Old Testament times did indeed “merge” with the Israelites of old, around the time of the Babylonian exile.
Not only that, but he admits the Kenites of old pushed observance of their religious traditions onto the people of Israel.
And later in his paper the professor even urges the post-WWII Jewish elite to do the same thing in largely Christian America.
The Same Religious Traditions Christ Railed Against
Of course, the Jewish (i.e., Kenite) religious traditions Professor Elazar urges his fellow Jews to maintain and spread among American Christians are the very same rigid religious traditions Jesus would berate the Jewish religious leaders for teaching His People Israel.
And why did Christ berate the Jewish religious leaders for their traditions? Because those traditions pushed aside God’s Word and essentially neutralized it.
In other words, the Kenite religious traditions, once instilled into Jewish religious practice through the Kenite influence, became substitutes for God’s Word among God’s People Israel, just as religious tradition of any kind eventually becomes a substitute for God’s Word.
Indeed, at His first advent Christ would say to the Jewish religious leaders, who we know from John 8:44 were actually Kenites (i.e., descendants of Cain), “Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” (Matthew 15:3)
Later, Christ would state to the “Jewish” religious leaders:
“Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition…Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:9-13).
Christ’s teachings — which were straight from the Old Testament Word of God — did not align with the religious traditions of the Jewish religious leaders, who were in reality offspring of Cain, the first murderer.
By Christ’s time, the Kenites had long since taken over the religious leadership in Israel, pretending to be Jews (Revelation 2:9 and 3:9). And over the course of centuries they had pushed God’s Word into the cracks and crevices of Israel’s religious practices, and had substituted their own religious traditions in its place.
But Christ came to His own people Israel to restore the understanding of God’s Word that had been lost after the Kenites took the religious mantle in Israel. And the Kenites, in their guise as Jewish religious leaders (i.e., the scribes and Pharisees) hated Him for it.
This is why Christ would tell them in John chapter 8, which we looked at earlier, “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”
Christ knew the Jewish religious leaders were the descendants of Cain, who was the son of the wicked one (I John 3:12) we know as the devil. As it’s written:
1Jn 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
Most Christians don’t realize it, but the word “of” in the above verse is translated from the Greek word ek, meaning “out from the interior of.” In other words, as Dr. Bullinger points out in his Companion Bible side notes and in Appendix 104 vii, the word is “genitive of origin,” meaning it denotes the actual origin of whatever it’s referring to.
In short, Cain’s actual origin was “that wicked one,” meaning the devil himself.
Changing Our Religion
To sum up, in his journal paper published by the Rabbinical Council of America, Professor Elazar essentially calls on the post-WWII Jews living in America to imitate the Kenites of old (or perhaps better stated, to re-institute the tactics of the Kenites of old), reviving their strict adherence to religious tradition in order to avoid assimilating too deeply into American culture and losing their own cultural identities as “Jews.”
He even recommends to the Jewish elite in post-WWII America that they need to instill Jewish religious traditions into the American Christian people, just as the Kenites had instilled their religious traditions into Israelite culture for centuries.
And thus today we see the constant references to our so-called “Judeo-Christian heritage,” which is an astonishing oxymoron, for one cannot simultaneously be “Judeo” (i.e., the people who reject Christ) and “Christian” (i.e., the people who embrace Christ).
As the Scripture states, “A double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways” (James 1:8).
And as St. Paul taught in II Corinthians 6:14-15, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?”
The bottom line is that yes, the Kenites of old did indeed intermix with God’s People Israel (i.e., specifically with the tribes of Judah and Levi). And at least some Jewish religious leaders down through the years have admitted it, as we’ve seen above.
What’s more, the Kenites rose to great heights of religious power and leadership within Israel, to the point that in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 Christ would warn against those “who say they are Jews, but are not, and do lie, and are the synagogue of Satan.”
These are the very same scribes and Pharisees He publicly berated and referred to as “serpents” and “vipers” in Matthew 23:33, and as being the children of the devil in John 8:44.
Today, the Jewish religious leaders — many of them descendants of those very same Rechabite Kenites we’ve been studying — seek to do likewise with Christians, gradually slipping their religious traditions into Christianity as a means of changing foundational Christian tenets and leading Christians astray, fixating them on religious tradition (i.e., playing church) instead of learning God’s Word and practicing it in their lives.
Just as the Kenites of old gradually slipped their religious traditions into the religious life of the people of Israel, forever changing it to the point the Israelites were unable to recognize their own Messiah when He arrived (which was the whole point of doing so, of course), so Professor Elazar urges the Kenite “Jews” of America to use their religious traditions to transform Christianity as well.
Such is the nature of the influence of the Kenites. They are to “drink no wine…forever” meaning they will not participate in the communion of Christ, for His shed blood is an abomination to them, though it is redemption to us.
Instead, they seek to gradually slip their propensity for empty religious traditions into Christianity itself, so that it’s no longer the reality Christ instituted, but instead merely another man-made religion centered around playing church.
Addendum: The Parable of the Tares
For the sake of readers who might not be familiar with the ideas expressed above, Christ very clearly taught this concept of the intermixing of the children of the devil with the children of God in the parable of the tares of Matthew 13:24-30, and particularly in Matthew 13:36-43 where He gave His private explanation of the parable to His disciples.
In the parable of the tares, Christ taught as follows:
Mat 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
Mat 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
This is an inter-mixing of two kinds of “seed” in the same field, one seed being good and one being quite noxious.
Mat 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
Tares are a poisonous weed. The entire wheat crop, which grew from “good seed,” had been intermixed with a seed that produced a noxious and inedible plant.
Mat 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
Mat 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
Mat 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
In short, in His parable of the tares, Christ sets up the premise of a man who sowed good seed in his wheat field, but later was sabotaged by “an enemy” who tried to ruin his field by planting noxious weeds among the wheat.
Later, the disciples of Christ would approach Him privately, asking for an explanation of the parable. They had trouble grasping what Christ was trying to say.
Pay careful attention as Christ now explains the literal meaning of His parable. As it’s further written:
Mat 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
As the old saying goes, “Inquiring minds want to know.” The disciples had not understood the parable and wanted to know the truth of it.
Mat 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
Christ Jesus is the “Son of man.” It was He who sowed the good seed. As we know from John 1:3, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Next, Christ goes on to explain:
Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
There are three key pieces of information in that verse you cannot overlook if you hope to understand Christ’s parable:
1.) The “field” mentioned in the parable represents the world. Yes, even today’s world.
2.) The “good seed” mentioned in the parable represents the children of the kingdom.
3.) The “tares” mentioned in the parable represent the children of the wicked one.
Yes, the wicked one — the devil himself — has children.
And that wicked lineage began with Cain. Again, as it’s written in 1 John 3:12, we as Christians are to strive to love our brother, and be “Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother.”
Christ continues His explanation of the parable of the tares, saying:
Mat 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Keep in mind that what you’re reading now is not an analogy. The parable itself was an analogy. But this is Christ’s explanation of what the analogy means. It’s quite literal. If you miss that, you miss the whole point.
Again, three key pieces of information are revealed here by Christ:
1.) The “enemy” who sowed the wicked children into this world was the devil.
2.) The “harvest” mentioned by Christ in the parable of the tares represents the end of the world.
3.) And the “reapers” mentioned by Christ in the parable of the tares represent the angels, who will come to this earth to do God’s bidding by getting rid of the children of the devil.
For more on this topic, read the Bible study God’s Purpose, which will walk you through many other Bible passages relating to the destruction of the children of the devil which will take place after Christ’s Second Advent, at the time of the great white throne judgment of God.
Mat 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
Mat 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
Mat 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Christ explains that just as a farmer would gather weeds from a wheat field and burn them so they could never again pollute the field, so at His second advent the angels will gather out and burn the wicked and deceptive children of the devil who got intermixed into God’s field (i.e., the world) among God’s children (i.e., the good seed planted by Christ).
Again, this takes place at the end of the Millennium teaching period, when the great white throne judgment of God in instituted, and Satan and his wicked progeny are destroyed in the lake of fire (see Revelation 20:7-15).
Christ is saying the kingdom of God has to be cleansed of all of the wicked ones before we can move into the eternity. This entire flesh earth age is basically a lesson to us about that cleansing and the reason for it.
It began with Cain being brought into this world through Satan’s seduction of Eve, and it ends with God’s judgment on that seduction, which is to say, the destruction of Satan and his wicked play-acting children the Kenites. As it’s written in Numbers 24:22, “Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted…” with the word “wasted” being translated from the Hebrew word ba‘ar, meaning “to kindle” or “to consume by fire.”
The point is that just as weeds in a field will ultimately ruin a good crop unless they’re gathered and burned in the fire, so the children of the wicked one, if left among God’s children, will seek to influence them to be as wicked as they are, thus alienating them from God and His great mercy in Christ.
Thus, short of repentance, the tares — the children of the wicked one — will ultimately have to be done away with in the lake of fire at the end of the Millennium teaching period.
Their wickedness cannot be allowed into the eternal kingdom of God, because they would just start the process all over again there, i.e., infiltration of God’s children followed by instillation of empty religious tradition in order to negate God’s Word and alienate God’s children from Him.
We are to wait, however, and allow Christ and His angels to handle that job of cleaning out the tares from His field at Christ’s Second Advent. It’s not our job to handle. It’s only our job to teach others why there’s so much evil in this world…where that evil sprouts from…and how it’s all going to end.
In conclusion, the Bible teaches us that Satan has planted a wicked brood of children into this earth, among God’s own children.
It also teaches us that God will ultimately do away with the wicked ones. But in the meantime, we have to be constantly on guard because of their propensity to try to intermix with us, and to negatively influence our own relationship with God by teaching us to substitute empty religious traditions for the truth of God’s Word.
As Christ taught in Matthew 16:6, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”
He would later explain to the disciples in Matthew 16:12 that the “leaven” He warned of is representative of the “doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”
In other words, as Christians we are to beware of the doctrine of the Jewish religious leaders, because it, like leaven, can spread through entire congregations.
As St. Paul stated in Galations 5:9, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”
And just as leaven changes the very nature of the wheat (i.e., bread) when the two are mixed together, so the doctrine of the Jewish religious leaders changes the very nature of Christianity when we allow them to be mixed together.
As Christ stated of the Jewish religious leaders, who were in reality descendants of Cain (i.e., Kenites):
Mat 23:32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
In other words, He says “Continue to do exactly as your fathers have done throughout the ages.”
Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
The only way for the children of that old serpent, the devil (i.e., Rev. 12:9) to escape the damnation of hell would be to repent and accept Christ. But that’s something that’s simply not in their makeup.
Nevertheless, I believe in the Millennium teaching period at least some of them will repent and embrace Christ, because God has promised to give them a representative to stand in covenant relationship before Him, forever (Jeremiah 35:19).
That means at least some of the Kenites will make it into the eternity, by sincerely embracing Christ Jesus and accepting His shed blood in payment for their sins.
Mat 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
In other words, these Jewish religious leaders Christ was talking to, who are actually the progeny of Cain, having intermixed with the Judahites and Levites of old as Professor Elazar admitted, will with great discipline continue in the murderous ways of their forefathers, going all of the way back to Cain himself.
As Christ stated in John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.”
Mat 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
You know who killed Abel. It was Cain, the offspring of Satan (I John 3:12).
Christ is telling these Kenites who masquerade as Jewish religious leaders that they’re going to pay for all of that bloodshed in the end. And of course, that will include Christ’s own blood, which they shed when they delivered Him up to Pilate to be crucified.
Mat 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
It will all come to a head in the final generation of this flesh earth age. If you’d like to learn more about this, see the Bible study The Four Parts of God’s Plan which you can download for free, here, when you opt-in to receive future Bible studies and commentaries like this one.
Regards in Christ,
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