Parable of the Hidden Treasure – 07

Mysteries of

The Kingdom of the Heavens

 

Part 07

Parable of the Hidden Treasure

Matt.13:44

 

The Lord went out of the house and sat by the sea and gave the first four parables, which cover the whole of the present dispensation. It is the dispensation of the church, the period during which Israel is set aside. After that, the Lord re-entered the house and gave the last three parables (Matt.13:1, 36). Thus the house of Israel is brought back into the picture at the end of this dispensation. At that time Christendom is completely leavened (Matt.13:33) and is wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked (Rev.3:17). This is same as the condition mentioned by Christ in Luke 18:8b. At that time of His return, He will not find “the faith” – the mature faith seen in 1Tim.6:12; 2Tim.4:7, 8; Jude 3. It will be the time when many will depart from “the faith” giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons (1Tim.4:1-3).

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure, which is the first parable given by our Lord after re-entering the house is stated in a single verse:Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like unto treasure hid in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matt.13:44). There are four things mentioned in this parable: (1) a man finds treasure hidden in a field, (2) hides it again, (3) sold all that he has and (4) purchases the field.

The field is the world (Matt.13:38) and treasure is Israel (Exo.19:5, 6; Psa.135:4). When Christ came, (1) the House of Israel did not exist as a complete nation; the majority of the Jews were scattered (hidden) all over the world (the field). Only a small remnant of them lived in that land; Christ came to them and offered to them the Kingdom of the Heavens (Matt.2:2; 3:2; 4:17, 23; 9:35; 10:5-7). (2) When they spurned the offer Christ could not re-gather and restore them to the purpose for which God created that nation. They were left desolate and scattered (hidden) all over the world (field) as seen in Matt.23:13, 37 & 38. During the present dispensation, that offer of the Kingdom of the Heavens is open before the Church (Matt.21:33-43; 1Pet.2:9, 10). (3) Then Christ finished His work on the cross (John 1:29). All these three things are already accomplished. But, (4) the PURCHASING OF THE FIELD will be accomplished in the future. According to the context, this purchase is not man’s eternal salvation; we are dealing here with the Word of the Kingdom and not with the Gospel of the Grace of God. This field refers to the whole world (Matt.13:38), which is the inheritance to be possessed by Christ and His wife in the coming age (Psa.2:6-7; Rom.8:17-23; Rev.2:26, 27; Rev.3:21). Christ’s wife will consist of a new order of sons (Heb.2:5, 10) and the whole creation eagerly waits for the revelation of these sons (Rom.8:18-21).

Now, this last part of the parable, “the PURCHASING OF THE FIELD” can be understood by comparing the three books: Revelation, Ruth and Esther. The Book of Ruth deals with the Church and a redeemed inheritance in exactly the same manner seen in the Book of Revelation. The Book of Esther deals centrally with Israel in the Tribulation and beyond. This is also seen in the same manner, in the Book of Revelation. So, we have to study all these three Books together to properly understand the 5th and 6th Parables.

The Judgment of the Church

Revelation Chapters 1 to 4 deals with the Church. Here, in Rev.Ch.1 to 3, we see the complete Church standing before the Judgment Seat of Christ (2Cor.5:10). In Ch.1 we see Christ as the Judge and the judgment is carried out according to the condition of the Church in this present dispensation. This condition of the Church is clearly revealed in Ch.2 & 3. Judgment is taking place according to the works of the believers and only the overcomers are rewarded. The rewards are Messianic in nature, that is, being offered or being denied positions with Christ in His Kingdom. This is in accordance with all the teachings and the numerous warnings and exhortations throughout the Word of God (Matt.16:24 to 17:5; 24:45-51; 25:14-30; Luke 12:42-48; 19:11-27; 1Cor.3:11-15; 2Cor.5:9-11; 1Thess.1:5-10; 4:16 to 5:9; 2Thess.1:5-12, etc.).

Disclosure of those who will become the joint-heirs of Christ

Then Rev.Ch.4 begins at the same point as seen in Ch.1 – the church being removed from the earth into the heavens (Rev.4:1, 2). Then in Rev.4:3 we see a rainbow, which indicates that judgment is completed, for this is the manner in which the rainbow first appears in Gen.9:11-17. Immediately following those decisions declared at the Judgment Seat, we see the 24 elders casting down their crowns. As soon as the new order of sons is revealed (Heb.2:5, 10), the 24 elders are willingly relinquishing their positions. The significance of the number 24 should be understood. Here, 12 is the number of perfect government and 3X12=36 is the number of Divine Perfect Government. At the time of Satan’s rebellion against God, 1/3rd of the angels who were under Satan, also rebelled along with him. Now “the 24 elders” points to the 2/3rds of the angels (denoted by 2X12=24) who did not rebel with Satan but remained loyal to God. The crowns worn by that 1/3rd of angels, who rebelled with Satan, will be forcibly taken away from them at the time of Christ’s return (Rev.12:7, 8).

Redemption of the inheritance & the Marriage

Now that the wife of Christ has been identified, the inheritance over which Christ and His wife will exercise authority has to be redeemed. This is what we see in the Book of Ruth. In Ruth Chapter 3, Ruth was identified and accepted to become Boaz’s wife. But the inheritance had to be redeemed, as seen in Ruth Chapter 4. This process of the redemption of the inheritance (purchasing of the field) is what we see in Revelation Ch.5 to Ch.19. During this process, the restoration of Israel (treasure hidden in the field) also takes place concurrently. In Ruth Ch.4 as well as in Rev.5, there was a search for one who is worthy to redeem the inheritance. The Worthy One was identified and from His appearance as the “Lamb that was slain” it was apparent that He has paid the full price and that He is Worthy. In the type, the redemptive process takes place as seen in Ruth 4:1-10 and simultaneously the bride revealed earlier in Ruth Ch.3 becomes the wife in Ruth 4:13. Similarly, in the anti-type, the redemptive process takes place as seen in Rev.6-18, and simultaneously the bride revealed earlier in Rev.1-4, becomes the wife in Rev.19:7-9.

Just as Ruth was absent during the redemptive act in Ruth Ch.4:1-10, the Church was absent in Rev.5-18, but Ruth or the Church is in view during the redemption of the inheritance. After the redemptive process of the 3X7 Divine perfect and complete judgments, the inheritance was redeemed by the Worthy One and the bride becomes the wife, joint-heir and consort queen.

Restoration of Israel

Though the field has been purchased, the treasure was not removed from the field in this parable. At the end of the tribulation period, “…there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt.24:21). Then the whole House of Israel will cry out to God in true repentance and Christ, their Messiah, will appear in all His power and great glory (Matt.24:29-31). At that time God will pour out His Spirit upon the whole House of Israel (Zech.12:10-14; Joel 2:27-29; Ezek.37:11-14; 39:25-29). Then He will destroy all their enemies and re-gather them and restore them to their land and to the original purpose for which the nation was created (Rev.19:11-21; Acts 1:6; 3:19-21; Ezek.36:24-38; 37:21-28; 39:25-29; Isa.2:1-5).