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Kingdom Of Heaven

Mat 13:33 He spoke another parable to them, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened."
What is the interpretation of this parable?

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 ---Ryan on 8/4/06
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Well, Ryan, leaven is yeast. When you make bread, you need to put yeast in the dough to make the dough rise. But the little bit of yeast you first put in is not enough to make the whole loaf rise. So, first the little bit needs to multiply until there is enough to make the whole loaf come up. I'd say the leaven, then is Heaven's love growing in the church until the church is full of Heaven's leaven love. Then we go together in one resurrection, Debbie (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 4/19/08

#2 In the book of the offerings, the priest's guide book, we read, "No meat-offering which ye shall bring unto the Lord shall be made with leaven; for ye shall burn no leaven * * * in any offering of the Lord" - Lev. 2:11. Therefore this parable falls right in line with the last three parables. They all speak of the mystery of the kingdom. This parable continues in the following line of thought: evil is mixed with and in opposition to the Word of God.
---Debbie on 4/19/08

#1 This parable reveals the inner corruption found in the religious organizations then as well as today. It is "like unto leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until the whole was leavened." Leaven in the Scriptures always figures evil and it does here as well.
---Debbie on 8/2/07

#3 Phil. 3:11,12, Paul is saying that He hopes to attain, not that he had already attained to the Bridal position. this should be the hope of all of us. This should be our goal to be part of that wonderful group which the Father has promised to those who full overcomers and are looking for His return.
---Debbie on 8/6/06

#2 It says the dead in Christ shall rise first (the Smyrna Church) and then in V.17 it says that those who are alive (Philadelphia Church) will be caught up (raptured out)to meet them in the air. Paul calls this same transaction a better ressurection. (Heb. 11:35) Read II Timothy 4:5-8, it says he has laid up for himslef a crown of righteousness. This is the only company seen in heaven with crowns, they are the first group there, Rev. 4.
---Debbie on 8/6/06

#1 Josef, In Rev. 3:10, Jesus says to the Philadelphia Church that He will keep them from the hour of temptation, that is the 7 years of tribulation that will be coming on the scene very shortly. Then in I Thess. 4:15-17, this event takes place about 30 days prior to the start of the tribulation; we see the return of Christ, He is coming for His special group of saints, the Bride.
---Debbie on 8/6/06

**Jack, there will be a pre-trib rapture or catching away, but it won't include the whole Body of Christ. **

There is no such thing as a pre-trib rapture.

Jesus said, "I pray that You take them not out of the world, but that You keep them safe from the evil one." The rapturist prays, "Don't listen to Jesus. Take me out of the world."

Believe what you think is the truth, but is a lie.

I'll believe Jesus.
---Jack on 8/6/06

Debbie I have read Rev. 3 however I do not see what you are seeing. Please enlighten me concerning this "catching away" you speak of. If it is the word "keep" you are using for your premise, it is defined as maintain or guard from injury or loss. I am not being critical or implying you are incorrect in your belief I am simply not seeing this church being taken anywhere. As a matter of fact they are being commended in their endurance and constancy.
---josef on 8/5/06

#2 Remember, when the Bride is gone, and if you are not part of it, and I hope we are both part of this special group of Saints, you will say, that old gal was right, I should have listened.
---Debbie on 8/5/06

#1 Jack, there will be a pre-trib rapture or catching away, but it won't include the whole Body of Christ. About 30 days prior to the start of this tribulation period, a select group of saints, known as the Bride of Christ, will be taken out as is said in Rev. 3 to the church of Phildelphia, a full overcoming church. Don't get all riled up, you believe what you want and I will believe what I know to be Truth.
---Debbie on 8/5/06

Great explanation Debbie, although to be fair you should mention that there is a competing explanation that inverts the meaning of leaven to refer to something good and influential e.g. Gospel. I think both explanations are instructive but yours more so than the other, and more likely to be the intended explanation as well. Furthermore, with the parable of the mustard seed occurring just before, it seems unlikely that the following parable would have an almost identical lesson. It would just be redundant.
---Benny on 8/5/06

**Just as soon as the true Church has been removed,**

No such thing as a Pre-trib rapture, Debbie.

You would be very surprised to hear what early commentators said was "that which restrains."
---Jack on 8/5/06

#5 Then the result of the leavened lump will appear - the mystery of iniquity will be revealed. Just as soon as the true Church has been removed, then the leaven of falsehood (devils doctrine) will have full power in the lump and the masses will believe the lie. II Thessalonians 2:7-12 The evil will spread until there is nothing but corruption.
---Debbie on 8/5/06

#4 Therefore the interpretation is plain - the confessing Church, figured by the woman, has adulterated and corrupted the doctrine concerning the Bread of life, with her mixture.

The "three measures of meal," figure the fullness of the Godhead as dwelling in Christ, God manifest in the flesh. The leaven, error, has about leavened the whole lump; but it will not be completed until the mystery of Godliness, the Church, has been taken out of the way.
---Debbie on 8/5/06

#3 The woman, in this parable, is viewed doing what the Word of God forbids - She is putting leaven into the meal-offering.This figures a terrible condition; for the meal-offering, as all the offerings, speaks of Christ. In this case it emphasizes Him as the food of His people, upon which they are to feed in communion with the Father.
---Debbie on 8/5/06

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