The Lord is speaking to the 11th hour worker in this scripture.
The scripture is Matthew 20:1-16 The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle,[a] and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’[b]
8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ 9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.
My interpretation is that each designation of work hours, from morning to evening to the eleventh hour represent various ages or dispensations since the Lord left the earth with a promise to return. They are those called to preach and to minister from the 3 years prior to His ascension until the end of the gentile age. I suspect that the eleventh hour workers–those who only worked for one hour, are Gentiles called to ministry during the 7 year tribulation, a rather short period of time. They could actually be the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelation: 14:Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
The Jews were the first to be chosen o do the work, including to receive and write the word of God, to be the people through whom Jesus Christ would be born. But when He finally came to earth, the religious zealots did not receive Him. The Father used the Jews to crucify Him, and He used the Lord’s Jewish apostles and disciples to start the kingdom of heaven, aka the church of the born again. It was a Jew, the Apostle Paul, who became the leader of the Gentile age.
The first generations were privileged to walk and talk with the Father and to have Jesus Christ among them in the flesh. Through this parable, the Lord is revealing to those who worked with Him in the founding stages of the church of God and all of those 20 centuries in between, a message of equality. The message is others will come into the kingdom and become His workers. . Therefore, in spite of the Apostles’ special honor in being first, all workers from every generation shall be equally pleasing to God. Therefore, rewards from God are not based upon the length of time served but by the grace God has extended to the chosen. For some will live out long lives with -, retired from years of service, while others will not have the time ahead of them to live out the human experience to its fullest. Nevertheless, with God, both groups will receive the same welcome, honor and reward for their labor.
So this is not an economic parable. It is a prophetic end-time story based in reality, about the nature of each generation’s service to the Lord. For the time we put into serving Him in ministry is not as significant as the heart and labor we put into the short time we have left before the return of King Jesus.
The year was 1981 when the Lord chose me for ministry. I have been in training for more than 30 years, to prepare 11th hour workers to minister during the 7 years of tribulation prior to the Lord’s return. Hear my words to you in this short, 22 minute long video:
Look at what the Lord accomplished in 3 years. So fear not. We have twice as much time to finish out the gentile age before the Lord returns. When the Lord come’s back, He will reveal Himself to the Jews who are alive when He returns. What is on my plate in this hour is to prepare the saints, the elect of God, in spirit, soul and body.
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