“Jesus answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” [Matthew 13:37-42]
The Parable of the weeds
The Bible is very clear about eternity. The parable of the weeds once again explains that. Jesus identified Himself as the sower. He sowed the Word of God directly during His earthly ministry, and has been sowing through His servants in succeeding ages.
The field is the world. The good seeds mean the people of the kingdom. It might seem bizarre and incongruous to think of living human beings being planted into the ground. But the point is that these sons of the kingdom were sown in the world.
The weeds are the sons of wicked one. Satan has a counterfeit for every divine reality. He sows the world with those who look alike, talk like, and, to some extent, walk like disciples. But they are not genuine followers of the King.
The enemy is Satan, the enemy of God and all the people of God. The harvest is the end of the age, the end of the kingdom age in its interim form, which will be when Jesus Christ returns in power and glory to reign as the King.
The reapers are the angels. During the present phase of the kingdom, no forcible separation is made of the wheat and the darnel. They are allowed to grow to gather. But at the Second Advent of Christ, the angels will round up all causes of sin and all evildoers and throw them into the furnace of fire, where they will weep and gnash their teeth. The hell is a place where the fire never goes out. It is a place where the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.
Jesus paid the penalty on the cross to save you and me from that horrible place. Do you believe in the Savior, who suffered and died for your sins?
The lake of fire
Eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angelsThen he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” [Matthew 25:41]