PM3126: The Parable of Tares

Matthew 13:24-30
(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: (25) But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. (26) But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. (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? (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? (29) But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. (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.
Now, the "kingdom of heaven" is the dominion of the Cause, its assumption of the place. The enemy is the spirits of enmity and the captain thereof, the pallid Pandal. The "man who sowed good seed", the "householder", meaning the true Prophets; the "servants" thereof are the people of the most holy Cause. The sowing of the seed, refers to the establishment of two classes of persons - those naturally predisposed to accept the truth (wheat), and those who will only accept the truth after great difficulty (tares). The "harvest" is Triumph, the first and the second. The "reapers" are the servants of the Cause by whom the triumph is attained. To "burn" refers to the fire of purification, a cleansing - they are cleansed and made new. The "wheat" are those already predisposed towards beauty and truth and goodness; hence, they can immediately be admitted into the people of the Second Triumph. The "barn" is their realm of existence. The "tares" are those who must first be purified by the fire of purification and cleansing. This is not a literal fire, but a fire of the spirit, a fiery song.

Matthew 13:36-43
(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. (37) He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; (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; (39) The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. (40) As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. (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; (42) And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (43) Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
He sent the multitude away, for they were not ready to comprehend the fullness of his teaching. The "Son of Man" is a title of the true Prophets, which declares their humanity - that they are human beings, not divine beings - or at least, not much more divine than humanity in general. (They may be said to be somewhat more divine, but not greatly, only a little bit more; and the gulf between them and the fully divine is vast, while the gap between them and the ordinary humanity is little - yet not to say easily crossed, how feeble are humanity.) "The good seed are the children of the kingdom", which is to say, those who accept the most holy Cause; the tares are the children of the wicked one", which is to say, those who are opposed to the most holy Cause. The "devil" is the pallid Pandal. The "harvest" is "the end of the world", which is to say, Second Triumph. The reapers are the "angels", which is to say, the servants who inaugurate the "Second Triumph" - they are human beings, but they are likened unto angels, for they are messengers of the divine wisdom unto the earth. They "gather" the tares, which is to say they identity them; and then they "burn" them, which is to say they purify their souls, a metaphorical fire of purification (they do not burn their bodies, heaven forbid!). The "Son of man", which is to say the "children of humanity", means the reigning Prophet of that day, the Saviour to Come or a successor thereof; to "gather out of his kingdom" means to identify, "all things that offend" and "them which do iniquity", meaning those in need of such purification. The "furnace of fire" into which they are cast is the furnace of the fire of spiritual purification; the wheat is not needful of this fire, having already known it long before - but the tares have not yet experienced it. The "wailing" and the "gnashing of teeth" is the spiritual discomfort of those being purified, being compelled to consider things they would rather not. "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father" - meaning, the tares, purified in the furnace of spiritual cleansing, have become the righteous (the tares have become wheat), in the "kingdom of their Father", meaning the dominion of Second Triumph. "Who hath ears to hear, let him hear" - meaning, the "ears" being the predisposition to receive the truth. He is calling upon the wheat to follow him in the Cause; the tares are predestined not to so follow, until the very end, when they too are predestined to follow also.