May 27th 2020
Separating the wheat from the chaff (or tares).
So, I was going to wait a few more days to write something but decided I wanted to do something different tonight; plus, I will be off for the next couple of days and usually too tired to do anything. For the past week, I have been working on my father’s book – adding or removing images and fixing the design. I’m hoping to finish the entire site or at least most of the articles and my father’s book within 6 months – making the site compatible for tablets and phones.
Ever since they started creating dynamic pages for all devices, I have been redoing much of the site to the new technology. I actually started about two years ago when I stumbled upon framework CSS, which they call responsive websites so that images and layouts are display visually appealing than the old way. I use Bootstrap 4 for those who know about responsive framework, but I don’t delve too much into the hardcore backend of the framework. I don’t think many people will understand what I am talking about so I’ll move onto what’s on my mind for this blog, which I think I need to talk about since it will open up to the whole picture of the Tribulation.
So, I wanted to talk little about the Winnowing tonight but not too much into detail because I’m at work and have to get up every 15 minutes to check on patients. So, what exactly is the winnowing and why should any true Christian be too concerned about it? Because, the process of the winnowing is what will separate the true Christians from the false ones. Let us go back in history at the start of the Church because it is here where we will understand what the winnowing is.
I started reading again one my father’s favorite author’s Andrew Miller. He wrote a book back in the 19th century on the history of the Church. So, his writing on the Church ended in the late 1800’s. But he was able to expound on most of the Church history and how God was able to keep for himself those dedicated to the true word of God. Up through the history of the Church, there has always been people who had not bow their knee to the false system and had kept to true sound doctrine.
As I said before, I am not going to go into great detail about facts, places or people but give you a sense of what and how bad the Tribulation will be because there are many Christians who think they will be able to weather the storm when it comes. And like my father would say many times in his writings, “Really, you really think you will make a stand when you are called to. If you don’t stand now, what makes you think you will stand then” – I’m paraphrasing. It’s true what he has said over and over again. If you don’t take an action now and come together with other believers, the storm will knock you over and you will be found to be naked and ashamed at the Lord’s return.
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” (Revelation 16:15)
So, let’s open the door on the winnowing and take a peek - what exactly is the winnowing and why should anyone be concerned especially Christians. In Miller’s book, Andrew explains that the seven Churches mentioned in the first part of Revelation represent seven ages in Church history and is the foundation of his book. Each Church or age describes the condition of the Church, those that are faithful or what the Christian needs to do to reconcile themselves back into God’s grace. Each of these ages may end on the next age or it extends to the very end, but each church age represents a significant turning point in the Church, which includes those dedicated to God and the false Church that has risen to twist the word of God by Satan. But I’m only concerned with one Church age in this blog – Smyrna. This age started at the second century and ended at Constantine. And what was striking about this age? It is what the winnowing is all about and what will occur again.
Nothing is more horrible and fearful than persecution. Most Christians today don’t even know what persecution is unless one is living in a very hostile country that has a law where Christianity is illegal. But for most Christians today like in the US, Canada, UK, most of Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and etc., none of them had to face persecution that so many Christians down through the history of the Church had to endure – the fear at any moment you could be whisked away to the gallows, burned at the stake, or endure the lions in the colosseum in Rome.
And it is here that the Lord revealed to me what the winnowing is but more precisely when I was reading about the emperors of Rome during Smyrna age. Andrew Miller explained that during this time the Christians would have to endure ten days as described in Revelation 2:10, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Andrew Miller explains that the ten days are actually ten emperors that will persecute the Church during this time. Each emperor will have a degree on how bad the persecution will be against the Christians. But during this time as well, Christians would have period of rest from persecution so Christianity could flourish.
Diocletian - The last of the Roman
emperors to persecute Christians.
So, the winnowing process as the Lord describes is the separation of the false Christians from the true Christians. The separation is to take the tares out first and then the wheat would be gathered. Many Christian theologians and historians never could explain the details of the winnowing but pass it off that the Church would be gone first, but as my father, S.R. Shearer, explained in his book and of course many of his other articles, the separation occurs at the end or during the Tribulation, but it’s the tares that are taken out first and it reveals who the Tares are:
“Now it is important to note in this process [winnowing], that the wheat itself is not being tested at all. Wheat is wheat!! Tares are tares!! There is nothing in this process which is meant to test the quality of the wheat. Neither is there anything in this process that the wheat is supposed to do. The wheat is required to do nothing. Works are not involved!! The wheat needs to do only one thing - be what it is inherently - wheat. The process is a SEPARATING PROCESS. It is not a process of works. The purpose of the entire process is quite simple: to separate, and by separating to MANIFEST or DISCLOSE, or REVEAL (Romans 8:19) the wheat from the tares and the chaff.”
"And how will He accomplish this winnowing? By the Tribulation! The Tribulation is to be the great winnowing of God spoken of by John the Baptist! And what will this winnowing accomplish? A great separation between those who truly love Christ and those who merely claim to love Him, but whose hearts are far away."
And it is this process that the tares are revealed because up to this point, they had professed being Christians. They went to Church, they obey their own commandments, and were law-abiding citizens. So, they look like Christians and act like Christians, but they are not Christians. And it is in the Tribulation that will reveal true Christians from the false Christians. But where does this process takes place in the Tribulation – in the 1st half or the 2nd half? The 2nd half.
The 2nd half of the Tribulation marks the beginning of Satan’s reign and the end of the false Church. It is here that Satan turns on the false church and destroys it, but it also here where Satan attacks the true Church of God too. This whole process is the winnowing. It separates the tares from the wheat. [Please note: the tares are not people who don’t believe in God or is another religion like the Mormons. The tares are people who profess being Christians.]
And now back to Andrew Miller’s book, during the times of rest, the Church was able to grow and add believers to their numbers, but it would also add people professing to be Christians but were not. So, when a new person became an emperor hateful towards Christianity, he began to persecute them, which would cause a winnowing affect. Those who profess to be Christians but were not would recant and join the old ways of the Roman empire – sacrificing to the Roman gods. And the true Christians were fed to the lions in the colosseum or worse. And this is precisely what will happen again when Satan starts his campaign against the Wheat and Tares. The Tares during the 2nd half of the Tribulation will recant and follow Satan, and the Wheat will be persecuted.
Christians facing lions in a Roman colosseum.
And this is where I will have to stop. But I will go further into the horrors of the 2nd half of the Tribulation next time.
God bless you all.