I was raised on the notion that Christ spoke in parables so that we can better understand what He is teaching. Is this what the Bible says? What if I told you that the Bible says the reason Y’shua taught in parables was to purposely confuse the people so that they would not be saved? Don’t turn me off... look at what it says.

Matthew 13:

10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “ Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them. ’
(Matthew 13:10-15 NKJV)


Mark 4:

But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. 11 And He said to them, “ To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, 12 so that
‘Seeing they may see and not perceive,
And hearing they may hear and not understand;
Lest they should turn,
And their sins be forgiven them. ’”
(Mark 4:10-12 NKJV)


The key in understanding prophecy, along with the rest of Scripture, lies in a desire towards a relationship with God; which brings a guidance by His Spirit.

This statements, we just read, seems really weird coming from a Messiah who came to save the world, but there is a reason He said this. 

I included the account from Matthew and Mark. Notice the differences in the accounts. In Matthew it says merely “disciples” and they asked Him specifically why He is speaking in parables. Yet, Mark includes that there were more around Christ than just the twelve and they simply asked about the parable. 

When you find apparent discrepancies in the Gospel accounts, understand that each author wrote his account to a specific people, for a specific intent in the writings. Some authors concentrated on parts and and details that others did not focus on because they wanted to bring a point across. Many times we can look at these differences and get a better perspective of what was happening. 

The reason that Y’shua purposely spoke so they would be confused and not saved; the reason why those who came to Him were more privy to the truth that saves is revealed in the parable and in the events surrounding this event. 

The parable talks about those who the Word falls on but they allow other things to get in the way of the truth. Yet, the ones who followed up - knew that Christ had something they wanted, and they were willing to follow up behind Him to find that truth. Is this not what we see in the message of Christ - Him before all other things, including burying the dead, saying by to family, worldly possessions - Him - the pearl of great price and the hidden treasure that we are willing to give up all we have for? He came for more than to have people say a salvation prayer for a get out of hell free card, He came to reconcile a RELATIONSHIP lost with God due to sin. 

If we are not seeking after the relationship, in that we are willing to put down the garbage of this world for a seeking of Him and a doing of His will, we will never get the truth from this book - it will never make sense. And, that is proven by the vast amount of people, who are merely going through the motions while following this teacher, or this idea, rather than forsaking the worldly pleasures and seeking after Him. 

If one desires to get to the root of the differences in denomination and teachings, including end day prophecies, one must desire to seek after God more than the things of this world. Anything else is a mere following of man; and like the seeds of the parable of the sewer, when hard times come they will burn up, or when worldly pleasures come along, the seed will be chocked out for those pleasures.