The parable of the grain of mustard




⚪ The sower symbolizes Satan

It is the fake 'kingdom of the heavens,' the counterfeit, namely, Christendom, that is filled with these symbolic birds, 'the sons of the wicked one.' Today it is big enough to hold them all. In the parable, the 'man' that sowed the mustard grain pictures the 'wicked one,' Satan the Devil. Outstandingly in the fourth century C.E. Satan the Devil planted or specially cultivated this symbolic 'mustard grain' of contaminated, adulterated, imitation Christianity,

Source : 🇺🇸 Man's Salvation Out Of World Distress, 1975, page 208 + Cover


⚫ The sower symbolizes Jesus

In the days of Jesus Christ and his apostles the nation of Israel was just as apostate as in the days of Jeremiah and Hosea. In fact, it was the generation of Israel that brought about the death of Jesus the Messiah and that persecuted his apostles and first-century disciples. Such Israelites especially were the ones to whom Jesus, as well as Isaiah, referred as having their eyes plastered shut, their ears unresponsive and their hearts unreceptive so that there was no spiritual healing for them. (Isa. 6:9, 10; Matt. 13:13-15; Acts 28:24-28) Hence that apostate generation suffered national calamity in 70 C.E. So, now, does anyone ask the question, How could Jesus as the Sower of the parable plant the symbolic mustard grain and yet have it become a tree of a foreign kind, the corrupt counterfeit called Christendom? The experience of Jehovah God with the ancient nation of Israel gives the divine answer to such a questioner!

Source : 🇺🇸 The Watchtower, October 1, 1975, page 600 + Cover