Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Recently, a friend told me that the Lord was showing her through the parable of the wheat and tares that we Christians must learn to live among the evil around us.

This reminds me of John 17:15 which says, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil."

Then today, I received an email by someone who believes Jesus is 'taking back control of His wayward church. They added, "I believe we have now entered this very hour. We are going to see Jesus violently re-take His church - and I believe He will use the 'word of the Lord' to do it."

Not sure about that but according to the parable of the wheat the tares, the Lord doesn't do anything to the tares until the harvest or until the end of this world.

I wrote back saying I believe we will see evil leaders grow until the end of the world and then the "children of the wicked one" will be gathered and burned in the fire.

Over the years I have been taught about a pre-tribulation rapture, but when I could not find scripture to support this teaching, I stopped believing in it. 

Isn't it interesting that in this parable the Lord says the wicked will be gathered BEFORE the righteous which is contrary to the pre-trib rapture teaching.

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.

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.