The weeds appeared also.
At the dawn of the second century C.E., “the weeds appeared” when imitation Christians became visible in the world field. By the fourth century, weedlike Christians had greatly outnumbered anointed Christians. Jesus said: “Let both grow together until the harvest.” (Matt. 13:30) This command reveals that from the first century until today, there have always been some anointed wheatlike Christians on earth. That conclusion is confirmed by what Jesus later told his disciples: “I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matt. 28:20) So anointed Christians would be protected by Jesus all the days leading up to the time of the end. However, since they were overgrown by weedlike Christians, we do not know for certain who belonged to the wheat class during that long period of time. However, some decades before the start of the harvest season, the wheat class became discernible. w13 7/15 2:3, 4
Song 18 and Prayer
Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 28 ¶1-9 (30 min.)
Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: 1 Kings 15-17 (8 min.)
No. 1: 1 Kings 15:16-24 (3 min. or less)
No. 2: How Can the Bible Help Wives?
No. 3: David
Monthly Theme: ‘Go and make disciples.’
—Matt. 28:19, 20.
10 min: Are You Improving Your Skills in the Ministry? Discussion. Review the first paragraph in the February 2014 issue of Our Kingdom Ministry, which outlines the purpose of the “Improving Our Skills in the Ministry” series. Briefly review some of the past articles. Invite the audience to relate specific benefits they have received from this series. Encourage publishers to give special attention to the skill highlighted each month by applying the suggestions under the subheading “Try This During the Month.”
10 min: Use “An Introduction to God’s Word”
10 min: “Our Teaching Toolbox.” Questions and answers.
Song 125 and Prayer