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Jesus, Usury and the End of the World — a Tale of 3 Servants!!

King David said:

"I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp" (Psalm 49:4).

Matthew, a disciple of Jesus said:

"All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them" (Matthew 13:34).

Jesus said:

"And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe" (John 14:29).

Throughout the Bible, parables or stories are used to illustrate some spiritual truth. Jesus used them frequently in His teachings to convey a hidden meaning that would be understood only by those with ears to hear and eyes to see. The parables of Jesus are PROPHETIC in that they give the history of the true church (and the false) for the period between the first and second coming of Christ.

Jesus told 2 parables or stories about usury and the end of the world. The parables are about 3 servants who received money (talents or pounds) and were told to TRADE until the Lord's return. 2 of the servants TRADED and showed an increase . . . while the third servant hid the money in the earth and gained nothing.

When called to account, Jesus commended the 2 faithful, industrious, enterprising, busy servants who worked and traded to gain their increase. Jesus called the third servant who showed no increase lazy and wicked and He sent him to hell with the unbelievers.

The third lazy wicked servant invented the excuse that he feared His Divine Master because he was a hard man, a thief, lazy, and austere. In other words, the wicked servant accused his Lord or boss of having all the characteristics of a moneychanger or usurer....He seems to have confused Jesus with the devil!!

Since the wicked servant made the false accusation that Jesus had the personality of a moneychanger or usurer, Jesus asked him why he didn't give the money to His fellow moneychangers and then He could have collected His unjust gain without any effort at all on his behalf — let the money do the work!!

The wicked and lazy servant said to Jesus:

"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine." (Matthew 25:24-25). "And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow"(Luke 19:20-21).

Jesus said to him:

"His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury"(Matt. 25:26-27). "And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?" (Luke 19:22-23).

Revised Standard Version the official Roman Catholic version

"He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours'" (Matthew 25:24-25). "Then another came, saying, 'Lord, here is your pound, which I kept laid away in a napkin; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man; you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow'" (Luke 19:20-21).

 

"But his master answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest" (Matt. 25:26-27). "He said to him, "I will condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money into the bank, and at my coming I should have collected it with interest?'" (Luke 19:22-23).

The "Church" of Rome is the wicked and lazy servant of the parables!!

Is there a servant of Jesus that answers to the characteristics of this 3rd servant? Absolutely! The Vatican system is built on usury. They call Jesus LORD and actually call themselves a Christian "Church." Is the "jesus" of the Vatican a hard austere man? Absolutely!

When Emperor Constantine become the first Pope, he married the bride of Christ to the hard austere Roman empire. Daniel the prophet described the Roman Empire as a wild beast with 7 heads and 10 horns:

"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly, and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beast that were before it; and it had TEN horns "(Daniel 7:7)

Roman usury was 12 percent payable monthly!!

The "usura centesima" (12 per cent.) was under the later Republic and the Empire the legal rate of interest, which was due every month (i.e. 1 per cent. a month), so that Ovid very naturally calls the Calends "swift," and Horace "sad." This accounts for the feeling of the Church on the matter down to modern times.(Catholic Dictionary article, usury).

Pope Leo X, who excommunicated Martin Luther gave his imprimatur to usury in 1516.

 

Pope Leo X issued a Bull in 1516 called Inter multiplices at the Fifth Lateran Council. This Bull sanctioned the montes pietatis (mounts of piety) which were in effect low interest charging public pawn shops championed and sponsored by Franciscans to protect poor Christians against the high interest charging "Jewish" moneylenders!!

As we stated elsewhere, these moneylenders were fake "Jews" created by the Vatican to do the dirty work of money lending which was condemned by ALL honest people at that time.

The Roman Catholic "jesus" is the hard and austere man of the parables!!

 

The Scales of Anubis at the Judgment Seat of Osiris.

Notice the goddess Isis standing behind the seated Osiris. She was the compassionate one: tempering judgment with mercy to appease the angry Osiris and get the dead soul a better deal as he/she journeyed through the kingdom of the dead.

The "jesus" of the Vatican is like a Pharaoh and a hard taskmaster.


Editor's Notes

The "jesus" of the Vatican is hard and austere because he sends souls to purgatory after death. Some Popes are still in purgatory after being dead hundreds of years!!

The "jesus" of the Vatican is hard and austere because he set up the Inquisition to kill anybody who did not agree with his teachings.

The "jesus" of the Vatican is hard and austere because he forbids his priests to marry etc., etc.


The Parable of the Talents

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:14-30).

The Parable of the Pounds

12 "He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me"(Luke 19:12-27).


Vital links

Usury Article from the Catholic Dictionary

Bible Gateway.com Look up several different translations

Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition.


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