I was reading up on the symbolic nature of the parables and what it meant for the church age and came across in interesting statement about Matthew 25 about the final judgement. It is from https://www.google.com/amp/s/robertcliftonrobinson.com/2018/04/12/the-hidden-mysteries-of-the-messianic-scriptures-and-the-parables-of-jesus/amp/. He states:
“When Jesus returns with His His church, Matthew 25 describes a time when He will separate the nations before Him into sheep and goats. Depending upon how the nations treated Israel and the Jews during the last three and one half years of the Great Tribulation, will determine whether they may enter Jesus’ one thousand year kingdom. Those who helped the Jews, provided food, clothing, shelter and protection will go into the kingdom. The nations which joined the antichrist in persecuting the Jews will be excluded.”
Is this correct? Is Matthew 25:31-46 really strictly about Israel and the Jews and our treatment of them in the last days or does it have present day applications on how we treat all? Or maybe a different meaning altogether? Another question that emerged from this is how will we know when the time of tribulation has come?
Here a few verses from the passage: “"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
“Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
Matthew 25:31-32, 34-35, 44-46 ESV