The First Will Be Last
The Last Will Be First

by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN, SBC

upgraded 10-21-2001


Have you ever wondered what the following two Bible verses mean?


Matthew 19:30 But many will be Last who are First; and First who are Last.

Mark 10:31 But many who are First will be Last; and the Last First."


Wonder No More!

Matthew 20:1-16 (Spiritual Parallels in Red, and Clarifications in blue)

"For The Kingdom of Heaven (on Earth) is like a man (YHWH) who was the Master of a household, who went out early in the morning (In The Beginning) to hire (Call) laborers for his vineyard.

2 When He (YHWH) had agreed (made a Covenant) with the laborers (The Called) for a denarius a day (a lifetime), He (YHWH) sent them into His vineyard.

3 He (YHWH) went out about the third hour (generations later), and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.

4 To them He (YHWH) said, 'You, also, go into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, I will give it to you.' So they went their way.

5 Again He (YHWH) went out about the sixth (generations later) and the ninth hour,(generations later) and did likewise.

6 About the eleventh hour (generations later, and in the End Times) He (YHWH) went out, and found others (Gentiles) standing idle. He (YHWH) said (Called) to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?' (Why don't you perform Righteous Works of Faith too?).

7 They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He (YHWH) said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.'

8 When evening (The Sabbath Millennium) had come, the lord (YHWH) of the vineyard said to his steward (Messiah Yahshua), 'Call (First Resurrection occurs with the Call of Last Trumpet) the laborers (The Chosen Few) and pay (reward) them their hire , beginning from The Last to The First.'

9 When they The Last who were hired (answered their calling) at about the eleventh hour (End Times & Latter Days) came, they each received a denarius (Their Reward in the Kingdom of YHWH on Earth).

10 When The First came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius (Their Reward in the Kingdom of YHWH on Earth).

11 When they received it, they questioned the reasoning of the master of the household,

Note: Remember this is a Parable based on a hypothetical situation.

12 saying, 'These last have spent one hour, and You have made them equal to us, (same reward) who have borne the burden (been enslaved, and murdered) of the day and the scorching heat (wandered in the desert for 40 years, etc...)!'

13 But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn't you agree (enter into a Covenant) with Me (YHWH) for a denarius (Reward)?

14 Take that (Reward) which is yours, and go your way. It is My Good Will (The Righteous Will of YHWH) to give to These Last just the same (Reward) as The First.

15 Isn't it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?'

16 So the "Last will be First, and the First Last". For many are called, but few are chosen."


What Yahshua Is Telling Us here is this: We, who are among The Chosen Few, will receive the same reward as those Saints who came before us Or will come after us; that Yahweh sees us as EQUALS; that our tasks (Works of Faith through Love) are just as important to YHWH as the tasks of those that came before us Or will come after us; and that those without an Evil Eye (Self seeking Attitude) should Not be upset that the Reward is the same... Why? Simply because a "Labor of Love" does not seek a Reward ! For Love is a reward in and of itself, and Eternal Love is an Eternal Reward !


1 Corinthians 13:2-8 (In All cases the word Love is Agape)

2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all Faith, so as to remove mountains, But don't have Love, I am Nothing.

3 If I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but Don't Have Love, It Profits Me Nothing.

4 Love Is Patient And Is Kind; Love Doesn't Envy. Love Doesn't Brag, Is Not Proud,

5 Doesn't Behave Itself Inappropriately, . . . . (Love) is Not Self seeking . . . . Is Not Provoked, Takes No Account Of Evil;

6 Doesn't Rejoice In Unrighteousness, But Rejoices With The Truth

7 Bears All Things, Believes All Things, Hopes All Things, Endures All Things.

8 Love Never Fails.




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