I could reveal many other passages as well in the Bible that use this same word "way" in the metaphorical sense of meaning the way of Christ and His teachings, and not a literal journey, but leave it to say that what we see in this parable is that the friend who is to have the bread set before him is said to have come "from of way," or "out of way," which we might translate even further to say "from the way," or "out of the way." This could very well mean that this person is actually already of the way of Christ, and so, he must already be saved because he actually came from, or out from already being of the way of Jesus Christ. Do you see how this can all fit together quite nicely?
So what we see in this parable is not an example showing that salvation is still possible during the spiritual 5 months after the door has been shut, but rather a promise from God that if we persistently seek for that bread by which to feed our friends - the Lord's sheep - during this terrible time of spiritual judgment upon the world, He will open the door for us to receive and give through us that bread which is needed to nourish the people of God; not to save new people of God, but to nourish those who have already come from the way of Christ
, who are already saved, that they each might be strengthened to endure the spiritual 5 month period, and come out the other end into glory through the sustenance given by the bread of the Word of God, the Bible. This is why we read in this parable that exactly 3 cakes of bread are requested. The number 3 symbolizes the purpose of God
(see the number 3
), so what the Lord is saying is that it is His purpose to hear our persistent prayers and give that bread which is needed to feed God's people during the spiritual 5 months as we read,
9 . . . Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Yes, we can be assured that as we diligently seek for wisdom in the Word of God during the spiritual 5 month period from May 21 to The End in which we now find ourselves, He will open the door; no, not to salvation, for that door has been shut forever ever since
, but he will open up the door, Jesus Christ, the Word of God to our better understanding so that we can place this bread before our friends, the children of God, in order to encourage, strengthen, build up and edify them to the glory of God.
The parable then ends like this,
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Notice that the analogy states, "
if a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father."
This further assures us of being on the right tract because it is a son of a father who is asking for the bread; it is not just any person, but it is a son, which points to it being a son as well, or an already saved individual, who is asking for the bread in this parable. Once again, we can see that it is not salvation being asked for in this parable, but it is spiritual bread for the feeding of someone who is already a saved child of God, a son.
The idea is that if an earthy father is asked by his son for good nourishing bread, will he give him something that can harm him instead such as a serpent or a scorpion? Of course not, and the earthly father does this although he is a sinner! So how much more will our heavenly Father who is perfectly pure and good, unlike an earthly father, give to His children upon persistent request that spiritual food which is good and right during the spiritual 5 months. He will not feed them with a serpent or a scorpion, which is symbolic of the teachings of Satan, but He promises to feed His sons with the bread which is nourishing and good for life. Yes,
much more shall heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
This all lets us know that the
Lord promises to feed His sheep during the spiritual 5 months from May 21 until the end of the world.!