The Final Showdown
Consider the following parable.
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Do you want us then to go and gather them up? But he said, No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.
- Matthew 13:24-30 (KJV)
In the last days there will basically be two groups:
- Children of God
- Children of satan
Right now, just like the wheat and the tares, it's hard to tell them apart.
But God will separate them during the harvest (judgment).
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
- Romans 8:19 (KJV)
Right at the end, it will become increasingly clear what the difference is between God's children (keeping the commandments), and satan's children (not keeping the commandments).
And this great controversy will come to an end.