America in the Kingdom Parables

C.O. Stadslkev - 1959

The Net and the Fish

Matthew 13:47-50

   The next kingdom parable in Matthew 13 is the parable of "a net, that was cast into the sea." Verses 47-50. state, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."

   The time for the fulfillment of the parable is stated very definitely to be the end of the present age. The term "the end of the world" is more correctly rendered "the end of the age." All students of Bible prophecy agree that we are now living in the closing days of the present age.

   Therefore the nation which is to be the beginning of the Kingdom of God on earth must be a nation now in existence, and it must have every kind of citizen in its midst, and it must have a sense of being "full" - or beginning to restrict its immigration. And it must be a nation which will be forced to cast the bad fish (or people) out of its border by practicing deportation. It must also be nation where people, both and bad citizens, desire to live because when the bad are deported or denied entrance, they raise a great cry of protest and they become very angry, as is symbolized by the gnashing of teeth.

 

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