The fishing with the dragnet and the fishes selected on the beach (Matthew 13:47–50)
“Again the kingdom of the heavens is like a dragnet let down into the sea and gathering up fish of every kind. 48 When it got full they hauled it up onto the beach and, sitting down, they collected the fine ones into vessels, but the unsuitable they threw away. 49 That is how it will be in the conclusion of the system of things: the angels will go out and separate the wicked from among the righteous 50 and will cast them into the fiery furnace. There is where their weeping and the gnashing of their teeth will be” (Matthew 13:47–50).
This illustration is describing a similar scooping and sorting action shortly before the great tribulation at Matthew 13:40–43. We find exactly the same sentences, in Matthew 13:42 and 50: “and (they) will cast them into the fiery furnace. There is where their weeping and the gnashing of their teeth will be”. So the worldwide dragnet fishing, is obviously the preaching of the good news, because Jesus Christ compared this Christian activity to fishing for humans. Jesus Christ told his apostles that they would be fishers of men: “So Jesus said to them: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men”” (Mark 1:17). Jesus Christ said that this worldwide fishing would take place shortly before the great tribulation: “And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).
The worldwide selection of humans into two groups will take place during the judgment very shortly before the great tribulation. This is how Jesus Christ describes this selection in Matthew 24, in terms very similar to the sorting of fish on the beach: “For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken along and the other abandoned. Two women will be grinding at the hand mill; one will be taken along and the other abandoned. Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:37–42).
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