There is an angelic separation at judgment. Jesus emphasized the separation. His entire sermon has been about the good and the evil growing together. God allows evil, but a time comes when he makes a separation. The separation is inevitable. Little by little, seemingly silently, the net moves through the sea of time capturing all men and women, boys and girls, to the shore of judgment and eternity for one purpose – SEPARATE. This is what Jesus warns.

By Pastor Delbert Young

Kingdom Net

Kingdom Net

Scriptures: Matthew 23:33, Isaiah 5:14, Matthew 13:47, 48, 49-50, Matthew 13:41-42, Matthew 5:22, 29, 30, 8:12, 11:22-12, 23:33, Luke 10:15, 12:5, 16:23, Matthew 10:28, Mark 9:48, Matthew 25:41, Matthew 13:51, 52

How many feel it is a privilege to be able to study and taught God’s Holy Word? We finish up our Kingdom Parables series today. It’s been a privilege for me to get to teach this. I hope it’s been a privilege for you to study it.

Jesus described the kingdom in a series of seven parables. The first two parables described the SOWING of the kingdom. They are about the different soils/hearts the message of the kingdom are sown into, and how the tares/children of the evil one are sown alongside the good seed/children of the kingdom.

The second two parables speak of the POWER of the kingdom as the mustard seed grows to massive proportions, not being limited by its tiny beginning, filling the entire earth and as a piece of leaven put in a lump of new dough, the kingdom will permeate the whole earth affecting every dimension of human life.

The third two parables – treasure hidden in a field and pearl of great price – speak of the INCOMPARABLE VALUE of the kingdom. A person is a fool not to sell out to acquire it and the only way to acquire the kingdom is to sell out.

Today, we will look at the 7th and final parable of the Kingdom Parables. Actually it’s the final parable for all of us and for all everywhere. It’s about JUDGMENT DAY, which we will each and all encounter. No one is immune to this parable no matter if the person is in the kingdom or not. It’s about the separation of the damned from the righteous. As I told you, Jesus spoke about the kingdom more than anyone. He also spoke about hell and judgment more than anyone.

Speaking to the legalistic religious generation of the his day, the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees, Jesus said,

Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, HOW CAN YE ESCAPE THE DAMNATION OF HELL?

It seems strange to us to hear those words coming from our Lord Jesus Christ who we portray as always positive and encouraging. However, he said more about hell than he said about love. He said more about hell than all other bible preachers combined. If I modeled my preaching after Jesus, whom I should, hell should be a primary topic. It’s not and this convicts me. It convicts me because it’s not fair to you. I worry sometimes my not preaching hell more could contribute to some being dammed.

There’s a Yahoo question online reading, “I want to go to hell. How do I guarantee to get there?”  There are several answers suggested. I saw a web page titled “I want to go to hell.” It’s a discussion page. A primary thought is all their friends will be there, so hell will be fun. They don’t want to be around religious extremist for eternity. So, they are looking forward to death and hell.

This is the ultimate of deception. There is no way to describe hell. No horror we know can compare. No living person has any idea of it. No person ever pictured a place as utterly terrible. No gifted writer ever accurately wrote the description of hell. No nightmare anyone ever experienced produced the terror of hell. No murder scene or sickening wound ever accurately pictured the damnation of hell. In this parable Jesus Christ warns about hell.

There is a separation of the damned from the redeemed. Every minute every person is moving toward this separation. Today 250,000 to 300,000 people will die  and enter this separation. Sadly, most will go to hell.

Isaiah 5:14 Therefore HELL HATH ENLARGED HERSELF, AND OPENED HER MOUTH WITHOUT MEASURE: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

There’s no limit to hell’s numbers. Hell does not discriminate concerning a person’s glory, pomp, or attitude. It simply sucks up all it can. What a parable we are about to study! Let’s begin.

Matthew 13:47-50 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven IS LIKE A NET that was let down into the lake and CAUGHT ALL KINDS OF FISH.

Fishing in this form was something all were aware as with the soils, the tares/weeds, mustard seed, leaven, the treasure, and the pearl. Fishing was a huge enterprise and way of life. Some of the disciples did this for their life’s income. There were/are three basic ways to fish. There is the line and hook, which we associate with relaxing and fun, catching fish one at a time (Mat 17:27). There was casting a net (Mat 4:18). This is a circular net. On the outer perimeter of the net are weights. The net is gathered together in a certain manner so it can be spun out making a circular net trap sinking down around fish. A rope attached sacks the net capturing everything inside the diameter of the net. I’m very efficient at those two fishing skills.

However the net in this parable is sagene meaning a “seine” for fishing. It’s a seine net or a troll/drag net. It’s a large net meaning from a half mile to a mile of area. It required a large boat to simply carry the net. One end is attached to the shore or another boat. As the boat(s) pulled away from the first end, a combination of floats on the top and weights on the bottom caused the net to hang perpendicular moving through the sea like a vertical wall from the floor to the surface. The boat(s) moves in a large circle releasing the massive net. As it completes the circle, or comes back to shore, everything within the circle is captured and dragged on shore. NOTHING ESCAPES. This is the ultimate in capturing/catching fish. Everything is captured. The catch is a conglomerate – all are captured. No fish, large or small, young or old escapes. There is no escape from this net.

Matthew 13:48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they SAT DOWN AND COLLECTED the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.

The central figures in the parable are the fishermen. They collected the good, but threw the bad away. They sat down. It’s a slow, deliberate, unhurried, accurate, knowledgeable process of sorting out all in the net – the good and the bad. This was a common scene to the people watching and listening to him from the shore.

Matthew 13:49-50 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and SEPARATE the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

There is an angelic separation at judgment. Jesus emphasized the separation. His entire sermon has been about the good and the evil growing together. God allows evil, but a time comes when he makes a separation. The separation is inevitable. Little by little, seemingly silently, the net moves through the sea of time capturing all men and women, boys and girls, to the shore of judgment and eternity for one purpose – SEPARATE. This is what Jesus warns.

It is indiscriminating in it catches everything. THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE THIS NET. It moves silently toward your life directing you, almost unknowingly, to shore – eternity. How chilling!

Jesus taught this same thing in the parable of the tares/weed and wheat.

Matthew 13:41-42 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

This is the only aspect of the parables Jesus repeated. He didn’t repeat the soils, the mustard seed, leaven, treasure, or pearl. He repeated about hell.

Matthew 13:49-50 THIS IS HOW IT WILL BE at the end of the age.

No matter how we think it will be, THIS IS HOW IT WILL BE. At the end of your age, THIS IS HOW IT WILL BE. Only two things happen to each and every person. They are #1 born and they #2 die. You can shorten it or maybe lengthen it, but THIS IS HOW IT WILL BE. Call it the resurrection of the dead. Call it the great white throne judgment. Call it anything you want. THIS IS HOW IT WILL BE AT THE END.


Jesus emphasized hell again and again. He does it ONCE AGAIN. We underemphasize the avoidance of hell (at least I do). However, the net moves every moment of every day. Though invisible and unseen to those far from it, it’s closing in. How many of us have at some point been touched by the net? Perhaps you experienced a close call with death and the grave? You were able, as a fish would, to flip/dart away from the net postponing the separation. “Whew! It was close.” We made promises. Perhaps we kept them. Probably not. No matter. The net continues to move closer and closer and closer through the deep sea of life. It’s a wall. You will not escape. Eventually, you dart to only run into the net on the other side. It surrounds you. No matter the flipping and flopping, no matter the promises of change, the net drags you to shore.

People do not see God moving in the world, but he is moving. People ask why there is evil in the world. God’s moving. People do not see God moving on their lives. They dart and flip from the net, but God is moving closer and closer. Every person will be dragged to shore. Eventually, inevitably, the kingdom will engulf them all.

Matthew 13:50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

What a horrible, horrifying, fearful verse of scripture! Hell is not fun no matter how many friends you have there. The screams of their torment and agony will only add to yours.

If there were any doctrine of scriptures we wished was not there, it’s this one – hell. However, this does not change the fact it’s there. Jesus spoke of hell more than anyone else. It’s because had he not taught it, we would doubt those who did. We cannot conceive eternal damnation and eternal torment. Jesus preached HELL. He talked more about the kingdom than anyone. Also, he talked about HELL more than anyone.

Matthew 5:22 …But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of HELL.

Matthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into HELL.

Matthew 5:30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into HELL.

Matthew 8:12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 11:22-23 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to HELL

Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of HELL?

Luke 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to HELL.

Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into HELL; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Luke 16:23 And in HELL he lift up his eyes, being in torments…

This was a constant part of what our Lord Jesus taught. Jesus told an entire story about a man who died and went to hell. Hell is difficult for us to believe. It’s so terrifying we can’t relate and so, I don’t preach it much. However, I must preach hell.

(1). HELL IS A PLACE OF UNRELIEVED TORMENT. Hell is horrible misery. It’s OUTER DARKNESS. It is darkness with no pixel of light. It is black, black darkness. It’s darkness all around. You don’t know which way you face. You can’t determine your next step. There is no hope of light forever. Have you ever been in darkness and longed for a glimmer of light? In hell, there is no hope for a glimmer. Darkness forever, but not only darkness – FIRE. It is tortuous unrelieved fire. It won’t stop burning and the burning is agony and pain all over.

The response to hell is not fun with your friends. It’s weeping and wailing in such intense suffering your teeth will not stop grinding. It’s hell.

(2). HELL IS UNRELIEVED TORMENT FOR BODY AND SOUL. Not only is the body in torment, the soul is in torment. The worst migraine cannot compare to hell. It never stops. It’s eternal with no hope of the pain in your soul ending. You who have migraines perhaps have a glimpse of hell. Those of you who experienced a heart attack have a glimpse of hell. It is unrelenting pain in your heart with no hope of the pain ever ending or relenting. Those in hell are forever tormented in soul and body. Those in Christ receive a new healthy energetic body and soul.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in HELL.

Mark 9:48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

Interestingly, Jesus said “their worm does not die…” Worm is skolex in Greek meaning a grub, maggot or earthworm. Have you ever witnessed maggots in anything? It’s disgusting. They work and burrow and wiggle by the thousands in the decaying body. Jesus describes the most disgusting horrible thing to relate hell. Your own maggots never stop eating, working, burrowing. The one in hell is in eternal decay eaten by their own maggots. The fire – worst pain imaginable – never stops burning. The brain never stops hurting. The heart never stops hurting.


Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels

Teaching the separation of the sheep and goats, Jesus said hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. You don’t have to go there. You select to go there. By rejecting the king and his kingdom, you make the decision to go there. By being path soil, stony soil, or thorny soil you go there. By being a tare/weed, you go there. By not planting the mustard seed or allowing the leaven to ferment, you go there. By not acquiring the treasure or pearl, you go there. These are the parameters of the kingdom. These choices determine what those angels, separating at the collection of the net, do with you.

Jesus, after explaining the parables privately to his disciples asked,

Matthew 13:51 “Have you understood ALL these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied.

Understood is suniemi meaning to put together, i.e. (mentally) to comprehend. Jesus asked, “Have you put all this together in your minds? Have you comprehended what I’ve taught?” They said, “Yes.” Have you? Do you get it? Have you understood ALL these things? Oh YES, we reply, but do we? All these things establish the parameter of the kingdom and what the angels will do with each of us.

Matthew 13:52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

You truly can’t teach the true gospel -good news, much less understand the kingdom, unless you get this. Jesus said, “If you get it then (therefore) you are like a person with the new and the old. You bring them out when necessary.” You have the Old Testament and the New Testament – Old and New. You have the Old Covenant and the New Covenant to work with. Having this is a treasure.

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