Article 14. Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth

Previously, we determined that the Son of Man began His ministry by preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom which was documented in 14 Kingdom parables.  We also found that He later provided a more in depth explanation of these 14 parables in His narrative found in Matthew 24.  There we found that the Kingdom parables are describing end time events meant for the benefit of “the Remnant” believers that will “endure” to the end of the age.

So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 23:49-50 NASB)

 

Of these 14 Kingdom parables, four are found to contain a reference the phrase: “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 

 

In this article, we are going to determine the significance of this phrase: “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” We begin by examining the parable of the dragnet. 

THE PARABLE OF THE DRAGNET

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, 50 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 23:47-50 NASB)

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; (Matthew 23:47 NASB)

Notice that the parable begins with the reference to “the kingdom of heaven,” which is customary to Kingdom parables.

 

And when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. (Matthew 23:48 NASB)

Reading on, we further see a description of a group using a dragnet to catch fish.  Notice in this parable that the good fish are kept in containers and the bad fish are separated then thrown away.

 

So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, (Matthew 23:49 NASB)

The Son of Man further clarifies that this is an event that will take place at the “end of the age,” where the “wicked” will be separated from the “righteous”…

 

And will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 23:50 NASB)

…with the “wicked” being cast into a “furnace of fire” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

(And except for minor variations, this “purging” of the “wicked” from the “righteous” is a common theme found in the Kingdom parables)

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:13-15 NASB)

 

Unfortunately however, many have been misled to believe that this future event is a description of the second resurrection where the “unjust” will be judged and thrown into the lake of fire.

 

 

It does not.

 

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished… (Revelation 20: 5 KJV)

Notice that the second resurrection takes place at the end of the Son of Man’s Millennial Reign.

 

The Unjust are Resurrected

 

So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, (Matthew 23:49 NASB)

And unlike the second resurrection, these four parables are describing an event which is going to take place at “the end of the age” …

 

And from of his mouth proceeds a sharp sword and with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty Elohim. (Revelation 19:15 KJVm)

 

…when The Son of Man conquers the nations of the world…

 

 

…at the beginning of the Millennial Reign.

 

END OF THE AGE

 

Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, יהוה of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. (Zechariah 14:6 KJVm)

 

Notice that there will be survivors of the nations…

And from of his mouth proceeds a sharp sword and with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty Elohim. (Revelation 19:15 KJVm)

 

 

…which are those that are going to be ruled with “a rod of iron” during the Millennium.

 

And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of Elohim upon the earth. (Revelation 16:1 KJVm)

 

And if that wasn’t bad enough, notice, that the angels will have already to poured “the vials of wrath” which will pollute the entire earth.

 

VIALS OF WRATH

 

But the marshes and swamps will not be healed; they will still be salty. (Ezekiel 47:11TLB)

These are the living conditions that “the survivors of the nations” are going to have to endure during the entire Millennial Reign.

 

And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. (Revelation 9:6 KJV)

 

To make matters worse, these “survivors of the nations” won’t be able to be able to die during this thousand year reign.

 

And “the survivors of the nations” won’t be the only ones that will have to exist under these conditions. This is the same fate that awaits the “wicked” which will have been living in Elohim’s “place of refuge” with “the Remnant of Israel”  during the Great Tribulation.

 

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. (Matthew 25; 31-33 NASB)

According to the Son of Man, these “wicked” individuals are going to be separated from “the Remnant” at His second coming where they will be gathered up and cast “out” upon that part of the earth where the vials of wrath will have been poured.

And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:30 KJVm)

 

And it is under these conditions that these “wicked” individuals will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

 

Next: Article 15: The Resurrections of the Just and Unjust

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