|WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH||
This expression occurs only 7 times and
always with reference to the eternal judgment of the unbeliever. It has
nothing to do with the reward seat of Christ or with believers.
Luke 13:28-30 shows us that Jesus had the
unbelieving Pharisees in mind when He said, “weeping and gnashing of teeth
there when YOU see Abe . . . and YOURSELVES being cast out.”
Mat. 13:42, 50, “furnace of fire . . . weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
It is called “the gloom of the darkness” at 2Peter 2:17 and Jude 13.
“Weeping and gnashing” is an expression of extreme pain and torment which is what will be experienced in this “place” of judgment. Rev. 14:9-11.
Darkness could refer to physical darkness, and the eternal “smoke” might contribute to that. However, it probably refers to the fact that the unbeliever will exist in spiritual darkness away from the face (presence) of the Lord (2 Thes. 1:9). God is light.
There are two kingdom parables at Matthew 13 that communicate the separation of unbeliever OUT FROM the believer; the tares and the dragnet. Both show the unbeliever being removed out from the world, leaving only believers to go alive into the mil kingdom.
The tares are taken out FIRST and thrown
into the fire.
Matthew 25:14-30 the parable of the talents.
The man without wedding garments is the Gentile unbeliever who is cast into outer darkness; weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 24:45-51, Parables use everyday things to communicate spiritual concepts. The use of “slave” does not necessarily mean it is referring to a believer. Details at:
The slave is someone who is owned by the master and OWES the master obedience. Every member of the human race is responsible to relate to God on God’s terms. This can only happen when a person first trusts in the promised savior.
The faithful slave is the unbeliever who responds to the gospel.
The evil slave is the unbeliever who rejects the gospel.
The unbeliever fails to fulfill God’s purpose for him and will be assigned a place with the hypocrites; weeping and gnashing of teeth.
©Ron Wallace, http://www.biblefragrances.com.
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