The Parable of the Net (Matthew 13:47-50)
47“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.48When 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. 49This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
In eternity, the New Jerusalem will be surrounded by the Nations who survive the Great White Throne.
The Good Fish who were caught by the Net will be in the New Jerusalem.
The Good Fish who didn’t make it into the Net will be the Nations.
Like the parable of the Weeds, the parable of the Net deals with false believers in the Kingdom. The false believers should not be uprooted but left to the Angels at the end of the age. Given time, these false believers may be converted (as yeast works itself through the whole lump).
Never the less, the Net parable offers a higher degree of complexity than the parable of the weeds given that good fish may be inside or outside of the Net.
This could only make sense in the context of Revelation with the New Jerusalem containing true believers who accepted the gospel in New and Old Testament times and the Nations who were not assigned to Hell but not given fixed tenure in the New Jerusalem either.
Salvation is not dependent solely on our goodness but on whether or not we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior.