I know that in Matt. 24:14, it says that the Gospel (of the KINGDOM) will be preached in all the world, and then the end shall come. Isn’t the burden upon tribulation saints to start at square one in evangelizing the world, which WILL be completed in 7 years?
Q. Your website is a great blessing. I had a question about Matthew 24. I know that in verse 14, it says that the Gospel (of the KINGDOM) will be preached in all the world, and then the end shall come. (NOT the end of the world !) I have heard that this chapter was written to Israel, as at that time there was no Church ; indeed, the Church was a mystery hidden from the ages. (Rom 16:25, Col 1:26 -27.)
So, even though we want to reach as many as possible for Christ, so they can avoid the tribulation, it appears that the Church does not have to reach all the nations for the rapture to happen, but rather to get a certain number saved (when the full number of Gentiles come in.) Hypothetically, the rest of the church could come from one area …. say, Africa … and as long as we ” hit ” the right number, the rapture will come.
Therefore, isn’t the burden upon tribulation saints to start at square one in evangelizing the world, which WILL be completed in 7 years ? Not that the Church should curtail her efforts.
A. Remember that one of the disciples’ questions was about the End of the Age. To them that meant the 7 remaining years of the 490 year prophecy from Daniel 9:24-27. The other two questions were also notably Jewish in their perspective. When will the Temple be destroyed and when will the Messiah come back? So you heard correctly. The church is not in focus in Matt 24-25.
The Gospel does not necessarily have to be preached in all the Kingdoms of the World for the Rapture, but our effort to bring the Good News into every corner of the world shouldn’t be diminished for that reason. The Gospel will be preached in every nation before the 2nd Coming, but since every living believer will be taken off the Earth before the Great Tribulation begins, God will depend on His 144,000 witnesses plus the efforts of Tribulation Saints to evangelize the world during the last 7 years before the 2nd Coming.