by Kimberly B. Southall
There is a common misconception about an
event which must occur before Jesus returns. Jesus said that the gospel
would be preached in the whole world before the end:
Many erroneously believe that preaching
the gospel throughout the world is still a goal to be accomplished before
Jesus can return. But the Word of God clearly tells us it has already
happened! Are you surprised? It's right there in black and white–right
in God's Word for all to see. Actually, there is more than one passage
of scripture which points to this fact:
While the above three passages of scripture
are clear that the gospel has already been preached in the whole world,
those who like to dig into the Greek (the original language in which the
New Testament was written) may have doubts because the word translated
"world" in the above three passages is from the Greek word "kosmos" rather
than from the Greek word "oikoumene" as translated in
So, there we have it–straight from the Word of God. The gospel has already gone out into all the earth–to the ends of the world to be exact. And it already happened hundreds of years ago! You see, Jesus did not say that each individual person would hear the gospel before the end; He said the gospel would be preached in the whole world. And it was.
What about you? If you are reading this article, then you have either already heard the gospel message or have access to it. Have you believed it? Have you been obedient to God's Word and become a faithful follower of Jesus? If not, then what in the world are you waiting for?
If you are already a Christian, are you faithfully sharing the gospel with others so they can be saved before Jesus returns? Each day that passes is one day closer to His return, and He's only going to return once. We surely shouldn't have a passive attitude that someone else somehow sometime will spread the gospel message to those who need to hear it. We should diligently strive to get the gospel message to as many as we possibly can before it's too late! Are you doing that? If not, then what in the world are you waiting for?
Are we taking Jesus seriously as we ought
to be? He said the gospel of the kingdom would be preached in the whole
world and then the end would come. Well, the Word of God establishes
that the first part of Jesus' prophecy in
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