Matt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
The following is a part of a commentary on Matt 24:14 by a well known prophecy teacher that I have read last night. This is one of the most quoted verses to proof that the return of the Lord is still far in the future.
I do not see the times of the Gentiles being fulfilled. In other words we have not fulfilled what we need to do as the church, that being to share the gospel.
Do you realize that millions upon millions of people do not have the knowledge of the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ?
The Joshua Project shows that 6,889 individual people groups or 2.83 billion unreached people who have no knowledge of God, the Bible or His Son Jesus Christ.
To put that in perspective the world’s population is currently estimated to be 6.97 billion by the United States Census Bureau as of July 1, 2011.
That means that 2.83 billion people or approximately 1/3 of the world who has no knowledge of the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let me remind you what Christ commanded:
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Now when Christ said “nations” this is not referring to countries with boarders. He is speaking of people groups.
Do you know that 2,848 people groups in the world have neither Scripture portions (God’s written word) or audio recordings (God’s spoken word) available in their primary language?
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
6889 people groups (nations) have no idea who Jesus Christ is.
How can they when they don’t even have God’s word in their own language?
They are not going to learn of God’s blood atonement through the stars, the trees or some other all inclusive mumbo jumbo that is floating around out there either.
It is only by God’s Word and His Word alone that illuminates the path of salvation. That is a fact because God’s Word states it as so.
So what does this boil down to? It means that not “all the world” has been evangelized for Christ and that we have not gone to “all nations.”
Hal Lindsey stated at the Understanding the Times conference back in 2005 that “when the last gentile hears the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, well strap on your rocket packs because we are going home.”
Well, to be honest, we have not fulfilled the time of the gentiles with approximately 1/3 of the earth having absolutely no knowledge of God, His Word or His Son.
Folks, God does not lie nor does he change His mind. He has given us the criteria that is needed. What has happened is that we have twisted and contorted His Word to fit our ideas of the way it should be. In other words, we have fallen short.
Comment by Wickus:
It is not my intention to proof that this article is wrong or to discredit the words of Jesus. I am just going to write what I think and your comments to clarify this topic will be appreciated.
1) If it is true that only 2/3 of the world heard the Gospel in 2000 years, it means that it will take another 1000 years to reach the rest at this rate.
2) If point one is true it means we can hang up our prophecy shoes as the lost 1/3 of the population will not hear the gospel in our lifetime.
3) If this is true in our generation, it means it was true in every generation and there has been millions/billions who died without hearing the Gospel.
4) If it is true as the writer of this article says that sinners will not hear of God’s blood atonement from the stars and the trees and other mumbo jumbo, what does Paul mean with the following:
Rom 1:17-21 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened
I know this is a controversial subject. I can not see the apostate church with vessels like TBN, God-TV and other reaching the lost 1/3 of the population in our lifetime.
What say ye?