Was The Gospel Preached To The World Before 70 A.D.?

I recently blogged on Matthew 24, suggesting that in it Jesus was discussing the end of the age of the Jewish sacrificial system, not the end of the world.

A question that may arise in response to this interpretation is based on Jesus’ prophecy in verse 14: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

One might argue the gospel was not preached to the whole world before 70 A.D. Therefore, the end Jesus is talking about must mean the end of the world, not the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. and end of the Jewish sacrificial system. However, the Bible says the opposite. Continue reading “Was The Gospel Preached To The World Before 70 A.D.?”

Revelation 1:1-3

I’ve purposed to spend January in the Book of Revelation. So, from time-to-time this month I may drop a blog post on what I’m reading. Here is Revelation 1:1-3:

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

People talk about how Revelation is so difficult to understand, and yet here, in the first sentence, stated so there is no misunderstanding, is the purpose for which the revelation was given: so God could show Christians “the things which must soon take place.” Continue reading “Revelation 1:1-3”