One might ask, why would this particular question be asked? )), Dispensational commentator Edward R. Roustio writes that “in all the world” means that the “gospel was spreading all over the Roman Empire.” ((Edward R. Roustio, “The Epistle to the Colossians,” Liberty Bible Commentary, 589.)) Next, they are to make disciples of all nations. Possibly. To demand statistical exactness in such a context would be to require what is never required in similar cases.” ((Lightfoot, St. Paul’s Epistles to the Colossians and Philemon, 163.)) Some would argue, “What about the innocent jungle native in the deep parts of the Amazon?” My answer to them is, nobody is innocent (Rom 3:10-12, 23). )), All the commentators Ice quotes understand that the passage is not meant to be interpreted literally. Messages: 925. In his article, Ice quotes R. C. H. Lenski in support of his position, but he does so selectively: “The Colossians are to remember that its range is world-wide, the very opposite of the little Judaistic sectlet that has somehow appeared in their midst.” ((R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of St. Paul’s Epistles to the Colossians, to the Thessalonians, to Timothy, to Titus and to Philemon (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House,  1964), 26.)) 24:34). ((Leon Morris, The Epistle to the Romans (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1988), 547.)) To admit this, Ice would have to abandon dispensationalism. The Antichrist has not yet appeared, as we shall show in the next discourse. “Having revealed this truth to Paul, God ordered it preached to all the Gentile nations.” This passage informs us that the Gospel message has been introduced into the entire world and was intended for every human being throughout all creation. Let’s allow dispensational commentator Norman L. Geisler to address the meaning of the passage: “to every creature under heaven. We have seen how Colossians 1:6 and 1:23 use similar language. Did they think they’d ever reach every single person in those nations in their lifetime? He tells them that “their voice has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world” (10:18). Also, the Jews, as a nation, have not yet cast off the thick veil that prevents them from acclaiming as God Him whom they crucified. Lenski notes that “the commentators call the phrase a popular hyperbole” (26-27). Unlike Ice, they admit that these global phrases mean nothing more than the world in which Paul and the early church lived. Some went into Asia-Minor (now Turkey), others into Africa and Rome, while some even went as far as India and Great Britain (we believe). Remember, the most of early church lived with the expectation that Jesus was coming back in their lifetime. B. Lightfoot on Colossians 1:23 below, but he does not quote him on 1:6 where Lightfoot states that “in all the world” is “hyperbole,” comparing it to Romans 1:8 (“throughout the whole world”), 1 Thessalonians 1:8 (“in every place”), and 2 Corinthians 2:14 (“in every place”). Paul even wanted to go to Spain. Ice continues: “So this is not a statement about whether the Gospel has been preached to a certain area per se; it is a statement about the arrival of the Gospel as a global message.” Wrong. Add to these the work of missionaries and Bible tracts that have been distributed worldwide, so on the surface at least, it appears that all nations have been reached. Has every human being who’s ever lived been exposed to the gospel? In Last Days Madness and Wars and Rumors of Wars I argue that this passage fulfills the demands of Matthew 24:14 since Paul declared that the gospel had “been made known to all nations,” a direct fulfillment of Matthew 24:14 (Rom. This is why dispensational commentator Homer A. Kent, Jr. can also claim that “the statement is a legitimate use of literary hyperbole, and should be regarded as a generalization not requiring statistical exactness.” ((Kent, Treasures of Wisdom, 57.)). This year seems to fit the description found in Matthew 24:7 —“nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Contemporary English Version When the good news about the kingdom has been preached all over the world and told to all nations, the end will come. Given Ice’s penchant for being a literalist, it’s rather surprising to read how he dances around these global-language texts. This statement could have been made on the day of Pentecost when the Church was born since it speaks to the fact that the Gospel mystery tells us that it is not just for Jews, but will include Gentiles as well. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any … December 18, 2020 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | Ted N.C. Wilson. And the Gospel must first be published among all nations. Once again, Ice quotes the commentators selectively. Ice is so intent in defending dispensationalism against its many interpretive problems that he selectively quotes commentators. Has the Gospel Been Preached to All the World? Although this passage does not use kosmos, Ice links it with Colossians 1:6. Ice quotes J. All Rights Reserved. 1:8).” ((Norman L. Geisler, “Colossians,” Bible Knowledge Commentary, 675. Yes the master deceiver has Christianity fooled for centuries into believing that, that original (Gospel) has always been faithfully preached, and is presently being faithfully taught unto all nations by the church and churches even today, We know God exists. If we are His disciples, then these commands are for us too. When the good news about the kingdom has been preached all over the world and told to all nations, the end will come. The gospel had come to the Colossians “just as in all the world.” Paul says much more than Ice’s minimalist approach: [The gospel] which has come to you, just as in all the world [kosmos] also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth (Col. 1:6). Again, all nations do not mean all people in all nations, since that is logistically impossible. The Joshua Project shows numerous communities as 'unreached' even in Europe, United States and Australia (including two of Australia's biggest cities). Has Matthew 24:14 been fulfilled? 24:14) before “this generation” – their generation – passed away, that is, prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. Whatever commands He gave them, they are to give the new believers. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:19-20 Contrary to Ice, Morris writes that “the gospel has been made known, and been made known to the Gentiles [nations/ἔθνη] (cf. Managed by Chittam Technology Solutions, LLC. After Jesus’ resurrection, He gave His disciples some marching orders. You he has now reconciled . We can only warn those who are perishing without Christ to come to Him in faith and put their trust in Him. By no means! Is it possible that the gospel’s now been preached “to all nations?”. Paul was simply using hyperbole to make the case that “the gospel did spread with remarkable swiftness in the comparatively few years after Pentecost, and no one can state precisely just where its geographical limits were.” ((Homer A. Kent, Jr., Treasures of Wisdom: Studies in Colossians and Philemon (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1978), 57.)) As concerning what Jesus was saying matt 24 has been fulfilled. “The gospel must first be preached to all the nations” (Mark 13:10). There is no way to know how long it will be; we can only know that it will be! Liddon says that “to all the nations” speaks “of the range of destination. Then look at Revelation 14:6-7. Whoever isn’t reached in “all nations” still has no excuse, because they know God exists, but they simply exchanged that truth for a lie (Rom 1:21-23). 1:5).” ((Morris, Epistle to the Romans, 547.)) It’s interesting that Ice quotes J. When Jesus commanded the disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, did this mean just reaching the nations, or reaching every single person in those nations? Those who deny the obvious existence of God are only suppressing this knowledge, which means in the Greek, they are “holding down by force” this knowledge; therefore, they really are “without excuse.”. Has The Gospel Now Been Preached To All Nations? How does fellow-dispensational commentator John A. Witmer interpret “the whole world” language of Romans 1:8? Matthew 24:13-15 King James Version (KJV) 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. It is exciting to imagine that the coming of Christ may come on the very heels of the last person on Earth hearing the Gospel. I think they understood that meant they were to go into all parts of the nations around them, knowing that not every single person everywhere on earth would have a chance to hear the gospel in their lifetimes. Has the Gospel been preached, in all the world? : For the Romans he [Paul] rejoiced that news of their faith had spread all over the world, a hyperbole meaning throughout the Roman Empire. i.8 [‘in every place’]. Notices that Jesus’ disciples are given an imperative command in the Greek, where it is says, “Go therefore.”, New Get the daily Faith In The News Story in your FB messenger. Matthew 28:19-20; Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. 1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Revelation 6 & Amos 1-4 No, but does that mean God is not fair? Just click the blue button to get started. Jesus said in Matthew 24:14 that the end will come when the gospel has been preached to all nations of the Earth. The Joshua Project definition of unreached can not mean that there are so many places where the gospel … And this prophecy has been fulfilled as TRUTH: his Gospel was not wiped out, it was preached in the whole wide world. New Get the daily Faith In The News Story in your FB messenger. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Neither Ron Rhodes nor Thomas Ice can reconcile their futuristic claims with what the Bible states. Not at all. Feb 7, 2020. Read what the Apostle Paul’s response was to those who don’t believe in God and why he says they have no excuse: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. One last argument that needs to be dealt with is Ice’s understanding of Romans 16:26. These are found in Mark, Matthew, and repeated again in the Book of Acts. Pillar # 3 The Return of Yeshua will take place after the Gospel of the Kingdom has been adequately preached to all nations (ethnic groups). Paul is talking about the sphere of preaching, not that every creature was preached unto.” ((James R. Gray, Prophecy On The Mount (Chandler, AZ: Berean Advocate Ministries, 1991), 62.)) )), Woodrow Michael Kroll, another dispensationalist, takes a similar approach when he states that Paul speaks of the Romans’ faith in “world-wide terms,” a common expression for “everyone” without distinction not everyone without exception. 2:7, NIV). We know that God will still hold all people accountable for the light that they’ve been given about God. In brief commentary on Jesus and the Olivet Discourse, he states, “In the Olivet Discourse. Saying the Gospel has been preached is different then everyone ahs heard the word, there are millions of Muslims who have not heard the word. Before Jesus ascended up to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father in glory, “Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. But, back to the gospel… The Joshua Project tracks the spread of the gospel to the nations of the world. And Jesus gives them the authority to do this (Matt 28:18). Our answer depends on how we define the word “nations.”. But as we’ve seen, the New Testament’s understanding of “world,” whether oikoumenē or kosmos, says this is a done deal in terms of what people understood these words to mean in their day. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. The word “nation” as found in Matthew 24:14 is the Greek word “Ethnos.”. 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