But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 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. (Matthew 24:13-14)
The reason I put these two scriptures together for this post is due to the commonality of the word “end” and relation to the age. See “3 Questions.” The age in particular in which I believe it to be is that of the 1st century. Futurist will have you to believe these scriptures are applied to the spreading of the gospel of our day. When the last person hears the gospel, the end will come via the rapture. I believe that this interpretation is losing ground due to our present day technology and the truth being told about the 1st century.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (vs 13)
“The persecutions that shall come – unto the end; to the destruction of the Jewish polity, without growing cold or apostatizing – shall be saved, shall be delivered in all imminent dangers, and have his soul at last brought to an eternal glory. It is very remarkable that not a single Christian perished in the destruction of Jerusalem, though there were many there when Cestius Gallus invested the city; and, had he persevered in the siege, he would soon have rendered himself master of it; but, when he unexpectedly and unaccountably raised the siege, the Christians took that opportunity to escape. See Eusebius, Hist. Eccles lib. iii. c. 5, and Mr. Reading’s note there; and see the note here on Mat_24:20 (note).”(Adam Clarke)
“with a temporal salvation, when Jerusalem, and the unbelieving inhabitants of it shall be destroyed: for those that believed in Christ, many of them, through persecution, were obliged to remove from thence; and others, by a voice from heaven, were bid to go out of it, as they did; and removed to Pella, a village a little beyond Jordan (u), and so were preserved from the general calamity; and also with an everlasting salvation, which is the case of all that persevere to the end, as all true believers in Christ will.” (John Gill)
“and so much more as ye see the day approaching.” There seems little room for doubt that the first reference here is to the destruction of the Jewish commonwealth, which was now very nigh for this epistle was written within less than eight years before Jerusalem was captured by Titus. That terrible catastrophe had been foretold, again and again, by Israel’s prophets, and was plainly announced by the Lord Jesus in Luke 21. The approach of that dreadful “day” could be plainly seen or perceived by those possessing spiritual discernment: the continued refusal of the Nation to repent of their murder of Christ, and the abandoning of Christianity for an apostate Judaism by such large numbers, clearly presaged the bursting of the storm of God’s judgment. This very fact supplied an additional motive for genuine Christians to remain faithful. The Lord Jesus promised that His followers should be preserved from the destruction of Jerusalem, but only as they attended to His cautions in Luke 21:8, 19, 34, etc., only as they persevered in faith and holiness, Matt. 24:13. The particular motive unto diligence here set before the Hebrews is applicable to other Christians just to the extent that they find themselves in similar circumstances.” (A.W. Pink on Volume 2 Commentary on Hebrews (10:25).
“Even for those who interpret the ‘end’ in Matthew 24:13 to be some future ‘end,’ that future ‘end’ is not the end” (Gary DeMar)
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. (Matthew 24:14)
When you read in your bible, you will see words like “world” and “under heaven.” This does not mean literally the entire earth. It does mean the known world at that time which was the Roman Empire. The gospel was preached to the whole world (known world) by 70 ad. Obviously, the gospel doesn’t stop. But in relation to the age, it is a factor pointing to the end of the Jewish age.
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. (Acts 2:5)
And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; (Acts 17:6)
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. (Romans 1:8)
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; (Col 1:23)
Before Scotty, there was the “Spirit of the Lord.”
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, (Beam me up Scotty!)that the eunuch saw him no more:(Maybe more than Philip was beamed city to city which would make the gospel go out faster for the 1st century fulfillment!) and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea. (Acts 8:39-40)
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