According to Jesus. the end will not come until this gospel of the kingdom of God is proclaimed to all nations.
When the subject of the Second Coming is raised, inevitably, the question of what “sign” or “signs” will precede it is asked. And invariably, wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, famines, and similar catastrophes are pointed to as harbingers of the end. But Jesus himself gave us the definitive answer – The completion of the mission of the Church.
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All too often, the “Good News” about the Kingdom of God has been perverted into good news for some, but bad news for a great many others. This occurs each-and-every time representatives of the “church” associate the message of Jesus with specific nations, races, cultures, political systems, and ideologies. Unfortunately, this has been a frequent pattern throughout much of church history.
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According to Paul, the land promised to Abraham envisioned the inclusion of the entire world – Romans 4:13.
God began to redeem humanity with His covenant with Abraham, beginning with the summons for him to leave his homeland for the “land that I will show you.” Yahweh would make him into a “great nation,” and in the Patriarch, He would “bless all the clans of the earth.” And from the start, the land promise was central to the covenant.
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The church is called to proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God in every inhabited corner of the earth before Jesus returns in glory.
After his resurrection, Jesus declared that “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me; therefore, go and make disciples of all nations.” During his ministry, the disciples were not to preach to the Gentiles, though he did so several times in anticipation of opening the gospel to the “nations.” But initially, they were to proclaim it only to the “lost sheep of Israel.”
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In his letter to Titus, did Paul refer to one or two future comings of Jesus? – Titus 2:13.
Consistently, every New Testament passage about the future “coming” of Jesus describes one, and only one “coming,” with the one possible exception in Paul’s letter to Titus. In that passage, do “blessed hope” and “glorious appearance” refer to the same or to separate events? Will there be two (or more) comings of Jesus in power and glory?
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