Matt. 24:13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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.”

With questions coming to me because of Part 1 of this subject matter, I felt compelled to give answers by looking at the statement of Jesus in the above passage. What did Jesus really mean by 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗡 𝗦𝗛𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗘𝗡𝗗 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗘? What end was He referring to? The end of the world?

And if we tie this to His supposed second coming as we have believed it to mean, it simply shows Christ is not prepared to come now; or we are the ones hindering His coming. Because the only condition He gave was the preaching of the Message of the Kingdom of God.

And largely the church has not started doing this, for we are only good at preaching what we assumed to be the salvation message; prosperity, deliverance, Apostolic, Prophetic, realms, generational curses, etc. But that which He priced most highly and gave as a sign for the end to come is not touched by those whom He has sent to do so.

So why would He come if this means the end of the world.

Now He tied this Message also to not only “before the end should come,” but that those who endure to “the end shall be saved.” But saved from what is the question.

If enduring until He comes is when we can be saved, does it mean we are not saved now? If we are saved now, what else are we to be saved from?

You see how complex our belief has made His simple statement to be? Yet we don’t care how we shout this in our preaching about someone enduring to the end to be saved, even using this in our witnessing.

But let us do a simple work on this passage to find out who is to be saved, from what, what the end means, and the WORLD to which this message must be preached.

The word WORLD is not speaking of the globe or the universe. Please don’t be deceived into believing that, even if you have done so before now.

The GREEK word used here is “𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗹𝗵 𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗶𝗸𝗼𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗵.❞ And this is meant here to be not more than the Roman empire; this is what “pasan thn oikoumenhn,” stands for.

Otherwise read this; Luke 2:1,

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out 𝒂 𝒅𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑪𝒂𝒆𝒔𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒖𝒈𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒔, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒂𝒙𝒆𝒅.❞

Is it true that Augustus Caesar taxed even those in Africa here? So we know that this is talking of the entire Roman Empire as of then. But it is called the world. It wasn’t the globe or the universe.

So while it is true that the gospel preached within the Roman Empire got to places like Greece and Italy, the greatest theatres of action then in the world went further, as far north as SCYTHIA; as far south as ETHIOPIA; to the east as PARTHIA and INDIA; and as far west as SPAIN and BRITAIN.

All these were after the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 largely, whereas the Book of Matthew was written in AD 61, that’s some 9 years before the fall of Jerusalem. And Jesus made this statement some 40 years before the fall.

So those who should endure to the end were largely the Jews, His disciples; and the end was the fall of Jerusalem.

They were to be saved from that calamity that befell the city. Those who endured to the end were saved, as they hearken to the word of Jesus which I shall state in the next Part.

So the Gospel of His Kingdom got to the end of the Roman Empire (the then world) before Jerusalem fell; and it was to serve as a witness to the Jews, so that they would have no excuses.

It was not referring to you, except as we shall see prophetically in Ps. 19.

So as indicated in Part 1, the globe is not ending, but the system of men is what the Bible teaches.

To be continued…