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.”
Again, we state that the end came for the Jews when the Roman soldiers destroyed Jerusalem in AD 70. So this is not the end pf plannet earth.
Going further on this fact, we look at the words of Paul again in the Book of Romans;
Rom.10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”
Looking at the above , Paul is saying in verse 17 that true faith in Christ comes by the hearing of the Gospel preached as ordinary means of salvation. And that as faith is activated, there will be a revelation of the Arm of the Lord for saving grace of the hearers.
So in verse 18 he asked,
“ ❞ 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝗜 𝘀𝗮𝘆, 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱❞
Who are these that have not heard?
This is the answer to verse16;
“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?”
So who are these people? 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗝𝗲𝘄𝘀
, of course. In other words have the Jews not heard if you say they have not believed?
By implication, have not this singular means of salvation not been placed within the reach of every Jew in Palestine and all those who travel within this Palestinian region and in the different Gentile countries where we have preached the Gospel, speaking of all creatures under heaven that are Jews and Gentiles themselves?
Now this passage is taken from Ps. 19:4, and I quote,
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun.”
So Paul is now saying if they wouldn’t believe despite our preaching so as to be saved, what about the creations of God such as the stars and the moon, etc. up in the galaxy that are a display of the majestic power of God speaking forth His undeniable existence?
Haven’t the Jews heard their voices? Why wouldn’t they still believe?
In other words Ps 19 speaks to us of the heavenly bodies with their sound gong forth into all the earth and their words unto the ends of the world. So as these celestial luminaries have given testimony of the eternal power and Godhead of the Deity to the habitable world, and that the Gospel of Christ has borne testimony to his eternal goodness and mercy to all the land of Palestine and to the whole Roman empire.
Therefore, there is not a part of the promised land where these glad tidings have not been preached. And there is nowhere in the Roman Empire in which the doctrine of Christ crucified has not been heard.
If, therefore, the Jews have not believed, the fault is entirely their own as God has amply furnished them with the means of faith and of salvation. Why? Because “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Ps.19:7).
But let us be mindful of fact that one of the major reasons why they wouldn’t believe is because,
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in”…”26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (Rom. 11:25-26).
So when we read of Rom.10:18,
“But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world,” it is legitimate, therefore, to state that the Jews were primarily being referred to with regards to 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝗘𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗲
, which they were under, 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱.
This has nothing to do with the globe except by way of application.
Don’t forget this Book was written in AD 56-58 and Jerusalem fell in AD 70. That’s some twelve to fourteen years before the Fall.
Next will be, “Does the End of World Equal the Coming of the Lord?”
To be continued…