by Mark S. Railey
May 21, 2021
Matthew 24:12-14 is the prophecy that the Gospel of the kingdom will be preached to all nations before the end.
Could it be... that the "end" refers to the final judgement and the creation of a new heaven and a new earth? that "to all nations" refers to all gentile nations and people groups, and that the "Gospel of the kingdom" isn't about building the Christian church (which came into existence centuries after Matthew was written) but rather refers to the Good News that the message of the Torah, which will never pass away, is the vehicle of the Kingdom of God? Yeshua/Jesus, the Word/Torah made/manifested as flesh (John 1), will never pass away... that the Word/Torah can and will be written on your heart and mind, inscribed on your hand - that is, your affections, your thoughts, and your actions... and that the Ruach Hakodesh/Holy Spirit will dwell within you and mark you as a child of God so that the end does not destroy you?
Could it be that "preaching" means instructing/teaching in the rabbinic/teaching pastor sense and that the Messiah will teach Torah from Jerusalem/the Temple to representatives from all nations gathering in Jerusalem and then returning to their countries to teach what the Messiah said; thus fulfilling the prophecy in Matthew 24?
Sadly, Christian teachers of old, have taken this verse to mean the kingdom of God is the Christian world (replacement theology) and that preaching builds the church, when actually, this verse is about the fulfillment of prophesies concerning the coming of the Messiah, teaching the meaning of Torah from Jerusalem to the ends of the Earth, so that the children of God (the lost sheep of Israel and those grafted in - see Ruth) might be marked by the Holy Spirit and thus saved from the destruction to come at the end of the old Earth.