What are some of the prophetic implications of world missions?
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Greg Pruett who is the president of Pioneer Bible Translators, a premier Bible translation ministry located in the Dallas, Texas area. Greg and I discussed the passage in Matthew 24 that tell us that the Gospel will be preached to all the world and then the end will come. Our objective was to discern if the Bible was telling us that we are now living in the age when that prophecy is finally being fulfilled.
World Missions and the End
Dr. Reagan: Let's take a quick look at some of the prophetic implications of world missions.
Matthew 24:14 says, "that the Gospel will be preached to the whole world and then the end will come." As we have seen in this discussion with Greg Pruett, Bible prophecy is being fulfilled right before our very eyes today through the utilization of modern technology. Communication's tools like short-wave radio, and movies, satellite television, the Internet have furthered and the translation of the Bible into many languages.
But, there is one point I want to make crystal clear, and that is the preaching of the Gospel to all the world is not a condition for the Rapture of the Church. The Bible teaches that the Rapture is an imminent event that could occur at any moment. There are no signs of the Rapture. The signs of the times relate to the Tribulation and the Second Coming. But, when we see these signs accumulating as they are today, you can be assured that the Rapture is right around the corner and that we are living on borrowed time.
One other point, although we are making great progress today in proclaiming the Gospel to all the world, the prophecy in Matthew 24:14 will not be completely fulfilled until near the end of the Great Tribulation. At that time, right before the final pouring out of God's wrath in what the Bible calls the Bowl Judgments, we are told in Revelation 14:6 that God in His infinite mercy will send forth an angel to proclaim the Gospel to every person on planet earth, giving mankind one last opportunity to repent. The message proclaimed to the whole world by that Gospel angel will constitute the final fulfillment of the prophecy in Matthew 24:14, and then the end of this present age will come with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Now, folks, that will not be the end of the world, only the end of this present age, for when Jesus returns He will set up His Millennial reign whereby He will rule over all the world from Mount Zion in Jerusalem for a thousand years. Then the world will be flooded with peace, righteousness, and justice.
In summary, the return of our Lord is going to occur in two stages. First will be the Rapture of the Church, which is an event that could occur at any moment. Second, the Second Coming will occur at the end of the Tribulation after the Gospel has been proclaimed to every person on earth.
Are you ready for the Rapture? If Jesus were to appear in the Heavens today, would you be called to Him, or would you be left behind to face the terrors of the Antichrist during the Great Tribulation? If you are not ready I pray you will reach out to God in prayer, confess you are a sinner, repent of those sins, and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Don't put it off. Do it now! Do it now because your life will be transformed, for you will receive the gift of the indwelling of God's Holy Spirit who will serve as your Guide and Comforter, and He will give you the strength to cope with the evil of this world.
Look up, be watchful, for our redemption is drawing near!