Loading

Before Jesus comes, does the Gospel need to go to the whole world?

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14
Jesus, as he speaks of future events that will occur in Matthew 24 (in a speech known as the Olivet Discourse) says that the gospel will be preached to the whole world.

The term “world” is the same Greek word used in Luke 2 for the “world-wide” Roman census. Did the “world” include Eskimos and Peruvians? The term, for them, meant the world that they knew, that fell under Roman rule.

Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him—to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16:25-27

Even Paul recognized the call to reach all the nations and, because of his efforts, moved the Gospel to Asia and Europe (reaching, he hoped, as far as Spain, the western most point on the Roman Empire).

Jesus was talking about his coming in judgment to the temple in 70 AD when Roman forces destroyed the Jewish worship center, not his second coming when the world ends. In that amount of time, the Gospel did reach the furthest reaches of the known world to the nations under Roman rule.