Act 2:5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, FROM EVERY NATION of those under heaven.
Act 2:6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because they were hearing each one speaking in his own language.
Therefore, scripturally, the prerequisite is fulfilled. All nations under heaven heard the gospel as per scripture, shortly after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
This should adjust some views on time-frames and where we are at amongst some, as they would be waiting for what has already come to pass]]>
I had the same thought. Unfortunately, our Church tends to be consumately traditionalist and it’s hard to see them truly exploiting the possibilities of online communication and community to its fullest.]]>
Are you implying that the next time the Lord comes to the earth will be the “Second Coming”?
I think that one of the problems with the question originally posed is the term “Second Coming”.
The inspired versions of of Matthew 21 and Luke 12 inform us that Christ comes to the earth in secret “as a thief in the night” three different times during three different “watches” or dispensations BEFORE he comes in his glory.
It informs us that his earthly ministry to the Jews in the meridian of time was the first watch. The interpretation of what the second two watches are, are not explained.
I would suggest the possibility that the foundation movement when the church was restored to the earth in the 1800′s was the second watch. He repeatedly told the Saints he was in their midst working through his servant even though they could not see him. (A select few did see him walk through the room during the school of the prophets, etc)
The third watch would appear to be the marvelous work or strange act that is yet to take place BEFORE his coming in glory.]]>
As a general comment, if the Lord is going to come as a thief in the night, I would suppose that some of what will happen prior to His coming will surprise us, perhaps in ways that don’t fit with our conception of the “checklist” of things that need to happen first. Which says to me thinking I have at least x number of years because I think I might have the signs figured out could be dangerous. Thus, I think we should live as if He could come today.
This clearly implies that *complete* conversion is not requisit to “abiding the day”–that is, if the analogue holds true.]]>
I have always considered the source of this doctrine to be Matt 24:14 which Mark quoted in #12. As Jesus goes through the signs of the times, he says talks about how there will be wars and rumors of wars twice (JS-M 1:23,28). People are always confusing “wars and rumors of wars” as the sign of the times. As I read it, the wars and rumors of wars are meant to represent “business as usual.” There are always wars and rumors of wars. So, when he says there will be wars, he is saying “things will be going on as always” and the end is not yet. (By the way, I have seen this same argument advanced by C.S. Lewis and by Nibley.) But, when he gets to the preaching of the gospel in all nations he says, “and then the end shall come, or the destruction of the wicked.” Note that the verse is explicit about what it means by the “end of the world.”
Like you, I have wondered how this will be fulfilled.]]>
Hmmm. You leave me much to ponder and study over. Thank you for that:)]]>