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Answering The Atheist
October 22, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 43

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
When will the end of the world come? Matthew 10:23 indicates before the gospel is preached to all the cities of Israel, but Matthew 24:14 says after the gospel is preached to all the nations of the earth. Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
Neither Matthew 10:23 or Matthew 24:14 are references to the end of the world. Matthew 10:23 is a reference to the Son of man coming into His kingdom, much the same as Matthew 16:28, where Jesus said, "...there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom." Matthew 24:14 is in a context which speaks about the destruction of Jerusalem. Prior to that event, the gospel would have been spread throughout the world. In Colossians 1:23, Paul reveals that the gospel had been spread throughout the world by 63 AD, the time when he wrote that book. It reads, "...if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was also preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister."

There is no contradiction here.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible