Bible passage: Matthew 24:14
Written: During the first century
In Matthew 24:14, Jesus prophesied that the Gospel would be preached throughout the world. The word Gospel means "good news." It refers to the good news that by the grace of God our sins are removed because of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.
Soon after Jesus was resurrected about 2,000 years ago, some of his followers, including the Apostles and Paul the evangelist, began traveling to tell people about Jesus and about God's offer of salvation through Jesus.
Christianity was not a legally recognized religion within the Roman Empire during the first three centuries after the resurrection of Jesus. The evangelists were often persecuted and sometimes executed. Even so, the Apostles and Paul, and many others, were willing to risk their lives.
Despite the Roman government's treatment of Christians, Christianity spread throughout the Roman world and became the predominant religion there, while continuing to spread throughout other parts of Africa, Asia and Europe. Christianity later spread to the other continents and became the first religion to establish a significant presence on each of the world's inhabitable continents.
- Research and commentary is based on the book 100 Fulfilled Bible Prophecies. © Ray Konig and AboutBibleProphecy.com.
Here is Matthew 24:14:
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.
(New International Version translation)