Jesus said, "This Gospel of the Kingdom Shall Be Preached in every nation As A Witness." But, by whom and when?
I received this question by email about Revelation 14:6 and whether angels or men will be preaching the gospel before the end:
Considering Rev.14:6 - "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, ..."
Why do we assume that Mt 24:14 refers to man preaching the Gospel to the world? Just a question I have always wanted to ask.
Historical Precedents of Preaching
God has always used man to preach to the masses, not angels (who seem to only appear to the mature righteous). The 3 angels with their messages to preach are introduced when the 144,000 are shown after their sealing with protection on Mt Zion. This for me explains the reason for their sealing, they have work to do in a hostile environment: fulfill Mt 24:14 which has never been done before.
Matthew 24:14 — And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
See, the world has chiefly heard only a little about Jesus, but has not heard the full and accurate message of the Kingdom of God (including what it is exactly, why it is not here now, when it is coming, and most of all, how to qualify to enter it). So the angels are delivering this lost message to the 144,000 to preach. It doesn't say the angels themselves preach it if you read carefully. It would be too convincing and negatively affect our free will if angels were preaching the gospel.
By the way, the end time Elijah prophet of Malachi 4:6 also is tied to this message. Turning people to repentance as it says is what the good news of the kingdom message does. It would make sense for him to start this message using the Internet and then pass the baton to the 144000 when it goes down with WWIII and Wormwood (which by no coincidence is when the 144,000 are sealed).
But notice also that the purpose of the preaching in Mt 24:14 is not to convince everyone, but to serve as a witness before judgment can come. In this way everyone who wanted to repent had the information to do so and could have done so and thus could not say they didn't know or that God is unfair to judge the earth as harshly as he will.
This underlines the fact once again that God is not trying to save everyone now. He is calling his Firstfruits who have the tenacity to choose his way repeatedly against the opposition of Satan and his minions, the world, and their own nature. According to the Bible, their reward is to reign as kings and priests for 1000 years on earth before the Great Harvest "of the rest of the dead" is bought in.