In Matthew 24, the disciples ask Messiah Yeshua for signs that He is returning. Yeshua gives us quite a list of markers for which to watch. At the end of the birth pang list, right before the desecration of the Temple in Jerusalem, Yeshua says:
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. (Mat. 24:14 KJV)
Charisma reported that a major Bible translator estimates we’re just over 10 years out from having the gospel in every language and to every people group. Here’s an excerpt from the Charisma story:
The Wycliffe Global Alliance reports that there are 2,167 translation projects in progress, while 1,919 languages are waiting for a translation project to begin.
“We are making rapid progress in our goal to have Bible translations in progress in every language still needing one by 2025,” says Bob Creson, president of Wycliffe USA. “These statistics are a clear indicator that we are advancing in the mission God has given us, and I hope they will encourage those who have invested in the Bible translation movement and others who want to join our efforts—our mission is meeting with great success.”
The 1,919 languages that may need Bible translation started represent an estimated 180 million people worldwide. Of these, 1,576 languages—98 million people—have no known Scripture.
“The last translator for the last Bible translation program is alive somewhere in the world today,” Creson says. “We can see the finish line.”
Just sit and meditate on this for a bit. Let the enormity of the time frame sink in.
Maybe it seems farther than some of us sense. Still, consider: Yeshua spoke in Israel some time in the late 20s or early 30s of the first century. We’re in 2013. We’re nearly 2,000 years out from the giving of the prophecy. What’s a 10-year window?
Be sure to read some of the other stories highlighted below, of how the gospel continues to trickle into North Korea, how it is taking hold among the wealthier classes in India, and how our brothers and sisters in dark places are suffering for the sake of our Messiah.
Paper.li works a little like a newspaper. It categorizes the news into topics and is interactive. Click a topic on the right-hand column to “flip the page” and see another set of headlines. #Church includes headlines about persecution of the brothers. #Israel as all stories about “the apple of God’s eye.” #Matthew24 highlight end-time birth pangs detailed by Jesus.
[Editor’s note: Click on the screen capture to peruse the headlines from this week.]