All Nations Not Gathered Then

If it be said "all nations were not gathered, we reply that the terms of this parable are not to be understood as literal, but as they are used in the New Testament. Matt. 24:9, Christ says the disciples are to be hated by all nations. The Gospel was to be preached to all nations before the destruction of Jerusalem. (5;14) Paige says, "The terms nation and kingdom were sometimes applied by the Jews to any state, province, or even a separate municiple district."

Is it objected that the fire was prepared for the devil and his angels. We answer wicked men are called devils in 2 Tim. 3:3, (diabolos) translated false accusers. Rev. 2:10, "Behold the devil shall cast some of you into prison." Judas was called a devil, John 6:70. Titus 2:8, Aged women are exhorted not to be devils (diabolos, rendered false accusers). The devil and his angels were wicked people.

The events in Matt. 25 have all taken place; the life and the punishment were both limited, and neither the reward promised nor the punishment threatened was to be in the future life. There is no reference to a "General Judgment" in any part of the language.

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