About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
All Mean All?
I understand that
not every time you read the word "all" in the Bible it actually
means "all." Maybe
you have never thought about it, but like all words, the word
"all" needs to be understood in its Biblical context.
for example, says that all inhabitants of the earth will worship the
beast. If you stop reading
there you will think that everyone in the world will worship the beast.
That's not the case. The
word "all" is modified by the next phrase.
It says that all of those whose names were not written in the book
of life will worship the beast. Contextually
speaking, the word "all" in the first part of Revelation 13:8
doesn't mean all.
1 John 2:27 says
that the anointing of the Holy Spirit will teach us "all
things." Does "all
things" mean "all things" here?
Will the Holy Spirit teach you how to build a nuclear bomb?
Will the Holy Spirit teach you how to cheat on your income tax
form? Will He teach a
Christian university student mathematical principles in the process of
learning software development? I
think it's obvious. In 1 John
2:27 "all things" doesn't mean "all things."
In context, all things refer to things the Holy Spirit teaches that
enables us to distinguish between true and false doctrine.
All of the above
being said, if there is no contextual reason not to assume that
"all" means "all" I believe we can safely conclude
that "all" does mean "all."
Joel 3:2 is an example. Joel
says that God will gather "all nations" of the earth into the Valley
of Jehoshaphat. There, He will put all
nations on trial for what they have done to His inheritance and His people
Israel. He then warns all nations to
prepare for war. Some
Christians do not believe "all" means "all" in this
verse. They say that some
clearly states that all nations "of the earth" will find their
way to the Valley
of Jehoshaphat. When the text says "all
nations of the earth," I suggest it means all nations of the earth,
I believe Zechariah
12:3 speaks to the same event as seen in Joel 3:2.
Zechariah predicted the day when "all the nations of the
earth" (same wording as Joel 3:2) will mount an attack against
My point is simple.
If there ever was a world war, Zechariah and Joel predicted it.
All nations of the earth, including Canada, America, and every other western nation, will mount an attack on