“The good news
Of the gospel
Must first be proclaimed
To all nations.”
καὶ εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη πρῶτον δεῖ κηρυχθῆναι τὸ εὐαγγέλιον.
This verse is unique to Mark, but there is a hint of this in Matthew, chapter 24:14. Jesus said that the good news of the gospel (τὸ εὐαγγέλιον) must first be proclaimed (πρῶτον δεῖ κηρυχθῆναι) to all the gentile nations (καὶ εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη). That would be a difficult task, certainly putting the end times at a further distance. This mission to the gentile nations was a trademark of the Gospel of Mark with its emphasis on gentile non-Jewish Christians.