Revelation to the Gentiles (apokalupsin eqnwn). Objective genitive. The Messiah is to be light (pw) for the Gentiles in darkness ( 2 Peter 1:70 ) and glory (doxa) for Israel (cf. Romans 9:1-5 ; Isaiah 49:6 ). The word eqno originally meant just a crowd or company, then a race or nation, then the nations other than Israel (the people, o lao) or the people of God. The word Gentile is Latin from gens, a tribe or nation. But the world-wide mission of the Messiah comes out clearly in these early chapters in Luke.