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Christian Pilgrim

 

26. Fulness / Times of the Gentiles



The "Times of the Gentiles" refers to the time between Christ's two comings, culminating in their "fulness" at the end of that time period.

Ephesians 2:11-13 - as opposed to the time when they were "aliens from the commonwealth" and only the Jews were the visible church.

Romans 11:25,26 - "Blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so (i.e. "in this manner," not "then") all Israel shall be saved," i.e. God's way of working is by saving mainly Jews first, followed (after Christ has been to earth the first time) by mainly Gentiles.

Luke 21:24 - Jerusalem "shall be trodded down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." Immediately after this, the signs of the end will appear. Therefore the "times of the Gentiles" continues from AD 70 (when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed) until Christ's second coming, after which the world as we know it will end.

Daniel 9:36 - the "abomination of desolation" sits in the church "until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

Daniel11:36 - "till the indignation be accomplished."

Ephesians 1:10 - The "dispensation of the fulness of times" is at the end of the gospel age.

Revelation 7:14 - the "great tribulation" is the gospel age. Cf. Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24; Luke 21:25.

Acts 3:21 - The heavens receive Christ "until the times of restitution of all things."

Revelation 11:2 - The temple being given to the Gentiles to tread underfoot are the "forty two months" of the gospel age in which the two witnesses  (the witness of the apostles and prophets, i.e. the Bible, and the Holy Spirit) prophesy (v.3).