Posted by: Nito | May 12, 2018

Are the Times of the Gentiles Fulfilled?

Romans 11:25 contains a prophecy that, in general, Jews would not recognise Jesus as their Messiah (i.e. they would have spiritual blindness) until the “fullness of the Gentiles” is accomplished. It reads:

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (KJV).

The “fulness” is the translation of the Greek word plērōma which means repletion or completion, and is in KJV also translated as”fulfilling” and “full”. However, it’s also used to indicate the content that is put into something to fill it up as well as that something (e.g. a container) that is being filled up.

This gives us a picture of the body of believers (Christ’s body) that is being filled up with the presence, power, agency and riches of God and of Christ so that, at the appropriate time, when its filled up to the brim, it starts spilling over into the whole world. In other words, it gives us a picture of the world-wide End Times Revival.

In Romans 11:15 Paul describes the impact of the End Times Revival with the following words: “For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” (KJV) If we take this literally, the End Times Revival will be so great that raising people from the dead will be a common occurrence around the world!

So, when is this End Times Reveal going to happen? Luke 21:20-24 describes the account of Jesus talking about the coming destruction of Jerusalem (in 70 AD) and what would happen afterwards. In Luke 21:24 he gives the prophecy that the “times of the Gentiles” will be fulfilled when Jerusalem comes back under the Jewish control:

“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (KJV).

The word “fulfilled” is the translation of the Greek word plēroō, which plērōma (mentioned above) comes from. Plēroō means to make replete, filled and well supplied with something, so in reference to the “times of the Gentiles”, it conveys the meaning that when this time period would finish (i.e. when Jerusalem is back into Jewish hands) the end result will be the “fullness of the Gentiles”.

If we connect these three verses together we get the picture that the End Time Revival, with the greatest miracles signs and wonders the world has ever seen, the one that has been prophesied about, and the one everyone is praying and waiting for, would start when Jews take back control over Jerusalem.

But, what throws us a little bit off is that Jews took control over Jerusalem back in June 1967, and the above-described End Time Revival, in that shape or form, hasn’t happen yet. However, the world saw the outpouring of the Spirit in various places in the world, so the spilling over from “the fullness of the Gentiles” has certainly started!

If we look more carefully into the expression “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles” from Luke 21:24, we get this sense that Gentiles have laid claim on the ownership of Jerusalem (i.e. as opposed to Jerusalem being Jewish), which they were able to support with their military presence in the Holy City from 70 AD to 1967 (note that Crusaders also count under the “Gentiles” category).

So, even after the Six-Day War, when Jews took physical control over the city, certain Gentiles still laid claim to Jerusalem and this was a hot political issue for the last 50 years. Nevertheless, when President Trump announced in December 2017, “that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” that Gentile claim was drowned in water.

This coming Monday, May 14th 2018, marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the modern state of Israel back in May 14th 1948.  On the same Monday USA will open its new embassy in Jerusalem. Other countries will follow. This signifies that Israel finally has the full control, both physical and political, over its capital Jerusalem. I believe this marks the end of the “times of the Gentiles” and accomplishes the “fullness of the Gentiles.”

If this is correct, the full-blown world-wide End Time Revival is about to begin. Pentecost falls on the May 20th. Are you excited and expectant? I certainly am!

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