The Times Of The Gentiles?

…Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.(Luke 21:24 b)

In my last article  I observed that the events of the past week may well lead to the complete fulfillment of several end time prophecies.

I refer to the shoot out on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel’s holiest site.

*Three ‘Palestinian’ terrorists murdered two Druze policemen on the platform [,which is the former site of both Jewish temples.

  • The Jerusalem police department , no longer willing to allow the Holy Temple site to be a refuge for terrorists, took control of the site, for the first time in 2000 years.
  • A large metal detector was erected at the entrance as an allowance for Arabs who want to pray there.
  • Predictably Arab boycotts, riots, shootings and vandalism have broken out in response, but the Jews have held their ground so far; all visitors to the Temple Mt will be screened by metal detectors, (This has been the case thus far for all but Muslims).
  • Israel has seized control of the  Temple Mount from the custodianship of Jordanian Waqf.
  • (Evidently by the time of the writing of this article, Jewish authorities have taken down the Metal detectors at the gates ad installed sluices for Muslim worshippers to pass through, to make it easier to spot any one with a package or bulk,  to be pulled out of line and inspected with hand held metal detectors.)

Jesus said that Jerusalem would always be “trodden underfoot of the gentiles”, a technical, ritualistic term, which means she would be ceremonially defiled. This could only refer to what lies at the heart of Jerusalem, the holiest place to all of Judea, the place which was sanctified for the location of the first and second temples. This situation would continue until the fulfillment of the “Time of the Gentiles”.

This is why Moshe Dayan turned the Temple Mount over to the custody of Jordanian Waqf immediately after Jewish Paratroopers seized the city of Jerusalem and famously wept at the “Wailing wall” the section of retaining wall of Both Temples.

HE no doubt didn’t know why he was doing it, he had his own orders from the Golda Meir Government, which was largely secular and even atheistic. From his perspective, it was reasonable to appease the Muslims, and not rile their sensibilities by driving the Waqf off of the site.

But the real Spiritual reason had to do with the timing of God. Evidently ,June 1967 was not the time of the fulfillment of the “times of the Gentiles”. I do believe that time is drawing very near and these recent events have served as a portent of that.

What exactly did Jesus mean by the expression, ” the Times of the Gentiles”?

The expression refers to the situation Judah found itself in, from the time of the Babylonian captivity. Judah and the remnant of Israel would lose their national sovereignity as a result of her repeated and unrepentant sin.

One Gentile power after another would rule over her, as Daniel saw in his interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2. Until the very time of the end, the Jews would be ruled and supervised by Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome (the Roman phase would come in several long phases, the two Legs ,Feet, iron mixed with clay, and finally ten toes.

Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, and fairly recently British, then the U.N. and America,  have all had their turn at ruling or supervising over Israel, and the Jewish remnant.

Jerusalem has and will become a tremendous controversy, a literal “burdensome stone” and  “Cup of trembling”  to the Gentiles,(Nations of the world), the Kings of the earth shall deliberate over her, as if she is theirs to divide and distribute. The UN has split Jerusalem in two, and spend a good deal of time deliberating over the status of Jerusalem.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.  Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail. (Psalm 48:1-6)

One day soon this will come to an end.

Paul, like Jesus before him, referred to the ‘fulness of the gentiles’, yet to come in. Evidently there is a set number of Gentiles slated to be saved,

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.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.(Romans 11:24-27)

When you see Jewish Sovereignity over her most Holy site, know for sure that the time of the gentiles is coming to its conclusion and that the new order of Messiah is drawing nigh.



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7 Responses to The Times Of The Gentiles?

  1. Jody says:

    Wow! I am ready to rock and roll!! Come soon Lord!!

  2. Rock solid stuff, very insightful Bill

  3. Dmarie says:

    Thank you, LORD, for giving us Your SURE WORD of Prophecy…
    which You are faithful to KEEP!!! We can LOOK UP and KNOW that our redemption draws near!
    All GLORY to Our King 🙂 Help us to ‘be on guard’ and not carried away by the cares and pleasures of this very temporary world… so that we will have strength to STAND when He returns 🙂 amen

  4. Jeff says:

    Matthew 6:9Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

    9 You, therefore, pray like this:

    ‘Our Father in heaven!
    May your Name be kept holy.
    Holy isn’t a word Jesus would use beyond what The Father knows it means, and Jesus understood what God would do to keep his name .This verse can be used to understand what The Lord will do in our day about Christianity , He rejects it because it is not The Church that Jesus built. The decision to repent of your unbelief and believe in Jesus ( as Lord ) is a completely separate decision from calling yourself christian. The one makes you a part of Christ’s Church , the other makes you a part of Christianity . By calling yourself Christian you attach the holy name of The Lord to all the sin and wickedness that is allowed in the religion that man built. That makes you all heretics , not against Christianity but heretics against the holy Name of the Ancient of Days.

    Jesus is done with every Christian church and will build His Church without them. Our identity must be found in Christ Messiah and not found in any other place, the work of the enemy is to slander God’s holy name .
    32 You are not to profane my holy name; on the contrary, I am to be regarded as holy among the people of Isra’el; I am Adonai, who makes you holy, 33 who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God; I am Adonai.”
    We are called to love The Father far above all other things, Jesus does and he will do what he must to present a holy people before Him. No one can know the Father unless they keep in step with Jesus , He is The Way.

    • John says:

      Jeff, you say that Jesus is done with every Christian Church, as though there were no members of any of the Churches worthy of Him. Moses found that the chosen people of God were not perfect, and was so torn that he even offered his own life so that they might be saved, and amazingly Paul did the same for the Church, saying that he could wish that he were cast away instead of them . Of course only Jesus can be our sacrifice, only He is perfect. On your own comment, Jesus would “have done with the Church”, but He won’t because that is precisely why He came to the earth, to save us. There are those in the Church who believe on His name, and put their trust in Him. As “all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God”, you would yourself come under the same condemnation of being “done with”, and since all have sinned, where would Jesus find the bricks to build His Church with??

  5. jonahzsong says:

    The Jewish Quarter of the old city, liberated as you point out, is the only Quarter to be rebuilt completely. It had to be; it was completely destroyed by Arabs. When the Arabs retreated, they were told by their own leaders to leave everything behind, that they would be coming back soon. They abandoned their own land, homes, what belongings they couldn’t carry. Israel did not start the war; G-d, however, saw to it that Israel not only won, but regained some of its original boundary. The Jewish Quarter, as all of Israel, is beautiful today. Everywhere Israel has reclaimed is fruitful. There are places–border areas–between Israel and Arab-held land that appear as if on a fire line in a forest fire; one side is bleak, unplanted or plowed, while the other is cultivated, planted. The Arabs could have done the same, but choose not to do so.

    L-rd Bless, Keep, and Shine upon you and yours. . .

    • Jeanne T. says:

      “The Jewish Quarter, as all of Israel, is beautiful today. Everywhere Israel has reclaimed is fruitful. There are places–border areas–between Israel and Arab-held land that appear as if on a fire line in a forest fire; one side is bleak, unplanted or plowed, while the other is cultivated, planted. The Arabs could have done the same, but choose not to do so.”

      I know what you are talking about, jonahzsong; you are exactly right. In 1985 I went to Israel with a friend. We had rented a car and just drove around the country. One day we even got right up near the Syrian border; we probably wouldn’t be able to do that today! We saw tanks, probably from the six-day war, maybe the Yom Kippur War, sitting and rusting in a field. I think the Israelis just decided to leave them there as a testament. Another day we picked up some Israeli soldiers and gave them a ride. But one we made a trip into Hebron (probably couldn’t go there today, either). I still have the beautiful blue Hebron glass vase I bought there. (Hebron is noted for its glass making.) As we were entering there on the dirt road that brought you into Hebron, there was a beautiful, flourishing Israeli settlement on one side. On the other side of the road was dry desert, bleak, nothing flourishing. There was an Arab (Muslim) woman sitting on the side of the road under a tree, completely covered in black (this was summer in the desert, mind you), with a donkey. The contrast couldn’t have been more stark, and looking back, it really was a picture of blessing and curse.

      Hebron glass:

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