Monday, May 17, 2010

Age of Gentiles Prophecy Fulfilled (Fleshed Out)

This is a little something to flesh out the proof that the 'Age of the Gentiles' has come to an end.  Sure many of you realize this… it's old news but have we gleaned what this really means?  I'll touch on it during this and in a teaching to come… as we are not to sit idle and say 'Yep, it happened… it's true'… but not change and conform to where God is heading with His ultimate plan.

Yes, God has promised many times in the bible that one day his face would be turned back to his chosen people, Israel. (Ezek. 36:19-24), (Ezek. 37:15-23), (Isa. 54:4-7). And: Luke 21:24 states about Israel: "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." This is speaking of the hard times Israel will come across until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled and God turns his face back to them.
Rom 11:25-29
  1. “For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery--so that you will not be wise in your own estimation--that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB."
  3. From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of {God's} choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

This again is a warning to the Gentiles that God will turn his face back to Israel when the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Hebrews 8:8-12 states about Israel:
  1. “For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 
  2. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
  3. For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

Again God has said he will turn back to Israel. There is another component to the scriptures. Luke 21:24 states: ".....and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." Rom. 11:25 states: ".......blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in." These scriptures make it clear that the days of the gentile are not continuous and have an appointed end. Another point is that both of these scriptures mention occurrences that will happen at the end of the gentile period.
1.) Jerusalem shall no longer be trodden down of the gentiles.
2.) Partial blindness will no longer happen to Israel.
[In Romans 11:11, Paul wrote:  "I say then have they (the Jews) stumbled that they should fall? God forbid; but rather through their fall salvation is come unto Gentiles, for TO PROVOKE THEM TO JEALOUSY."]
So according to these scriptures there will be an end to God's grace toward the gentiles, when this end comes Jerusalem shall again be in the hands of the Jews, and at that time Israel will no longer be blind. If you consider yourself to be a gentile the biggest question on your mind is probably, "When will the gentile time be fulfilled?" The answer is in the eight chapter of the book of Daniel. Within this chapter Daniel describes a vision.
[Read Daniel 8 for yourself.]
This chapter is very important. It is very mysterious and Daniel's associates couldn't understand it even though Gabriel had explained it to Daniel. Gabriel explained to Daniel that this vision concerned the end time (Daniel 8:19) and that it was about a battle between the Grecian king and the Medo/Persian king. It is not until now, in the end time, we can get an idea of the message from this vision. Such a battle was fought between King Darius III and Alexander the Great, at Issus in then Syria, in the Roman year of 333 B.C. You may ask your self, "Why is this battle so important? Why would this be in the Bible? After all, many kings fought with one another in those times." But this one was important, because it gives a starting date for the two thousand three hundred days of Daniel's vision (Daniel 8:13-14). In the book of Daniel days are used as a symbol of years, so the days are actually two thousand three hundred years. And what will happen for those years? Daniel 8:13 says that both the sanctuary and the host were to be trodden under foot. These same words echo back in Luke 21:24 that again states: ".....and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." This tells us that Daniel's vision was concerning the length of the time of grace toward the Gentiles. We now have a starting date (333 B.C.), a length of time (2300 years), and an action to happen at the end of that time (Jerusalem being retaken by Israel and the time of the Gentiles closing). To get the date of this occurrence we simply have to the beginning time from the ending time. 2300 A.D. - 333 B.C. = 1967 A.D. (2300 - 333 = 1967). According to history the Jews, who call themselves Israel, reclaimed the city of Jerusalem in 1967 in the six day war. And to this day they rule over it. If this is true, then the Gentile times were fulfilled, grace was withdrawn from the gentiles, and God turned his face back to Israel in 1967.
If Hebrews 8:11 states:  "And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest."… then we need to consider that it's not about 'talk' anymore.  If we are to provoke the Jews to jealousy, how is that to happen?  Is it maybe by conforming into the image of Christ and doing 'greater works' than these?
1 Corinthians 2:4-5  "My conversation and my preaching were NOT with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a DEMONSTRATION of the Spirit and of power so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on the power of God."  (Emphasis mine).

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