Part 1 THE TIME OF THE GENTILES
Part 2 THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES
Dr. William T. Bailey, Jr.
PART 1 – THE TIME OF THE GENTILES
The “Time of the Gentiles”, let’s start with what JESUS Said in Luke 21:24,
“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.”
Jesus puts the Gentile on a fixed time line with the word ‘until”.
One of first questions to ask is, when did the “Time of the Gentiles” start, and what is to be the final result? The Disciples ask a similar question in Luke 21:7.
7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?
The reason for the question was based upon when some spoke of how adorned the temple was, and Jesus replied in Luke 21:6
6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Matthew 24:3 adds to these questions with a 3rd question:
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Jesus provides the answer in Luke 21:8-36:
8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Paul, in Philippians 1:12-14 shows us his testimony in regards being persecuted and delivered up:
12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Let us continue with Luke 14:
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Or be able to contradict or withstand!!
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish
LOOK AT PSALM 125:2
TO BE CONTINUED …………..