To cotinue with the Time of the Gentiles, we can take note that these things that are happening in the world today can be considered, as Matthews 24:8-13 puts it as “the beginning of sorrows.” Hold on to your Faith in Jesus and He will hold on to you.
We left off with Jesus telling his deciples what will precede His coming and the end of the world.
Luke 21:8 Bring in Daniel 70th week, which brings the Jews back into the timeline
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The covenant that is made will only last for one week. This prophecy is primarily with the Jews, (Israel and Jerusalem) The 70th week is meant to “finish” the transgressions (of who? Not the Church/Body of Christ). Scripture provides clarity in Daniel 9:24:
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transpression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
In verse 24, there are 6 things that will be finished.
2 Chronicles 36:1:21 gives us a complete picture of the time and result. These verses speak of the first and second deportation by Nebuchadnezzar.
Let’s look at verses 14-17 specifically:
14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the Lord which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
15 And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:
16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.
Another View Deuteronomy 28: 47-49
47 Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
see Psalms 100
100 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
49 The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
2 Kings 24:1-4 gives a view of the deportation;
In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him.
2 And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servants the prophets.
3 Surely at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did;
4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon.
We can focus now scripturally, on the beginning of the “Time of the Gentiles”. Jeremiah 39:8-9:
I will continue the time of the gentiles with part 4.
May God richly bless you!
Dr William T. Bailey, Jr.