May the Lord bless each and every reader of God’s Holy Word with wisdom and understanding! In Part 5 I will be addressing the Fullness of the gentiles or, the conclusion of the Gentiles reign. Remember 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.” There IS a time limit.
Before starting with the Fullness of the Gentiles, I want to review a few points in the notes below:
In the 9th year of Nebuchadnezzar reign, he destroyed the Temple BC 587. The Jewish nation ceased to exist. 2 Kings 24:10-20; 25:1-21
In BC 606 The “Time of the Gentiles” began. When Nebuchadnezzar became king in BC 606, after his father king Nabopolassar, the “Times of the Gentiles” began.
The Chaldeans were a learned people, with great advances in math, grammar, astronomy and science. But, where was Babylon located? Shinar. The site of Babel. They inherited all the skills and wisdom of the Antediluvians. Genesis 4:20-22
20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
The Fullness of the Gentiles began at Pentacost for those that will be gathered out/raptured and will end 7 years before the Times of the Gentiles ends.
PART 2 – THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES
The fullness of the Gentiles refers to “gathering out” or “caught out”, and should be distinguished from the times of the Gentiles mentioned in Luke 21:24.
Two definitions of “full” that stands out is:
- Containing or holding as much or as many as possible; having no empty space. Filled to capacity.
- Not lacking or omitting anything; complete. All-inclusive.
FOR BACKGROUND READ ROMANS 11
Let’s look at Romans 11:25-26:
25 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 fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 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:
What was the reason that Paul said that we be not ignorant of this mystery? Romans 11:25
25 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.
Also note Romans 11:18:
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Before we get too far into this study, and as it has been stated above, the fullness of the Gentiles is the calling out from among the Gentiles, (and Jews) the Church, which is His body: Ephesians 1:22-23
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Of which HE IS the head.
Paul, Ephesians 1:3-14 gives a picture of us as believers in Christ. Look at what verse 10 tells us:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
A question that we need to be aware of or to keep in mind is the end of the Church age. To begin, the word Church comes from the Greek word “ecclesia” meaning assembly or a congregation of called out ones. The Septuagint has the same meaning, namely, assembly, congregation, or a called or invited gathering.
More to come in Part 6. You can also view Sharing God’s Word podcasts on ITunes at “Dr William T Bailey’s Podcast”.