The Fullness of The Gentiles
THE GATHERING OF THE SAINTS
Dr William T. Bailey, Jr.
Feburary 11, 2018
Praise the Lord everyone!
I thought it necessary to share something about the gathering out of the saints or “the rapture” of the saints. Much can be added about the rapture, which I will try to address in future blogs.
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.
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.
It can be noted that the 2nd Advent has to take place after the Church has been called out.
When Christ does come, He will find little of true Faith which addresses the current growing apostasy. Luke 18:8
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
SPECIAL NOTE 5
Isn’t it interesting that Christ left His Body (the church) on earth, which is the Church!). Colossians 3:4 states:
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Also 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-2 speaks of our “gathering” with the LORD.
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
We, the Body, shall be “gathered” WITH HIM.
All of this is an introduction to 2nd Thessalonians 2:8-16
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