“Times of the Gentiles”

We are living in the ‘church age’ of history that began fifty (50) days from Resurrection Sunday and is known as Pentecost, which means “fifty”. The ‘church age’ will continue until the ‘Rapture’. We are, also, living in what is known as the ‘times of the gentiles’ which began at the Babylonian invasion of Israel in 605 BC, and will continue until the glorious return of Jesus Christ on earth. What does all this mean? Prophecy is being fulfilled right in front of our eyes as we live in the end times.

In the beginning when mankind chose his own evil way, disobeyed our Holy Creator’s will, sinned without any remorse, and committed spiritual adultery with false gods and idols, God turned man over to his depraved mind and heart. God sent a flood which destroyed all of mankind, with the exception of Noah, the preacher, and his family. After a while, there continued to develop a group of Semitic people who knew God, revered Him, worshiped and adored Him. This Semitic group passed down their knowledge of God, verbally, and, eventually, through the scribes of their genealogical line. The Lord named His group of reverent believers ‘Hebrews’, which was, later, changed to the ‘Jewish’ nation of Israel. God called the Jews His chosen people. Anyone who is not Jewish is called a gentile. So, in effect, we were all gentiles in the beginning. (Note: Our, earthly, father Abraham was, originally, a gentile from Ur of the Chaldeans before first being called a ‘Hebrew’ in the promised land of Canaan; which would become the land of Israel.)

When the Jews, once again, hardened their hearts and turned away from the ‘One True God‘, they came under God’s wrath and judgment. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon from 606 BC to 562 BC, was used as God’s instrument of justice. In 586 BC, the second temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians, and the Jewish people were taken captive and exiled to Babylon. Today, we are still living in the era of gentile domination or ‘the times of the gentiles’. Because of God’s unfathomable mercy, the gentiles are given this time period to repent and turn to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. During this time, a partial hardening of mind and heart has come to the Jews. The ‘times of the gentiles’ will come to an end during the last part of the great tribulation when Christ returns to earth. God will, then, have the same mercy upon the remnant of the Jewish nation.

From the beginning, God’s plan was for His Jewish and Gentile folds of sheep to become united under One Shepherd and One Head; Jesus Christ, His Son and our Messiah. Jesus is the Cornerstone who brings His two folds of sheep together as one in Him. God said to Abraham “In your seed (Jesus) ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:18

For those Jews or Gentiles who are not saved, please don’t wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow may never come! Secure your eternal destiny by repenting and allowing Jesus Christ (Yeshua) to come into your heart, forgive your sins, and guide your life.

The following verses of Scripture, written by the great Apostle Paul, explain some of God’s predetermined and Master-minded plan of mercy for both Jews and Gentiles. My added notes are in blue within parenthesis for clarification: Please read Romans 11:11-33 … The Jewish people of Israel, known as the ‘cultivated olive tree’, were given God’s promises, covenants, ten commandments, the oracles, the Law, and the sacred festivals and feasts. The grafted-in wild olive tree branches describe the gentiles. Since Jesus’ first advent, every believer, now, shares in the New Covenant of His flesh and blood. There is no more Jew or Gentile, for we are all ONE in Christ Jesus.

11 I say then, have they (Jews) stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.

13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those (Jews) who are my flesh and save some of them.

17 And if some of the (Jewish) branches were broken off, and you (Gentiles), being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them (Jews), and with them (Jews) became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. (Note: the root is Jesus)

19 You will say then, “(Jewish) Branches were broken off that I (a Gentile) might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they (Jews) were broken off, and you (Gentiles) stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches (Jews), He may not spare you (Gentiles) either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those (Jews) who fell, severity; but toward you (Gentiles), goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they (Jews) also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you (Gentiles) were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree (Jewish Israel), how much more will these (Jews), who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? 25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For as you (Gentiles) were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their (Jews) disobedience, 31 even so these (Jews) also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you (Gentiles) they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has committed them all (Jews and Gentiles) to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all (Jews and Gentiles). 33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

Luke 21:24 And they (Jews) will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Galatians 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 17:5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Mystery Babylon is the unrevealed name of the antichrist’s headquarters during the great tribulation.)

With thankfulness to our Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.

In Jesus’ name,

Debby Mac Manes, disciple of Jesus Christ <><

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