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2008-2018: The End of the

Gentile Times




In his letter to the Romans, chapter 11 verse 25 to 26, Paul implied that "the Deliverer will come out of Zion" "when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in." The Deliverer as you know is Christ, and Christ in Luke 21:24 mentioned the 'Gentiles' in connection to its atrocities to 'Jerusalem.' "Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." Jerusalem is the seat of God's kingdom in the earth. When 'trodden down of the Gentiles' this means, God's kingdom had lost its authority. When Jesus spoke those words, Israel's kingdom is already inactive; its authority was already under the foot of the Roman empire, this is the reason why when he is about to ascend to heaven, one of his disciple asked him "lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6)

The kingdom of Israel was pointing to Davidic dynasty as implied in Psalm 89:3, 4: "I have concluded a covenant toward my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant even to time indefinite I shall firmly establish your seed. And I will build your throne to generation after generation."

This kingdom of David serves as God's consulate in the earth, to illustrate: the seat of U.S. government was in Washington, but he has a consulate office in the Philippines, that is his extension. In God, the seat of his government was in heaven. His extension in the earth was located formerly in Israel, that extension was represented by the rulership in the line of David (Davidic dynasty or kingdom of David). It was lost because at the passing of time most of Israel's leaders became so wicked in leading the people away from God, so God, in return leave them. (Jeremiah 7:29)

However it was prophesied that this kingdom will be restored by Christ. (Isaiah 9:6,7) So when he arrived, Israel expected him to restore that kingdom, an expectation that did not materialize according to their perspective (John 6:14, 15). Israel failed to understand that Jesus indeed has restored that kingdom when he established an institution of faith --later called Christianity-- to which the man of faith is elected to 'make up the kingdom of God.'

THE KINGDOM OF GOD UNDER CHRIST

The new kingdom of God under Christ is no longer composed of David's biological descendants. It was now made up by God's faithful servant regardless of racial belonging. Ephesians 2:20-22 called this faithful, the dwelling place of God, and the dwelling place of God is called Jerusalem. (Psalm 135:21) But so long as these faithful is under the authority of the Gentiles, this Jerusalem remains trodden.

When Jesus disciple asked him if he will to activate the kingdom at that time, Jesus said, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power." (Acts 1:7) So, Jesus is indicating that God has a period appointed for the kingdom to function but not at that time, evidently, this is' when the time determined by God upon the Gentiles were fulfilled. Jesus did not mention the length of this 'time' but he hinted,

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, Then let them which be in Judae flee into the mountains...For these be the days of vengeance...And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led captive into all the nations: until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." (Luke 21:20,21; Matthew 24:15,16)

Here, Jesus connected the 'Gentile times' to the 'abomination of desolation' spoken of by Daniel the prophet. Daniel's record of the abomination conveys a period of 1,290 and 1,335 days (Daniel 12:11,12). So the clue of Jesus indicates that the Gentile time is composed of 1,290 and 1,335 days or 2,625 days.

Literally, this 'days' were fulfilled between 66 CE to 73 CE, the time span when Roman army and Jewish revolutionary forces clashed, resulting to the tragic death of 1,100,000 Jews, captivity of 97,000 and destruction of Jerusalem. This ends up in Masada when the last vestige of Jewish strength finally crushed to pieces, thus ending the 2,625 times of the Gentile.

However, if 2,625 days were viewed in the light of 'a day for a year' (Numbers 14:34), then 2,625 days in reality is referring to 2,625 years and thus the grand fulfillment is beyond that 7 years revolution. This is evident because when Jesus spoke of Israel being 'led away captive into all nations' it was already led away captive by Rome, Greece, Medo-Persia and Babylon, which means, those period is already in progress even before the Roman destruction of Jerusalem. So when Jesus uttered that word, he merely relate the recurrence of the past event to which the Gentile times started. This repetition is proven true when Josephus--the eye witness of the fulfillment of Jesus prophecy--reported that the burning of Jerusalem took place on the same date of Nebuchadnezzar's destruction of the first temple centuries earlier. (The Jewish War vi 4:5)

So here, we learn that the grand fulfillment of the Gentile times is yet to come, and that its outset took place centuries earlier, before 70 CE, that is, in time of Nebuchadnezzar's reign. This is evident when God said, "I will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there...And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beast of the field have I given him also to serve him" (2Kings 23:27; Jeremiah 27:6). Thus, God indicates that he had already subjected his people to foreign rule (Gentile)

To show that this arrangement is already in place, in his 8th year reign, God allowed Nebuchadnezzar to "carried away all Jerusalem" to Babylon (2Kings 24:11-14*) and count that year as Nebuchadnezzar's first year. Hence, 2 years later, when he dreamed of the great image, Daniel reckoned that year as Nebuchadnezzar's second year reign, instead of his 10th year. (Daniel 1:1-3,6; 2:1,26*)

So, the beginning of the Gentile times fell on the 8th year of Nebuchadnezzar, equivalent to year 618 BCE in today's calendar. How do we know that? Here

It was prophesized that Israel because of its transgression will be taken captive to Babylon for 70 years, and that at the end of 70 years the nation that exiled Israel will be punished. (Jeremiah 25:11,12) To locate the calendar date of Nebuchadnezzar's 8th year, the first step was to find when the empire of Babylon was punished by God and then by counting back 70 years from that date.

A date recorded by secular sources as the day when Babylon was fallen is 539 BCE-that must be the year when God punished Babylon. So, by just counting 70 years from the said date backward, we will find 609 BCE as the commencement year of Jerusalem's desolation. Year 609 BCE correspond to Zedekiah's 9th year reign -the same date when the sign spoken of by Ezekiel in 4:1-3 has put in place. The sign referred to by Ezekiel is the besetting of the Babylonian army against Jerusalem that as we've mentioned earlier has occurred in Zedekiah's 9th year (2Kings 25:1). According to 2Kings 25:2,4 "the city was besieged unto the 11th year of king Zedekiah...And the city was broken up."

If Zedekiah's 9th year corresponds to 609 BCE, then his 11th to year 607 BCE. According 2Kings 25:8, that same year corresponds to Nebuchadnezzar's 19th year. Now, from this 19th year to Nebuchadnezzar's 8th year has a length of 11 years, so, if his 19th year correspond to 607 BCE, then counting back 11 years from 607 will end up to 618 BCE--the year when Nebuchadnezzar 'carried away all Jerusalem' to Babylon; the start of Gentile times. Consequently if the period of the Gentile is 2,625 years, and if this period started in 618 BCE, then its first year will fall to 617 and its completion to 2008 (2,625-617=2008).

October 618 BCE to October 1 BCE = 617 years
October 1 BCE to October 2008 CE = 2008 years
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(Dan.12:11,12) 1,290 yrs + 1,335 yrs = 2,625 years

So we have a solid basis to say that 2008 is the year when the Gentile times comes to end. What will happen next? Romans 11:25,26 states that "the Deliverer will come out of Zion" "when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in."

God wanted all to be save (1Timothy 2:4) so apparently when Paul mentioned "the fullness of the Gentiles," he did not mean: the believing Gentile that have to be saved has its fullness or limit; he is talking to the "times of the Gentile" rule (Luke 21:24) to which Christ has to come out when fulfilled.

Now, 2008 is the year when the number determined by God upon the Gentile is fulfilled so the answer to the question "What will happen next?" is that "Christ would come out on that year." Jesus said,"...if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets." (Matthew 24:23,24) So clearly, the presence of Christ beginning on that year onward is spiritual, "and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation" (Heb. 9:28)...Be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord." [12:14 NIV]

SPIRITUAL AND LITERAL

The prophetic 2,625 years have two applications --spiritual and literal. Both have the same outset that is "from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away" (Daniel 12:11). The daily sacrifice referred to here was the Mosaic Oblations offered at the temple in Jerusalem. No more temple=no more sacrifice. Spiritually speaking, the removal of the daily sacrifice has occurred on 618 BCE during which Nebuchadnezzar "carried away all Jerusalem to Babylon." Since Jerusalem is a city, it couldn't be removed and be brought to Babylon literally, so obviously the removal of Jerusalem in this term is symbolic; for this reason the prophecy "from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away" applies here symbolically or spiritually. From here, 618 BCE, counting 2,625 years would begin in 617 --the first year of our reckoning-- and consequently will be finished on 2008 CE.

Literally on the other hand, the removal of the daily sacrifice has occurred during Nebuchadnezzar final siege of Jerusalem (609/608BCE) culminating at the destruction of the temple in 607. So from here -609/608- the prophecy "from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away" literally applies. Consequently if we count 2,625 years from this point, the first year of our reckoning would point to 607 BCE and eventually will be over in 2018 CE -the literal arrival of "the one who waiteth" referred to in Daniel 12:12 which is Jesus Christ.








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