"THE GENTILE TIMES"

Luke 21:24

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THE GENTILE TIMES

 The expression used by Jesus, the "times of the Gentiles" is recorded in Luke 21:24 "They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations.  Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles (nations) until the times of the Gentiles (nations) are fulfilled (completed)" NIBVJesus had been given details by God as to when the temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed (Luke 21:5-24).  He emphasised that not one stone would remain on another (Matthew 24:15).  He said a 'disgusting thing' would cause this desolation', as referred to by Daniel in 9:27.  Later on, Jesus again describes this event but this time, identifying the thing that causes desolation as "Jerusalem surrounded by encamped armies confirming destruction is close" Luke 21:20.  Following this destruction of Jerusalem, Jesus says the destroyed city would go on being trampled on until the appointed period for the nations is completed. The destruction of Jerusalem took place in 70AD by a Roman army.


However, this physical temple building and Jerusalem were already being superseded by the building of a new spiritual Jerusalem and temple with living stones since 33AD "you (the anointed ones) are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.  What’s more, you are his holy priests.  Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God" 1 Pet 2:5 (NLT).  These human stones are also being built into God's temple   "Do you not know that you are the temple of God"  I Corinthians 3:16 NKJV "For we (anointed ones) are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" 2 Corinthians 6:16. "Ye are come unto Mount Sion and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, .. to the congregation of the called out ones of the firstborn, who are registered in the heavens" Hebrews 12:22-23 JUB.

Throughout the 'Gentile times', the nations have been trampling on these living stones as they are being built into heavenly Jerusalem and its temple.  These 'Gentile times' started in 33AD, when the first human corner stone of heavenly Jerusalem Jesus was trampled to death in 33AD. Following this, the nations have continued to trample on and kill thousands of these selected living stones.

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WHEN DO THE GENTILE TIMES END?

New wine becoming available on God's Kingdom timetable enables us to answer this.  The most important date in all human history that
the entire Kingdom Plan of God rests, is the death of Jesus Christ in the year 33AD, providing the all important ransom sacrifice. This date is set at the very centre of the Kingdom plan, which has been under development for almost 4,000 years.
 


Starting in the year 1968BC, when God agreed a contract with Abraham while he was living in Ur.  He agreed to relocate so that his offspring could be used to create a select lineage chain that stretched for 2,000 years.  It was sealed by circumcision on all Abraham's male descendants.  He was informed that by means of his blood line, a descendant would come who would bring great benefits to all mankind.  This was of course, Jesus Christ who 2,000 years after the contract was made with Abraham, provided the all important ransom sacrifice by his death in 33, which purchased these promised benefits for mankind.  This completed the first 2,000 year preparation, half of the plan, its term ending in 33.  The 'Gentile times' started in 33, with the first human corner stone of heavenly Jerusalem, Jesus being trampled to death.



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Once Christ's execution had been accomplished, the first foundation stone of the Kingdom had been laid. The second half of the plan was a construction contract, the Kingdom contract, Jesus made in 33 for the adoption of 144,000 Sons of God, who would become living stones for building into God's Kingdom administration and temple. "I make a covenant with you, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom, 29 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom, and sit on thrones" Luke 22:29-30. This second contract also lasts for 2,000 years ending in 2033 when all 144,000 Sons of God will have been adopted.



33AD                                                                                                                                               2033
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|<------------  2,000 year Kingdom contract for the adoption of 144,000 Sons of God   ------------>|




When the Kingdom covenant ends after 2,000 years, Jesus is crowned King of Kings.  God's 4,000 year Kingdom timetable is perfectly balanced on the year 33AD. The first Abraham contract lasted exactly 2,000 years, signposting a lineage to the ransom sacrifice; 1968AD to 33. Upon this paid ransom, a second 2,000 year Kingdom contract was drawn up in order to construct an administration at the full limit of the appointed time; 33 to 2033.

              


                  1968 BC                                                                                               33 AD                                                                                                            2033
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|<-- 2,000 year Abraham contract for creating a special blood line -->|<-  2,000 year Kingdom  contract for adoption of 144,00 Sons of God ->|
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                      |<--------------------------------------------------------------- 4,000 year  Kingdom plan  ---------------------------------------------------------------------->|


              



The year Yhwh set for the death of His son becomes the all important central point on which His entire 4,000 year plan hangs. It is the absolute key date. The second Kingdom construction contract is presently in force and still valid as the contract for 144,000 living stones with which to build His Kingdom and temple has not yet been achieved.


Once Jesus paid the ransoming price with his sacrificed sinless life.  He oversaw the work of purchasing humans for God. They become a new type of created being.  "Therefore, if anyone is in union with Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; look! new things have come into existence" 2 Corinthians 5:17These first century adopted 'Sons of God' all died sacrificial deaths while fulfilling the terms of the Kingdom contract and have been 'death sleeping' since, waiting on their promised resurrections, See  IMMORTAL SOUL?
 

As 'living stones' they are built into God's temple in heaven, along with the construction of His royal Kingdom administration.  Between 33 and 70AD
many thousands of individuals were harvested, after signing into this contract. All within this
generation period referred to by Jesus at Matthew 24:34.  See BIBLE FINAL GENERATION.
 
     

 
At the end of this first century 'generation' period, the recruiting of living stones, and harvesting of fruits from the earth was put on hold.  After the Apostles had died, harvesting was suspended, while the world's lawless Apostasy took over.  "The mystery of this lawlessness continues, ( written in 51 AD ) but only until the ones (Apostles) who right now act as a restraint are out of the way.  Then, indeed, the lawless one will be revealed. Whom the Lord Jesus will do away with by the spirit of his mouth and bring to nothing by the manifestation of his (second) presence"  2 Thessalonians 2:7-8. See APOSTASY AND CREED DOCTRINES.  This harvest suspension remains until Jesus second presence period. 


For the past 1,950 years there has been no evidence of anybody else having been recruited, by being invited to sign into this contract by the spirit.  According to prophetic chronology the one who baptises with water and Spirit will soon, again be recruiting individuals under the reinstated provisions of the Kingdom contract.  The Apostasy is now being exposed and will be fully revealed by the time of Christ's second presence ministry.  "The lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will do away with by the spirit of his mouth and bring to nothing by the manifestation of his (second) presence2 Thessalonians 2:7-8. The time is immanent when further harvesting of individuals (Saints) for God's Kingdom will start again. Invitations for this are being written up in readiness. These will be the final ones recruited, completing the prescribed number of serving Kings in this Kingdom arrangement.
  

According to the delayed Revelation information, just prier this final recruiting starting
on earth the first century anointed ones sleeping in death receive their resurrection in heaven.

 
"I saw those executed for the witness they gave about Jesus and for speaking about God, .... they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for 1,000 years... This is the first resurrection.... they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and they will rule as kings with him for the 1,000 years" Revelation 20:4-6.

"I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given; 10 they cried out with a loud voice, “Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” 11 They were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number would be complete both of their fellow servants and of their brothers and sisters, who were soon to be killed as they themselves had been killed", Rev 6:9-11 (NRSV).
 


During this second harvest period an amazing opportunity will present itself for individuals from any of today's Christian denominations, for possible selection by God, as one of these who will rule with Christ as Kings and Priests.  These ones complete the required number "the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! And with him were one hundred forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. and  they sing a new song ..... No one could learn that song except the one hundred forty-four thousand who have been redeemed from the earth. They have been redeemed from humankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb Rev 14:1,3,4 (NRSV).


After the war in heaven is won the newly established Kingdom structure starts legally ruling all heavenly domains. They can be described as a 'New Heavens' which will be ruled for an initial 1,000 years by this new Kingly administration. Jesus with his resurrected brothers receive their crowns and thrones in the Kingdom royal rulership. The last ones recruited completing the 144,000 number now represent Kingdom interests on earthThese of the heavenly resurrection are happy now to be installed as Priests of God and Kings ruling under their King of kings throughout this 1,000 years,  "Blessed and holy he who has part in the first resurrection: over these the second death has no power; but they shall be priests of God and of the Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" Revelation 20:6 (DBY).   See  A Second Harvest.

From April 2033 millions exiled from heaven after losing the war, are restricted to the vicinity of the earth.  They are confined to a situation that the bible calls 'Tartarus' and join former restricted spirits from the time of the flood    "For if God didn't spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, .. to be reserved to judgment; and didn't spare the ancient world,.. when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly;" 2 Peter 2:4-5 (WEB). They regard these new human recruits illuminating the Kingdom as arch-enemies and make war on them  "the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" Rev 12:9 (KJV) "And the dragon was angry with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus" Rev 12:17 (DBY).




WAR TRANSFERS TO EARTH.

These now expelled  spirit beings have not finished fighting they now turn their attention to the remaining ones of the Kingdom's 'living stones' recently harvested.  No longer can they affect the affairs of the heavens having been exiled, but they can affect those on the earth. They join ranks with the criminal rebel angels who some 2,400 years earlier were confined to Tartarus at the time of the flood. These are the ones Jesus witnessed to in 33AD, "(Jesus) was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which (state) also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah", 1 Peter 3:18-20 NRSA. "God didn't spare the angels who sinned, but threw them down into Tartarus and delivered them to be kept in chains of darkness until judgement; and if He didn't spare the ancient world, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others, when He brought a flood on the world of the ungodly;" 2 Peter 2:4-5 (CS Bible).


THE TRAMPLING CONTINUES

These newly harvested 'Sons of God' now active illuminates of knowledge on earth ('two lamp stands'), they experience sustained attacks from the expelled spirit-kind rebels and their allies as they witness about the Kingdom ('two witnesses'). Throughout the next three and a half years between 2033 and 2036. "Don't measure the court outside the temple. Leave that out, because it has been given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city underfoot for forty-two months (3 1/2 years) I will cause my two witnesses to prophesy for 1,260 days dressed in sackcloth. These are symbolized by the two olive trees  and the two lamp stands  and are standing before the Lord of the earth"" Revelation 11:2-4 (CEB).


All exiled spirit rebels confined to Tartarus are unable to fight physically with these anointed ones, as it is beyond their restricted ability. They need to resort to using weapons that are available. Within this arsenal are world governments symbolised by 'wild beasts' which can be controlled and manipulated to attack these earthly Kingdom representatives. They make use of these earthly political powers as weapons to attack the Kingdom representatives on earth for three and a half years while they are carrying out Kingdom assignments, during this time they are protected.

"If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths and consumes their enemies. If anyone should want to harm them, this is how he must be killed. These have the authority to shut up heaven so that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have authority over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every sort of plague as often as they wish" Rev 11:5-6.


Finally they conquer them killing them all off.  It is their time of testing to the death. By their deaths they loyally full fill their contract with Jesus and gain the rank of Priests administering their own sacrificed lives along with the rank of Kings in the Kingdom royal rule. It is described in symbolic language ~

"When they have finished their witnessing, the wild beast that ascends out of the abyss will wage war with them and conquer them and kill them. And their corpses will be on the main street of the great city that is in a spiritual sense called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also executed on the stake. ... 11 After the three and a half days, spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell upon those who saw them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them: “Come up here.” And they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies were looking on" Rev11:7-12.


                   33AD                                                                                                                                      2033     2036
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                       |<------  2,000 year Kingdom contract for the adoption of 144,000 Sons of God   ------->|            |

                       |<---------------  Gentile Times from killing 1st Son of God to killing the final ones  --------------->|


Apparently some of these are quickly resurrected into their heavenly Kingdom positions but a remnant of them are resurrected on earth to full fill the next assignment. To gather from the earth's population a large group of individuals who support these remaining Kings and attach themselves to them. So that they will survive the end of the world's systems when the Kingdom takes over completely all earth's territories. This great crowd group become a nucleus of first earthly citizens of the Kingdom. 

No longer will the nations be able to trample them to death as every one of them has now undergone this death dealing trampling. The Gentile times which started in 33 by killing Jesus ends in 2036 when the last ones are killed. This period of allowance has now ended.


 For further information on the Bible's Kingdom timetable see:   KINGDOM OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHRISTIANS OF ALL DENOMINATIONS






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