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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," November Edition, 2010

How Long Is The Times Of The Gentiles?

“Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24).

Nowwhere in the New Testament is there anthing ever said about the regathering of old covenant Israel as a nation. ”And so all Isarel shall be saved” in Romans 11-25-26 means “in the same manner” will all the true Israel be saved, that is, in the “only one way” of faith in Christ.

Revelation 11:2 says that the Holy City will be trodden down of the Gentiles “42 months.” These months, we believe, refer to “generations.” Now according to Matthew 1: 17, there were 42 generations between Abraham and Christ. That period of fourteen generations lasted about 2,000 years. We are now two-thousand years, or about fourteen generations, on the other side of the cross, as well. Is this the “two” millenniums that John Wesley saw existing in Revelation chapter twenty?

Daniel 12:4-9 indicates that the times of the Gentiles would be for “time, times, and a dividing of time.” Is the “time” the 1,290 days (years) of Danel 12:11, or the second half of Daniel’s 70th week, as we explain it elsewhere? And is the “times and the dividing of time” of Daniel 12:12 the second figure of the 1,335 days (years)?

The total is 2,625 years (1,290 plus 1,335 equals 2,625). If the times of the Gentiles began with the rise of the Babylon empire in 606 B.C., where does that leave their end?

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