February 12, 2013 | By Lu Paradise — 101 total views
The following is indeed a fascinating verse and interpretations have been galore. We don’t know exactly WHEN this prophecy will be fulfilled, as that would imply that we know the actual date of the return of the Master of the House! There may be a correlation with the announced retirement of Pope Benedict and St. Malachi’s prediction of Last Pope “Peter the Roman, who will feed his people in Great Tribulation!” This is the verse…
“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Luke 21:24.
In 70 AD the Romans took Jerusalem, burned the temple, crucified thousands of Judaeans on its surrounding hills, and sent over 100.000 of them into ‘Diaspora‘! Then Jerusalem began to be “trodden down of the Gentiles” for the next 2000 years even until today, as is genetically proven that Israelis have less Judean DNA than the Palestinians living there! So the question still remains: WHEN will these “times of the Gentiles” be fulfilled? Let’s make some educated guesses!
The longest interpretation some have, is that these Times will only be fulfilled at the end of the imminent ‘Millennium’, the thousand year reign of Christ on Earth, before God creates a New Heaven (atmosphere) and a New Earth! Why? Because then the Gentiles, the nations, will ONE more time be seduced by Satan to try to fight God and tread down earthly Jerusalem, at the end of that Thousand Year Reign of Christ on Earth, when God releases Satan one more time from his millennial ‘Bottomless Pit’ prison!
They will eventually besiege His Millennial natural children in earthly Jerusalem, which by that time will be on the “breadth of the Earth!” The Equator? If that’s the case, will the Earth’s axis tip over more to bring radio-active America (after its nuclear destruction!) under the ice of a new North Pole to protect Earth from its radiation? Time will tell!
It seems though that the nations will not even be allowed to tread Jerusalem under foot, as is prophesied that before they try, the Earth and its atmosphere will be burned up with fire! Perhaps after ocean levels have steamed away 120 meters down to all that explosive methane hydrate ice below, the entire atmosphere will blow in one go and “roll up like a scroll!”
A Sooner Fulfillment
To say that the ‘Times of the Gentiles’ will only be fulfilled by the end of the Millennium is of course a too long interpretation, as Luke 21:24 is crowned three verses later by the return of Christ!
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
So “the Times of the Gentiles” should be fulfilled then at the physical return of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, in the clouds of Heaven with thousands of His “dead” saints, whose bodies will first be raised in resurrection, while His living saints will be changed into eternal bodies next and airlifted into Heavenly Jerusalem! Jesus will not touch down! At least not yet!
Even then, earthly Jerusalem will still be under the power of the Gentiles or “nations”, as these are all gathering then in Israel for that humongous ‘Battle of Armageddon’ during the short period (75 days?) called the “Wrath of God!” Is that why Jesus said “fulfilled?” Because it happens gradually like filling a glass with water? We shall see!
One thing I learned over the years is that you can’t get dogmatic or stuck on your own interpretation too much, because it may not actually work out as you thought it would! It is much better to have the open approach. “It looks like this or that, but I could be wrong. I have been wrong before!”
When Jesus shows up again at the last “Day of the Lord” of that 75 days “Wrath of God“–that “cloudy gloomy” very last day of the Battle–He will touch down! Then, for sure, the “Times of the Gentiles” will be finished, over and done with! Then Christ and His Saintly Heavenly Angelic Forces (The SHAF!) will take instant, firm control over the entire Earth and consolidate the Kingdom of God by force (the only thing most humans seem to understand!) into the farthest corners of the globe!
He Will Return After 70×7=490 Years?
And so the question remains: When will His return definitely take place? That is answered in another very interesting prophecy received in vision around 530 BC by the prophet Daniel (chapter 9) while in captivity with many Judeans in Babylon under Medo-Persian rule.
Daniel prayed to know when their “times of the Gentiles” over Jerusalem would be over. The angel Gabriel came to tell him that there would be a period of seventy sevens or 70 “shabuah-s”, translated in the King James Bible as “weeks“, meaning 490 years!
Gabriel told him what was planned for Jerusalem and Israel! Now “your people” is the same people Jesus called “the nation that will bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom of God”, the Israel of God, which are all people who received Him as their Saviour, who are then the “Seed of Abraham!” No matter what DNA, Greek, Arab, Jew, Chinese, all are potentially eligible!
“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” Daniel 9:24
To make a long story short, the first 7 sevens were fulfilled when Jerusalem was rebuilt 49 years after the proclamation of King Artaxerxes’ order in 453 BC, to restore Jerusalem’s walls. That was finished in 404 BC. Then 62 sevens (434 years) later, in 30 AD, the Messiah,Jesus, was “cut off” (killed), which would prove to the “Jews”–if they would only listen!–that Jesus was indeed the Messiah!
And thus 69 weeks or sevens of years were fulfilled or brought to pass! But one, the very last week, was still not fulfilled! It was postponed, because in 37 AD no “everlasting righteousness, sealing up the vision and prophecy” took place! It had not happened yet! That last “week” of seven years was put on hold, until it would be re-affirmed or “confirmed!” As Daniel said in verse 9:27
“And he shall CONFIRM the covenant with many for ONE week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
That verse is chock full of goodies. The last seven years is going to be confirmed by “he“! Who is he?! You need to go to the verse before, 26:
9:26 “And after threescore and two (62) weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”
“The Prince That Shall Come!”
The people of the “prince that shall come“, was the European Romans! Why? Because in 70 AD it was the Roman legions under Titus that came and destroyed Jerusalem and burned the sanctuary, the Judean temple! That’s History!
It was the people of “the prince that shall come! ” Now, many people believe that this is talking about some future pope that shall come, because the Pope comes from Rome! And according to the predictions of St. Malachi, the Irish priest who saw all the popes that would come in his vision during the 1200-s I believe, the very last 112-th pope “Petrus Romanus” is now due, because Pope Benedictus just announced that he is going to take his retirement soon! Wow! Now that’s gonna be interesting!
I am not a Catholic, and I don’t really know if Malachi’s vision was kosher or ‘part of the Canon’, but it’s certainly worth watching, what it will lead to. According to the vision this pope will be “Petrus Romanus who will feed his sheep in Great Tribulation“
Now whether that means that he will lead his people INTO or DURING the last 3 1/2 year ‘Great Tribulation’ is discussed in our old article, only time will tell! And whether that true or false pope is the “he” that Daniel talks about in chapter 9:27, remains to be seen, but it sure looks like the “Great Tribulation” is getting awfully close!
That “prince that shall come” (in the future!) is “he” who will confirm the covenant!” Now some believe that that prince is the infamous legendary Antichrist, or the False Jewish Messiah! Well, it could be that he will not only be that, but also the Last Maitreya and Buddha, the Mahdi, the Jewish Messiah, a false Catholic Pope? and the Antichrist, all rolled into one person! The ONE who will impersonate the TRUE Christ, Jesus of Nazareth! And “he” will confirm “the covenant with many!”
Now whether “he” was defined by Scripture to mean a present day Roman or Latin Italian, is doubtful, as Rome was sacked by Alarick and taken over by the Goths and other Germanic Tribes, and the Romans amalgamated with many other ethnic groups. So to interpret that he is from Latin stock seems quite narrow to me, as “the people” that destroyed Jerusalem were not necessarily all just Latin Romans either! Roman armies consisted of all kinds of European and North African mercenaries! Gauls, Brits, Thracians, etc.
So one could even say that the people of the future Prince means Europe, or as others would have it Roman Catholicism, as the Roman church took over the Holy Roman Empire until it began to crumble! We shall see, time will tell! At least we know that he is coming from either entity! Either a political European or a false religious Roman Catholic pope, although I doubt the last.
Anyhow, HE will confirm the covenant for SEVEN YEARS!–The last Seven Years of the self-rule, meaning not under God, of the Gentile nations or ethnic groups in the form of a global One World Government! That last week will then be capped by the return of the REAL Christ from the sky, from Heaven! But until then, the planned, scheduled “determined consummation shall be poured upon the desolate!” That sounds like Armageddon upon the destroyed and desolate forces of the Antichrist!
9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
3 1/2 years before that consummation, in the midst or middle of the Last Seven Years, “he” shall “cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease“, to stop! Most Bible scholars seem to interpret that sacrifice and oblation to be the presumed “continuation” of similar ancient religious blood sacrifices in Jerusalem in some new temple by today’s Orthodox Jews who gained political control over Palestine in 1948.
They are sure planning to rebuilt their temple as soon as they gain some legal physical control over the temple mount or Mt. Moriah, under the terms of the international treaty that will end the religious World War III that is underway.
Is that why it is called the “holy covenant?”–because it is made with the three mono-theistic Abrahamic faiths? Judaism, Islam, and Christianity?–who all have holy places in that same Jerusalem? It sure sounds like it, in the only three verses that mention a holy covenant in the Bible. After co-signing it with many others…it says…he will be actually against it!
Daniel 11:28 Then shall he (the Antichrist) return into his land with great riches; and his heart [shall be] against the holy covenant; and he shall do [exploits], and return to his own land. (Russia?)
Daniel 11:30 For the ships of Chittim (Cyprus or Britain?) shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. (other co-signers Arabs? who also don’t like that peace treaty with “Israel!”)
Luke 1:72 To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham!
If this is true, that means that the evil prince will get fed up with this ancient ceremonial outdated religious bloody slaughter of cows and sheep in the middle of modern Jerusalem, which by then will have been declared “International city of all faiths“, and so he will turn against the Jews.
When? IN the middle of the “week”, the last seven years! Three and a half years after signing the Seven Year “Holy Covenant” he will invade Israel from the North, from Russia, as he is also called the “Prince of the North”, and “arms will stand on his part”, and the “Prince of the South”, America/Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc. and the Big Money Boys of the West (Tarshish) will denounce his doing so and question him, “why?!”
Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
That will be the end of Israeli American monopoly over Palestine, as he will invade and occupy Israel, and make Jerusalem his world capital! Eventually he will even destroy America with fire toward the end of the next 3 1/2 years of the “Great Tribulation!”
But something else will happen in the middle of the Last 7 Years, “for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate”! Jesus called this the “Abomination of Desolation!” He warned us clearly about that event:
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand:) Matthew 24:15
“But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that reads understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: Mark 13:14.
That is the very time that the Antichrist will definitely institute the “Mark of the Beast” the One World Credit Mark that will be implanted under the skin of the right hand or forehead of both Jews and Gentiles that receive him as their “Savior”.
That will not just be the mere acceptance of an electronic body shopping badge, but will mean that all these people turn their will and soul over to Satan who will precisely at that moment take control of the Antichrist’s person!
So we see that the “Times of the Gentiles” are still fully continuing during the Last Seven Years, and will only be fulfilled and ended by the final return of Jesus Christ at the consummation, when he takes total control over the entire globe! It has nothing to do with Israelis or so-called Jews, as they have less Judean DNA or blood than the Palestinians they so mercilessly persecute.
So, are you ready for the beginning of a lovely new world? You will be, if you love and receive Jesus as your own personal saviour, by praying from your own heart something like this: ‘Dear Jesus! Please come into my heart and forgive me for my sins. Help me to know and love you and love my neighbour as myself, and please grant me your free gift of Eternal Life. I pray in Jesus’ Name, amen. Thank you!’
See you here, There, or in the AIR! Yea!