301: Daniel 2:34-35


COPYRIGHT WARNING

The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 301

The Messiah shall destroy the kingdom of the antichrist and rule over the final kingdom of this world.

Old Testament Prediction:

Daniel 2:34-35 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Acts 4:10-11 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the “stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.”

Application:

Throughout the Old Testament, the term “Stone” or “Rock” has been used to illustrate the coming Messiah.

Psalms 118:22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. Prophecy 148

Exodus 17:6 “Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. Prophecy 28

Here, Daniel continues this theme by describing a stone that was cut without human hands, speaking of the Messiah who originates, not from a human source, but from God. Describing the supernatural birth of Jesus by the virgin, who is God in human flesh—He will be known as “The Rock.”

In the last days, this stone will crush all other earthly kingdoms which will exist during the time that the Messiah returns to establish His kingdom on the earth.

Daniel’s prophecy begins with a description of these final four kingdoms of the world that will exist during the period of history, defined later by Jesus as, The Times of the Gentiles. After Jesus was presented as the Messiah at Jerusalem, He was rejected by the leadership and most of the people of Israel. It was upon this rejection that Jesus prophesied that their house would be left to them desolate, and they would be led away as captives into all the nations of the world.

Luke 21:24 And they (Israel) 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.

Jesus prophecy was fulfilled in 70 A. D., when the Roman general Titus took Jerusalem by force and destroyed the temple. Jesus had predicted this event 38 years before it took place. He spoke this prediction after He had come to Jerusalem and announced on Sunday, April 6, 32 A. D., that He was the Messiah. See The Predictions of Jesus.

Matthew 21:8-11 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

A missed opportunity

On the same day that Matthew records the multitudes declaring “Hosanna to the Son of David,” Luke describes Jesus pausing to look over Jerusalem and in great sorrow, weeping as they missed the opportunity that Daniel had so vividly predicted. Jesus then pronounces one of the most stunning prophecies in the New Testament: Jerusalem will be leveled and the temple destroyed. All because they did not recognize their time of visitation by the Messiah.

Luke 19:41 Now as Jesus drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Because the leaders of Israel did not read and study the prophecies of Daniel, they were not ready when Jesus came in fulfillment of God’s promise. The Jews living in Jerusalem should have been waiting expectantly for their Messiah. They missed the time of their visitation, as He came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ—to offer the forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who would receive Him.

Matthew 23:37-39 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

Waiting for the prophesied time

When Jesus came to Jerusalem on Sunday, April 2, 32 A.D., for the first time in His ministry, He allowed the people lining the entrance of the city to proclaim Him as the Messiah. In every other occasion, when the disciples had requested that Jesus declare that He was the promised Messiah—He refused, stating that it was not the right time. Jesus was waiting for this specific date, when the prophetic scriptures of Daniel’s prophecy should be fulfilled. As Jesus comes into Jerusalem, the people cry out “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

When Jesus pronounces that Israel’s house is left to her desolate, He tells them that they will not see Him again until they say the words, from Psalms 118:26: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

Concerning the last days:

In Matthew Chapter 24, Jesus instructs His disciples regarding the things that would happen to Israel and the rest of the world, in the last days.

Matthew 24:1-2 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

When Titus invaded Israel, sacked the city of Jerusalem, and destroyed the temple, the Jews watched in horror as their treasured sanctuary burned. The priests who were inside the temple refused to leave, locking themselves in the Holy of Holies. As the fire ensued and the heat increased, the temperature inside the Holy place became so intense that it melted all of the gold that covered the walls, ceiling, and floor of the Holy Place.[1]

According to 2 Chronicles, 3:8, the gold that lined the entire inner structure of the Holy of Holies was about 23 tons. At $1,500.00 per ounce, this would place the value of the gold inside the Holy place at 1 Billion, 104 million dollars.[2]

The molten gold flowed into the cracks of the blocks from which the temple was constructed. After the fire was extinguished, the Roman soldiers discovered that the melted gold had hardened into the joints between the blocks of the temple walls. In their greed, the soldiers took large pry bars and overturned every block in the temple, rolling each one down the hill. As Jesus had predicted in Matthew 24:1-2, they left “not one stone upon another.”[3]

Not one stone upon another[4]
Photo of the stones from the former Temple which remain to the present day

It was during this time that many Jews were killed in Jerusalem. Those who survived were evicted from Israel, where they fled to the four corners of the earth. All of these events were a direct fulfillment of the words of Jesus concerning Israel in their rejection of Him as their Messiah (See The Predictions of Jesus).

This event in 70 A. D. began the “Times of the Gentiles.”

God had offered salvation to Israel by sending the Messiah whom they rejected. Turning now to the Gentile nations, God offers the forgiveness of sins and eternal life to whosoever will come to Him. This event by the Romans, under Titus, signaled the end of the Lord’s focus on Israel and a turning by God, to the Gentile nations, as He offers salvation to the whole world. When the time of the Gentiles is concluded and the complete number of those who will come into Jesus’ church is accomplished, the Rapture will occur, and Jesus will remove His church from the earth. In close proximity to the Rapture, a peace place will be signed between Israel and the surrounding Arab nations. This will begin the seven-year Tribulation, described by Daniel Chapter 9 and the Book of Revelation Chapters 6-18.

At the moment when the Rapture occurs, the Times of the Gentiles will end, and the Lord will turn again to Israel and the remaining Jews to offer them salvation for the last time.

Incredibly, this entire period of The Times of the Gentiles was seen by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, in a dream that had deeply troubled him. As Daniel is found able to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he is brought before the king.

Daniel gives Nebuchadnezzar the interpretation:

Daniel 2:29-35 As for you, O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be. But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart. You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

This great image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream was an illustration of the four Gentile kingdoms of the world that would be present during the Times of the Gentiles.

Head of Gold
Chest and Arms of Silver
Belly and Thighs of Bronze
Legs of Iron, Feet partly of Iron and Clay

Chapter 2 of Daniel reveals these four Gentile kingdoms, from a human point of view, as a great statue. Chapter 7 describes the same Four Gentile kingdoms, from God’s point of view, as four vicious beasts.

Daniel 2 and 7 Chart[5]

“The times of the Gentiles” (4 Kingdoms) begins with the head of Gold, which is Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom. This kingdom is followed by Cyrus of the Persians, followed by Alexander the Great of the Greeks, and finally the Roman Caesars who were in power during the time that Jesus was here on earth.

Jesus said that Israel would be taken captive by all the nations and be trampled by the Gentiles until the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Luke 21:24 And they 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.

This 301st Prophecy:

The Times of the Gentiles ends when verse 34 of Daniel Chapter 2 comes to pass: Jesus, as the Stone cut without hands (not by human will), strikes the image on its feet of iron and clay and breaks it to pieces.

Daniel 2:34-35 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Daniel looks into the distant future of the last days to see what will take place. During the seven year Tribulation period, there will be a fourth kingdom that will consist of many nations from the former Roman Empire. A world leader called “the beast” will unite the world under one kingdom that receives its power from ten of the nations that once were a part of the former Roman empire.

During the time of this fourth kingdom—again made up of the Iron—the old Roman empire, which will be revived in the last days—Jesus will return to the earth with His church, as described in the Book of Revelation Chapter 19. As the Stone described by Daniel, Jesus will strike the kingdom of the beast and destroy it. He will then set up His own kingdom that was promised to David’s descendant, the Messiah. See The Prophecies of the Messiah’s Kingdom.

At the conclusion of this brief reign of seven years by the beast, the church that Jesus removed from the earth at the Rapture, will be returning to the earth to reign with Him. We see this incredible event described in the Book of Revelation Chapter 19:

Revelation 19:11-15 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True (Jesus), and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven (the church), clothed in fine linen, white and clean (given to the redeemed), followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

When Jesus returns to the earth with His church, He will fight a great battle, described in the Book of Revelation Chapter 16, as the “Battle of Armageddon.” This battle will take place in a valley, north of Jerusalem. This is the site of many important battles from past history and is referred to, by the verse above in Revelation 19:11-15, as “The Winepress.” See Prophecy 285 for more information on the Battle of Armageddon.

In Psalms 2:1-5, David describes this battle with the Lord and His anointed (church), against the “Kings of the earth” who have assembled in the Valley of Megiddo, to kill Jesus.

Map Battle of Armageddon[6]

Jesus will descend out of heaven with His church and touchdown at the Mount of Olives. From here, He will travel north to the waiting armies of the beast, at the Valley of Megiddo where the Battle of Armageddon will begin.

This battle is also described in the second Psalm:

Psalm 2:1-5 Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure:

Isaiah describes the Battle of Armageddon in detail. Psalm 2 refers to the term indignation as a reference to the time of Tribulation which will last for seven years. The battle that Isaiah sees in his prophecy is the topic of Psalms 2:1-5, that will occur upon the return of Jesus to the earth, at the end of the Tribulation period.

Isaiah 34:1-4 Come near, you nations, to hear; and heed, you people! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all things that come forth from it. For: the indignation of the LORD is against all nations, and His fury against all their armies; (at Armageddon) he has utterly destroyed them, he has given them over to the slaughter. Also their slain shall be thrown out; their stench shall rise from their corpses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. (The Valley is: 200 miles X 100 miles X 5 feet deep)

Isaiah gives us a graphic description of the wrath of the Lamb, also called, the indignation, as Jesus destroys those who have assembled to kill Him upon His return to earth. In Isaiah Chapter 63, the prophet gives us a vivid description of this battle in which Jesus treads the winepress of the Valley of Megiddo alone, destroying all the assembled armies. The blood from the carnage is sprinkled upon Jesus’ garments. See Prophecy 112 and Prophecy 285.

Isaiah 63:3-6 I have trodden the winepress alone (the valley of Megiddo), and from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, and trampled them in My fury; (Notice) their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes. (Revelation 20:13 “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood…”) For the day of vengeance is in My heart, (The Day of the Lord) and the year of My redeemed has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; and My own fury, it sustained Me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drunk in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth.

The prophet Joel describes, in similar fashion, this final Battle at Armageddon. Joel refers to this valley as The Valley of Jehoshaphat, where King Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, defeated the Gentile coalition of Moab, Ammon, and Edom.

Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.

Some of the former names for this valley where the battle of Armageddon will take place:

Valley of Megiddo (2 Chronicles 35:22)
Valley of Jezreel (Joshua 17:16)
Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2)
Valley of Decision (Joel 3:14)

Joel continues, in chapter 3:9-16, in describing the battle of Armageddon and the coming of Jesus’ kingdom that will last for one thousand years. In these verses, Joel states that at the beginning of the one thousand-year reign of Jesus—from this Valley of Jehoshaphat—Jesus will judge the nations, as described in Matthew 25.

Joel 3:9-16 Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ” Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O LORD. “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow– for their wickedness is great.” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness. The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but the LORD will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

The prophet Zechariah also writes a description of the Battle of Armageddon:

Zechariah 14:2-3 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.

Zechariah describes what will happen to those who come to oppose the Messiah at the Valley of Armageddon: “Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.”

Experts in Nuclear technology have stated that this description from Zechariah is very similar to what would happen to a human being who is present when a Neutron Bomb is detonated. The Neutrinos from this blast could burn the flesh from the skeletons of the people struck by it, leaving their bones standing upright for a fraction of a second before they collapse into a heap.[7]

Zechariah 14:12 And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.

Whether this means that someone will detonate a neutron bomb at Armageddon, or that this will be the effect of Jesus speaking His word in destroying those who have assembled against Him, is uncertain. Peter’s description in the destruction of the heavens and the earth at the end of this present age is similar to the language which Zechariah uses. Jesus will speak and the heavens and the earth will melt with a fervent heat. The flesh of those who come to oppose Jesus at the Battle of Armageddon, being burned from their flesh by the words of Jesus, consistent with this verse from 2 Peter 3:10.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

Finally, the Book of Revelation describes the Battle of Armageddon that occurs at the valley of Megiddo: See also: Prophecy 285

Revelation 16:16-19 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Now the great city (Babylon) was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.

It is important to understand the difference between The Times of the Gentiles and The Fulness of the Gentiles.

Not all persons who are saved by Jesus death on the cross are a part of the Church.

For example: Old Testament believers are not a part of the church. The period of the Old Testament saints was until John the Baptist who was the last Old Testament prophet.

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.

New Testament believers will exist on the earth until the Rapture occurs.

We see in the Book of Revelation that there are believers who come out of the Tribulation Period. They receive Jesus Christ as their Savior during the seven-year Tribulation. For this reason, these believers are defined differently from those saved before the Tribulation began.

Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Chart Times of the Gentiles[8]

Those who are saved before the Tribulation begins are called: “The Church.” They are seen in Revelation Chapter 5 as singing a new song. The meaning of “new song” is: a song that has never been sung before this moment.[9] The reason that this new song has not been sung previously by anyone is that this is the first time that the redeemed church has been gathered together in heaven to sing the verses of this chorus.

Revelation 5:8-10 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.

We know that this group of people are not angles nor any other created beings as only those who have been redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ can sing: “You have redeemed us to God by your blood…”

Those saved after the Tribulation begins are in a completely different category from those saved before it begins. They are called the: “Tribulation Saints.” This group is redeemed out of the Tribulation period and are seen waiting under the altar in heaven for the completion of the wrath that Jesus will pour out on the inhabitants of the earth during the last three and one half years of the seven-year Tribulation.

Revelation 6:9-11 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

The complete number of those who are saved out of the Tribulation are all killed by the antichrist during the last three and one-half years of the seven-year Tribulation—because they refused to take the mark of the beast and worship him. The saved, who are killed, pledged their lives to Jesus Christ and receive Him as their Lord and Savior. As a result, they were killed for their refusal to renounce Jesus and worship the devil. They are seen later in Revelation Chapter 7, fully redeemed, gathered with all other believers who love Jesus, standing before the Lord—proclaiming His salvation that is theirs forever and ever.

Revelation 7:9-15 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.

There is an important distinction between the people who are saved before the Tribulation begins and those who are saved out of, or during, the seven year Tribulation.

Everyone who places their trust in Jesus before the Tribulation begins have a special place of service with Him when He returns. Because they were waiting and watching for their Lord’s return, He gives to them a unique position of honor during the kingdom age: They will “reign” with Jesus over the nations of the world.

Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.

Those who are saved during the Tribulation will stand before the Lord and “serve” Him.

Revelation 7:15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple.

Although we see these varying ranks of service in Jesus’ kingdom, all those who surrender their lives to Him as their Savior and Lord are included in this designation as His church. We see both groups together worshipping the Lord, here in Revelation 7:9-15—in heaven.

Revelation 7:9-15 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

The believers who come out of the Great Tribulation period do not share in the same rewards, responsibilities, or job description as those who are saved—from the birth of the church, in Acts Chapter 2—up to the moment of the Rapture.

Those who are saved BEFORE the Tribulation begins will “reign” with Jesus during the 1,000-year Millennium. Those who are saved AFTER the Tribulation has begun will “serve” Jesus in His Temple day and night.

The end of the “Times of the Gentiles” and Israel:

When the Times of the Gentiles comes to an end, the Lord will turn again to Israel and save the remaining Jews who will receive Him. This will occur during the final three and one-half years of the Great Tribulation. This time period is described by Daniel Chapter 2, where the Messiah will come to earth at the end of the seven-year Tribulation and destroy the kingdom of the antichrist. This will be the end of the fourth kingdom described by Daniel.

Daniel 2:34-35 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Amazingly, Daniel’s prophecy in chapter 9 reveals the precise day that Israel would receive their Messiah during His first appearance on the earth. Sadly, most of the Jews at that time, as well as a great majority of Jews today, have not recognized their Messiah.

At the completion of the Times of the Gentiles, Israel will have their “blindness” cured by the Messiah. This is a blindness that has plagued the Jewish people for two thousand years. This inability to see the true Messiah will be lifted when God supernaturally protects the nation of Israel as they are fleeing the wrath of the antichrist at the midway point of the seven-year Tribulation. The supernatural events which take place at that time, will be a clear sign to the Jews who are spared the wrath of the beast, that they were protected by the Lord. It is not clear from the scriptures what exactly will move their hearts to receive Jesus as the Messiah. We know only that the blindness that has been present for so long, will come to an end.

Romans 11:25-26 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. And so all Israel will be saved…

The Fullness of the Gentiles and the Rapture:

There are two terms that are often used in the New Testament that sound similar yet speak of two different periods of history.

Both of these came about as a result of Israel’s rejection of Jesus as the Messiah.

The Times of the Gentiles is an appointed time by God in which the nations of the world will have preeminence on the earth. Beginning from Israel’s rejection of their Messiah—when Jesus arrived the first time, and ending at the conclusion of the seven-year Tribulation.

The Nations:

The Fullness of the Gentiles is an appointed time by God in which salvation is offered to the Gentile nations of the world. This period began at Israel’s rejection of Jesus as their Messiah and ends at the Rapture of the church, just prior to the seven-year Tribulation period.

The Church:

The Fullness of the Gentiles is the period of time in which the Father has appointed—whosoever will—may come and be “Born Again.” Upon the faith of any person in the sacrifice that Jesus has made on the cross, they become a part of Jesus’ Church.

There is a final number of the redeemed that the Father has appointed to Jesus’ church. He knows who this last person is—who will receive Jesus as their Savior, before the Rapture occurs. When this last person is saved, the Rapture will take place. The number of those who will be a part of the New Testament Church will be complete, and the Fullness of the Gentiles will be fulfilled.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Knowing today that the church is nearly complete, we should be encouraged to live—more fully for Jesus. As His return is imminent, what kind of lives are we living? Are we waiting and watching—being excited that our Lord is about to return for us? It is time for all those who have called on the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, to turn and follow Him with all of their hearts. At any moment now, a trumpet sound will be heard, and those who are ready, will suddenly be taken from the earth to meet Jesus in the air.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!


NOTES:
[1] Josephus, The Wars of the Jews VI.4.5
[2] According to the New Living Translation by Thomas Nelson, Open Bible Commentary, Page 580.
[3] Josephus, The Wars of the Jews VI.4.5
[4] Released by Author into Public Domain: This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Information from its description page there is shown below. Commons is a freely licensed media file repository Stones from the Western Wall of the Temple Mount (Jerusalem) thrown onto the street by Roman soldiers on the Ninth of Av, 70 C.E. Source=Own work by uploader |Author=Wilson44691 |Date=2009-05-27 |P
[5] Graphic Illustration by Rob Robinson
[6] Graphic Illustration by Rob Robinson
[7] 1.Calculated from http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Nwfaq/Nfaq5.html assuming 0.5 kt combined blast and thermal
2.From the United States C.D.C., Explosions and Refuge Chambers, R. Karl Zipf, Jr., Ph.D., P.E. Kenneth L. Cashdollar, Effects of blast pressure on structures and the human body.
[8] Graphic Illustration by Rob Robinson
[9] Greek: Strongs #2537, “kainos,” new in quality (innovation), fresh in development or opportunity – because “not found exactly like this before.” Hebrew: Strong’s #2319, “chadash,” fresh, brand new, never before.

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