The three members of the human family as previously discussed are the Gentiles, the Jews, and the Christians. God’s Word mentions these three strands as making up the whole of the human family through Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth (I Corinthians 10:32, KJV).¹ A thorough understanding of these three groups is imperative if one is to correctly read and interpret Prophetic Scripture. With this introduction, it is appropriate then to focus on the first group within this family and its relation to God’s Prophetic Program.
In the book of Genesis, chapter 1, is recorded the miraculous events of the Creation of mankind (Genesis 1:26-27,KJV). It is here within the opening chapter of God’s Word that the Gentile is introduced. It will not be until later in the Book that God actually shares the name “Goyem”, or “Gentiles”, with the Bible student, but it is evident through simple study that the very first strand of the human family was indeed that of the Gentiles. With only simple addition and study of the genealogies of the first twelve chapters of Genesis, it is discovered that the Gentiles had the solo reign as the one and only line of the human family for almost two thousand years! It is not until the end of Genesis 11 and thereafter that God begins to bring about the second strand of the human family in that of the Jews through Abraham (Genesis 11-12, KJV). It is important to note that the “Christian” or “Church” is not part of this time in Biblical History. The early Patriarchs were not Christian as many erroneously believe today, but were indeed Gentiles. Noah, Enoch, Adam, and other righteous, God fearing men during this time were not members of the “Body of Christ” or “Church of God” but of the Gentile nation.
With the introduction of the Jewish people, an exclusivity came to an end with the Gentile strand and a co-existence emerged on the earth of two groups of people for the first time in history. With the giving of the Abrahamic Covenant by God Himself at Hevron, a definite favor and divine leadership was placed upon the Jewish people, separating them from their Gentile relatives (Genesis 12, KJV). Sadly, due to the ungrateful, rebellious hearts of God’s people, they would eventually be carried into the Babylonian captivity, making way for the Gentile powers to resurface and have dominion in the world even until this very day. This “times of the Gentiles” began with the Babylonian captivity (Daniel 1, KJV), and will culminate in the defeat of the Antichrist and his kingdom in Revelation.
The Book of Luke further records that the Jews would “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, KJV). This reference to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD is further proof that God’s prophetic calendar is on mark and will be fulfilled just as He has written. Simply put, the “Times of the Gentiles” is that period of time in which present history abides today, in which Gentile domination is throughout the globe and even within the borders of Israel herself. The Holiest site to all of Jewry, the Temple Mount, is kept from its rightful and God ordained people due to this fact. Israel is a nation with few friends and many enemies. Her political and religious actions, for the most part, are carried out only with the approval and allowance of ally Gentile nations. Because of her rebellion, God has continued to use the Gentile nations to deal with her unbelief and rejection of His Messiah and only Son. Not until the Tribulation period, when God will put an end to Gentile world powers, will Israel be relinquished from this bondage and allowed to enjoy her promises of God’s eternal covenant.
1All Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Bible version, Royal, 1971.