“They [the Jewish people] will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Jesus in Luke 21: 24)
By Christine Darg,
The Weymouth New Testament renders Luke 21: 24 predicting that “…Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles, till the appointed times of the Gentiles have expired.” [emphasis mine]
And some Bible prophecies do have expiry dates!
Right now, because of the rapid pace of prophetic events in Jerusalem, I sense we are living in the last days, hours and minutes of Luke 21:24.
Because of the reunification of Jerusalem in Jewish hands now for 50 years, Luke 21:24 has largely come to pass.
Fifty years ago in June of 1967 during the Six Day War Mordechai Gur exclaimed the now famous line, “The Temple Mount is in our hands!” Gur commanded the Israeli division that penetrated the Old City of Jerusalem and broadcast the famous words, (Hebrew: הר הבית בידינו, Har HaBayit BeYadeinu)!
The ancient capital’s walled Old City and the hottest real estate, the traditional Temple Mount, was indeed miraculously in Jewish hands–the fulfilment of two millennia of Jewish prayers and intense yearning. But their General Moshe Dayan handed the keys of the Temple Mount back to the Islamic authority (called the Waqf) in an attempt to keep the peace.
Yet Jerusalem technically was reunited and once again under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in nearly 2,000 years, fulfilling the words of Jesus (except for the on-going question of who will manage the Temple Mount, known among Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary).
Because of the timid way that the traditional Temple Mount continues to be administered by Israel, one cannot say that 100 percent all of Jerusalem is not being trampled under foot by the Gentiles.
Still, if we look closely at the prophecy of Jesus, we can see that surely the appointed times of the Gentiles are nevertheless expiring . . . as Israel rises!
That would mean, as I’ve frequently shared around the world, that you and I are presently living in an extended PERIOD OF GRACE.
Because of the sign of God’s favour and presence returning once again to the nation of Israel, according to Bible prophecy, soon the Church Age will be completed.
That would mean that our opportunities to preach the Gospel are reaching an apex. The Gospel-sending nations need to be ready and protected in this strategic hour to send forth the Light as never before. Yet we see many nations that have championed the Gospel being embroiled in controversies.
The culture wars in the USA are a big deterrent at this time to the atmosphere that the Apostle Paul told us to pray about. He exhorted us in 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 “to pray for kings and all those in authority, that we may live a peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Why? So that there will be an atmosphere of peace in which people may be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. If we have governments hostile to the Gospel, we will be hindered.
President Trump has surrounded himself with many evangelical leaders who are fighting hard to maintain freedom of religion in the USA.
Many prophetic voices are urging us to surround the President with prayer 24/7, to intercede that he completes his full term, which would be a protection not only to keep America safe but also for the Gospel to continue to be preached unhindered from those who would silence us.
Many believe Trump’s presidency is intended to be a PERIOD OF GRACE extended by God to this nation at this time.
Therefore, we pray that President Trump’s presidency will not be prematurely aborted through attacks on his life or through a media coup.
If witches regularly conduct sorcery against President Trump, how much more should the saints of God be praying and interceding?
The day of grace is expiring. The words Jesus said to Jerusalem apply now to apostate nations: “If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace!”