I know we've talked about this amazing doctrine before. But I am manic about this one, not relaxed as I usually am.
A dentist showed me the ideal way to brush my teeth. "This is so important," he said, "that most dentists will not tell you." So it is with the "times of the gentiles".
This prophecy, told to us by Jesus, is so important, that many churches will not even read it. Since it deals with the kingdom of David--the kingdom of God on the earth--it conflicts with their own kingdoms of money, real estate, stocks, and people as cash cows. So naturally they hate it.
Let us read these words of Jesus:
and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Luke 21:24
How simple is that? It is only mentioned one time in the Bible by name, but it is dealt with in great detail in a number of places. The greatest (and easiest to understand) is in the second chapter of Daniel. There these times are pictured as a great statue of various metals, ending at the feet of iron mixed with clay.
So while the corporate churches are trying to divert you with parables and the sermon on the mount, one of the greatest of all prophecies is purposely neglected.
What are the "times of the Gentiles?" They are a period of times when the kingdom of David is in suspension. Simple as that. What are the time markers to this period of the recess of the kingdom? It started with the destruction of Israel's temple by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. and ends when Jesus returns and destroys all Gentile power, every trace of it.
Until Jesus returns to the earth and destroys all Gentile power, we are living in the Times of the Gentiles. Does anyone believe that He has? Some try to put it into the past with all kinds of hula dances of "interpretation". But they don't dance too well, and they know it. So they avoid the above words of Jesus and the whole idea of the times of the Gentiles.
One verse, one chapter, tell the story. Right now, you and I are in the Times of the Gentiles. Israel will be restored. The Kingdom of David will be restored. The Gentile times have just about run out.