Taken from Luke 21:24
The Jewish people controlled Jerusalem until 586 B.C. Then, according to Daniel 1:1, Nebuchadnezzar and his troops marched into the Holy City and took its inhabitants back as captives to Babylon. It is important to remember that this single historical event marked the beginning of what is known as “the times of the Gentiles.”
An important caveat was spoken by Jesus in Luke 21:24 when He said,
“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.”
Jesus was saying that Jerusalem would remain under Gentile control until the time of the end. Isn’t it fascinating that from June 5 through June 10, 1967-as a result of the Six-Day War-the Jews took back Jerusalem and have been in control of the Holy City ever since? Even though we are still in the era called “the times of the Gentiles,” this remarkable historical reality reminds us how close we are to the time of the end. How can we say this with such certainty?
In Zechariah 14:2-4 God states: “For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”
This entire scenario began with Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. and ends when Jesus Christ returns to take Jerusalem back from the Gentiles. We are extremely close to that time when such an event takes place.
The Gentiles could not take Jerusalem from the Jews until the Jews controlled the city-which happened in 1967 after 2,553 years of Gentile dominion.
Bro Stef Thoughts:
For us to understand Luke 21 we must not confuse The Lord’s message here as though He was talking to our generation, He was not. Many confuse Matthew 24 and Luke 21 teaching they are both prophecies for today. Matthew 24 was geared to our current generation and Luke 21 was certainly geared towards the Jews living when Jesus walked among them.
Luke 21 is the message The Lord gave as a “prophetic” warning to those who lived in His generation that those people would live to see the Romans defeat the Jews and shut down Jerusalem causing the Diaspora or the driving out of the Jews from Israel and driving them out to the four corners of the globe. Josephus tells us that those who listened to Yeshua’s warnings actually survived. It is said that over a million Jews were slaughtered in 70 A.D. Hence fulfilling The Lords prophecies and warnings in Luke 21.
As history and geopolitics move forward at a very fast pace, it makes sense that our generation is in a position where we could in fact see the return of Christ and His fulfillment of Zechariah 14 and Revelation 19. It is a time to watch, pray and be alert!
Keep looking up because Yeshua, Jesus is returning soon.
Blessings to you and your loved ones,
PS. If you haven’t believed on The Lord Jesus and cried out to Him yet, now is the time, you’re running out of time the door will be shut and all opportunities will be lost!
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- Edited for proper posting: Bro Stef
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