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Exactly when are the ‘Times of the Gentiles’ according to the Amillennial prophetic viewpoint?

“There will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:23-24)

I am looking for precise start and finish dates. What events mark those dates? Also, a brief summary of the Amillennial thinking concerning this prophecy would be useful.

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There does not seem to be one view. It is taken either as having a “temporal” significance or an “eschatological” one by Amillenials.

The Non-Millenarian View [1]

This takes us to the third point, and that is the meaning of the phrase “until the full number of the Gentiles has come in” (v. 25). Most commentators agree that Paul’s use of “until” (achri) has temporal significance and is intended to mark that period of time when Israel’s hardening ends and her fullness and acceptance begins.[53] Others, however, such as O. Palmer Robertson, insist that the term has an eschatological significance and is indicative of a condition that continues until the end.[54] The key here is Paul’s phrase “the full number of the Gentiles.” According to Anthony Hoekema, “The fullness here . . . must be understood in an eschatological way: the full number of Gentiles God intends to save. When that number of Gentiles has been gathered in, it will be the end of the age.”[55] Based on this interpretation, when the full number of elect believers among the Gentiles has come in, then Israel’s hardness will be removed, and Israel will attain the promised fullness and acceptance shortly before the return of Jesus Christ. This interpretation also comports with Jesus’s words that after God’s judgment falls on Israel and her people are scattered among the nations, “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). Once the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled, God will remove Israel’s present hardness of heart, and the nation will at long last return to her Messiah.

[1] “A case for Amilennialism”, © 2003, 2013 by Kim Riddlebarger Published by Baker Books a division of Baker Publishing Group P.O. Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287 www.bakerbooks.com

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  • The excerpt from Riddlebarger is useful. But can you summarize the 2 Amillenial views of the 'times of the Gentiles' in simple language please. – Christian Gedge Mar 30 at 4:06
  • The summary is my first sentence. – Thomas Pearne Mar 30 at 11:37
  • I would like to note that the great multitude is from all nations, kindreds, people, and tongues. They come out of the great tribulation (Rev 7:9,14). – Alan Fuller Mar 31 at 18:15
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    @AlanFuller Agreed. What is the significance of that to you? – Thomas Pearne Mar 31 at 18:44
  • IMO, in this life, we have tribulation (John16:33). The time of the Gentiles is symbolic of that. This is an interpretation of idealism. – Alan Fuller Apr 1 at 5:35

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