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Times Of The Gentiles (5 of 17)
JERUSALEM CENTER OF WORLD DESTINY
Well today we're looking at Jerusalem, center of world destiny part 5 and we're looking at the third part on the times of the Gentiles. You notice the verse on your outline Luke 21:24. Jesus was prophesying the fall of Jerusalem. He was prophesying what would happen to the holy city. What would happen to the nation of Israel from the time of his being on earth to the time when he would come back again. He's saying that time is called the time of the Gentiles as far as Jerusalem is concerned. The times of the Gentiles actually began when Israel was taken into captivity. We looked at all that material in the last two weeks and we looked at how the great nations of the world beginning with Babylon and ending with Rome, who took control of Jerusalem. Someone has said whoever controls Jerusalem controls the world. It is the center of world destiny. It's called the apple of God's eye. The center of the earth.
Now Jesus gives us an important sign about the end times when he says in this passage that "Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." I remind you again that this prophesy of Jesus that Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled began to come to pass on June 6, 1967 when in the Six Day War Israel defeated the Arab coalition and for the first time since the Babylonian captivity in 535 BC, Israel took control of the old city of Jerusalem. The Star of David was hoisted above the old city. Moshe Dian said, "We have returned to our most holy of places, never to be removed from it again." Today in the peace process, the final piece of the process that will bring peace to the Middle East will have to do with who controls Jerusalem, now controlled by the Jews. Now we looked at the history of Jerusalem under Babylon, under Persia, under Greece, Rome. Now we want ...
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