The Times of the Gentiles Part 1 -- By: C. I. Scofield
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The Times of the Gentiles
[Editor’s note: By special request Bibliotheca Sacra is putting back into print the lectures delivered by Dr. Scofield at the second annual Philadelphia Bible Conference. These prophetic messages were first given in 1914 after World War I had begun and appeared originally in a Bible study magazine then being published, Serving and Waiting. The series was entitled “The World War in the Light of Prophecy,” and the first lecture, “The Times of the Gentiles, or Can the Gentiles Govern the World?”]
Prophecy, as Peter reminds us (2 Pet 1:20), is not to be understood by selecting particular passages here and there and attaching some interpretation to them. We come to a real understanding of prophecy in anyone of its divisions only by gathering into view the whole of the prophetic testimony on that subject. For the prophetic Word is an ordered word, and the events are so linked together that we must have at least a panoramic view of the whole field of prophecy if we are correctly and intelligently to interpret the prophetic Word at any particular point. Therefore, before saying what may be the relation of the awful World War now in progress to prophecy I propose that we study together in a broad way the whole prophetic foreview of the end time of this age.
One of the present things that comes to an end with the end of this age is that period called in Scripture “the times of the Gentiles.” I shall read from the 21st chapter of Luke, beginning with the 24th verse. This chapter is in part a report of what we call the Olivet Discourse. Speaking on the Mount of Olives where His feet will stand when He returns in glory (Zech 14:4), our Lord gave utterance to that great prophetic discourse concerning the course and end of this age which we find in the 24th and 25th chapters of Matthew and the 21st chapter of Luke. I read, beginning with Luke 21:24.—This is the concluding verse of prophecy concerning
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the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. “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.”
The first part of this verse, of course, had a fulflllment in the year 70 A.D., when the Romans came up against Jerusalem and destroyed the city and temple and led away the inhabitants into captivity; and the statement of the Lord is that Jerusalem shall be trodden under foot of the Gentiles until “the times of the Gentiles” be f...
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