Q. My question concerns the verse in Romans that states the rapture will happen when the last Gentile is saved (my paraphrase) and thus it is a numbers based event not a specific day/hour event. I contend that there is a specific day/hour out there, perhaps very close now, known only to God. He isn’t delaying the rapture. He isn’t tarrying, and He can’t be hurried. It’s a specific day/hour that only He knows, but it’s out there.
As a follow up, there certainly are Jews coming to Messiah by faith these days, myself being one of them. So when the verse in Romans talks about the last Gentile coming to Jesus, what about Jews?
A. As I’ve often stated, God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10) and therefore knows the date of the rapture. But the fact is He has chosen not to reveal it to anyone on Earth, simply admonishing us to be aware of the times in which we live. A growing number of Christians believe the time for the rapture is very near.
Paul’s reference to the fullness of the Gentiles in Romans 11:25 is a generalization indicating that the church would be mostly composed of gentile believers. I think he phrased his comments in this way to distinguish the Church from Israel, something many people don’t do today.