The Fullness Of the Gentiles

Q. I believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ. I am a little confused about this scripture in Romans 11:25 though. I believe there will be people from the nations of the world (Gentiles) during the 7 year and Great tribulation period to be born again/believe in Jesus as the son of God and to be saved. My question for you is: if the Rapture doesn’t take place “until the fullness of the Gentiles come in” then, does this “Fullness” not include the Tribulation Gentiles?

A. Paul’s use of the term “fullness of the Gentiles” in Romans 11:25 refers to the number of Gentile believers the Lord has designated to be part of the Church. Many will be saved after the rapture takes place but they won’t be part of the Church.

James referred to this when he laid out the order of events in Acts 15:13-18. In effect he said Israel was being set aside while the Lord takes a people for Himself from out of the Gentiles. This refers to the Church. After he has taken us in the rapture, He will turn again to Israel. The Old Covenant will be restored and the Temple will be rebuilt, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord. This includes both Jews and Gentiles who will not have come to the Lord in time for the rapture. We call them tribulation believers.

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