Q. My daughter and I were discussing two statements in the Bible, one about “the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” in Luke 21:24 and the other one is Romans 11:25, “when the fullness of the Gentiles be come in”. That that means there is ONE person who will be the final Gentile to be saved, and I believe this means before the rapture. If so, then it would appear that NO Gentile will be saved during the tribulation. If that is the case, are all the tribulation saints that are killed Jewish? Does that mean any Christians in name only who will be left behind at the rapture would not have any possibility of getting saved during the tribulation as possibly indicated by 2 Thess. 2:11-12?
A. I believe that Romans 11:25 indicates that the Church will have a predetermined number of members and when that number is reached we’ll all disappear. That means that there’s a last one saved before the Rapture. But that person won’t be the last one to ever be saved.
2 Thes. 2:11-12 refers to those who have heard and rejected the Gospel before the anti-Christ is revealed. It doesn’t apply to any who are undecided when the Church disappears or who haven’t heard the Gospel.
So there will still be lots, perhaps millions, of gentiles saved during the Tribulation, they just won’t be in the Church and will miss out on many blessings only the Church can receive. Some will be martyred for their faith and others will survive to help re-populate the planet during the Millennium. Getting saved before the rapture is a much better deal.