Q. In Luke 21: 24 it mentions ‘the times of the Gentiles’. In Romans 11:25, it mentions ‘the fullness of the Gentiles’. But, according to Revelation 7:9 and 7:14, there will be Gentiles saved during the great tribulation. I have difficulty to explain Romans 11:25 together with Revelation 7:9,14. Is the ‘times of the Gentiles’ and the ‘fullness of the Gentiles’ pointing to the same time?
A. The times of the Gentiles mentioned in Luke 21:24 runs from the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, which began about 608 BC and ends at the 2nd Coming. The reason it’s plural is because there are four major kingdoms involved, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome (twice).
The fullness of the Gentiles in Romans 11:25 refers to the number of people who become believers during the Church age. When this number is reached, the Rapture will take place. Gentiles saved after the Rapture (Rev. 7:9,14)are called Tribulation Saints and don’t belong to the Church.