The times and fulless of the GentilesNote, this article is part of a topical study series.
Another interesting aspect is that we seem to be living in the end times of the Roman empire the feet partly clay and partly iron. So, from the time Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70A.D. (Luke 21:24) until the fullness of the Gentiles (Romans 11:25), God has termed the "times of the Gentiles". Once the fullness of the Gentiles is come, then God will again turn to deal with Israel, and the 70th week of Daniel will begin. It is written in Acts 15:14-16, that:
"Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:"
Jesus will come again after the fullness of the Gentiles. This is also something that Paul called "the mystery" in Ephesians 3:2-6 and clearly defined in verse 6:
"That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:"
Daniel was instructed "...to seal the book, even to the time of the end..." Daniel 12:4. So, Jesus disciples knowing what the Scriptures spoke about Him concerning the fulfillment of Daniel still did not understand this mystery -- the dispensation of the grace of God (Ephesians 3:2). And because they did not understand that, they asked Jesus before He ascended up into heaven: "Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6). However, we know from Acts 15:16, that Jesus return must be after the fulness of the Gentiles.