I have received several questions about whether the times of the Gentiles are yet fulfilled. There are several telling prophecy regarding the fulfillment of the Times of the Gentiles which give us a hint. They are that Jerusalem will be “trodden down” and that the Jews will continue to disbelieve in Jesus Christ until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
“Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:22-24)
“Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.” (Romans 11:25)
Elder McConkie, referencing these two conditions, firmly states “And so it is that the times of the Gentiles is not yet fulfilled, and so it is that the city where our Lord was crucified shall be trodden down by Gentile unbelievers until that day of fulfillment dawns upon the earth.” (Millennial Messiah, p. 254)
Another great indicator of the fulfillment the times of the Gentiles is that the gathering of the literal blood of Judah to Jerusalem will begin. This has to be the blood of Israel, not just people calling themselves “Jews”. Even Paul said in his day, “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children.” (Rom. 9:6-7.)
Elder McConkie noted: An initial and preparatory political gathering is now underway. But the city [of Jerusalem] is still a Gentile stronghold, and it is still trodden down by forces alien to those true believers who one day will build anew its walls and erect therein again a holy temple to Jehovah. (Millennial Messiah, p. 252)
“Ye say that ye know that the end of the world cometh; ye say also that ye know that the heavens and the earth shall pass away; And in this ye say truly, for so it is; but these things which I have told you shall not pass away until all shall be fulfilled. And this I have told you concerning Jerusalem; and when that day shall come, shall a remnant be scattered among all nations; But they shall be gathered again; but they shall remain until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (D&C 45:22-25)
Our great challenge is to ensure that the Fullness of the Gentiles finds us in full bloom, personally and powerfully evolved and involved in the latter-day scene. Just as the Jews rejected the Fullness of the Gospel in their day, so is it prophesied that most of the Gentiles of this generation will reject the same, and the Gospel will be returned to the Jews. All of this must happen, and we have the great honor of holding the standard high, and declaring by our faith and our righteous stature, that in each of our lives, the Fullness has been received.
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