Originally posted by Proper Knob
World events are happening right on time. How so? Well, before Jesus gave the
prophecy recorded at Luke 21:25-28, he foretold the second destruction of
Jerusalem. True to his word, it occurred in 70 C.E. As for the surviving Jews, Jesus
said: “They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations;
and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations, until the appointed times of the
nations are fulfilled.” Those nations were non-Jewish, or Gentile. Hence, the period of
trampling is often called “the times of the Gentiles.” (Luke 21:24, NW; King James
Version) When did they end? Well, more is involved than what happened to earthly
Jerusalem. So the date when the Israelis took over control of the old walled city of
Jerusalem, or the fact that it is the capital of the modern independent nation of
Israel, is not the determining factor. God’s timetable is what matters!
The Gentile Romans began trampling down Jerusalem in 63 B.C.E. But before them
the Gentile Greeks, Persians, and Babylonians had trodden down that “city of the
great King” Jehovah. (Matthew 5:34, 35) The Babylonians destroyed it and its
temple in 607 B.C.E. From that time onward, the Gentile trampling upon what
represented God’s Kingdom began, and the Gentile Times really started. Those
Gentile Times were to be seven in number, each corresponding with a prophetic year
of 360 days. On the basis of “a day for a year,” all “seven times” would total 2,520
years. (Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6; Daniel, chapter 4) Beginning with Jerusalem’s
desolation in 607 B.C.E., they would end in 1914 C.E.
As early as 1880, the Watch Tower magazine said that the Gentile Times would
extend to the year 1914. Then with the publication of the book The Time Is at Hand
in 1889, Bible students earth wide were further alerted to the fact that the Gentile
Times would end in the autumn of 1914.
Well, then, in that year, did old Jerusalem cease to be trampled on by non-Jewish, or
Gentile, nations? No, for in 1914 the historic city was still in the hands of the Turkish
Empire, the ally of imperial Germany. On December 9, 1917, it was taken from the
Turks by British troops under General Allenby. Jerusalem continued under British
rule by mandate of the League of Nations until 1948. Then the Jews rose up and
captured the western part of modern Jerusalem outside the old walled city. The
walled city was taken over by the Muhammadans. How, then, can we say that the
Gentile Times ended in 1914? Because in that year the government of the great King
Jehovah was born in heaven.
source : Jehovah's Christian witnesses, proclaimers of Gods Kingdom.