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Paul wrote of a future time when God will turn back to Israel to call unto Himself a believing remnant of Israel.  

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come inRom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

It is taught and understood that “the fullness of the Gentiles be come in” signifies the end of the Church Age.  You may have heard it said that one day, the last gentile will get saved, and God will send Jesus back for His Bride in an event we call The Rapture.  (Read What is the Rapture?).  Some even teach this as if God has a counter and is ticking off each salvation as it happens.  And when it hits a magical number, and the last person is saved– a number that only God knows — then Jesus will come for His bride, and the end times (the Seventieth Week of Daniel) will begin.

Not Likely 

Although this has been taught for a long time, there’s a real problem with “the fullness of the Gentiles” being a complete number of salvations.  I suggest that it means something very different.

    1. The Church is not called “the Gentiles”  Paul wrote that in the Church, there is neither Jew nor Gentile (Gal 3:28). Our identity is in Christ, as the Body of Christ. 
    2. Paul didn’t write that “blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fullness of the [Church; Greek: ekklesia] be come in.”
    3. Paul wrote, “Blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fullness of the [Greek: ethnos] be come in.”  
    4. Ethnos means “Gentile, heathen, nation, or people.”  The Bible uses “Gentile” to refer to the unregenerate—the lost — not the redeemed.
    5. Furthermore, the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, is never called the Gentiles (plural).  Our identity is one body in Christ.  So this cannot mean a fullness of the Church (singular), with a final individual member to complete it.  The Church is one spiritual body, not individual Jews and Gentiles, with Jesus as the Head of the Body.  
    6. Gentiles can be considered a body of people from all nations.  But they are unregenerate people. Therefore, a “body” (spiritually), without a head.
    7. Finally, if the completeness of the Church were to be the fullness of the Gentiles (converts), why wouldn’t it be the fullness of the Gentiles and the Jews (converts from both people groups)?  But again, according to Paul, there is neither Jew nor Gentile in the Church.

With this understanding, “fullness of the Gentiles” must have a different meaning.  Therefore, we ask, what would be the fullness of the “ethnos” (unsaved people, heathens, nations)?  

Not a Number of People

I suggest that the fullness of the nations is not a number but rather the fullness of iniquity.  Iniquity is an act of moral uncleanness. (Read: Sin, Iniquity, and Transgression? How are they different?)

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness [of the iniquity] of the Gentiles be come in.

Scriptural Support

There’s a verse in Genesis that closely parallels the Romans 11 verse.

Gen 15:16  But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

This verse tells that God withheld judgment on the Amorites until their iniquity was full (complete). When their iniquity was full, God sent Israel forth to take the land and enter into the promise He made to them.

Since the cross, during the Church age, the iniquity of the unregenerate has increased. The time will come when God will judge the iniquity of the Gentiles (the nations, the unregenerate) as full, i.e., complete.  

2 Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only He who now letteth [restrains] will [restrains], until He be taken out of the way.

This tells us that the Holy Spirit will be “taken out of the way when believers are raptured.”  Why? Because the Holy Spirit indwells all who belong to Christ, and when He is gone, the Antichrist will not be restrained and will rise in power.

In the context of Romans 11

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

Once the Church is removed, the seventieth week of Daniel, also called The Tribulation, will begin (Read: What is the Seventieth Week of Daniel?).  Daniel wrote of this time occurring “when the transgressors [sinners] have reached their fullness” (Dan 8:23). Then the Antichrist will rise up, and the seven years of God’s judgment of sin will begin.  However, remember that this judgment is rooted in mercy. God will extend mercy to all who come to Christ in faith and trust and will preserve them to the end.

So Will “All Israel Be Saved?”

Rom 11:26  And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;

“All Israel will be saved”?   Will they all be saved?  Read: Will “All Israel Be Saved?”

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  6. Who Am I? A Poem by Deitrich Bonhoeffer (1905-1945)
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  8. 24 Reasons Why I Love America, by John Wayne (1907-1979)
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Jesus is the Reason this Ministry Exists

At  Reasons for Hope* Jesus, we are committed to equipping, encouraging, and empowering Christians to know Jesus better, love Him more, and share their faith. We also reach the lost through our Salvation Page. 

With your support, we can continue to provide valuable resources and engaging content.  Please join us in our mission by donating today. Your generous contribution helps us expand our outreach of sharing biblical truths and hope in Jesus.  Thank you for your kindness and for being an integral part of our mission.

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***A Hidden Message in Psalm 23?***  

Hidden in the six verses of Psalm 23 are 11 names for Jesus.  When you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll send you The Names of God in Psalm 23 PDF that reveals all 11 names and Scripture verses of comfort and hope (link will be sent in your confirmation email).

A Room with a View of Eternity—The Last Will & Testament of Jesus Christ   Take a seat at the Master's table. Learn about the riches He gives to all who are His. This book will bless and encourage you, give you hope, and help you live in the joy of your salvation and the riches of Christ that are yours.

The Top Ten Got Questions? in 2023 

  1. The Meaning of NUMBERS in the Bible?
  2. Was Jesus CRUCIFIED on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
  3. How was Jesus Like a Worm? What’s the CRIMSON (OR SCARLET) WORM in Psalm 22?
  4. How are the Shepherd’s ROD and STAFF Different?
  5. How long did JOB SUFFER?
  6. What is the Significance of the Wise Men's THREE GIFTS? And were they kings?
  7. Did The Wise Men Arrive 12 DAYS AFTER JESUS’ BIRTH? Or Was It Much Later?
  8. Jesus’ Last Days TIMELINE: the Cross and the Resurrection
  9. The Meaning of COLORS in the Bible?
  10. Did Jesus Fight Satan to Take Back the KEYS of Death and Hell?

There is much to be learned from those who have gone before us in the faith.  Check out our Cloud of Witnesses category that features the words of departed saints who are now with the Lord in glory.  Their words equip and encourage us even to this day.  Take a few minutes to hear...

  1. ONLY ONE LIFE, Twill Soon Be Past – by C.T. Studd (1860 – 1931)
  2. “The Love of God is Greater Far” by Frederick M. Lehman (1917)
  3. Prayers from Billy Graham
  4. Who Was Robert Robinson? What’s the Story Behind “Come Thou Fount”
  5. “Immanuel” — A Poem by Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
  6. Who Am I? A Poem by Deitrich Bonhoeffer (1905-1945)
  7. Understanding the Everlasting Arms of God, by J.R. Miller (1840–1912)
  8. 24 Reasons Why I Love America, by John Wayne (1907-1979)
  9. Give Me Perpetual Broken-heartedness (from The Valley of Vision)
  10. Abide with Me, by James Smith, 1859

This remains one of our most popular pages viewed.

Reasons for Hope* Jesus video banner

TOP TEN Videos from Reasons for Hope* Jesus
  1. Memorial Day BAGPIPES TRIBUTE: Amazing Grace 
  2. RISE AND SHINE and Give God the Glory, Glory!
  3. WERE YOU THERE When They Crucified My Lord?
  4. PAUL HARVEY: THE BIRDCAGE
  5. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: A SOLDIER'S PLEDGE
  6. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing -- CHARLIE BROWN Christmas
  7. JOHN WAYNE ~ WHY I LOVE AMERICA
  8. Jimmy Stewart - Nativity Scene Prayer: Mr. Krueger's Christmas
  9. THE LEGEND OF THE CANDY CANE - A Christmas Story to Share 
  10. Not by Might, Not by Power, But BY MY SPIRIT says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6)

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