From The Alpha and the Omega - Volume III
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 12/18/2001, all rights reserved
"Fullness of the Gentiles:"

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    The prophecy of the Moral and Spiritual History of the Nations.

    Noah’s son Ham whose fourth son, Canaan (Gen. 10:6) is the purpose of this prophecy is clearly to show the origin of the Canaanites and to set forth the source of their moral pollution, which after many centuries leads to their destruction by Joshua and their enslavement by Israel.
    Canaan’s curse was basically religious in contrast to Shem’s blessing was religious.
    "Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Shem…." (Gen. 9:26) in whom all nations were to be blessed.    The Canaanite religion was full of bloodshed and debauchery and centered on sex.    This included two goddesses’ Astarte (Ashtaroth) and Anath, sacred courtesans and eunuch priests were common, as well as human sacrifice.    Japheth’s blessing was also religious, "God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem …" (Gen. 9:27), as Gentiles they have been grafted on the good olive tree.

    Some believe that this is predictive of the Cross, when spiritual guidance of humanity passed from the Jews to the Gentiles, i.e. to the Japhetic family (Note Gentiles).    To Shem was given the primacy of religious teaching, but there comes a time when Japheth enters the picture, and philosophy (which is essentially Japhetic) was married to theology, and also has been enlarged as to growth of population around the world (the peoples of Indo-European stock, even the Americas).    This trend has continued since the dispersion of the Jews around the world in the first century A.D.
    The Hamitic people (Egyptians, Babylonians, Mayans, Aztecs) all were the innovators of mankind, in inventing and applying technology for humanity, as if the role of servants of mankind.
       Noah’s prophecy (Gen. 9:25, 26, 27) was expressly pronounced upon Canaan alone.
-- Genesis Ten: Table of Nations After the Flood --
-- Gen. 10:2-5 Sons of Japheth --
-- Gen. 10:6-20 Sons of Ham --
-- Gen. 10:21-31 Sons of Shem --
-- Gen. 10:32 End of the Table of Nations.

    Romans 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 in."

    This "end of the time of the Gentiles," is called a mystery, because it will be incomprehensible until the time of its revelation.
    Another source claims that "the fullness of the Gentiles," etc. has this meaning, that God had in a manner so blinded Israel, that while they refused the light of the gospel, it might be transferred to the Gentiles, and that these might occupy, as it were, the vacated possession.    And so this blindness served the providence of God in furthering the salvation of the Gentiles, which he had designed.    And the fullness of the Gentiles is to be taken for a great number: for it was not to be, as before, when a few proselytes connected themselves with the Jews; but such was to be the change, that the Gentiles would form almost the entire body of the Church.
    John 21:11 "Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three; and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken."     If there is a connection to the ensuing "Church Age" or "the future end of the time of Gentiles," as a time period with some astronomical cycle associated with the numerical value of 153, it is not obvious.     This is interesting though.

    The United States is a Gentile Nation, whom God may use as an instrument to aid in bringing in "the end of the time of Gentiles."

   Last updated December 18, 2001.

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