Excerpt from “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse,” pages 197-198.
The Church Age a Mystery
It has been suggested the Church Age was no more than a hiccup, an unintended interruption in God’s plan for the Israelites. The Church Age, as we know it today, was certainly a mystery before the time of Christ. However, the fact God would one day bring the light of truth to the gentile world was not a mystery. The Time of the Gentiles is the Church Age and was not a mystery to scholars of God’s Word.
Scripturally Supportable Doctrine
“Since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him” (Deuteronomy 18:18 NKJV, circa 1451 BC).
Deuteronomy 18:18 foretold of a coming age when the sons of Abraham would bring the light of God’s Word to the world.
“I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you, and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles” (Isaiah 42:6 NKJV, circa 712 BC).
Sounds like the Hebrews should have known the gentile world would one day have a covenant with the Creator.
“Indeed He says, It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give you as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6 NKJV, circa 712 BC).
Wow! What more could the Lord have said to day the gentiles would one day have access to salvation and a relationship with the Lord?
“The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising” (Isaiah 60:3, NKJV, circa 698 BC).
God’s Word confirmed Israel would one day bring the gentile nations to the light of God’s love. In truth, no mystery existed. Instead, there was merely a lack of public knowledge and awareness. Ancient biblical text indicated the “Grace” of God would on
e day be gifted to the gentile nations in equal or near-equal measure to that of the Israelites. The mystery of the Church Age did not exist, only a lack of public awareness.
Based on the concept of the Church Age as a mystery, some scholars have taught the Church Age created an interruption in God’s perfect plan for the nation of Israel. However, based on the scriptures above, it should be keenly understood gentile salvation was always an intended and integral part of God’s overall original plan to save the entire world. A portion of humanity was always included in God’s purpose to establish and create His children. It was always known some would reject the free gift of salvation, such was the price when God imparted free will. Of course there would be a price for rejecting the free gift of God. God does not force anyone to receive His love or His gift of salvation.
God’s divine plan was designed to begin with the Israelites, progress on to the gentile nations, and then return to the Israelite people once again at the end of the Church Age. It was ever God’s desire for all humanity to have a choice in receiving or rejecting a relationship and salvation with Him. Free will and liberty have their price and consequences. While some would choose righteousness and obedience, others would choose wickedness and debauchery and then of course there remains all those who stand between the two extremes. Free will requires the ability for people to choose their own paths. Free will also requires living with good and bad choices.
As previously mentioned, the title, the Church Age is simply another name for the Time of the Gentiles. Jesus did not in so many words mention the Church Age but did mention the Time of the Gentiles in Luke 21:24. Based on scripture, the Time of the Gentiles will come to an end when the last believer accepts Jesus as Lord, hence the expression, the fullness of times. At that time, things will dramatically change and the Lord will return his attention to the nation of Israel and the Millennial Reign.
“And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24 NKJV).
 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord … not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
 Romans 11:25 and Revelation 11:1–2.
 Ephesians 1:9–11, “… being predestinated according to the purpose of him …”
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