Centuries of racial prejudice against non-Jews, reinforced by the belief and practice of inequality in every ancient culture, were ingrained in the psyches of the Jewish people. And this despite the fact that the prophets had predicted the ethnos (nations) would one day be a part of the commonwealth of Israel Isaiah 11:10, Ezekiel 47:21-23, Joel 2:32.
That being said, the nations that will enjoy the common wealth of Israel during the first one-thousand years of Messiah’s Kingdom is not what Paul is writing of here. He is writing of the Body of Christ, which is an entity of its own. The Body of Christ was formed on the Day of Pentecost and will be on earth winning souls and making disciples during the long season of harvest the Feast of the Lord Shavuot foretells. That season will end with yet another harvest feast, Rosh Hashana (the Feast of Trumpets).
The Mystery of Christ is what happened on the Day of Pentecost when the Ekklesia came into being. The congregation of the Out-Called, the time of “Christ in You,” began when the Body of Christ was formed on the first day of the Feast of Shavuot (gentiles call it Pentecost). On that day Jews and gentiles become one Body. Details of this miracle were not made known to humanity in other ages. Joel wrote of it, but he had no clue what it entailed.
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A focused study of the appointed times and seasons of God’s plan for humanity and the earth. When God’s great redemption is understood, Bible Prophecy is neither complicated nor mysterious.
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