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"THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES" - TO WHAT DOES THIS REFER? (Luke 21:24) “The times of the gentiles” is one of those phrases that is all too often lifted out of its context and invested with a meaning much wider than that originally intended. The phrase itself sits within the specific context of Jesus’ Olivet prophecy, which all three synoptists record (Mark ...


The surrounding context makes clear that the reference to taking up a cross is to be understood as a reference to death. 24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.[1] This ...

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