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Does the term “Gentiles” refer to all non Jews or is that just the lie we’ve been sold to cover up the truth? Who were the Gentiles and where are they now? What role do they play in Bible prophecy and where are we at on the prophetic countdown clock?
Believe it or not, the Bible tells us exactly who the Gentiles are, where they are, and what’s about to happen when their time is up… and unfortunately it is too often ignored. We’re about to get into some DEEP and CONTROVERSIAL, but pure Biblical truth, in this multi part series.
There were two Bible verses that really inspired me to look into who the Gentiles are, according the Bible. I’ve heard many people teach on these verses, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that the information was just being repeated, but not actually researched (myself included). Here are the verses:
“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:24
“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 fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” – Romans 11:25
In verse 1, we see that Jerusalem will be trodden down by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles is fulfilled or completed. This is what I get from the context of verse 1. But was the times of the Gentiles really fulfilled in 1967 during the Six Days War, or are we still looking at the Gentile occupation of Jerusalem?
In verse 2 we see that the partial blindness of Israel is only temporary, and will be lifted after the fullness of the Gentiles is come in. What does that really mean, and what specifically would the blindness of Israel encompass?
Whatever the answers to these questions are, they do seem to be connected. In Luke, Christ connects the fulfillment of the time of the Gentiles to the end of the age. That leads us to the first big question:
Has the time of the Gentiles been fulfilled?
Break out your pens, papers, styluses, etc, and let’s get down to some good ol’ intense Bible study. In order to answer all of the above questions, we first need to figure out who the Gentiles are.
The Gentiles According To The World
- Gentile: often capitalized : a person of a non-Jewish nation or of non-Jewish faith; especially : a Christian as distinguished from a Jew. – Merriam Webster
When the subject of Gentiles is brought up, the above definition seems to be everyone’s default answer. According to the world, the Gentiles are anyone not Jewish or of Hebrew descent, but that seems to be the exact opposite of what scripture says.
There’s quite a bit of information in the Bible that seems to point to a deception and an attempt to generalize the term “Gentiles” in order to steer people away from the very specific list of Gentiles given in the Bible. There are three key scriptures that point to the fact that the Gentiles referred to very specific nations, and not just all non Jews:
- Gentiles are listed by name in Genesis 10.
- Jesus was handed over to the Gentiles for crucifixion in the Gospels.
- Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles and only taught in a specific region.
We are going to address all three of these point in detail, and reveal what I believe to be one of the biggest deceptions in history. Not only is it a deception, but it is also Bible prophecy being lived daily in front of our eyes.
Gentiles According To Genesis
In Genesis 10, we find what is commonly referred to as The Table of Nations, but the term Gentiles is only associated with one of the sons of Noah:
“The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.” – Genesis 10:2-5
If you take a look at the full chapter (go read it), you’ll find that Japheth is listed first, and Ham and Shem are not mentioned until after verse 5. I believe he was separated out for a reason.
- Ham = Hamites
- Shem = Shemites/Semites
- Japhepth = Gentiles?
No matter how much we’d like to cling to what we’ve been taught to believe, the Bible does not list all non Jews as Gentiles. Let’s just use common sense for a moment:
- If the Gentiles reference in Genesis 5 applies to all nations listed before it, only Japheth falls into that category, because he is the only nation listed.
- If the Gentiles reference in Genesis 5 applies to all nations appearing after it, then it would also include Shemites, and we know that isn’t true.
- If Gentiles refers to all non Jewish people, why does the word appear in the Bible prior to Abraham being chosen to start the Hebrew nation… before Jews existed?
So let’s just ask the big question: If the Gentiles were specifically linked to Japheth in Genesis, how and why did the term come to include “all non Jews?” We’ll come back to this.
The Biblical Text Supports The Theory
As we read through Genesis 10 (read it for yourself), we are given a list of the descendants of each of Noah’s sons. At the end of each list of descendants is a summary sentence that occurs prior to starting the genealogy of the next of Noah’s sons. Here are those summary sentences for each son of Noah:
Japheth – The Last Verse of His Genealogy
“By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.” – Genesis 10:5
Ham – The Last Verse of His Genealogy
“These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.” – Genesis 10:20
Shem – The Last Verse of His Genealogy
“These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.” – Genesis 10:31
We can clearly see that it is Japheth’s line that is specifically referred to as Gentiles, while the sons of Ham and Shem are called sons of Ham and Shem. In my opinion, the structure of the text was written like this for a reason… and that was to help us identify who the Gentiles were and who they are now.
The Genesis List of Gentiles
According to scripture, there were a total of 14 descendants of Japheth that are the origin of the Gentiles in scripture. Yep… we’re about to chase em all down, and if we break our necks after falling into this rabbit hole, so be it.
The only way to fight deception and false teaching is with the truth found in scripture. I fully believe that some of what we’re about to discover is part of a much larger and very well orchestrated Satanic deception, meant to keep all of mankind from the truth. Let’s look at the lineage of Japheth… the Gentiles:
#1) Gomer: Galatians/Gauls/Celts
“For Gomer founded those whom the Greeks now call Galatians, but were then called Gomerites.” – Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, I:6
This sheds a little light on why Paul wrote a letter to the Galatians in the New Testament. He was an apostle to the Gentiles, but we’ll come back to Paul later.
On the map, we see that Galatia is located in Asia, and covers a pretty large chunk of land.
#2) Magog: Scythians/Ukraine/Russia/Crimea
Magog is most well known as one of the countries involved with a massive war in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. Josephus equates Magog with the Scythians (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1, Chapter 6).
The Scythians eventually settled in what is modern day Ukraine, Russia, and Crimea.
As we can see from the map, they settled in Europe and cover a very large area.
#3) Madai: Medes/Kurds
According to Josephus and several other sources, Madai became the Medes and Kurds. The Book of Jubilees tells us that Madai married a woman from the line of Shem, and preferred the company of Shemites.
Because Hebrew lineage is tracked through the male, the children of Madai wouldn’t be considered Hebrews.
As we can see from the map, the descendants of Madai settled directly next to Iran (ancient Persia), in Eurasia. These two combined to form the Medo-Persian empire mentioned in scripture.
#4) Javan: Greeks
Javan (Yavan) is actually the Hebrew name for Greece. Josephus and tradition support this association. It is the Greek empire, under Alexander the Great, that defeats the Medo-Persian alliance, and takes over major portions of Europe, Asia, Arabi, and Africa
Greece is located in Europe, just to the west of Turkey.
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#5) Tubal: Iberia/Italy/Spain/Portugal
Josephus and other historians associate Tubal with Iberia, Italy, Portugal and Spain, but modern day Georgians also claim to be descendants of Tubal.
Spain, Portugal, and Italy are all located in Europe. France and Belgium are not associated with Tubal. It is also believe that the Khazars descended from Tubal (very important and we’ll come back to this).
#6) Meshech: Geogria/Armenia
While some Georgians claim to descend from Tubal, other claim to descend from Meshech.
As we can see from the map, Georgia and Armenia are located in Eurasia, between Turkey, Russia, and Iran.
#7) Tiras: Thrace
Thrace is another European country that is most famous for being the allies of Troy in the Trojan War.
#8) Ashkenaz: Germany
Ashkenaz is the son of Gomer, and believed to have settled in the area now known as Germany. This is also the origin of the word Ashkenazi, which many of us are familiar with because of the Ashkenazi Jews inhabiting Israel in the present time.
#9) Riphath: Paphlagonia/Celts
If you’ve done any serious research into Nephilim giants, you have probably run into the Celtic legends of giants.
#10) Togarmah: Caucasus
Interestingly, the Caucasus is where we get the modern term “Caucasian”. This name designates a region between Europe and Asia (Russia and Turkey specifically).
#11) Elishah: Belgium/Netherlands/Germany
These names are mostly associated with World War II, Hitler, and the Holocaust in our current times.
#12) Tarshish: Undetermined
The identity of Tarshish is very much in dispute. It has been ascribed to Spain, Britain, Zimbabwe, and everything in between. However, if we follow the pattern so far, it was likely located somewhere in Europe or Asia.
#13) Kittim: Larnarca
Larnarca is a small city located on the Island of Cyprus, in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Turkey.
#14) Dodanim: Rhodes
Most famously known for The Collosus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, it is an island located just off the coast of Turkey.
To put all of this in visual perspective, here is a map that makes it easier to identify where each of these people settled. It is color coded by which of Noah’s sons they descend from.
On the map above, the only name with the WRONG COLOR is Philistia. Philistia is linked to Philistim, who is from the line of Ham (Genesis 10:14). The correct color should be orange.
- Ham: Settled Africa and Arabia
- Shem: Settled Arabia and the borders of Asia and Arabia
- Japheth: Settled Europe and Asia
Now that we know who was located where, how can we be sure that the lineage of Japheth are indeed Gentiles? Let’s keep looking through the Bible and see what we can dig up.
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Gentiles In The Old Testament
Interestingly, the Gentiles are not mentioned again in scripture until Judges 4. They are not mentioned during any of the conquest of Canaan, but by the time we reach the book of Judges, we see a Gentile settlement in Canaan.
After the death of Ehud (a judge of Israel), Israel rebelled against God, and they were sold to Jaban, the king of Canaan, as slaves (Judges 4:2). The captain of Jaban’s army was Sisera, and he lived among the Gentiles.
“And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.” – Judges 4:2)
This is the first mention of the Gentiles in the Bible, after they are originally mentioned in Genesis 10. Although Sisera the Canaanite (line of Ham) lived among the Gentiles (line of Japheth), there is no specific mention of them participating in mixed marriages, although it is not completely out of the question.
While there are some that see this as proof that the Gentiles are anyone of non Hebrew descent, the evidence speaks to the contrary.
- Jabin is the king of Canaan.
- He reigned in Hazor.
- Sisera was the captain of his army.
- Harosheth is a Gentile settlement within Canaan.
Upon reading this verse, I decided to do some digging into Harosheth, and I found the following:
“The site was excavated from 1993-2000 by teams from the University of Haifa and the University of Cagliari in Sardinia. The dig was headed by Professor Zertal. The dig revealed a fortified place dating to the Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age (13th-12th centuries BC). The style of the fortifications, walls, passageways in the walls and rounded huts is very different from Canaanite cities of the era, leading Zertal to propose that the site may have been occupied by the Shardana, one of the Sea-People who invaded the Levant in the Late Bronze Age.” – Source: “Archaeological Mystery Solved”. University of Haifa. July 1, 2010.
Before this study, I don’t recall learning of “The Sea People” (possibly heard it in passing), so I decided to look them up, and interestingly, they are believed to originate in Western Europe.
There is a ton of information about the Sea People, so I won’t go over it here. You can click the link below to use as a starting point if you are interested in the subject.
What’s important to take from this is that we once again have evidence that the Gentiles were descendants of Japheth specifically, and not a general reference to all non Hebrews.
If Gentiles referred to all non believers, there would be no reason to specify that Harosheth was “of the Gentiles”. It would be implied by the fact that it was in Canaanite territory. This further indicates that Gentiles are a specific group of people and not all non Jews.
As we make our way to the New Testament, we find even more evidence that the Gentiles were specific to the line of Japheth.
Gentiles In The New Testament
The New Testament gives us the most concrete evidence that the Gentiles were a specific group of people, and not an all encompassing term for non Jews. Let’s start with the very first mention of Gentiles in the New Testament:
“The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;” – Matthew 4:15
Galilee was originally Hebrew land, and as we all agree, Hebrews are not Gentiles. However, when the Romans took over, they seized Galilee and divided it into several small cities, and made it a minor base of operations:
Under Roman occupation and control, it became known as “Galilee of the Gentiles”. This is only one of two New Testament references to the Romans being Gentiles, and it just so happens that the Romans originated in Europe (Italy), from the lineage of Japheth.
No Gospel For The Gentiles… Yet
Believe it or not, Christ originally told his disciples that the Gospel was not to be preached to the Gentiles or the Samaritans. This is why it was such a big deal in Acts when the disciples first received the news of Gentiles receiving the Gospel (Acts 10:45).
“These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:” – Matthew 10:5
This verse implies that the twelve disciples knew exactly who the Gentiles were and where they were. The twelve were told not to go “into the way” or the direction of the Gentiles. Judaism is the belief system, and Hebrew is the nationality. There are also rules in place that allowed outsiders to convert to Judaism, so how would the disciples be able to tell if someone practiced Judaism or not, based solely on looking at them? They couldn’t, but they did visually identify Gentiles based on skin color and where they were from.
RED FLAG ON THE FIELD: Why is it that Paul’s missionary journeys are highlighted by most teachers, but not those of the original twelve apostles? The original twelve only preached in Africa and Arabia.
The above question is a very valid question, and when we look to the Bible to answer it, we encounter even stronger evidence that the Gentiles were not considered to be all non Jews, but specifically those that settled Europe and Asia from the line of Japheth.
Paul’s Missionary Journeys
As we read above, Jesus told his original twelve disciples not to preach to the Gentiles, and they didn’t enter Europe or Asia. However, when Paul is called to be the “apostle of the Gentiles”, he exclusively travels to Europe and Asia.
“For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:” – Romans 11:13
Paul made it very clear that his calling was to be an apostle to the Gentiles. It’s reasonable to conclude that Paul would travel to where the Gentiles were, in order to preach the Gospel. Almost as important as where Paul went to preach, is where he did not go to preach. Here is a map of Paul’s missionary journeys:
If we are intellectually honest and take the map at face value, we can see that Paul went to Europe and Asia, but did not go to Africa and Arabia. Once again, we have Biblical evidence that the Gentiles were specifically associated with Europe and Asia, which are where the descendants of Japheth settled.
By process of elimination, we know that the original twelve disciples did not go preach in Europe or Asia, but they did head towards Africa and deeper into Arabia. If the people of Africa and Arabia were considered Gentiles, the disciples would have been disobeying Christ by going there.
In addition to Paul, there were other apostles that preached to the Gentiles, and once again, all we have to do is consider where they went to preach the Gospel.
STOP: For a complete list of the Gentile cities visited by Paul, please click here.
As we can see, there is ample evidence to support the theory that the Gentiles are indeed the European nations, and not all non Hebrews in general. In my opinion, this misapplied term has been used to push an agenda that I’ll talk about in Part 2. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s to come:
“The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.” – Jeremiah 4:7