The end time siege of Jerusalem will be one of the most significant events during the end times. I have referenced the end time siege of Jerusalem in several articles on this website. In this article, I will explain when I believe the end time siege of Jerusalem will begin and when it will conclude.

The Timeframe Surrounding the Siege of Jerusalem

Paul wrote that the spiritual “hardness” (that is currently impacting a portion) of Israel would continue until the fullness of the Gentiles comes. After the fullness of the Gentiles arrives Israel will be saved and its spiritual hardness will be end:

“(7) What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded [hardened]. (8) (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. […] (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 [hardness] in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (26) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: (27) For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” (Romans 11:7-8, 25-27)

The timeframe concerning the fullness of the Gentiles is referenced elsewhere in the Bible. The following verses reference the fullness of the Gentiles.

“(23) But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. (24) 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 21:23-24)

“But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” (Revelation 11:2)

(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 fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (26) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” (Romans 11:25-26)

Christ mentioned that Jerusalem will be trodden by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled (Luke 21:24). Revelation 11:2 tells us that the Gentiles will tread Jerusalem for forty-two months or half the length of the seventieth week of Daniel (which is seven years or 84 months in length). Given that the Antichrist will establish the abomination of desolation around the midway point of the seventieth week of Daniel (compare Daniel 9:27 with Matthew 24:15), the treading of Jerusalem likely will last until about the end of the seventieth week of Daniel. This strongly suggests that the end time siege of Jerusalem will reach its conclusion around the completion of the seventieth week of Daniel.

The End of the Spiritual Hardness

Recall that Romans 11:25 mentions that the completion of the time of the fullness of the Gentiles will coincide with the end of Israel’s spiritual hardness:

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness [hardness] in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” (Romans 11:25)

Isaiah 42:6-7 and Psalm 146:7-8 refer to the ending of the spiritual hardness (opening the eyes of the blind) and the liberating of prisoners-the afflicted people of Israel. These verses are shown in the table below:

Open the Eyes of the BlindPrisonersFreeing Prisoners
Isaiah 42:6-7: (6) I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; (7) To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
Psalm 146:7-8: (7) Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: (8) The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

Isaiah 61:1-2 indicates that the liberation of the prisoners and the ending of the spiritual hardness will transpire at the start of the “acceptable year of the Lord” (see the table below). For sake of brevity, I will just mention that I believe the “acceptable year of the Lord” is a reference to a Jubilee Year (see Leviticus 25) that will begin at the end of the seventieth week of Daniel:

Open the Eyes of the BlindPrisonersFree Prisoners
Isaiah 61:1-2: (1) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Isaiah 42:6-7: (6) I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; (7) To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
Psalm 146:7-8: (7) Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: (8) The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

The verses shown in the table above referenced the liberation of the prisoners. Psalm 102:19-20 suggests that the Lord will act to liberate the prisoners after hearing them groan. The significance of the Lord hearing the prisoners groan is that this is one of the things mentioned in Psalm 79:11, which is an end time chapter describing Jerusalem after the city is heavily damaged by invaders and the city’s inhabitants are desperate for help.

Suffering of PrisonersPrisonersFree the Prisoners (Appointed to Die)Open Eyes of the Blind
Psalm 79:11: Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;
Psalm 102:19-20: (19) For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; (20) To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
Psalm 146:7-8: (7) Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: (8) The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

Interestingly, the psalmist asks the Lord to save the people of Israel in Psalm 79:8-9, including the purging away of the people’s sins.

“(8) O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low. (9) Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake. (Psalm 79:8-9)

This type of request is something I would expect to be made near the completion of the seventieth week of Daniel when the plight of the people of Israel will be at its peak.

Given all of this, I believe the end time siege of Jerusalem will begin before the end of the seventieth week of Daniel (sometime after the midway point of the seventieth week of Daniel) and will conclude around the end of the seventieth week of Daniel. If you would like to read my thoughts about the timing of the Gog-Magog invasion, click this link for my article on the topic.