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This Generation Shall Not Pass Away

By Phillip Brown

Many Christians have switched to Preterism because of the fundamental truth that all Scripture is true.  And, of course, I would agree.  But confusing verses like these simply mean we need to dig deeper and find what we are missing. 

Have you ever wondered about verses like:

(NIV Matthew 10:23) When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

(NIV Matthew 16:27-28) For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. [28] I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

(NIV Matthew 24:34) I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

These three verses seem to be the initial argument used by Preterists.  They believe that all prophecy has already been fulfilled, as of 70 AD.  They believe that Christ returned in 70 AD.  Therefore they remove the need to watch and be ready for Christ's return, saying He has already returned.  And since Preterism says that all prophecy has been fulfilled, they will deny the resurrection of the physical body, just as Sadducees did in the day of Jesus.  But many Christians have switched to Preterism because of the fundamental truth that all Scripture is true.  And, of course, I would agree.  But confusing verses like these simply mean we need to dig deeper and find what we are missing.  We should not toss away literal Scripture using arguments of "allegories" because of a few hard-to-understand verses.  Instead, we should strive to understand.

I would like to address the confusion of these three verses.  But I shall do so in reverse order, because it's easier to understand my arguments in the reverse order.  What I would like to show in these three passages is that Christ was speaking to two specific and different generations when he talked about His second coming.  The first generation was the generation in which He lived.  And the second generation is our generation, the baby-boom generation since World War II.  Jesus was able to speak to our generation in a way that the first generation was not able to understand.  This was intentional.

In Acts 1:6-7, that first generation of disciples asked Jesus if He was about to set up the kingdom of Israel.  This was after the Resurrection.  Jesus told them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority."  Yet Matthew 24 clearly gives signs so that we will know the seasons!  And many of these signs were in fact unfolding during that first generation!  (We will see why below.)  But Jesus is clearly stating that the disciples of His generation were not to know the season.

In referring to the abomination of desolation, Jesus said, "So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel — let the reader understand." (Matthew 24:15).  Jesus said, "Let the reader understand."  Jesus was not talking about the reader of Matthew.  That book was written many years later.  No, Jesus was talking about the reader of Daniel.  In Daniel 12:4,8-10, Daniel himself is expressing the fact that he did not understand.  But Daniel is told to seal the words.  Daniel is told that only the wise, in the end time, would understand.  And Daniel is told that the wicked would never understand, and the wise would not understand until the end times.  Jesus has clearly told the disciples that they were not to know the seasonTherefore, the disciples would not understand, even though they were wise.  It's only after the end-time signs start to unfold that the wise begin to understand.  And in Revelation 5 and 6, Jesus opens the seals of the scroll so that the wise begin to see the signs of the end times, and begin to understand.  Today, with careful comparison of the seals of Revelation with the symbols given in Daniel and Zechariah, the wise can identify the first four seals of Revelation 6 as the United States, China, the Soviet Union, and the United Nations.  (See chapter C3, "Daniel 7: Four Beasts and Four Horses" for more information.)

Matthew 24:30 says that when Christ does return, that all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven.  Now I don't believe the wise, those who know Jesus, would mourn at His coming!  It's the wicked of the world who mourn.  They will mourn because they will realize that they have been wrong, and that their continued sin remains to be judged.  So, the second coming will be something that no one mistakes.  Not even the wicked of the world will mistake or fail to see the second coming.  It's seen by every tribe of the world, according to this verse!  (The second coming was not in 70 AD!)

Matthew 24:34 says, "This generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place."  The context here, of course, are the signs of the End Times.  But to really understand this verse, we must go back to the original question that was asked by the disciples. 

Matthew 24:3 says, "Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"  Jesus and the disciples had been walking through the temple.  And Jesus had said that the temple will be destroyed, that not one stone would remain on another.  All the world will mourn at Christ's second coming, and this has not yet happened. Given these two facts, what was the real question that was being asked by the disciples?  Was it a single question?  Or was it two questions?  "When will all this happen?" is asking about the destruction of the temple.  "When will you come again?" is asking about the second coming.  The disciples did not understand, because the seals of the scroll had not yet been opened!  The disciples thought they were asking one question.  But they were in fact asking two questions.  Jesus gave the true answer to the two questions.  But since the disciples were not given the authority to completely understand, we have to piece together what they wrote about Jesus' answer in a way that it makes since, given the two questions.  Again, the disciples thought they were asking one question.  We must re-interpret the answer given to be an answer to two questions. 

The first question is when would the temple be destroyed.  The second question is when would Christ come again.  There are three accounts of Christ's answer to these two questions.  The one in Matthew 24 is almost identical to the one in Mark 13.  But the answer given in Luke 21 is significantly different.  The answer given in Luke 21 fits better the with the first question.  And the answer given in Matthew 24 fits better with the second question. 

Luke's account says to watch for the armies to surround Jerusalem (Luke 21:20).  Matthew's account says to watch for the abomination of desolation (Matthew 24:15).  If we, like the disciples, interpret this answer as one question, then we would tend to equate the surrounding of Jerusalem by the armies, with the abomination of desolation.  But if we see that it's really two questions, then we can see these are two entirely different signs for which to watch.  And we must interpret the abomination of desolation exactly the way Jesus told us to do.  He told us to watch for the abomination of desolation that Daniel wrote about.  

Daniel has thee references to the abomination of desolation (Daniel 9:27, 11:31, and 12:11).  And none of them say anything about the destruction of Jerusalem.  As a matter of fact, the abomination of desolation in Daniel 11:31 had already been fulfilled in the time of Jesus.  It was fulfilled in 168 BC.  (See chapter C6, "Daniel 10-11: Fulfilled Prophecy.")  The disciples were very aware of what the abomination of desolation is all about.  The disciples were Jews.  They celebrated Hanukkah (John 10:22).  Much of the history about Hanukkah is given in the book of Maccabees.  The disciples would have been familiar with the book of Maccabees because they were Jews who would have celebrated Hanukkah!  This Jewish festival was established by the book of Maccabees!  The book of Maccabees tells us about the "abomination," as Maccabees calls it, that was set up on the temple mount in 168 BC. (See chapter B6, "Abomination of Desolation" for more information.)  

Daniel 11 is an extremely detailed prophecy that was fulfilled from Alexander the Great, all the way up to 168 BC with the "abomination of desolation, spoken of by the prophet Daniel - let the reader understand"  (Matthew 24:15).  From other sources, we know that the abomination of desolation, in 168 BC, was a statue of Zeus that was set up on the temple mount.  Nothing like this happened in 70 AD.  If we are to really be true to what Jesus told us to do, which is to watch for the abomination of desolation that was spoken of by Daniel, then we must look for the abomination as a statue that's set up on the temple mount.  And in Revelation 13, we read about a statue that is set up for all the world to worship.  This is unfulfilled prophecy, and Jesus told us to watch for it.

So, let's piece the answer Jesus gave together in a way that makes since with the understanding that the question was really two questions.  First we have Luke's account of the armies which surround Jerusalem.  Jesus tells the disciples "this generation will not pass away until all this has happened."  The generation of Jesus' day had their apocalyptic event in 70 AD, exactly 40 years after Jesus spoke these words.  Luke's account was about the armies that would surround Jerusalem, and that was exactly 40 years later.  Luke's account says there would be a great distress (Luke 21:23), but he did not say it was the greatest distress of all time.  On the other hand, Matthew's account does say it's the greatest distress of all time.  If you equate every aspect Luke's account with Matthew's account, then 70 AD has to be the greatest distress of all time.  But we see that it's two different questions; two different answers, two different times of tribulation, and two different generations.

Luke's account goes on to say that they would fall by the sword and would be led away into all nations (Luke 21:24). Matthew's account, on the other hand, says that unless those days were shortened, that no flesh would survive.  But for the sake of the elect, those days would be shortened.  In other words, in Matthew's account, there is the greatest distress of all time, but it's stopped for the elect.  In 70 AD, it was not stopped for the elect.  Matthew's account does not say they would fall by the sword and be led away into all nations.  Luke's account ends in disaster.  Matthew's account ends in final victory.

Luke's account says: (NKJV Luke 21:24) "And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations.  And Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled."  Jerusalem was controlled (trampled on) by Gentiles from 70 AD until 1967.  The Preterist viewpoint would say that all is fulfilledBut this verse clearly indicates an age, after 70 AD, during which the Gentiles control Jerusalem.  At the end of that age, we have the end-time generation that "will not pass away until all these things have taken place."  It's two different generations.  The first generation, the disciple's generation, would not be allowed to fully understand.  But our generation can understand because Jesus has begun to open the seals of the scroll.  It was the adult generation that was not allowed to go into the promised land because of sin.  They had to wait 40 years.  It was the adult generation of Jesus who saw the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, exactly 40 years after Jesus spoke these words, because of sin.  The baby-boom generation, born right after World War II, saw the rebirth of Israel.  That same baby-boom generation saw Jerusalem no longer being trampled on by the Gentiles when that generation became adult.  So, it's the adult generation who will see the return of Christ, 40 years after Jerusalem was no longer being trampled on by the Gentiles.  It's this adult generation that will be able to enter the Promised Land, after 40 years, if they overcome sin.  Remember, in Acts, Jesus said it was not for them to know the season of His return.  But our generation can know the season by watching the signs.  And the big sign that Jesus tells us to watch for is a statue on the temple mount, for all the world to worship.

Some Will Not Taste Death

The second verse that Preterists initially quote is Matthew 16:27-28.  I would like to extend the number of verses quoted to be from verses 16:27 to 17:3.  Remember that the original Greek did not have chapter and verse numbers.  So we should not necessarily use them to separate topics.

(NIV Matthew 16:27 - 17:3) For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. [28] I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” [1] After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. [2] There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. [3] Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Perhaps the disciples did not equate these two events.  They were not to understand.  But the Holy Spirit clearly lead them into equating the two events by telling us the Transfiguration was six days after Jesus made this statement.  "Some who are standing here" who would not taste death until they see Jesus in his kingdom, were Peter, James, and John.  They saw Jesus in his glorified body state just six days after He made this promise.  Today, "the wise" can see the significance of the six days.  If Christ comes in the timeframe as indicated by "this generation shall not pass away," in our generation, then the millennial reign of Christ is the seventh millennium.  It's the millennium where Christ is "Lord of the Sabbath" millennium.  So, after six millennial days, there will be those among our generation who will not taste death before we also see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.  Again, Jesus was speaking to two different generations.  And you have to interpret what He said about His second coming from that perspective.

Will Not Go Through the Cities of Israel

The first verse that Preterists quote is Matthew 10:23, which says, "You will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes."  Notice the parallels between Matthew 10:21-23 and Matthew 24:9-14:

Verse 10:21 says, "Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death."  In chapter 24, verse 10 says, "And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  And Luke's account, in Luke 21:16 says, "You will be betrayed by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death."

Verse 10:22 says, "And you will be hated by all for My name's sake.  But he who endures to the end will be saved."  In chapter 24, verse 9 says, "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation by all nations for My name's sake."  Verse 13 says, "But he who endures to the end shall be saved."

Verse 10:23 says, "You will not have gone though the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes."  In chapter 24, verse 14 says, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached to all the nations, and then the end will come."

Jesus has a different message about His second coming for two different generations.  To the generation of Jesus' day, He was saying you should preach the gospel with urgency to all the cities of Judah.  To the end-time generation, Jesus is saying that the gospel should be preached with urgency to all the nations of the world. 

Notice that Jesus did not say, "the cities of Judah."  He said, "the cities of Israel."   Is there a difference?  In the time of Jesus, only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin had been re-gathered.  There were also some Levi.  Judah and Benjamin were the tribes of the southern kingdom.  The southern kingdom was scattered to Babylon starting in about 600 BC.  And then starting in 537 BC, God re-gathered them back to Jerusalem.  But the northern kingdom, the northern ten tribes, were scattered to Assyria in 700 BC.  They were never re-gathered. 

Consider how James started his letter to the Christian Gentiles:  "James a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ: To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad."  (NKJV James 1:1).  James knew that only Judah, the two southern tribes, were in the land of Israel.  But James addressed his letter to the twelve tribes of Israel.  And he was writing to Jews and Gentiles.  He was writing to Christians all over the world.

The book of Isaiah was written before the southern kingdom was scattered.  Yet read these words of prophecy that Israel would be re-gathered:

(NIV Isaiah 11:10-12) In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. [11] In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. [12] He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.

Again, this was written before the southern kingdom was scattered to Babylon.  After Israel split into the two kingdoms, the southern kingdom was referred to as Judah and the northern kingdom was still referred to as Israel.  (The northern kingdom is also called Ephraim.)  The first re-gathering was the re-gathering of Judah from Babylon.  All the Jews at the time of Jesus were from this re-gathering from Babylon.  We get the word "Jew" from Judah.  All the Jews at the time of Jesus, and all the Jews of today are only from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, with some Levi.  The northern ten tribes have never been re-gathered. 

Notice that the verse says this is the second re-gathering.  And in 70 AD, we had the second scattering, not a re-gathering.  So, the second re-gathering must be a re-gathering of all twelve tribes, of both Judah and Israel as the verse says.  (Remember Judah is the southern kingdom and Israel is the northern kingdom.  This is consistent throughout Old Testament Scripture.)  Also, this verse says the re-gathering is from Assyria, which is where the northern kingdom was original scattered to in 700 BC.  And the verse says the re-gathering is from the four quarters of the earth.  So, the re-gathering will be from every nation of the world.  This verse in Isaiah is unfulfilled prophecy.

There is no difference between Jews and Gentiles.  All the true Church is Israel.  This second re-gathering has not yet happened.  It's unfulfilled prophecy.  Israel, which is the Church, is still scattered to the four quarters of the earth.

To sum it up, there are big parallels between Matthew 10:21-23 and Matthew 24:9-14.  It's Jesus message to both generations.  And Jesus said, "You will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes."   Since Israel is scattered to the four quarters of the earth, all the cities of Israel would be all the cities of the world!  So to our generation, Jesus is saying that the gospel should be preached with urgency to all the nations of the world.  To His generation, He was saying to preach with urgency to the cities of Judah.  And I suspect that they didn't finish going through all the cities of Judah before 70 AD, when it became too late.  After 70 AD, they could no longer go through the cities of Judah.  So, they would not have gone though all the cities of Judah before the Son of Man comes.  But that's simply the precise truth of the statement.  It's not a twisting of the words.  Remember that the disciples did not have the authority to fully understand the season of the second coming.  The scroll was still sealed.  The basic meaning of Matthew 10:21-23 is the since of urgency for both generations to preach the gospel before Christ returns.

Two Generations

Let's go back and examine the issue of Two Generations more closely.

In 1988, there was a book published that gave 88 reasons why the rapture would be on September 8, 1988.  Of course, it was wrong.  One big point was that 1988 was 40 years after the birth of Israel in 1948.  And Jesus said, "This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened" (Matthew 24:34, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32).  People would read this statement and immediately ask, "Well, how long is a generation?"  Forty years seemed to be a good Bible answer.  So, they added 40 to 1948 and came up with 1988.

I think a lot of people miss an important point about Jesus' statement.  I think a "generation" does not have to mean a specific number of years.  It means a group of people at a given age.  We speak of the "baby-boom generation."  The "baby-boom" generation is not a measurement of time.  It's a group of people that were born right after World War II.  So, "This generation will not pass away"  means a group of people, all at about the same age, will not die until all the signs given have been fulfilled.  As the expected life-times have increased in modern times, so has the amount of time allowed by a literal interpretation of Jesus' statement.  From this perspective, 40 years is not the time limit.  50, 70, or perhaps even 90 years would be OK.

But at the same time, there is Scriptural evidence which equates a generation with 40 years.  I will come back to that issue below.  But first, we need to get a better understanding of why "this generation" actually refers to two different generations.

When people read Matthew 24:34, the natural question that arises is, "When are the people born that define 'this generation?'"  I agree with the earlier thinking (in 1988) that the generation being referred to is the generation born with the rebirth of Israel in 1948.  But to establish this, the argument must be based on Scripture.

The key to the problem is found in the original question that was asked by the disciples.  All of Matthew 24 and 25 was in answer to this question.  The disciples were wandering through the temple, looking at the buildings.  Jesus had just left the temple.  The disciples caught up with him and called his attention to the buildings.  Jesus said, "Do you see all these things?"  He asked, "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down" (verse 2, NIV).

The disciples were in culture shock.  The temple was the greatest and most important thing they had ever known.  It's construction had started before they were born and was still under way.  The construction of this temple was not finished until 64 AD, just six years before it was destroyed.  From the disciples point of view, it's destruction must be the End Times.  They were speechless as the group went up the Mount of Olives, which is just outside the eastern gate leading from the temple mount.  It probably took about fifteen minutes to walk.

"As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately.  "Tell us," they said, "when will all this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" (verse 3, NIV).  "All this happening" was the destruction of the temple. "Not one stone here will be left on another."  This is one question.  Another question is, "what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"  There are two fulfillment's to the prophecy.  One is when the temple was destroyed in 70 AD.  The other is when Jesus returns.  The prophecy is true about both times.  I don't believe the disciples actually understood that they were asking more than one question.  But prophecy is prophecy.  God's word is God's word.  You ask the question, you get the answer to the question(s) you ask.

When we read Luke's account, we notice some differences.  Matthew's account reads, "So when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel..." (Matthew 24:15 NIV)  Luke's account instead reads, "When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies you will know that its desolation is near" (Luke 21:20 NIV).

Luke's account is primarily in answer to the first question.  Matthew's account is primarily in answer to the second question.

Matthew's account reads, "For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again.  If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened" (Matthew 24:21-22 NIV).  Luke's account instead reads, "There will be a great distress in the land and wrath against this people.  They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations.  Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" (Luke 21:23-24 NIV).

Matthew's account end in victory.  Luke's account end's in defeat, but jumps in time to the point of victory.

The greatest distress of all time is at the End Times.  It's a greater distress than in 70 AD.  Christ will return and save Jerusalem and his people.  This is Matthew's account.  A great distress, but not the greatest of all time, was in 70 AD when Jerusalem was conquered by the Gentiles (Rome) and the Jews were taken as prisoners to all the nations.  This is Luke's account.  Gentiles have trampled on Jerusalem from 70 AD until 1967, when Israel regained Jerusalem.

Let's look at Luke's account a little more closely. Verses prior to verse 20 are about the percussion of Christians. These verses can be applied to both generations. Then verse 20 takes a dramatic change from the corresponding verse in Matthew 24 and Mark 13. Instead of looking for the abomination of desolation, the verse says to look for Jerusalem being surrounded by armies. Many people incorrectly conclude these are the same things. The abomination of desolation is not Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, or the destruction of the temple. The abomination of desolation is probably a statue of the anti-christ on the temple mount.

(NIV Luke 21:20-23) "When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. [21] Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. [22] For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. [23] How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.

When Rome first surrounded Jerusalem, Rome did not attack. They left and then came back later and attacked. The Christians in Jerusalem knew this prophecy and left Jerusalem before it was attacked. God gave the early Christians an early warning.

(NIV Luke 21:24) They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

In 70 AD, Rome attacked Jerusalem and destroyed the temple. Not one stone was left on another. (Matthew 24:2 - the statement of Jesus that prompted the disciples' question.)  The wailing wall that we hear about today was not a wall of the temple. It is what was left of the western wall around the temple courtyard. Jesus' prophecy was fulfilled exactly the way he said. Jesus goes on to say the Gentiles will trample on Jerusalem until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Gentiles controlled Jerusalem from 70 AD until 1967. So, the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. The very next verse is about the signs in the heavens that mark Christ's return.

(NIV Luke 21:25-27) There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. [26] Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. [27] At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

The statement "Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" is our clue that the prophecy skips over time. It skips over the times of the Gentiles. From Luke's perspective, everything before this statement is about the generation of Jesus, and everything after this statement is about the End Times generation.

The statement, "this generation shall not pass away," is given to the adult generation, both to the adult generation of Jesus, and to our adult generation today.  The baby boom generation that was born right after World War II had just reached adult age when Israel regained Jerusalem in 1967. Israel became a nation again right after World War II.

Basically, what we have here is a timeline as follows:

1) The adult generation of Jesus, that didn't pass away before 70 AD.

2) The time of the Gentiles, when Jerusalem would be trampled on by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

3) The baby-boom generation, born when Israel was reborn (1948), and the generation that saw Israel regain Jerusalem when they were adults (1967).

The statement, "This generation shall certainly not pass away until all these things have happened," is applied to both generations!  And the time in between both generations is the time of the Gentiles.  If you were born after World War II, the baby boom generation, you should live long enough to see the return of Christ Jesus.

I have established that a literal interpretation of Jesus' words does not require that a generation be 40 years.  So, "This generation will not pass away"  means a group of people, all at about the same age, will not die until all the signs given have been fulfilled.  But there is symbolism in the Bible that equates a generation with 40 years.  So that original idea from 1988 needs to be re-explored.

A Generation as Sinful, and a Generation as 40 Years 

With most (but not all) of the uses of the word 'generation' in Matthew is Jesus taking about how the sinfulness of His generation.

"To what can I compare this generation?" (11:16)
"A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!" (12:39)
"The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it" (12:41)
"The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it" (12:42)
"That is how it will be with this wicked generation." (12:45)
"O unbelieving and perverse generation" (17:17)
"I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation" (23:36)

But a generation is still a group of people at a given age.  And that generation might or might not be evil.  (At least different degrees of evil for different generations.)  For example:

(NIV Psalm 78:1-7) O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. [2] I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old [3] what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. [4] We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. [5] He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, [6] so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. [7] Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. [8] They would not be like their forefathers a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits
were not faithful to him.

So, a generation might or might not be evil.  But generally one specific generation is evil.  It depends on the teaching from one generation to the next, as indicated in these verses above.  The word 'generation' is also applied to the wandering in the wilderness:

(NIV Psalm 95:10-11) For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, "They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways." [11] So I declared on oath in my anger, "They shall never enter my rest."

So there is an association of a specific generation with whether or not it's evil.  In Psalm 95:10-11, God was specifically referring to the generation that wandered in the wilderness. But Psalm 95:10-11 also gives us specific association of the evil generation being 40 years.  It was the adult generation that sinned, and for that reason God made them wander in the desert.  Forty seems to be symbolic of sin, or of the cleansing from sin.  It rained for 40 days and 40 nights in the Flood.  That was a cleansing because of sin.  But just because we find symbolism in a number, doesn't mean that the number is not also quite literal.  They literally wandered in the desert 40 years.  It literally rained 40 days and 40 nights.

After Christ returns, at the start of Christ's Millennial Reign, there will be a cleansing of sin, at Armageddon.  One way of looking at "entering God's Rest" (Hebrews 3-4) is entering the millennial reign.  The millennial reign is like the Promised Land. They wandered in the wilderness forty years before they could enter the Promised Land.  Yet, God said that generation would never enter His Rest.  They entered the Promised Land, but there was still sin. When we enter the Promised Land of the millennial reign, we will enter a time when the Earth's curse because of sin is removed.  So, it seems very appropriate that we enter the Promised Land after forty years.  God's numbers are both symbolic and literal.

The problem with the early "1988" interpretation of "this generation" was that the author miss-identified the starting of the 40-year period.  Nowhere in Matthew 24 or Luke 21 does it indicate a starting point is at the rebirth of Israel. But it does indicate the starting point as being when Jerusalem is no longer trampled on by the Gentiles:

(NIV Luke 21:24) They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Jerusalem continued to be trampled on by the Gentiles until 1967, not 1948. The 40 years are not yet done.  And it was also precisely 40 years from when Jesus first made the statement (in 30 AD) until when Jerusalem was first trampled on by the Gentiles, in 70 AD.  The key given in Luke 21:24 is the control of Jerusalem, not in land outside of Jerusalem.  The city of Jerusalem is really the Promised Land.  Jerusalem means "Foundation of Peace."  That Peace is God's Rest.

God said in his anger, "They shall never enter my rest."  I think individuals have risen above their "generations" (or the evil of their generations) and have entered God's Rest, but a whole generation has never entered God's Rest.  We are still wandering in the desert.  When we overcome sin, (as in have victory over sin) as a whole generation, then we will enter God's Rest as a nation of Christians (Israel).  It's God's Rest from the struggle with sin.  I think all the generations have been wandering in that desert ever since the fall of Adam. But I think God also has a final 40-years of wandering designed into His Redemptive Plan.  It's 40 years that is symbolic, yet also quite literal.  

Some Christians have entered God's Rest.  But the Church as a whole, Israel, has not yet entered God's Rest.  At the rapture, the Church as a whole will enter God's Rest.  I believe the Rapture will be 40 years from 1967, in 2007.

Overcome sin, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

Philip B. Brown

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Date:
08 Dec 2001
Time:
05:04:00

Comments

The above author clearly has his mind made up before any serious bible study on Preterism.It goes to prove that "God resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble".  Part of God's grace is access to spiritual truth.


Date:
05 Sep 2002
Time:
13:32:44

Comments

[quote]The above author clearly has his mind made up before any serious bible study on Preterism.It goes to prove that "God resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble". Part of God's grace is access to spiritual truth.[/quote] GOD HAS HIS MIND ALREADY MADE UP!!!!


Date:
21 Aug 2004
Time:
14:27:18

Comments

I am really intrigued by all of this. I have never looked at it this way and i am going to read over all the passages tonight. Very interesting.


Date:
23 Oct 2004
Time:
01:25:08

Comments

So, when he is again completely wrong in 2007, when will the next "Countdown to Armageddon" date-setting twist of logic begin? This fellow's twistings of the good Word of God to suit his personal desires is another powerful evidence of the fact that, just like liberalism, ultra-deception in future-fulfillment only reinvents itself, every single time it's wrong. Late Great Planet theology screwed up with 40 years from 1948, so now it gives us 3 more years to suffer the silliness of speculative theology, by moving it to 1967. I have no doubt that writers like this guy will gladly say that the Gentiles dominated Israel (perhaps via the UN, but I dare not give them new deceptive formulas?) until the 1970's, then the 1980's, then the 1990's, etc., with a constant stream of determination to deceive and be deceived by the mythological mischief of future-fulfillment addiction! It takes more guts than is currently among pastors to stand up and tell the congregations of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, "Hey, quit fixating on trying to force God's Word to celebrate YOUR EGOTISTICAL FOCUS ON YOUR CONTEMPORARY GENERATION..... AND GROW UP, and become honest about past-fulfilled Scripture passages!" Someday, God will supply the evangelical pulpits with men of God who have that kind of guts. Rare right now! PAUL RICHARD STRANGE, SENIOR 119 Marvin Gardens Waxahachie Texas 75165 dadprs@hotmail.com God bless the growth of preterism, and grant a major increase of congregations of Berean saints!


Date: 01 Sep 2005
Time: 15:45:37

Comments:

IV HEARD JACK VANIMPEE SAY THE SAME THING


ID LIKE TO SAY THANKYOU FOR GIVING A CLEAR CUT OPINION ON THIS. IT TAKES A GUTSY PERSON TO PUT HIS OPINION ON THIS SUBJECT ON THE INTERNET. I SCROLLED DOWN AND TO MY SUPRISE SEE ALL THE BASHING YOU GOT JUST BECAUSE YOU GAVE YOUR OPINION. ONE MORE THING JESUS SAID YOU WILL NOT KNOW THE DAY OR THE HOUR. MATH 24:36, BUT HE NEVER SAID WE CANT KNOW THE SEASON THE MONTH OR THE YEAR. WE KNOW THAT THE WORD RAPTURE IS NOT IN THE BIBIL, BUT THE WORD MEANS TO A FALLING AWAY. IN THE THE BOOK CALLED THE SONG OF SOLOMAN GOD IS TALKING TO HIS BELOVED TO RISE UP MY LOVE MY FAIR ONE AND COME AWAY. SONG OF SOLOMAN 2:10. IN VERSES FOLLOWING IT DESCRIBES SPING TIME. WE ARE GODS BELOVED, QUESTION? IS GOD CALLING US HOME IN THE SPRING TIME? JUST A THOUGHT THANK YOU


TOM FORMICOLA


Date: 16 Oct 2005
Time: 23:53:32

Comments:

WOW!!! AMEN to that. Yes I do also believe the rapture will come in 2007. Yet 777 is God's number right?, so then wouldn't it be fair to say that the rapture will be in the 7th month, the 7th day, and the 7th year, meaning 2007! How very close we are no matter how we look at it! What a trip. Wake up call for all! But then again; I don't think the rapture will be in the year of 2007, but in maybe 2011. But then again, I really am more interested in what it is that God can use me for, then the rapture, as I do know that I am going up in it. I just want God to be able to use me as He needs to so I myself, seek in the Word for Him to transform me to the point that He can actually use me, which I know the transformation consists of your character, as He does say that He made us in the image of Himself, and that we are not whom He created for us to be, therefore as we have grown from childhood without knowing Jesus, then we were left to accommodate ourselves in this world, developing our own character as we took different paths within our own direction.So unless we seek God for transformation within our character in becoming the very person t of speed needed as we are so very close to the end here and God has much yet to do in this world and needs us to help Him by allowing Him to transform us to make us qualified in Him doing His work in thru us. Forget about the things of this world cuz that is just not what God is about more so then the saving of the many souls He needs for us to reach so we need to put our focus on that more so then the things of the world. We just need to wake up and now!


Date: 07 Nov 2005
Time: 09:15:51

Comments:

It's weird because I just had a dream last night about this same subject. I have never tried to guess about when god might come back at all, not seriously. I mean I've always wondered. But last night I have a dream out of no where that god was talking to me and he told me that he would return in 2007. I called my husband at work and told him and he said that it was interesting and then got on the internet seaching about something else biblical and stumbled upon this webpage. Isn't that crazy?!


Date: 17 May 2006
Time: 10:58:28

Comments:

The "Time of the Gentiles" was not fulfilled in 1967. Gentiles still control the Temple Mount and soon will control more of Jerusalem as Isreal gives up land for peace. They need to place their faith in G_d not in Washington. Remember the Anti-Christ will control Jerusalem. The "Time of the Gentiles" will be fulfilled when Jesus returns.


Date: 08 Jun 2006
Time: 20:14:26

Comments:

I am so sorry that Mr. Brown feels the need to wrestle with the words of the Bible as displayed in his article, 'This Generation shall not Pass Away'. The integrity of Scripture (Bible) should never be jeopardized in order to accomdate human tradition and pre-supposition as Mr. Brown has done in the above article. May the Grace of the Heavenly Father join all of us together with Him so that our joint-efforts will give harmony to the written word as was intended by the Spirit.


Date: 15 Dec 2006
Time: 13:35:07

Comments:

There's nothing wrong with trying to decipher God's word...we are supposed to meditate on His Word...we are commanded to watch...It doesnt matter whether or not you agree or disagree...what truly matters is - ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU SAVED? I, for one, love the idea of being part of the group who will be alive for the blessed return! How awesome that will be! I am still young...but recently, within the last two years, have been very very drawn to prophetic study...I feel led to pour over God's word on the subject...there is a significant amount of the bible dedicated to prophecy...why not study it? Ours is not to judge, but be prayerful over one another...I pray that this brother continues to spend time in the Word...right or wrong - he's doing more than most these days.


Date: 14 Jan 2007
Time: 07:38:07

Comments:

Personally I admire Mr. Brown for saying what he did and giving alot of background information to support it unless others who just spout out predictions and vaguely tell you, it's in the bible. I'm not sure it will happen, but the world is a much worse place from when he made those statements (e.g., Russia is building naval bases in Syria which will instigate the destruction of Damsascus, and the countries mention in the Magog battle are all lined up except Turkey which is about to turn eastward AWAY from Europe after decades of being denied admission to the EEC.

I think it's VERY possible. For those that think otherwise, they have not done their research. For those Christians who are bashing Mr. Brown, I think they mostly comprise the Church of apostacy that the bible predicted would be a sign of the end times. Today the Church, for the most part, does not equate to traditional Christianity. For those who have not yet bought Chuck Missler's DVDs on bible prophecy, they are an EYE OPENER.

God Bless


Date: 07 Jan 2008
Time: 12:43:46

Comments:

I find your article to be a superb concise yet readable explanation of Matthew/Luke and the generation question. I think, in all this confusion about end times, that the one sure sign we have been given is June 6, 1967. But the issue of 6000 years alotted to man is still troublesome: if a generation IS 60-70 years then the whole concept of 6000 years alotted to man is destroyed. We can make a strong case that Adam was created in 4000 BC; that (per the Book of Enoch) Adam sinned 7 years after being created, and this is when the 6000-year countdown began; that Jesus was born in 1 BC; that the 6000 years ends in 2007 AD (6000 years after Adam sinned). But if we carry Jesus' return out to 2018-2032 as many suggest, then the concept of 6000 years (six days) alotted to man is essentially shot to pieces. I'd be interested in hearing thoughts on how to keep the 6000-year (six days) theory aligned with 2007 being the 6000th and final year so that the theory stays legitimate.


Date: 06 Feb 2009
Time: 18:59:04

Your Comments:

Since it's now 2009 the whole thing is moot dont you think?


Date: 27 Mar 2009
Time: 23:02:19

Your Comments:

I thing that we need to be rapture ready, he could come at any time, there has been a great event, every 2000 years bibical, but Israel went by a 360 das for a year, fig 2000x5 then you can do the rest, God bless God speed, I am sure you should recieve a attta boy for this, God Speed,
Rev David Carroll


Date: 04 Jun 2009
Time: 20:31:31

Your Comments:

fun to read; guess you cant always be right.

Peace be with you!

Catholic from Dallas

GO PRO LIFE!!!! Stop the killing of millions of innocent babies!! You cannot be christian and Pro abortion! Down with OBAMA the BABY KILLER!
 


Date: 28 Jul 2009
Time: 20:12:07

Your Comments:

The writer while condemning allegory uses it 2 paragraphs later to support his view (first four seals of Revelation 6 as the United States, China, the Soviet Union, and the United Nations.) I would never agree with anyone claiming to know the timing of the return of our LORD.


Date: 28 Aug 2009
Time: 21:01:09

Your Comments:

The Church age began when the Holy Spirit came and gave gifts unto men. This was after the accension of Christ about 29 AD by our calender. The Church Age is 2,000 years or prophetically 2 days.

Some groups believe the Church began when Christ was on Earth and doing His public ministry which is why they predict the rapture prior to the 2 days of prophesy.

6 days of human history = 6,000 years = 1 day of rest = The Millenium = 1,000 years.
6 days God created and on the 7th He rested.
 


Date: 06 Sep 2009
Time: 17:22:14

Your Comments:

Sorry, it is evident that in 2007 this did not happen and "all things fulfilled" is not synonomous with the rapture (3 1/2 yrs earlier as I understand it). I do think we have to look further for what a generation is in the Bible. Matthew's geneology of David's generations (14) could indicate a generation equals 80 years. Let us offer ourselves to Him for His coming. Grace to you dear saints.
 


Date: 02 Dec 2009
Time: 13:24:31

Your Comments:

I really enjoyed your article. Very interesting. I always thought that when Jesus said "the generation that sees all these things" referred to the generation that saw all of the signs beginning with Israel becoming a nation in 1948. I pondered this and it came to me that a baby born in 1948 would not "see" the nation of Israel become a nation. He's just a baby and his time would not really begin until he was "of age". However the parents of this baby would see it happen and understand the impact of the event. So, I pondered that a "generation" perhaps might begin at the age of 13, according to Jewish tradition, and then last 40 or 50 years. I figured that someone at the age of 13 and older, up to maybe 40 or 50 would be "of the generation" that actually saw Israel become a Nation. Therefore, as of today's date (12/1/09) someone who was 13 in 1948 would be about 74 years old and still young enough to see Jesus return. And, those up to 40 or 50 years of age in 1948 would be 101 or 111 years of age today. According to this theory, the "generation" or the people between the ages of 13 and 50, when Israel became a Nation in 1948, could be the generation that will not all pass away until Jesus returns. K.Jones

 


Date: 10 Dec 2009
Time: 14:39:59

Your Comments:

No man know the day nor the hour. To predict is useless; that would defeat the purpose of faith


Date: 27 Dec 2009
Time: 15:12:46

Your Comments:

Well, this is 2010 coming up, next week. There are gentiles still trampling the streets of Jerusalem, and if spirit-filled Jews who are now converted and part of spiritual Israel (Rom.11) are counted in present day, secular Jerusalem, they are the minority of spiritual "gentile" Jews! "Jews" means only those from Judah, anyway!
Theodocia
28 Dec 2010


Date: 09 Jan 2010
Time: 00:16:13

Your Comments:

Brother brown your explanations about the end time were very good; But the church is still here and its 2011 becarefull about time and dates only God knows that.
 


Date: 15 Jan 2010
Time: 04:39:41

Your Comments:

None of you understand anything because not one of you has studied the original language of Christ and the original translation of the Torah. Not one of you even know what the language of Christ was and is and if you happened by some miracle to guess it right I am sure you do not even know the dialect. These generations that shall not pass until these things come to pass are the generations of Israel who have been incarnated over and over again (TIKKUNE)from the generations of Noah to the generations who were enslaved in Egypt and walked 40 years in the desert with Moshe to the generations who denied Christ 2000 years ago to the generations who experienced physical, mental and spiritual hell during the Holocaust to the present day members of these SAME generations of Israel. This time CURRENT - PRESENT - TODAY is the 5th exile of these generations of Israel - it is the Fifth and Final Exile of Darkness - darkness because still these generations have not zealously studied Torah and confessed our Christ and so they live in spiritual darkness without knowlegde of EMETH (Truth) and when Christ returns it shall be dark on our Earth for 40 days and 40 nights - no sun light and no moon light due to a nuclear cloud that will cover our Earth due to a limited nuclear exchange that is going to take place in the middle east. So prepare my friends for the time is nigh - more nigh than you realize. When the lights go out on Earth our Creator instructs us within the original translation of His Holy Torah which includes the Gospel of Emmanuel Christ - instructs us to quickly return to the inner recesses of our homes homes or a safe shelter nearby and quickly gather in our loved ones and lock our doors and after we have covered our windows with dark cloth to remain inside for 40 days and 40 days lighting only one small candle at a time in the inner recesses of our homes and praying and being still and waiting for the sound of the shofar and the Light to break. During that 40 days and 40 nights of darkness on our Ear!
th there will total chaos outside and the loosing of things you do not want to know. After that - study the original translation of Torah yourselves if you really want to know what is going to happen on Earth. You people claim to know so much and you know nothing because your hearts are faint and you never questioned enough or sought enough to even seek and study the original language of our Christ and study the original translation of the Holy Torah of our Creator - The Sovereign of the Universe. I really can not even believe what I have read within all of your incoherent rambling nonsensical debates over preterism etc. and quite frankly alot of .......Get the dark motes out of your blind eyes you bunch of would-be lazy theologicians and self-described intellectuals!
 


Date: 28 Jan 2010
Time: 07:56:36

Your Comments:

the only thing he left out in his equation, which I degree with except for the time .....he left out the fact that all of this is based on the Jewish calendar....and it has been proven in the last 20 yyears that the jewish calendar is at LEAST 7 years off....that would put it around 2015...with a possible PLUS years....I dont believe this generation shall pass away...but will it be the first, middle, or last....there can be no more than 10 to 30 years for that generation to pass...
 


Date: 03 Mar 2010
Time: 09:03:44

Your Comments:

Let God be true and every man a liar. Just because you do not understand does not mean that the 2nd coming has not already happened. Just as you mentioned above, it was not given to all to understand. Those disciples that you said did not understand, understood completely when they gained full measure of the Holy Spirit and knew that Christ was to return in their life time. Humble yourself to God's word and do not rely on yourself or anyone else for understanding.


Date: 17 Mar 2010
Time: 21:39:08

Your Comments:

Jesus came to me not to change me
but to save me. he led me to repent and
he forgave me and I became born again.
and I am changed as a result and it is hidden to the eye of the world so that no one can destroy it.
some scriptures I can not comprehend and I am not
troubled. scripture lead us not the lord, rather
lord lead us to the word.
instead of try to know the written word, know the lord first(even this is not from men's will but by his will)
then he will reveal it to us what and when and why.

 


Date: 18 Apr 2010
Time: 19:38:32

Your Comments:

I think it is very dangerous to predict the time of His coming since only God knows when that will be. However, we were instructed to watch for the signs and to be ready.
 


Date: 23 May 2010
Time: 18:36:01

Your Comments:

I have contemplated whether or not it is a coincidence that the World War II generation is called the "Greatest Generation."

Surely any generation that sees the return of our Lord could arguably called the greatest.

(i do feel less than great at times but luckily I have learned to trust my feelings less and less)

God Bless the Saints and may alls eyes and ears be opened. Amen.

Michael Zuntag
spiritwar2012@yahoo.com
 


Date: 07 Jun 2010
Time: 03:18:50

Your Comments:

I think God has his own timeline for the rapture and tribulation events. But on the whole found this article very illuminating.


 


Date: 29 Jun 2010
Time: 09:29:00

Your Comments:

A very interesting study, I believe that preterism is incorrect you only have to read revelation to know that, man has never had the power to destroy humanity until now so unless revelation is a load of drug induced rantings (yes some that that is the case) we are heading full speed into the End Times. One of the major problems I continually see is an attempt to set dates or timelines.. as Christians we need to work to spread the Word of God until his return. Whether that is soon or not is not important, what is important is that we work to bring more lost souls into his grace. I understand the need to set timelines anyone who believes in the Word of God and rejects and repents of sin is desperate to be with Christ, whether in Death or his return..

God has his timetable set and no matter how much we try to understand it, we will not change or influence it so trust in the Lord and live each day as though he is coming today.


 


Date: 13 Jul 2010
Time: 02:24:13

Your Comments:

Christ was talking to his disciples in 30 ad, I would expect all of them were dead by 70 ad. This is around 650 "generations" later to the present. He was speaking present tense to those around him This generation" not to 1890s, not 200 ad, not 2010s generation. Christ got it wrong there, and in many other places in "his word.
all the mumbo jumbo, all the factoring, adding #S, "spiritual wisdom" does not change the simple fact that christ got it wrong. When will we learn from those who got it wrong for the last 2010 years that christ was wrong, and in at least in this case was a false prophet.


 


Date: 31 Jul 2010
Time: 19:08:12

Your Comments:

What about 70 years after 1948 which equals to 2018 take away 7 years of tribulation, 2011 which Christ could come then the tribulation starts in 2012. As Nostradamus and the Mayans were afraid of even though no man would know, only our Father in heaven but; that gives us a lot to think about. God is always on time!


 


Date: 02 Aug 2010
Time: 20:23:10

Your Comments:

I think that the article was great, with one flaw. It is now 2010 and all the born again Christians are still here, so....ooopsie!

Any other guesses? Because i'm ready whenever He is!


 


Date: 10 Aug 2010
Time: 10:34:56

Your Comments:

"Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled". Perhaps the times of the Gentiles are not yet fulfilled. There is a mosque on the Temple Mount.
 


Date: 08 Sep 2010
Time: 12:06:07

Your Comments:

Dan was ere 9.9.10


Date: 03 Oct 2010
Time: 00:03:41

Your Comments:

I believe the generation began in 1967 and its about 50 to 70 years

 


Date: 30 Oct 2010
Time: 22:10:55

Your Comments:

The rapture concept is a lie. That's all I've to say.
 


Date: 17 Dec 2010
Time: 00:24:21

Your Comments:

The trampling of Jerusalem was limited to 42 months or 3.5 years which equals 1,260 days. It lasted from the Fall of 67 AD to the Spring of 70 AD. Both Daniel and John confirm that.

Significant too are certain other markers that define the time and place. Matthew 24 says it would be confined to Judea and the sabbath show that it had to take place before the destruction of Jerusalem.
 


Date: 17 Dec 2010
Time: 00:24:21

Your Comments:

The trampling of Jerusalem was limited to 42 months or 3.5 years which equals 1,260 days. It lasted from the Fall of 67 AD to the Spring of 70 AD. Both Daniel and John confirm that.

Significant too are certain other markers that define the time and place. Matthew 24 says it would be confined to Judea and the sabbath show that it had to take place before the destruction of Jerusalem.
 


Date: 19 Nov 2012
Time: 13:28:48

Your Comments:

I agree with you, I know GOD'S word, I've read the bible twenty time's, and listened to it on cassette tape in a truck, for 14 years, and 2 million mile's. old and new testament's King James version.....have you ever read :My spirit shall always strive with Man, His day's shall be threescore, and twenty year's. That's a generation...1948 to 2018 minus the 7 year tribulation period is 2011.were at the begining of it.


Date: 16 Aug 2012
Time: 10:31:09

Your Comments:

Scripture says no man will know the day or hour of the second coming... Not even the angels or Jesus, but only the Father. It was foolish of you to even predict it. 2007 has come and long gone. 40 years is NOT a generation. According to psalm 90:10, a generation is 70 years... 80 if very healthy. There are other verses to support that. In Matthew 24, Jesus said that the generation who sees the Jews return to Israel will not pass away until he returns. So... Worst case scenario... 1967 was the year Israel became a country and all the Jews began coming home from the four corners of the world.... And more are still coming. Add 80 years to 1967, and we get 2047. That still gives us 35 more years, maximum. The 2007 prediction was way off, and you had no right to even attempt to predict it at all. I'm not predicting, I'm merely pointing out the correct number a biblical generation should have had. 35 years from now is with the healthy 80-year generation, and if we did 70, then it's 25 years from now. Even with the better math, I still don't know the day or time. Please refrain from predicting anything. False prophets used to be stoned for lying, and nowadays, it's shunning. I don't imagine you want either. Just read the bible, watch for the signs, and give people God's good news of Jesus.
 


Date: 27 Sep 2011
Time: 05:27:21

Your Comments:

Trust in the Lord... Spread the word of God... No one will know the end of days and worrying about it won't help you at all. The point is keep Jesus in your heart and help to spread his love and word to everyone you can. Dear God please guide me through life to do your will. Even tho I sin please forgive me and watch over me. Please God give me the strength and wisdom to avoid temptations and grow in your love. Dear God please be with everyone here and all over the world. In Jesus precious name amen. God Bless you all. Remember what Jesus has taught us.


Date: 17 Dec 2010
Time: 00:24:21

Your Comments:

The trampling of Jerusalem was limited to 42 months or 3.5 years which equals 1,260 days. It lasted from the Fall of 67 AD to the Spring of 70 AD. Both Daniel and John confirm that.

Significant too are certain other markers that define the time and place. Matthew 24 says it would be confined to Judea and the sabbath show that it had to take place before the destruction of Jerusalem.


Date: 03 Oct 2010
Time: 00:03:41

Your Comments:

I believe the generation began in 1967 and its about 50 to 70 years


Date: 25 Feb 2013
Time: 07:08:12

Your Comments:

Phillip Brown, Not a Bible scholar, but a reader, observer, praying Christian, seeking to know by inspiration of God to understand the Word and the times. I remember the 40 yrs and 1988. Like the Fig tree that did not deliver the fruit. So now 2013 and still waiting so I asked God about the generation timing and just from my own observation and inquisitive thinking, I believe God gave me this idea. I think that God makes things so plainly to be seen but we can't see plainly until He allows us to see. So here goes the observation I see after asking God what is a generation. Look at the Scriptures, Adam, say his generation was 900 ± yrs, then God shortened man's life span to 120 after Noah, so his generation was 120 yrs ± and then we read in Scriptures that God has given 70 ± years in the last days and I believe that was from the time of Christ til now. So to me it is reasonable to say a generation is 70 yrs for the calculation of Christ return ± although God seems to be realy good with figures and numbers, more that I understand. So I believe we are really clsoe to the end 70 + 1948 (Israel became a nation) Barbara


Date: 30 Apr 2013
Time: 16:55:42

Your Comments:

Doesn't the State of Israel today claim Jerusalem as its own and no one else's? Therefore 1967 IS the correct year to mark the start of the endtime generation.

The end time period we find ourselves in spans the years 1967-2047. The year 1967 marked the fulfillment of this prophecy of Jesus Christ, "Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" (Luke 21:24). The prophecy is two-pronged: (i) the return of the city of Jerusalem to Jewish sovereignty, which took place on June 7, 1967, and (ii) the start of the great "falling away" (2 Thessalonians 2:3, cf. Luke 18:8), which the counter culture of the sixties accomplished. Therefore the year 1967 marked the start of the last generation according to the parable of the fig tree (Luke 21:29-33). Now Moses the man of God defines a generation to be seventy or eighty years long (Psalms 90:10).1 Hence the end time interval is 1967 + 80 = 2047. This exercise is not immaterial, a fair lecture of the Bible does not allow for the repetition of this unique conjunction of events at any other time in the future. It is now or never.

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