To really benefit from this discussion, it’s highly recommended that you carefully read the previous two postings. Why? Because they provide significant proof that the Bible is authentic, reliable and thus believable. Read with an open mind, you’ll accept the Word of God, as living breathing voice of divine providence. A changer of individual lives and of nation states.
A number of scriptural verses were cited. Of particular interest was the legend of the fig tree, as a prophecy that has been mostly fulfilled. This historic legend of a prophecy was developed by Jesus. And unfolds this way, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree. When its branch has become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the doors. With fulfillment through horrific catastrophic events that are showing their severity and will intensify. Causing Jesus, to intervene to end it). Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” Texts:Matthew 24:32-34.
Of interest is that last clause stated by Jesus. Who are the people of that last generation. So very significant because it answers the questions the disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24:3. When will the world, as we know it end?
Jesus assured the world for all eternity that the generation that saw the blossoming of Israel between, 01 January 1948 and 14 May 1948, represents that generation of Jews in Matthew 24:34.
Creating a time line from 1948 to 2019 represents seventy one years of a generation of people still alive today. Which suggests that Jesus’ warnings about deception both within the secular world and religious community will get out of hand. We hear about wars that will not end. And others, that are flexing their war instincts and will fire up causing more global instability. It must be, said Jesus, but the end is not yet.
Those wars seem to be regional wars which are causing global mayhem. Jesus continued his tirade by warning against wars by groups of nations moving against other well established governments. Like the destruction of the United States which was also discussed in this long series of discussions. With Islam becoming the worlds new master. Few think that will occur, but it could if their seat of power eventually centers in Turkey. Seems unimaginable, but the same was said about Israel becoming a nation state.
Food shortages, old and new endemic diseases will plague the community of nations. Weird weather patterns will inflict their own sorrow. And Jesus declared, “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Texts Matthew 24:4-8.
Seems reasonable to conclude that all that and more can’t happen within the life span of all people alive today, who saw Israel become a nation state in 1948. Because it doesn’t seem possible that they have enough years to live to see all that happen. Agreed? Oops not so fast.
So we must ask, what is a biblical generation? Because generations keep extending themselves, as people live longer. Once a generation was as few as forty years. Then reaching seventy, and beyond, with some saying that soon, we’ll calculate a generation as being one hundred years. And if back track to biblical times a generation could be hundred of years. Genesis 5:5, records that Adam lived to be nine hundred and thirty years. And Genesis 5:8, says, So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.” So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty nine years and he died.
Babbling over what constitutes a generation is the wrong approach. Looking closely at what Jesus said, we discover that Jesus declared that the generation that was in existence, 01 May 1948, or that witnessed the the budding of fig tree of Israel, 14 May 1948, would not pass, or die out before all the prophesied events would happen.
So it seems that a biblical generation must be understood from this context. Or from God himself, who indicated from the lives of Noah, Seth and Methuselah that a generation could be nine hundred plus years. Most would argue that living up to nine hundred years today is impossible. That’s what some of those people said when various confidant’s of God declared that Israel would return to the lands of their fathers, as a nation state. And behold to the surprise of most, it occurred! And if need be, the words of Jesus, “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place,” Matthew 24:34. Will it come through a Noah, Seth or Methuselah. Which means they, or he, or she, is live among us. Because the legend of the fig tree, had its blossoming in 1948.