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  • Do you believe were the last generation?

    Or at least live to be in the rapture or the tribulation?

    Jesus said.

    “This Generation
    Will Not Pass”
    Many are puzzled by Jesus Christ’s
    words, “Assuredly, I say to you, this
    generation will by no means pass away till all
    these things take place” (Matthew 24:34).
    Did He mean that generation of His disciples?
    First, note the future context. Jesus
    had just said, “So you also, when you see
    all these things, know that it is near—at
    the doors!” (verse 33).
    Did His disciples “see all these things” in
    their generation? Certainly not. They were
    not in a generation that had the ability to
    destroy all of mankind. Jesus said of the
    final, end-time generation, “And unless
    those days were shortened, no flesh would
    be saved” (verse 22). Clearly the weapons
    of that day were not sufficient to bring this
    prophecy to pass.
    Although Christ’s disciples did see wars,
    famines, plagues and persecutions, and
    some even lived to see the destruction of
    Jerusalem several decades later, these
    were not the total fulfillment of Jesus
    Christ’s words. They were not the prophesied
    global events that would directly lead
    to Jesus Christ’s return.
    So what did Jesus mean when He
    referred to “this generation”? He could not
    have meant that current generation of His
    day. They died without seeing all the events
    leading to His return. The obvious meaning,
    then, is that He could only have meant the
    generation of the last days.
    Jesus knew that the course of end-time
    events would not continue indefinitely.
    Once they were set in motion, all would
    occur within the lifetime of one generation.
    Only one generation will witness all the
    mounting global conditions described in
    God’s Word. That generation will see the
    arrival of the specific 31⁄2-year period that
    will mark the end of “this present evil age”
    and usher in the Kingdom of God.
    These events will not pass from one
    generation to another. Once the prophesied
    conditions exist, all will be fulfilled—including
    the return of Jesus Christ—within the
    lifetime of one generation. Considering the
    signs Jesus foretold that would mark that
    time, it appears to be here.

  • #2
    You have to take the entire Olivet Discourse into consideration, including Matthew 24/25, Mark 13, and Luke 21. When you put all three together and consider that Jesus was answering three different questions (listed below), then the comment about "this generation" makes perfect sense. None of the three versions of the Olivet Discourse is comprehensive. They have to be combined together, using their common points to determine Jesus' meaning.

    Jesus was discussing three things the Apostles asked Him about:

    1. When will the destruction of the temple happen?

    2. What will be the sign of your coming?

    3. What will be the sign of the end of the age?

    The answer is spread out among all three accounts of the Olivet Discourse. The most extensive account of the destruction of the temple is given in Luke 21. However, there is a statement in Matthew 24 that pertains to that destruction - "This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened."

    It is very obvious that the generation that heard Jesus' words is long gone. So whatever He was talking about is something that has to have already happened. What did He discuss in the Olivet Discourse that has already happened? The destruction of the temple. It's not hard to figure out when you're not trying to find some dark, hidden meaning that was never intended. Jesus was giving the most straight-forward answer He could give. He wanted His disciples to understand Him. So for us to attempt to take His straight-forward answer and make it into something so confusing that thousands of people are debating about what it "means" is to rob ourselves of having a crystal-clear understanding of exactly what He said.
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    When the plain sense of Scripture make sense, seek no other sense.

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    • #3
      I try to live like He will come again any time now.
      "Few men are born brave. Many become so through training and force of discipline"
      -Flavius Vegetius Renatus

      "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead." - James 2:26

      Watch This! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyheJ480LYA - Christian Artist Lecrae

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      • #4
        Nope, mainly because EVERY generation since Christ has believed that THEY were the "last generation."

        I just try to do God's will on a daily basis, and help others.

        Because really, if you're living the life, you have nothing to worry about regarding the end times, or even regarding death.
        Always give God credit first.

        "Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?"
        -Sir Toby, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

        James 1:19

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        • #5
          I am pretty sure urgency is part of the Christian mission. 146,000 people die each day, most not knowing Christ. World mission as a whole is incredibly important and it starts with us in our rich countries evangelising to those around us. With a figure like the above we should naturally be filled with some sort of sense of haste.
          "Few men are born brave. Many become so through training and force of discipline"
          -Flavius Vegetius Renatus

          "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead." - James 2:26

          Watch This! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyheJ480LYA - Christian Artist Lecrae

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Revinius View Post
            I am pretty sure urgency is part of the Christian mission. 146,000 people die each day, most not knowing Christ. World mission as a whole is incredibly important and it starts with us in our rich countries evangelising to those around us. With a figure like the above we should naturally be filled with some sort of sense of haste.
            But not haste due to the whole "He could be back tomorrow!" spiel.

            Haste due to the fact that your neighbor across the street could die tomorrow, and while you knew them for decades, you never took the responsibility to share with them.

            Personally, I don't believe it reflects the character of God to banish those who have never heard of Christ to eternal separation.
            He cannot be a just God if He punishes those who did not know they were sinning.
            Last edited by Buzzword; Oct 13th 2008, 01:29 AM.
            Always give God credit first.

            "Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?"
            -Sir Toby, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

            James 1:19

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Buzzword View Post
              He cannot be a just God if He punishes those who did not know they were sinning.
              Do you ever wonder why people who believe purely in naturalism raise the objection of suffering and evil?

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              • #8
                The potter can do what He wishes with the clay...
                "Few men are born brave. Many become so through training and force of discipline"
                -Flavius Vegetius Renatus

                "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead." - James 2:26

                Watch This! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyheJ480LYA - Christian Artist Lecrae

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Revinius View Post
                  The potter can do what He wishes with the clay...
                  Ah yes, but if you believe that Jesus saved you from your sin you become God's child. And the father will do all he can for his child!
                  He's charging into hell and bringing heaven with him!- Rob Bell

                  "So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir" - Paul - Galations 4:7

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                  • #10
                    i was responding to Buzzwords assertion that God wouldn't smash someone who didnt know of Him.
                    "Few men are born brave. Many become so through training and force of discipline"
                    -Flavius Vegetius Renatus

                    "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead." - James 2:26

                    Watch This! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyheJ480LYA - Christian Artist Lecrae

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                    • #11
                      I know, but I thought I'd say it anyway.
                      He's charging into hell and bringing heaven with him!- Rob Bell

                      "So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir" - Paul - Galations 4:7

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