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When is Jesus coming back? Part 5

‘This generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place’

 

What did Jesus mean by the word “this generation”?

Why was that word NOT fulfilled in the generation of Jesus and His disciples?

What does the word “age” mean in the Bible?
Does that have any significance for our study?
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A Bible Study to equip us with the Truth of the Scriptures about the Second Coming of Jesus which will be when all that has been written of Him will be fulfilled

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To read the previous articles click on the links below

Part 1 – The Second Coming of Jesus
http://mailchi.mp/9529344d2920/jesus-coming-back?e=[UNIQID]

Part 2 – ‘The Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord’
http://mailchi.mp/4b950b68d2b9/jesus-coming-back-2?e=[UNIQID]

Part 3 – ‘The time is near, I am coming back quickly’
http://mailchi.mp/223a8f8b27de/jesus-coming-back-1334713?e=[UNIQID]

Part 4 – ‘The sign of the fig tree that shows when the summer is at hand’
http://mailchi.mp/e1381884b9ae/jesus-coming-back-1345129
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Last week we studied a portion of Matthew chapter 24 which is a very important chapter in the Bible in regards to understanding the end-times. At the end of our study on the parable of the “fig tree” we said in the next verse Jesus said something that seemingly failed to happen… or has it… (?)
Matthew 24:32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer [is] near. 33 “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near–at the doors! 34
“Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will
by no means pass away till all these things take place”
35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
Why did Jesus say that 2000 years ago and still it has not happened?

This has been an issue that has left many people wondering… If Jesus spoke specifically about “this generation” that was alive at the time before His death on the cross, why has it already been 2,000 years and has not yet been fulfilled?

Was He perhaps WRONG? Did He MISS it when He spoke so specifically?

Of course He did NOT miss it but we need to understand Biblical prophecy – how it “works” and how to interpret the words that were given to us in the Scriptures – briefly:

For the most part, Biblical prophecy is verbal expression through human intellect and words of a specific language (Hebrew and Hellenic primarily) of spiritual concepts.

God does not put specific words in the mouth of His prophets, but imparts the spiritual flow in their spirit, which they are then called to express with human words according to the language in which their intellect has been trained to communicate.

A small example in our days would be like this: if the Lord imparts a spiritual concept of an automobile vehicle to a prophet, that person will have a choice of words to express what he/she received in the spirit: will it be ‘car‘, ‘automobile‘, or, ‘vehicle‘? God does not make that choice for the prophet. As the prophet will never release a prophetic word in a language that he/she does not know, the prophet will choose a word he/she uses in real life to communicate the concept he/she received in his/her spirit.

In like manner, when Jesus used the word (which is now translated as) “generation“, that was the only human word that people on Earth could understand, as God was describing (through Jesus) the prevailing “characteristics” that the “generation” (i.e. people alive) on the Earth would experience until the end of the particular age He spoke about.

That was the generation when a new dimension, a new “epoch”, a new era had already begun in the realm of the Spirit which is called “Heaven” (in the broad sense, to include both the “heavenlies” as well as the “heaven of heavens”). This new beginning, the start of the new era, was clearly portrayed through the words of Jesus below:

The era, epoch, or, “age” of the Kingdom of Heaven
Matthew 11:11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 “And if you are willing to receive [it,] he is Elijah who is to come. 15 “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Brief overview of what we know about
the different “ages” revealed in the Bible

In Hebrews 11:3 we read: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” – “the worlds” is a translation of the Hellenic word “aiones” also known in English as “aeons“, also rendered as “ages” elsewhere in the Bible, e.g.

Matthew 12:32 “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

So God did not just create the general construct of Time, but more specifically He also created the “ages” – which are chronological epochs along the overall construct of Time, which are of different spiritual dimension, in which God wrapped the particular work that He wanted to do on Earth during that particular “age” (“aion”, “aeon”).

E.g. we know there was an ‘age’, or perhaps ‘ages’, of which we know very little, preceding the times of normal humans as we understand humanity in our days (e.g. people lived hundreds of years, some were offspring of angels with humans, etc).

Here is a portion of what we know for sure from the Bible, from God’s perspective; leaving aside the age(s) before and after Noah, there was the ‘age’ before the Law was given to Moses. That is when God made a covenant with Abraham.

Even though we mistakenly call “Old Testament” the entire timeline before Jesus, the truth is that the Old Testament was a new ‘age’ which started when God set the Jews free from Egypt and gave the Law to Moses. Abraham had in fact lived in the “age” which was before the “age” of the Old Testament.

Therefore we have at least three ‘ages’ that we easily identify in the Bible: the ‘age’ before the Law, then the ‘age’ of the Law, and then Jesus identified a new ‘age’ that began at the time of John the Baptist, which He called “the Kingdom of heaven“.

The Bible then shows us that there will be a new ‘age’ that will follow after the Second Coming of Jesus (or perhaps, new ‘ages’ will come after that but that is not a subject that should concern us).

What we are trying to understand here is what Jesus said about ‘the end of this age’:

Matthew 13:39 “The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 “Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age

From God’s perspective, there is a “generation” on Earth during the ‘age’ that started with John the Baptist and Jesus, called the Kingdom of Heaven, which will end at the Second Coming of the Lord. It is the generation of this age; “this generation“…

The spiritual concept of “generation” is inherently tied to the spiritual dimension of the “ages” (aeons) which define God’s work in the Earth. Therefore:

When Jesus said

this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place”

He spoke about the chronological timeline of the ‘age’, and,
the “generation” of people along that ‘age’,
of the Kingdom of Heaven

The ‘end of the age‘ of ‘this generation

or, the end of the generation of this ageor,

the end of the generation
of the age of the Kingdom of Heaven
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will be at the Second Coming of Jesus

Other words are also used in the Bible to describe the same concept of the “generation of the age of the Kingdom of Heaven” – it is the “special nation” of people called out of all the nations of the Earth, to be(come) the inheritance of Jesus; in 1 Peter 2:9 this special nation is called – the Royal Priesthood!

As people across all the geographical areas of the Earth and along the ages are all called one “nation“, one “priesthood“, Jesus also called us His “Ecclesia” on Earth – notably, all of these words are in singular, same as “this generation that will not pass away”.

None of these descriptive word/concepts are in plural, even though by earthly standards we could never “put in one basket” the people of different ages and generations as one.

But the “generation” that Jesus spoke about, which is of the one “age of the Kingdom of Heaven“, which is one “special nation“, and the one Royal Priesthood of Jesus on Earth, is not primarily identified by their/our earthly lives, but our heavenly identity that comes from the realm of Eternity where there is no time, no space, and there is no death.

Jesus did NOT say “this generation will not die before all these things happen”, He said “this generation will not pass away” – the age of the Kingdom has not yet passed away 2000 years since Jesus said “from the days of John the Baptist”… and,

… neither has this generation!
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