ATP: Matthew 24:34 - Did Jesus Lie?
This question references Matthew 24:34, Jesus is speaking of the "end of the age." He says to His disciples "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened [taken place, been fulfilled]."
On the surface it would appear that Jesus was referencing those to whom He was speaking. Certainly, as we read the words of the Apostles, all indications were they were expecting the Lord's return in their day. Personally, I believe that is what God wants from every generation – a spirit of watchfulness and anticipation; for it is that spiritual posture that helps prevent complacency, keeps the Church alive and evangelizing.
Again, as I have said in the past, quoting the Rev. Vernon Price, in many instances pertaining to Bible prophecy it is good to wait for the unfolding of events and then say, "That's what God meant!" Over and over again in Scripture we read the phrase, "and this was done so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled." In other words, this is what was meant when the prophet said "such and such."
Since Jesus did not return to "rapture" those to whom He was speaking, He could not have meant them. Most Bible scholars believe Jesus was referencing the generation that will see all of these signs come to pass is the generation Jesus is referencing (all is the key word). In other words, the last generation living on earth at the time all these things are fulfilled will be the generation that will experience the return of Christ.
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