Today I visited a site that was all designed to make the claim that Yahushua lied when He spoke of His return regarding when He said, “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.”
We were warned by Peter that during the end times, there would be folks who would be scoffers walking after their own lusts, saying, “Where is the promise of His coming” … And, here we are.
When Yahushua was talking to His audience that day, He was speaking about the end times. We can find this documented by Matthew in chapter 16: 27-28, Matthew 24:25-34 , Matthew 24: 25-34, Mark 13:26-30 and Luke 21:27-32. In all of these writings that were documented by each disciple mentioned (Matthew, Mark and Luke), Yahushua is clearly giving a prophecy; speaking of future events.
Yahushua had already told those living during His earthly ministry that the kingdom had been taken from them right? [Matthew 21:43] Therefore, it is imperative that what those disciples wrote down, were to be understood as dealing with a future time. The generation that He speaks of ‘not passing’ until He returns is a future generation, namely, the people living when those predicted events would occur.
How do I know? Once again we look at the current language being written, which is Greek. The word ‘generation’ in the Greek is ‘genea’, pronounced – ghen-eh-ah’. This word is from (a presumed derivative of ‘1085; a generation; by implication, an age (the period or the persons):–age, generation, nation, time. So having shared that, ‘this generation’ refers to the people alive in the future when the events of what He was describing, would occur.
KIND OF LIKE… on the day that Yahushua hung on the cross and He said the following to the thief who hung on the cross next to Him: “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.” The fella next to Yahushua on that day. asked Yahushua to remember him when Yahushua came into His Kingdom. Yahushua told that man, that he would be with Him in paradise.
The thing is, that Yahushua did not come into His Kingdom that day. Neither did Yahushua enter into paradise on that day. It was on ‘that day’ that Yahushua died, was buried and laid in the grave and rose up from the grave on the third day. After He arose from the grave, He roamed the earth in a bodily form that doubting Thomas physically touched. In fact, John records this event occurred ‘after’ eight days when the disciples were gathered together. – John 20:26
So did Yahushua lie to the thief? No! He made a promise to the thief on the day of the thief’s death, that he would be with Him in paradise. Eventually, when Yahushua has entered into His kingdom, He will keep His word to that thief. I can guarantee this because it is written.
Likewise, Once we begin to witness the signs of the end and it becomes obvious that the end is well on its way—the second coming and the judgment will occur within that last generation.
ALSO to make sure we clearly understand Yahushua, in every single passage of the writers that I offered, Matthew, Mark and Luke; where He speaks of the end times and ‘this generation’ … He backs up and reinforces exactly what He means by sharing a parable about the fig tree.
A sure sign of Summer, is the leafing of the fig tree. Once a fig leaf begins to unfold, it is only a short time before that leaf is fully open. Likewise, it will be a sure sign to the end time generation, when they begin to see ‘all these things’ happening, it will be a short time left for that generation before they see Him coming in the clouds. Once the events of the end times begin, they will happen quickly.