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Amen, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. Matthew 23:36
OT response: Context bro…hermanuetics 101 man…”Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will
kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, that upon you may fall the guilt of all the
righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple
and the altar. Truly I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation.” (Matthew 23:34-36)
This passage is clearly cross generational. It goes from the distant past (Cain’s treatment of Abel) to the future (I am sending . . . you will
kill). What characterizes “this generation” in Matthew 23:36 (the closest parallel usage of genea to that in Matthew 24:34) is not how many years
certain people were alive, but their spiritual qualities. Those who rejected Jesus and had Him killed are of the same kind as those who killed the
righteous throughout Old Testament history and those who would kill Jesus’ representatives in the future. What all these people have in common is
not the era of history they live in, but their negative, spiritual characteristics. This is a vivid example of the qualitative use of “generation”
in Matthew and elsewhere in the New Testament and in the Old as well
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"Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the
sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will
mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a trumpet
blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. "Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its
branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, know that he is near, at the
gates. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words
will not pass away. Matthew 24:29-35
Answer: Christ foretells his second coming. It is usual for prophets to speak of things as near and just at hand, to express the greatness and
certainty of them. Concerning Christ's second coming, it is foretold that there shall be a great change, in order to the making all things new. Then
they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds. At his first coming, he was set for a sign that should be spoken against, but at his second
coming, a sign that should be admired. Sooner or later, all sinners will be mourners; but repenting sinners look to Christ, and mourn after a godly
sort; and those who sow in those tears shall shortly reap in joy. Impenitent sinners shall see Him whom they have pierced, and, though they laugh now,
shall mourn and weep in endless horror and despair. The elect of God are scattered abroad; there are some in all places, and all nations; but when
that great gathering day comes, there shall not one of them be missing. Distance of place shall keep none out of heaven. Our Lord declares that the
Jews should never cease to be a distinct people, until all things he had been predicting were fulfilled. His prophecy reaches to the day of final
judgment; therefore he here, ver. 34, foretells that Judah shall never cease to exist as a distinct people, so long as this world shall endure. Men of
the world scheme and plan for generation upon generation here, but they plan not with reference to the overwhelming, approaching, and most certain
event of Christ's second coming, which shall do away every human scheme, and set aside for ever all that God forbids.
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Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come in power." Mark 9:1
Answer: Here is a prediction of the near approach Christ's kingdom. A glimpse of that kingdom was given in the transfiguration of Christ.
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Truly I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God." Luke 9:27
Answer: Christ's transfiguration was a specimen of that glory in which he will come to judge the world; and was an encouragement to his disciples
to suffer for him. Prayer is a transfiguring, transforming duty, which makes the face to shine. Our Lord Jesus, even in his transfiguration, was
willing to speak concerning his death and sufferings. In our greatest glories on earth, let us remember that in this world we have no continuing city.
What need we have to pray to God for quickening grace, to make us lively! Yet that the disciples might be witnesses of this sign from heaven, after
awhile they became awake, so that they were able to give a full account of what passed. But those know not what they say, that talk of making
tabernacles on earth for glorified saints in heaven.
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There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the
Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your
redemption is at hand." He taught them a lesson. "Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves
and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this
generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Luke
Answer: With much curiosity those about Christ ask as to the time when the great desolation should be. He answers with clearness and fulness, as
far as was necessary to teach them their duty; for all knowledge is desirable as far as it is in order to practice. Though spiritual judgements are
the most common in gospel times, yet God makes use of temporal judgments also. Christ tells them what hard things they should suffer for his name's
sake, and encourages them to bear up under their trials, and to go on in their work, notwithstanding the opposition they would meet with. God will
stand by you, and own you, and assist you. This was remarkably fulfilled after the pouring out of the Spirit, by whom Christ gave his disciples wisdom
and utterance. Though we may be losers for Christ, we shall not, we cannot be losers by him, in the end. It is our duty and interest at all times,
especially in perilous, trying times, to secure the safety of our own souls. It is by Christian patience we keep possession of our own souls, and keep
out all those impressions which would put us out of temper. We may view the prophecy before us much as those Old Testament prophecies, which, together
with their great object, embrace, or glance at some nearer object of importance to the church. Having given an idea of the times for about
thirty-eight years next to come, Christ shows what all those things would end in, namely, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the utter dispersion of
the Jewish nation; which would be a type and figure of Christ's second coming. The scattered Jews around us preach the truth of Christianity; and
prove, that though heaven and earth shall pass away, the words of Jesus shall not pass away. They also remind us to pray for those times when neither
the real, nor the spiritual Jerusalem, shall any longer be trodden down by the Gentiles, and when both Jews and Gentiles shall be turned to the Lord.
When Christ came to destroy the Jews, he came to redeem the Christians that were persecuted and oppressed by them; and then had the churches rest.
When he comes to judge the world, he will redeem all that are his from their troubles. So fully did the Divine judgements come upon the Jews, that
their city is set as an example before us, to show that sins will not pass unpunished; and that the terrors of the Lord, and his threatenings against
impenitent sinners, will all come to pass, even as his word was true, and his wrath great upon Jerusalem.
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