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Bible Q & A

Q. What did Jesus mean when He said, “This generation will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled” (Matt. 24:34)? Was He referring to His own generation – or ours?
A. Jesus was not speaking of His own day and age. He was answering a question His disciples posed about the last days of Satan’s rule on this earth: “What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age” (v. 3).

In this important prophecy of Matthew 24, Jesus gave the disciples a point-by point description of what would occur in these last days before His Second Coming. He prophesied that, before His coming, wars, famines, disease epidemics and great earthquakes would ravage the world (v. 7).

Then Jesus foretold a final persecution inflicted on His true followers (vs. 9-11), with the rise of false ministers who would deceive the world. He foretold an age of lawlessness, rampant iniquity a wholesale breakdown in morality (v. 12). But, Jesus said, in the midst of this travail and grief, the Gospel – good news of the Kingdom of God -- would be thundered to all nations, “and then the end will come” (v. 14).

Jesus was speaking of the smashing climax at the close of this age of Satan’s rule – actually misrule over the earth! He was speaking of the crisis facing this very generation. He said: “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor every shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved” (vs. 21-22).

Not until our generation has the entire population of the earth faced stark annihilation. This is the end time of which Jesus Christ spoke! This is the generation He had in mind when He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled” (v. 34).

We are living in the prophesied generation immediately preceding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Notice that Jesus did not tell His disciples “your generation.” He spoke of “this generation” - the generation he had just described.

He earlier told Peter: “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes” (Luke 12:42-43).

Jesus’ prophecy was directed toward His true disciples in our generation who would be doing God’s Work when Jesus comes the second time to take over the reins of world government.
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