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Did Jesus make a mistake about His disciples seeing the kingdom come in their lifetimes? MATTHEW 16:28

MATTHEW 16:28—Did Jesus make a mistake about His disciples seeing the kingdom come in their lifetimes?

: Jesus told His disciples that some of them not see death until they saw Him coming in His kingdom. Yet during the life of the apostles, Jesus never returned to set up His kingdom.

SOLUTION: a question of when was going to take place, not whether it . There are three possible solutions.

First, some suggested that may be a reference to the of Pentecost where Christ’s Helper, the Holy Spirit, came to descend upon the apostles. In John’s (14:26), Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, and, in the beginning of (1:4–8), tells them not to leave Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit. But hardly seems to fit the description of seeing Christ coming in His kingdom (Matt. 16:28).

Second, others believe might be a reference to the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in a.d. 70. mean that return to bring judgment upon the city that rejected Him and crucified Him. While a possible explanation, it does not seem to account the fact that Jesus appears to be coming believers (those “standing there” Him), not simply coming in judgment unbelievers. Nor does the judgment Jerusalem in a.d. 70 adequately express seeing the “Son of Man coming in His kingdom” (v. 28), a phrase reminiscent of His second coming (cf. 26:64). Nor does it explain Jesus never appeared in a.d. 70.

A third and more plausible explanation that this a reference to the appearance of Christ in His glory the Mount of Transfiguration which begins in the next verse (17:1). Here Christ does literally appear in a glorified form, and some of His apostles are there to witness the occasion, namely Peter, , and John. This transfiguration experience, of course, was only a foretaste of His Second Coming when all believers see Him come in power and great glory (cf. 1:11; Rev. 1:7).

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[1]Geisler, N. L., & Howe, T. A. (1992). When critics ask : A popular handbook Bible difficulties (349). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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