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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 in their lifetimes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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