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Did Jesus err by affirming that the signs of the end time would be fulfilled in His era? MATTHEW 24:34

MATTHEW 24:34—Did Jesus err by affirming that the signs of the end would be fulfilled in His era?

: Jesus spoke of signs and wonders regarding His second coming. But Jesus said “this generation” would not end before all these events took place. Did this mean that these events would occur in the lifetime of His hearers?

SOLUTION: These events (e.g., the Great Tribulation, the sign of Christ’s return, and the end of the age) did not occur in the lifetime of Christ’s hearers. Therefore, it is reasonable to understand their fulfillment as something yet to . This calls for a closer examination of the meaning of “generation” for meanings other that of Jesus’ contemporaries.

, “generation” in Greek (genea) can mean “race.” In this particular instance, Jesus’ statement could mean that the Jewish race would not pass away until all things are fulfilled. Since there were many promises to Israel, including the eternal inheritance of the land of Palestine (Gen. 12; 14–15; 17) and the Davidic (2 Sam. 7), Jesus could be referring to ’s preservation of the nation of Israel in order to fulfill His promises to them. Indeed, Paul speaks of a future of the nation of Israel when be reinstated in ’s covenantal promises (Rom. 11:11–26). And Jesus’ response to His disciples’ last question implied there would yet be a future for Israel, when asked: “Lord, You at this restore the to Israel?” rebuking them for their misunderstanding, He replied that “It is not for you to times or seasons which the Father has put in His own ” (Acts 1:6–7). Indeed, Paul in Romans 11 speaks of the nation of Israel being restored to ’s promised blessings (cf. vv. 25–26).

Second, “generation” could also refer to a generation in its commonly understood sense of the people alive at the indicated. In this case, “generation” would refer to the group of people who are alive when these things to pass in the future. In other words, the generation alive when these things (the abomination of desolation [v.15], the great tribulation such as has never been seen before [v. 21], the sign of the Son of Man in [v. 30], etc.) begin to to pass still be alive when these judgments are completed. Since it is commonly believed that the tribulation is a period of some seven years (Dan. 9:27; cf. Rev. 11:2) at the end of the age, Jesus would be saying that “this generation” alive at the beginning of the tribulation still be alive at the end of it. In any event, there is no to assume that Jesus made the obviously false assertion that the world would to an end within the lifetime of His contemporaries.

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[1]Geisler, N. L., & Howe, T. A. (1992). When critics ask : A popular handbook on Bible difficulties (358). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor .

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