Sunday, October 11, 2015

Be Certain That We Are The Terminal Generation..........

Be Certain That We Are The Terminal Generation

The End Times began when Israel became a nation again in 1948. The testimony of Moses, Isaiah, Amos, Ezekiel and others all confirm this.  But how long will they last?  Remember, the Disciples had asked Jesus, "What will be the sign of your coming and of the End of the Age? (Matt. 24:3).  Giving us the timing of their beginning  doesn't fully answer the question.  We have to know the time of their end as well.  The Lord was clear that the sign of the 2nd Coming would appear after the end of the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:30).  Then He said"This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened" (Matt. 24:34). There's only one End Times sign that meets the criteria and that's the one that began the End Times, the re-birth of the Nation of Israel. 

I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 

                                                                                                                                                      Matt. 24:34

"Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near" (Mat. 24 v.32).  The "fig tree" refers to the restoration of Israel to her ancestral homeland. The fig tree is indeed a symbol for Israel today in much the same way the eagle symbolizes America or the bear is a symbol for Russia.

But, if that were the entire story, identification of the fig tree as Israel would be pretty subjective. The Bible does refer to a fig tree some 33 times - 18 times in the Old Testament alone. In context, the fig tree is always a symbol for Israel, such as Hosea's statement, "I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season." (Hosea 9 v.10)

The Greek word translated generation in this verse has been interpreted three ways. 

The first is that it referred to the people alive in Israel when Jesus was there. The problem is that the events He prophesied, culminating in His 2nd Coming, didn't happen during their lifetimes so that interpretation can't be right.

Another possibility is that the word for generation should have been translated race, which is an accepted alternate meaning. Then the verse would read, I tell you the truth, this race will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. But remember the context of the passage is signs of the end. What kind of a sign would it be for the Lord to say the end would come sometime before the Jewish race became extinct? It would be reassuring in the general sense but of no value in the context of the signs the disciples were asking about.

The third possibility is that the Lord was referring to the people who would be alive when the signs of the End of the Age began to appear. This is the correct interpretation. 

That makes Matt. 24:34 read, I tell you the truth, this generation (the generation being born when the first signs appear) will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. WHY IS THE CHURCH IGNORING THIS SINGULARLY IMPORTANT FACT?

Notice it doesn't say all the end times prophecies will be fulfilled in the span of one generation, which is defined as the time between the birth of a man and the birth of his first child. It says they'll be fulfilled within the lifetimes of those being born at the time of the first sign, Israel's rebirth as a nation, 1948.

The Bible defines a generation:

The length of our days is seventy years— or eighty, if we have the strength. 

                                                                                                            Psalm 90:10

Never in history has an entire generation of people died at exactly 70 years of age. Therefore Psalm 90:10 has to be giving average and not specific information.

This verse means the average life span for man is 70 years with 80 being the exception. This is confirmed in Isaiah 23:15. At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king's life.

Data collected by the United Nations in 194 countries and territories between 2005-2010 shows that current average life expectancies range from about 40 years in some African countries to over 80 years in Japan, but the world wide average is 67.2 years. Israel ranks #8 at 80.7 and the US is 36th at 78.3 years. 

When Jesus said "This generation will certainly not pass away"  he was referring to the life time of one generation of people, saying in effect that all the End Times signs would be fulfilled within the lifetime of the people being born when they began,when Israel became a nation again in 1948. 

When you put this all together, here's what you come up with. The end times could not begin until Israel was reborn because the Lord's specific signs required it. Israel's rebirth in 1948 was the major end times sign and if all end times prophecies will be fulfilled within the lifetime of those being born at that time, that would place the 2nd Coming about 70 to 80 years after 1948, or 2018 to 2028. The 7 years of the tribulation can't begin until the church is gone, so we must subtract 7 from each of the above dates giving us 2011 to 2021. 
The likelihood of the rapture occurring soon is very high indeed. Nearly half this 10 year period is gone. 


History is clear, Israel officially became a nation again in 1948. The Bible is clear, that event began a 70 to 80 year countdown to the End of the Age. Remember, the Bible is the infallible word of God, it and He can not lie! These verses are crystal clear, God has told us exactly what is going to happen and given us very specific time frames to expect them to happen.

The words of Jesus are clear, I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 

                       Matt. 24:34

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that my coming is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 

                                                                                                                                     Mat. 24 v.33-34 

Jesus did not say think, have an opinion, wonder, contemplate, or be confused, He said KNOW! This is not a matter of opinion, it is Biblical fact!

Jesus rebuked those who did not understand the signs of the times in His day:

O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times (Matthew 16:3).

God said we would know when it is near!

"Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing it to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). 

God said "nothing," and He did not exclude Christ's return. I take Him at His word.

God not only knows the end from the beginning, He tells us that He makes it known!

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. (Isaiah 46:10).

I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee (Isaiah 48:5).

Jesus said the Holy Spirit "will teach you all things" (John 14:26). 

He said "all things." Did Jesus make a mistake, forgetting to exclude when He will return? I don't think so.

Friends confide in one another.  Abraham was called God's "friend" (Isaiah 41:8;James 2:23).

And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do (Genesis 18:17).

Now, because of Jesus' atonement, we are called friends of God:

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends (Jesus, John 15:15).

The Bible also says that Jesus was crucified so that the blessing of Abraham, part of which was friendship with God, would come upon the Gentiles -- us (Galatians 3:14).

Is God going to hide the truth from His friends? I don't think so!

In addition, there is ample precedent for God revealing specific times in advance.

He gave Noah advance notice of when the flood would be (Genesis 6,7). 
He told Abraham how long the Israelites would be in Egypt (Genesis 15:13). 
As mentioned, He revealed to many the very day of Elijah's rapture (2 Kings 2). 
He told Jeremiah how long the Babylonian exile would be (Jeremiah 29:10). 
He told Daniel exactly when Messiah would come the first time (Daniel 9:25-26). 

There is evidence that the Bible reveals the exact number of years of "the times of the Gentiles" and the exact span of time to Israel's rebirth in 1948 and the recapture of Jerusalem in 1967.

Obviously, leaving us clueless now would violate God's own established pattern as revealed in His Word!

Obviously, we are not left clueless. There are many signs. Let us remain watchful and ready, and be found doing the Master's work.

JESUS ASKED: "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8).  WILL HE? 

Paul tells believers, "You are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief". In other words, if we are trusting in Christ and looking for His coming, even the very day does not have to surprise us.

Don't believe me, believe your Bible!  ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT!


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