The abomination of desolation would be realized when the Romans attacked Jerusalem in AD 66, beginning their siege during the Passover, when Jews from throughout the empire were massed in Jerusalem. Continue reading “Daniel Castellano: The Synoptic Apocalypse (2010)”
Matthew 24:34 is a difficult passage for Bible interpreters. Continue reading “Bob DeWaay: A Solution to the Problem of “This Generation” in Matthew 24:34 (2003)”
Our Lord proceeds to declare that the signs which he had given would be as certain an indication of the time of his coming, as the fig-tree’s putting forth its leaves is of the approach of summer; and that the time of his coming was at no great distance. For he adds, This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled, — Hereby evidently showing that he had been speaking all this while only of the calamities coming on the Jews, and the destruction of Jerusalem. Continue reading “Joseph Benson: Commentary On The Olivet Discourse (1811)”
The preterist attempts to make a similar case via the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:34 where Jesus says, “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” What is conveniently ignored is the earlier context of Jesus’ words in the previous chapter. Continue reading “Dick Lockhart: Why I am Not a Preterist (2015)”
Partial preterism, if applied consistently to Matthew 24, will result in full preterism which the church has long defined as a heretical view. Continue reading “Samuel Whitefield: Why Partial Preterism Leads to a Full Heresy (2013)”
“Truly, I say to you” is the same in both passages. The word “pass away” (parerchomai) is the same in both texts. The subjunctive phrase, starting with “until” (eos an) is the same. And, of course, “heaven and earth” is given the same rendering ( ho ouranos kai he ge), where ‘heaven’ is singular.
Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
According to our Lord the Gospel would be preached in all the world then the end would come. Was this fulfilled in 70 A.D.?
When will all be fulfilled? When this evil generation is no longer ruling with the prince of this world. In other words, when Christ returns. There is this age, and the age to come, and no age in between.
Such a view abandons the Gospel of the Kingdom, which promises the world a universal era of prosperity and peace when the Messiah comes back. The destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 and the scattering of Jews outside their homeland did not signal the arrival of the Kingdom of God (Luke 21:31).