like to give input.
In all sincerity, it is welcome.
Write what you want, but it won't change my understanding of it,
Well now, that's not the spirit to have without ever giving us a fair hearing and then testing us with the scriptures of truth.
because it's actually a very simple passage
Well, that could be said of many scriptures, such as John 3:16, yet I know that many, even those who have never honestly considered the scriptures overall think they know what John is saying
, yet they do not!
Truth is only simple to those who understand, and then they may very well struggle on another doctrine, which another brother, or sister has truth on, yet they do not!
Proverbs 8:9~"They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge."
Some say, “The Bible is too difficult!” Others say, “The Bible contradicts itself!” Many conclude, “Anything can be taught from the Bible. It is impossible to know the truth for sure.” The devil laughs with evil satisfaction at such absurd remarks. But true wisdom teaches that the words of wisdom are plain and right~ to those with understanding and knowledge! I will agree that "IF" one have a problem with the Bible, then they
have the problem, not the Bible! We all agree that a little understanding and knowledge, from fearing the Lord and trembling before His word
, will open the Bible to us (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; Psalm 25:14; Isaiah 66:2; Luke 8:18
). The words become plain and right, when you study the Bible humbly by its rules of interpretation
. If we approach it arrogantly or critically, it is designed to confuse and destroy us (Ezekiel 14:1-11; I Corinthians 1:19-20; 2:13-15; 2nd Thessalonians 2:9-12; 2nd Timothy 2:15; 2nd Peter 3:16
). We all should give each a fair hearing and test each with the word of God, not with our preconceived notions of what the truth is, and is not.
The word generation in God's Word can, and does, have more than one usage. In the latter part of Luke 11 about the lawyers Jesus called "vipers", it applies to a specific family of people, from the time of Abel to the time of the blood of Zacharias.
But in Matt.24:34 with the generation in question, it applies to a generation involving time, like the time when a certain generation lives, like an era.
I can see where you may think that, just as I once did many years ago
, but the context will not support it. which we will address later when we come to it.
In Matt.24 usage, Jesus is using it to pinpoint with signs the generation that will see His 2nd coming...
While I do agree
that Jesus gave us signs
to pinpoint the time frame of the little season JUST BEFORE HIS COMING
, a little season that very well could last a "few hundred years" by saying that this generation shall not pass until all be fulfilled
, yet the very generation that Jesus is speaking about not passing are the very generation that is the very cause of the tribulation that he said would come to such a degree that no flesh would be saved (speaking only concerning practical knowledge
of the truth, has not one thing to do with destroying the flesh of man, since the tribulation spoken of in the scriptures, are strictly of a spiritual nature, and NOT of an outwardly warfare between flesh and blood). Without controversy on my part~the contexts of the Oilvet discourse (from Matthew 24,25) are concerning Christ second coming at the end of this world, with Jesus pinpointing certain related events that will occur by and evil and wicked generation of men arising out of the bottomless pit in in great numbers
, whom Jesus referred to as THIS GENERATION
, which was the very people he was describing for us from Matthew 24:5-30!
I'll come back and finish your post to me.