How do you get a far distant generation out of
Matthew 24:34~"Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."
Brother, generation is in this discourse is not
speaking of TIME but of a KIND OF
, as its is used for the most part in the scriptures, and always remember, God's word is its own dictionary on words being used by the Spirit of God.
When we consider the CONTEXT of the Olivet discourse, we see Jesus is clearly speaking of events that shall proceed his second coming and the end of the world.
For now, I will only say that this generation
means the "evil and wicked generation"
that will be living when Jesus returns again among whom he will not find faith except in a very few numbers of people much like Noah's days when only a handful were saved. Much like Lot's day when only a handful were saved~in both TIME generation of Noah and Lot's day's wickedness abounded.
If we start from the beginning of Matthew 24 we will see immediately warnings about not allowing men to deceive us for in those days many false prophets shall arise and deceive MANY
~they will even come and say that Jesus is the Christ, which most would give ear to that and consider them very sound in that sense, yet that are a man of sin
~by rejecting most of the scriptures for their own doctrines of what they think God should be IF they were God and how THEY would do things.
Concerning generation meaning KIND and not time
in this discourse consider how David used the words this
Psalms 12~"Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
David without question is speaking of a kind of
generation, not a certain time generation in the history of this world.
Consider how the wise man, David's son used the word generation:
Proverbs 30:11-14~"There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men."
Generation here means a kind of person
, for it lacks demonstrative pronouns or other modifiers for a period of time. It is not a prophecy of the future, when children would be rebellious, for all ages have such sinners. It is not a prophecy of bad men in Jesus Christ’s time, for such a use would be unique in Proverbs and without practical wisdom for life.
To be as short as I can (for there are many hundreds of scriptures using the words THIS generation that has reference to KIND, not time.) this
generation that our Lord mention is only speaking of evil wicked men that WILL NEVER pass from this earth but will only wax worse and worse (per 2nd Timothy three) until Jesus' coming to destroy the wicked and to gathered together his very elect from the four corners of the earth.