THE LAST GENERATION

Posted: February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” Matthew 24:34

 

On May 14th, 1948, something amazing took place which stunned the world and put humanity on a path of prophetic timing, the day Israel became a nation. For the first time in 2,000 years, Israel once again was recognized as a collective people and forever would change how the world would view the middle east. It also sent the world fast forward into the beginning of what we now call the end times.

It has often been said by preachers and pastors as well as teachers of the word that 1948 was the sign which said that those who lived to see that period of time (1948) would see the return of Jesus Christ. For many, many years this was the common teaching among the church, but was it correct? Was the establishment of Israel in 1948 the sign of the end? I believe the answer is no, it was not, nor is it the date we go by, and I will explain myself within this article.

Since 1883-1900 (which was the start of the 20th century generations) there have been seven (7) generations, they are: The Lost Generation (1883-1900), The Greatest Generation (1901-1924), The Silent Generation (1925-1942), The Baby Boomers (1943-1960), Generation X (1960s – 1980s), The Millennial Generation (1980s-2000) and Generation Z (2000 – present). It is equally interesting to note that seven (7) is the number of completion. Seven generations have now occurred as well as the planet has reached seven (7) billion in population, this is not just a mere coincidence but a glaring red flag to the hour in which we live.

Since the establishment of Israel in 1948 (minus Jerusalem, for Israel did not possess Jerusalem until 1967) several generations have since passed and one particular generation, the Greatest Generation (those born before 1940) are dwindling in numbers. The truth is, if we examine the word of God as it’s written, we can see exactly what Jesus is referring to when he speaks about the end time generation that will see all of these things come to pass and will not pass away.

It is my belief that 1948 is not a date in which we can mark as the period to which we base the last generation on, however, it is in fact the date in which we can, with assurance, determine when God’s prophetic time clock began to start. Yet in that same position we must also include 1967 as an equally important date to the completion of the nation of Israel, for until 1967 and the 6 day war resulting in the army of Israel capturing the old city of Jerusalem and expanding her borders, Israel was not a complete nation, it was only half a nation. That is the distinction which needs to be made.

So what did Jesus mean in Matthew 24:34, when he (Jesus) spoke about that particular generation would not pass away till all these things be fulfilled? The answer is found in proper context. To understand what Jesus was meaning in verse 34, one needs to actually go back and read verses 4-31 [Matthew].

Jesus gave us a complete overview of what is to come and when it was to come, from the beginning of sorrows to the resurrection of the temple, to the arrival of the man of sin upon the world, Jesus said when this occurs, meaning all these events, then that generation which is dwelling on the world at that time shall not pass away until everything is completed, meaning, the falling away from the faith by many within the body of Christ, to the debut of the 3rd temple to the introduction of the man of sin and the mark of the beast, when those who are living at that time, they will be the ones, the generation, which will not pass.

So can we look as to see what generation will be here then, or are the present generations existing presently will be the ones to endure the fulfillment of Matthew 24:34? I believe so, and it has to do with what Luke stated in 21:29 ” And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near.

This is a bit different than the wording of what Jesus said in Matthew 24:32 concerning the fig tree. The issue is not “tree” but “trees“. Luke was emphasizing something many believers seem to ignore, that it is not about just one particular tree, but many trees. Often times we segregate certain verses to imply one thing when in actuality they must be taken with another verse to bring forth its true meaning, in this case, the parable of the fig tree. It’s not just about Israel, it the combination of both Israel and the signs of the last days just prior to Christ’s second coming and the end of this age. That is what is being referenced, not that when we see Israel become a nation (that has already occurred and has now passed yet no rapture has taken place) so if the flourishing of Israel is not the main meaning of the verse, then what does the parable indicate? I believe Luke explains it much better, “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near.

Notice Luke did not say “Look to Israel, though that was certainly what Jesus was indeed referring to, but the scope of Christ’s words went further, meaning, ‘DON’T look just at Israel, look at everything I’ve told you that will come to pass in the future.’

Today there is no question the current generations living on this planet are seeing much of the fulfillment of much of what the Bible says would occur toward the end. Yet, many of those of the past generations, (those born in the Depression era) are now ending their mark in this world as that particular generation is almost passed away. We can gain a better grasp at this thru the word in Numbers, namely Chapter 32:11 “Surely none of the men who came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, because they have not wholly followed me,”

I believe we can see a deeper meaning to what occurred then with the nation of Israel who wondered in the wilderness 40 years (a completion of 2 generations) and those now dwelling in our present time. God would not allow those generations who were above 20 years of age to enter into Canaan, only those who were 20 and under, a new generation, would be permitted to enter into the promise land, equally, it’s interesting to note that 3 generations have now passed with the last remnant (those born before 1940) coming to the end of their days. The logistics will show that the preceding generations are now almost complete and within 5 more years, will have come to a close. This brings up 1948 and 1967, two significant dates and two prophetic chapters of future events to come. I believe that the generation that will see the fulfillment of everything necessary to be fulfilled has indeed been born, again – 7 generations are now on the earth presently, there are 7 billion people on the earth, 7 is the number of completion. So the last generation is already walking the earth presently. What then does this mean? It means we, who are currently alive (I am 46 yrs old) and were born 1948-1967 are apart of that generation which will see all things fulfilled. From the coming wars between Israel and the Muslim nations to the re-building of the 3rd temple to the coming one world Government and eventually the man of sin’s arrival upon the world, including the Great Tribulation, we are in fact they who will see these things come to pass, but most importantly, the rapture of the bride of Christ.

With Israel about to sign a treaty that will all but put east Jerusalem back under Palestinian control and a Palestinian statehood, to the coming beast kingdom, the end of American supremacy in the world as we know it today, with social issues from homosexuality becoming the norm in the United States and across the world, to the rise of occultism and genetic manipulation which is a stark reflection to the days of Noah, there is no question we have indeed entered into the time of the end and those living during this time are indeed they who will see the fulfillment of scripture – the last generation.

 

Christopher

 

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