Your Generation Part 2 of 2

We have heard terms such as the greatest generation, baby-boomer generation, generation x, Millennials, names assigned to specific generations who lived in periods in time. As mentioned last time in Your Generation Part 1 of 2 ,  try to look at a generation as a group, not just you and your family. Looking at generations as a group reveals characteristics about not only the people but the time the people lived.

An example of this is in the book of Revelation where John writes the letters to the 7 churches. Not only is there literal application to those churches then, but there is spiritual applications to churches after. The church is from the time of Christ at his death, burial and resurrection unto the time he catches up believers as mentioned in 1 Thessalonians. So far, about 2000 years. A lot of generations lived during these times.

But Jesus points out specific events for specific generations. And that is where some people get confused with scripture.  They put things where they do not belong and then teach it as if it belongs there.  Here is an example. Matthew 23:36 KJV
“Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.” Clearly Jesus Christ is identifying a “specific” generation ( group of people).

What I found interesting was what Jesus spoke,  that was directed to specific generations. Not only during his time but what he spoke referencing future generations. And we see Jesus referenced a previous generation,  Jonah’s generation, and spoke of himself at that time he was on earth.

Luke 11:30 KJV “For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.”

In Luke 17:24, 25 speaking of the Second Coming, not the catching up, Jesus says, but first this generation rejects him. Jesus identifies a specific group of people at a specific time that rejects him. Millennials today are being identified as a generation that is rejecting God and God’s word in America.  In other areas of the world Millennials are coming to JesusChrist in droves. What can change that? Revival. Did all reject Christ in his time? No. Do all Millennials reject God? No. But generations are identified with world events. The WWII generation is identified with the Industrial Revolution. Baby Boomers with the Technology Boom.

The prophets of old spoke of the coming Messiah. Jesus says, the people killed the prophets God sent them. And on judgment day who will God hold accountable for killing the prophets of old?  Luke 11:50-51 KJV
“That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
[51] From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.”

This generation. The generation Jesus was speaking to. Not the church, not those living now. Jesus speaks of a generation of vipers, a perverse generation, an evil generation. Even Peter speaks of an evil generation in Acts 2:40. Paul tells the Jews, Hebrews, God was grieved with the generation that wandered 40 years with Moses in Hebrews 3:10.

We see David served his generation in Acts 13:36. There is a generation of the  righteous in Psalm 14:5 and a generation that will receive blessing and righteousness in Psalm 24:5, 6. In Psalm 102:18 we see, Psalm 102:18 KJV “This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord .” And Solomon tells us generations come and go in Ecclesiastes 1:4.

We see Jesus telling his disciples when things will happen in the future in Matthew 24 and he says the people who see specific things come to pass –
Matthew 24:32-34 KJV  “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
[33] So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
[34] Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

Israel is the fig tree. And Israel went back to her land in May 1948. That is the generation that saw verse 32. So the people living to see Israel reborn as a nation are how old today? May of 1948 to May of 2016 is 68 years. How old do people live today? That generation will not pass until all the things Jesus was speaking of happens. We know scripture teaches the church will not go through the tribulation. We know the tribulation is 7 years. So if we add 7 years to the 68 we get 75. How long does man live today? Remember,  in scripture a “score” means 20.
Psalm 90:10 KJV ” The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

Do people live to 90 today? Sure. But basically the majority live into their 70s and 80s. But looking at the generation that saw the “fig tree” Israel reborn in their own land and we add the 7 years of the tribulation we are at 68 + 7 = 75. Clearly the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds to meet his bride, the church, in the air is very close.

Only believers will meet the Lord in the air. I do not mean people who just believe in God or those who believe Jesus was God. I mean those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ shedding his blood to pay for their sin. Those who believe Jesus was buried and then rose from the dead. Those who believe that with all their heart, not head, and have received the Lord Jesus Christ into their heart as their Lord and Saviour. Those believers, including me and my family, will meet the Lord in the clouds like 1 Thessalonians 4 says. And I pray, you too. You can read more on our post Sealed And Revealed

We know the generation of the fig tree is coming to an end soon. We know in the tribulation the temple will be up, see our post Why May  So time is not up yet for this generation and you have time to make an impact on your generation.

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Until next time.

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