[Luk 17:24-26 KJV] 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one [part] under heaven, shineth unto the other [part] under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. 26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
[Luk 21:31-36 KJV] 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and [so] that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
[Mat 16:28 KJV] 28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
[Luk 8:10 KJV] 10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
All of the years I have believed the Lord and read the scriptures have produced in me, ways of looking at, ways of “seeing” things much differently than man tends to do so. I accept the truth, that flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God. And so, I do not enjoin myself with them who are always looking over the horizon, looking to the future and wondering what the Lord will do, and when He will do it. I have learned that concerning those questions, one either sees what the Lord has done, and is doing…or one does not. The scriptures use the phrase, “this generation” throughout. To many, this relays the idea of human generations, broken into specific periods relative to the perspective of the individual, identifiable by the historic events and human affairs of a given time. For example, the “Woodstock generation” might be used to identify people of that time and general popular train of thought.
The scriptures reveal the use of “generation” to also embrace two distinctions. Them of faith and them of unbelief. As one enters the world, grows and learns, and ages, one will choose the one way or the other. This choice is made, and has nothing to do with one’s physical origins, parents, nationality, the prevailing social, religious or political surroundings one is born into.
The book of the Gospel according to Matthew begins with a fabulous declaration. It says, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ”, the son of David, the son of Abraham. For he indeed fulfills all that were promised both Abraham and David, in one who would be heir of all things, and would be called the “Son of the Highest”. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ begins with what Abraham was told, and believed…that all the blessings and promises of God would rest upon one individual who would come out of him. David also being a prophet, saw the resurrection, and saw Christ seated in the light and power that no flesh approaches unto. Davis called that one, “Lord”. And, as Jesus pointed out, if David calls him lord, how is he David’s son?
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ is presented in three “stages”, if you will. It declares that from Abraham until David are fourteen generations. From David until the captivity into Babylon are fourteen generations. From the captivity until Christ are fourteen generations. Here is the importance of attention to detail (for in the prophets it was said, “a seed shall serve the Lord and be accounted to Him for a generation”). If you count the names, father to son in Matthew 1, when you arrive at the man Jesus, you are not on fourteen from the captivity, but thirteen. This is not an error. The fourteenth and final generation is not the man Jesus, who Himself said, “Except a seed of wheat fall to the earth and die, it abides alone, but if it fall to the earth and die, it shall bring forth much fruit”. The fourteenth and final generation from captivity is all who are added to Christ in resurrection, in faith, from the time Jesus was raised and glorified, until the Father shall decide and shall end the age. For the last days encompass all the days of this generation…the generation of faith. The generation of them in whom Christ is formed in faith, by the operation of the Spirit of the Father, which raised Him (and us) from the dead.
The last days began over two thousand years ago. They will end when the Father ends them. The generation of Jesus Christ is reckoned in the resurrection. Therefore, until Jesus was raised, it was not accounted in the first chapter of Matthew. The generation Jesus spoke of in Luke 21, saying that it shall not pass away until all be fulfilled, is the generation of Jesus Christ, to include all, throughout all this time, who have been, and shall be begotten to God in Christ, and added in faith.
I encourage any and all, not to be overly dismayed at the state of the world. Rather look to Christ in faith, and to the things which He is the complete and total heir of (and we with him in faith). Nothing of the age that was overthrown in the flood, entered into the world and age that followed, save that which went into the ark. I don’t believe Noah spent any time looking out windows or trying to understand, moment by moment, the destruction going on outside the ark. The ark did not take the occupants away from the judgment and return them when the mist cleared. It bore the judgment for them.
Have faith in Christ. Believe Him. Let not man steal your crown. Speculation about His comings and goings, what He might or might not do, etc,. are pointless. Them who dwell solely in such a state are apparently in a state of “unawares”, as in “see that day does not overtake you unawares…in a way you think not”. We are in that day. Either He dwells in you by His Spirit or He does not. And that will determine where you stand in the end of matters. We have a city whose builder and maker is God. We have a salvation reserved for us in the heavens. He is the resurrected, glorified Son of man.