This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: March 20 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
For all Christians interested in the meaning and duration of:
Generation — and its end-time significance or otherwise.
Matthew 24:34: “Assuredly, I say to you. this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. ASV
From Strong’s Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words:
1074 genea ghen-eh-ah'
from (a presumed derivative of) 1085; TDNT-1:662,114; n f
AV-generation 37, time 2, age 2, nation 1; 42
1) fathered, birth, nativity
2) that which has been begotten, men of the same stock, a family
2a) the several ranks of natural descent, the successive members of a genealogy
2b) metaph. a group of men very like each other in endowments, pursuits, character
2b1) esp. in a bad sense, a perverse nation
3) the whole multitude of men living at the same time
4) an age (i.e. the time ordinarily occupied by each successive generation), a space of 30-33 years
Readers may feel free to take their pick from the above definitions according to their own understanding. It would serve them better, however, if they were to do so within the broad and exclusive scriptural framework of Israel's salvation.
The Generation of Matthew 24:34 is that very generation for whom Jesus used a lot of choice words and expressions like these:
A wicked and adulterous generation; this wicked generation; this generation, the one he preached to; O faithless and twisted generation; All these things will come upon this generation; Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur;
There were no future time scenarios attached to Jesus' frequent use of generation as he addressed the very people he had come for and was a part of, his Israelite brothers.
Israel was to experience a number of terminations or ends:
The first End was her dismissal as the wife of her husbandly owner Jehovah when Nebuchadnezzar's
armed forces destroyed the temple along with Jerusalem in 607 —––
(won’t argue about that date, because the biblical 70 year desolation and exile has priority over religious speculation) - Jeremiah 25:11-12; 29:10; Daniel 9:2.
At that time the Ark of the covenant containing the marriage vow documents and tokens, symbolizing Jehovah’s husbandly presence, also disappeared and was never restored into the rebuilt temple's most holy after the exile, indicating the finality of the divorce.
She remained on death row awaiting her death as an adulterous wife from that time forward until her death in Jesus, the Passover lamb to save God's firstborn Israel a second and final time.
The second End of the house of Jacob - the people Israel occurred in 70 CE when the Roman armies completely destroyed her, the temple and all the genealogical records along with her way of life under the Law covenant temporarily bequeathed to her as a protection after the Babylonian exile in keeping with the 70-week prophecy in Daniel 9.
(Ezekiel 16 be a good read to set her record straight and then to the Mosaic Law to ascertain the penalty due adulterous wives - Deuteronomy 22 23-24)
The third End of Israel will be when the little flock of anointed Israel* commences its rule in heaven as the Heavenly Kingdom of God to fulfill its original purpose as the seed of Abraham to bless all humans who ever lived to have the same opportunity Adam originally had to decide their individual future for themselves.
* Christians i.e. anointed, multiethnic, redeemed, ransomed, repurchased Israel - see Romans 11; and all the epistles for that matter. Revelation chapter 7 is not a bad place to look either; and then there is Jeremiah 3 1; Luke chapters 1 & 2; Matthew 15:24; Galatians 3:28-29, 4:5; Hebrews 9:15 –the whole of the bible really.
This will also mark the end of any racial, ethnic and national divisions including that of the house of Jacob/Israel.
Humanity will rejoice at being one people and will have 1000 years to sort it under the benign but firm global governance of the Kingdom of the Heavens.
The greatest and most wonderful future feature will be the complete absence of religion, which will never again raise its ugly head of dominance over human beings ever again!
The fourth End will be when that general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, Paul speaks about in Hebrews 12:23, being the firstborn son of God Israel (Exodus 4:22) enrolled in the heavens as Kings and Priests under Christ the King of Kings, abdicates, as it were, and hand over all their authority and power back to Jehovah God who will then be able to conclude the 7th day of creation, as He did the other six, with the phrase And there was evening and there was morning, a seventh day, which will bring the creative week of 49000 years to a successful and glorious conclusion, and He will have accomplished this entirely without religion. J
1 Corinthians 15:24-28
24 Then cometh, the end, when he the Christ shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he the Christ shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he the Christ must reign, till he the Christ hath put all his the Christ’s enemies under his the Christ feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be abolished is death.
27 For he Jehovah put all things in subjection under his the Christ’s feet.* But when he the Christ saith, ' All things are put in subjection, it is evident that He Jehovah is excepted who did subject all things unto him the Christ.
28 And when all things have been subjected unto him the Christ, then shall the Son also himself the Christ be subjected to Him Jehovah that did subject all things unto him the Christ, that God may be all in all. ASV
*A reference to Psalm 8:6 which is part of the description of the relationship humans have been assigned to have with all earthly creation, which also applies to the son of man Jesus, for he was complete man:
3 When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than God *. And crownest him with glory and honor. 6 Thou makest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet; 7 All sheep and oxen, Yea, and the beasts of the field. 8 The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9 0 Jehovah, our Lord, How excellent is thy name in all the earth! ASV
(Psalm 8 is but a lovely poetic embellishment of Genesis 1:26-28)
There may be other ways to read 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, even as many learned and other Christians are having a field day with, but none would impact on the events described.
This handover of 1 Corinthians 15 then marks another end: The End of the New Testament * when the firstborn son and testator Israel passes off the scene of the assignment for which he was sent and dies in his special capacity and ‘national’ identity commensurate with that assignment.
This death also validates the New Testament so that God can now become the final heir at the end of His 7000-year rest day as He inherits all that the seed of Abraham has accomplished and, of course, a heavenly administration that Jehovah will forever use to manage the universe's increasing population as they expand from the original base and starting point earth to other habitable planets without ever having to be concerned with or fear Star-Wars because Jehovah had already established the necessary legal precedents to deal with any future rebellion.
In that sense does multiethnic heavenly Israel/Jerusalem now truly become God's long awaited inheritance.
* No, not the library of 27 books/scrolls Matthew to Revelation, but the actual documented last will and testament inaugurated at the death of Jesus and signed in blood, as beautifully explained by the apostle Paul in Hebrews 9:15-20 and here quoted from the only bible translating the Greek original as is - The Catholic Douay─Rheims:
15 And therefore he is the mediator of the new testament: that by means of his death for the redemption of those transgressions which were under the former testament, they that are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where there is a testament the death of the testator must of necessity come in. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is as yet of no strength, whilst the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither was the first indeed dedicated without blood. 19 For when every commandment of the law had been read by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people. 20 Saying: This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
More about the Covenant vs Testament in another place on this site.
Who then is the heir inheriting at the death of the testator anointed Israel?
Jehovah, because Israel is His ultimate inheritance
Yet another End will occur at the termination of the temporary assignment of liaison officer of the Cherub Angel who rebelled even before his assignment had hardly begun.
Before Paul's inspired words at 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 can even begin to be credible, there needs to be a fundamental understanding of the initial assignment Jehovah gave to Adam:
This was to keep him busy and sane for the whole of the 7000-year day God was creatively resting relative only to the earth, allowing Adam and his progeny to gradually and intelligently subdue and manage the earth, its resources and population during the 7th day of creation in addition to the time required to allow purposed changes to the planet, already set in motion before that rest day; things like a controlled implosion of the water canopy to allow His beautiful human children to enjoy snow, starry skies at night, blue skies during the day, snow-capped mountains, rainbows and a variety of climates the watery canopy/sphere had hitherto prevented for the best of reasons only Jehovah is party to at this time. As it turned out, God used that implosion also to remove a rebellious population at the deluge triggered by that collapse.
Since Adam's life ended at only 930 years, it fell far short of the possible 7000 until the handover at end of day 7, when he would have reported back to God a la Noah as recorded in Genesis 6:22 (NWT): 22 And Noah proceeded to do according to all that God had commanded him. He did just so that he completed that assignment successfully.
What assignment?: Genesis 1:26-28:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. ASV
That was never re-assigned to Noah other than to multiply and fill the earth, but nothing about subduing and having dominion over.
God never annulled that incomplete assignment. It still had to be completed. Behold Psalm 8 for the description of a job still going begging to be filled by someone mankind was unable to find - here in summary again:
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him but little lower than God*, And crownest him with glory and honor. 6 Thou makest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, Yea, and the beasts of the field, 8 The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9 O Jehovah, our Lord, How excellent is thy name in all the earth!:
*From Strong’s Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words:
0430 ‘elohiym el-o-heem’
plural of 0433; n m p;
In Authorized King James Version:-God 2346, god 244,
Trinitarians have fiddled with the NT text when quoting from Psalm 8 in 1 Corinthians 15 and Hebrews, since they allowed the man Jesus to be only a little lower than the angels, while, according to their doctrinal perceptions, after his resurrection he could not possibly be lower than the God they claim him to be. The apostles would ALWAYS have quoted OT verses accurately, seeing that they were God’s inspired penmen.
The following translations read God in verse 5 of Psalm 8:
- English Revised Version 1885
- American Standard Version 1901
- Revised Standard Version 1947 (that’s when they took God’s name out of the OT of the ASV)
- New American Standard Version 1977
- New King James Version
- Luther 1912
- New Living Translation 1996
- Noyes translation 1869
- New Revised Standard version 1989
and there are no doubt many more in English and other languages.
Please note that psalm is not a prophecy about Jesus Christ. No, it was simply, and beautifully I might add, a poetic restatement of the Genesis facts about the God-intended human condition and that generic man is God’s crowning, glorious achievement and that man is thus honoured to reflect Jehovah's glory, having been made impeccably in the image of his Creator.
Jesus, the son of MAN was party to that human condition of all men, generically speaking -as are women, generically speaking J. The apostles simply quoted from that psalm to indicate that fact and to make it absolutely clear that the son of man actually was just a human and that he had, as it were, no spirit bone in his body.
* Here is a brief comment about the use and misuse of the Greek pav generally rendered all.
" the whole world has gone after him" Did all the world go after Christ? "then went
all Judea, and were baptized of him in Jordan." Was all Judea, or all Jerusalem,
baptized in Jordan? "Ye are of God, little children," and the whole world lieth in
the wicked one". Does the whole world there mean everybody? The words "world" and
"all" are used in some seven or eight senses in Scripture, and it is very rarely
the "all" means all persons, taken individually. The words are generally used to
signify that Christ has redeemed some of all sorts --some Jews, some Gentiles, some
rich, some poor, and has not restricted His redemption to either Jew or Gentile ...
(C. H. Spurgeon from a sermon on Particular Redemption)
End Time Clock-watchers better think again because it was the generation of Jesus' day that would see all these things fulfilled when the age of Israel's special relationship with her founder Jehovah came to an end as foretold by Jesus in Matt 24:34, Mark 13:30 & Luke 21:32!
The End-time prophecies have suffered from a massive speculative overburden, due primarily to the complete failure of Christianity's overlords to understand that the Lord Jesus had only died for and in behalf of God's inheritance, His firstborn son Israel and that, in consequence, all the End Time prophecies pertain to that very people and the age of their journey from Egyptian slavery to their promised final position as the Seed of Abraham in the Kingdom of the heavens, for the benefit of all humans that ever existed past present and future, with only one known exception: Adam.
The generation to see the end was that sinful nation* Jesus had come to as their
* See Isaiah 1:4
Even before God's covenant people entered the promised land, they had already displayed the rebellious attitude that was to haunt them throughout their journey to finally prove to be their undoing.
What needs to be understood, however, is that Israel experienced a number of epochal ends.
That is the reason for Jesus' choice of the word age or epoch, as accurately reflected by the Greek word <Strong's 165> aion used by the recorder.
Here first some OT expressions for the contextual setting of the word generation the Lord Jesus was familiar with by means of his own OT studies via the scrolls at his disposal prior to presenting himself to John for baptism.
Initially from the American Standard Translation of 1901:
34 And Jehovah heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying, 35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation* see the good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers
36 save Caleb the son of Jephunneh: he shall see it; and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed Jehovah.
37 Also Jehovah was angry with me* for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither:
38 Joshua the son of Nun, who standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage thou him; for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
39 Moreover your little ones, that ye said should be a prey, and your children, that this day have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.
40 But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.
* The generation of 40 years until all the rebels had died.
* Moses, who could only view the promised land from Mt Nebo where he finally died.
4 The Rock, his work is perfect; For all his ways are justice: A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is he.
5 They have dealt corruptly with him, they are not his children, it is their blemish; They are a perverse and crooked generation.
6 Do ye thus requite Jehovah, O foolish people and unwise? Is not he thy father that hath bought thee? He hath made thee, and established thee.
7 ¶ Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations: Ask thy father, and he will show thee; Thine elders, and they will tell thee.
8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, When he separated the children of men, He set the bounds of the peoples According to the number of the children of Israel.
9 For Jehovah’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
15 ¶ But Jeshurun* waxed fat, and kicked: Thou art waxed fat, thou art grown thick, thou art become sleek; Then he forsook God who made him, And lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16 They moved him to jealousy with strange gods; With abominations provoked they him to anger.
17 They sacrificed unto demons, which were no God, To gods that they knew not, To new gods that came up of late, Which your fathers dreaded not.
18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, And hast forgotten God that gave thee birth.
19 ¶ And Jehovah saw it, and abhorred them, Because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.
20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: For they are a very perverse generation, Children in whom is no faithfulness.
21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; They have provoked me to anger with their vanities: And I will move them to jealousy with those that are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
* Term of endearment used by God for Israel. A nick-name.
(Isaiah 1:4) Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil–doers, children that deal corruptly! they have forsaken Jehovah, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are estranged and gone backward.
And now Jesus' words about the End generation – echoes of the OT?:
Mt 11:16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the marketplaces, who call unto their fellows
Mt 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet:
Mt 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here.
Mt 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
Mt 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this evil generation.
Mt 16:4 An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of Jonah. And he left them, and departed.
Mt 17:17 And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I bear with you? bring him hither to me.
Mt 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
Mt 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished.
Mr 8:12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.
Mr 8:38 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of him, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Mr 9:19 And he answereth them and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I bear with you? bring him unto me.
Mr 13:30 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, until all these things be accomplished.
Lu 7:31 Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation, and to what are they like?
Lu 9:41 And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and bear with you? bring hither thy son.
Lu 11:29 And when the multitudes were gathering together unto him, he began to say, This generation is an evil generation: it seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of Jonah.
Lu 11:30 For even as Jonah became a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.
Lu 11:31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and shall condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
Lu 11:32 The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here.
Lu 11:50 that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Lu 11:51 from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary: yea, I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.
Lu 17:25 But first must he suffer many things and be rejected of this generation.
Lu 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all things be accomplished.
Ac 2:40 And with many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, Save yourselves from this crooked generation.
Php 2:15 that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world,
And now the same from the New World Translation in a little more detail to show especially to Jehovah's Witnesses that the NWT tells very much the same overall story as do other so called worldly translations:
16 “With whom shall I compare this generation? It is like young children sitting in the marketplaces who cry out to their playmates, 17 saying, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance; we wailed, but you did not beat yourselves in grief.’ 18 Correspondingly, John came neither eating nor drinking, yet people say, ‘He has a demon’; 19 the Son of man did come eating and drinking, still people say, ‘Look! A man gluttonous and given to drinking wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ All the same, wisdom is proved righteous by its works.” (Matthew 11:16-19)
38 Then as an answer to him some of the scribes and Pharisees said: “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” 39 In reply he said to them: “A wicked and adulterous generation keeps on seeking for a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jo´nah the prophet. 40 For just as Jo´nah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. 41 Men of Nin´e·veh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it; because they repented at what Jo´nah preached, but, look! something more than Jo´nah is here. 42 The queen of the south will be raised up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it; because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Sol´o·mon, but, look! something more than Sol´o·mon is here. 43 “When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it passes through parched places in search of a resting-place, and finds none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will go back to my house out of which I moved’; and on arriving it finds it unoccupied but swept clean and adorned. 45 Then it goes its way and takes along with it seven different spirits more wicked than itself, and, after getting inside, they dwell there; and the final circumstances of that man become worse than the first. That is how it will be also with this wicked generation.” (Matthew 12:38-45)
16 Here the Pharisees and Sadducees approached him and, to tempt him, they asked him to display to them a sign from heaven. 2 In reply he said to them: “[[When evening falls you are accustomed to say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is fire-red’; 3 and at morning, ‘It will be wintry, rainy weather today, for the sky is fire-red, but gloomy-looking.’ you know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but the signs of the times you cannot interpret.]] 4 A wicked and adulterous generation keeps on seeking for a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jo´nah.” With that he went away, leaving them behind. (Matthew 16:1-4)
14 And when they came toward the crowd, a man approached him, kneeling down to him and saying: 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, because he is an epileptic and is ill, for he falls often into the fire and often into the water; 16 and I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17 In reply Jesus said: “O faithless and twisted generation, how long must I continue with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 Then Jesus rebuked it, and the demon came out of him; and the boy was cured from that hour. 19 Thereupon the disciples came up to Jesus privately and said: “Why is it we could not expel it?” 20 He said to them: “Because of your little faith. For truly I say to you, If you have faith the size of a mustard grain, you will say to this mountain, ‘Transfer from here to there,’ and it will transfer, and nothing will be impossible for you.” 21 —— (Matthew 17:14-21)
33 “Serpents, offspring of vipers, how are you to flee from the judgment of Ge·hen´na? 34 For this reason, here I am sending forth to you prophets and wise men and public instructors. Some of them you will kill and impale, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city; 35 that there may come upon you all the righteous blood spilled on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zech·a·ri´ah son of Bar·a·chi´ah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly I say to you, All these things will come upon this generation. (Matthew 23:33-36)
32 “Now learn from the fig tree as an illustration this point: Just as soon as its young branch grows tender and it puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 Likewise also you, when you see all these things, know that he is near at the doors. 34 Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away. (Matthew 24:32-35)
10 And immediately he boarded the boat with his disciples and came into the parts of Dal·ma·nu´tha. 11 Here the Pharisees came out and started disputing with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, to put him to the test. 12 So he groaned deeply with his spirit, and said: “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly I say, No sign will be given to this generation.” 13 With that he left them, got aboard again, and went off to the opposite shore. (Mark 8:10-13)
34 He now called the crowd to him with his disciples and said to them: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake and follow me continually. 35 For whoever wants to save his soul will lose it; but whoever loses his soul for the sake of me and the good news will save it. 36 Really, of what benefit is it for a man to gain the whole world and to forfeit his soul? 37 What, really, would a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever becomes ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man will also be ashamed of him when he arrives in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38)
14 When, now, they came toward the other disciples, they noticed a great crowd about them and scribes disputing with them. 15 But as soon as all the crowd caught sight of him they were stunned, and, running up to him, they began to greet him. 16 And he asked them: “What are you disputing with them?” 17 And one of the crowd answered him: “Teacher, I brought my son to you because he has a speechless spirit; 18 and wherever it seizes him it dashes him to the ground, and he foams and grinds his teeth and loses his strength. And I told your disciples to expel it, but they were not capable.” 19 In response he said to them: “O faithless generation, how long must I continue with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me.” 20 So they brought him to him. But at the sight of him the spirit at once threw [the child] into convulsions, and after falling on the ground he kept rolling about, foaming. 21 And he asked his father: “How long has this been happening to him?” He said: “From childhood on; 22 and time and again it would throw him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.” 23 Jesus said to him: “That expression, ‘If you can’! Why, all things can be to one if one has faith.” 24 Immediately crying out, the father of the young child was saying: “I have faith! Help me out where I need faith!” (Mark 9:14-24)
28 “Now from the fig tree learn the illustration: Just as soon as its young branch grows tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 Likewise also you, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the doors. 30 Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Mark 13:28-31)
31 “With whom, therefore, shall I compare the men of this generation, and whom are they like? 32 They are like young children sitting in a marketplace and crying out to one another, and who say, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance; we wailed, but you did not weep.’ 33 Correspondingly, John the Baptist has come neither eating bread nor drinking wine, but you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of man has come eating and drinking, but you say, ‘Look! A man gluttonous and given to drinking wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 All the same, wisdom is proved righteous by all its children.” (Luke 7:31-35)
37 On the succeeding day, when they got down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 38 And, look! a man cried out from the crowd, saying: “Teacher, I beg you to take a look at my son, because he is my only-begotten, 39 and, look! a spirit takes him, and suddenly he cries out, and it throws him into convulsions with foam, and it scarcely withdraws from him after bruising him. 40 And I begged your disciples to expel it, but they could not.” 41 In response Jesus said: “O faithless and twisted generation, how long must I continue with you and put up with you? Lead your son over here.” 42 But even as he was approaching, the demon dashed him to the ground and violently convulsed him. However, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy and delivered him to his father. 43 Well, they all began to be astounded at the majestic power of God.. . . (Luke 9:37-43)
29 When the crowds were massing together, he started to say: “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign. But no sign will be given it except the sign of Jo´nah. 30 For just as Jo´nah became a sign to the Nin´e·vites, in the same way will the Son of man be also to this generation. 31 The queen of the south will be raised up in the judgment with the men of this generation and will condemn them; because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Sol´o·mon, but, look! something more than Sol´o·mon is here. 32 The men of Nin´e·veh will rise in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it; because they repented at what Jo´nah preached; but, look! something more than Jo´nah is here. 33 After lighting a lamp, a person puts it, not in a vault nor under a measuring basket, but upon the lampstand, that those stepping in may behold the light. 34 The lamp of the body is your eye. When your eye is simple, your whole body is also bright; but when it is wicked, your body is also dark. 35 Be alert, therefore. Perhaps the light that is in you is darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is bright with no part at all dark, it will all be as bright as when a lamp gives you light by its rays.” (Luke 11:29-36)
47 “Woe to you, because you build the memorial tombs of the prophets, but your forefathers killed them! 48 Certainly you are witnesses of the deeds of your forefathers and yet you give consent to them, because these killed the prophets but you are building [their tombs]. 49 On this account the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send forth to them prophets and apostles, and they will kill and persecute some of them, 50 so that the blood of all the prophets spilled from the founding of the world may be required from this generation, 51 from the blood of Abel down to the blood of Zech·a·ri´ah, who was slain between the altar and the house.’ Yes, I tell you, it will be required from this generation. (Luke 11:47-51)
22 Then he said to the disciples: “Days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man but you will not see [it]. 23 And people will say to , ‘See there!’ or, ‘See here!’ Do not go out or chase after [them]. 24 For even as the lightning, by its flashing, shines from one part under heaven to another part under heaven, so the Son of man will be. 25 First, however, he must undergo many sufferings and be rejected by this generation. 26 Moreover, just as it occurred in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of man: 27 they were eating, they were drinking, men were marrying, women were being given in marriage, until that day when Noah entered into the ark, and the flood arrived and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, just as it occurred in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building. 29 But on the day that Lot came out of Sod´om it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 The same way it will be on that day when the Son of man is to be revealed. (Luke 17:22-30)
29 With that he spoke an illustration to them: “Note the fig tree and all the other trees: 30 When they are already in the bud, by observing it you know for yourselves that now the summer is near. 31 In this way you also, when you see these things occurring, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, This generation will by no means pass away until all things occur. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away. (Luke 21:29-33)
37 Now when they heard this they were stabbed to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Men, brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter [said] to them: “Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the free gift of the holy spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children and to all those afar off, just as many as Jehovah our God may call to him.” 40 And with many other words he bore thorough witness and kept exhorting them, saying: “Get saved from this crooked generation.” 41 Therefore those who embraced his word heartily were baptized, and on that day about three thousand souls were added. 42 And they continued devoting themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to sharing [with one another], to taking of meals and to prayers. (Acts 2:37-42)
12 Consequently, my beloved ones, in the way that you have always obeyed, not during
my presence only, but now much more readily during my absence, keep working out your
own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for God is the one that, for the sake of
[his] good pleasure, is acting within you in order for you both to will and to act.
14 Keep doing all things free from murmurings and arguments, 15 that you may come
to be blameless and innocent, children of God without a blemish in among a crooked
and twisted generation, among whom you are shining as illuminators in the world,
16 keeping a tight grip on the word of life, that I may have cause for exultation
in Christ’s day, that I did not run in vain or work hard in vain. 17 Notwithstanding,
even if I am being poured out like a drink offering upon the sacrifice and public
service to which faith has led you, I am glad and I rejoice with all of you. 18 Now
in the same way you yourselves also be glad and rejoice with me.
7 For this reason, just as the holy spirit says: “Today if you people listen to his own voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as on the occasion of causing bitter anger, as in the day of making the test in the wilderness, 9 in which your forefathers made a test of me with a trial, and yet they had seen my works for forty years. 10 For this reason I became disgusted with this generation and said, ‘They always go astray in their hearts, and they themselves have not come to know my ways.’ 11 So I swore in my anger, ‘They shall not enter into my rest.’” (Hebrews 3:7-11)
End need not necessarily be accompanied by death and catastrophe. In the case of Israel all it means is the termination of one epoch or age and the beginning of another – a change.
An End Time generation pertains to the flock of Jacob alive at the end of each of their significant epochs or ages.
However, Jesus' This Generation statement in Matthew 24:34 concerned only his listeners, who were to experience the end of the age of Israel's special relationship with their God, still under the tutorship of the Law, and the destruction of the geographical evidence by the Roman army.
That’s all folks!
The End! L