by: J. Michael Hile
Which generation of people will be living when the King
of kings and Lord of lords makes his trek back to Planet
Earth at the end of this age? Will the European, Asian, and
Mideast leaders we see on television and read about in the
newspaper every day be involved in the endtime battle called
According to Isaiah, the prophet, God knows every
generation that will ever be born. “Who hath wrought and
done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the
Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he” (Isa. 41:4).
God also has a plan for every generation: “Lord, thou hast
been our dwelling place in all generations” (Psalm 90:1).
The prophetic Word indicates one generation that will not
pass away completely; that is, not everyone in that
generation will die. Some people will be taken directly from
Planet Earth after an instantaneous, miraculous change into
supernatural minds and bodies, for eternal residence in
heaven. The Generation Mystery
We know from the Scriptures that the first generation
began with Adam and Eve. Noah was the tenth generation.
Which generation of people was Christ talking about that
would see his return when he said: “…This generation shall
not pass, till all these things be fulfilled?” (Matt.
24:34). The answer to this 2000-year-old question may be
closer than we think, if the many prophecies we see
converging on the horizon continue their march towards
fulfillment in the 21st century.
The unfolding of the “end times” prophetic scenario
before our eyes should prompt us to keep our Bible in one
hand and the newspaper in the other as we piece the
prophetic puzzle together.
Matthew 24:30-36 And then shall appear the sign of the
Son of Man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the
earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the
clouds of heaven with power and great glory…Now learn a
parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and
putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so
likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that
it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this
generation shall not pass, till all these things be
fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words
shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no
man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
The Generation of His Coming
Perhaps the most intriguing and controversial prophetic
passage in the Bible is contained in the Olivet Discourse.
This dynamic “end times” message by Jesus, contained in
Matthew 24 and 25, Mark 13, and Luke 21, describes major
events that will impact the Jewish people just before the
Lord returns to set up his kingdom.
This remarkable prophecy, given by Jesus on Mount Olivet
after leaving the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, was his
response to three questions from His disciples.
1. “When shall these things be
2. “And what shall be
the sign of thy coming”
3. “and [what shall be the sign]
of the end of the world (age)?”
His answer to those questions alludes to the generation
that will be living on the earth when Christ returns. Some
believe that the generation Jesus was talking about in the
Olivet Discourse was the generation that passed away in 70
A.D. But that does not fit within the context of a literal
return of Christ back to earth, as described in the
Scriptures preceding and following the parable of the fig
tree. When the many signals Christ gave for the Tribulation
in his Olivet discourse begin to occur at the same time,
with greater frequency and intensity, the end-time
generation can know Jesus’ coming is near.
ANALYZING THE TERM: A GENERATION
One might raise several questions about the unique
generation described by Jesus, and other generations that
are described in the Bible.
- What is a generation?
- When does a generation begin?
- When does a generation end?
- How long is a generation?
- And, which generation was Christ talking about?
What is a generation?
According to The Random House Dictionary of the English
Language, a “generation” can be defined in several ways,
- the entire body of individuals born and living at
about the same time; the average number of years
between the birth of parents and the birth of their
- a group of individuals who are roughly the same age
and who have similar ideas and attitudes
The generation described in Jeremiah 7:29,30 seems to
best fit the generation described in the parable of the fig
tree that will be present when Christ returns: “Cut off
thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a
lamentation on high places; for the Lord hath rejected and
forsaken the generation of his wrath.” When does a
The word “seed” in the Old Testament was used to describe
the lineage of offspring before and after conception. God’s
promises to Abraham and his descendants are given in the
book of Genesis: “And I will make thee exceeding fruitful,
and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of
thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee
and thy seed after thee in their generations for an
everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed
after thee…And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my
covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their
generations” (Genesis 17: 6-9).
Offspring in the Bible were sometimes referred to as
“seed” and other times associated with “generations,” as
shown in the book of Psalms: “A seed shall serve him; it
shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation” (Psalm
The prophet Jeremiah’s generation and ministry began
before he was born but was not manifested until after his
birth. About this, the Scripture says: “Then the word of the
Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly
I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I
sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the
nations” (Jeremiah 1:4,5).
When does a generation end?
A generation ends at the death of an individual or at the
death of those individuals who are living at about the same
time. For example, the death of King David is described in
Acts 13:36: “for David, after he had served his own
generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid
unto his fathers and saw corruption…”
The men who took over after the death of Joshua
represented a new generation that was displeasing to God.
God’s Word says: “And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of
the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old...and
also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers:
and there arose another generation after them, which knew
not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for
Israel.” Joshua’s generation ended when he and those who
were about his age died. An abundance of evidence in the
Scriptures points to physical life beginning at conception
and ending at death.
How long is a generation?
One of the most perplexing and sought-after figures among
students of Bible prophecy is the length of a generation.
There is much disagreement among both secular and religious
writers concerning the length of a generation. Is the length
of a generation forty years, as believed by many? Israel as
When Israel became a nation in 1948, some believed that
Israel’s birth date marked the beginning of the generation
that would see all the events leading up to the second
coming of Christ. This theory was based upon the generation
alluded to in the parable of the fig tree, in which the fig
tree was symbolic of the nation Israel. “Now learn a parable
of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth
forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like
manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know
that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you,
that this generation shall not pass, till all these things
be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words
shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth
no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the
Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye
know not when the time is” (Mark 13: 28-33).
Many people believe that the birth of Israel in 1948
marked the beginning of the generation that would be alive
at Christ’s return.
End-Time Generation Puzzle
In 1988, when forty years had passed without fulfillment
of any of the events surrounding the Second Coming of
Christ, the forty-year generation theory fell into
disrepute. Either 1948 had not been the starting date for
the generation described in the fig tree parable, or a
generation must be longer than 40 years.
Additional arguments put forth claimed that 1967, the
year Jerusalem was captured by Israel, or some other future
date could be the birth of the generation that would see the
return of Christ. Some proponents of the “end times”
generation theory questioned whether forty years was
actually the length of a generation today. Is there any
evidence to suggest that the length of a generation is
longer than forty years? Just how long is a generation
today? Is there an answer to the generation question?
The Longevity of Mankind
Numerous theories have been put forth concerning the
length of a generation without defining clearly what a
generation was, when it began, or when it ended. As
discussed earlier, a generation, as described in the Bible,
begins at conception and ends at death. The length of a
generation is not an arbitrary period of time that occurs
within the life span of an individual or group of people.
Joshua’s age at the time of death, 110 years (including 9
months gestation), was the length of the generation he
represented. Some of his generation died before him and some
after him. Consequently, the average life span of a person
or group of people living at about the same time constitutes
the length of that generation.
The length of a generation has not always been constant
since the days of Adam and Eve. Before the biblical flood,
the average life span of man was over 900 years. Today, if a
person lives to be a hundred years old, it is a special
occasion in which the person is accorded celebrity status.
The Flood’s Effects
In order to understand how long a generation is today, it
will be helpful to know what the length of a generation was
before the Flood and what happened to the life span of man
immediately following the Flood. Has man’s life span
increased, decreased or stayed the same down through the
Before the Flood: Life span of the patriarchs averaged
around 930 years.
The life span of the patriarchs decreased from generation
to generation as a result of the earth’s changing
environment brought about by the breakup of the “fountains
of the deep” located within the earth and the “windows of
heaven” spoken of in Genesis 7:11.
These catastrophic occurrences, according to some
scientific authorities, disrupted a protective environmental
shield that had prevented the earth from receiving damaging
ultraviolet rays from the sun. With the deterioration of
that shield, things upon earth, including human life, began
to degenerate and deteriorate at a much faster rate. Life
span decreased as a result.
After the Flood: Life span of man began to decrease
Noah and his family lived on both sides of the flood.
Noah was 500 years old when the flood waters covered the
earth. He lived 350 years after the flood and was 950 years
of age at his death. After the flood, Shem, Noah’s son,
lived to be 500 years. He was nearly 100 years old when the
flood occurred. He lived an additional 500 years after the
flood. The age of each successive generation continued to
decrease to the point that Abraham lived to be only 175
years old. The regression of age continues with Abraham’s
son Isaac living to be 180, Jacob 147, Joseph 110, Levi 137,
Kohath 133, and Amram, who was Moses’ father, 137.
The Wilderness Generation
Again it should be noted that perhaps the most widely
held belief for the length of a generation is forty years. A
forty-year period was required for the disobedient
generation of Moses’ day to die off in the wilderness.
Those who hold to the forty-year generation concept do
not take into account the total age of those who had sinned
against the Lord. The curse was to be against the men who
had reached twenty years of age. God Word tells us,
regarding the matter: “Surely none of the men that came up
out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see
the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, unto Jacob;
because they have not wholly followed me: Save Caleb the son
of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for
they have wholly followed the Lord. And the Lord’s anger was
kindled against Israel, until all the generation, that had
done evil in the sight of the Lord, was consumed” (Numbers
32: 11,13; also Psalm 95: 8-11).
After the forty-year judgment period was completed, there
were no men left older than 60 years of age except Joshua
and Caleb. Although Joshua was not a descendant of Moses or
Aaron, he represented the succeeding generation that was to
enter the Promised Land. Joshua and Caleb were the only two
males permitted to live after the Lord cursed the rebellious
generation that would not return and retake their land in
Canaan. So forty years could not have been the length of
that generation, but it was the time God allotted for that
generation to die off. Most of the recorded life spans
during this time were well over 40 years. Aaron was 123,
Moses 120, Joshua 110, and Caleb was over 85 when their
generations died off.
The Generation of Job
Some believe a generation to be 35 years. This is based
upon a passage in the last chapter of the book of Job.
Following Job’s lengthy trial, the Lord blessed him with
great possessions and many sons and daughters. The Bible
says: “After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and
saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations”
Thirty-five, as the length of a generation, is arrived at
by dividing the one hundred and forty years mentioned in
above by four, the number of generations Job saw. Since a
new generation normally begins every twenty to forty years,
we would expect Job to see several generations of offspring,
which is exactly what happened. Thirty-five years would come
closer to representing the length between generations,
usually referred to as “the generation gap.”
Job was well over 140 years old, so he would not fit the
mold if the length of a generation during his days was taken
to be thirty-five years.
THE LIFE SPAN OF MAN STABILIZES
We recall that the average length of a generation was
about 930 years for those living before the Flood but
decreased to around 120 years by the time Moses crossed the
Red Sea and began his forty-year sojourn in the wilderness
of Sinai. Since there are not very many 120-year-old men
walking around today, it is apparent that the average
lifespan is no longer 120 years.
Eli, a high priest and judge of Israel whose life bridged
the 13th and 12th centuries BC, died at the age of 98 years.
According to the Scriptures, he was considered to be a “very
old” person at the time of his death.
The oldest, fully authenticated age in recent times (122
years) is Jeanne Louise Calment, who was born in France on
February 21, 1875, and died on August 4, 1997. Maud
Farris-Luse, recognized in 2001 as the world’s oldest person
(115 years) by the Guiness Book of World Records, was born
on January 21, 1887 in the state of Michigan, and died March
18, 2002. Obviously, these cases are exceptions and do not
represent the average lifespan of mankind today.
Additional Views On Life Span
Additional views for the life span of man (i.e., the
length of a generation) include 100, 80, 70, 60, 50, and 20
years. A more recent theory divides the 2166 years from
Abraham’s birth to the birth of Christ by the 42 generations
listed in Matthew chapter 1 to give a generation length of
51.57 years. Due to space limitations, these views will not
be discussed except for the 70-80 year generation concept.
A View from the Psalmist
Disregarding untimely or unnatural deaths due to
epidemics, famine and war, there is evidence in the
Scriptures and in recent history to support a 70-80 year
life span for the past 3000 years. The evidence for a 70-80
year lifespan was present during the 10th century B.C.
during the reign of King David (c. 1010-970).
About 400-500 years after the Exodus (c. 1450 B.C.), the
life span of man seemed to level off at around 70-80 years.
This was around 1000 B.C. during the days of Kings Saul,
David, and Solomon. Perhaps the most significant declaration
in the Bible for the life span of man is given in Psalm 90.
The Psalmist states that the life span of man is seventy
years with eighty years being the upper range of normal life
expectancy: “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all
generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or
ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from
everlasting to everlasting, thou art God…For a thousand
years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and
as a watch in the night…For all our days are passed away in
thy wrath: We spend our years as a tale that is told. 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…So teach us to number our days, that we may apply
our hearts unto wisdom. Return, O Lord, how long?”
Ironically, Moses, who lived to be 120 years old, is
credited with writing this Psalm during the 15th century
B.C. Moses may have been suggesting a new life span for man,
since the 70-80 year statement does not coincide with his
age or the age of his contemporaries, Aaron and Joshua.
According to conservative scholars, Moses was born around
1526 B.C., led the Exodus from Egypt in c.1446 B.C., and
died about 1406 B.C., the year Joshua crossed over the
Jordan River into Canaan. About 400 years after Moses’
death, David began his reign of 40 years that would end
around 970 B.C.
The Generation of David
As David approached the end of his life, he was
considered to be an old man by those living at that time.
The Scripture tells us: “So when David was old and full of
days, he made Soloman his son king over Israel” (1
Chronicles 23:1). The significant years of David’s life are
given in 2 Samuel 5:4: “David was thirty years old when he
began to reign, and he reigned forty years.” “So David slept
with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. And
the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years…”
(1 Kings 2:10).
Acts 13:36 concludes: “For David, after he had served his
own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was
laid unto his fathers and saw corruption…” The Scriptures
reveal that David served his generation and was seventy
years old when he died.
A contemporary of David, Barzillai the Gileadite, was
considered to be an old man during the days of King David’s
reign. The Scriptures report: “Now Barzillai was a very aged
man, even fourscore years old…And Barzillai said unto the
King, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the
king unto Jerusalem? I am this day fourscore years old…let
thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in
mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and
of my mother” (2 Samuel 19: 32-37).
Both David at 70 years and Barzillai at 80 years were
considered to be “old” and “very aged” men nearly 3000 years
ago, and both of their life spans coincided with the 70-80
years described in Psalm 90.
THE BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY
Around 200 years after David’s death, Isaiah prophesied:
“Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the
days of one king…” (Isaiah 23:15).
The concept of 70 years as the life span for kings may
have been established after David’s death at seventy years.
When Judah was taken into Babylonian captivity in 606, 597,
and 586 B.C. by King Nebuchadnezzar, it was to be for
seventy years. The Bible tells: “Cut off thine hair, O
Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on
high places; for the Lord hath rejected and forsaken the
generation of his wrath. For the children of Judah have done
evil in my sight saith the Lord…” (Jeremiah 7:29-30).
The capture of the Southern Kingdom of Judah by King
Nebuchadnezzar brought Ezekiel and Daniel to the land of
Babylon. After Babylon’s capture by the Medes in 539 BC,,
Daniel began reading from the book of Jeremiah about the
captivity that had been prophesied by Jeremiah: “In the
first year of his reign, I Daniel understood by books the
number of the years, whereof, the word of the Lord came to
Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years
in the desolations of Jerusalem…” (Daniel 9:2).
The length of time appointed for the rejection of this
“evil” generation was seventy years. If the age of the
Jewish generation rejected by God was twenty years and up,
as with Moses’ generation in the wilderness, then those
still living in Babylon would have been over ninety years
old when the seventy-year period ended. Most of the
generation taken into captivity had already died or were too
old to make the journey back to the Promised Land. Daniel
was a youth when taken captive and was probably in his
eighties or nineties.
The Generation of Christ
Shortly after Christ’s birth, Jesus was brought to
Jerusalem to be dedicated to the Lord. Anna, who was
considered to be very old at the time Christ was born, was
present at the temple: “And there was one Anna, a
prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser:
she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven
years from her virginity; and she was a widow of about
fourscore and four years, which departed not from the
temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and
day” (Luke 2:36, 37).
Christ described the generation of his day as evil and
accused them of killing, crucifying, and persecuting the
prophets, wise men, and scribes that he had sent to them. He
also prophesied that he would be rejected by His generation.
Because of their stubbornness and failure to recognize “the
time of their visitation,” Christ pronounced judgment upon
the city of Jerusalem and declared: “all these things shall
come upon this generation” (i.e., the generation of Christ).
We know that Christ did not live out the full length of
his generation, which raises the question: “Who shall
declare his generation? For his life is taken from the
earth.” (Acts 8:33; Isaiah 53:8). Christ said in Luke 11:30
“For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also
the Son of man be to this generation.”
That raises an interesting question! Has God appointed a
“man of God” to be a sign to each generation of people?
Jesus Christ, who was “cut off” or killed as prophesied in
Daniel 9:26, was to represent the evil generation of his
day. How long would Christ’s generation have been if he had
not died an early death?
Most Bible scholars believe Christ was crucified between
30-33 A.D. If that was the case, the wicked generation that
the time of Christ represented was judged 40 years later
when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. The
last vestige of Jewish resistance was wiped out at Masada in
73-75 A.D. The destruction prophesied upon the generation
that crucified the Lord was complete.
Historians tell us that Jesus Christ was born sometime
before the turn of the century (2-8 B.C.) with 4 B.C. being
the most popular view. Assuming that the generation that
Christ described had expired by 75 A.D., the length of that
generation would have been between seventy and eighty years.
As discussed earlier, the Psalmist declared that the life
span of man was 70-80 years. The extra-biblical book of
Jubilees, which was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls during
the middle of the twentieth century (1947-1956), has an
interesting account of the regression of man’s age that
coincides with the description given in Psalm 90:9,10. This
ancient document, believed to have been written sometime
between 150 and 105 B.C., describes the regression of man’s
age from the generation of Adam down to a generation that
will receive a great punishment from the Lord. I recommend
the reader who wants to go more in-depth, read that account.
LIFE SPAN OF MAN TODAY
Evidence discussed thus far indicates that the life span
of man leveled off at around 70 to 80 years during the
reigns of King Saul, David, and Solomon and has remained
about the same for the past 3000 years (1000 BC to 2000 AD).
Fluctuations in lifespan have occurred due to war, famine,
disease and other factors. People are most likely to grow
old in rich countries, where there are sufficient medical
and sanitary facilities, clean drinking water and enough
food at their disposal. In poor countries, these facilities
often are insufficient, with the result that infant and
child mortality is very high.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, International Data
Base, life expectancy today is only 37.13 years in Zimbabwe,
47.49 years in Kenya, and 48.09 years in South Africa but is
63.24 years in Brazil, 63.69 years in Egypt, 67.34 years in
Russia, 71.62 years in China, 79.87 years in Australia and
80.80 years in Japan. Most of the countries in Europe and
North America have life spans between 70 and 80 years. The
life expectancy of those living in the United States in 1850
was less than 40 years but increased to 47.3 years by 1900
and then mushroomed to 76.7 years (1999) by the end of the
If 70 to 80 years still represents the length of a
generation, as described in Psalm 90:9,10, one would expect
the life span of those living today to be close to that
figure. According to the 2002 World Almanac and Book of
Facts, the average life expectancy in the United States is
77.26 years (74.37 years for males and 80.05 years for
females). For Israel it is 78.71 years (76.69 years for
males and 80.84 years for females). The average life
expectancy at birth for Israel is projected to be 81.6 years
in the year 2025. 3
THE FIG TREE GENERATION
In the parable of the fig tree, Jesus talked about a
generation of people (perhaps Jews and Gentiles) that would
be living at the time he returned to earth to establish his
kingdom. With Israel back in their land after almost 2000
years of dispersion and other end-time prophecies coming
into focus, the Jewish people now living in Israel could
very well be the generation Christ was talking about.
Perhaps this Generation?
Luke’s version of the fig tree parable, which mentions
the fig tree (Israel) and all the trees, (nations of the
world) (Judges 9:8-20) states: “And he spake to them a
parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they
now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that
summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see
these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God
is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you. This generation
shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth
shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Luke
If the length of David’s generation, Christ’s generation,
and those living today is 70-80 years (a 3000 year span), it
would be reasonable to conclude that the generation Christ
was talking about in the parable of the fig tree will also
be 70-80 years in length. If the fig tree in this parable
represents the nation of Israel, as many prophetic scholars
believe, and the generation that is described has a lifespan
of 70 to 80 years, then we see several strong indicators
that the generation Christ was talking about has already
been born. That would mean that the return of Jesus Christ
to establish his reign for a thousand years is close at
hand. The indicators we have seen include:
- the rebirth of Israel as a nation in 1948 (Isaiah
- the Jerusalem controversy in the end times (Zechariah
- preparations for rebuilding the Jewish Temple
- ongoing negotiations for a peace treaty between Israel
and the Palestinians (Daniel 9:27)
The Most Significant End-Time Prophecy
The end-time events described in the Olivet Discourse and
the Book of Revelation could not have taken place without
Israel back in their land. Israel’s return to the land of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the 20th century after
dispersion by the Roman armies in 70 A.D. is the most
important event that signals the soon return of Jesus
Christ. Israel’s rebirth as a nation has also served as a
catalyst for other end-time prophecies that are beginning to
converge on the world scene. The pieces necessary for
development of the end-time prophetic puzzle began to fall
in place between the middle of the 19th and first half of
the 20th century when the Jewish people began coming back to
their homeland in record numbers.
A movement called Zionism encouraged the Jewish people to
return to the “Promised Land” and brought about the Balfour
Declaration in 1917, a statement by Great Britain that
supported a home for the Jewish people. After much
negotiation and endorsement of a partition resolution by the
United Nations in 1947, the rebirth of Israel (Isaiah
66:7-9) took place on May 15, 1948. Following a period of
wars between the Jewish and Arab nations in 1948, 1956,
1967, and 1973, peace negotiations have been ongoing and
will continue until a covenant (Daniel 9:27) is confirmed
between “the prince that shall come” (Antichrist) and the
nation of Israel.
GOD’S BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE
Christians who take the Bible seriously should be
actively watching the prophetic shadows that are appearing
in today’s headlines. The primary purpose of God’s prophetic
Word is to point people to Jesus Christ, “the author and
finisher of our faith.”
A Chosen Generation
As we entertain the possibility that we may be the
generation Jesus was talking about in the fig tree parable
nearly 2000 years ago, we are admonished by the Scriptures
to watch and be prepared. As stated clearly by Jesus in
Matthew and Mark, no man knows the day or the hour of his
coming but the Father only. The same Jesus, however, was
very angry with the Pharisees and Scribes for not discerning
“the signs of the times” and not knowing the “time of their
visitation.” In these thought-provoking and challenging
times in which we are living, we need to be informed and
discerning like “the children of Issachar, which were men
that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel
ought to do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32).
One day there will be a generation of Christians that
will escape the grip of death and be ushered into heaven,
the “final frontier” for believers. The generation that is
“left behind” will face the ruthless tyranny of a global
dictatorship. The world stage is now being set for the
closing act of this dispensation, and the climax of world
history, Christ’s return, is drawing near. As God’s
children, we may very well be the generation that is chosen
to “escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to
stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21: 34-36). That
possibility is certainly worth pondering!