Matthew 24:34 Index
"Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."
Matthew 24:33 ===== Bibliography ===== Matthew 24:35

"Verily . . . " (Matthew 5:18)

" . . . this generation . . . "

  • Commentators, generally, have observed that the expression "this generation" of (Matthew 23:36) refers to the generation of the apostles (Matthew 23:36). Jesus repeatedly used the expression "this generation" in this sense (Matthew 11:16; Matthew 12:39; Matthew 12:41; Matthew 12:42; Matthew 12:45; Matthew 16:4; Matthew 17:17; Matthew 11:16). Obviously, Christ's predictions concerning the fall of Jerusalem, which occurred in A.D. 70, did , literally, come to pass within the lifetime of many then living. (5BC 503)
  • However, the words "this generation" in (Matthew 24:34) are in context of (Matthew 24:27-51), which deal exclusively with the coming of the Son of man at the end of the world (DA 633). The signs mentioned in these verses and in Luke - "signs" in the heavens and "upon the earth" (Luke 21:25) - would take place so near the day of His coming that Christ declared that the "generation" (Matthew 24:34) that sees the last of the signs, shall not pass before "all these things [Christ's coming and the end of the world] be fulfilled" (Matthew 24:34). (5BC 503)
  • Christ did not intend that His followers should know with exactitude when He would return. The signs foretold would testify to the nearness of His coming, but, He declared emphatically, the "day and hour" of that event "knoweth no man" (Matthew 24:36). To make the expression***** "this generation," the basis for reckoning a period of time supposedly terminating with His return violates both the letter and the spirit of His instruction (Matthew 24:36; Matthew 24:42). (5BC 503)*****