In Matthew chapter 24 we read the account of Jesus giving the signs of what to look for before the end of the age would occur. Jesus goes through a whole list of things that would take place such as wars, famines, earthquakes, scoffers, etc. He says that people would even be coming out and saying "Look Jesus is there!" or "Quick go here because Jesus is there waiting!" Makes sense because after all Jesus did promise them He would return before some of them died so naturally people would be on high alert waiting for Him to return. They would certainly be getting anxious after decades have passed and you can understand how they would be easily deceived about something like that. About this Jesus says...
“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:26-27
Jesus addresses these coming false claims by saying "For as lightning comes from the east to the west, so also will be the Coming of the Son of Man." In other words, He is saying "I will NOT be in the desert and I will NOT be in the inner rooms." But as we get a little further into His discourse He says the following...
"So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place"
So Jesus lists all of these things and then ENCAPSULATES THEM ALL under the statement that "THIS GENERATION WILL NOT PASS AWAY UNTIL ALL OF THESE THINGS TAKE PLACE".
The word "generation" is G1074 "genea" which literally means "the whole multitude of men living at the same time", "group of men" "current group of living men". etc.
This word is used over 20 times in the New Testament and never once is it used to represent anything other than the generation of people living at that time.
We hear of terms like "generation upon generation" or "generationS to come". Clearly these are in the ongoing and plural form. But Matthew 24:34 is much different. Now, had Jesus said "THAT generation will not pass away..." then you'd have an argument because it is in the future tense. However, He does not. It is in the present tense. "THIS GENERATION"
So clearly we see that the generation of people alive at that time would not pass away until ALL of what He described in His Olivet Discourse would be fulfilled. Just two verses later He says....
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only."
So basically what He is saying is that the current generation wouldn't pass away before all of it was fulfilled HOWEVER, no man knows the exact time of the end. Not even the angels know. The only One that knows is the Father. God.
Now, I like to refer to the Olivet Discourse as the simplified narrative of the End of the Old Covenant. Jesus describes in detail how it would all end.
I also like to refer to the book of Revelation as the "Olivet Discourse on steroids." Why? Well because it is describing pretty much the same events. It's the same narrative of the End of the Old Covenant, however it is LOADED with symbolic and metaphorical details. It is a much more in depth look at the "last days". The book of Revelation is "THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST".
What does the word "revelation" mean?
Well, it means "a surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way." and also it means "the divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence or the world."
Now, with that definition of the word "revelation" in mind, let's take a look at the very FIRST verse in the entire book of Revelation.....
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants -things which must shortly take place" Revelation 1:1
There is your answer.
"The revelation of Jesus Christ, "WHICH GOD GAVE HIM".
God revealed it to Him so that He could then reveal it to the angel who would then reveal it to John. The "revelation of the Coming of Jesus Christ" was revealed by God. It would be the revealing of Jesus Christ as King of His Eternal Kingdom where He would dwell within His creation forever. HE WOULD DWELL WITHIN MEN! (Rev 21:3) It was said to be taking place SOON after John received the revelation. It was right at the door.
It is almost as if God has a sense of humor. Everyone is looking at the book of Revelation trying to figure out what it all means and when it all will occur in our future. Yet, in the VERY FIRST VERSE OF THE ENTIRE BOOK, God gives John the answer. He tells him that the time is closer than ever.
So the next time someone says that "nobody knows the day or hour" and points to our future, just show them this passage right smack dab in the first verse of the entire book of Revelation.
God revealed it to them.
The day and hour that was spoken of by Jesus back around ad30, had now drawn near and was literally "about to" take place which is why God sent the message down to be revealed to his people through John's letter.
IT WAS THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST COMING TO BRING HIS KINGDOM TO EARTH AND DWELL FOREVER WITHIN MEN.
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