Are we the last generation who will see the end of all things? Yes, and here is why:
Before we get into this, we must realize the definition of a biblical generation. It is widely held and defined as 40 years, which we see many times mentioned in the Bible. Some want to say the last generation started when Israel became a nation in 1948, but that's not 100% accurate, although it is strong in spirit.
We need to remember, Jesus said, in both Matthew 24 and Luke 21, that the generation who sees the beginning of the final end-times signs (the final generation,) would also see the end of all things. This “end of all things” refers to all events, including those up to very end of the 7 year Tribulation period.
Much like the misidentification of the start of the Great Tribulation (many think it begins at the first seal,) we may have also misidentified where the final generation begins?
Obviously, if we look at adding 40 years to 1948, we come to 1988, which has come and gone. Some seek to say a generation is 70 years, which is the average lifespan. This would bring us to 2018. You would then minus seven years for the Tribulation period, meaning the pre-Tribulation Rapture would have had to happen in 2011. Again, come and gone.
While we may want to start this timeline at the birth of Israel in 1948, or 1967, this is where I believe we should start it: At the year 2000. Why? Look at the two scriptures in Luke 21 and Matthew 24, pertaining to the "fig tree," which many believe signifies Israel. Some overlook that in Luke, Jesus said the fig tree and "all the other trees" were to be the sign of the beginning of the end. Jesus did not say Israel becoming a nation would be the only sign.
Jesus was not specifically speaking of the birth of Israel as the marker, not that it isn't important. Instead, he was speaking of the increase of the other signs, such as the earthquakes, riots and the roar and fury of the sea, as being the beginning marker, not the birth of Israel.
Now, of course, we can hear some say that these happenings have always been with us. But what we have today is not the normal, one per century, mega earthquakes, which have only been one per century up until the year 2000. However, the intensity, convergence and multiplied numbers of these events have started around the year 2000. (See the earthquake chart on the “Last Days Earthquakes” page.)
This is when I believe the last generation officially began. Go 40 years out and it brings us to 2040. Since the last Great Tribulation is approximately seven years long, minus seven from 40 and the last Great Tribulation can't go past 2033 for a starting point, that is, for when the Rapture would occur. Since we are already in 2012 now, minus 12 from 33 and it equals 21 years. This would be the maximum amount of time that all the end time events would have to come to come to pass.
Does this mean Jesus can't come now to rapture his ready followers? No. Since we are already in the last generation, any hour would qualify within these next 21 years to fulfill scripture. But the Rapture can't go past 2033, if the last generation started at year 2000.
Jesus could Rapture his ready followers now. We are not waiting for any signs to occur. Jesus could have advanced all these signs at anytime throughout history.
Does this mean we know the day or hour? No. But we do know, and are expected to know, the season. The season is here and Jesus is certainly at the doorstep.
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