Well, just wanted to throw a few verses out there on the ‘shallow’ topic of eschatology before heading back into the more troubled waters.
Just going to list a few with some short comments after each and then an invitation to dialog. I am not deeply settled on all this so I would enjoy hearing your comments.
Mat 16:27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
Matt 16:28 “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
So the kingdom comes at least within the lifetime of some of those witnessing this. And judging by verse 27 the kingdom is something more than His death on the cross and salvation being brought to the gentiles.
Mark 9:1 And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”
Luke 9:27 “But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God.”
Parallel passages. Yeah. Same stuff. Some here are not going to die till they see the Kingdom of God.
Matt. 24:34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
Mark 13:30 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
Luke 21:32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.
Again parallel passages. The question should be, to whom does the term ‘this generation’ apply. Is it the generation to whom He was speaking or the generation of those days, that they would last throughout all these things. Owing to the context I think the former interpretation is more feasible.
Matt. 26:64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Mark 14:62 Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
Christ tells the high priest that he would witness the coming of the Son of Man with his own eyes. Needless to say, dead men dont see. He would have to be alive to see Him coming.
Luke 11:50-51 that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
The blood of the prophets required of that generation to whom He spoke.
Rev. 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants–things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
Rev. 22:6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
These things would come to pass shortly. By any reckoning two thousand years is a long time. He was warning them to be on their toes for His coming. Two thousand years??? Hmm.
If anybody has thoughts or epiphanies throw them out here. Would especially like to hear some of those leaning toward a dispensational or Premillenial viewpoint throw their two cents in.
For the King who came!