Have you ever awoken a minute or two before the alarm went off? You laid in bed and stared at the clock through droopy eyelids as the seconds ticked away... waiting for the moment when you knew you had to get up. Well that time is now and the last remaining seconds are ticking away.
Matthew 24:34 "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened."
I believe, as do many commentators, that this prophecy of Jesus tells us that one generation will see all of the events of the last days.
So how long is a generation? Psalm 90 vs. 10 says: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Seventy years... perhaps eighty, though it is unlikely. That's how long a generation can last. Notice the last words in Psalm 90 vs. 10. "...and then we fly away." I don't think that it is just poetic language. I think it will be literally true.
I believe we can know for sure that we are the last generation. Let's look at prophecies. The last fulfilled prophecy prior to 1948 occurred in 70 A.D. with the destruction of the temple. Matthew 24 says, "And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
From history we know that Jesus' words came true when Roman soldiers tore down the temple in 70 A.D. And then the prophecies grew silent for 1,878 years. Not one single prophecy saw fulfillment in all that time. Before you start leafing through books, or try racking your brain to think of an exception, let me say that there indeed were events that had biblical significance prophetically. However, not one literal fulfillment of a specific prophecy until 1948. I think that's why so many churches stopped preaching and teaching the prophecies.
As everyone knows the Jews became a nation in 1948 in miraculous circumstances. By becoming a nation in "one day", they fulfilled Isaiah 66:8. "Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children."
Leviticus 26: 7,8 says. "And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
8And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
Within hours of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon invaded Israel. The combined population of those countries was at least 20 million people. Israel had fewer than 1 million Jews. Even so, the Jews won the war and expanded the size of Israel by 50 percent. The Jews won a miraculous victory with a handful of antiquated weapons and a few soldiers against vastly superior forces.
Did you know that another prophecy was filled concerning the Jews in 1948? The rebirth of their ancient language fulfilled Zephaniah 3:9. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent." The Hebrew language as we know it today had been a dead language for centuries. Yiddish was spoken by European Jews and it was a mixture of different languages. In the early 1900s, only a few Jewish scholars had any knowledge of original Hebrew. Up until the state of Israel declared pure Hebrew the de facto language of the nation in 1948, it was an unfulfilled prophecy.
What else has happened in the span of this generation? The Ethiopian Jews returned to Israel. Zephaniah 3:10 says, "From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering."
There is more. Isaiah 27:6 says, "He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit." The land of Israel was a dry and barren desert. A wasteland!
Mark Twain's visit to Lebanon, Syria, and the Holy Land in 1867 was published in "The Innocents Abroad", where he described Palestine as follows:
"..... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent mournful expanse.... a desolation.... we never saw a human being on the whole route.... hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country." (The Innocents Abroad, p. 361-362)