"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet
tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is
nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things,
know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto
you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things
be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words
shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no
man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."
Matthew 24:32-36, KJV
Concerning the previous verses, this person stated:
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I have a 2 part question about the fulfillment of the fig
1) Jesus mentioned the word "generation" in Matthew 24:36.
He stated that a specific generation would live to see His
return. He said that the 'generation' that lives to see
Israel become a nation would not pass from the earth.
So, what is a biblical 'generation'?
One person said it was 52 years and gave the following
reasons . . .
Luke 3:23-38, you have 77 generations from Adam to Jesus
Christ. That's a period of 4,000 years. Divided by 77 it
comes out to 51.9. 52 years.
Matthew 1:17, there were 42 generations between Abraham and
Jesus Christ. This covers a period of 2,160 years. Divide
the 2,160 by 42 and it comes to 51.4 years.
Is he right?
2)If so, then if we use the biblical definition of a
generation as 52 years. Then should we be looking at the
Lord's return as 52 years from 1948 (Israel becoming a
nation) OR the more recent date of 1967 after the
reunification of Jerusalem and the 6 Day War?
I ask simply because 1948 plus 52 years was the year 2000
which is obviously behind us . . .
And, 1967 plus 52 gives us 2019 . . .
I just wanted some clarification. Which date are we using as
our fulfillment of the fig tree parable? And why?