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Are We the Last Generation?

Are We the Last Generation?
The key verse is in Matthew 24:32-34:
Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Mat 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Basically what this is saying is that once Israel became a nation again, all the remaining prophetic declarations in the Bible, including the Tribulation would take place before that generation passes away. So how long is a generation?

Psa 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

According to this Psalm it is between 70 and 80 years. And that seems to be typical yet today. Very few live beyond 80 years of age. For the world in general for those who were born in 1967 their life expectancy is 54.7 years. For the U.S.A., for those born in 1950 it is 68.2 and for those born in 1970 it is 70.8. So this Psalm declaration is true yet today.

Once again I will quote from my book "The End Time Message for the Church"

The fig tree is a symbol of the Jewish nation. We can tell that from the following verses, among others: Jeremiah 24:1-8; Jeremiah 29:17; Hosea 9:10; and Nahum 3:12. Some people today do not think that the fig tree represents Israel of today. For an easy refutation of this error, please see the references at the end of this chapter. 1

Matthew 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

In this parable, J. Vernon McGee believes that Jesus is talking about Israel being unfruitful and living in unbelief. Just as he was looking for fruit on the fig tree, he was looking for fruit from the Jews. And just as he cursed the fig tree and it withered and died, so he was predicting that the same would happen to Israel. The fig tree died and that was the end of the tree. 2

And so Israel died in AD 70, and that was the end of Israel. But there were other prophecies as mentioned in this chapter that spoke of Israel coming alive again. In Matthew 21:19, the Greek word for forever is "aion", which means age or indefinite long time per "The Complete Word Study Dictionary", revised edition, 1993, by Spiros Zodhiates. So at the end of the "age" Israel would once again come to life. Isn't it exciting that it has begun to happen in our lifetime?

The Jewish nation had to be in existence before this Scripture could be fulfilled. Currently some of the Jews are in the land but in unbelief. Verse 24 is partially fulfilled so far, but verse 25 is not at all fulfilled yet. This is only the beginning of the fulfillment and will be completely fulfilled in the tribulation. But the stage is now set for this to happen.

Until this century very few would have dreamed that Israel would be a nation again. Who would have thought that this would happen, and yet it did on May 14, 1948 when Israel officially became a nation again in one day.

When Israel became a nation in 1948, the Arabs attacked them the very next day, but Israel prevailed. Since then there have been wars in 1956, 1967, 1973, and 1982.

In the 1967 war, Israel got control of the Gaza strip, Golan Heights, Sinai, and the West Bank. This is what the verse means about putting forth leaves. This means that it was growing and expanding. This was only 19 years after Israel became a nation again, so it was still considered young. How do I know that? Let's see!

Turn to Numbers 1:3 which says men who were age twenty and older (those able to go to war) were considered adults. Turn to Numbers 14:29 which states that those Israelites who were age twenty and older shall not enter Canaan. (These were adults judged because of the ten spies with an evil report [Numbers 13-14]). The youth (those under age 20) got to enter Canaan plus Joshua and Caleb, who did not return an evil report. Even Moses and Aaron did not get to go into the Promised Land because of their sin. See Numbers 20:24 and Numbers 27:13. Moses, for instance, didn't lose his salvation, but he was disciplined by missing the Promised Land. This same principle applies to other events in the New Testament as we shall see later in the book.

Using the same symbolism for the nation of Israel shows that the prophetic clock started in 1967. That is what prophetic time it is. [I now think that the prophetic clock started with the birth of the nation of Israel in 1948 since it had to be a nation before any prophetic items could be fulfilled.] All things that God has said will take place will happen before the generation of 1967 passes away! It has been nearly 40 years since the clock started. [It has now been 69 years since Israel became a nation] We are at the very edge of time as we know it. As we have already shown, a number of the prophecies have already been partially fulfilled during our generation and have set the stage for their complete fulfillment.

[Note: Some people disagree with my elaboration of the parable in Matthew 24:32. Regardless of the added detail, the fig tree symbolized Israel in this parable and also the one in Matthew 21:17. When you see Israel as a nation again you will know that as it says in verse 34, "this generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled."].

Some learned people disagree with my view that the fig tree represents Israel, so they might want to see a more elaborate explanation on why the fig tree represents Israel and why prophetically these events happened when they did. 1

In addition, even Israel understood the prophetic significance of the revived nation of Israel, even if many so-called Biblical scholars refuse to acknowledge it. The first postage stamp of Israel in 1948 showed a picture of a fig tree branch, thus acknowledging the prophetic significance of those events.

[End of book quote].

Keeping in mind that according to Psalms 90:10 the life span of a person being 70 to 80 years, let's apply that to our prophetic time-line.
If we take 1948 [the birth of Israel] and add 70 years we get 2018.
If we take 1948 [the birth of Israel] and add 80 years we get 2028.
But the Tribulation 7 years must be included in the time-line, so we subtract 7 years from each.
So we get 2018 - 7 = 2011 and 2028 - 7 = 2021.
Therefore, according to Psalm 90:10, the prophetic time frame of the Rapture is between 2011 and 2021.

If Matthew 24:34 is talking about when Israel became a nation, then we are well into the latter time when the Rapture is likely to take place. I believe that we are at the very end of the church age and that the Rapture will take place very soon.

1 References about the fig tree symbolism:
(A). (for evidence of the fig tree as a symbol of Israel in the second century in the old writings and of the "final generation." This is an excellent read.)
(B). (showing that the figs were identified with Israel by the OT prophets).
(C). (much more elaborate about the fig tree and Israel, but excellent. Well worth the time to read).
2 Through the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, 1983, Thomas Nelson Publishers, vol. 4, p. 112