How about this, for a new topic?
- I wolud like to introduce a different topic for discussion. The
> following is a question put forth by someone on another discussionand
> forum I participate in:
> Seventeen times the Synoptic authors reference "this generation" to
> address people of their day:
> > . Matt.11.16; 12.41; 23.36; 24.34
> > . Mark.8.12; 13.30
> > . Luke.7.31; 11.29-32,50; 17.25; 21.32.
> > I believe it is unsound to appeal to apocalyptic passages of Mark
> 13, Matthew 24, and Luke 21 as if they applied to a future
> generation, rather than the one that was present at the time these
> verses were written - that generation alive at the time, in the
> first century.Why are modern believers using Mark 13, Matthew 24,
> Luke 21 for an end-times theology when those passages contextuallypower
> only addressed the generation of the first century?
> My response to this post was as follows:
> People like myself, that look for a future return of Christ in
> and glory to rule and reign upon the earth,as is clearly stated indays
> the scriptures to be destined to occur,believe that the destruction
> that ensued in 70 A.D. was merely a foreshadowing of the yet future
> time that the Saviour described would exist, at the time of His
> second coming, to take possession of this world. They were only a
> partial fulfillment of His prophecies of what would occur prior to
> the time when He was to return in the very Last Days to rule and
> After the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. and the dispersion of
> the Jews, it was prophicied that the nation of Isreal would be re-
> established in the Last Days - and that, again, it would be
> surrounded by a massive group who wish to destroy it.
> I think we can all agree that, after the miraculous re-emmergance of
> the modern nation of Isreal a few decades ago, in utter defiance of
> the laws of probability or chance, and it's perilous position of
> being surrounded by satanically inspired hords of radical Islamic
> extremists who have vowed to destroy it, show that this "long term"
> view of biblical phrophecy has great merit. What were the odds of
> these things occuring?
> It says in the Last Days that scoffers would be present saying in
> essence, "Where is the Lord you said would return? Lo these many
> have passed and he is not here!" we are cautioned against succombingA
> to these ignorant scoffers. God measures time differently than man.
> day with the Lord is as 1000 years. By this reconing, Christ hasonly
> been absent from this world for 2 days - 2000 years.harm.
> I have no doubt that His literal physical return in power and glory
> is going to occur in the not too distant future. We are told in the
> scriptures to watch and wait for His return. It will not be possible
> to mistake it, when it occurs - it will be the most incredible event
> in all human history and will effect every living being, and the
> world itsself.
> He has not returned at this time, or we would now be living in the
> times the scriptures clearly tell us will prevail after His return,
> when righteousness will prevail and Satan will no longer hold sway
> upon the hearts and minds of men. A time when all childern will grow
> up in the the knowledge of the Lord and will live in peace. A time
> when the very nature of the animals will be changed - when the lion
> shall lay down with the lamb and there shall not be any that do
> So, my question to members of this group is, what is your reaction
> these two different views of these scriptures? Were the writingsin which His return was to come about?
> adressed to the believers of the Apostles' day, or to a later
> generation of believers who would live near tro and/or in the days
> In Him,