The Lord Christ in Matthew 24 talked about the signs of the time and the end of the age saying ” Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place ” (Matt. 24:34). This generation had passed and many othe
In fact the Lord Christ in (Matt. 24) and also in (Mark 13) was talking about two subjects: the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world and not about the latter only.
His saying “this generation will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled” meant the realisation of His prophecy regarding the destruction of Jerusalem. This was fulfilled when Jerusalem was destroyed in the year 70 AD and the Jews were dispersed all over the earth and that generation was still around.
Other prophecies of the Lord Christ in this chapter regarding the destruction of Jerusalem, not the end of the world are as follows:
+ “Matt. 24:15-20 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. “Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. “And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.”
+ ” Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. “And then many will be offended, will betray one another…” (Matt. 24:9-10).
+ “Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. “Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. ” (Matt. 24:40-41)
Therefore, do not take the whole chapter as prophecies about the end of the world.
The phrase “the coming of the Son of Man ” means the second coming at the end of the age and it also means His coming as far as the life of every human, as He said “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching… therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not except… blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes” (Luke 12:37,40,43). Also “lest, coming suddenly He find you sleeping” (Mark 13:36).