This was written by Joseph Lule and as astudent I thought it would be right to post it as an article as well as a comment: for those who do not follow the comments.
The Generation that sees the coming of Christ
A generation is pronounced as jen-ẽr-ā´shun and it is got from Latin generatio, from genero, which means “beget”.
It may be also called “circle,” “generation,” hence, “age,” “period,” “cycle”: “many generations” (Deu_32:7); (b) The people of any particular period or those born about the same time:
When the disciples came to show Jesus the buildings of the temple and asked Him about the sign of His coming and the end of age, He gave what most people say is the Olivet prophesy as stated in Matthew 24:4-34 and at verse 34 He said that `Truly I say to you, in no way will this generation pass away until all these things have occurred.’
What Jesus was saying is that all the things He pronounced will be witnessed by a particular generation and that generation would not pass away until all those things pronounced have occurred.
By the way it should be noted that when He prophesies about the future it is not about dates but about generations as stated in
“Exodus 3:15 And God said to Moses again, You shall say this to the sons of Israel, Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial from generation to generation;
Exodus 20:5 you shall not bow to them, and you shall not serve them; for I am Jehovah your God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of fathers on sons, on the third and on the fourth generation, to those that hate Me;”
Just a rider God visits the iniquity of fathers on sons, on the third and on the fourth generation,
In the book of Enoch it is stated that Enoch was called to pronounce judgment against the Angels that took the daughters of men and made them wives as written also in the book of Genesis 6:2 where it says that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were good, and they took wives for themselves from all those whom they chose.
If you look at the generations from Enoch to Noah (Gen: 5:19-25 Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech and Noah) you will notice that it is four generations and as stated God says in Exodus 20:5 you shall not bow to them, and you shall not serve them; for I am Jehovah your God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of fathers on sons, on the third and on the fourth generation, to those that hate Me.
You will notice that the iniquity at the time of Noah was so great that God’s Spirit could not strive with man and that Jehovah saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the day long. And Jehovah repented that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved to His heart.
That generation grieved God and God decided to destroy them by use of water and remember it was fourth generation from the time of Enoch when the sons of God saw the daughters of men and they took wives for themselves and Jude says that in Jud 1:6 and those angels not having kept their first place, but having deserted their dwelling-place, He has kept in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of a great Day.
By the way this generation that would see His coming and experience the tribulation is the same generation that would be fallen, to the extent that it would be like as in the days of Noah as stated in Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noah, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man.
According to the bible in Psalms 90:10 says “The days of our years are seventy; and if any by strength live eighty years, yet their pride is labor and sorrow; for it soon passes, and we fly away.”
Now Jesus says in Mat 24:-32-34 But learn the parable of the fig tree: When its branch becomes tender and it puts out leaves, you know that the summer is near; so also you, when you see all these things, know that it is near at the doors. Truly I say to you, In no way will this generation pass away until all these things have occurred.
Jesus was again giving away His secret that this generation that will see His coming and experience tribulation will also see the return of the Jews to modern Israel which is always described in the bible as a fig tree that has become tender and put out its leaves.
By the way the fourth generation that turned away from God in rebellion might be the baby boomers who are defined as those born during the post world war II baby boom and if you look at it most became in the 1960s relatively large numbers of teenagers and young adults.
If you look at it, this is the generation that was born when also Israel was born and if you look at the bible a generation is a lifetime of seventy years and most of them are still alive and are nearly retiring and hitting seventy years.
The bible says that this generation will be as the generation that was described that lived as in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot.
These generation is described in the bible in Rom 1:28-32 And even as they did not think fit to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind, to do the things not right, having been filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, iniquity, covetousness, malice, being full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, evil habits, becoming whisperers, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, proud, braggarts, devisers of evil things, disobedient to parents, without discernment, covenant breakers, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful, who knowing the righteous order of God, that those practicing such things are worthy of death, not only do them, but also approve those practicing them.
Which is confirmed by an article of the baby boomers in the time magazine 1966 man of the year that stated:
“Never have the young been left more completely to their own devices. No adult can or will tell them what earlier generations were told: this is God, that is Good, this is Art, that is Not Done.”
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,843150,00.html#ixzz1RzE1gohT
You may ask how came baby boomers would become a fourth generation, you will have to go back three generations back and this would be said to have been from the years 1750-1900.
Why, 1750’s generation is the one that experienced the industrial revolutions, social and class upheavals that led to the raise of atheism, materialism, and rationalism, which formed the foundation of today modernism.
It can be said that today post-modern world owes its ideas and existence from that generation that experienced the industrial revolutions and social and class upheavals.
Take an example that generation experienced astonishing changes in mechanization, transport, agricultural science, power generation, transportation, communication, including a process of globalization, spearheaded by imperialism and huge migrations within and between nations, improvements in weapons technology, and political ferment that would produce liberalism, socialism, and communism.
Please note that according to Encyclopedia of world history; Age of Revolution and Empire, in the 1760s–90s were as a low point in religious adherence and belief in the United States, with enlightened deism influential among elites; churches and personal morals disrupted by war; and politics, commerce, and westward migration competing with religion for popular interest.
This is what led to the Great awakenings which was led by the Holy Spirit and led to the conversion of many.
What I may trying to say is that during this time there was a great fall and a lot of people led rebellious lives and because of who God is and was, He brought a revival that was known as the Great awakenings so that His people would not perish and also note there were people who refused the gospel and rebelled and it is this first generation that leads to a fourth generation that is known as the baby boomers.
Please also note that according to American history neither awakening had as much of a numerical effect on the churches as their promoters hoped and claimed. What they did in effect was a revolution in how churches operated in a diverse, democratic society. Protestants became open to experiment and were determined to grow in national influence, making evangelicalism the powerful movement it remains today.
It also the time when Pope Pius IX (1792-1878) promulgated the Marian dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin and convoked the Vatican I Council, which declared the dogma of papal infallibility that establishes that the pope, when speaking on matters of faith and morals, is infallible in his teachings.
Also according to this time during the French Revolution “A young actress, with a white robe and red bonnet and armed with the spear of knowledge, then passed down the aisle with the crowds chanting “Thou, Holy Liberty, come dwell in this temple, be the goddess of the French.” It was not long afterward that over 2,000 other churches in France were also “transformed” into Temples of Reason. In May 1794 an inscription was added to the front of Notre-Dame: “The French people A reproduction of a painting shows Maximilien Robespierre being interrogated before being executed on July 27, 1794. recognize the Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul,” and “Temple of Reason” was then changed to become the “Temple of the Supreme Being.”
All these is to show Christians the start of the upheavals that engulfed societies as they rebelled against God and laid a foundation of today societies that are godless and have hatred of God. This was the first generation that knew the word of God and openly rebelled against God that leads to the infamous fourth generation and their children.
Please note God will visit the iniquity of the fathers up-to the fourth generation and from there are on they are destroyed completely as stated in the bible God visits the iniquity of fathers on sons, on the third and on the fourth generation.
Please see that when Abraham was given a promise of the land, God told him that in the fourth generation they shall come again for at that time the iniquity of the Amorites was not yet full as stated in Gen 15:13-16 And He said to Abram, Knowing you must know that your seed shall be an alien in a land not theirs; and they shall serve them. And they shall afflict them four hundred years; and I also will judge that nation whom they shall serve; and afterward they shall come out with great substance. And you shall come to your fathers in peace. You shall be buried in good old age. And in the fourth generation they shall come here again; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
Baby boomers are the fourth generation whose iniquity cup has become full and as Jesus says in no way will this generation pass away until all these things have occurred.
By the way if you want to know the imagination of this generation, how wicked they are, one should compare them to what is stated in Genesis 6 as happened during the time of Noah where it stated “Jehovah saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the day long”.
Just take a look at what is streamed at the television and internet. These two modes of communication are used to stream thoughts and I believe that God would say that this generation every imagination of the thoughts of the heart that are streamed through the two modes of communication is only evil all the day long.
This generation and her children who are described as hedonistic, meaninglessly rebellious, looks worse because every imagination of the thoughts of the hearts of this generation is evil and has been visualized through mediums that have also lead other people into darkness and destruction. This in addition to the evils being committed is very great in the face of God which is disheartening to the Spirit of God and the only thing that is remaining is destruction just like Noah generation experienced. And the worst of it the Church has been seduced by these evil imaginations.
Who shall warn this generation of the coming destruction?
The end is nigh we are racing against time, it is already the eleventh hour please prepare your heart for the coming of the Lord. He is coming, prepare your hearts.