This Generation Shall Not Pass Away

By on September 22, 2016

This Generation Shall Not Pass Away – Bible Research Tools 
A generation in the scriptures is a group of people living at the same time, and is well defined:

“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham . . . So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.” — Mat 1:1,17 KJV

This is John the Baptist pointing to the most wicked generation — his generation:

“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” — Mat 3:7 KJV

This is Jesus on the same theme:

“But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils . . . [Jesus responded,] O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” — Mat 12:24,34 KJV

In this passage Jesus distinguishes the wicked of his generation with their wicked fathers in previous generations:

“Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” — Mat 23:31-33 KJV

That generation — the generation of Christ — was held responsible for the blood of apostles and of all the prophets, not to mention the fact that they murdered the Lord of Glory:

“For ye, [Thessalonicans], became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:” — 1Th 2:14-15 KJV

“Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.” — Luk 11:49-51 KJV

“Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” — Luk 13:33-34 KJV


One of the first warnings Peter gave his generation via the Holy Ghost was this:

“And with many other words [Peter] solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”” — Acts 2:40 NASB 1971

At the end of that perverse generation the city of Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed, and over a million were killed within Jerusalem and outlying cities, exactly within the time frame that Christ had predicted about 40 years earlier in Matthew 23 and 24.

The destruction of Jerusalem was also foretold in Deuteronomy by Moses. Chapter 28 contains some blood-curdling details, such as the cannibalism inside Jerusalem during the Roman siege. In Deuteronomy 32, which is the Song of Moses, we read where the nation that was once the “apple of his eye” became perverse and crooked by the time of Christ:

“They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation . . . For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” — Deu 32:5, 9-10 KJV

“But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.” — Deu 32:15-17 KJV

Moses also compared that evil generation to poisonous snakes:

“For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.” — Deu 32:32-33 KJV

And Moses foretold the vengeance that would come upon Jerusalem for shedding the blood of the Lord’s servants:

“Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.” — Deu 32:43 KJV

How did the Lord have mercy upon his land, but by kicking the Jews off the land in the way he did in the days of the Babylonian captivity after Judah violated the land sabbath:

“The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes. And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the Lord their God.” — Lev 26:43-44 KJV


The Lord eventually broke his covenant with Israel (after Israel broke their side of the covenant multiple times), and gave them a new, everlasting covenant of peace through the blood of Christ:

“And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people. And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the Lord.” — Zec 11:10-11 KJV

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:” — Jer 31:31-32 KJV

The new covenant makes no land promises, other than the meek shall inherit the earth:

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” — Ps 37:11 KJV

“But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” — Isa 11:4 KJV

“Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” — Zep 2:3 KJV

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” — Mat 5:5 KJV

As for the children of Israel, Moses gave Israel this final warning, which they ultimately ignored (most of them):

“And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.” — Deu 32:46-47 KJV

The vengeance for the blood of the servants as foretold by Moses (Deut 32) and Christ (Matt 23, Luke 11) was fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem. It was also foretold by John in the Revelation:

“Rejoice over [Babylon the Great], thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her . . . And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” — Rev 18:20,24 KJV

Again, that was all fulfilled in the generation of Jesus Christ, as He foretold:

“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” — Mat 24:34 KJV


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