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The words used:

Nigh :

James tells the ‘twelve tribes which are scattered abroad’: Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. James 5:8.

…when these things begin to come to pass… your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21:28.

So likewise when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God (?) is nigh at hand. Luke 21:31.

[So the kingdom of God and their redemption seems to be in the same period, ‘when ye see these things come to pass’].

After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also (v:1) Go your ways (v:3)…and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you (v:9). Luke 10:1,3&9.

At hand :

Paul speaks ‘unto the church of the Thessalonians’: That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. II Thessalonians 2:2.

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of judaea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. St. Matthew 3:1&2.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17.

Paul writes ‘to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons’: The Lord is at hand. Philippians 1:1 & 4:5.

But the end of all things is at hand. 1Peter 4:7.

This generation :

Jesus speaking to his disciples in reply to their question, ‘What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world’: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Matthew 24:34.

Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Mark 13:30.

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia … Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…

1Peter 1:1 & 2:9.

And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Act 2:40.

And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation…. Luke 9:41.

[Which generation is it referred to here?]

Tarry

For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Hebrews 10:37.

Quickly

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Revelation 3:11

Jesus told ‘the angel of the church in Philadelphia :Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of this prophecy of this book. Revelation 22:7.

He that testifieth these things saith, surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20.

Approaching

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25.

[Whom did Paul address here?]

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. St. John 5:28&29.

Shortly be done

And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angels to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Revelation 22:5&6.

Let us read Matthew chapter 24

First Jesus speaks of the destruction of the temple (v.2). Later his disciples ask him, ‘When shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?’ (v.3).

Must we presume that the disciples asked him of future incidents that would take place with a long gap of time (centuries) between them?

In verse 9 Jesus says, ‘Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake’. Here, whom does Jesus address to as ‘you’ or in all other verses? Even in the verses, ‘Verily I say unto you…’? If he ‘also’ addressed his disciples then they, his disciples then had heard of wars and rumours of wars, seen nations rise against nation, famines and pestilences. Centuries later we don’t have to wait for these things to happen before Christ come.

In verse 15 Christ says, ‘When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place…’ Whom does Christ address as ‘ye’ who ‘shall see the abomination of desolation’? Certainly he did not mean any of our predecessors of the last one and a half millennium. For, we are still waiting for it to happen.

Let us read verse 29: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.

And with this verse some other verses like Joel 2 (make note of v. 10, 1 (the day of the Lord cometh), 11, 12 (turn ye even to me with all your heart …), Isaiah 13 speaking of Babylon (v. 10, 13 & 9), Ezekiel 32, speaking of Egypt (When I shall put thee out… v.7&8).

How literally should we take the words in verse 29 of Matthew 24, which were also used to forewarn the destruction of Babylon (Isiah 13) or the fall of Egypt?

Surely, the day of the Lord spoken of in verse 1 of Joel Chapter 2 is not the Lord’s second coming ( refer to Malachi 4:5). For that was the time the people were exhorted to repent. Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. 2:12. Refer to Malachi 4:6.

Our Lord said, “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled”. Of which generation did he speak here or in Matthew 23:36, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of righteous Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the alter. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. Matthew 23:33 to 36. Surely the generations between righteous Abel and Zacharias are not in this generation or the men of Nineveh or even the queen of the south. “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it…” Matthew 12:41. “The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it…” Matthew 12:42. But ye are a chosen generation… 1Peter 2:9.

This generation :

Christ tells the high priest, “Hereafter shall ye see the son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven”. Matthew 26:64.

Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the son of man coming in his kingdom. Matthew 16:28.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also that pierced him … Revelation 1:7.

Jesus saith unto him, if I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me.

Would our Lord be speaking something improbable? If he is to come two thousands or more years later, what sense would this statement of his make?

After he was risen, Jesus spake unto his disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations … teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:19&20).

End of the world: ‘The harvest is the end of the world’. Matthew 13:39. ‘So shall it be at the end of the world, the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just’ Matthew13:49.

 
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