Thoughts from an email sent 1st September 2011: "This Generation" in Luke 21:32.

Hi Kingsley

Further to our chat this morning, here's that great passage on living "threescore years and ten" — 70 years.

Book of Psalms Chapter 90


A Prayer of Moses the man of God.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.


Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.


You return man to dust; and say, Return, children of men.


For a thousand years in your sight [are but] as yesterday 3117 when it is past, and [as] a watch in the night.


You carry them away as with a flood; they are [as] a sleep: in the morning [they are] like grass [which] grows up.4


In the morning it flourishes, and grows up; in the evening it is cut down, and withers.


For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled.


You have set our iniquities before you, our secret [sins] in the light of your countenance.


For all our days are passed away in your wrath: we spend our years as a tale [that is told].


The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Now, with this generation that came out of Egypt, it says in Numbers that at the end of the 40th year (i.e. at the start of 1465 BC), everyone older than 59 (except Joshua and Caleb) had died.

Numbers 32:11

Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me:

So, when Moses wrote that Psalm above, yes, because of the range of years in a life, 70, 80, Moses himself 120, Aaron 123, there's no ending year for when a generation finishes, but rather it shows a starting year for when a generation starts, yes, it's as you turn 20.

Now, chatting about June 1967's six day war when the Jews took back Jerusalem's old cityclick here for an eyewitness account — as prophesied in Luk 21:24

And they (i.e. the Jews) shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled

Followed a few verses below by "this Generation not passing away",

And he spoke to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

When they now shoot forth you see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

So likewise you, when you see these things (begin to) come to pass know you that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

Truly I say to you , This generation shall not pass away till all be fulfilled

Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away

yes, that eternal promise indicates it's for the generation who has turned 20 since then, being 19 and younger at the time, hmm, good old baby boomers (born after 1947)

Blessings Steve

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