About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Generation That Ends This Age
I was 15 years old when
Happy Together by the Turtles was a hit song in what pop culture called
the "Summer Of Love". One
of my favourite songs in the summer of 1967 was "Windy" by the
Association. I liked the
"59th Street Bridge Song", otherwise known as
"Feeling Groovy". It
was recorded by Harpers Bizarre, but it sure sounded like Simon and
Garfunkel who originally wrote and recorded the song.
America's manufactured response to the Beatles was the Monkees, who conscripted
Glen Campbell and others on their earlier albums to improve their sound.
I liked Glen Campbell's guitar solo on Valarie.
The big album that summer was "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts
Club Band". It put the
Beatles on a new musical path, or should I say, took them on a
"Magical Mystery Tour", if you catch my drift.
Every July our family
attended the Free Methodist Camp just north of
The reason for all the
end time talk was because of the Six Day War in June of 1967 and how it
might relate to Matthew 24. Jesus
told His disciples that when the branches of the fig tree get tender,
summer is near. He then said
that in like fashion when you see the things He predicted being
fulfilled; know that the end is near.
"This generation will certainly not pass away until all
these things have happened". (Matthew 24:34, Mark 13:30, Luke
There has been much
controversy and confusion over the words "this generation" in
Matthew 24:34. Some say the
word "this" in "this generation" refers specifically
to an Israeli generation. Others
say it refers to all ethnic generations.
Many understand "this generation" to be a generation
lasting a certain length of time, anywhere from 20 to 120 years.
Then there's the debate over when "this generation"
begins. If you can figure
out when this generation begins and how long it lasts, you'd have a good
idea when the end will come.
Most Prophetic Futurists
understand the fig tree in this passage to be
After getting serious
about Jesus in 1970 my heart's desire was to know the Bible.
That's why I ended up at Elim Bible Institute, in
My dad often talked to me
The Greek word
"genea" is translated as "generation" in Matthew
means "to become", as in "to become a human", or,
"to become a race of people".
For example, Abraham became a human being and his descendents
became a race of people known as Israelis.
Because "genea" can legitimately be translated a
"race of people" many credible Bible translators translate
Matthew 24:34 this way. "This
race of people will not pass away until all these things have
happened". Note that
the NIV Bible has a footnote for Matthew 24:34 that states this
translation to be an acceptable alternate rendering.
Matthew 24:34 means
something quite different when you think in terms of a generation as a
race of people instead of a generation lasting a certain number of
years. No longer do you have
to smash your head against the wall to figure out how long a Biblical
With this in mind, I
refer you to Amos 9:14 – 15. "I
will bring back my exiled people
The important part of
Amos' prophecy for my present purpose is the prediction that once
Israelis return to their land, they would never be uprooted from it
again. Despite present
Back in the Summer Of
Love my dad's generation thought they might be the last generation
because they understood "this generation" to be a 20 to 40
year period of time. Well,
most of that generation has since departed.
If I had have known back then what I think I know now, maybe I
could have suggested another way to think, but why would they have
listened to a kid blasting out "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
by the Beatles on his 6 transistor radio.