Why I Believe we are now in the Final Generation before Christ’s Return

I believe Jesus Christ will return some time in the next 30 years at the latest. I DON’T believe this simply because there is a great increase in occultic activity (which there is), or because governments are stripping away the civil liberties of people in the name of fighting terrorism (which they are), or because Satan is trying to unify the nations under one global empire (which he is). Neither do I believe it simply because there is an increase in earthquakes and natural disasters, or because false prophets are rising up in the church and deceiving many, just as our Lord predicted (see Matthew 24).

I believe Jesus Christ will return soon because NOW, for the first time in history, we are within striking range of preaching the gospel to all nations and people groups of the world, in a meaningful way – in their own languages and with the demonstration of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said in Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and THEN the end will come.”

Even if MOST professing “born-again” Christians don’t care about the salvation of anyone else except themselves and possibly their close relatives, THERE ARE ENOUGH CHRISTIANS IN EVERY COUNTRY WHO DO CARE. There are enough Christians who believe in the mighty power of God which is necessary for the effective preaching of the gospel. And also, we have mass media, television and the internet with which we could reach the whole world with the true gospel if a few of us united our purpose and resources for the task.

The “One Laptop per Child” project is very interesting. I believe that within a generation every child on earth will have access to wireless internet and a computer, by which they could be reached with powerful gospel presentations.

This being the case, let us not build our castles on earth. Let’s sell our castles, if we have them, and invest the money in mass media gospel projects, helping widows and orphans and financially challenged pioneering pastors (“apostles”, if you will) in areas where the gospel is just beginning to take root. The truly wise people, who understand God’s ways, would rather invest what they cannot keep in order to gain something eternal they cannot lose.

What do YOU think?

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  1. lookinforacity says:

    Why do we automatically assume, when Jesus spoke these words, He was speaking about us, the generation 2,000 yrs. into the future?

    When Jesus spoke these things, He was speaking to those present with Him at the time, His disciples, they were aware of how big the known world was.

    Mat. 24:14
    And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    How do the following verses fit into the equation, of us being the generation?

    Col.1:23
    If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and (WHICH “WAS” PREACHED TO EVERY CREATURE WHICH IS UNDER HEAVEN); whereof I Paul am made a minister;

    1Cor. 10:11
    Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for (OUR ADMONITION), (UPON WHOM THE ENDS OF THE WORLD “ARE” COME).

    Jesus, in speaking to the Jews, referred to them as the generation.

    Luke 11:50
    That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be (REQUIRED OF “THIS” GENERATION);

    Mat. 24:34
    Verily I say unto you, (“THIS” GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS), till all these things be fulfilled.

    Paul speaking about Jesus, puts things into the present tense

    Heb. 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: (BUT “NOW” ONCE IN THE END OF THE WORLD) hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

    Why do we believe these things?
    1) Logically were still here 2,000 yrs. later?
    2) We have been taught these things without questioning them?

    • childofjesus says:

      Mark 13:32 onwards says

      32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
      33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
      34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
      35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
      36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
      37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

      Here, Jesus has asked us to “Watch”.

      End time signs have been given, but we are not able to comprehend them fully. Jesus said in Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and THEN the end will come.”

      With internet reaching every part of the world, “the Gospel of Jesus Christ” is also reaching the ends of the world.

      • lookinforacity says:

        Shanta

        Read it again, then explain what Paul said.

        Mat. 24:14
        And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

        Col.1:23
        If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and (WHICH “WAS” PREACHED TO EVERY CREATURE WHICH IS UNDER HEAVEN); whereof I Paul am made a minister;

        JIM

        • childofjesus says:

          Can you help me to co-relate the two verses ?

          • lookinforacity says:

            Shanta

            I’m sorry I was not clear enough.

            It is very simple, Jesus in Mat. 24 says

            Mat. 24:14
            (THIS GOSPEL SHALL BE PREACHED)

            When many years later, Paul in speaking to the Collisions in
            Col.1:23
            (BE NOT REMOVED AWAY FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL) (WHICH “WAS” PREACHED TO EVERY CREATURE WHICH IS UNDER HEAVEN)

            I have taken out everything else except what is important for you to see the connection of these two verses.
            If what Paul says is not true, what was he referring to when he said to the Corinthians.

            1Cor. 10:11
            Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for (OUR ADMONITION), (UPON WHOM THE ENDS OF THE WORLD “ARE” COME).

            When Paul says (OUR ADMONITION), he is speaking to the people of that time, or in other words,
            (THAT GENERATION), and he is telling them (UPON WHOM THE ENDS OF THE WORLD “ARE” COME).
            why do you suppose he would say that to them if.
            “We are the Generation”.

            So paul says two very important things to the Church.
            1) The Gospel has been preached to every creature, that means PEOPLE not animals.
            2) The ends of the world are coming upon the people of that time.

            Now, go back and read my first post to this thread Re: Final Generation.

          • childofjesus says:

            The end time generation has already come ! as Jesus & Paul were addressing ‘the generation’ of their time. I have re-read your post as you told to do but may be I’m still missing your point !

            I hope you have not missed my point. I tried to tell how Mat. 24:14
            “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” is fulfilled via internet reaching ends of the world !

          • lookinforacity says:

            Shanta

            I got your point.

            “and then shall the end come” is fulfilled via Internet reaching ends of the world !”

            My point to you is, this is an assumption, it comes about by people looking at the things around them in the natural world, like the advent of the laptop computer, then putting them into scripture where it appears they will fit.

            I am saying to you, starting with the scripture, what other interpretation can come from these two verses?
            I am open for suggestions.

            One verse by Jesus, says something is going to happen, the other verse by Paul, says it did happen.
            One verse explains the other, without each verse in connection with each other, look what happens.

            Jesus says the Gospel will be preached, if the verse by Paul is not put along side of it, we then come up with all of the Hypothesis’s that it hasn’t been preached to all the world, and that the generation which will see this happen, is the end time generation, somewhere into the future.

            Paul said it was preached to every creature, if the verse by Jesus is not placed along side of it, what on God’s green earth does this verse by Paul mean?
            Do we just throw it away because we do not understand it?

            Then look at the other verse by Paul, isn’t this verse in the present tense, and not in the future tense?

            1Cor. 10:11
            Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for (OUR ADMONITION), (UPON WHOM THE ENDS OF THE WORLD “ARE” COME).

            What is Paul talking about, the ends of the world are come upon them, (OUR ADMONITION),
            Remember, the Temple was destroyed in 70AD. there have not been any Sacrifices or Oblations since that time, the Temple mount is the only place where God will allow sacrifice to take place.

            Scripture validates Scripture, we may not like what we see when this happens, but aren’t we looking for the truth?
            We should then start looking for another scenario to take place.

            Instead of us looking for the Gospel to be preached, why not start looking for the Church which will make the Jewish Nation Jealous?

            Rom. 10:19
            But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.

            Rom. 11:11
            I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

            Instead of the question of when will the Gospel be preached to all the world, we should be asking.
            Where is the Church which is spoken of, the glorious Christian Church?

            Eph.4:13
            Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

            That is what I am looking for, I don’t see that Church anywhere on the immediate horizon, do you?
            In other words, don’t pack your bags yet.

            JIM

          • childofjesus says:

            Every scripture of the Bible will be fulfilled in its full meaning. We cannot throw anything away if we don’t understand them. Mat 24:35 – ‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

            How do we know that “the glorious Christian church”, which will provoke them to jealously is not in the process of formation?
            When Elijah said to God, that he was the only prophet left, all others have been killed, the Lord said , He has reserved 7,000 people for Himself. (Rom. 11:2-4).
            As Elijah was not aware of those 7000 faithful people, we too may not see the ‘Glorious Christian church’ with our carnal eyes, which God has prepared for Himself.

            We are not asked to pack our bags instead to be on ‘Watch’ for the hour & day is unknown.
            Mat. 24:42 – ‘“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
            Mat. 24 :38 – For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

  2. childofjesus says:

    I agree with you on every point that you have mentioned.

  3. I’ve been reading your blog about end of the world nearing, curses, spiritual warfare, etc.
    I am so worried about our teenagers!!! We are still sort of set in our ways. Not much, inf anything, can sway my belief in Jesus Christ, but my 15 yr old son and so many other teens are so agressive and are so “anti”-religion. He told me ( many times) how he doesn’t care about where he goes when he dies or isn’t sure about God for that matter. I anoint my house and TV and PC & Hi-fi with oil and block negative influences through it, I pray that all doorways will be closed via influences of friends. I still feel so worried and helpless. I know I must trust in God, but I’m his mother….I feel I should do more!! I must protect him. I’ve put myself in the gap for him..any advice?? Any prayers will help, not just for my teenager, but so many…

    Bless you, great site!

    • Nothing worthwhile is easy. As well as living the Christian life before your teenager, the other thing you can do is FAST and PRAY and SPEAK THE WORD. It takes the intervention of the Holy Spirit to deal with cases like this. Also realise that God is just in condemning wickedness, whether it be in people far away, in us, or in our own beloved families.

      If your son wants to be a prodigal, you might have to be like the Father in Luke 15. Your son is no longer a child, and will soon be an adult. If he doesn’t repent, you’ll have to let him go and make it on his own in his own house when he comes to majority. Your prayers will still have an impact if you continue in them. Real life and real responsibility have a way of making people better over time.

    • Amanda L C says:

      Karin,

      God is faithful. When I met and married my husband he wasn’t a Christian and I wasn’t walking with God. Since we’ve been married his mom has re-dedicated her life to God. His father and step mother are now involved with the church. I would have never thought this could happen! I continue to pray and I’ll pray for your son.

      • My wife has also rededicated herself since the birth of our first daughter. She had problems conceiving. We prayed very hard to God and when she found herself to be pregnant, our life changed. Have absolute faith!

        Cheers,
        Ed

  4. Matt Franks says:

    For end times, be heavily reading Revelations and seeking Jesus. Here are some verses :
    (Deuteronomy 28:64, 30:3 Jeremiah 29:14, 30:3 Isaiah 43:5-6, Ezekiel 36:24, Amos 9:14-15

    People won’t believe the signs -(2 Peter 3:3-4, Matthew 16:1-4)

    Increase in persecution of the Christians (Matthew 24:9, Mark 13:9)

    Signs and Wonders in heaven (Mark 13:25)

    —Important— **Two prophets preach in Jerusalem for 1260 days. They have the power to bring famines and plagues. They are killed and lie dead in the streets for three and a half days while the wicked of the earth rejoice in the streets and exchange gifts in celebration of their deaths. On the third
    day they arise striking fear in the hearts of the wicked. (Revelations 11)**

    Armageddon. The nations of the earth gather to fight Israel at Jerusalem, at Armageddon in
    the valley of Jehoshaphat. (Revelations 16:16)

  5. mtzionpi says:

    My Question is if the one laptop per child is a reality that might happen in the next 20-40 years. Is this reality limited to the wealth nation on the earth or is it possible for every nation on earth to participate. If it is possible, what about the poor nations on this earth, is there going to be a large scale change or large scale distribution of wealth to all nations on the earth. Because the last time I look laptops are pretty expensive and so is internet service. My wife use to live in the philippines and most of the country is very poor, it a struggle just to put rice on the table and we have a ministry in this country and the last thing that on their minds is a laptop, for alot of filipino it doing their best to make sure their children do not go to bed hungry, maybe that might be a concern for the Christian living in wealth nations,”just a thought ” Another thought if this is a reality, will the governments of the each nation be involved or will their be one government in charge. ( one world government ) just me thinking out loud

    Blessing in Jesus

    • It’s funny how End-Times preachers in developed countries think it must be the fulfillment of prophecy and the ‘End of the World’ just because gasoline prices rise, and a hurricane destroys part of a city, or a conspiracy to meddle with the Constitution is unveiled; when meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, millions and millions of people have already died in far worse disasters – yet End-Times preachers never considered it to have any eschatological significance. It’s like the ‘World Series’ sporting event – no other country participates, yet it’s still called the World Series.

  6. Brandon Morris says:

    First of all, I will definitely say I am not a very smart person, nor will I claim to be. But I will say, that in one generation, not every child on earth will have access to the internet. I recall a news story about an airplane finding an undiscovered tribe of people in the Amazons. These people were aiming their bows and arrows at the airplane, ready to take it down. Its not technology that will bring the gospel to people like these, but people willing to go into these dense jungle areas and preach to them. And if we just happen to stumble upon a village in the middle of the Amazons, who knows how many more undiscovered villages there may be. It could be decades before we find them all, perhaps sooner, but with all the technology we have in 2008 and we JUST NOW found these people, I say it will take quite a little bit. And so in my opinion, giving children laptops is good and all, but if everyone in the world is to be preached to, it will take some explorers and missionaries who want to go on adventures and find every single last person. Just my two cents.

    • michael says:

      Will not be achieved through technology alone, but those who are reached will definitely be able to reach every last person. Personally, I think virtually everybody will be on the internet within 20 years. Its just an opinion though.

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