The Prophetic Generation

Pastor Samuel Tyler

In 1977 while completing my last semester of Veterinary school I had a supernatural visitation from the Lord Jesus. In the visitation He asked me to follow Him.  After giving my life to Him a desire began to arise inside of me to know His word but especially the prophetic scriptures. In the 1980’s I began to hear people say Jesus was coming soon. It was said that we were living in the timeframe that was considered the last generation. I then discovered that the prophecy teachers were teaching that because Israel became a nation in May 1948 and they believed that a generation was forty years due to scriptural references that seem to state a time span of forty years was considered a generation. 1988 passed and we then enter the 90’s and Jesus hadn’t returned. The year two thousand came and the Y2K scare came with it. The church was alarmed because of what we thought the prophetic scriptures stated about the return of the Lord after a two thousand year period. I was asked several times by various people what were my family and I doing to prepare for Y2K. My answer was nothing because the Lord said nothing as I sought His face. The year 2000 began and the body of Christ was in confusion. Prophecy teachers have been stating that Jesus could come back at any time because of their understanding of the prophetic scriptures. Due to the theological law of first mention, some stated that a generation is a hundred years. Watching this and seeking the Lord for answers, He sent me to His word. With an open heart to the language of scripture He had me to study the words of the Lord Jesus. This is what Jesus stated, Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place (Matthew 24:34 NKJV). What is believed to be the definition of the word generation is what the controversy is about so I decided to look at the word. The commonly used concordances and wordbooks state that the definition of the word has to do with a period of time. Looking beyond the explanations to the actual definition I found something different. The word generation comes from the Greek word genea G#1074 in a Strong’s concordance. The actual definition is a multitude of contemporaries, the affinity of communion based on the sameness of stock. As a veterinarian and animal breeder I realized that this meant a certain type of people. This is the same word we get genealogy from. Looking further it is defined as a genealogical line of ancestors or descendants. Jesus denounces the Pharisee’s in Matthew 23 and in Matthew 26 the conspiracy was set in motion. In the 23rd chapter Jesus states, See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! (Matthew 23:38, 39 NKJV). The question is who is the Lord referring to in the above statement. Isaiah the prophet states, He is despised and rejected by men (Isaiah 53:3a NKJV). The Hebrew word for men is iys H#0376 in the above mentioned concordance. There is more than one word in Hebrew translated as man. This word is referring to great, mighty, champion men. This word refers to men that are leaders. The common people welcomed Jesus in Jerusalem just days before His passion. Jesus was speaking above in Matt. 23 of the leadership of Israel. Therefore I would suggest that we take another look at the Master’s words because this takes all of the time limits away and prompts us to pray for the hearts of the leadership of the nation of Israel to accept their Messiah.  The Hebrew people believed that due to the prophecies of Daniel that the Messiah would arrive at the time that He appeared to the nation of Israel. He came but He did not function as they thought He would from reading the prophetic scriptures. He came and completed the passion of His cross.  The Hebrew people were left in a state of confusion. Only Jesus’ closest disciples were privileged to have their confusion brought to light. Jesus stated, and because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold (Matthew 24:12 KJV). The word love is the Greek word agape; gen fem. noun from agapao (G0025), to love. This word is a love that only the born again can live in because this is the love that came into our hearts by the Holy Spirit at the new birth. The church of the Lord Jesus should consider that maybe we need to seek the Lord to prevent ourselves from confusion about His second coming walking in the love of God.

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