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The ‘This Generation Shall Not Pass’ From Matthew 24 Is Not A Reference To Witnessing Israel’s Regathering But To Seeing The Time Of Jacob’s Trouble

The ‘This Generation Shall Not Pass’ From Matthew 24 is not the generation that saw Israel regathered, but the end times Tribulation Saints.

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So if a fig tree is planted in the winter, and they are, and sprout leaves in the spring, which they do, and give fruit in the summer, which they do, then we see the beginnings of an end times timeline taking shape.

In Matthew 24, we see a curious reference to the ‘fig tree in leaf’ which end times commentators have historically said refers to the nation of Israel, and on that point I agree. Two verses later it talks about ‘this generation shall not pass’, and the commentators have said that that means the people who see Israel’s regathering will also see Jesus return, and this where I disagree with the commentators. A closer look at the meaning of the fig tree will yield you the ‘fruit’ you’re looking for, pun intended.

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leavesye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these thingsknow that it is neareven at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:32-34 (KJB)

According to the Law of First Mention, the first time that fig leaves appear in your King James Bible is found in Genesis 3:7 (KJB), and it refers to the self-righteousness of our first father and mother, Adam and Eve, who use the fig leaves to cover up for their nakedness after they sin in the Garden. So for Jesus to use the metaphor of fig leaves in Matthew 24, He must be speaking about the self-righteousness of someone rejecting God’s covering of the blood of a Lamb, and indeed they are. Israel was “replanted” during the “winter” of the Holocaust, back in the land after 2,000 years, but they rejected God’s covering. Israel is a fig tree, planted and sprouting leaves, but yielding no fruit, and Jesus Himself says they will not yield fruit until He comes to redeem them. Just look at Israel in 2022, you’d never know they were God’s chosen people if you didn’t have a Bible to tell you that. Why, Tel Aviv is the sodomite capital of the world and nearly all Israeli hospitals perform third trimester abortions! They have the ‘leaves’ of being financially prosperous and militarily powerful, but no fruit towards the LORD of any kind.

And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Matthew 21:19,20 (KJB)

A fig tree develops a ground-based root system when planted in the beginning of the dormant season, winter, and before its leaves appear in spring. After two to three years, fruit will appear in the summer season along with the leaves. Not coincidentally, this is exactly what the Song of Solomon tells us also.

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Song Of Solomon 2:10-13 (KJV)

So if a fig tree is planted in the winter, and they are, and sprout leaves in the spring, which they do, and give fruit in the summer, which they do, then we see the beginnings of an end times timeline taking shape. For the nation of Israel, it has been ‘winter’ for 2,000 years, rejected by God and forced out of their own land by His decree, leading to the ‘winter’ of the Holocaust which not unironically caused them to be regathered in accordance to Bible prophecy. Back in the land these past nearly 74 years, it’s now springtime and there are leaves on the fig tree, but sadly they are the leaves of self-righteousness, and because of that there is no fruit. The ‘fig tree’ of Israel will bear no fruit until Jesus returns for them as the Bible promises He will. And those Tribulation Saints waiting for Him at Selah Petra will absolutely be looking for His soon return!

Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.” Proverbs 27:18 (KJB)

And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.” Luke 12:36 (KJB)

Back to the Song of Solomon, we see the Rapture of the Church takes place between winter and summer, in the spring, during a time when Israel has leaves but no fruit. Jesus in Matthew 24 shows us a fig tree with leaves but no fruit, clearly showing us that the time of Jacob’s trouble begins in the spring. Solomon shows us  that fruit on the fig tree will come, but the Bride is called to ‘rise up and come away’ before the fruit appears. Now let’s take a look at ‘this generation shall not pass’.

“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is neareven at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:33,34 (KJB)

In the context, what are we seeing? In Matthew 24, we see the prophecies of Joel 3:14-17 (KJB) taking place, we see Revelation 19:11-21 (KJB) taking place, we are watching the great Tribulation come upon all the earth. But people living in the Church Age will see no such thing! In that context, rightly divided, Jesus says that the generation that sees that will know of a certainty they are the ‘last generation’ and their generation will not end until Shiloh come. This cannot possibly be a reference to the generation that watched Israel be regathered on May 14, 1948, it makes no sense in the context. For one, most of the people alive during that time who witnessed it are now dead or dying, having been born in the 1920’s or earlier. For perspective, 16,000,000 Americans served in WWII, and as of this writing, barely 240,000 of them are still alive. The generation that saw Israel be regathered are just about gone.

The Pretribulation Rapture of the Church does not appear anywhere in Matthew 24, so in the context the ‘this generation’ must be referring to Tribulation Saints who, watching the literal, visible and physical end times judgments falling from the sky, now know they are the ones who will see King Jesus return. I understand that this goes against the ‘historical position’ of most commentators, including Scofield, Larkin and Ruckman, but the historical position is not scripture, and the ‘this generation’ cannot possibly be the people who witnessed Israel be regathered.

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No, The ‘Ordained To Eternal Life’ In Acts 13:48 Does Not Mean That God Saved People Before They Were Born As Calvinism Erroneously Teaches

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In Acts 13:48, the Bible shows us how God ordained and appointed the gospel to go to the Gentiles as prophesied in the Old Testament that they might believe, this is not a proof text for Calvinism.

I read an article earlier today called The Bible Verse That Made Me a Calvinist and it’s sad little story about a man who reads one verse in the book of the Acts of the Apostles and has the stunning revelation that yes, John Calvin was right about everything. So right, in fact, that the author decides, as John MacArthur teaches, that it’s John Calvin and not Paul who is actually the apostle to the Church Age, and it’s Calvin’s doctrine we are to follow. This type of result is typical of shallow study and sloppy exegesis, the antithesis of 2 Timothy 2:15.

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:48 (KJB)

Someone once remarked that ‘a text without a context is a pretext for a proof text’, and that’s pretty much ‘right on the money’ as the Bible is filled with verses that, removed from the safe mooring of their context, yield wildly differing results. In Acts 13:44-52, the context is the hardness of the Jews hearts, and their refusal to believe the gospel. The Bible doesn’t say they can’t believe, it says they refused to believe, and because of their refusal, God turns to a group of people who will believe, the Gentiles. That the Gentiles would one day hear and believe the gospel is an Old Testament prophecy found in places like Isaiah 49:6 and Isaiah 60:3 in your King James Bible.

“Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.” Acts 13:46 (KJB)

Calvinism may teach, and it does, that no one gets saved until God ‘regenerates you’ in order for you to be able to believe, and then you become born again after God ‘flips your switch’. But this is not what your Bible teaches, it says the opposite of that. In Matthew 23:37, Jesus calls out the Jews for refusing to believe Him and His teachings, clearly showing they could believe if they had wanted to. In Acts 28:23-27, our apostle Paul speaks something very similar to what Jesus said in Matthew, again placing all the responsibility for the disbelief of the Jews on themselves, and not on God for not ‘regenerating’ them. Then in verse 28, Paul gives us a key to unlock Acts 13:48 as we see here:

“Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.” Acts 28:28 (KJB)

What did God do? He ordained the gospel to go to the Gentiles, just like it did to Cornelius in Acts 10:1-44, He appointed them the opportunity to have the gospel preached to them that some might believe. The Bible is not saying that God ordained and appointed individuals to salvation before they believed the gospel, rather that He was no longer dealing just with Israel. Romans 10:9-17 is quite clear that a person becomes saved when they call upon the name of the Lord and confess Him as Saviour after they’ve had the gospel preached to them. Paul repeats this theme again in Ephesians 1:10-14 where he shows us that a person gets saved after they hear the gospel preached, they believe it, receive it, and then are sealed unto the day of redemption by the Holy Spirit.

Remember Cornelius? The Bible says that he was a ‘just man’ and one that ‘feareth God’, who had a ‘good report’ among all who knew him. But there was something pretty huge that Cornelius did not have, he wasn’t saved. So, God appeared to Peter and ordained him to go and give Cornelius the gospel on an appointed day, and that’s exactly what happened. Peter preached the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ to Cornelius, and the man got saved after he believed what Peter preached. What does Calvinism have to say about any of this? Nothing, because there is not one iota of Calvinism anywhere needed to bring this about. Now let’s wrap this whole thing up, shall we?

Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.” Acts 11:14 (KJB)

The Greek word used for ‘ordained’ is tetagmenoi which means ‘to put in order, to station, to place in a certain order, to arrange, to assign a place, to appoint’. This is just what God did when He turned to the Gentiles, as Paul says, and ordains or appoints them the opportunity to hear and believe the gospel. To come to any other conclusion is simply bowing to the filter of Calvinism, and being ‘willing ignorant’ of the abundance of scripture, rightly divided and in context, showing Calvin to be in grievous error. Don’t you make the same mistake.

John MacArthur Led 3,500 Pastors To Believe On John Calvin

This is typical MacArthur garbage. You will notice that Mac doesn’t defend Calvinism from the Bible, which you can’t do, but instead appeals to the “suffering and study” of Calvin as the reason why we should accept the private interpretation of Calvinism.

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The Name Of Jesus Is The Name That Is Above All Names, And Did You Know That In Hebrew It’s Joshua Which Means ‘Jehovah Is Salvation’?

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Did you know that in Hebrew the Greek name of Jesus is Joshua, and that both those names mean ‘Jehovah is salvation’? But wait, there’s more.

On Twitter earlier, I watched a short video from a foul-mouthed ‘christian’ who ranted on and on about the ‘real name’ of Jesus. I endured to the end, pun intended, in breathless anticipation of finally hearing my Saviour’s ‘real name’. Imagine my disappointment when I got to the end and he revealed it to be….drum roll please…Yeshua. Is that right, is that the actual name of Jesus? Let’s take a look.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (KJB)

The name of Jesus comes to us in the New Testament Greek with the word iēsous that becomes ‘Jesus’ when translated into English. That’s fairly easy to understand, but let’s go the other way back to the Hebrew. When we do that, iēsous becomes יְהוֹשׁוּעַ which is translated as ‘Joshua’ in English. In both cases and in all 3 languages, the name Jesus means ‘Jehovah is salvation’. Of course, the built-in dictionary in your King James Bible gives further light when we read in verse 23 that “they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Emmanuel, God is with you. Jesus, God will save you. Going a little further Isaiah says his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Now, what’s the reason for the connection of Jesus with Joshua? Let’s find out.

Joshua is used by God to a high degree, and indeed we see in Joshua many types of the Lord Jesus Christ. Joshua starts as a slave laborer in Egypt, but rises to the level of a conquering, faith-filled military leader who trusts God enough to take the Promised Land. Similarly, Jesus was a man at His First Advent who suffered the humiliation of the cross, but at His Second Advent comes as a conquering King to receive a kingdom. So we see that the name of Joshua is interchangeable with the name Jesus, so much so that in two places in the New Testament, the name of Jesus substituted for the name of Joshua. Why?

  • Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;” Acts 7:45 (KJB)
  • For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.” Hebrews 4:8 (KJB)

Both these verses are talking about the man Joshua from the Old Testament historically, but the King James translators went with the name of ‘Jesus’ when translating these verse because they are showing you a very valuable prophetical truth. A truth that the translators of the NIV, ESV and even the NKJV decided was not worth bothering with and they translated the passages as ‘Joshua’. Remember we told you that the Greek word iēsous is translated as both the names of Jesus and Joshua? As usual, your King James Bible is giving you insight that has been expunged from the ‘rubber sword’ of the modern versions.

God could have picked any of the Israelites to lead the Jews into the Promised Land, but He chose Joshua and Caleb. Everything about Joshua reminds us of Jesus at His Second Coming, the book of Joshua is a book of warfare. King Jesus comes as a ‘man of war’ to stomp His enemies at the Battle of Armageddon. Like Joshua did in the Old Testament, King Jesus will lead His people from the red rock city of Selah Petra into the Promised Land of Israel for the last time. And as Joshua was just a type in the Old Testament, and could not ultimately give the people rest, King Jesus as the end times Joshua will ‘finish the job’ in a spectacular way. By using the name of ‘Jesus’ in place of ‘Joshua’ in Hebrews and Acts, God used the King James translators to accomplish something none of the modern versions are willing to do, and that’s give you valuable links and cross-references between the names of ‘Jesus’ and ‘Joshua’ regarding the Second Advent.

One more fun fact before I go. In your Bible there are only three people who never lose a battle, care to guess who they might be? David never lost a battle, the Bible says in 1 Samuel 13:14 that he was a man after God’s own heart. The second man who never lost a battle that he personally commanded is Joshua, who in a wild ‘coincidence’ has the exact same name as Jesus. The third Man who never lost a battle, or a soul who called on Him, is Jesus who just happens to have the same name as Joshua. What’s in a name? Plenty, if you have a King James Bible.

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The Modern Versions Prevent A Black Man From Getting Saved In Acts 8 While Teaching The Heresy Of Water Baptism For Salvation In The Church Age

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Your King James Bible faithfully preserves doctrinal truth in Acts 8 that the modern versions seek to destroy

If you have a King James Bible, when you read Acts 8 you thrill to see the salvation of the very first Gentile in the Church Age, the Ethiopian Eunuch, and you marvel at the dispensational truth that’s revealed when you’re shown that baptism in now no longer necessary for salvation. But…if you have an NIV, an ESV, or John MacArthur’s terrible new Legacy Standard Bible, those scripture nuggets have either been removed outright, or cast to the phantom zone of the footnotes section. Why? I’ll tell you why.

“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Acts 8:36,37 (KJB)

People who cannot see dispensations in the Bible will try and tell you that salvation is the same from Genesis to Revelation, but that’s a lie. Salvation isn’t even the same from Acts 2 to Acts 8. In Acts 2:38, Peter is preaching to an exclusively Jewish crowd, and telling them, as a nation, to get baptized for the remission of sins. Yet just 6 chapters later, Phillip assures the Ethiopian Eunuch that belief unto salvation comes before baptism. You are watching the rebirth of the Ethiopian Eunuch while at the same time watching God giving birth to a new dispensation that we call the Church Age. This is all so ground breaking and revelatory that Satan then comes along with his modern version magic eraser to wipe it clean where he can, and cast doubt on it everyplace else.

We live in a day and age where race and race relations are super-charged, and everyone is looking for racism in every cartoon bubble, and that can become weary and tiresome. But is it just a coincidence that the modern versions in Acts 8 swoop in like a seagull after popcorn to snatch up the exact moment that the Ethiopian Eunuch, a black man, gets saved? It kind of feels like it to me. So let’s do a simple bullet point demonstration of the damage done here by the modern versions, shall we?

  • THE DISAPPEARING SALVATION: In your King James Bible, you read that the Ethiopian Eunuch wants to know what’s stopping him from being baptized, and Phillip tells him he needs to get saved first, and baptized second. “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” The Eunuch gets saved in verse 37, which is then promptly removed by the Laodicean Bible correctors. This is criminal activity perpetrated by Christian criminals who call themselves doctors.
  • THE DISAPPEARING DISPENSATION: By removing verse 37, there is now no dispensational difference between this event in Acts 8 in the Church Age, and the water-based salvation of the Kingdom Age. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” You are being duped, dumbed down and dumped into that whirling vortex known as the ‘Greek and Hebrew Scholars Union’. This is where true biblical scholarship goes to die, don’t let it kill you. NOTE: If you have an ESV, NIV or any of those other perverted ‘bibles’, we invite you to throw it in the trash, then click here and we will send you a brand new King James Study Bible at zero cost to you.

The Greek and Hebrew scholars love to tear down your faith in the King James Bible so they can replace it with your faith in their scholarship, this is a con game of the highest magnitude. We have dozens of books at the Bookstore that will reveal everything you need to know about Bible versions, and we invite you to purchase some of those books right now.

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