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Question 338

Jesus prophesied that men of his generation would not  pass away without witnessing his second coming and  the falling of stars why did he not fulfil his prophecy? (Mark 9:1, 13:30) 

   

 

Answer to Question 338

 

The chapter begins with Christ telling the disciples that the Temple of Jerusalem would be destroyed and not one stone would be left upon another. The Disciples then ask Jesus when this would happen and what would be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? We see in their question that the Jews believed that the destruction of the temple and the end of the world were the same event. Jesus then tells them the signs to look out for and events that will happen before his Second Coming. So when they see these things being fulfilled they should understand the end is approaching. But the original question was about when the destruction of Jerusalem would happen. When Christ said " Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done" he was referring to the destruction of the temple and not the end of the world. The prophecy was fulfilled in 70AD when the Romans destroyed the temple. To show that he was referring to two different events he then says of his Second Coming " But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father."