THE MEANING OF "GENERATIONS"
The following is based on a dialog with a reader asking about the biblical meaning of the length of a generation, a question I have received on more than one occasion.
[Ed. note 5/4/2017 – the unique political and economic upheaval in world affairs coming into manifestation this present year lends support to the importance of the generation of a 100 years as counted since the 1917 Balfour Declaration mentioned in this dialog though measurable impact on Israel remains to be seen. This commentary may be updated.]
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Sent: 8/10/2007 7:16:31 AM
Upon reading your last article A Paradigm for Understanding the Final End Times […], may I be so bold to ask for clarification regarding a Generation. I've studied through Bible College etc. and still do not understand what a generation encompasses or what are the years in a spiritual generation. The 40 years in the wilderness, for example, was a generation? but the generation in their twenties and below were allowed to enter the Promised Land, so the 40 was split into two generations? etc. etc. A generation is also the people my age? and then my mother's generation are her age? I just can't quite put my finger on 'generation'. Maybe I'm over doing it when the meaning and considerations are quite simple...
Your last article was very thought provoking because I had not considered Rev.12's manchild, the mind goes on overload, even though I read this book continually. The Manchild's birth is what others have said are the mighty men and woman walking the earth... too. I wait on Him to open revelation to me on this book because as you say we can become overwhelmed not only with world events but also tying to understand all that is involved in this incredible book. One can only consider this book in the light of His revelation for understanding. By the way, I agree with your article, it's a zoo out there.
His blessing is upon you
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Sent: 8/12/2007 1:36:17 PM
Subject: Re: Generations
Your observations about the word "generation" are accurate, and show us that the term does not have a clearly measurable time frame before the fact usable to pinpoint the time of prophetic fulfillments. In general Bible usage, a generation can run anywhere between 40 and 100 years, and is usually, but not necessarily, keyed to a specific starting point event.
evidenced as you pointed out by the Lord's word in
the wilderness. It is also seen in Yeshua's word regarding
the destruction of Jerusalem ("this
generation shall not pass away until....") Meanwhile,
100 is evidenced in the Lord's word to Abraham that his
seed would return to the land "in the fourth generation"
which correlates to the 400+ years Paul references.
line question is, what does it mean from a prophetic
perspective for our times and my use of it in the article?
interest to the timed consideration is the Lord's word
that "as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be in the
days of the son of Man." An overlooked meaning to this
word is that the Lord gave "Noah's generation" 120 years
to repent before destruction. This could mean that the
final birthpang (tribulation) and harvest of the last
mortal generation is timed 120 years from some
These are some of the timing-based variables we only can work with in a general way. Personally, I lean toward very significant prophetic change in the years of 2017-18 and 2030+ for gauging the living final generation.
truth, the word generation
may have more spiritual
meaning in God's eyes than timed meaning.
That is, the term is keyed to the development of points
spiritual maturation in His people rather
than time-measured events. And really, my article is using
the term in this context. We are all in a spiritual
harvesting process. Generations can be measured between
points of development in that harvest, something not so
exactingly timed. In any garden, some plants are ready for
harvest before others.
So this is the extent of my understanding of the word. While it is not precise, I hope it provides some insight on which to build that may help resolve your own questions
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