Did Jesus predict the End of the World…within his lifetime?

Read the passages below from the Synoptic Gospels regarding the Coming of the Son of Man.  Was Jesus predicting the End of the World thousands of years after his death and resurrection…or was he predicting the End of the World within 20-25 years, during the lifetime of his disciples…and maybe even…during his lifetime??

Notice that never once does Jesus refer to himself as the Son of Man, and when describing the Son of Man, he speaks in the third person.  Also take note:  Why does the Gospel of John, written 20-30 years after the Synoptic Gospels, say nothing about the “soon to come” apocalypse?

Maybe because…it didn’t happen??

Jesus had been mistaken. 

But in those days, after <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24734A" value="(A)”>that tribulation, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24734B" value="(B)”>the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24735C" value="(C)”>the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24736D" value="(D)”>the Son of Man coming in clouds <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24736E" value="(E)”>with great power and glory. 27 And then <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24737F" value="(F)”>he will send out the angels and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24737G" value="(G)”>gather <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24737H" value="(H)”>his elect from <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24737I" value="(I)”>the four winds, from <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24737J" value="(J)”>the ends of the earth <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24737K" value="(K)”>to the ends of heaven.

Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place.   (Mark 13:24-27, 30)

For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25667B" value="(B)”>in his day.<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-ESV-25667a" value="[a]”>[a] 25 But first <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25668C" value="(C)”>he must suffer many things and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25668D" value="(D)”>be rejected by this generation. 26 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25669E" value="(E)”>Just as it was in the days of <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25669F" value="(F)”>Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25670G" value="(G)”>They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25671H" value="(H)”>Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25672I" value="(I)”>but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 so will it be <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25673J" value="(J)”>on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.   (Luke 17:24-30)

 Just as the weeds <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23579A" value="(A)”>are gathered  and burned with fire, so will it be at <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23579B" value="(B)”>the end of the age. 41 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23580C" value="(C)”>The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23580D" value="(D)”>causes of sin and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23580E" value="(E)”>all law-breakers, 42 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23581F" value="(F)”>and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23581G" value="(G)”>there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23582H" value="(H)”>the righteous will shine like the sun <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23582I" value="(I)”>in the kingdom of their Father. <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23582J" value="(J)”>He who has ears, let him hear.  (Matt. 13-40-43)

But watch yourselves <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25851A" value="(A)”>lest <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25851B" value="(B)”>your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25851C" value="(C)”>cares of this life, and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25851D" value="(D)”>that day come upon you suddenly <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25851E" value="(E)”>like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25853F" value="(F)”>stay awake at all times, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25853G" value="(G)”>praying that you may <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25853H" value="(H)”>have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-25853I" value="(I)”>to stand before the Son of Man.  (Luke 21:34-36)

For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23981B" value="(B)”>the coming of the Son of Man. 28 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23982C" value="(C)”>Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

29 “Immediately after <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23983D" value="(D)”>the tribulation of those days <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23983E" value="(E)”>the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23983F" value="(F)”>the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23984G" value="(G)”>will appear in heaven <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23984H" value="(H)”>the sign of the Son of Man, and then <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23984I" value="(I)”>all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23984J" value="(J)”>they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23984K" value="(K)”>with power and great glory. 31 And <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23985L" value="(L)”>he will send out his angels with a loud <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23985M" value="(M)”>trumpet call, and they will <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23985N" value="(N)”>gather <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23985O" value="(O)”>his elect from <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23985P" value="(P)”>the four winds, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23985Q" value="(Q)”>from one end of heaven to the other.

    32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23987R" value="(R)”>at the very gates. 34 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23988S" value="(S)”>Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23989T" value="(T)”>Heaven and earth will pass away, but <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23989U" value="(U)”>my words will not pass away

36 “But concerning that day and hour <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23990V" value="(V)”>no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23990W" value="(W)”>nor the Son,<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-ESV-23990a" value="[a]”>[a] <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23990X" value="(X)”>but the Father only. 37 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23991Y" value="(Y)”>For as were the days of Noah, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23991Z" value="(Z)”>so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23992AA" value="(AA)”>For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23992AB" value="(AB)”>marrying and giving in marriage, until <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23992AC" value="(AC)”>the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-23993AD" value="(AD)”>so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  (Matt. 24:27-39)


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