I am betting someone, if not many, in every single generation since Jesus Christ ascended to be at the right hand of His Father has asked this question. Jesus Himself told His followers before He was crucified, “I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” Mark 9:1 Six days later He was transfigured before Peter, James and John and spoke on the mountain top with Elijah and Moses. A cloud overshadowed them and the thunderous voice of God declared, ” this is My beloved Son, listen to Him!” Then began the journey toward the cross. His followers expected the coming of His Kingdom to be very different from the reality that they experienced and when He decreed “It is finished.” I am pretty sure they were stunned at the events that they had witnessed as He was arrested, questioned, beaten mercilessly and forced to carry His cross toward the Place of the Skull, Golgotha. This in not how a King comes into power, they did not understand. Though Jesus taught them, told them what was coming and even after Jesus died, was buried and rose again appearing to His disciples, followers and some five hundred people: people were watching and waiting for a Kingdom to come. Jesus told them that He had to leave; to go back to the Father. He told them He would not leave them alone but would send the Holy Spirit who would guide them in all truth and that He would one day come again. People have watched and waited ever since for the day He would return.
The Bible is full of prophecy of all the things we could expect to see over the years as His followers await His return. Prophecy after prophecy have come true as many have waited, many have given up and many have questioned the veracity of God’s Word. The prophecy of Israel’s scattering to the four corners of the world is a historical fact, as is the rebirth of the land of Israel in 1948, the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six Day War in 1967. Israel has always been an indicator of where we are on God’s timetable and continues to be today as the rumors of a peace treaty, returning to pre-1967 borders, people calling for a shared Jerusalem, others calling for destruction of Israel and her supporters and many other middle east topics are in the news daily. Iran is closer than ever to having nuclear technology and has made its displeasure for Israel and America clear. N.A.S.A. is saying over the next two years we will experience four blood moons (lunar/solar eclipses). These will also coincide with major Jewish celebrations and three will fall in a Shemitah year and are spoken about in Revelation. What if anything does this all mean? Are we the generation that will see Jesus Christ second coming? Only God truly knows the answer. I know for a fact in my lifetime alone there have been no less than four times some bold person decided that the world was going to end and named a specific day only to be laughed and made fun of! The Word of God is clear in saying no one, not even Jesus Himself knows the day or hour, but only the Father. It does give those of us who follow Jesus an idea of signs, things to look for or indications that will be in the world at the time of His return and indicates when we see them to Look up church, for your redemption draws near. Are we that generation? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, I want to be informed and ready!