The Worldnetdaily has another one of its advertisements disguised as an opinion column, this one from James Fitzgerald. WND is publishing his new book, which claims that 9/11 was the beginning of the one true last days (never mind all those other false last days you’ve been told about).
In strikingly similar fashion, when Jesus answered the disciples’ question on Mt. Olivet about the end times, He taught that the generation living when the end time events first began would not pass away until all that was to happen did happen in the span of one generation (Matthew 24:34). Typically, a biblical generation is considered to be 40 years. This was the length of time the Israelites wandered in the wilderness after fleeing Egypt. During that time, the old generation died out and a new generation rose to conquer the Promised Land. Likewise, from the time that Jesus taught on Olivet until the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem occurred, it was also just less than forty years, the time of a single generation.
In my book, “The 9/11 Prophecy,” I give evidence that the attack on 9/11 was the literal beginning of the final generation that Jesus foretold would come before His return. This is not mere idle speculation. Jesus specifically taught that his followers would be able to recognize this period once it began. I also believe that is why the Lord has drawn such extraordinary attention at this time to the Isaiah 9:10 passage through the teaching of Jonathan Cahn. In its broad context (Chapters 6-39), Isaiah 9:10 has an undoubted connection to the end times. God would have us heed this fact and deeply consider its implications.
Wow, talk about a distortion. Matthew 24 does not say that “the generation living when the end times events first began” would not pass away until the end times came about. He said that the generation then alive, his own disciples, would not pass away until the end times came.
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]
30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
He was telling them that the end times would happen in their lifetimes, and they believed him. The early Christians all expected all of those things to happen any day while they were alive. And every generation of Christians since then have believed that they were the last generation, that Jesus would be returning very soon, because the list of signs he gave were so vague that they are always happening. At every point in human history there were “wars and rumors of wars” and “nation rising against nation.” That every single generation has always been wrong about this makes it all the more amusing that the present one thinks they’ve finally got it right.