Could you please explain how you are understanding this transition? In verse 14 Jesus says some towns won’t accept what they have to say so they should shake the dust of their feet as they leave. This was to signify judgement on those in the town who reject the gospel message. Verse 15 says that when we die and are judged the rejection of the gospel message is a far greater sin than the sexual sins committed by Sodom. The future date is the day we die and judged. Not seeing the rapture here?
Sure Jesus is speaking of a futuristic event that will occur before the death of the last Apostle. That’s pretty plain from the text since He says it will occur before they finish their mission in Israel.
Matthew 10:23 seems to be speaking of the destruction of the Temple being the promise to come again within their generation. I understand how the words Son of Man Comes could be referencing His second coming, however I would probably lean towards this being Jesus speaking of a prelude to His second coming since He is plainly speaking of an event that will occur within the Apostles lifetime.
Why? What am I missing in the Chapter? In the context Jesus seems to be telling the Apostles of the troubled times ahead. How they will be persecuted for spreading the good news, how families will turn against each other. I really like verse 21
21 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
The ones put to death are the martyrs. History, has shown us that all of this has occurred, just like Jesus said it would. Families turned their Children in for becoming Christian. Thousands of Christians persecuted and put to death if they would not renounce their faith. The Apostles being threatened, jailed and put to death unless they renounced Jesus. Not sure if you watched the movie Silence or not? But I think what the Japanese did to the Catholic missionaries is exactly what Jesus was referring to here.
He who endures (being persecuted, jailed and put to death) to the end (never refusing to follow Jesus) will be saved.
When we continue to verse 32
32 So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
It sure seems like the enduring Jesus is speaking of is enduring in acknowledging Jesus in your life. If you do this to the end of your life, you will be saved, because Jesus will not deny you before God.
Could you point to what I am missing and why?