[quote=John Joseph]What about verse 34, “Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place”? What is your interpretation of “this generation”?
Could this have been a warning to the Christians living in Judea to “flee to the mountains” to avoid the Roman army and subsequent tribulation of 70AD? Would not pregnant women have had a more difficult escape?
Re “generation,” if you look to Luke 11:50, you’ll see Jesus referring to the time from the beginning of the world to His time, when the blood of the prophets was shed, as a “generation.” In other words, the Old Testament period is the first “generation.”
I think that the Matthew 24:34 “generation” is the entire New Testament period, “the time of the Gentiles.” That is why the “leafing of the fig tree” is significant: It is odd that that should hapopen in the “time of the Gentiles,” and so will be noticed, and so is a good End Times marker.
Re whether Jesus is warning of a Roman army attack, look to Matthew 24:27-44…
27 For just as lightning comes from the east and is seen as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
He isn’t talking about “Romans,” here, is He?
30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and **they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. **
Again, this is not about “Romans” coming.
37 For as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Do you really think that THAT is about the Romans coming.
38 In (those) days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. 39 They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be (also) at the coming of the Son of Man.
Again, strange ideation to choose to describe a Roman attack.
43 Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. 44 So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
Clearly, not about a Roman attack.