Luke 21:25-33 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of the natoins in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” And he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees; as soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Matthew 24:29-34 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not gives its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; then will appear the sign of hte Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
In both accounts of the signs announcing the coming of the end from the gospels I quoted above Jesus says that all these things will take place in ‘this generation’.
It is believed that the members of the church of the first century thought that they were going to see the second-coming occur in their own generation, although obviously this did not happen.
I have never had this explained to me and I am hoping the people on this board may provide answers,
how does Jesus appear to say here to his disciples two thousand years ago that the end will occur before ‘this generation’ passes away?