Matthew 24:34 “I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.”
Taking our Lord’s words at face value, it is possible to suppose that he is teaching that the parousia would take place within the lifetime of his hearers (‘this generation’). If that is what he meant, then he would appear to have been mistaken.
Various explanations have been offered.
1. One of the more sceptical views is that Jesus did not utter this teaching at all.…
It shouldn’t be too difficult for us to unlock the meaning of this parable: the key is hanging at the door. V11: ‘…because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom was going to appear at once’
Luke’s record of this journey to Jerusalem began at ch. 9:51 – ‘As the time came for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem’
Jesus had spoken repeatedly about what was going to happen to him when he got to Jerusalem, but his listeners had not been able, or had not wanted, to understand. …