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by Billy Dyer
Biblical Prophecy is a very dynamic topic. There have been many books written on the topic and many areas that need to be covered before one can truly understand the depths on the genre of prophecy in the Scriptures. But that doesn't mean a novel Bible reader cannot understand some of the basics with a bit of common sense and an ability to read context. In Matthew 24:32-34 Jesus says:
"Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place."
David McAfee, in his book Disproving Christianity, says on page 46, "There is no known resolution for this false prophecy put forth" The point he is getting at is that Jesus predicted he would bodily return during the generation of his followers all passed away. Christians generally refer to Jesus coming back as "The Second Coming" or "The Parousia". There are two presuppositions in David's thinking:
- In this context the "these things" refers to Jesus' return to earth
- Jesus' return to earth will be a physical return with physical manifestations to announce his arrival
Now before y’all Christians start throwing stones at me saying Billy Dyer denies The Second Coming please continue to read my explanation. As I said at the beginning of this post, a little common sense and context can generally clear up our questions. It is amazing David said there is no known resolution to this problem. If the boy would simply read a commentary or listen to a half way decent bible teacher he would realize there is an easy solution to his question.
So first let us look at the context…
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