What is a "GENERATION"?

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  • UnDisfellowshipped

    What is a "GENERATION", according to the Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Greek Lexicons?

    TheFreeDictionary.com Definition:



    1. All of the offspring that are at the same stage of descent from a common ancestor: Mother and daughters represent two generations.

    2. Biology A form or stage in the life cycle of an organism: asexual generation of a fern.

    3. The average interval of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.

    4a. A group of individuals born and living about the same time.

    4b. A group of generally contemporaneous individuals regarded as having common cultural or social characteristics and attitudes: "They're the television generation" (Roger Enrico).

    Microsoft Encarta Dictionary Definition:

    gen·er·a·tion, noun:

    1. group of contemporaries: all of the people who were born at approximately the same time, considered as a group, and especially when considered as having shared interests and attitudes : the younger generation

    2. stage in descent: a single stage in the descent of a family or a group of people, animals, or plants, or the individual members of that stage : three generations down the line

    3. time taken to produce new generation: the period of time that it takes for people, animals, or plants to grow up and produce their own offspring, in humans held to be between 30 and 35 years : after three generations of war and conflict

    4. particular generation in sequence: a particular numbered stage in the sequence of generations of a person being identified with a particular characteristic ( usually used in combination ) : a first-generation immigrant; a third-generation graduate

    5. new type: a particular stage in the development of a product or technology, especially one marking a significant advance : one of the new generation of computers

    6. phase in life cycle: one of the successive phases that make up the life cycle of some organisms : the gametophyte generation

    7. production of power: the production of electricity, heat, or some other form of energy

    8. production of young: the act or process of bringing offspring into being

    Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary Definition:


    1a : a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor

    1b : a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously

    1c : a group of individuals having contemporaneously a status (as that of students in a school) which each one holds only for a limited period

    1d : a type or class of objects usually developed from an earlier type <first of the…new generation of powerful supersonic fighters — Kenneth Koyen>

    2a : the action or process of producing offspring : procreation

    2b : the process of coming or bringing into being <generation of income>

    2c : origination by a generating process : production; especially : formation of a geometric figure by motion of another

    3 : the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring

    Strong's Greek Dictionary Definition of the Greek Word "GENEA" (G1074) used by Jesus at Matthew 24:34:

    "GENEA" (Translated as "GENERATION")

    Outline of Biblical Usage of this word:

    1) fathered, birth, nativity

    2) that which has been begotten, men of the same stock, a family

    2a) the several ranks of natural descent, the successive members of a genealogy

    2b) metaphorically a group of men very like each other in endowments, pursuits, character

    2c) especially in a bad sense, a perverse nation

    3) the whole multitude of men living at the same time

    4) an age (i.e. the time ordinarily occupied be each successive generation), a space of 30 - 33 years


    * Before 1995: All of those people alive in the same year that a major event occurred, or all of those born in the same year.

    * 1995 - 2008: All wicked people who are alive anytime since the year 1914. There is no time limit for this generation.

    * 2008-2009: All of the Anointed Remnant who are alive during the last days anytime since 1914. There is no time limit on this generation.

    * 2010: The Anointed who witnessed the events of 1914 AND the Anointed whose lives overlap with those original Anointed and who are alive when the Great Tribulation begins.

  • Mad Dawg
    Mad Dawg

    According to the WTS, I am of the same generation as my Great-grandfather - simply because my life overlapped his.

  • OnTheWayOut

    I had a great grandmother that passed away at 103 in the 1990's. Even by the current way they try to make the members believe the 1914 anointed and the last-days anointed would have been contemporaries, adults that worked together, I was a contemporary of my great grandmother. So a generation easily spans more than 150 years in WT-Land. Eventually, they will say how it could be as much as 200 years or even a tad more, then they will come up with some other nonsense.

    Or maybe they will abandon the overlap sooner. Or maybe the brass will take the money and run to some Caribbean country a whole lot sooner.

  • changeling

    You hit the nail on the head OTWO. The WT confuses the terms "contemporaries" with "generation" and hopes their readers will do the same.

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    Q.: What is a "GENERATION"?

    A.: A great way to stall for time.

  • WTWizard

    The official definition never allows any intersection of lives with previous generations. A generation is supposed to be a group of people that are around the same age, or that have the same parent(s), or that were in one group (hence, the swing generation, the Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, Millennial).

    Now, take the washtowel definition. Which generation, by their definition, does a baby born in 2010 belong to? You still have people in the swing generation (before the Baby Boomers) still alive, and you still have a few from the World War I generation alive. Does that baby belong to that generation, since a few (it only takes one) people in that generation are still alive when the baby was born?

    Confusing? You bet--and that's how they want it. Confuse the flock, and they will think you know something they can't possibly learn. And, they are that much more likely to believe you when you say "This highlights more than ever that the end is right on top of us".

  • BluesBrother

    If a group of people were born around the year 1900, saw WW1 and died in ,say, 1980...and other people were born around 1960 and will live to, whenever...they may know each other and their lives overlap.....but that is two generations..by any accepted dictionary.

    To parody their own argument against the trinity, they try to have us believe that one plus one still equals one

    Of course in the light of today's WT study we are resisting the Holy Spirit by questioning this new piece of "revealed truth" as the "light gets brighter" and it just shows that we are so close to the end...

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