Proper grammar and "This Generation"

by Crazyguy 7 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Crazyguy

    I was never good at spelling and probably worse at grammar. So if Jesus really ment that the phrase "this generation" was an over lapping of generations then what would of been the proper way of saying it, if at all?????

  • Bob_NC

    Enlightened ones know that the word "nother" has been taken out of the Greek manuscripts due to superstition about pronouncing "nother." How thankful we are that the Faithful and Discreet Slave has restored "nother" to its proper place and thus the true meaning of Jesus' words at Matthew 24:34, that Jesus meant "this nother generation."

    33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this [nother] generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

  • smiddy

    What does a dictionary define as a generation in years .

    How about an encyclopeadia`s definition of how long a generation is ?

    And lets not leave out any bible dictionarys understanding of how long a generation is.

    When Jesus said " this generation will by no means pass away ...." Mt 24:34 in reference to the destruction of the temple , it occured in less than 40 years , which is a ball park figure of how long a generation is .

    The Watchtowers interpretation is ludicrous . It is just trying to rationalise its failed expectations .


  • alanv

    All anyone has to do is read the scripture in context. I think a 10 year old would be able to understand its meaning.

  • molybdenum

    Why, a four-year-old child could understand this report.

    Run out and find me a four-year-old child.

    I can't make head nor tail out of it.

    Groucho Marx

  • The Searcher
    The Searcher

    (Numbers 32:13) "So Jehovah’s anger blazed against Israel and he made them wander about in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that was doing evil in the eyes of Jehovah came to their end."

    You'd have to be brain-dead not to understand that this verse meant that overlapping generations had to die during the 40 years, before Israel could enter the Promised Land! How can anyone not see that? :)

  • eyeuse2badub

    Let us all be thankful on this day of Thanksgiving. Clearly, we should be very thankful that the current ruling GB has laid out such an impossibly ridiculous explanation of "this generation". Evidently, very few are really buying this 'overlapping' bs of an explanation. Apparently, many are now waking up to the WTBTS gimmick explanations and cover ups. I know that "overlapping generations" was the final,final nail that caused me to say 'enough'.

    So, rather than rant about this stupid "overlapping generation" fiasco, let us be thankful for it's enlightening power to expose and free many.


  • caliber

    (Numbers 32:13) "So Jehovah’s anger blazed against Israel and he made them wander about in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that was doing evil in the eyes of Jehovah came to their end."

    Forty is an interesting number for judgement

    Of all the types and shadows of the Old Testament, none is as pervasive and important as the shadows revealed in the relationship between "forty," and the fulfillment of promises.

    • The rains (in Noah's day) fell for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:4).
    • Israel ate Manna for 40 years (Exodus 16:35).
    • Moses was with God in the mount, 40 days and nights (Exodus 24:18).
    • Moses was again with God 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 34:28).
    • Moses led Israel from Egypt at age 80 (2 times 40), and after 40 years in the wilderness, died at 120 (3 times 40; Deuteronomy 34:7).
    • The spies searched the land of Canaan for 40 days (Numbers 13:25).
    • Therefore, God made Israel wander for 40 years (Numbers 14:33-34).
    • 40 stripes was the maximum whipping penalty (Deuteronomy 25:3).
    • God allowed the land to rest for 40 years (Judges 3:11).
    • God again allowed the land to rest for 40 years (Judges 5:31).
    • God again allowed the land to rest for 40 years (Judges 8:28).
    • Abdon (a judge in Israel) had 40 sons (Judges 12:14).
    • Israel did evil; God gave them to an enemy for 40 years (Judges 13:1).
    • Eli judged Israel for 40 years (1 Samuel 4:18).
    • Goliath presented himself to Israel for 40 days (1 Samuel 17:16).
    • Saul reigned for 40 years (Acts 13:21).
    • Ishbosheth (Saul's son) was 40 when he began reign (2 Samuel 2:10).
    • David reigned over Israel for 40 years (2 Samuel 5:4, 1 Kings 2:11).
    • The holy place of the temple was 40 cubits long (1 Kings 6:17).
    • 40 baths (measurement) was size of lavers in Temple (1 Kings 7:38).
    • The sockets of silver are in groups of 40 (Exodus 26:19 & 21).
    • Solomon reigned same length as his father; 40 years (1 Kings 11:42).
    • Elijah had one meal that gave him strength 40 days (1 Kings 19:8).
    • Ezekiel bore the iniquity of the house of Judah for 40 days (Ezekiel 4:6).
    • Jehoash (Joash) reigned 40 years in Jerusalem (2 Kings 12:1).
    • Egypt to be laid desolate for 40 years (Ezekiel 29:11-12).
    • Ezekiel's (symbolic) temple is 40 cubits long (Ezekiel 41:2).
    • The courts in Ezekiel's temple were 40 cubits long (Ezra 46:22).
    • God gave Nineveh 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4).
    • Jesus fasted 40 days and nights (Matthew 4:2).
    • Jesus was tempted 40 days (Luke 4:2, Mark 1:13).
    • Jesus remained on earth 40 days after resurrection (Acts 1:3).
    • Women are pregnant for 40 weeks (time of testing).

    The number forty is used by God to represent a period of testing or judgment (the length of time necessary to accomplish some major part of Gods plan in his dealings with various portions of mankind)

    Jehovah gave man 120 years to flood from warning ( 3 x 40) ?

    2,520 years (63 x 40) ?

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