Matthew 1, lists the genealogy of Christ.
Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (KJV)
I recently posted a reblog of a message from our brother Brian Troxel. That message brought to my mind so many related truths. But I want to focus on just one that he brought up. You may have picked up on it if you listened to his podcast yesterday, that I reblogged here. The birth of Jesus was the 13th generation from the Babylonian captivity as recorded here:
Matthew 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. (KJV)
Brian had stated as part of his teaching that the generations listed are only 13 in number, and He is correct. But there are to be 14. Listen:
Matthew 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. (KJV)
Why then does this scripture say 14 when we have only 13? Brian stated, that there is a generation between Jesus first coming and His second coming as the Christ. The verse is therefore not wrong; because between Jesus and the coming of Christ is the Generation of those birthed by Jesus through the Gospel. But why are these considered to be one Generation? Are we not many generations? And why are these of the last 2000 years considered to be a generation within the Abrahamic family, and lineage of Christ? Did Christ not come first? Listen:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:26 KJV
Paul stated this for our instruction:
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 KJV
Paul was not contradicting Jesus in John 11:26, but he was speaking of physical death, whereas Jesus had promised each who love and follow Him in Spiritual birth an eternal Spiritual life. Paul called this which is a promised continuation of life, “his gain”, and this life is following his physical death.
So, these who are birthed by Christ will enter this 14th generation and will live forever, just as all the other Abrahamic generations listed.
As Brian alluded; we then are the 14th Generation of Matthew 1:17. We exist between Jesus first and His second coming as the missing Generation of that verse. Beyond this, which is a generation of Abrahamic inheritance there is no other generation recorded to inherit the Abrahamic promises. We are all in Christ, this one generation; because we shall not die. All others who would come afterward entering into the kingdom will not be in Christ. So, beyond us and The second coming there will only be mortals who remain outside of this inheritance, after Christ comes. This was all prophesied:
Psalm 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. (KJV)
We are this missing Generation. Ephesians 2 explains that only in Christ (in Him) are we included in Israel’s commonwealth — one new man. A part of Matthews 42 total generations making up Abraham’s genealogy until the Christ or Messiah will rule.
What does this mean for the Rapture’s timing? This missing generation must include the future Spiritual rebirth of Israel’s present nation. Why? Because to Israel is the promise made of a new Covenant. This her rebirth taking place during the Tribulation will occur then to complete this missing generation, and beyond this generation there will be none for inclusion within the covenants of Israel’s commonwealth.
Scripture is Christ (the word). It is His teaching us, who do abide in His Spirit. We are taught by His Spirit the truths about Himself (Scripture The Word). Within the scripture is no contradiction. His Holy Spirit understands it all, and teaches us all truth, if we will but believe it.