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Derrick Feinman wrote:

Hi, guys —

While confessing that He does not know the hour that He will return, Jesus seemed to be pretty clear that:

"There are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."

(Luke 9:27; Matthew 16:28)

This seems to be almost a false prophesy, as if He said:

"I don't know when but I can tell you this . . ."

and then what He said was false.

  • Can you help me understand the proper interpretation of these verses?

Very Respectfully,

Derrick

  { Can you help me understand the proper interpretation of Luke 9:27 and Matthew 16:28? }

Mike replied:

Hi Derrick,

Many scholars understand that what Jesus was referring to was the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D.

Mike

John replied:

Hi, Derrick —

Mike is on the right track here. Let me just expound. With the destruction of the Temple, the Church finally ceased identifying Herself as a part if Judaism. There was no returning to the Temple worship. The Church is the Kingdom of God of which Christ refers to in the passages in question.

While the Church was born on Pentecost, one could say that Pentecost was the point of conception. Christ said that Temple would be destroyed in a generation ... which is 40 years.

Forty is a special number in terms of the Scriptures. It is almost always associated with a period of time which took place before some history-changing event occurred — most of the time related to some kind of new birth.

40 is also the number of months of human gestation. The Church after Pentecost also went through a similar period of incubation before She could cut the apron strings from Israel.

Another analogy could be made from current events.

Last week a new heir to the thrown was born in England. Were some tragedy to beset the Queen, as well as her Son, Charles, and Prince Harry, that new infant would be King though he could not rule as such until he had reached a certain age.

Hence, while it would be his Kingdom, it would not be established until he was ready for the crown.

John

Derrick replied:

Thanks John!

So . . . Is the Church then the Kingdom of God?

Derrick

John replied:

Hi Derrick,

Yes . . . but don't forget the Church is present in:

  1. Heaven
  2. Earth, and
  3. Purgatory

It's otherwise known as the Communion of Saints, which is not separated by death.

The Church is the Kingdom of God. That's pretty basic Ecclesiology 101.

On Earth, She is known as the Church Militant. It fights the battle for souls and is indeed the very presence of Christ Himself, the Sacrament of Salvation on the Earth.

In Heaven, She is known as the Church Triumphant.

In Purgatory, She is known as the Church Suffering.

Hope this helps,

John

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