The Christ Generation

When we open the New Testament, in the book of Matthew, we see is a list of genealogies, that show God is fulfilling His promise to Abraham; that, “through Abraham's descendants, God will bless all of the families of the earth.” Genesis 26:4. Two thousand years after Adam and Eve, God revealed himself to Abraham. Then two thousand years later, God the Father sent Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of mankind; thus fulfilling the covenant with Abraham, and also, fulfilling the law of Moses.

Now, two thousand years later, we await the second coming of Christ; when Jesus will reign on Earth for a one thousand year period, called the millennium. The generation that will see the second coming of Jesus is called the Christ Generation. This previously hidden Christ Generation, will now appear on earth as a witness to the second coming, according to God's word as revealed in book of Matthew.

Matthew 1:16-17 (RSV)

16  and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

17  So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

The question as to why Matthew was inspired to create three lists containing fourteen names per list has been the topic of much discussion. It is known based on the genealogies listed in the Old testament, that some names were omitted from the Davidic line (IChron 10-12)   in order to create the list of fourteen. Bible scholars agree that this is an obvious omission by Matthew, because it was not something that could be hidden in the first place. The point was to establish the lineage of Christ, and to include the future Christ Generation, more so than to have exact names and numbers.

Therefore, it is equally obvious to bible scholars, that in the third list there are only thirteen proper names. But notice how the list ends in Matt 1:16 by saying, “of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” Then when Matthew combines the three lists for review in verse 17, he says, “from the deportation of Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.”               

Thus Matthew intentionally inserts “Christ” as the fourteenth generation! For the past two thousand years, no other generation has fulfilled the qualifications for this designation as the “Christ Generation,” but this generation certainly does qualify, and for many reasons.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Genealogy from Abraham to Jesus Christ

Matthew 1: 1 - 17

1

Abraham

Solomon

Shealtiel

2

Isaac

Rehoboam

Zerubbabel

3

Jacob

Abijah

Abiud

4

Judah

Asa

Eliakim

5

Perez

Jehoshaphat

Azor

6

Hezron

Joram

Zadok

7

Ram

Uzziah

Achim

8

Amminadab

Jotham

Eliud

9

Nahshon

Ahaz

Eleazar

10

Salmon

Hezekiah

Matthan

11

Boaz

Manasseh

Jacob

12

Obed

Amos

Joseph

13

Jesse

Josiah

Jesus

14

King David

Jechoniah

Christ

 

It is interesting to note that the New Testament was written in Greek. The greek symbol for Christ is X - the first letter in the name Xpistou meaning Christ. Not coincidentally, God being sovereign and all, the name Generation X was coined shortly after Israel became a nation in 1948 A.D. and has been passed around by societies ever since; until recently, when it has become a household word - worldwide.

Also, not coincidentally, another generation has become prominent, which will be the successor of Generation X. You guessed it -  Millennials. Scripture says, the “X Generation” will not pass away before the return of Christ. When Christ returns, he will reign on earth for a millennium. Is it simply coincidental that both generations are present on earth today? Some would say, that this is a confirmation of the fulfillment of end times scripture. Some would call this a prophetic sign.  Jesus told us to watch. He who has eyes to see, let him see!

Mark 13:28-34 (RSV)

28  "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.

29  So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

30  Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place.

31  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32  "But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

33  Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come.

34  It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.

Matthew 24:14 (RSV)

14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.

Lord Jesus, let the Christ Generation rise up in every nation, tribe, and tongue, and proclaim your good news in unity and love to this generation. To the glory of your holy name! Amen and Amen.