Therefore, the way the Lord, in his wisdom would say a matter concerning fleeing when you see Jerusalem surrounded by enemies can apply to 70-135AD events as well as to the Rapture, as well as to those alive at the time of His physical return. It really does not matter because the Lord promised to warn his people of things to come before they come and what better way than a manner which test the righteous solidifying their faith several times in preparation for the last end time?
Indeed, one can apply The Lord's prophetic words to what happened in 70 AD and to what continued to happen and is happening today, BUT did Christ mean to imply that? if so, why reference THIS generation ( unless generation was taken as "race" of group of people, in this case believers of Christ)?
In its most natural reading, it SEEMS to imply that those present, THAT GENERATION, would see all those events.
Of course The Lord does go on to expand ( IN Matthew) and add to it, in he view of some, clearing up things:
36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son,h but only the Father. 37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what dayi your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
With God knowing everything and with such wisdom as he has – he could surly imply several things from one saying which leads to one final event. From it many warnings can be applied correctly for any given time. Such is the wisdom of God who foresees and knows all. To deny this and limit God in this matter demonstrates that one’s faith is in their works, not in God’s who is more than able to do and reason far above what we may think or do or reason.
Next, Jesus did not return physically to rule the earth as was clearly prophesied in the OT; therefore, the ‘you
’ refers to those who are mortally alive at that time of his return and we also must not forget those standing around Jesus as well as all 'who passed on' will be with Jesus as the bible says will happen. These deceased would in essence see these events as well from a better perspective than those mortal that remain. So no matter how you slice it, God’s wisdom of his words and saying trumps mans’.
Next, Let's break down these verse specific verse from Luke 2129-36 by connecting context and ask some questions...
Let's break down these verse specific verse from Luke 21:29-36 by connecting context and ask some questions...
Luke 21:29, "Then He spoke to them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees
Luke 21:32, "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.
Notice how the above tow verses connect to each other? This defines the this generation as being those that see and understand what is meant by the fig tree (increasing intensity of natural disasters, increase in wars, ethnos wars, peoples heart failing from instability, , and yes, the return of Israel as a nation as Amos 9 describes, etc... This defines that he is speaking to the End of Days generation.
Luke 21:33, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
The above verse says that the Lord's words are sure on this matter...
Luke 21:36, "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
The Luke 21:36 verse has not happened nor could it have happened in 70 AD as those alive during that time did not stand before Jesus and the Minlemuim reign of peace did not occur after 70 AD, in fact it was not till 135 AD that the words of the Lord concerning the fulfillment of the 2'nd scattering of the Jewish people into all the world was completed. It was not until the 1920-1948 that the Jewish people began to return to Israel and a nation born in one Day in 1948 happened as prophesied by the Lord.
If all the words were fulfilled as Luke 21:33 says, then what about the ones concerning Israel 2nd scattering and re-gathering? That was not fulfilled in 70 AD.
If the rapture occurred in 70 AD - what does that say about us and our part the White Throne Judgment when those standing before this judgment are all confined into the Lake of Fire?
You see Preterism cannot answer these questions but instead seeks to replace the nation of Israel according to various teaching from each of the Preterist campus.
Also this did not occur 70 AD.
Rev 20:6. "Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years
This reign is described in the OT has the Lord physically ruling in bodily form from Jerusalem, in Israel (Micah 4:1, 2, 3, Psalms 2:8, Psalms 22:27, 28, 29, 30, 31c, Psalms 72:11c. Zechariah 14:9, Zechariah)
In fact, when did Rev 11:15 occur or has it yet? If it did not happen, then what of Luke 21:33 regarding fulfillment? The same Heaven and earth remain – does it not?
What of Zechariah 12:10?
What of Amos 9:8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15c fulfillment as well too?