How long is a generation according to the Bible?

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Jesus mentioned the word “generation” in Matthew 24:34. He stated that a specific generation would live to see His return.

According to Matthew 1:17, there were 42 generations between Abraham and Jesus Christ. This covers a period of 2,160 years. Divide the 2,160 by 42 and it comes to 51.4. But since the Jerusalem War was won in 1967 in June, you have six more months to the end of December. Add six months to 51.4 and you have roughly 52 years for a generation.

Now in Luke 3:23-38, you have 77 generations from Adam to Jesus Christ. That’s a period of 4,000 years. Divided by 77 it comes out to 51.9. Again that’s about 52 years. Now without a doubt we know the length of a generation.

This is why though we are not setting a specific date, we believe that the Lord’s Return could happen any day now.

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