so I have a question and am curious on the opinions of people here, whom are much more learned then I (rehersal may not be the best word to descrive what im thinking of here but the word im looking for eludes me)
The more I study the more I find God likes to rehearse all the major events before they happen, for many reasons im assuminig such as to give us an idea of whats coming, clues and signs to watch for etc, for example Enoch raptured before the flood is a rehersal for the rapture before the tribulation, Abraham was given a goat with thorns on its heard to sacrafice in place of his son (Jesus in place of all of us) the 7 day creation and 7000 year plan for the earth (6000 years followed by the millenial reign) and the list goes on.
what Im wondering, is Simeon (the man who was promised he would not pass away until he sees the messiah) a rehersal for the promise of the generation not passing away until the lords return? and if so, does that mean that the bulk of the generation will still be around at that time to see it? or that the generation will be at its very end (most have passed away and those that are left are in very old age just hanging on to see the fulfillment) it struck me out of absolutly no where (about simeons promise to see Jesus before his death) and got me thinking, I had forgot about the story of Simeon for years so I had to look it up to make sure I was remembering it correctly (luke 2:25-26) and it got me thinking, because he was at the end of his life just holding out for his promise as he basically said, ok I can die now ive seen my promise fulfilled and no longer need to hold on (at least what I got from it)
Also, is there a general consensus of what started the generation Jesus spoke of? I know he mentione dthe fig tree as a sign and is most likely the easiest to see sign, but he also spoke of great wars, could the generation be the generation that was alive to see the beginning of the first and second world wars, and the rebirth of Israel was also seen by that same generation as one of the many signs? (in which case very few people from that long ago are still alive and it would mean we have very very little time left) or did it start at the birth of israel specifically (in which case theres potential for several decades to be left in their lifetimes, assuming we count people born at that time in history)
I know we cant set a date but God does want us to be aware of a general timeframe im assuming or else he wouldnt have given us these signs and prophecies to watch out for.