This is not in direct reply to your message but I thought you might be a good person to help explain to me an issue in Matthew (sorry if I'm off-base):
Matthew 24:3 As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately and said, "Tell us, when will this happen, and what sign will there be of your coming, and of the end of the age?"
Jesus discusses the many signs, his return, then states:
Matthew 24:34 Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.
It seems Jesus is talking to specifically to his disciples, and seems to be stating that the end-times will occur within their generation, given a literal interpretation.
I've heard someone use this as prove that Jesus will not return, since it did not happen within that "generation".
Any insight? If figurative, what might "this generation" mean here?