“Some of You Standing here will not Taste Death”–Mark 8:38-9:1 Explained!
Mark 8:38-9:1 Explained! “Some of You Standing here will not Taste Death”: Summary and Highlights
In Mark 8:38-9:1, Jesus declares, “[T]he Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels. . . . [S]ome of you standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” In Matthew 24, Matthew 10:23, Matthew 16:27-28, Mark 14:61-62, and John 21:22-23 Jesus again promises to return within his generation, specifically within the lifetime of the Apostle John and the High Priest Caiaphas. Two first century Roman historians recorded a miraculous event in A.D. 66 that appears to be Jesus Christ in the presence of a multitude of angels in the sky. This miracle marked the start of the most tragic war in Israelite history, a war whose outcome saw the literal fulfillment of seemingly every end time prediction in the Bible.[i] For the incredible evidence see the following commentary Mark 8:38-9:1 Explained: “Some of You Standing here will not Taste Death.”
The following may seem unbelievable. However, all information is taken from unbiased historical records and is easily verifiable. Sources listed at the end.
38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” 1And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
Mark 8:38-9:1 Explained! “Some of You Standing here will not Taste Death”: Having conquered Death at His Coming, Those Who were Alive During and After the Second Coming would be immediately raised to Life without experiencing Death (i.e. consignment to Sheol) First. These People would Literally See the Son of Man in His Kingdom at the Resurrection.
Revelation 21:4 says that in the New Jerusalem “death shall be no more.” This is because according to 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, Jesus conquered death. The death that Jesus conquered was spiritual death. Spiritual death is separation from God. This separation is quite literal. Before Jesus died for the remission of sins, the Old Covenant saints had no sacrifice for sin to purge them from the curse of spiritual death. Thus these saints were confined to Sheol, the dark underworld of death, after biological death. Sheol is spiritual death because it is a realm of darkness and separation from God in heaven. Sheol is synonymous with death in the Bible and is often simply translated “death” in English translations of the Bible. This is not a mistranslation. Sheol is death. Or to be more specific, Sheol is the land of the dead. According to the Bible it is here that the departed await the resurrection. Sheol appears to be a realm of darkness that is often described as a pit (Ezekiel 32:21-23). It is also called “outer darkness” by Jesus in the New Testament (Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 25:30). This realm of spiritual death in which the dead are temporarily separated from God prior to the resurrection may have given rise to the Catholic concept of purgatory.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 says, “We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 appears to be describing the resurrection of spirits out of Sheol at the last trumpet. Those who are asleep in 1 Corinthians 15:51 are spirits in Sheol that are raised to new life in heaven. These verses suggest that during and after the resurrection at the last trumpet, many people will no longer be imprisoned in the sleepy realm of Sheol before resurrecting from the dead. These people will be “changed” meaning that they will be given their resurrection bodies immediately after death presumably without being trapped in Sheol first. Therefore, spirits that died before the second coming would be consigned to Sheol and thus experience death before being resurrected, but those that died during or after the second coming would be immediately raised to life and literally see Jesus in his kingdom or coming in his kingdom as indicated in v. 28: “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” These verses were also fulfilled on earth within the lifetime of many of Jesus’ contemporaries. See 1 Corinthians 15:50-54: A Preterist Commentary, How the Resurrection Bodies of the Saints Perfectly Mirror Jesus’ Resurrection Body after His Ascension Into Heaven Fulfilling Philippians 3:20-21 and ALL Other Bible Verses on the Resurrection!!! and The Notion that the Resurrection is an Earthly Phenomenon whereby the Dead are raised as Perfected, Eternal Earthly Bodies is dispelled by 1 Corinthians 15:35-50 and Isaiah 65:20.
Mark 8:38-9:1 Explained! “Some of You Standing here will not Taste Death”: Jesus made several Miraculous Appearances in the First Century. These Various Appearances of Christ during and shortly after the Jewish War are a Climatic Exemplification and Fulfillment of All the Ways in which God appeared to People in the Bible. They also Literally Fulfill Every Prophecy on the Second Coming.
During the Jewish War and the death of the lawless one, Jesus appears to have made several miraculous appearances. These various appearances of Christ during and shortly after the Jewish War are a climatic exemplification and fulfillment of seemingly all the various ways in which God appeared to people in the Old and New Testaments. They also seem to literally fulfill every detail of every prophecy concerning the parousia or second coming. See Historical Evidence that Jesus was LITERALLY SEEN in the Clouds in the First Century.
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Interested in THE PRETERIST VIEW OF ESCHATOLOGY, or are you a PRETERIST struggling with a prophecy or verse? It DID happen just like the Bible says! If you liked this essay, see PRETERIST BIBLE COMMENTARY for a detailed explanation of the FULFILLMENT OF ALL MAJOR END TIME PROPHECIES IN THE BIBLE. The more unbelievable the prophecy, the more amazing and miraculous the fulfillment!
Also see Historical Evidence that Jesus was LITERALLY SEEN in the Clouds in the First Century. For an explanation of how the end of the age and its fulfillment during the Jewish War mirror Genesis 1-3; how the Bible teaches that the resurrection of the dead is a resurrection of heavenly bodies to heaven, not a resurrection of perfected earthly bodies; and how the resurrection is a mirror opposite of the fall see How the Jewish War and Resurrection to Heaven Mirror Genesis and the Fall; and How Preterism fixes the Age of the Earth Problem and unravels the Mysteries in Genesis.
Mark 8:38-9:1 Explanation! “Some of You Standing here will not Taste Death”: Conclusion
As explained in Mark 8:38-9:1 Explained! “Some of You Standing here will not Taste Death” it appears that many people alive during Christ’s ministry did not die before seeing Christ come on the clouds in A.D. 66.