“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.1 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.
Since Jesus came on the clouds in judgment during the Jewish War, of course, there were many people who had witnessed Jesus’ ministry who were still physically alive during the coming of Christ at that time which inaugurated the firm establishment of the kingdom of God (see Historical Evidence that Jesus was LITERALLY SEEN in the Clouds in the First Century). That being said there may be more to the “death” mentioned in Mark 9:1 than just physical death. 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 not physical death since people still physically die in the New Jerusalem (Isaiah 65:20). The “death” that Jesus conquered was spiritual death. For an explanation of how Jesus conquered spiritual death (see 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18: Preterism, the Rapture and the Resurrection).
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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 the preterist commentary on Mark 8:38-9:1 it appears that many people alive during Christ’s ministry did not die before seeing Christ come on the clouds in A.D. 66.