THE SIGN, AND THE SAVIOURS WHO BEAR THAT SIGN
(Mat 12:38-41) Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign [Gk: miracle, token, wonder] from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart [Gk: (fig.) the thoughts or feelings (mind)] of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented [Gk: to think differently, i.e. reconsidered] at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here.
(Luke 11:29,30) And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet. For as Jonah was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation [do you really think that Jesus the Christ was preaching only to the people of that particular generation standing in front of Him?].
1. Commentary: the fourteenth generation of Christ (Gk: the anointed) i.e., us, you and I, is a single supernatural generation, spanning from the distant death of Jesus up through the present, consisting of all the anointed children of God from that time forward. We all are that anointed generation of almost 2,000 years duration that He spoke of. Count the generations in Matthew 1:1-17. The thirteenth generation is Jesus (Mat 1:16), and the fourteenth generation is “from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ” (Mat 1:17). This lengthy generation was prophesied in the Old Testament:
a. (Psa 22:30) A seed [us] shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
THESE GENERATIONS ARE PEOPLE, NOT YEARS
(Mat 1:17) So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
THE BOOK OF THE GENERATION OF JESUS CHRIST
Mat 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Mat 1:2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; Mat 1:3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; Mat 1:4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; Mat 1:5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; Mat 1:6 And Jesse begat David the king [14 generations]; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; Mat 1:7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; Mat 1:8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; Mat 1:9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; Mat 1:10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; Mat 1:11 And Josias begat Jechonias [14 generations] and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
Mat 1:12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias [mentioned twice, but do not count him twice] begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; Mat 1:13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; Mat 1:14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; Mat 1:15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; Mat 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born [Gk: beget (begotten)] Jesus [13 generations], who is called Christ [Gk: the anointed].
Mat 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto [not Jesus who is the thirteenth generation, but…] Christ are fourteen generations.
1. (Oba 1:21) And saviours [plural] shall come up on mount Zion [Heb: a monumental or guiding pillar] to judge the mount of Esau [elder brother to Jacob; symbol of the flesh]; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.
2. saviours = Heb: to be open, wide or free, i.e. to be safe; to free or succor: avenging, defenders, deliverers, helpers, preservers, rescuers, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory.