Matthew 24:29

Immediately (euqew). This word, common in Mark's Gospel as euqu, gives trouble if one stresses the time element. The problem is how much time intervenes between "the tribulation of those days" and the vivid symbolism of verse Proverbs 29 . The use of en tacei in Revelation 1:1 should make one pause before he decides. Here we have a prophetic panorama like that with foreshortened perspective. The apocalyptic pictures in verse Revelation 29 also call for sobriety of judgment. One may compare Joel's prophecy as interpreted by Peter in Acts 21:16-22 . Literalism is not appropriate in this apocalyptic eschatology.

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