The Kingdom of God and the Taste of Death
Matthew 10:28, Page 1530
Mark 9:1, Page 1574
Luke 9:27, Page 1616
Jesus prophesied about the taste of death and Kingdom of God. As the omniscient God and King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus always knows all things. Just before Jesus took Peter, James and John up the mountain to witness the transfiguration of Jesus, He prophesied that “some of those standing here shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” We shall now focus upon the prophesies of Jesus concerning the Kingdom of God and the taste of death.
The Matthew Prophecy of the Kingdom
In Matthew 10:28, page 1530, Jesus made a very specific prophecy concerning the Son of Man. 1We know that the title Son of Man refers to Jesus because of Daniel 7:13-14, pages 1400-1401 where we read: “I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like the Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of very language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.” Therefore, we see the title Son of Man describing the One who will have an everlasting dominion so that all people might serve Him. Jesus frequently applied this Son of Man title to Himself as in Mark 9:1, page 574. Speaking to His disciples, Jesus told them that some of them would not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.
In Matthew 16:28, page 1530, Jesus was very specific about the time and event. The event would be the Son of Man coming in His kingdom. Some of the disciples would live long enough to see that time. Although some teachers now emphasize that the Kingdom of God has already been realized upon earth, the Old Testament prophets spoke of a physical rule of Christ upon earth, with His throne in Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:1-19, pages 1492-1493; Psalm 2:6-9, pages 857-858; Isaiah 2:2-4, page 1073; Joel 3:16-21, pages 1433-1434). We have not seen that prophecy yet fulfilled. Jesus spoke of the future time when He would return to earth to reign (Matthew 24:29-51, pages 1545-1547). Jesus made a very specific prophecy to His disciples and the very words are inspired. 2Compare Matthew 16:24, page 1530, to see that Jesus was speaking to His disicples. Jesus told all His disciples that some of them would not 3The Greek here “οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου” contains very precise information. Matthew emphasized two terms for “not.” The first term for “not” (“οὐ”) means in the physical, existing world that they shall not taste death. The second term “not” (“μὴ”) means that, in the subjunctive world of possibilities, under no possible circumstances shall some of the disciples taste death. In both instances, Jesus spoke of them living long enough to see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom. Taken together, Jesus made the strongest possible claim that some of His disciples would not die before seeing the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom. taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom. Jesus expanded upon this prophecy in Mark and we should look at that verse next.