“Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” Matt 24:34
Some people say that “Generation here refers to the jewish race”!
“For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS. Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Matt 16:28
I couldn’t escape the fact that He was referring all the signs of the second coming and the second coming itself to the 1st century AD
The process of interpretation should be that the allegorical should be interpreted in light of the literal not vice versa.
Anyway the scripture uses similar statements in reference to the 1st destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon:
“I will do to you what I have never done before and will never do again.” Ezekiel 5:9
I would contend that such statements are figures of speech used to embellish a catastrophe rather literal statements.
But Jesus was not speaking in parable when he spoke to his disciples because it says “the disciples came to him privately.” This is significant because:
“He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Matt 13:10
What is more literal and easy to understand than these statements:
“Which must shortly take place” Revelations 1:1 and “Surely I am coming quickly” revelations 22:20.