Fig Tree Prophecy

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Fig Tree Prophecy

The fig treee generation is the generationthat will not pass till all things prophesied in (KJV) Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 be fulfilled. (KJV) Matthew 24:32-35: 32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Jesus Christ often used the fig tree in parabolic form when communicating things about Israel. During His life on the earth, Jesus painted a threefold picture of what will become of the Nation of Israel. The fig tree (the nation of Israel) was to be barren, cursed and replanted. 

1. The Barren fig tree: (KJV) Luke 13: 6 - 9 

6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

7 Then said he unto the dresser of the vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

8 And he answering unto him, Lord, let it alone this years also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. 

For three and a half years Jesus Christ was in the land of Israel searching for spiritual fruits but Israel was barren spiritually. Reason it is said, "Behold, these three and a half years Jesus Christ was seeking fruit on this fig tree, he could not find any. Because Israel had a form of religion, but not accepting the power of the gospel. Thus Israel had no spiritual fruits like many of today hypocritical Christians. Israel was barren. For her barrenness and continue using of the land without bearing fruits. Jesus Christ ordered the dresser of the vineyard to cut it down. "Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?". But the dresser of the vineyard told Him to wait for him to dig about and dung (fertilize) it and if it bears no fruit, He shall cut it down. "Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it1". "And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shall cut it down".   

Did Israel bear fruits and she cut down?

2. The cursed fig tree, even after being dug about and fertilized, Israel did not bear any spiritual fruits and Jesus cursed her.   

(KJV) Mark 11:12 - 17 

12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 

16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye made it a den of theives. 

(KJV) Matthew 21:19 

19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.  

Later we see the fig tree replanted. 

3 The replanted fig tree referenced in (KJV) Matthew 24. We see Jesus Christ talking of a replanted fig tree, her branches are tender, putting forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.

Many Bible prophets prophesied of Israel replanting; Israel rebirth. See Ezekiel 36 and 37 prophecy of the rebirth of Israel.

(KJV) Ezekiel 37: 21 - 22

21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:  

22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.  

Israel ceased to be a sovereign nation from 70 AD to May 14th 1948 when United Nations proclaimed Israel a sovereign nation. Israel was given her land back thus replanted. See Necbuchadnezzar's dream of a great image 

King Necbuchadnezzar's had a dream interperted by Daniel. He gives all the glory to God. Daniel then outlines to the King Necbuchadnezzar the events of the dream. This of course the king would have known but he was testing the wise men to see if they were as wise as they claimed to be. He reminds the king that he had been wondering what would eventually happen to his kingdom after he had gone. He states that the dream has been shown to king Nebuchadnezzar to explain the events of the “latter days”.

The phrase “latter days” is in the scriptures denotes a specificperiod of time. Consider this verse from Hosea  (KJV) 3:4-5:

 (KJV) Hosea 3:4-5

5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.

The first part of this quote is speaking about the time when the Jewish people would be scattered around the world and would not be able to perform national religious worship. This began of course in 70 AD when the Romans dispersed the Jewish people all over their empire. When the roman empire fell the jewish people were dispersed throughout the world. This situation continued for a very long time until the rebirth of Israel in 1948. Than and only than did the Jewish people started to return to land. This time of returning  is happening now in our time. 

Since 1948, we have seen Israel put forth leaves on her tender branches both economically, military, financially and spiritually, and Israel has become a world force always on the news all over the world. And we are about to see Israel build the Third Temple. 

Israel is God's time piece and in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 Jesus used Israel to tell us of a generation that will see all things prophesied be fullfilled. To truly understand and decipher the context of the Fig Tree Parable we must read and understand Matthew 24:3 the disciples question. Than read Matthew 24:32 -35  was Jesus's answer to the disciples question in Matthew 24:3.

(KJV) Matthew 24:3 

3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying. Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

THE FIG TREE GENERATION

(KJV) Matthew 24:32-34

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that is near, even at the doors. 

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fullfilled. 

And Jesus confirmed these words by stating, Heaven and eath shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away (KJV) Matthew 24:35   

i.e. this generation that sees the fig tree shoot forth will not pass till all these things be fullfilled. Which is the generation that saw the fig tree shoot forth?

The Fig Tree Generation:  

* The generation that will not pass till all these things be fullfilled 

In May 14th 1948, Israel became a sovereign nation thus the fig tree came back to life. and started shooting forth. The fig tree (Israel) that seemed dead sprung back to life, putting forth tender branches and leaves. Israel is a powerful nation (It is the size of N.J.) today always in the the news all over the world. The 1948 generation is the generation that will not pass till all things prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 is fulfilled. A person born in the 1950's is not of the 1948 generation. Neither is a person born in 1960, 2000 or any other year. It is only those born in the year 1948 that are of the generation that saw the fig tree shoot forth. 

Many of us today found Israel being a sovereign thriving nation when we were born. We found Israel already shooting forth leaves on her tender branches. The generation that began with the planting of the fig tree (Israel) in 1948 is the generation that will not pass till all things prophesied are fulfilled. 

How long is a generation? From tthe time of Adam up to today, humanity lifespan on earth has been deteriorating. Adam lived 930 years. (KJV) Genesis 5:5: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. Jacob lived 147 years. (KJV) Genesis 47:28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years. Moses lived 120 years. (KJV) Deuteronomy 34:7 and Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. Joshua lived 110 years. (KJV) Joshua 24:29 and it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and 10 years old. The (KJV) Holy Bible in Psalms 90:10 The days of our years are threescore and ten (70 years); and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years (80 years), yet is their strength, labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. 

The Parable Of The Fig Tree

First to fully underestand the parable of "The Fig Tree" we should always keep in mind, Jesus said this to the Disciples. Remebering Jesus's word never goes back on void. Second, is why did Jesus tell the Disciple's the parable of the "Fig Tree"? Third, is what was the question's the disciples asked Jesus. The actual question's from the disciples to Jesus is in the verse below. If we refer to the Holy KJV Bible we will understand the true meaning of the parable. 

The Disciples question below:

(KJV) Matthew 24:3 

3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying. Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

To truly understand and decipher the context of the Fig Tree Parable below. We must read and understand it was a answer to the Disciples question. Jesus's answer is in the scripture below.

Jesus's answer below:

(KJV) Matthew 24:32-35

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that is near, even at the doors. 

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fullfilled. 

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 

Now to truly understand the parable first and foremost we must find out what the fig tree refers to and is it relevant today? So, we will refer to scripture to undertand what Jesus means when he refers to a Fig Tree.

(KJV) Hosea 9:10  

 

 

 

 

 

When Jesus is referring to the "Fig Tree" in his parable he is referring to Israel.   

 

 

The Fig Tree is Israel and on May 14, 1948 as We know that the fig tree is Israel and thus the rebirth of Israel as a nation on May 14 th 1948 is the fig tree putting off leaves and the beginning of the one generation count, i.e. the generation alive at this point in time would not all have died by the time that all the end time events are fulfilled, they are therefore the last generation.The Fig Tree Prophecy began when Israel became a nation again as prophesied by Ezekiel, 37:21-22, in the Valley of Dry Bones; Dry bones like dry branches in winter with no leaves on them. It is this witness to our spirit that we must earnestly comprehend, for this witness is the Holy Spirit.

The Fig Tree parable is found in the following passages: Matthew 24:32-35; Mark 13:28-31; Luke 21:29-33. This parable was in answer to the question asked Jesus, “What shall be the sign of thy coming?” (Matthew 24:3). The actual fulfillment of the signs (Matthew 24:6-15; Mark 13:5-23) would herald the coming of Christ just as certain as new shoots on a fig tree herald the approach of summer. (THINGS TO COME, J.D. Pentecost, p. 281)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In His teachings, Jesus often touched on the environment, which surrounded Him and His listeners. In Biblical times, the fig tree was a fruit tree common throughout Israel, especially near Jerusalem, where Bethphage, House of Figs, was located. Jesus may have taught the parable of the budding fig tree during the first week of April, just at the time when the fig tree begins to show its first signs of life. (THE PARABLES OF JESUS, F. Kistemaker, page 107)

 

The fig tree provided an illustration (object lesson) of the certainty of Christ’s Second Coming (not to be confused with the Rapture appearance of Christ; 1 Thessalonians 4). The reference to summer is evidently in relationship to the time when the fig tree’s tender leaves began to appear.

 

It is doubtless true that the fig tree represents in other Scriptures the nation Israel (Matthew 21:18-20). When the things which Christ had previously spoken about, including even the beginnings of travail, begins to come to pass, it may be accepted as certain that He (Christ) is nigh, even at the doors. When that hour has arrived, the words of Christ will be of the greatest value and blessing to those to whom they were addressed, and that people, Israel, shall not pass until all those things which concern-them shall be fulfilled; even Heaven and earth may pass away — and they will — but Christ’s promise to Israel thus made shall not pass away. (SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY, L.S. Chafer, Volume 5, pages 126,127)

 

It should be understood by those studying the prophecies of Christ’s Second Coming that the preeminent sign that Christ gave for the closeness of His return was that of the budding fig tree. The fig tree is the well-known symbol of Israel nationally. To those observing the nation Israel today, it will be noted that large numbers of Jewish immigrants are returning to Palestine. Thus, the fig tree is putting forth its “green leaves,” and thereby proclaiming the near return of Christ. (MATTHEW, H.A. Ironside, page 323)

 

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The Fig Tree Prophecy

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The Shofar is a Warning Compliments PDImages.comLuke 21:5-36 | NIV NKJV | ESVThe Fig Tree ProphecyAccording to the fig tree prophecy there are five things a person must understand to comprehend this important prophecy. My commentary is in blue, I hope you enjoy this. Please comment after you read it, thankyou. Here’s Luke 21:6-36, NIV.

Luke 13:6 NIV

6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘ For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

8 ” ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year,;fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”

Verse 6-9: The man with the vineyard is Father God. The Vineyard is earth and the fig tree is Israel. The caretaker of the vineyard is the Son of the farmer, the caretaker Jesus Christ. Christ is the one who tends the vines in the vineyard. The three years the Father God checks for fruit on the fig tree is during the first three years of Christ’s ministry which was mostly to the Jews first. The additional year was Christ’s last six months and the eleven disciples once again ministering to the Jews first. When Paul started taking the gospel to the Gentiles, this is when the tree was cut down, not to kill it but to strengthen it so it would eventually start bearing fruit.

Signs of the End of the Age

5Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6“As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”

7″Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

8He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

10Then he said to them: ”Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Verse 9-10-The end will not come right away.  Christ is teaching us that there will be some time before these things French People When Hitler took Paris he is speaking of, before the time of the end, specifically thousands of years. Christ is prophesying about Communism, Lenin & Stalin, Adolf Hitler HitlerMan’s Cruelty to Man WW1, WW2 and the many wars since including when the Locust like Islamic radicalism re-awakened right after the Yom Kipper war in 1974.

12“But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13This will result in your being witnesses to them. 14But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17All men will hate you because of me. 18But no t a hair of your head will perish. 19By standing firm you will gain life.

Verses -12-19- But before all this, These verses prophesy about those first millions of Christians starting with the disciples first, that will be thrown to the lions, tortured, tied up and taken where they do not wish to go. They will be given new derogatory name repeated by many of that time, Nero himself, a great false witness blaming them of all the fires of Rome breaking the 9th commandment, he being emperor of Rome, quoted by Josephus the historian, as calling them that scourge of a name, “Those Christians!”-literal translation–”Those Christ-followers!”

20“When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfil led.

Jerusalem will be trampled on till the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Jerusalem in God’s eyes is the same as Israel. s eggF0pR6PE8q4M7AiJj6sdqZe n1Y500A0 This prophecy was fulfilled in 1948 when Israel became a nation. From 1948 on half of Jerusalem was controlled by Israel. This began fulfillment of this prophecy. Israel took all of Jerusalem in the 1967 six day war. All of this mind you came right after the birth of zionism in 1897 with Theodor Herzl , and only two years before in which on December 7, 1895, Lenin was thrown in jail under arrest for challenging current theories of gover nment and passing out pamphlets and spreading literature for the Marxist group he joined. But Lenin kept passing out this Marxist propaganda eventually leading to a revolutionary success with Russia in the 1917 coup. 2002_3664_s[1]They have been exporting their model for Marxist revolution all over the world since. The world has seen more revolutions in the last 100 years then the 1900 years prior. Only 17 years after the birth of modern zionism in 1914 WWI started with the assasination of a Duke in Austria in which 20 million were killed and 40 million injured. Then only about 22 years later another war, WWII in wh ich 70 million were killed. One of Hitler’s rational to exterminate the Jews was the fear that the Jewish revolutionaries were spreading, since Marx was a Jew. So this fear of revolution was all over the world, revolution was everywhere in the newspapers. Christ prophesies these worries of the coming revolutions the world over in verse 9.

25“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

All these extre me weather patterns, Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes and roaring of the seas all over the world. We are to look up for our redemption is near! We are to get dressed and put on our wedding garments for judgment is near!

29He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

To understand this we are to look at all the trees when they are sprouting leaves and fruit. We never know exactly what day spring starts, never the day. We know when the season is near, even upon us but never when spring begins exactly. The Fig Tree Prophecy began when Israel became a nation again as prophesied by Ezekiel, 37:21-22, in the Valley of Dry Bones; Dry bones like dry branches in winter with no leaves on them. It is this witness to our spirit that we must earnestly comprehend, for this witness is the Holy Spirit.

This means that not only will God move our spirits with fulfillment of prophecy in scripture, but the Lord will witness confirmation in our spirits of something big coming through all creation, the sun, moon and stars, comets, and even false prophets will know something like “The End” is coming. It was like this in the time of the first visit by Christ and there is no reason to think it will not be this way at the Second Coming, The Rapture, the Day of the Lord. But a day will come when the great angels harvest the fruit of the earth separating it from the chaff throwing the chaff in the lake of fire, eternal damnation. This day for simplicity sake we will call Judgment day, Lord’s Day, Day of Wrath, Second Coming, Rapture, The Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Millennial day of rest for some, others a second death in the lake of fire.

The calendars tell us a beginning day of spring, but it might be a late spring or an early spring, each year is different. The farmers never go by the calender but by the Farmer’s Almanac. But we have a feeling when spring is near and this is all we know. Narrow Road Storm Something is coming, something very big, something very overwhelming. No one can stop this day from coming, not the president of the United States, not the greatest book author or the most famous Hollywood movie star.

32“I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Jesus Christ telling the truth. We had better listen. The generation that sees Israel become a nation again will not pass away and will actually see the Day of the Lord, Second Coming, Rapture, Judgment of Mankind. Christ’s words will never pass away. This last generation will live seventy years, according to Moses, Psalms 90:10.

34“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

We are to watch and pray always about the Second Coming, Rapture, and when it will occur. We are to always pray we are counted worthy. This insinuates many will think they are worthy but will not be counted worthy. A Godly man will watch for the end and be ready!

 

Five Things To Understand The Fig Tree Prophecy

A.) Jerusalem will be trampled on by the gentiles until the time of the gentiles are fulfilled, Luke 21:24.

B.) This generation will not pass away until the Day of the Lord has occurred, Luke 21:32.

C.) The length of time this last generation will live will be seventy years, eighty if lucky before flying away being raptured, taken away, Moses, Psalms 90:10.

D.) Be always watching, always praying that you are able to escape these things, Luke 21:36.

E.) When you see these things happening you will know the kingdom of God is

near, Luke 21:31.

Okay now here’s additional comments to understand this section prophetically. Verse 12 -halfway through verse 24, starts with “But before all this”, Christ is prophesying about the immediate future of the disciples. Verse 24 ends with “They will be taken to all the nations.” , They are the nation of Israel and the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by the Romans. This is the same thing Christ is talking about in verse six when he says not one stone will be left on a stone, every one of them will be thrown down. Verse 8-10 is general information on false prophets and also WW1,2 &3 and all the wars in the last 100 years involving the United Nations. The second half of verse 24 all the way to verse 36 are the key verses to understand the Fig Tree Prophecy.

Any comments? Anything to add?

 

RobertLeeRE (89 Posts)

I am a prolific writer and interpreter of biblical prophecy for today's generations of Christians. I also am a witness of God's soon coming judgment of the city of man, the best man could build, Babylon the Great, now known to be America, that will fall in one day, one hour as breathed through the Evangelist Apostle John, clearly described Revelation 18:1-24. I also am witness to the Beast rising in the Middle East known as Islam, whom the Antichrist will rise through, as a Beast Man, known as the 12th Mahdi, will usher in uncontrolled world nuclear proliferation as clearly described by the prophet Joel 2:1-11, breathed through John the Apostle in Revelation 9:13-21, but one of the three unholy trinity kings Beasts, two of which are men, that emerge just east of the Euphrates River, where Islam rules, also where the four Fallen Angels were released that were bound at this same Euphrates River, Revelation 9:13-21, whom were responsible for the plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that kills 1/3rd of mankind. We witnesses that support this ministry, drinking at this trough, are not prophets, but witnesses pointing to God's truth in the love letter he wrote for all mankind to see.


 
 
 
 

RobertLeeRE

I am a prolific writer and interpreter of biblical prophecy for today's generations of Christians. I also am a witness of God's soon coming judgment of the city of man, the best man could build, Babylon the Great, now known to be America, that will fall in one day, one hour as breathed through the Evangelist Apostle John, clearly described Revelation 18:1-24. I also am witness to the Beast rising in the Middle East known as Islam, whom the Antichrist will rise through, as a Beast Man, known as the 12th Mahdi, will usher in uncontrolled world nuclear proliferation as clearly described by the prophet Joel 2:1-11, breathed through John the Apostle in Revelation 9:13-21, but one of the three unholy trinity kings Beasts, two of which are men, that emerge just east of the Euphrates River, where Islam rules, also where the four Fallen Angels were released that were bound at this same Euphrates River, Revelation 9:13-21, whom were responsible for the plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that kills 1/3rd of mankind. We witnesses that support this ministry, drinking at this trough, are not prophets, but witnesses pointing to God's truth in the love letter he wrote for all mankind to see.

“The days of our lives are 70 years;
And if by reason of strength they are 80 YEARS,
yet is their strength labour and sorrow;
for it is SOON CUT OFF, and WE FLY AWAY”
(Psalms 90:10) 

 

INTRODUCTION

One day the disciples asked Jesus:

“What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3).

In answer to this question, Jesus spoke a parable of the Fig Tree, which combined with Psalm 90 and the rebirth of Israel in AD 1948, now gives us the YEAR of Christ’s return – AD 2028.

PROPHECY IN PSALMS

After Jesus resurrected from the dead, he met with his disciples and explained to them:

“These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that ALL THINGS MUST BE FULFILLED, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and IN THE PSALMS, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:44-45).

Do you see Jesus confirmed there were prophecies in the PSALMS concerning his First Coming?  Well, make no mistake about it, there are OTHER prophecies in the Psalms, unfulfilled, concerning his Second Coming!  And Psalm 90 is a HUGE one, which you will soon see!

PARABLE OF FIG TREE

So here now is Jesus’ parable of the Fig Tree in answer to the disciples asking him when the “end of the world” would arrive:

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:32-34)

What?!?!  What is this about?  What “generation” shall not pass away before Christ returns?  The answer is in the parable!  It’s the generation that sees the FIG TREE put forth its leaves!

Listen, in a parable things always represent other things.  For example, in Jesus’ parable of the sower, the “seed” represented the “Word of God” (Mark 4:14), and in his parable of the tares, the “tares” represented the “children of the wicked one” (Matthew 13:38).

FIG TREE  =  ISRAEL

So what does the “Fig Tree” represent in the parable of the Fig Tree?  It’s the nation of Israel!  How do we know?  The Bible clearly tells us:

“I (God) found ISRAEL like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstfruits on the Fig Tree.” (Hosea 9:10)

Therefore, Jesus was saying in his parable of the fig tree (and I’m paraphrasing) … “The generation that is born the year the nation of Israel comes back on the map again will not all pass away (die) before my Second Coming occurs!”

What’s fascinating about this parable is the fact that when Jesus uttered it, Israel was still a nation!  They were just under Rome’s control.  In other words, through this parable, Jesus was actually prophesying the destruction of the nation of Israel!  And sure enough, around AD 70, that happened — Rome destroyed Jerusalem.

So WHEN did the nation of Israel STUNNINGLY and AMAZINGLY come back on the map again?  AD 1948!!!  So the people born in the year AD 1948 are the final generation!  They will not all die before Jesus Christ returns!

LENGTH OF GENERATION

Ok, so all we need to know is the Biblical length (years) of a generation of people, and we can add that number to AD 1948 and this will be the OUTSIDE DATE for Christ’s Second Coming.  So is this in the Bible?  Well, remember me saying there are prophecies in the Psalms, concerning Christ’s Second Coming?  Well, here it is:

“The days of our lives are 70 years; and if by reason of strength they are 80 YEARS, yet is their strength labor and sorrow, for it is soon CUT OFF, and we FLY AWAY” (Psalms 90:10).

This verse tells us 80 years is the average age of a generation of people.  Therefore, the outside date for Christ’s return is AD 1948 + 80 = AD 2028!  What’s even more fascinating is Moses wrote Psalm 90 over 3,000 years ago, and even though he lived to be 120 years old, today, 80 years is the average life expectancy of human beings worldwide!

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THE RAPTURE

Oh, but there’s more!  Did you notice the “soon cut off” and “we fly away” words written in the Psalms 90:10 verse above, after the 80 year generation was mentioned?

The Bible tell us the Antichrist’s time will be “cut short” or “cut off” at Christ’s return — 42 months.  And during Christ’s return, a small righteous remnant of saints will “fly away” up into the air to meet him in the clouds to escape the global firestorm of God’s Wrath.

Friend, these words in the Psalm 90:10 are almost certainly prophesying of the “flying away” that will happen to the saints (elect) at the end of the Antichrist’s Great Tribulation reign, when his time will be “cut off” at 3.5 years, 80 years after AD 1948 — 2028 END!

CONCLUSION

So there you have it … Christ’s parable of the Fig Tree in Matthew 24, along with the length of a generation in Psalms 90 go hand in hand in confirming Jesus Christ’s rapturous return “immediately AFTER the Great Tribulation” in the year AD 2028!

 Matthew 24:32-34
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

Israel’s final prophetic timeline is being fulfilled.

To begin with, scriptures foretold that Israel will be pursued by the satan during its last days. It is evident that these written prophecies are turning into reality due to the escalating tensions with Iran on its nuclear production, which is expected to be fully armed approximately by the end of the year. These series of events will then lead to wars, diseases, famines and death once it escalates. It will then give the antichrist an opportunity to rise and resolve the global crisis, elevating himself as the messiah.

On the other hand, world leaders are pursuing to enter a peace treaty in order to put a halt on the tensions brought about by wars in the Middle East. This prophecy is said to be the covenant with Sheol as to Israel pursuing peace, especially to the Arab nations. The world alliance is seen as a long lasting covenant, but would unfortunately turn into a nightmare. The beast empire will then arise and form a one world government, which will lead to a rebellion against God as it was during the tower of Babel.

In conclusion, the current tension that is happening in the Middle East are warning signs that we are now entering the end times as prophesized in the bible.

My Analysis:

1. Israel and Iran’s impeding war is in agreement with what is written in scriptures as per revelations.

2. The fig tree prophecy is soon to be fulfilled, for it is almost 80 years since the miracle birth of its country.

3. Since we are entering the end times, I would be very watchful when Saudi Arabia signs the Abraham Accords.

 

Useful Links:

The Fig Tree Prophecy Animated

https://youtu.be/uTcolD_P89g

The Fig Tree Prophecy

https://youtu.be/KPFsCsuZrlw

Biblical Significance Of The Fig Tree

https://youtu.be/yd2i9qNlTFg

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Who are going to hell:

Psalm 9:17

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

What happens in hell:

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ

9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.

How to be saved:

Romans 10:9

That if you confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus/Yeshua and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

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The Sign of the Fig Tree

 

I heard The LORD say when I questioned Him about what was happening now in America, and about all the days of confusion.

I was also questioning why He has told me to wait, because I have known that I must wait till something happens before I can really Work.

This waiting has troubled me, and I am confused when I hear the events happening now in the Government of America.

Here is what He answered me:

“Consider the Sign of the Fig tree which I talked about in Matthew 24:32-36,

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

Do you not see or understand that the Sign of the Fig Tree is a Generation of Time, or an Age in which all men will live?

The time period or Age will not end until all my Words are fulfilled for this Age. Do not forget that I AM The LORD, and I know if all the things predicted in Matthew 24 have been fulfilled.

Many today are jumping ahead of Me by trying to say the day of the Antichrist has come and that Covid-19 vaccine is the mark of the Beast described in Revelation 13.

Hear Me when I say: the Antichrist is restrained from coming now, and nothing anyone says can change My Plans.

I know when I will remove My Restraints and nothing can change My Plans.

The evil men of this world cannot move ahead of Me, and they cannot tell Me what to do anymore then they tried to do and failed at the “Building of the Tower of Babel”

Did I not confuse them and cast them down to Earth, and even to the place they could not even understand each other?

Now I say, I AM sending a strong confusion upon the men of the USA and China who seek to bring in their rule in this land.

They will wonder at the confusion and will not be able to rise above it. Even as the Men of Babel did wonder away into the night of confusion, so will the evil men of this day.

The Antichrist will have his day, even as I have prophesied in My Word. Now what part of this Word do you not understand when I say: “Heaven and Earth pass away, but My Words shall not pass away. My Word is the final Word.”

I AM not moved by these men who speak out of turn and say things against My Word.

Let me say it again to you who are Mine and are wondering what is going on now in the USA..

Let me tell you, I AM in control of them. They cannot do anything they talk about because I AM stepping in even as I did tare down The Tower of Bbabel.

I AM THAT I AM. I AM greater far then any man.

If My People will hear My Words now, they will be encouraged about the confusion of this Hour, they will rest for they will know Me and trust in Me.

I AM the Way in 2021. Walk in Me, and Rest!”

Scripture Added

“And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And The LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
So The LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because The LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did The LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”
 Genesis 11:3-9.

 

Final Countdown: The Fig Tree and All the Trees (Luke's Version)

 

 

 

Psalm 90: The Inner-Biblical Definition of a "Generation"

 

 

 

 

Deuteronomy 32: It Takes Wisdom to Know You're the Terminal Generation

 

 

 
 
Confirmation that Jesus' Fig Tree Parable is Being Fulfilled at the Present Time and Not Any Other Time
 

The map below shows the ages of replanted trees---both Israel (the fig tree) and her surrounding neighbors ("all the trees," Lk. 21:29). These nations represented in Jesus' parable as "trees" were once engulfed and incorporated in a vast sea of Gentile Empires (i.e. Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, Great Britain, and the Ottoman Empire). However, in the 20th century, these "trees" won their independence and were thus "replanted" and started to "come out in leaf" (Lk. 21:30). There is no other timeframe that Jesus is pointing to in regard to the final generation before His return---the time is now:

 

Israel is 70 Years Young

On May 14, 1948, the nation of Israel was “re-born” in a day with the termination of the 1922 British Mandate (preceded by the Balfour Declaration) and the proclamation of statehood by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.   The Jews had been dispersed from their homeland since 70 AD when the Roman Emperor Titus Vespasian invaded and destroyed the city and the Second Temple but on that day, 70 years ago, God’s prophecy that He would regather His people was fulfilled.

Isa 11:11-12  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The 70th “birthday” celebration will be held on 5 Iyar 5778, according to the Hebrew calendar with the day beginning at sundown (April 18-19, 2018 on the Gregorian calendar). (Read Israel Celebrates 70 Years As A Nation & the Significance for Christians).  

Interpreting Biblical Prophecy

Throughout the Bible, God has graciously given prophecies in patterns, types, and symbols as ways of revealing and pointing to future events.  Looking back at prophecies that have already been fulfilled, it’s easy to see how clearly God has revealed His purpose and plan to His people. But looking forward is not so easy.  

Interpreting biblical prophecy must be done with an understanding that only God knows the future, and that the patterns, types, and symbols are simply “whispers” of what is to come.  These “whispers” are given so we can discern the time and the seasons, and so we can know that our God is working all things together for His glory and our good.  

Always remember, interpretations of prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled may or may not be correct.  With that said, let’s look at the typology that Jesus gave to His disciples in the parable found in Matthew chapter 24.  The lesson it tells suggests that Jesus’ return may occur in the not too distant future.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

In Matthew 24, Jesus told the Parable of the Fig Tree to His disciples (Matt 24:32ff). This passage is prophesying of the time we know as the seventieth week of Daniel (Daniel 9), the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer 30:7), and the Great Tribulation (Mat 24:21)

Jesus began His discourse with a mandate to learn this parable. Since Jesus commanded that we learn it, we should take it very seriously and do our best to understand His teaching.  

Mat 24:32  Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

Israel is the Fig Tree

Israel has been represented typologically, in the Old Testament, as a fig tree with both good and bad figs.

Jer 24:2  One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad. 

Jer 24:5  Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

This clearly indicates that the “fig tree” is a symbol for Israel.  It is a “tree” that produces both good and bad figs.  The good figs representing those devoted to serving God (David, Daniel, etc) and the bad figs representing self-righteousness (many, especially the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ day).  The leave of the fig tree are what Adam and Eve tried to use to cover their sin (Gen 3:7) and the fig tree is the only tree that God ever cursed (Matt 21:19,20). Jeremiah clearly tells that fig tree represents religious Israel without fruit (Jer 24:2,5,8). 

Young and Tender?

Matthew 24:32 raises the question: since the fig tree is Israel when was Israel “young and tender?”  Certainly, it was not when Jesus was teaching.  The nation of Israel, God’s people, was ancient, dating as far back as God’s covenant with Abraham.  But in 70 AD the nation ceased to exist.  The Temple was destroyed by the Romans and the people were dispersed throughout the nations.  The language died, and there was no Israel.  But God, in His faithfulness, regathered His people and on May 14th, 1948 Israel was” born again” (statehood declared) and became a “young and tender fig tree.”

Israel was “young and tender” but not for long.  The day after statehood was declared a war with Arab nations began and then seven years later, in 1956, the Jews fought the Suez Canal War. With overwhelming odds, God gave them victories. Again in 1967, Israel was at war.  This time with their neighboring nation, Egypt and the combined forces of the Arab nations.  Known as the “Six Day War, Israel fought for six days. Once again, God gave them victory, and on the seventh day they rested (what a beautiful pattern from  “the beginning” Gen 1).  In the Six Day War, Israel gained control of God’s holy city, Jerusalem, the Sinai peninsula, and the west bank–the lands known to the Jews as Judea and Samaria. 

Jesus Gave a Warning and a Prophecy

Mat 24:33  “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it [the Tribulation] is near; at the doors!

All what things?  Earlier in His discourse, Jesus had said spoken of things they would see that would precede the Great Tribulation (Matt 24:4-21).  Let’s look at some of those verses.  Since Israel was reborn:

  • many have come in His name (vs 5). 
  • there have been many wars (vs 6),
  • nations have risen against other nations (vs 7). 
  • there has been famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places (vs7).  

Israel, in its “young and tender” years, has seen all these things.  All these are the “beginning of sorrows,” told Jesus (vs 8).  He then continued by telling of the things that will take place in the first 3 ½ years of the seventieth week of Daniel (Matt 24 9-20), things that are yet to come.  And finally, He told of the coming Great Tribulation (the last 3 ½ years) that would come, “such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Mat 24:21)

When?

Remembering that we cannot know the day or the hour (Matt 24:36), but understanding that we are able and expected to discern the times and seasons (Luke 12:56), let’s continue

Mat 24:34-35  “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”

What generation?  And what did Jesus mean when He said that this generation shall assuredly not pass away until all these things take place?

End Times Prophecy

Biblical scholars have long understood this chapter to offer information about the timing of the Great Tribulation.  It is centered on the “fig tree,” the young and tender Israel that was “birthed” in 1948.  It’s believed that is the generation that “will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” 

This now raises an important question. How many years is a generation?  The Bible defines a generation by various numbers of years.  

  • According to the standard set down in Genesis 15:12-16, a generation is 100 years. 
  • According to Moses, in Psalm 90:10, it is 70 (or 80) years. 
  • According to the passage in Matthew 1:17, it is about 42 years. 

Forty-two years? Seventy years? One hundred years?  We can rule out forty-two years since that would have been 1990 and the Tribulation did not take place then.  The next possibility would be 70 years.  Does that fit?

Seventy does seem to fit.  The nation was exiled from the land for 70 years (in Babylon) before they returned to rebuild the Temple.  So is it plausible that the nation could be “rebirthed” for 70 years before the Tribulation comes?  Could this be God “restoring the years the locust have eaten” (Joel 2:25) and “redeeming the time” (Eph 5:16Col 4:5). The answer is, we don’t know.  Those are simply thoughts for consideration.  We certainly know that we are in the season of the last days.  Sin is rampant, apostasy is greatly increased.  We certainly live in a time that is likened unto “the days of Noah,” which Jesus said is another sign of the coming Tribulation (Mat 24:38).

Could the generation be 100 years?  Yes, it could be. Remember, Jesus said the generation would not pass away. It’s certainly possible that people born in 1948 could live for 100 years. Is a generation of 100 years more probable?  We simply do not know.

Conclusion

With the 70th “birthday” of Israel, we, as Christians, should be well aware of how quickly we are approaching the time of God’s fulfilling all things.  We do live in the last days.  There will be a time when Jesus comes for His Bride (Read: What is the Rapture?)   There will be a time of Jacob’s Trouble, a seventieth week of Daniel, a Great Tribulation (Jer 30:7, Dan 9, Matt 24:21). And whether the generation of the fig tree is 70 or 100 years, our commission remains the same as it has been since Jesus gave it:

Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Mark 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

We are to be Jesus’ hands, His feet, and His mouth to show His love and to speak His good news of saving grace.  We don’t want anyone to go through the Tribulation.  The Book of Revelation tells how terribly bad it will be and Jesus desires that none should perish but rather obtain salvation in Him (2 Pet 3:91 Th 5:9).  He has paid for all the sins of the world, but not all the people of the world have repented and trusted in Him.  Share the gospel with someone today:

Rom 10:9-10  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh [near] at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

—The Son of God (Luke 21:29-32 KJV)


Who would have predicted that the Jewish people would be uprooted in the first century, scattered to the four corners of the Earth and, at a point in the future, get replanted back in their ancient land? This scenario, which played out on the world’s stage over the last two thousand years, was already “played out” by way of prophecies spoken in the Old and New Testaments.

The prophets stated that once replanted in the Holy Land, the Jewish people would never again be uprooted and Jerusalem would again be in the hands of the Jewish people. Most importantly, this replanting would mark time: “This generation [that began with the rebirth of the Jewish nation] shall not pass away, till all [end-time prophecies] be fulfilled.” Therein, Christ is speaking to those who would be alive in the days when Israel again became a nation: the fulfillment of all that has been foretold about the end-times shall come to pass during the life span of that specific generation. This is the central theme of this opening “stage.”

To move forward with this presentation, the following fundamental picture is first provided: the prophecy of the fig tree cited previously is in parable form. Parables contain symbolism, and in the case of this prophecy, the “trees” are symbolic. When biblical language is scrutinized, it is evident that “trees” are representative of nations, and that the fig tree is the symbol of the Jewish nation. This fig tree symbolism is evident throughout the Old Testament.

When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your fathers, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree. (Hosea 9:10)

Then the word of the LORD came to me: “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians. My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land.’” (Jer. 24:4-6)

God likened the Israelites to figs: fruit growing from the Israelite fig tree. The Talmud (Jewish commentaries on Scripture) speaks of the symbolic nature of the fig tree and its relevance to the Jewish nation. Surviving into modern times, this fig tree symbolism is commonly found on government buildings in Israel today.

In the prophecy of the “good figs,” God states that he “will bring them back to this land.” He would draw together his “good figs” back in the Holy Land from the land of the Babylonians where he sent them. This gathering was the first of the Jewish nation (2500 years ago).1 Just as this first replanting of Israel represented the fulfillment of prophecy, so did the second replanting (in 1948).

Now, moving in time to the first century, the focus is on the prophecies spoken by the “prophet” who had a profound effect on the course of human history: Jesus Christ. During his life, he spoke frequently of what should become of the Jewish people.

Why did the Jewish nation get uprooted in the first century and scattered throughout the world? How did Christ apply the fig tree analogy in his prophecies to paint the picture of what would become of the Jewish people?

In order to fully describe the state and fate of the Jewish nation, Christ spoke forth three distinct scenarios regarding the fig tree: barren, cursed, and replanted. These three prophecies communicate the following: the barren state of Israel in the first century, the cursing and uprooting of Israel, and the eventual replanting of Israel.

Christ’s parable of the barren fig tree identifies the state of affairs in the Jewish nation at the time of the first century.

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” (Luke 13:6-9)

The symbolism is as follows: the vineyard is Palestine (the location of Israel), God is the owner of the vineyard and its fig tree, and Christ is the one declaring the lack of fruit. Because the tree of the Jewish nation bore no fruit, Christ declared it should be cut down. To demonstrate this judgment upon Israel, Christ literally cursed a fig tree.

The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Mark 11:12-17)

Christ was hungry for fruit—a spiritual harvest—in Israel, but as made clear by his actions in the temple and by his condemnation of the religious “robbers” that plundered it, no fruit would be forthcoming from the “fig tree” of the Jewish nation. The nation professed a religious creed by their “show” (leaves) but bore no spiritual fruit. Hence, Jesus cursed the nation for its hypocrisy. The cursing of the fig tree symbolized the spiritual death that permeated the temple and the nation, and it foreshadowed the physical withering of Israel itself—which came to pass in A.D. 70, when the Romans overthrew the Jewish nation in the Holy Land.

This spiritual death that filled the nation flowed down from the religious hierarchy. Christ made clear the reason for the withering; he pronounced judgment by way of the following parable:

“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let's kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone [Christ] the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.” (Matt. 21:33-43)

By speaking in a parable, Christ placed the religious authorities in a story—a story whereby those same authorities wound up predicting their own demise. In another encounter with the religious hierarchy, Christ spoke without the use of a parable:

You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation. (Matt. 23:33-36)

Christ said judgment would fall upon “this generation.” Of course, he was referring to his contemporaries.

Exactly what is the time of a generation? Applying historical evidence from the first century yields the following answer: A generation is approximately 70 years in length. (Christ’s birth is marked at approximately “0” and the destruction of the temple is marked at A.D. 70.2) Supporting this position (on the length of a generation) is the statement made in the Psalms: The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength (Ps. 90:10).

The prophecy spoken by the Son of God was that justice would fall upon the generation of people who lived at that time: “They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations” (Luke 21:24). Looking back twenty centuries, history now records what Christ had foretold. As the fig tree would yield no fruit, Heaven’s justice would require it to be uprooted.

This picture given by Christ is supported by, and is parallel to, Old Testament prophecy. As spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

I will take away their harvest, declares the LORD. There will be no grapes on the vine. There will be no figs on the tree, and their leaves will wither. What I have given them will be taken from them. (Jer. 8:13)

“This section [of Jeremiah] is read aloud in synagogues every year on the ninth [day] of Ab . . ., the day the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. and by the Romans in A.D. 70.”3

Despite the scattering of the figs, divine prophecy declared that the Israelites would be gathered again—replanted—back in the Holy Land. In the second replanting, the Jewish people would never again be uprooted. As written by Amos:

“I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God. (Amos 9:14, 15)

In addition to being replanted in the Holy Land, the Jewish nation would regain complete control of their capital city. Christ prophesied that Jerusalem would be “trampled on” by outside forces, but that the foreign occupation would come to an end: “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).

Although Jerusalem was trampled on by foreign powers for nearly 1900 years, the balance of power swung back in favor of the Jewish people, when, in June 1967, Israeli forces won complete control of the city—gaining authority over Old Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.

This control over Jerusalem, and the rebirth of the Jewish nation in Palestine, represented the fulfillment of prophecy. If two major elements of Christ’s prophecy have been fulfilled, then, logically speaking, all prophecies associated with the replanting will come to pass with the same degree of certainty.

The prophecy of the replanted fig tree speaks to our generation; it behooves us to understand what Christ is saying regarding the prophecies associated with it. To expound upon this thought, the final prophecy that pertains to the fig tree—the replanting—is now revisited.

And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. (Luke 21:29-32 KJV)

In this prophecy, Christ states that the generation that began with the rebirth of Israel will live to see the end-time events. Herein, light is shed upon our understanding of biblical prophecy by way of the following fundamental thought: The establishment of the Jewish state in 1948 is the key piece of the prophetic puzzle that first had to be in place before the rest of the puzzle could be assembled. This is what Christ said in his prophecy: When the fig tree (Israel) is replanted and shooting forth among the other new, independent nations (that are also shooting forth), then the stage is set for the fulfillment of all that has been foretold about the end-times. These end-time events are made clear by Christ because he spoke of them in the context of the parable (which includes Luke 21, Matthew 24, and Mark 13).4 Herein, the significant prophecies that shall come to pass are as follows: the return of Christ to gather his kingdom, the rise of the Antichrist, the Apocalypse and Armageddon, and, finally, the commencement of the 1000-year kingdom of God on Earth.

When will all this be fulfilled? By applying the logic of the Psalms, and historical evidence from the first century, a time frame of approximately 70 years (beginning in 1948) would mark time in the vicinity of 2020. This time frame corresponds to the generation in Christ’s prophecy; it “shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” In essence, when the planet reaches the latter days of that time, the end-time events will have unfolded, and the generation that began with the replanting of the fig tree will know their true Messiah: Christ. (Note: According to the time line in the Psalms, the unmistakable drama that signals the beginning of the end commences before this decade is out. The Prophecy addresses this subject.)

The symmetry of history also speaks to our generation: Whereas the first replanting of the Jewish people set the stage for the first coming of Christ, the second replanting of the Jewish people has set the stage for the second coming of Christ.

Consider this: When in the history of the world have we witnessed a people uprooted from their homeland, driven to countries throughout the globe, scorned and persecuted, then—centuries later—regain their original “birth” place?

We are to know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Look at what Christ said in his day:

He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It's going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It's going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?” (Luke 12:54-56)

Christ himself established the authority to discern the signs of the times. He admonished his contemporaries to give heed to what the Old Testament prophets spoke regarding the coming Messiah. Hence, likewise, it makes spiritual sense to give heed to the prophecies that apply to the second coming—and the signs of the times that correspond to it.



1. The marking of the gatherings excludes the exodus from Egypt but is instead linked to the arrivals of the Messiah.

2. Historical and astronomical evidence mark Christ’s birth prior to the turn of the millennium. Significant in time are the planetary alignments of 3 B.C. and 2 B.C. See “The Star of Bethlehem: An Astronomical and Historical Perspective, and “Star of Bethlehem: Going Back in Time to Examine Its Origins.”

3. New International Study Version Bible (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1995), 1130.

4. Revelation 6-20 expounds upon the subject.


All Scriptures are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society. Verses marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

 

The Mystery of Israel the Fig Tree

Summary

The Bible liken’s the nation Israel to a fig tree. A fig tree produces both good and bad (inedible) fruit. So it was with the nation of Israel. Jews who were whole-hearted followers of God were likened to ‘good figs’, and rebellious Jews were likened to ‘bad figs’. The Bible also says that at the end of this age Israel will ‘blossom and bud’ and ‘put forth new leaves’ like a fig tree, and that this will be a sign of the imminent return of Israel’s true Messiah – Yeshua (Jesus Christ). Put simply, the Bible says that end-time events in the world will be closely linked to modern Israel.

Go directly to an interactive timeline for Israel-related events HERE

Signs of the End of the Age and of Christ’s Return

When Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Mathew 24.3), He identified four types of end-time sign (see also Mark 13 and Luke 21):

  • Signs in the world – wars, earthquakes, famines, lawlessness, wild weather …
  • Signs in the church – worldwide gospel preaching, persecution, apostasy, false prophets …
  • Signs in Israel – invasion, severe persecution of Jews …
  • Signs in the heavens – fearful solar and cosmic disturbances, asteroids …

Jesus said that when we see these signs then “know that the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21.31). He said these signs point to His imminent return and the establishment of His kingdom on earth. So Jesus stressed that it was important to watch for these signs:

After describing the above signs, Jesus gave a mysterious parable. He associated the observation of these signs with the Parable of the Fig Tree. Why? It turns out that understanding this parable is the key to unlocking the mystery of what is now happening in the world. The parable leads to a very important sign, and one promised by the prophet Isaiah:

What is it?

An Important Sign: The Parable of Israel the Fig Tree

After describing some end-time signs to watch for, Jesus ends with the parable of the fig tree. He told His disciples:

Why did Jesus associate a fig tree with the end time signs? Some argue that Jesus was just using a simple horticultural observation. Quite simply – the fig tree is one of the last trees to bud in the spring and so when it’s leaves are budding we know that summer is just around the corner! So, they argue, Jesus was simply saying; “when the fig tree buds you know that summer is near – likewise, when you see all these things happening, know that the end is near”. They deny that there is any positive association of Israel with a budding fig tree, link. On the other hand, Jesus used the concept of a parable, implying that underneath He was teaching a deep truth. Was He referring to Israel in the last days? Should we view the Parable of the Fig Tree as The Parable of Israel the Fig Tree?

Consider A Little Horticulture

The common or edible fig (Ficus carica L.) is native to the Mediterranean/Israel region, where it can produce three crops per year, linklink. Breba figs develop in the Spring (May) on the previous year’s shoot growth. They are generally inferior to the main crop and are often discarded to encourage growth of the main crop, link. Two main crops follow in July-November, with pollinated (caprified) figs in August-September. Pollination (caprification) of the common fig can markedly increase fig size, link and is done by fig wasps transporting pollen from Capri fig flowers. In contrast to most fruit trees, the Autumn figs (the main crop) develop on the new wood that grows in Spring.

Ficus carica was cultivated for its fruit thousands of years ago and figs are often referred to in the Old Testament. It is interesting to note that the Bible also refers to three crops of figs:

  • ‘early, first ripe, first fruit before the summer, very good figs’ (Isa 28.4; Jer 24.2,3; Hos 9.10) – a relatively small crop with the best flavour, June-July
  • ‘sweetness and good fruit, the season for figs’ (Judg 9.11, Mk 11.13) – main crop, August-September. Made into cakes for winter use (1 Sam 25.18)
  • ‘green, bad, inedible figs’ (Song 2.13; Jer 24.2,3; Jer 29.17) – green or winter figs, small, unripened, unsweetened, inedible fruit, linklink

Spiritual Implication: the End-Time Budding of Israel

Fig horticulture identifies good sweet figs, the first of the summer figs, and poor, unripe and often inedible figs. The significant point here is that the Bible associates these qualities with the people of Israel. For instance, the ‘fathers of Israel’ or Patriarchs are seen as the best figs – the first-fruits of the summer crop:

God sees this minority of Israel as the first and best of the nation. These figs contrast with the green, inedible figs. Both types of fig symbolize the people of Judah before their deportation to Babylon; they are seen as good and bad figs:

 

Large ripe figs

 

Jeremiah 24.5-8 shows that God is referring to those Jews who are whole-hearted followers of God (the good figs), and to those rebellious Jews who had rejected God (the bad figs). Likewise, in the time of Christ, most Jews rejected Him and remained dead in their works and legalism. They were like green, unripened, unsweetened figs. Today, most Jews can be seen as green figs, whilst a few (the messianic Jews) are like sweetened ripe figs.

The consequences of rebellion against God is well illustrated in the incidence of the ‘Withered fig tree’ (Mat 21.18,19). Jesus found no fruit (apparently, not even the unripe breba crop), and so He cursed it and it died. This was prophetic, looking to the destiny of the Jews when they were to be scattered by the Romans in 70 AD. Like the cursed fig tree, the nation of Israel seemingly died. In contrast, Jesus gave an extremely important prophecy that applies to our time. To repeat:

Note that Jesus refers to the tender branch, implying new wood and the coming good summer fruit on the new wood. Since the fruit of the fig tree is established in the Old Testament as symbolizing the spiritual state of the people of Israel, many see this coming ‘summer crop’ as the restoration of the people of Israel (generically referred to as ‘Jews’) to their own land. The fruitless dead wood of scattered Israel is replaced by fruit on new wood. It is likened to a people drawn back into their own land and a nation that becomes a sign to the Gentiles. A remnant of this people become ‘the good, sweet crop’. This process has been underway now for over 100 years, link.

So when we refer to ‘Israel the fig tree’ we see both Old Testament Israel, and modern re-gathered or ‘budding’ Israel. The ‘good crop’ could include the 144,000 Messianic Jews drawn from the twelve tribes of Israel who will evangelize the gentile nations at the very end of this age (Rev 7.4-8). The result is the salvation of a countless number of Gentiles during the Great Tribulation:

The Message behind the Parable:
Regathered Israel is a Sign to the Nations

It seems that when Jesus spoke of the appearance of new shoots on the fig tree as signalling that summer is near, He was actually alluding to the restoration of Israel and His imminent return. He was saying that when we see Israel regathered in her own land and ‘budding like a fig tree’ then His return is near – even ‘at the doors’. This will be the time of the coming of the fullness of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Israel and the Timeline for the Last Days

In Luke 21 Jesus said ‘look at the fig tree (Israel) and ‘all the trees’ (the Gentile nations) and so observe the signs of the times. He implied that Israel will be the vortex of the nations. So let’s now apply the parable of Israel the fig tree to the observed world scenario and ask the question, ‘When did the fig tree (Israel) start to bud?’ ‘When did Israel emerge onto the world scene?’ When we trace a timeline of world events from this time we find that many issues of today are closely linked to Israel! We see that Israel is increasingly the vortex of the world.

 

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  1. Mary Ogara says:

    Thank you for the comments.Quite enriching. My prayer ” Come Lord Jesus. ”

  2. Brandon Hehn says:

    Psalm 90:10 shows us a generation. I believe that 80 years is the generational time referred to when Jesus said his return would be in the generation after Israel [the fig tree] is reformed which was in 1948. Add 80 years brings us to 2028 – Remember, Jesus is talking to the Jewish people. They still have the 7 year tribulation before Jesus returns to the Jewish nation. Subtract 7 years from 2028 and, low and behold, it’s 2021. Jesus said know one knows the day or the hour. He didn’t say no one knows the year. Of course, we’re to be looking for Jesus every day, right? If the fig tree is a spring, summer fruit, then the harvest will be in the fall. Pay attention to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. [Ed. ‘generation’ can also mean (Jewish) ‘race’]

The Fig Tree Prophecy

 

“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:30-35

 

“The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty...” Psalm 90:10

 
 
 
 
 
 

Some believe that the Fig Tree Parable that Jesus gave His disciples tells us approximately when Jesus will return. There are clues within the prophecy that have merit, and it is important to be aware of them as ‘watchers’ of the signs. Quite simply, the Fig Tree is seen as a symbol for National Israel. Because Israel was re-born as a Nation in 1948, this begins the countdown to Jesus coming. It was prophesied in Ezekiel 36-37 that Israel would be re-born, and Isaiah 66:8 has been spoken of as a fulfilled promise since the nation’s founding May 14, 1948. “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons” Isaiah 66:8. Because no country has ever come back after a 2,000 year absence, this event is seen as truly miraculous.

 
 
 

The parable speaks of the season when fig tree twigs become tender and leaves come out as a sign that summer is near. Because this parable is in the context of the Second Coming of the Messiah, it is believed to show that the re-birth of Israel as a Nation is a sign that His coming is right around the corner. Since the Seven Years leading up to Jesus’ return in large part focus on the completion of Six Objectives for Israel, (see the post on the Seven Years Prophecy), the prophetic watcher’s attention is drawn to the probability that the End of the Age is close.

 
 
 

When looking at the prophecy in greater detail, it is noted that there is a connection between, seeing “all these things” and the generation that “will certainly not pass away”. In the larger context of Matthew 24-25, “all these things” is a reference to all the events that Jesus has talked about occurring before and during the Seven Years preceding His Coming. There is some research to be done when it comes to the world ‘generation’ in it’s original Greek, as well as within the greater context of the term ‘generation’ as it is used in both the Old and New Testament.

 
 
 

The Greek word ‘generation’ used here can have the meaning of a group of people who live for a time period, like Boomers, Millennials, or Gen Xers. Here the term also carries with it the idea of a family, relatives, a nation. Because of God’s promises that Israel would be an everlasting nation (Genesis 17, Jeremiah 31:31-34), it makes sense that Jesus would reiterate the promise, that even though the Seven Year (Tribulation) will be a deadly time, the Nation of Israel has to endure through it and see the coming of their Messiah Jesus. So those who see ‘all these things’ happening as the Seven Years commence, will also see the Second Coming.

 
 
 

Because 1948 also re-started the prophetic clock for Israel, and has been drawing many back to the re-established Nation within it’s borders for the past several decades, many also see a fulfillment in the timing that can be applied to the word ‘generation’ as well. Psalm 90:10 states that the life-span of a person, (what some would consider a ‘generation’), is seventy to eighty years. If we apply this to the birth of Israel in 1948, this would mean that it’s generation would be up sometime between 2018 and 2028. Because the parable says “this generation will not pass away until all these things are fulfilled”, some believe that those who were alive to see Israel’s birth, cannot all die before Jesus comes back. And if we take the farthest date of Jesus’ return to be 80 years, or 2028, and back up Seven Years for the beginning of the Tribulation, then 2021 would be it’s beginning...

 
 
 

In light of this possible additional twist to the interpretation of the Fig Tree prophecy, those who watch for the signs of Jesus return, aren’t really surprised to see the world beginning to unravel in 2020. Could this be the time?