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The Parable of the Fig Tree

"Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its buds become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know without being told that summer is near. Just so, when you see the events I've described beginning to happen, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever." (Matthew 24:32-35)


Let's take a closer look at the meaning of this parable...
"Now learn the parable of the fig tree ..."
Firstly, the verb "learn" here is in the imperative mood, which means it is a command, not something optional. Next, who or what is the fig tree in this verse? (Remember only the Scriptures can be used to interpret the parables recorded in them) The answer to this question is unmistakably Israel. I'll give just ONE example in Hosea 9:10:
"I (God) found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time." (Hosea 9:10)
In the above verse, God compares Israel to grapes and the fathers to fruits of the fig tree. Jesus often used fig tree in parabolic form when communicating things about Israel, and there are several other verses to confirm this (Joel 1:6-8, 12; Luke 13:6-9; Jeremiah 24; Jeremiah 29:16-19). Virtually every theologian will agree that in the Bible, Israel is referred to as the fig tree. In addition, the verse above is almost a direct parallel to what Jesus said in Matthew 24.

"When its buds become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know without being told that summer is near..."
The verb "know" here is also in the imperative mood in the Greek, which means it is a command. "He is near..." translated estin in Greek, literally means the time when the Lord is coming to establish His kingdom.

"I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place."
When Jesus says “this generation,” the Greek word for generation here is geneaGenea refers to a particular age or time. Combined with the statement "all these things take place," which would include all the events of the seven year Tribulation - everything that Jesus had been talking about...the birth pains (vs. 4-14)...the abomination of desolation (vs. 15)...the need to flee because of the impending dangers (vs. 16-28)...and the catastrophic chaos of the universe (vs. 29), brings us to the conclusion that the generation in existence when Israel was formed will not pass away (die) before the Second Coming.

So what does this full verse mean? It simply means that the generation that sees Israel reborn and the fig tree "put out its leaves" is the same generation that will see the completion of the Tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ (Second Coming). Remember, this verse is in the imperative mood, which means it is a command for us - not just a parable to be overlooked!

And guess what? Israel, a country that had not really existed as a separate nation for nearly 2,500 years, was declared a new sovereign state by an act of the United Nations on May 14, 1948!


How long is a generation? 

There's another obvious question concerning this parable: how long is a generation? The length of a generation has not always been constant since the days of Adam and Eve. From the time of Adam up to today, humanity lifespan on earth has been deteriorating.

The answer to this question can be found in the most significant and definitive declaration in the Bible for the life span of man which is given in Psalm 90 (Psalm 90:10). The Psalmist states that the life span of man is normally seventy years, eighty years if blessed with outstanding health:
"The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they be eighty years, yet is their labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." (Psalms 90:10) 
It's interesting that, even though Moses wrote Psalm 90 over 3,000 years ago, and he lived to be 120 years old, today, 70 years is almost exactly the average life expectancy of human beings worldwide. The average life span of those living today in Israel is between 70 and 80 years! It is reasonable to conclude that the generation Christ was talking about in the parable of the fig tree will also be 70 to 80 years in length.

In fact, Christ’s parable of the Fig Tree in Matthew 24:32-35 and Moses’ length of a generation in Psalm 90:10 seem to go hand in hand! Labour and sorrow is figurative of the great tribulation that is soon cut off, thus Jesus ends it when He comes riding on a horse to Armageddon battle and we fly away.

On 14th of May 1948, the state of Israel was proclaimed a nation! 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 news all over the world. If the leaves of the fig tree can be said to have sprung forth in 1948, then the generation is 70 years old this year!

If we use a generation of 80 years (with years of labor and sorrow) according to Psalms 90:10, then the year for 1948 generation to be over is (1948 + 80 years): 2028. Taking into account the seven-year tribulation period, that would place the latest year for rapture and the beginning of the great tribulation to occur as (2028 – 7): 2021That's only 3 years from now! 

Israel's rebirth, along with recent prophetic events, are a strong indication that the generation Christ was talking about has already been born, and the return of Jesus Christ to establish His reign for a thousand years is very close at hand. Considering Israel will mark 70 years (normal life span of man) of statehood on May 14th this year, and the signs of the time are all around us, we must remain watchful and alert and continue spreading the gospel! Time is running out.

I am not attempting in any way, shape, form or fashion to set a day and hour for the return of Jesus, but I am revealing the season for His return. While the Bible says we don’t know the day or hour, it certainly says that we know the times and seasons (1 Thessalonians 5:1-10). Otherwise, what was the point of giving signs that would indicate His coming was near?

The time of the "last days" that Jesus referred to, is not "in the future", and it's not "coming soon".  It is here right now. Stay alert, Jesus is coming!

16 comments:

  1. Just an observation: Turkey has called for some 57 Muslim countries that surround Israel to join them in Israel's destruction.....the Gog Magog War of Ezekiel 38 & 39....and as I understand it, with Gods' help Israel will win and take back all the land that was originally promised to them..BUT..Israel will burn the weapons for 7 years of Muslim countries that invaded them......Seemingly, this has to be 7 years before the Tribulation, or at least 3 & 1/2 years before the Trib.....If they could burn weapons during the first part of the Trib., which is three & one half years in length.=== I rather think that they will be too concerned with the Seal Judgments, during the first 3 & 1/2 years, to be worried about burning weapons......This means that they would need 7 years prior to the Tribulation to burn weapons.

    No one seems to address this Scenario.

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    1. The Gog, Magog war of Ezekiel may be the same event as Rev 20:8
      Ezekiel gave a more detail account, while Rev 20:8 is more general overview. Just as Genesis 1 is general account of creation of man, Genesis 2 gives more detail

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    2. You forgot the millennium. Plenty of time the first seven years to burn weapons. The body of Christ gets out before the wrath of God. The last Trump blows right before the two witnesses in Jerusalem rise from the dead after 3 and half days.

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  2. Anonymous, the most important trump blasting reality in Matthew 24 is THE RETURN OF YESHUA on OUR calendar. There is A DAY on our calendar MARKED by G-d and we will see YESHUA split the clouds with lightening bolts across the entire horizon. Can you imagine how every single prophet longed to see this day that have been chosen to see ?????????????

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  3. KEEP IT SIMPLE... Once we 'witness' a Temple being built in Jerusalem... WE HAVE EXACTLY 1,260 days to God's wrath, that we are raptured from. :) Keep "Watching" the news :)

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  4. Was "Israel" really born again in 1948? A sliver of land returned to Israel, having to share it with at least 4-religions, not aloud to pray on their own temple - God rewarded Israel with a tiny portion of land, shared with "palestinians" as a pat on the back for a nation with a fraction of Christian believers? Doesn't seem like a promise kept for God....yet. Historically as a Nation of unbelievers, He dished out punishment. They are still not a born again believing Nation.

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  5. I think that the burning of those weapons could start at the beginning of the LORD reigning from Jerusalem as KING of KINGS for the thousand years.

    Apart from that though..

    I believe this last generation has the average 70yr life-span and will pass away no later than May 13 2019(which is the day before turning 71).

    With the shortening of days ((Mat. 24:22) this generations could still witness three and a half years of Great Tribulation time all before May 14 2019. Planets have different day lengths, some longer and some shorter. GOD could shorten the Trib days to let's say 7hrs each for the 1260 days of wrath. With those numbers the catching away of the Saints could be in between now and a couple of days before Israel celebrates its 70th birthday.

    Of course you could use even shorter days and push back the time. We will not know the day or hour but this is the generation that the LORD warned us about. Let us watch and pray so that we will not fall into temptation but rather be delivered from evil and escape all that is about to happen!

    Be right and be ready!

    GOD bless

    Chi Lov

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  6. Is it my imagination that spiritual warfare is running rampant? Am I the only one who feels as though there is a target on my back?

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    1. It is rampant.Evil becomes worse. We are in a major spiritual war, but we are on the winning side.There are Christians who are being killed. Satanism is on the rise. Thankfully we have good guys trying to rescue the US from it's evil grasp. Remember God said "If my people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land. That does not mean we will not have tribulation. It does not mean we won't go through the Seals and Trump's, but God will be with us. A whole lot of people are trying to turn the US back to God and lock up evil people. It might look impossible, but right now there are about 5,000 sealed depositions charging people in high places with crimes against We The People. It won't fix this nation, but we hope it will enable us to survive till the last Trump. Please pray for our military and God fearing, God loving political warriors.Don't assume you can know who they are because some people pretending to be good are not, and some who the liberal media is calling good are bad. Just pray for God's warriors for protection, pray souls who are blind will see and be saved. And hang tight to Jesus. The ride might get a bit bumppy.

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  7. With due respect and differing opinion - there is another way this Fig Tree is represented.

    Jesus cursed the Fig tree in Matthew 21:9, saying "....Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever."

    For ever means for ever, right? Then how could it ever blossom again? God means what He says and follows through on His promises, right?

    Trees of many kinds have represented several facets of Israel throughout the Old Testament.

    Judges 9 tells us what the trees of Israel represent in the Olive; Vine, Fig, Bramble.

    The Olive / Olive Tree represents the Holy Spirit as it relates to Israel.
    Judges 9:8 (KJV Strong's)
    8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.

    The Vine is the NATION of Israel (Psalms 80:8-9, Isaiah 5:7):
    Psalms 80:8-9 (KJV Strong's)
    8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt:
    thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.

    Isaiah 5:7
    (KJV Strong's)
    7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant:
    and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression;
    for righteousness, but behold a cry.

    The Bramble tree represents idolatrous Israel / rebellion (Judg 9:14)

    and....the Fig Tree has always represented Israel's religion and failed religion - starting with the Fig leaf covering the loins of Adam & Eve, in shame, for failure to follow God's law.

    The FIG TREE represents Israel as a religion, not a physical / spiritual nation under the old covenant. Christ cursed their empty religion when he cursed the Fig Tree. in chapter 21, and it clearly represented religion (see Mat 21:19). Israel as a physical NATION is the Vine / their religion is the Fig Tree.

    The religious system of Israel is the Law; but the law wasn’t producing in Israel what it was designed to produce which was life (aka, “fruit”). Israel was to be a fruit-bearing nation, but because of unbelief it was not; so the Lord cursed the fig tree, which in this case represents the Old Covenant.

    The Fig Tree in Mat 21 does NOT represent Israel as a nation - if it did, Israel could never be a physical nation again, because of the curse Jesus placed on it - and Christ is not a liar. But Israel has to be born again to enter the new Kingdom - born again as a nation of Israel believing in Christ Jesus. Jesus placed a curse on their failed religion - it's that tree, which was the failed empty religion of their fathers that fades away forever....for ever.

    They WILL be be born again as a physical and spiritual nation under a New Covenant: (Born Again reference in Jn 3:3-10) - but the timing likely has nothing to do with what happened for Israel in 1948 - that's not a reborn believing nation - all following Christ. Only 1.9% of their current population is Christian. 1948 was a spectacular event, but not a reborn, blossomed religion filled with followers of Christ.

    Isaiah 66:8 says they will be born again at once...not as a sliver of a nation filled with unbelieving Israel and fighting for the Temple mount with Muslims and not allowed to pray in there. When Christ returns and shows His power - the Nation will all be pulled together to Him and all will Believe - in a single day...the day of His return - headed into their Kingdom on Earth, as promised to them way back with Abraham.

    Israel currently has some of their land, but they are still scattered and lost in the wilderness when it comes to their belief in Christ Jesus. I don't thin one can calculate a generation for the purpose of date setting or season identification based on the events of 1948 - we shouldn't even try...only the Father knows.

    Respectfully submitted -

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  9. Jesus rejected the nation of israel in the 1st century. how can a political state could be the one chosen by God? Besides, israel has been killing thousands of inocent people, think, Jesus was talking about a spiritual Israel, who among all cristhians are doing the job?

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  10. Luke, 21:32 - Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

    Luke, 21:33 - Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not Wednesday May 16, 2018.

    We know that a generation of people is can vary between what?, 40 years to even 1000 years or so depending upon the life span of the people at the particular time. Man's life span was close to 1000 years before the days of Noah when man's wickedness became so great that God got tired and decided to put a stop to the ever abounding sin by judging the world with a destroying flood. God said that His Spirit would not always strive with man. God cut man's years down to 120, and on another occasion, he cut man's years down to 60 or 70 if he was good and lucky. Man's years have in times past been even lower, but due to increasing advanced knowledge of medicine, man has been able to contain many plagues and live longer pass away. Regardless of all these things, the focus must be on the generation that was there when Jesus was speaking. That is the generation of which Jesus spoke would not pass away until all His words were fulfilled. How can this be since they all died and passed on? Yes, they all died, and passed on, however, they haven't passed away. Jesus was speaking in a sense of eternal passing away like Heaven and Earth passing away. You see, John was told, shown, and was given to eat the scroll containing revelation of the end time. He says that every eye is going to see Jesus Christ when He returns, even those who pierced Him. Those who nailed Christ to the cross are going to be resurrected before His return to face the bowl judgments and plagues that will be poured out by God's angels before the coming of Christ. Those who manipulated God's Word at anytime and didn't repent will be resurrected out of Hell and face these plagues. So, that same generation that rejected Jesus after hearing about, seeing, and knowing His wonderful works in their day will be resurrected along with all the following generations. This is the resurrection of the dead, but 1000 years prior to their resurrection, the resurrection of the quick (those who are dead, but alive in Christ) occurs. Now, you should understand how that generation does not pass away until Christ returns to judge them. Then, they will be cast into tge Lake of Fire and forgotten by God and His peopke for eternity. That's the same as passing away and being no more just like the current Heaven and the current Earth.

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  11. Incorrect. The fig tree parable simply means that the signs of things to come signal that those things are near. Jesus was simply saying the "end times" were near to those he was speaking to. As for the word "generation" (genea), it does NOT refer "to a particular age or time." It means "generation." It is not an obscure word, it is used numerous times throughout the New Testament, and simply means "generation." In context, it meant that the people alive at the time Jesus spoke would see the events he described. AND THEY DID. The "end times" do not refer to our future, they refer to the end of Israel which happened around 70AD, which was approximately 40 years from when Jesus spoke those statements. All biblical prophecy has been fulfilled (in our past, it is not for our future). The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom, not an earthly one. Wake up.

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    1. No, it isn't an obscure word. The definition of "genea" can be “this race,” (rarely used), “this people” or “this period of time.” It is not defined as the generation then living. One only has to look at the context of Jesus' message to realise any other sense of the word is meaningless (and context is the MOST important factor in interpretation).

      Much of what He described did NOT occur in AD 70. If we say “this generation” refers to those alive during Jesus’ first coming, then the destruction of Jerusalem HAD to also be His second coming. A time described as, “great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21–22). There have been far worse times in the history of the world since 70 AD!

      The problem with Preterism (belief that end-times prophecies have already been fulfilled) is its inconsistent hermeneutic and allegorising of many biblical prophecies that are better understood literally.

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  12. It is possible Jerusalem is the key; and Israel did not have Jerusalem again until after the six-day war – which happen in 1967. So it is possible -- even conceivable the generation being spoken about does even start until 1967. If that is true, then 2037 would be the seventieth year …..

    Who knows, it could be 1948….

    For all those commenting that the “generation” is a Past Event….

    The “Fall of Jerusalem” in 70AD -- was around thirty years after Jesus spoke these words….
    No where even close to being 40 years – for generation – so very obvious it was not a past event.

    The one speaking of Israel needing to become a “Born Again Nation” ---

    Umm go RE-READ the Old Testament – God’s Promises to Israel – ARE NOT Dependent on the actions of the Country (race) of Israel – BUT solely upon God – in other words Israel does not need to do anything to receive their promises. The only thing needed is Luke 13:35 “ Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

    In other words; until Israel calls in one voice for God – Jesus is not coming…..
    That call will happen as the LAST Event of Armageddon

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