Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Fig Tree Prophecy, Part Two

The Fig Tree’s Cycle

The annual fruit cycle of the fig tree occurs at the beginning of spring in late March. The figs are not ready to harvest until early June, about 70 to 80 days later. If we apply the principle of a day for a year to the fruit cycle, we get a corresponding time period of 70 to 80 years. 

If the parable of the fig tree budding out represents the land of Israel once again becoming home to a Jewish state, then we have 70 to 80 years before the fruit will be ripe. Is it possible that the Messiah intended for us to understand that the culmination of God’s plan would take 70 to 80 years from the re-establishment of modern Israel until the return of the Messiah?

How does the Bible define a generation?

Psalm 90:10: 70 to 80 years

After speaking the parable of the fig tree, Jesus stated; “Truly I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.”

(Additional Information: The life span varied over time, the average life span of the pre-Flood patriarchs was 912 years. Shem to Peleg (contemporary of the Tower of Babel) diminished to 484 years. Peleg to Abraham, it diminished to 195 years. The average generation from Abraham to David (Matt. 1:17) was approximately 64 years)

IF we are reading the prophetic symbols correctly, where does this place the passing of this generation and the Coming of our Lord? 

We know Israel became a nation in 1948, although some include the capturing of Jerusalem in 1967 as the correct countdown date. So using 1948, around what year would that place us? Using 1967, around what year does that place us?

(1948) 2018 – 2028
(1967) 2037 - 2047

Though we shouldn't be setting dates, as believers we should know the signs of the times! 
Matthew 24:36; 1 Thess. 5:2-6

Luke 21:29 - 31 “And all the trees”

The Bible uses the analogy of a fig tree in reference to the rebirth of the nation of Israel, but Jesus also indicated that alongside the re-budding of the fig tree, there would be a sign in all the trees.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Source: Focus on Jerusalem
Morocco 1956
Algeria 1952
Tunisia 1956
Libya 1951
Egypt 1922
Turkey 1923
Iran 1979
Iraq 1930
Syria 1946 
Lebanon 1946
Israel 1948
Jordan 1945
Bahrain 1971
Qatar 1971
Oman 1970
UAE 1971
Saudi Arabia 1932
Yemen 1967
Sudan 1956
Mauritania 1960

The 20th century blossoming of national trees throughout the Middle East foretells that Gods’ prophecies for all the nations is coming to pass in these times.

(The roots of the Israeli-Arab conflict have come full circle today. They have indeed fathered many nations. For centuries the Arab nations wandered the deserts of Arabia and never projected any borders between themselves. Ishmael’s descendants have lived as mingled desert dwellers and behaved as wild men, and have shown a tendency to lift their hands against their brethren, as God foretold. This characteristic has been ingrained into their makeup and is stoked by hatred and jealousy towards Jacob)

It was in the 20th century, after the World Wars that the roots of all the modern states of the Middle East blossomed into defined boundaries of nations. Most are aware that Israel was reborn in 1948, but not many people realize that the Arabs discovered nationalism in the same period. Many of Ishmael’s descendants suddenly found themselves identified with ancient national names, some of which were rooted in the ancestry of Ishmael and Esau’s ancestry.

Israel’s Prophetic Background:

Ezekiel 37:10-14 (dry bones, restored to life); Isaiah 66:7,8 (in one day); 
Ezek. 37:21,22 (re-established as a united nation); Amos 9:14,15 (regained control, never removed); 
Ezekiel 34:13 (gather); Jeremiah 31:10 (Gather); Jeremiah 16:14,15 (gather, famous); 
Deut. 30:3-5 (Gather) ; Zech 12:2-3 (Scorned by nations); Ezek 38:14-16 (War of Gog And Magog)

(In a stunning and remarkable moment, Netanyahu also declared to the people of Europe and the world that the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 have been fulfilled. The Holocaust, he said, represented the dry bones and graves of the Jewish people, and out of that horror the State of Israel was resurrected, just as the Lord said would happen through the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel. Rarely has any world leader given a major address on an international stage declaring End Times prophecies from the Bible have come true. But that is exactly what Netanyahu did.” – Joel Rosenberg’s Blog, January 29, 2010. Nethanyahu gave a political address from Auschwitz, Poland.)


Where is Israel Today? Alone!

Israel’s newest crisis in not its biggest one. It is the redefining of the relationship between the United States and Israel.

The basic tenets in the U.S.–Israel relationship were two-fold.

1. There would be no surprises. Neither country would do or say something regarding the Middle East without the other country knowing about it ahead of time.

2. There would not be daylight between the two countries. Israel and America could disagree—but never publicly.

There was a reason for this close cooperation.

Israel needs America’s support. Israel has been called a “one-bomb country”. A single nuclear bomb would level the place. It needs the protection of the United States to hold its enemies in check.
America also needs Israel’s support as well. Israel has been the only constant ally the United States has had in the region, and it is the region’s only democracy.

Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, the United States seems to be trying to position itself as the Arab world’s best friend. The current administration has allowed daylight to filter in between the two countries by publicly disagreeing with Israel’s policies.

If the White House truly wanted to minimize the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, it would not have given up concessions the way it did. It would not have communicated its message that the military option is impossible. It would not have publicly defended Iran’s cheating on its existing promises.

Israel is now between a diplomatic rock and a hard place. Israel is in an alliance with a country that does not seem to have Israel in its list of priorities. Also, the next generation of U.S. leaders being groomed do not seem to have Israel as a priority either. They do not seem to recognize the cognitive disconnect involved with accusing Israel of genocide while praising the actions of Iran and Hamas.
As the United States looks more like Europe, Israel looks more alone. Many believe that a prayer on Tisha B’Av is the most logical response to current events.

The only thing missing from this analysis is the fact that Israel will never be alone. Israel was fulfilling prophecy when it was regathered in the land in 1948 as a state for the first time in 2,000 years. Ultimately, Israel will recognize Jesus as their Messiah and true protector:

"I will pour out on the house of David and on the residents of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and of supplications, and they will look to me—the one whom they pierced.” Then they will mourn for him, as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him, as for a firstborn son."
— Zechariah 12:10, ISV

Do you believe we are living in the End Times? 

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. For the past 6 decades, all the major players have been taking the stage and playing the parts that God said they would. 

Consider the following events: 

-In 1948, Israel became a nation, not through her own strength.
-A re-gathering has taken place in Israel and continues to take place, from all nations.
-Russia and China, two major End Times players, have already signed a pact.
-Russia, the biggest End Times player, has already helped Iran build a nuclear reactor.
-Iran has repeatedly confirmed their desire to wipe Israel off the map.
-Iran now, for the first time ever, has nuclear weapons capable of reaching Israel.


The Jews have been back in their homeland since 1948, and though they still have some battles ahead of them, God has promised that they will never again be driven out of Israel. The bible looks forward to the time when Jesus will physically return to the land where He was born so many years ago. 

There is only one Holy Land that God knows about, and that is the land of Israel that was first promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God’s promises don’t change, even if in this case it took nearly 2,000 years to occur. 

IDF Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, speaking at the Arch of Titus 1940 years after the Roman Empire destroyed the Second Holy Temple, declared, 

“We are here, on the eve of Tisha B’av, the day the Jewish Temple was destroyed by Titus, and together with the Jewish Community we say, The Nation of Israel lives!” He said, “despite all the misery and horrible tragedies that struck us since the destruction of the Second Temple and our exile, the Jewish people were able to re-establish their national independence in 1948"

End times bible prophecy has declared that this would happen in the last days, and that is exactly where we are right now.

The Fig Tree Prophecy, Part One

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Source: Bible/ Koinonia House / Boldly Proclaiming Christ: Parable of the Fig Tree and its Prophetic Significance, Carol / Focus on Jerusalem, John F. Walvoord / Every Prophecy of the Bible/ Joel Rosenberg/ Now the End Begins.

The Fig Tree Prophecy, Part One

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion.

There is one place in the world that God has declared as holy, and that’s Mount Zion and the land of Israel. The prophet Isaiah wrote this – “Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before his ancients gloriously.” Isaiah 24:23.

There are one people that are God’s ‘chosen people’, and they are the Israelites - “And I have put my words in thy mouth and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.” Isaiah 51:16.

And there is one main event in bible prophecy that had to happen to usher in the time that the bible calls the “last days” or the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” This event is undeniable and it has happened! Israel became a nation in one day! 

State of Israel is born headline, 'Palestine Post'
Source: Jerusalem Post

Throughout recorded history, nations have always been typified by types and figures to describe them.

Russia is known as the Bear
America is the Eagle
England is the Lion
Israel is the Fig Tree.

Matthew 24:32-25 refers to Israel becoming a nation and the end times.

As incredible as it was for the nation of Israel to be reborn, more remarkable is the fact that it was reborn on the exact day in history the Bible said it would! This event marked the first time since 605 BC that Israel had its own nation under their control.

No other nation in history has ever ceased to exist for centuries and then returned as a nation in its former land to regain its place in world history!! The bible predicted this thousands of years before it happened!!

Prophetic Timeline:

Read: Ezekiel 4:3-6 (explanation in Leviticus 26:18,21,24,28)

Their time of punishment would be multiplied X 7 if the people did not repent, and by staying in pagan Babylon, they refused to repent!

According to Ez. 4:3-6, they were to be punished for 430 years (lost their homeland to Babylon).
Later Babylon was conquered and they were captured by Cyrus (539 BC) who allowed them to return to their land (535 BC- about 70 yrs. after they lost their land to Babylon). However, not all the captives returned but chose to stay in pagan Babylon instead. Because of this, the remaining 360 yrs. (430 – 70 = 360) of their punishment was multiplied by 7 (360 x 7 = 2,520 yrs.).
This was based on a 360 day lunar calendar, however if you adjust it to the modern solar calendar, you get 2,484 years.  536 BC (535+1) + 2484 AD = 1948 AD
Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?
Matthew 21:19 and Mark 11:14 tell us it was because it hadn’t born any fruit.  Does this portion of scripture state that the tree will never bear fruit again?  It seems to, but on closer inspection a different picture emerges.
The term used is "Never again/ever again" = eis ton aiona. The actual meaning is lost in its translation.
Eis: is often used regarding time. It means “to” or “until”
Ton: simply means “the”
Aiona: is a form of “aion” (transliterated “eon”). It means “segment of time” or “age.”
In our English translations, it appears to say that the fig tree was cursed to never bring forth fruit again. It was not the appointed time for the fig tree to yield its fruit, and in like manner, it was also not the time for the Israelis to recognize their Messiah and it remains so to this day (Temporary blindness: John 12:37; Rom 11:7).
Jesus symbolically cursed the Israelis to unfruitfulness until just prior to the 2nd coming. 
Undoubtedly, until the age of the Messiah’s rule over the entire world from Jerusalem. The fig tree incident was designed to show that the Israelis would not produce true spiritual fruit until the Messiah comes to usher in the kingdom of God on the earth.
What does Zechariah say will happen?
Zechariah 12:10: The divine blindness will be lifted, the Israelis will recognize their Messiah after He saves them from an attack by the nations, they will fully realize that the one they’ve rejected for 2000 years is the Messiah. There will be great mourning.
To date this prophecy has never been fulfilled! Like almost every other prophecy in the Bible, this prophecy will also come true, and sooner rather than later! 

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