Summary: The Fig tree and How it relates to the End-times.
THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE
The Fig tree is Israel. the Lord always used the fig tree when speaking of the Nation of Israel. Now learn a parable (or lesson) of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender (or begins to sprout), and putteth forth leaves (and leaves appear), ye know that summer is nigh (or approaching): so likewise ye (or in the same way), when ye shall see all these things, (you are to)
know that it (the time) is near, even at the doors. verily I say unto you (the truth), this generation shall not pass (away), till all these things be fulfilled (or happen).
Now learn a parable (or this lesson) of the fig tree; when her branch is yet tender (or begins to sprout), and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near (or approaching): so ye in like manner (or in the same way), when ye shall see these things come to pass, (you are to) know that it is nigh (or near), even (right) at the doors. "Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass (away), till all these things be done." (or have happened).
Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with his return. Then he continued, "And when these things "begin" (or start) to come to pass (or happen),then look (or stand) up, and lift up your heads (high); for your redemption draweth nigh." (you are about to be liberated (John 6). "And he spake to them a parable; behold (look at) the fig tree, and all the trees; when they now shoot forth (or as soon
as they sprout leaves (John 7), ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh (or near) at hand. so likewise (or even so) ye when ye see these things come to pass, know ye (you are to know) that the
kingdom of God is nigh (or near) at hand." "Verily I say unto you, this generation (or people) shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled." (or all these things have happened.(Luke 21:28-32).
Is Israel The Fig Tree?
The word "fig" is mentioned in the scriptures sixty-four times. 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 (Jeremiah 24:5). We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
The Lord showed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs...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. Then said the Lord unto me, what seest thou, Jeremiah? and I said, figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 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. For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. and I will give them a heart to
know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil (Jeremiah
24:1-8). the word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 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 (Matthew 21:18,19; Mark 11:12-14,20,21). the fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. it may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
The nation of Israel did wither and was destRomansyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation. Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field (or nations).the cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not