Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Sign of the Fig Tree

In the last blog we looked at what the world will look like
just prior to the Rapture. Today I want to look at a tree, the
fig tree.

The fig tree represents Israel.
(Hosea 9:10; Joel 1:6-8; Luke 13:6-9)
The disciples asked Jesus, 'What will be the sign when 
all these things are to be accomplished?'
Jesus says:
'From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch 
becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that 
summer is near. So also, when you see these things 
taking place, you know that he is at the very gates. Truly 
say to you, this generation will not pass away until all 
these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away 
but my words will not pass away. '(Mark 13: 28-31)

When Jesus spoke of the fig tree the disciples knew that
He was speaking of the land in which they were living.
Was it perplexing to them? However, in 70AD everything
changed and the Jews were moved out of their land. The
disciples were still alive then. For 2,000 years, the Jews
lived without a country and experienced ongoing
persecution. Prior to1948, theologians expressed doubts
that the Jews would ever be a nation again. It was during
this time that much of the church decided that 'She' was
the fulfillment of God's promises to Israel and then
Replacement Theology became mainstream. It looked like
the 'fig tree' had been cut down and was dead. But wait!
After the Holocaust, in which despair became a window of
hope, Israel became a nation in a single day. (Isaiah 66: 7,8)
No scattered nation has ever come back to their original
land with an intact language after being scattered. The fig
tree was in full bloom. Only God...

OK, back to the prophecy: 'The generation that sees the
birth of Israel will not pass away until ALL these things
take place...My words will not pass away.' All includes the
tribulation. Psalm 90 states that a generation lasts up to
80 years. The 80 years from the planting of Israel is up in
2028. If you subtract the seven years of the tribulation,
it comes to 2021. Before the planting of Israel again, no one
could predict anything, but now we understand the season.

Jesus goes on to say that of 'the day and hour, no one knows...
Be on guard, keep awake, for you do not know when the 
time will come.'

Reader, it appears that we are only five or so years from the
tribulation--or closer. Are you ready? Are you watching for
Him? Are you even awake? Or, have the cares and worries
of the world dulled your mind to the lateness of the hour?

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