Parable Of The Fig Tree In End-Time Prophecy!
By Christine Egbert
Matthew 24:15-32 says, “When you see ‘the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet (Dan 9:27 “…in the middle of the week he (the antichrist) will put an end to sacrifice and offering), standing in the Holy Place (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains) …Pray that your escape will not happen in winter, or on Shabbat. For then there will be great trouble, such as has not happened since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. And unless those days were cut short, no one would be delivered.
“But for the sake of the chosen, those days will be cut short…For just as lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so also will be the COMING of the SON of Man…immediately after the tribulation of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light and the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’
“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the land will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory…He will send out His angels with a great shofar, and they will gather together His chosen from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn the parable from the fig tree….”
Parable of the Fig Tree!
Yeshua went on to say, “When its branch becomes tender and it puts out leaves, you know that the summer is near. So also you, when you see all these things, know that it is near at the doors. Truly I say to you, in no way will this generation (that sees these things happen) will pass away until all these things have occurred.”
Applying a method used in Jewish Hummanutics known as “Gezera Shava”, I will now go to a passage in Jeremiah 24 to further explore the Parable of the Fig Tree and its relation to Yeshua’s return.
Let’s read it.
“…there were two baskets of figs set before the Temple of Adonai…One basket had very good figs…but the other basket had very bad figs…Adonai said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” So I said, “Figs—the good figs are very good, but the bad are very bad.”…thus says Adonai, the God of Israel: “Like these good figs, so will I regard the exiles of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place to the land of the Chaldeans, as good…I will bring them back to this land…I will give them a heart to know Me—for I am Adonai—and they will be My people and I will be their God. For they will return to Me with their whole heart. Now as for the bad figs…I will give them as a horror, as an evil thing among all the kingdoms of the earth, as a disgrace and a proverb…in all the places where I will drive them. I will also send the sword, famine, and pestilence among them…”
But That Was Already Fulfilled!
Some will argue that this prophecy of Jeremiah’s was fulfilled at the end of the Babylonian exile, when Judah returned to the Land. While that is certainly true it does not explain why Yeshua, several hundred years after Judah’s return, linked it to His return at the end of the age. The answer, of course, is that Bible prophecies often have more than one fulfillment. Thus, we will dig further into Jeremiah for our answer.
Thus says Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Israel: “Yet again will they use this expression in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I will return them from exile: ‘Adonai bless you, O dwelling of righteousness, O mountain of holiness.’
Judah and all its cities will dwell there together—the farmer and those who go about with flocks. For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul will I refresh…Behold, days are coming”—it is a declaration of Adonai—“when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and with the seed of beast. Now just as I have watched over them to uproot and to pull down, to overthrow, to destroy, and to bring disaster, then I will watch over them to build and to plant,” says Adonai….“Behold, days are coming”—it is a declaration of Adonai—“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they broke My covenant, though I was a husband to them.” It is a declaration of Adonai. “But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days… “I will put My Torah within them. Yes, I will write it on their heart. I will be their God and they will be My people. No longer will each teach his neighbor or each his brother, saying: ‘Know Adonai,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest…For I will forgive their iniquity, their sin I will remember no more.”
Thus says Adonai, who gives the sun as a light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars as a light by night, who stirs up the sea so its waves roar, Adonai-Tzva’ot is His Name, “Only if this fixed order departs from before Me, then also might Israel’s offspring cease from being a nation before Me—for all time.”
What About The Scattered Tribes & Ingrafted Gentiles?
Before this prophecy’s final fulfillment comes to pass, before the New (renewed) Covenant is in full force (when no one will need to be taught about the Lord, for all will know Him), the House of Israel (which includes ingrafted Gentiles and descendants of the scattered tribes, who lost their identity) and the House of Judah (Jews) MUST reunite! Israel and Judah must become ONE (echad/ a compound unity) in God’s hand.
Eze 37:16-28 “You, son of man, take one stick and write on it, ‘For Judah’—for Bnei-Yisrael joined with him. Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph’—the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel joined with him. Join them one to another for yourself, as one stick, so they may become one in your hand.
“When the children of your people speak to you saying, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by these?’ say to them, thus says Adonai Elohim: ‘Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph—which is in the hand of Ephraim and the tribes of Israel joined with him—and I will put them together with the stick of Judah, and make them one (echad/ a compound unity) stick. They will be one in My hand.’ The sticks that you write on will be in your hand before their eyes. “Then say to them, thus says Adonai Elohim: ‘Behold, I will take Bnei-Yisrael (children of Israel) from among the nations, where they have gone. I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own Land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will be king to them all. They will no longer be two nations, and never again be divided into two kingdoms.
They will never again be defiled with their idols, their detestable things or with any of their transgressions. I will save them out of all their dwellings in which they sinned. I will purify them. Then they will be My people and I will be their God. My servant David will be king over them. They will all have One Shepherd (Yeshua). They will walk in My ordinances and observe My rulings and do them! They will live in the Land that I gave to My servant Jacob, where your ancestors lived. They will live there—they, their children and their children’s children, forever, and My servant David will be their prince forever.
I will cut a covenant of shalom with them—it will be an everlasting covenant with them. I will give to them and multiply them. I will set up My Sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling-place will be over them. I will be their God and they will be My people. Then the nations will know that I am Adonai who sanctifies Israel, when My Sanctuary is in their midst forever.’”
God Will Save The Tents of Judah First!
Zechariah 12:2-19 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all the surrounding peoples when they besiege Jerusalem as well as Judah. Moreover, in that day I will make Jerusalem a massive stone for all the people. All who try to lift it will be cut to pieces. Nevertheless, all the nations of the earth will be gathered together against her. In that day”—it is a declaration of Adonai—“I will strike every horse with confusion and its rider with madness. I will keep My eyes on the house of Judah but will blind every horse of the peoples. Then the leaders of Judah will say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength through Adonai-Tzva’ot their God.
“In that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a burning torch among sheaves. They will devour on the right and on the left all the surrounding peoples, yet Jerusalem will remain in her place, in Jerusalem. Adonai also will save the tents of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and the honor of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not exceed that of Judah. In that day Adonai will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem so that the weakest among them that day will be like David and the house of David will be like God—like the angel of Adonai before them. It will happen in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”