THE FIG TREE GENERATION
The fig tree generation is the generation that will not pass till all things prophesied in Matthew 24:32-34. It is the generation that will not pass till they see the rapture, the abomination of desolate talked by Daniel, the Antichrist reign, the great tribulation and Jesus Christ coming in the clouds with a great army.
Fig tree in the Bible represents the Nation of Israel. Hosea 9:10 says:” I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time.” Jesus often used fig tree in parabolic form when communicating things about Israel. In His life on the world, Jesus painted a threefold picture of what will become of the Nation of Israel.
- The fig tree (the nation of Israel) was to be BARREN. We read about this in the parable in Luke 13:6-9. The 3 years referred to in the parable relate to the 3 years Jesus was in the land of Israel looking for spiritual fruits but Israel was barren spiritually. Therefore, Jesus ordered the dresser of the vineyard to cut it down.
2) The fig tree was to be CURSED. Even after being dug about and fertilized, Israel did not bear any spiritual fruits and Jesus cursed her. In Mark 11:12-14 we read “And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet . And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever. And his disciples heard it.” Jesus was hungry for spiritual harvest in Israel and as made clear by His actions in the temple (v15-17), there were no fruits to harvest. The fig tree was barren, so He cursed the fig tree. (Matthew 21:19 says, “And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.”)
The fig tree withered and died thus stopped using the land. In 70 AD the Romans annihilated Israel, destroyed the temple and Israel seized being a sovereign nation and stopped using the ground (land).
- The fig tree was to be REPLANTED. In Matthew 24 Jesus was talking of a replanted fig tree, her branches are tender, putting forth leaves. Matthew 24:32-34 says “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.”
Ezekiel 36-37 is clear about the rebirth (replant) of Israel. Israel ceased to be a sovereign nation from 70 AD to May 14th 1948 when United Nations proclaimed Israel a sovereign nation. It was given her land back thus replanted.
Since 1948, we have seen Israel put forth leaves on her tender branches both economically, military and financially it has become a world force, always in the news all over the world. We are about to see Israel build the Third Temple. There spiritual rebirth will happen at the very end, as seen in Zechariah 12 to 14.
THE FIG TREE GENERATION
Luke 21:29 –32 says, “And he spoke to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees. When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” Jesus confirmed these words by saying, ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away’ (Lk 21:33). I.e. this generation that sees the fig tree shoot forth will not pass till all these things be fulfilled.
WHO IS THE GENERATION THAT SAW THE FIG TREE SHOOT FORTH?
In May 14th 1948, Israel became a sovereign nation thus the fig tree come back to life and started shooting forth. The 1948 generation will not pass till all things prophesied by Jesus in Mathew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 be fulfilled. Those born before or in the year 1948 are of the generation that saw the fig tree shoot forth.
HOW LONG IS A GENERATION?
From the time of Adam up to today, humanity lifespan on earth has been deteriorating, eg Adam lived 930 years, Jacob lived 147 years, Moses lived 120 years and Joshua lived 110 years.
Psalms 90:10 says, “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.”
The labour and sorrow might also be figurative of the tribulation and Jesus will end it when He comes.
Because of the prophecy in Psalms 90:10, we are using a generation to be between 70 to 80 years.
HOW TO DETERMINE THE “SEASON” (NOT THE DAY AND HOUR) OF THE COMING OF JESUS
The 1948 generation is today (2018) 70 years old and Israel marked 70 years of statehood on 14 May. The 1948 generation can to go up to 80 years for years of labour and sorrow (thetribulation), then soon cut off. That means the latest for Jesus Christ to return may be the year 2028. The cut off will happen when Jesus Christ appears in the Armageddon battle.
There are 7 years of tribulation (the years of labor and sorrow) which must be fulfilled before the generation is cut off (See the last week of Daniel 70 weeks prophecy).
Thus the latest for the tribulation to begin is the year (2028 – 7) = 2021, although it can start any time between now and then. Christians will not be in the tribulation and the church would therefore be raptured during this same period (ie between now and 2021).
Just as Daniel understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem (Dan 9:2) so by the same books do we understand the number of years specified for all to be fulfilled.
I am not attempting in any way, shape, form or fashion to set a day and hour for the return of Son of Man but I am revealing the season for His return and all prophesied be fulfilled. For we, children of light, know the season when Jesus Christ is returning.
But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (Mt 24: 36)
Rev 3:3: Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore you shall not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and you shall not know what hour I will come upon thee.