Time, Truth & Wisdom

Chapter 21---The Generation of the Fig Tree

     So, where are we right now? You probably got up this morning, got the kids dressed for school, grabbed a quick cup of coffee and headed off to work. Nothing unusual appears to be going on but where are we in God’s overall Plan? How close are we to the “end of times”?

     I think that most people have a sense that we are nearing the end of this dispensation and I use the term “dispensation” instead of “end of the world” because dispensation portrays it more truthfully. I firmly believe that we are living in the period of the fifth trump.

 

     I believe that five of the seven angels that blow the final trumpets of Revelation have already sounded. And since the trumps are executed in order then we will have Satan in his role as Antichrist at the sixth trump and Christ’s return at the seventh. And at His return, we will have the end of this dispensation.

     The age of one-worldism; the new-world-order is gathering itself together faster and faster with each passing day and although it will never come to full fruition it will come mighty close for it is this system, the first beast of Revelation, that will receive the deadly wound that will be healed by Satan/Antichrist.

     If you look back in history it is plain to see that the industrial revolution of the late 18th century propelled mankind into social and economic changes never before seen in history. It seems that for centuries this old world plodded along at an alarmingly slow rate and then all of a sudden…..bam!

 

     All of a sudden (or so it seems) we went from a hollowed-out tree that was used as a canoe to navigate lakes, streams, and rivers to ocean liners like the Queen Mary 2 that carried 2,100 passengers and a crew of 1,100 that sailed around the world.

     A closer look at where we are today compared to where we were 200 years ago is pretty impressive. We went from living in mud huts to the Burj Dubai skyscraper in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, with a height of 2,684 feet, the tallest building on earth at the time of this writing.

 

     We went from using bones and rocks as crafting tools to laser-guided smart bombs. Why, after all the centuries of existence, did we suddenly blossom over the last two hundred years? Was this part of God’s plan? Why and how did mankind suddenly “get smart”?

      I wish that I had a real definitive answer for you but I don’t. I do know this, though, that God has told us that no king comes to power unless He allows it and people like Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Richard Dawkins, and Louis Pasteur had to be a part of His divine plan to move mankind forward at a faster pace than previously seen. 

 

     In the book of Genesis, it says that it repented God that He had made man and that He would not suffer with him forever, therefore his days shall be 120 years instead of 600-900 years.

     Genesis 6:3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

     I think that we can use our powers of deduction and see from that verse that it was taking an extremely long time to put the billions of souls into flesh bodies and allow them to live for several hundred years. Why else would He shorten our lifespan? It was not unusual for our Father to change His mind; even Moses debated with Him from time to time.

     Something that we need to understand is that when the war in heaven occurred, the katabole’, all of the souls that God had created were now going to have to come into this world in flesh bodies and in theory, and I say in theory, the end of this dispensation should not occur until after all of these souls have taken on human form.

 

     Sometimes when I look around and I see all of the horrible things that man is doing to his fellow man, that surely these people have souls that are from the dregs of heaven. Surely these souls were of those that followed Satan in his rebellion and their very nature is to be nasty, cruel and vicious.

 

     How else can you explain an eight-year-old throwing his two-year-old brother out the window of a three-story building simply because he wanted to play with his toys?

     In the books of Mark, chapter 13; Matthew, chapter 24 and Luke, chapter 21 we are given the events by Jesus Christ Himself that will come to pass before His return and many of them have already happened.

 

     We know this because we have seen the false prophets, the preachers, that call themselves Christ-like; we have seen the wars and heard the rumors of wars; we have seen nation rise up against nation; we have seen the gospel preached into the entire world; we have heard them say that Christ is there and He is not and we have seen the earthquakes and famines and pestilences and fearful sights. Remember the twin towers in New York City?

     Before I get into an explanation of what the generation of the fig tree is its best that we understand some Jewish history first. To put it bluntly, God was fairly disgusted with the Hebrew nation as a whole and their continued worship of idols and He promised that he would scatter them among the nations of the Gentiles.

 

     Before you take me to task on the above statement let me also say that God was disgusted with the Gentiles and the whole human race at various points in time.

     The account of the scattering of the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom, commonly called the House of Israel, can be found in the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 28:

     Deuteronomy 28:64 And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

     Some of the idols that they will worship are made of wood and stone, not even of the stature of one made of gold.

     Deuteronomy 28:65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:

     They will be fearful and the memories of lost Israel will be painful to them.

     Deuteronomy 28:66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:

     This scattering is called the Diaspora. It would begin in earnest when the second Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed by the Romans in 70AD. The ten tribes would migrate over the Caucasus Mountains and into Russia, Europe, the British Isles and later Canada and America. Quite the reason that many of us are called Caucasians today.

     If we read on in Deuteronomy we will find that God promises to bring them back to the homeland again:

     Deuteronomy 30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee,

     You’re going to think about them while you sit in a country that is not of your forefathers. You’re going to live in a place that is not Israel.

     Deuteronomy 30:2 And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;

     The qualifier here is to return their thoughts to God, stop worshipping idols and begin obeying His commandments again. Do you see that our Father is imploring, that He is trying to tell these people that He wants to be their God and for them to be His people and all that He wants is for them to simply trust in His instructions to them?

    Deuteronomy 30:3 That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.

     Deuteronomy 30:4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

     Deuteronomy 30:5 And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

     For the better part of 1900 years, the Jews had been scattered and then in May of 1948 Israel regained her independence and was recognized as a nation with sovereign boundaries by the Security Council of the United Nations. But it wasn’t pretty.

 

     On May 14th of that year, Israel was attacked by Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. It was a surprise attack but one that Israel handled quite well even though they lost 6000 troops. With the aid of three B-17 bombers that were purchased on the black market in America, they kicked some enemy butt.

 

     In February of 1949 Egypt signed a peace treaty and in the following July Lebanon, Syria and Jordan followed suit. Iraq withdrew her forces but did not sign any treaty.

     And so began the journey of the good and bad figs back to the homeland. The ten scattered tribes of Israel began to repopulate their country and it continues today. Only the tribe of Judah and a remnant of the tribe of Benjamin remained after the Roman general Titus had his way with that country.

 

     Titus was the military commander of that area during the First Jewish-Roman War which was fought between 67AD and 70AD. It was in response to a Jewish rebellion and when it was over the city and temple of Jerusalem was destroyed and for the next 1900 years, the land that had been given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, by God Himself, would be ruled by someone other than the Jews.

 

     Almost 1,000,000 people died in that war.

     The destruction of the Temple and the city was prophesied 40 years earlier by Christ:

     Matthew 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

     Matthew 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

     The only part of the city and temple that was left standing was a portion of the outer wall known as Kotel ha-Ma’aravi or the Western Wall or the Wailing Wall. Actually it is part of a retaining wall that supported the foundation of the Temple itself.

     The city of Jerusalem is God’s most favorite spot on earth. Throughout the Scriptures, the Jews that inhabited the city, God’s chosen people, constantly moved away from His good graces and our Father continually had to reprimand them, at times, allowing them to be taken into captivity. Eventually, the city was destroyed by this man Titus and his army.  In the book of Revelation it speaks of a New Jerusalem:

     Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

     Soon there will be another spiritual entity sitting in the Temple of God showing the world that he is God. But it will not be God. It will be Satan in his role as Antichrist.

     I used the phrase “the good and bad figs” earlier and I want you to understand why. Our Father uses a metaphor of representing the Jewish people like fruit from a fig tree. Let’s go to the Book of Jeremiah, chapter 24:

     Jeremiah 24:1 The Lord shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the Lord, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.

     The subject of this verse is two baskets of figs.

     Jeremiah 24:12 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.

     One of these baskets contained figs that are described to be naughty and bad.

     Jeremiah 24:13 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.

     In this verse, the basket of figs is said to be evil, and from this, we know that we’re not talking about fruit here; we’re talking about people. It stands to reason that a piece of fruit, an inanimate object, cannot be evil in and of itself. Good people and bad people.

     Jeremiah 24:14 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

     Jeremiah 24:15 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.

     God likens the captives of Judah, these people, to be like the good figs. These are the scattered ten tribes of Israel.

 

     The bad figs are residents of the land of Judea but they are not of our brother Judah. They are simply residents of the land of Judea and are called Jews but are not. They are the Kenites.

 

     We talked about these Kenites back in chapter 11 and here they are again. These “sons of Cain”, whose father is the Devil, that old Serpent, from way back in the Garden of Eden, his offspring are returning back to the homeland of Israel along with the good fig.

     The distinction between Judah and the Kenites is made crystal clear in Revelation 2:9:

     Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

    The word “Jew” in this verse is:

    ✡ Jews_NT 2453 Ioudaios (ee-oo-dah'-yos); from NT:2448 (in the sense of NT:2455 as a country); Judaean, i.e. belonging to Jehudah:

     They are not of the Tribe of Judah but are simply living among them.

     The generation of the fig tree began in May of 1948 and the good and the bad fig have been returning there ever since. The Jew and the Kenite are returning to Israel. And what did Jesus have to say about this event in Mark 13:30?

     Mark 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

     He will return to us before this generation, this generation of the fig tree passes away.

     Jeremiah 24:16 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.

     God is going to plant them and not pluck them up. God is never going to scatter them again. This prophecy was given to us thousands of years ago and it was fulfilled in 1948.    

  

     There now remains the question of how long is a generation. Generally speaking, a familial generation is the length of time between the birth of a mother and the birth of a subsequent daughter, which today is approximately 30 years.

 

     A cultural generation, because of the acceleration of events in today’s cultural atmosphere, is considered to be 10-15 years. We’re not going to look at these two spans of time to give us any insight into the length of the generation of the fig tree.

     Scripturally, there are three generations mentioned specifically: the 40-year generation of the Hebrew children in the desert; the 70-year generation from the Book of Daniel and the 120-year generation from the Book of Genesis.

     Now, simple mathematics would suggest to us that if you add a 40-year generation to 1948 you will get the year 1988. We are well past that and we are still here.

 

     If you add a 70-year generation to 1948 you will get the year 2018, around nine years from now. And the 120-year generation would give us the year 2068. With all of this information are we any closer to determining the actual year of Christ’s return? Nope. So we are left to go down a blind road if we continue to think along these lines. Yeah, it’s fun to speculate and all of that but it still boils down to this verse:

     Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

     We certainly will not figure out what year it will be but can we determine, with any reliability, what season of that year will be?

     Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

     Here we have the fig tree again. When you plant that young branch and it takes root and begins to sprout leaves you have exactly what happened, figuratively speaking, when the good and bad fig returned to Israel in 1948.

 

     And we have been given the season here as well. Summer is near. What happens during the summer after you have planted tender branches and seeds? Harvest time happens during the summer. Who is going to do the harvesting and what is being harvested?  We talked about this back in chapter 11 briefly so let’s go into a little more depth on these verses.

     Christ is teaching and speaking to the multitudes in parables and this particular one is called “the parable of the tares of the field”.

      Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

     Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

     Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

     Matthew 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

     Matthew13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

     Matthew 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

     Matthew13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

     These seven verses are pretty much understandable without a lot of commentary with the exception of the tares. In the Greek, the word tare is: zizanion (dziz-an'-ee-on); of uncertain origin; darnel or false grain. In horticulture, the darnel (tare), in the early stages of growth looks exactly like a stalk of wheat. Not until both plants are fully developed can you tell the difference between them.

     Now, these are the verses that explain the parable to us:

     Matthew13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

     Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

     Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

     Again, as I explained in chapter 11, who is the wicked one? Satan/Antichrist. Who are the children of the wicked one? The Kenites. The wheat represents the good fig and the tares represent the bad fig. The good fig represents the descendants of the twelve tribes of Judah and the bad fig represents those that claim to be of Judah but are not and are simply living in the land.

     The time of the Antichrist will be during the summer months and the reaping will not begin until the day that the Lord Himself returns to us from heaven. We don’t know the year but we do know the season.