Windy Jo Smith
Christ said to learn "The Parable of The Fig Tree"
Why is this Parable so important? Let's start in Mark Chapter 13
Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; Instructions from Christ: Learn it; the parable of the fig tree! When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
The fig tree is used symbolically: The word of God uses trees symbolically to represent man:
Isaiah 61:3.To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
the word tree: There are two trees which the fig tree represents: The good fig and the bad fig:
1. The tree of Life
2. The tree of knowledge of good and evil
What do we know about the trees:
Gene 1:11.And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Why is the parable of the fig tree so important? Why does God instruct us to learn this parable? Why would God use a fig tree? To better understand a parable, we need to know everything possible about this fig tree, literally. By understanding the literal meaning of the fig tree, then we may grasp a better understanding of the symbology of God's analogy. What do we know about the horticulture of the fig tree?
There are two types of fig trees. The female fig is good and eatable, and the male fig is bad and not eatable. At the end of each fig, there is a tiny hole. INSIDE the fig plant itself there are many, many, blossoms, and the fig wasp, goes into the little hole of the male fig tree, which man cannot eat, and takes the pollen from the flowering plant from WITHIN and then goes to the female tree and pollinates the fig whereby the fig can have a continuing life.
Thereby the wasp keeps alive both the good and bad fig. This dumb wasp, as some call them, support and make possible both trees! The wasp is symbolic of ignorant men, i.e.: men that lack the wisdom from God's word, i.e.: the truth in God's word! Which are those that do not care to know the word of God; or through their own laziness just do not test the fruit! Which is to say, they do not care to understand the living word of God. They cannot discern one tree from the other. They are ignorant. Spiritually speaking. They will not know if they are hearing the truth.... for they do not know the truth. Therefore, they support the good and the bad fig! Does this still not occur even to this day?
Know the tree and know the fruit! Know the parable of the fig tree. Know God's word; i.e.: Know Christ. In part the parable of the fig tree means: Is what you are learning, coming from the word of God, good fig, or traditions of men, bad fig? Do you know? Do you know how to test the fruit? You test the fruit in God's word! Do not go to man's writings on God's word; go directly to God's word, His scripture.
Matt 7:15. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Note in Matt 7:15 the subject: false prophets: doing what? ... Again symbolic! Ravening wolves in sheep clothing. Sheep clothing is symbolic to those that look like Christians. In other words, they are one that claims
to be a man of God, a prophet. Raven wolves are symbolic to those that do the work of Satan. So they look like Christians, ministers, preachers, evangelist, (sheep clothing) but they are doing the work of Satan (ravening wolves.] Note: How we will be able to see behind this deception?
Matt 7:16 .Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Remember Gen 1:11; Matt 7:17; "they bring forth fruit after their kind!" Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Meaning, Do men gather grapes off the bramble bush, the bramble, the thorn bush, is symbolic of Satan. Remember, the trees, which wanted a King and the bramble bush, said I would be your king as long as you stay in my shadow (Judge 9:13-15]? A bramble, thorn bush does not cast a shadow, there is no protection with this King, this thistle!
So the trees bearing fruit bring forth fruit after their kind Gen 1:11;
Matt 7:17. This is how you shall know the sheep in wolves clothing by their fruit. Fruit is the production of works and show me your works and I will show you your faith. Are you eating off a thistle, those that do not teach the word of God, but the traditions of men? Or, are you eating the grapes, which come off the vine? There is only One Vine, and Christ is that vine. Test their fruit! One must be able to rightly discern are they eating from God's word or traditions of men.
Matt 7:17.Even so every good tree bringeth forth-good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth-evil fruit.
When someone teaches the word of God it bringeth forth-good fruit. A corrupt tree, which claims to teach the word of God but is a raven wolf bringeth forth-evil fruit [works.] God will not bless their ministry but in the end will dry them up from their roots. They will become a bunch of beggars, know their fruit, i.e. know the truth in God's word and you are able to discern!
Matt 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Once you spot them mark them! Although God is able to raise them up to be children of Abraham, I do not see this happening very often. They would need a severe change of heart. Therefore once you mark them it is a good bet when you come back to them they will still be teaching the same old lies.
Matt 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
God starts judging at the pulpit! What is he teaching the congregation?
Matt 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
You shall know the false teachers, the false prophets, and the false evangelist by their fruits. They do not align with the truth in God's word. i.e. to
know God's word you must read, study, and teach from the word of God, not a verse here, and a verse there, but line by line, verse by verse, chapter by chapter then and only then can you put on the full armour of God. Now lets go to Mark and learn the other parts of this parable.
Mark 11:13.And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
Do you think for one second that Christ did not know the season of the figs? .... That is to say, does Christ know when the figs ripen and when they do not? Of course he knew the season of the figs. He knew there were no figs, and only leaves on this tree. He utilized this parable to teach us: Know when the leaves chute forth!
Mark 11:14 (KJS) And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever. And his disciples heard it.
Mark 11:20.And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
Matt 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Summer is harvest time. The end of the world, which is the subject in Matt
24. See verse 3 the question that Jesus is answering in private to the disciples Matt 24:4! This is when harvest will be made, when thy coming will be, which is the end of the world.... flesh age... Not the hour, but
the season, ye know that summer is nigh! Christ answers and says learn the parable (the generation, the season,] of the fig tree. [Oh, this is so important, do you know the generation? Do you have ears?]
Matt 13:30 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.
Let both whom grow together? The wheat and the tares, the good and bad fig! Also side note: Gather ye together FIRST the tares, are you sure you want to leave the field of work to go fly off? Ezekiel 13:20.Another subject for another day! Know the fruit!
What else do we know about the literal fig tree! We also know how tree is planted. To plant a fig tree you set out a chute, not by seed! WE believe this is symbolic of the nation that would be planted. It is written; this planting would consummate the end of the world age, Matt 24:32-33, which is the beginning of the final generation! So when was, is, or will, this fig tree, this nation, is planted?
Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto
this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Mountain = nation; the subject in Mark 11 20 is the bad fig tree; "be thou removed" referring to the nation of the bad fig; I equate this symbolically to mean the seed of Satan, his tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the Kenites which are the fruit of Satan!
Believe in your heart that you can cast the bad figs out then it shall come to pass. For ye shall have power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy! Now let's nail this down! Turn to the book of Jeremiah.
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.
Let's examine this verse: Two baskets of figs before the temple of the Lord. The temple of the Lord has one geographical location, on earth. In Jerusalem, on Mt. Zion, North Side i.e. the location
Psalm 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
And guess who wants you all to worship him in this seat??? In short, Satan!
Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into
heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called
God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God?
To understand Jeremiah 24 verse one would need to know a little history. The House of Israel had been taken captive two hundred years prior to this incidence. So we are focusing on Judah. Judah is part of the parable of the fig. The location is Jerusalem. Nebuchadrezzar's captivity lasted 70 years! But in the book of Ezra only about 1/2 of the children that returned were children of Judah the other children were Nethinim. Nethinim is a Hebrew word which means Nathan is to service; or given to service.
The preachers dedicated certain people to do part of the temple work. And in the book of Ezra, at the end of Nebuchadrezzar captivity on their way back to Jerusalem, Ezra did a head count, and not one Levical Priest was with him. They were all Nethinim. This is why you must watch for Wolves in Sheep clothing! The good fig and the bad figs. Nethinim are now in the church! Let's read His word....
Jeremiah 24:2 .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.
Jeremiah 24:3 .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.
Jeremiah 24:4 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Jeremiah 24:5 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 24:6.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.
In 1948, Judah returned to Jerusalem. Judah set up a nation, which was not since 70AD. We see both good and bad figs from this nation.
Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an 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.
Jeremiah 24:7 is speaking of the good figs. Those of the tribe of our brother Judah, and are called Jews. (Personally I think they will leave Jerusalem in the end days and leave the bad figs. For God will give them a heart to know HIM. Does not the word of God tell them to stay away from Jerusalem in the end times? If they know Him then surely they will listen?]
Jeremiah 24:8 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt.
Jeremiah 24:8 is the bad figs. Let's take a look very closely here at verse 8. Where is the location of the bad figs? Where are these good and bad figs of Judah? I'll quote: "That remain in this land, the residue of Jerusalem. They are residents of Judea. The good fig are of the tribe of Judah and our are brothers in Christ. The bad fig are those that call themselves Jews but are not of the tribe of Judah but are of the synagogue of Satan. Rev 2:9; Rev 3:9; Now take a close look: "and the residue of Jerusalem" NOT ROME, NOT SAN FRANCISCO, but JERUSALEM! Let's continue...
Jeremiah 24:9 And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.
For their hurt ... so shall be the bad figs scattered in all the kingdoms.
Jeremiah 24:10 .And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.
In 70 AD all were dispersed from Jerusalem and they traveled the world ... but in the year of our Lord 1948 they returned to Jerusalem and set out the chute, i.e. Israel became a nation, and the fig tree was planted, which is the beginning of the end generation.
Matt 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
This generation has grown for many, many, years and put forth leaves and we know that summer is near: i.e. the harvest! This is the other part of the parable of the fig tree, this is what Christ was teaching on the Mt. of Olives, when you see the fig, the chute put forth leaves know that this generation, the generation of the fig tree, the generation which began in 1948 but was not consummated until 1967, shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled!
The generation of the fig tree was planted in 1948 and not completed until 1967! This combined with the fact that there are 3 generations mentioned in the bible is the reason we will not know the hour! The 3 generations are: the 40-year, the 70-year, and the 120-year generation! But, I personally feel the 70 years generation which from 1948 is the year 2018 which is right around the corner.
We are watchmen are to watch keeping up with the time of events and keep watching as prophecies are for filled.
Let's take a look at these generations: The 40 year generation: Numb 14:33.And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. The 70 year generation: Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. The 120 year generation: Gen 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.
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:
Summer is the time of the true harvest. This is the time it should be. So what is the "parable of the fig tree"? To shorten the parable for understanding here; it is as follows.
The parable is the time when both the offspring's of Judah, called the "House of Judah", mixed with the "Kenites", the son's of Satan, through Cain, both return to Palestine. They established a nation, and are both referred to as "Jews". This mixture is written about in Jeremiah 24, and these people are represented as the basket of "good and bad figs". A shoot sets this fig tree. These people live together in Palestine today. The shoot, or establishment of that nation was set May 15, 1948. So the warning of Mark 13:28 is history to us in 2000 +.
Note the day and month, May 15 and Day of the Locust is from May to September, the 5 month period.
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.
2 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.
3 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.
Mark 13:29.So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
When those things came to pass it was 1948. The generation that saw it are adults, middle age people of today. This prophecy came to pass.
Mark 13:30. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
This is Jesus talking, and you can count on what He said. It's in God's Holy Word.it shall not pass away until God sends His angels to collect His elect, because this earth age is over at that point in time. Completed!
Remember one thing from this chapter, if you forget all the rest; the Antichrist is coming to our generation, and His mission is to deceive all the people of the earth, except God's elect. Jesus started this chapter with a warning directly to you in verse 5. "Take heed lest any man deceive you".
Most churches of today lead you to believe that God is going to draw you up to fly you out of here, and that is one of Satan's lies. It is not written in God's Word. What are you going to believe? Your very soul hinges on what you will believe. The choice is yours.Which wil you choose?