After a nights sleep, Jesus hit the road. Hunger set in, and Jesus saw a fig tree down the road. Some figs to eat seemed appetizing, but when he got there he found only leaves and no figs, for it was not the season for figs. Some what agitated Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” Texts:Mark 11:12-14. Prophetically Israel being canceled out, as his intended provider of the good news of his saving grace.
After experiencing some hostilities from the community, Jesus and his disciples passed by that fig tree again. The disciples saw that the fig tree had dried up from the roots. Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree. So Peter said, Rabbi look! “The fig tree which you cursed has withered away.” Texts:Mark 11:20-21.
The admonishment Jesus inflicted upon the tree that caused the tree to die is prophetically symbolic of Israel’s stubbornness to obey their God. Which eventually caused God to chase them from the lands, that he had given to them. Scattering the Jews to the four corners of the earth. Recorded in the only book of history that matters, the WORD. Saying through the penmanship of Moses, “And it shall be, that just as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from the land which you go to possess. Then the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there shall you shall serve other gods which neither you or your fathers have known -wood and stone. Texts. Deuteronomy 28:63-64.
As history progressed, the Jews experienced enslavement, hatred, brutality and even death from their captors. Along came Jesus making this promise. “Now learn this parable from the fig tree. When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. Also, when you see all these things (explanation in yesterday’s discussion) know that it is near, at your door! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away tell all these things take place.” Matthew 24:32-34.
Bringing to fulfillment those questions the disciples wanted Jesus to answer. Which was the bringing together two of the three questions into one, Which amounts to this, “And of the end of the age?”
When the fig trees branches become tender and puts fourth leaves you know that summer is near. It’ll be the combining of, “When will these things be and what will be a sign of you coming? Equals the end of the world, as we know it or the end of the age.
The branch became tender, when the providence of God gave the Jews a wasteland of property to be their nation state. It occurred on the day the British Mandate over Palestine expired, 14 May 1948. The Jewish People’s Council gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum and approved a proclamation declaring the establishment of the State of Israel. What happened there most of the world thought to be impossible. But divine providence isn’t intimated, influenced or controlled by world opinion. It’s the opposite as noted by the prophetic seer Daniel, who texted this message from God. “This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it whomever he will. And sets over it the lowest of men.” Text:Daniel 4:17. For this fulfilled prophetic historic event, Israel, “the lowest of men.” Jews a group of nobody’s, who overnight became the worlds most powerful and influential somebody’s.
The Soviet Union was the first state to fully recognize Israel as a nation state on, 17 May 1948. Followed by Poland and several other nation states. The United States followed suit on, 11 May 1949.
Divine providence is defined in Revelation 19:13, and acted accordingly.”I will bring back the captives of My people Israel. They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given,” says the LORD your God. Texts:Amos 9:14-15.