Waterman, what is your take on the parable of the Mature Fig Tree? Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27122171
I think the mature fig tree represent the believers who are "ready", those who had the patience of the saints, those who overcame the world.
Right now, I think we are not there yet.
I think that before this happen, other passages of the Bible, apparently unrelated, also use the parable of the fig tree, but in a different chronologic point.
Such as the wild fig tree shaking, and some natural branches breaking falling, only to be graffled... wich then could lead to getting closer to the mature fig trees, shortly after.
This I read in Romans 11
And then, there are passages about the fig tree, that talk about the season and the leaves of it, wich could be yet another previous indicator of the later two stages. Probably the stage at wich we are now.
32Now learn a parable of the fig tree
; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves
, ye know that summer is nigh: 33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass
, till all these things be fulfilled.
The fig tree is represents Israel. The parable says when the fig tree(Israel) is tender(young) know that summer is near...Israel came back as a nation May 5 1948(summer was near)then it mentions putting forth leaves(to grow), which indicates in 1967(israel is young only 19 years old) the 6 day war where Israel gained control of 967 Israel gained all of the Sinai Penninsula, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights. This more then tripled the total land under control of Israel prior to the war. It goes on to say this generation will not pass til all things are fulfilled. How long is a generation? Psalms 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. So it says 80 years tops is a generation. We start from the year Israel came back which is 1948 and add 80 for the maximum date and get 2028.That is the maximum I think it will actually start in the fall of 2013 I believe there is a 7 year tribulation but I also think there is a 42 month furnace of affliction or time of jacobs trouble before the 7 years..most think jacobs trouble is in the 7 years but I think it is 42 months prior and the war of Gog and Magog against Israel I see that being the hidden spiritual Israel(lost 10 tribes united states) being destroyed. Ezekiel 39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel(united states) shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: They are buring weapons for 7 years so this gog magog war is apparently prior to the 7 year trib and I believe that is the 42 month period prior to the 7 year tribulation.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days(years)
: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)