Breakdown for: The Parable of the Fig Tree

Jesus said:

“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. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – even at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:32–35 NKJV)

Fig Tree

Verse 32

In this section of scripture Jesus instructs every believer to learn the parable of the fig tree when He says, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree.”

The fig tree” in this passage the nation of Israel is represented as the fig tree. In Mark 11:12–14 Jesus also recognized the symbolism between Israel and the bare fig tree becoming unhappy with Israel’s representative lack of fruit.

The scripture continues, “when its branch has already become tender” refers to the newly formed State of Israel.  Interestingly, fig trees produce fruit in two growing seasons.  The spring season or early rains fulfilled during Christ’s ministry and the summer through fall growing season or latter rains represented by Israel’s reemergence and the subsequent coming of the Great Consummation. During the fall season, when the fig tree’s branches have become established, it should represent a developing tree with an abundance of leaves and a steady production of fruit. According to this parable, the nation of Israel should eventually become self-sufficient, practical and productive spiritual society. Primarily, this section of the parable reflects Israel growth as seen today.

When the parable says, “And puts forth leaves”—the clause relates to Israel’s growth and development during the beginning of the Latter Days. Based on previous verses within the chapter, Israel should be in the process of being restored among its peer nations during the Latter Days and before the Great Consummation.

You know that summer is near …” Summer reflects a prolific time of growth following the spring harvest. Typically, the heart of summer takes place after the first harvest and before the last, or around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles which is representative of the final gathering of productive fruit or the Rapture. The planting and growing seasons referenced here cover the Time of the Gentiles when salvation has become available to the world. With this in mind, the summer you know is near is the period just prior to the final harvest of the Latter Days. The final harvest as previously mentioned consists of two separate times of reaping and harvesting. There will be one harvest for the children of God and one for the lost.[1] The harvest for the children of God will take place during the time of the Rapture when Christ gathers His chosen elect from the four corners of the earth.[2] The second harvest will take place for the unsaved at the end of the Great Consummation near the conclusion of the Battle of Armageddon.[3] Both harvests will take place during a period known as the Day of the Lord. Bear in mind, the Day of the Lord does not take place in a single day but during a period spanning at least one year. The Israelites are not part of either harvest but are delivered by Christ after His return with the Body of Christ at the Second Advent.

Verse 33a

So you also, when you see all these thingsthe period in question represents the time when the individual Christian starts to see prophetic events coming to pass. Understand “these things” as mentioned in the text represents the newly formed “fig tree,” or State of Israel, along with fulfilled End Times prophecies as Israel takes root and prospers during summer or the time of harvest.

Verse 33b

The passage continues, “You know that it is near, even at the doors!” Note the exclamation point. That which is near or even at the doors is the time of harvest, the Rapture. The time of harvest is drawing to a close when the Wrath of God is about to begin and the Second Coming of Christ is imminent. Scripturally, the Wrath of God will take place following the Rapture. The Rapture is “that” which is even at the doors. The parable of the fig tree is repeated three times within the gospels. Each occurrence takes place immediately following a discussion on the Great Consummation and just prior to a discussion on the Rapture. The placement of this parable and prophecy is not a coincidence. Its placement confirms the parable is referring to the period of the Latter Days (Hosea 3:4–5). The parable of the fig tree is warning the world the harvest is near and the Time of the Gentiles is coming to a close. The harvests take place during the Great Consummation, the first during the Rapture and the second as the Wrath of God draws to a close.

Verse 34a

Assuredly [truthfully], I say to you, this generation …” Jesus spoke to this generation of the Body of Christ, those born after Israel will be reconstituted as a nation. The lives of these people were tethered to the prophecy, which began a seventy to eighty year or less countdown toward fulfillment (Psalm 90:10).

Verse 34b

Will by no means pass away …” indicates, this generation will not all die before the prophecy is fulfilled. The prophecy will be fulfilled before the average life span of these people of this generation has elapsed.

Verse 34c

Till all these things take place …” Before this generation dies, this prophecy and all related elements or components (prophecies, visions and or Words of knowledge) will be fulfilled.

Verse 35

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away …” According to the parable the world is more likely to be destroyed or vanish than for these specific prophecies to not be carried out.

The following paragraph is a transliteration of the previous verses and their breakdown:

  • When Israel has reappeared on the earth as a sovereign nation and begins to prosper, be aware, Jesus is about to return for the Body of Christ within the next eighty years or less (Psalms 90:10). When all the End Times prophecies and visions begin to come to pass, the world should know and prepare for the Time of the Gentiles to come to its end. Before the span of one generation, when eighty years or less has elapsed, the world will drastically change leadership. Christ’s return will then be imminent.

Through the parable of the fig tree, Jesus is instructing the Body of Christ and the rest of humanity to get ready for His return. No matter how many people may die or how many calamities may take place, God’s Word will be accomplished in accordance with His perfect will.

The primary message behind the parable of the fig tree is not to point out the millions who will likely die or to note how the world will come to its catastrophic end. Rather, the parable of the fig tree is an open invitation from God to every man, woman, and child on the planet while there is yet time. The invitation informs and confirms God’s timetable and purpose for the Great Consummation, the Rapture, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the Day of the Lord, and the end of the Time of the Gentiles. God has invited each member of the world to the wedding feast where it matters not if they are a Jew or a Gentile. All who accept God’s invitation by receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Lord are welcomed. An important facet to the fulfillment of the parable of the fig tree is that it confirms every prophecy and vision pertaining to the Time of the Gentiles will be fulfilled by the end of the Latter Days. According to the parable, the date is set and Christ will soon return. At His return, Christ will gather His saints from every corner of the earth.

There are numerous nuances to the parable of the fig tree which are difficult to convey in one or two short blogs.  It is not a single prophecy or section of scripture which confirms the validity of this or any prophecy within This Side of the Whirlwind; rather, it is the overall message found within the book which confirms the complete message and validates its continuity. Read “This Side of the Whirlwind” and discover the hidden message concealed for millennia.

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[1] Revelation 14:14–20 and Joel 3:9–17.

[2] Matthew 24:29–31, Revelation 6:12–17, and Revelation 14:12–16.

[3] Joel 3:13, Revelation 11:14–19, Revelation 14:17–20, Revelation 19:15.

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