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PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE
Zechariah 12:3  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

2 Peter 3:3-4  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.

Matthew 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains
Revelation 12:6 (KJV): And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days.

Luke 21:24  And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.  Were the times of the Gentiles fulfilled in 70 AD when a million Jews were killed?  Not likely since less than 70 years later the Romans killed another 750,000 Jews, let alone when Muslims took control.  When didn't Gentiles control Jerusalem prior to 1967?

Matthew 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:

Hosea 9:10  I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: [but] they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto [that] shame; and [their] abominations were according as they loved.

Some reject this as a fulfillment of prophecy - because of their doctrines - because so many of the Jews restored to their land are secular or atheist.  But does the parable say when we see the fig tree putting forth fruit - or leaves?  The Jews numbered about 550 in Jerusalem in 1827, and nearly 600,000 by 2005, while numbering over 5 million in Israel.

Luke 21:29  And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

Most likely based on context, if the fig tree is Israel, we may conclude that "all the trees" is a reference to the neighboring states which have undergone a population explosion consistent with that of Israel.  Their interest in Israel was primarily the result of the Jews providing employment for the Arabs as they rebuilt Israel.  

Alternatively we could consider "all the trees" as including the fig tree as well  as the "good" olive tree and the "wild" olive tree.  This would be consistent with Romans 11:25, and reaching the conclusion of the Gentile branches being grafted in to the good olive tree - the "fulness", or full number of the Gentiles.

This parable is covered in more detail here.

Some reject the restoration of the Jews as a fulfillment of prophecy because so many are secular or atheist.  But does the parable say when we see the fig tree putting forth fruit - or leaves?  The Jews in Jerusalem numbered about 550 in 1827 and nearly 600,000 by 2005, while numbering over 5 million in Israel.


Luke 21:29  And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

Based on context, if the fig tree is Israel, we may conclude that "all the trees" is a reference to the neighboring states which have undergone a population explosion of their own.  The post desolation Arab interest in Israel was the result of employment provided by the Jews as they restored their land.  

Alternatively we could consider "all the trees" as including the fig tree as well  as the "good" olive tree and the "wild" olive tree.  This would be consistent with Romans 11:25, and a conclusion of the Gentile branches being grafted in to the good olive tree. The final branches signaling the "fulness", or full number of the Gentiles.

This parable is covered in more detail here.

Matthew Henry weighed in thus -

"VI. That this prophecy of those times, though sealed up now, would be of great use to those that should live then, v. 4. Daniel must now shut up the words and seal the book.....  
Then this hidden treasure shall be opened, and many shall search into it, and dig for the knowledge of it, as for silver.....
Those that would have their knowledge increased must take pains, must not sit still in slothfulness and bare wishes but run to and fro, must make use of all the means of knowledge and improve all opportunities of getting their mistakes rectified, their doubts resolved,...
Those things of God which are now dark and obscure will hereafter be made clear, and easy to be understood. Truth is the daughter of time. Scripture prophecies will be expounded by the accomplishment of them; therefore they are given, and for that explication they are reserved.

Genesis 12:2-3   And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 17:7  And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

Genesis 15:18  In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.....

Genesis 17:8  And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.


Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh  

Jerusalem was surrounded by armies on many occasions before 70 AD, and on many occasions after, including 132 (wherein another 750,000 Jews were killed), 639, 1099, 1187, 1948, 1967 and indeed even as I write.  While in 70 AD the city was trashed, and a million Jews were killed, the Romans came back to kill another 750,000 Jews less than 70 years later.  How could we hold that the "times of the Gentiles" were fulfilled by 70 AD?
 
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 In "A History of the Jews" - Paul Johnson writes - page 321:  "Between 1827 and 1839, largely through British efforts, the population of Jerusalem rose from 550 to 5,500 and in all Palestine it topped 10,000 - the real beginning of the Jewish return to the Promised Land."

By 1867, even 40 years after the restoration of the Jews began, Mark Twain described the land thus:   ...[a] desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds-a silent mournful expanse....A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action....We never saw a human being on the whole route....There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of the worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.

Over 2,500 years before the Jews were restored to their land, and then restored their land, Ezekiel prophesied...

Ezekiel 36:35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden;



and the waste and desolate and ruined cities [are become] fenced,


[and] are inhabited.


Zechariah also prophesied of our times.

Zechariah 12:3  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

The fate of those gathered together against Jerusalem detailed further on the home page at this link.

In terms of agricultural miracles in addition to reforestation, and innovation in irrigation, the Gush Katif greenhouses alone produced over a hundred million dollars worth of produce each year, until taken over and destroyed by the "Palestinians".  These were located in the Gaza strip.  


International financiers promised the Jewish growers financial compensation for the loss of their greenhouses, that were to be given to, and managed by, the Palestinians, after they took over Gaza.  

However, after the Jews were forced off their land ... "Palestinian militants ransack former Gush Katif greenhouses" stealing computers, and even piping, causing irreparable damage in the process.  The international financiers later defaulted on their promised payments to the Jewish growers.


August 22, the aftermath of Gush Katif:  "The sworn enemies of these fine, productive and ethical communities will now receive a one sided gift from Prime Minister Sharon, a major chunk of Holy Land. This land, which these noble and brave settlers over the last 30 years have developed from barren uninhabited desert land to one of the most productive agricultural communities in Israel, is specifically defined in the Bible as part of the Land which has been allocated to Jews by Divine Order.  Over the last year alone, the settlers of Gush Katif have endured some 6000 rocket attacks across the border from the Palestinians in Gaza."  Jews in Gaza driven from their homes thanks to U.S. brokered give-away to the Palestinians.

August 23rd tropical depression #12 was born.  
August 29th we watched those in New Orleans being driven from their homes and land by what became hurricane Katrina.

September 12, 2005 the Palestinians burned synagogues in "celebration" in Gaza.  

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2 Timothy 3:12  Yea, and all that will  live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

In Indonesia 3 teenage girls were beheaded on their way to their Christian school and their heads left on the steps of a Church.  The note left behind reads:  "We will murder 100 more Christian teenagers and their heads will be presented as presents."

"Once again, women are the targets. In mid-March, rebels assaulted three women gathering firewood and cut off their ears, lips, and breasts."
"Starting in 2003, Janjaweed Arabs, a Sudan-backed militia, have driven 2 million villagers from their homes in ethnic-cleansing attacks designed to suppress local rebels."
"Eyewitness accounts detailing the militia attacks are horrifying. 'They killed my 3-year-old son right in front of my eyes,' one father from West Darfur said. Since last fall, women have reported more than 500 rapes. Three women said five militiamen beat and raped them last August. The women said, 'After they abused us, they told us that now we would have Arab babies. And, if they would find any [more] women, they would rape them again to change the color of their children.'"



Zechariah 14:12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

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"Zionism today, in its simplest form, is the affirmation and support for the democratic state of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people."

"Zionism is the national revival movement of the Jewish people. It holds that the Jews have the right to self-determination in their own national home, and the right to develop their national culture. Historically, Zionism strove to create a legally recognized national home for the Jews in their historical homeland. This goal was implemented by the creation of the State of Israel. Today, Zionism supports the existence of the state of Israel and helps to inspire a revival of Jewish national life, culture and language."  

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