The FIG TREE is a representation of genealogical Israel, and it is inappropriate for the Church not to recognize that Israel’s national reformation and flourishing is a major sign of the end of the age — “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.” (Matthew 24:32-33)
But is genealogical Israel really represented by the FIG tree, or is it symbolic of the Church?
Jeremiah 24:1-7 — “… the Lord showed me this vision: behold, two baskets of figs placed before the temple of the Lord. One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, but the other basket had very bad figs, so bad that they could not be eaten. And the Lord said to me, ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’ I said, ‘Figs, the good figs very good, and the bad figs very bad, so bad that they cannot be eaten.’ Then the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans. I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up. I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”
Christians are not “exiles from Judah,” and Christians cannot be brought BACK into a land that they never originally possessed. That passage does not describe the Jewish-gentile Church; it describes genealogical-national Israel as distinct from the Church; if it represented the Church, Christ wouldn’t have cursed the fig tree and caused it to wither in Matthew 21:18-19 — “In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, ‘May no fruit ever come from you again!’ And the fig tree withered at once.”
Even Paul makes a distinction between Israel and the Church in Romans 11:25 — “…a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”
That hardening upon “Israel” cannot mean a hardening of the Church; on the contrary, the Church is referred to as a gathering of “Gentiles,” which are merely “grafted in” — “… some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree.“ (Romans 11:17)
Notice that Christians are not grafted into a FIG tree, but into an OLIVE tree, which represents the wholeness of spiritual Israel, Jew and Gentile — “And in this way ALL Israel will be saved…” (Romans 11:26)
So, when the FIG tree is mentioned, it is a direct reference to genealogical Israel as distinct from the Church, and its return to the Land and rebirth as a nation in 1948 was one of the greatest signs that we had entered the final generation of this age. The once cursed fig tree has begun to grow tender again and put forth leaves; summer is near, and so is the culmination of the Church Age.
Many Christians see the fig tree CURSED, but too few see the fig tree REBORN.
Jesus cursed the fig tree that it might never bear FRUIT again, yet it continued to keep its LEAVES — “And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, ‘May no fruit ever come from you again!'” (Matthew 21:19)
That signifies that, although Israel was still alive as a national entity (leaves), it bore no godliness (fruit). Jesus’ curse of the FIG tree means that Israel as a national entity will never again bear fruit until it becomes part of the OLIVE tree, that is, until it is grafted back in to true spiritual Israel — “For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.”
Only as the OLIVE tree (true spiritual Israel) can it bear FRUIT; although, as the FIG tree, it can still bear LEAVES, that is to say that it can be reborn as a secular national entity on the world stage…
THAT was the sign we were told to look for, not the FRUIT of the OLIVE tree, but the LEAVES of the FIG tree, which is secular Israel’s rebirth and flourishing as a national entity in 1948 — “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near…” (Matthew 24:32)
This happened in preparation for the future grafting-back-in of genealogical Israel to the fruit-bearing olive tree of true spiritual Israel. This repentance of genealogical Israel will come after the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church when God refines them like gold by putting them through the fiery trials of the Tribulation. The faithful Church is promised by Christ to be spared from this time of trouble — “Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 3:10)
The Tribulation is for the awakening and return of the Jews; those who are currently Christian have no part in it. Amen!
Notice in Revelation 7 that the 144,000 JEWS from the 12 tribes of Israel, listed by their ancient tribal names to make clear that they do not represent the Church, are distinctly prepared for tribulation with the seal of God… just before, in the very next passage, the uncountable multitude of the Church appears in heaven! — “Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, ‘Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.’ And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'” (Revelation 7:2-10)
The 144,000 Jews are specially anointed by God to minister to the rest of Israel during the Tribulation as part of Israel’s ultimate awakening to Jesus Christ and grafting-back-in to the fruit-bearing olive tree—which is simultaneous to the Church rejoicing in heaven above, spared from going through the tribulation after having been raptured.