Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mystery Of The Fig Tree (SD31)

Mat 24:32-34  “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—at the doors!Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place."

To be able to understand this parable, we need to understand other parables concerning the fig tree. Why fig tree?

The Two Olive Trees

Zach 4:11, 14  Then I answered and said to him, “What are these two olive trees—at the right of the lampstand and at its left?”... So he said, “These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.”

The two olive trees represent the anointed before the Lord (in OT and NT)

Rev 11:3-4  And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.

Rom 11:20, 23  Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear... And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

The Israelites were represented by the olive tree but because of unbelief, they were cut off and were no longer the people of God. We Christians are now part of the olive tree or people of God. Eventually, all Israel will be saved when they accept our Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah.

Rom 11:16-17  For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,

The Fig Tree

After the death of our Lord Jesus, the Israelites were cut off as the people of God, so our Lord cannot use the olive tree to represent them anymore, but with another tree - the fig tree.

Mat 21:18-20  Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.

Our Lord was with them for over 33 years. His birth was made known to them by the shepherds, the star leading the Magi and the killing of the babies in Bethlehem by Herod. At the temple, the priest Zachariah prophesied His coming, Simeon and Anna proclaimed Him as their Messiah. His wisdoms, signs and wonders, healings, teaching and revealing truth, etc. convinced even the simple fishermen. The learned priesthood, scribes and Pharisees knew that He was the Messiah (parable of the vineyard in Luke 20) but rejected and killed Him because of unbelief.

Luke 20:19  And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people —for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.

Brethren, the fig tree represents Israel, who lost their salvation because of unbelief by killing their Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ.