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The Last Days, How soon?
A study of the Book of Revelation

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Matthew 24:32-33 "Now learn the parable of the fig tree, when his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near; so you likewise, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the door."

Is the fig tree budding,
Israel becoming a nation in 1948?

Isaiah 66:7-10 "Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.  Who has heard such a thing?  Who has seen such things?  Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day?  Or shall a nation be born at once?   For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.  Shall I bring to birth, and not cause to bring forth?  Says the LORD Yahweh:  shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb?  Says thy God.  Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you that love her:  rejoice for you with her all you that mourn for her."

Ezekiel 5:5 "Thus says my Lord Yahweh, this is jerusalem; i have set her at the center of the nations with lands around her."

Ezekiel 38:12  "......the people who are gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and goods, who live at the center of the world."

Ezekiel 34:11-15 "For thus says my Lord Yahweh, behold I, even I, will both search my sheep and seek them out.  As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so i will seek out my sheep and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.  and i will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.  i will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of israel shall their fold be:  there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of israel."

Amos 9:14-15 "And I will restore the captivity of my people israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens and eat the fruit of them.  and i will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled out of their land which I have given them, says the Lord "Yahweh", Thy god."
Finally, let's key in on the year "1948" and ask ourselves, which major events happened in 1948 that changed the course of the world forever:
     1)  Israel became a nation
     2) World council of churches inception
     3)  Ben-o-lux trade union formed - birth of the eu
     4) computer conceived (transistor invented)

God willing, we will look more closely at all these 4 major events regarding the end times, and how they will all play a role!

This scripture added dec. 2, 2012 - see comment box in survey below:
Jeremiah 24:1-7 says, "After Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah, the son of Jehoikim, king of Judah, and the officials of Judah with the craftsmen and smiths from Jerusalem and had brought them to Babylon, Yahweh showed me:  Behold, two baskets of figs set before the Temple of Yahweh.  One basket had very good figs, like first ripe figs, and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten due to rottenness.  Then Yahweh said to me, what do you see Jeremiah?  And I said Figs, the good figs very good, and the bad figs, very bad, which cannot be eaten due to rottenness.  Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Thus says Yahweh, God of Israel, Like these good figs, so I will regard as good, the captives of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans.  For I will set My Eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again to this land, and I will build them up and not overthrow them and I will plant them and not pluck them up.  I will give them a heart to know Me, for I AM Yahweh, and they will be My people, and I will be thier God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart."

In the above scripture, God likens the Good Figs to a portion of Israel, in particular the tribe of Judah.   the good figs allowed themselves to be disciplined by God, as a son is corrected by his father for his own good. At the end of this last scripture, they are called God's people, that is the children of Judah, who return to God with their whole heart. even the ones who didn't go into captivity were still called figs, but they were naughty figs (KJV)!   To conclude, each person from the Lord's tribe, is a fig.  Is the Fig tree the whole nation of Israel, which produces good and naughty figs?

In Judges 9:10-11 says, "Then the trees said to the FIG TREE, You come reign over us!  But the FIG TREE said to them, 'Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?'"

The Fig tree here in Judges is talking about selecting a judge, chosen by God to lead God's people into battle. The leader or judge chosen by God is referred to as either an:
1) Olive Tree
2) Fig Tree
3) Vine
The leader or judge chosen by men is called a:
1) Bramble

Conclusion:  Whether referring to in either the singular or plural number, the Fig Tree is talking about a chosen person or people!

Dan from Grapeview, Washington just brought Joel 1:6&7 to my attention.  He sees that it is a mate scripture to Jeremiah 24:1-7, quoted above.  See his comments, which are now posted below! 

Joel 1: 6 – 7
For a nation has invaded my land, mighty and without number; Its teeth are the teeth of a lion, and it has the fangs of a lioness.
7 It has made my vine a waste and my fig tree splinters. It has stripped them bare and cast them away; their branches have become white.

God said HIS fig tree, on HIS land; the land of Israel had been ravaged by an enemy.

In Jeremiah 24 God said he sent the good figs to the land of Chaldea for good and would build and not overthrow them, and plant them, and not pluck them up, and give them a heart to know Me, so they shall become My people and I will become their God.

Jeremiah 24: 8

But like the bad figs which cannot be eaten due to rottenness --- indeed, thus says the Lord --- so I will abandon Zedekiah king of Judah and his officials, and the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land and the ones who dwell in the land of Egypt.

In Joel 1: 6 a nation invaded God’s land, indeed God let it happen because of Israel’s continuing disobedience. So Zedekiah and his officials and the remnant of Israel, the nation, which was likened unto a shattered fig tree, and the rotten figs, who remained in the land and those who dwelt in Egypt were soon among all that was left.

Joel saw the enemy make God’s vine a waste, and God’s fig tree splinters. It has stripped them bare and cast them away. Their branches have become white. That’s a REAL DEAD fig tree. As for the figs this tree, of the tribe of Judah, which produced some good figs were set in one basket; in Chaldea, and those of Judah willing to accept the discipline and correction of God, lived. The evil figs that were set in another basket, which were of the naughty figs that remained in God’s land, which was Zedekiah and his crowd, He sent the sword, famine, and pestilence, and the remaining disobedient were destroyed. (Jeremiah 24: 10) But the figs taken from that tree that were good; God let start to come back into the land of Israel and again take root.

For the next two millennia the ebb and flow of God’s people coming into the land of Israel slowed to a trickle --- until the middle of World War I; starting around 1916, when one by one, the people started again to come back to the land of Israel; so much the so that as it was mentioned in Isaiah 66: 7 – 10 a nation was born in a day in 1948, this gathering process continues even now, not only in the physical nation of Israel, but throughout the world, a people that God will deem fit to be of this nation and family.

As you read through Joel 2: 28 – 32 God talks about pouring out His Spirit upon all mankind, compare this with what we will see in
Joel 2: 23, after we read what is below in Luke.

Luke 21: 29 – 33
Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all trees
30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near.
31 “So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.
32 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.
33 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away .

Joel 2: 23

So rejoice, O sons of Zion, and be glad in the Lord your God; For He has given you the early rain for your vindication. And He has poured down for you the rain, the early and the latter rain as before.

And after leaves are put forth come the time of figs, and all the other produce of the earth.

And then those figs, as in the former years, have again begun to appear on the fig tree. I believe this is in our time, and there will be a harvest, not only of these figs, but all the produce of the earth. The good of the earth that God has watched over will He gather. What God deems as unfit will be destroyed.

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