Luke 21:29-32, “Then He spoke to them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.’” (The parallel verses are in Matthew 24:32-35.)
The disciples had asked Jesus (Matthew 24:3) what the sign of his presence and the end of the age would be. One sign would be the budding and leafing of the fig tree and all the trees.
Generally, trees represent nations. For example, Ezekiel 31:3 reads, “Assyria was a cedar…” When God symbolizes Israel, He uses a fig tree (Jeremiah 24). The parable teaches that the fig tree and all the trees will leaf out. To interpret: God’s favor returned to the Jewish people and God, Himself, reestablished Israel as a nation in 1948. Respecting the other trees, there were about 80 sovereign nations in 1900. But today, there are almost 200. Thus, the trees leafed out or many nations were established and became sovereign.
Now note verse 35: “when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.” This means that the generation which sees Israel regain nationhood will see all things take place. Let us rejoice for very, very soon, Christ’s kingdom will be fully established on earth!
In the near future, the promise God gave to Abraham will be fulfilled. Genesis 12:2-3 (NLT), “I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
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