We will find out the true meaning of this parable and its prophetic significance. Yes, that’s right. This is prophetic marker of Messiah’s return. If you’ve watched 119Ministry’s End of Days Series, then you’re already familiar with the prophetic pointers in the sun, moon, and stars. Well the parable of the fig tree is another one that points to the same days. I have altered and condensed the original article from Here a Little, There a Little for brevity’s sake. Go to his site to see the original.
The fig tree is Israel. (Joel 1:6,7) It is given to us as a sign for Yeshua’s return. It speaks of “summer is near” which means that it’s ready for harvest. Actually there are two harvest seasons. This quote is taken from The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, p. 302, vol. 2.
Two crops are gathered; the first is ripe about June and grows from the midsummer shoots of the previous year, while the second, ripe about August, is produced from the new spring shoots. By December all figs in the mountainous areas have shed their leaves, and new leaf buds appear only in March (see Matt 24:32) when the tiny figs appear simultaneously in the leaf exils. The figs grow to about the size of a small cherry, and then the majority fall off…In April and May the fig leaves develop and the fruit reaches maturity about June…Frequently, ripe winter figs can be found, hidden by leaves, when the summer figs are growing in August and September.
So we see that fig trees ripen in early June and at the end of August which brings up a question…
Why Did Yeshua Curse the Fig Tree When it Was Out of Season?
Mark 11:12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, he went to see if perhaps he would find something on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And his disciples heart it.
I have no doubt that Yeshua knew when figs were ripe enough for eating. He did not curse the fig tree because He truly expected to find fruit on it so there must be more to this story.
Most people understand this to mean that this is a condemnation of the spiritually barren Israeli nation of Yeshua’s day and they are right. Yet there is a misconception that the Israelis chose of their own free will to reject Yeshua as Messiah when the New Testament clearly states that God blinded the majority of them and hardened their hearts against Him.
John 12:37 But although he had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”
Rom 11:7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day.”
It was not the appointed time for the fig tree to yield its fruit. And in like manner, it was also not the time for the Israelis to recognize their Messiah and it remains to this day.
Is the Fig Tree Cursed to Never Bring Forth Fruit Again?
Matt 21:19 Spotting a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. So he said to it, “May you never again (eis ton aiona) bear fruit!” and immediately the fig tree dried up.
Mark 11:14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again (eis ton aiona).” And his disciples heart it.
But when you look closer, we can see that the meaning has been lost in translation.
Eis is often used regarding time. It means “to” or “until.”
Ton simply means “the.”
Aiona is a form of aion (transliterated into English as “eon”); which means “a segment of time,” or an “age.”
Therefore, the phrase eis ton aiona literally means “until the age.”
Until what “age” was Yeshua symbolically cursing the Israelis to unfruitfulness? Undoubtedly He was speaking of the age which most Jews at the time were imminently expecting: the age of the Jewish Messiah’s rule ove rthe entire world from Jerusalem. The fig tree incident was designed to show that the Israelis would not produce spiritual fruit until the Messiah comes to usher in the kingdom of God upon the earth. Zechariah 12:10 shows that divine blindness will be lifted and the Israelis will recognize their Messiah after He saves them and Jerusalem from an attack by the nations. When they fully realize that the one they have rejected for 2000 years is in fact the Messiah, there will be a great mourning among the Israelis in Jerusalem and Judah over Yeshua.
And Now it Gets Interesting
As we saw earlier, the annual fruit cycle of the fig tree occurs at the beginning of spring in late March. The figs are not ready to harvest until early June, about 70 to 80 days later. I’m assuming we all understand the day for a year principle in Num 14:34 & Ezek 4:4 so I won’t get into that.
If we apply this principle to the fruit cycle, we get a corresponding time period of 70 to 80 years. If the parable fo the fig tree budding out represents the land of Israel once again becoming home to a Jewish state, then we have 70 to 80 years before the fruit of this entity will be ripe. Is it possible that the Messiah intended for us to understand that the culmination of God’s plan would take 70 to 80 years from the reestablishment of modern Israel until the return of the Messiah? Does the bible define a generation to mean 70 or 80 years? It certainly does!
Psalm 90:10 The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
After speaking the parable of the fig tree, Yeshua stated; “Truly I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” Based on the Psalm 90:10 definition of a generation, we should be looking for the return of Messiah Yeshua no later than 2027 CE.
Using a 70 – 80 year generation, and counting from the establishment of the Jewish state in 1947/1948, we can see that the specified time frame for a fig tree to produce fruit is in the range of 2016/2017 CE to 2026/2027 CE using the Hebrew calendar.
As you can see, if you count 70 years from 1947/1948, you get Aug/Sept 2016 which happens to be Yom Teruah which is the same time that 119 Ministries came up with. It is yet another pointer to the time of our Savior’s return! Who knew the parable of the fig tree would yield this kind of insight? Thanks to Bryan Buie of Here a Little, There a Little for having this insight and sharing it with us.