Thursday, April 13, 2023

The ‘This Generation Shall Not Pass’ From Matthew 24 Is Not A Reference To Witnessing Israel’s Regathering But To Seeing The Time Of Jacob’s Trouble

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So if a fig tree is planted in the winter, and they are, and sprout leaves in the spring, which they do, and give fruit in the summer, which they do, then we see the beginnings of an end times timeline taking shape.

In Matthew 24, we see a curious reference to the ‘fig tree in leaf’ which end times commentators have historically said refers to the nation of Israel, and on that point I agree. Two verses later it talks about ‘this generation shall not pass’, and the commentators have said that that means the people who see Israel’s regathering will also see Jesus return, and this where I disagree with the commentators. A closer look at the meaning of the fig tree will yield you the ‘fruit’ you’re looking for, pun intended.

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:32-34 (KJV)

According to the Law of First Mention, the first time that fig leaves appear in your King James Bible is found in Genesis 3:7 (KJB), and it refers to the self-righteousness of our first father and mother, Adam and Eve, who use the fig leaves to cover up for their nakedness after they sin in the Garden. So for Jesus to use the metaphor of fig leaves in Matthew 24, He must be speaking about the self-righteousness of someone rejecting God’s covering of the blood of a Lamb, and indeed they are. Israel was “replanted” during the “winter” of the Holocaust, back in the land after 2,000 years, but they rejected God’s covering. Israel is a fig tree, planted and sprouting leaves, but yielding no fruit, and Jesus Himself says they will not yield fruit until He comes to redeem them. Just look at Israel in 2022, you’d never know they were God’s chosen people if you didn’t have a Bible to tell you that. Why, Tel Aviv is the sodomite capital of the world and nearly all Israeli hospitals perform third trimester abortions! They have the ‘leaves’ of being financially prosperous and militarily powerful, but no fruit towards the LORD of any kind.

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