PARABLE OF FIG TREE
So here now is Jesus’ parable of the Fig Tree in answer to the disciples asking him when the “end of the world” would arrive:
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:32-34)
What?!?! What is this about? What “generation” shall not pass away before Christ returns? The answer is in the parable! It’s the generation that sees the FIG TREE put forth its leaves!
Listen, in a parable things always represent other things. For example, in Jesus’ parable of the sower, the “seed” represented the “Word of God” (Mark 4:14), and in his parable of the tares, the “tares” represented the “children of the wicked one” (Matthew 13:38).
FIG TREE = ISRAEL
So what does the “Fig Tree” represent in the parable of the Fig Tree? It’s the nation of Israel! How do we know? The Bible clearly tells us:
“I (God) found ISRAEL like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstfruits on the Fig Tree.” (Hosea 9:10)
Therefore, Jesus was saying in his parable of the fig tree (and I’m paraphrasing) … “The generation that is born the year the nation of Israel comes back on the map again will not all pass away (die) before my Second Coming occurs!”
What’s fascinating about this parable is the fact that when Jesus uttered it, Israel was still a nation! They were just under Rome’s control. In other words, through this parable, Jesus was actually prophesying the destruction of the nation of Israel! And sure enough, around AD 70, that happened — Rome destroyed Jerusalem.
So WHEN did the nation of Israel STUNNINGLY and AMAZINGLY come back on the map again? AD 1948!!! So the people born in the year AD 1948 are the final generation! They will not all die before Jesus Christ returns!