Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 11, 2016

Putting Forth Leaves

“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.  Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”  Matthew 24:32

Jeremiah 24 shows that the fig tree represents Israel.  It is assumed that the fig tree putting forth leaves is modern Israel gaining statehood.  But if putting forth leaves represents the resurrection of old Israelites?  All manner of interpretation has gone into this generation being 40 years from 1948 or 80 years from 1948 or even 120 years from 1948.  But one thing everyone seems to miss is this:

“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LordHe will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”  Malachi 4:5

Where is Elijah?  Some will say, “And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.”  Matthew 11:14

Therefore, Elijah has already come.  Really?  Was John’s name Elijah?  Jesus is here speaking metaphorically.  Yes, John was a type of Elijah to come, but he was not the Elijah.  Scripture needs to be fulfilled literally here.  Who is going to fight on the side of Messiah when he comes?  The Israelites!!  It says, “In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord before them.”  Zechariah 12:8

So we also need David and his house back on earth before the Messiah can swoop down.

 

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