The Figtree

 

The figtree is symbolic of Israel and a study of it sheds light on the circumstances of Israel. "The  vine  is  dried  up, and  the  fig  tree  languisheth;  the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree,  [even] all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. (Joel 1:12) " And  they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.  But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith  by me they honour God and man, and go to be  promoted  over the trees?

"And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou,  [and] reign over us. But the fig tree said unto them, Should I  forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over  the trees? Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, [and]  reign over  us.  And the vine said unto them, Should I leave  my  wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

"Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, [and]  reign over  us.  And the bramble said unto the trees, If  in  truth  ye anoint  me king over you, [then] come [and] put your trust in  my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon. (Judges 9:8-15)

No wonder when Jesus and the disciples came upon the figtree seeking to replenish, they found what that did. Figs grow hidden under the leaves. "And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if  haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing  but  leaves; for the time of figs was not  [yet].  (Mark 11:13) Then  said  he unto the dresser of his vineyard,  Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? (Luke 13:7)

"And  when he (Jesus) saw a fig tree in the way, he came to  it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no  fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And  presently  the fig  tree withered away.

"And when the disciples saw  [it],  they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered  and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If  ye  have faith,  and doubt not, ye shall not only do this [which is  done] to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain,  Be thou  removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall  be done. (Matthew 21:19-21)

"And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried  up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance  saith unto  him,  Master, behold, the fig tree which thou  cursedst  is withered away. (Mark 11:20-21)

Jesus in His discussion of gathering the elect together from all corners of the world immediately after the tribulation of those days when the powers of the heavens shall be shaken, which happens three and a half years into the tribulation, "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:29,30)

"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. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 24:32-35) But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Mathew 24:36)

From the old Testament an explanation why Jesus picked the figtree for the Jews: "And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine  and under  his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days  of Solomon. (1 Kings 4:25) Hearken  not  to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king  of  Assyria,

"Make [an agreement] with me by a present, and come out to me, and [then] eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern: (2  Kings 18:31) Whoso  keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof:  so  he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured. (Proverbs 27:18)

"The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines  [with] the  tender  grape give a [good] smell. Arise, my love,  my  fair one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 2:13)
I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: [there shall be]  no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf  shall fade;  and  [the things that] I have given them shall pass  away from them. (Jeremiah 8:13)

"I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as  the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time:  [but]  they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto [that] shame; and [their] abominations were according as they loved. (Hosea 9:10) He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast [it] away; the branches thereof are  made white. (Joel 1:7)

"The  vine  is  dried  up, and  the  fig  tree languisheth;  the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree,  [even] all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. (Joel 1:12)

"Be  not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of  the wilderness  do  spring, for the tree beareth her fruit,  the  fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. (Joel 2:22) But they shall sit every man under his vine and under  his  fig tree;  and  none shall make [them] afraid: for the mouth  of  the LORD of hosts hath spoken [it]. (Micah 4:4)

"Although  the fig tree shall not blossom, neither [shall]  fruit [be]  in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail,  and  the fields  shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and [there shall be] no herd in the stalls: (Habakkuk 3:17)

"Is  the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the  fig tree,  and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not  broughtforth: from this day will I bless [you]. (Haggai 2:19)
In  that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call  every  man his  neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.  (Zechariah 3:10)


"He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall  cast off his flower as the olive. (Job 15:33) Let  us  get up early to the vineyards; let us see if  the  vine flourish,   [whether]  the  tender  grape  appear,   [and]   the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. (Song of Solomon 7:12)

"And  the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In  my  dream, behold, a vine [was] before me; And  in  the  vine [were]  three branches: and it [was] as though it  budded,  [and] her  blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought  forth ripe  grapes: And Pharaoh's cup [was] in my hand: and I took  the grapes,  and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the  cup into  Pharaoh's  hand.

"And Joseph said unto him,  This  [is]  the interpretation  of it: The three branches [are] three  days:  Yet within  three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and  restore
thee  unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's  cup  into his  hand,  after the former manner when thou  wast  his  butler. (Genesis 40:9-13)

"For  their vine [is] of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields  of Gomorrah: their grapes [are] grapes of gall, their clusters [are] bitter: (Deuteronomy 32:32) And  he  fenced  it, and gathered out the  stones  thereof,  and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of  it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that  itshould bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.  

"And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I  pray you,  betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done  more to  my  vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore,  when  I looked  that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth  wild grapes? (Isaiah 5:2-4)

"But  they  that have gathered it shall eat it,  and  praise  the LORD;  and they that have brought it together shall drink  it  in the courts of my holiness. (Isaiah 62:9) Thus  saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in  the  cluster, and  [one] saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing [is] in  it:  so will  I  do for my servants' sakes, that I may not  destroy  them
all. (Isaiah 65:8)

"Thus  saith  the LORD of hosts, They shall throughly  glean  the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets. (Jeremiah 6:9) I will surely onsume them, saith the LORD: [there shall be]  no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf  shall fade;  and  [the things that] I have given them shall  pass  away
from them. (Jeremiah 8:13) But  every  one shall die for his own iniquity: every  man  that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.  (Jeremiah 31:30)

"I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as  the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time:  [but]  they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto [that] shame; and [their] abominations were according as they loved. (Hosea 9:10)

"Put  ye  in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come,  get  you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wicked ness [is] great. (Joel 3:13) Behold,  the days come, saith the LORD, that the  plowman  shall overtake  the reaper, and the treader of grapes him  that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the  hills shall melt. (Amos 9:13)

"Woe  is  me!  for I am as when they  have  gathered  the  summer fruits,  as  the grapegleanings of the vintage:  [there  is]  no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit. (Micah 7:1)

"Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is  called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were  without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth  of  Israel,  and  strangers from the covenants of  promise,  having  no hope,  and without God in the world: But now in Christ  Jesus  ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; (Ephesians 2:11-14)

"Now  therefore  ye  are no more strangers  and  foreigners,  but fellowcitizens  with  the saints, and of the  household  of  God; (Ephesians 2:19) For  ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light  in  the Lord: walk as children of light: (Ephesians 5:8) And  when they  drew  nigh unto Jerusalem,  and  were  come  to Bethphage,  unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two  disciples, (Matthew 21:1)

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