Israel in the End Times
One of the many signs accompanying the “end of this age” is the rebirth of the nation of Israel 70 years ago in 1948, prophesied in places such as Isaiah 66:7-11 and Ezekiel 37:1-14. Israel is known as God’s fig tree in numerous places in scripture and should be noted (Joel 1:6-7, Hosea 9:10, 1 Kings 4:25, Matthew 21:18-20). Primarily, Jesus talks about this in Matthew 24:32-34,
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.”
We know that the fig tree is Israel but there’s 3 more questions: what are “all these things” Jesus says we’ll see, who is “this generation”, and how long is a generation?
Signs Of the Times
“All these things” is what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 24:3-14 concerning the birth pangs – the signs of the times – such as earthquakes, deception, wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, persecution, etc. It’s not just the presence of these were told to be watchful for as they’ve always been on the earth but rather they are increasing in frequency and severity. Even more so as his return draws near. This leads to the culmination of events in the 7 year tribulation ending in his 2nd coming (Matthew 24:15-31).
The Fig Tree Generation
Who is “this” generation Jesus was talking about? At first glance it appears that he’s referring to his 1st century audience but this isn’t the case. He tells us in Matthew 24 that the generation he’s referring to won’t pass away till “all these things” take place being the birth pangs and the rebirth of the nation of Israel. WE are that generation!
The countdown to the end of this age started with the rebirth of the nation of Israel 70 years ago since Jesus stated the generation witnessing these things won’t pass away before his return. This leads us to the final question: how long is a generation biblically speaking? We can find the answer in Psalm 90:10,
“The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”
The bible defines a generation as 70-80 years. When we put all these pieces together we see that Jesus was saying that once the nation of Israel – God’s fig tree – puts forth its leaves and all the signs he talked about begin to happen, we know his return is near and the generation born in 1948 will by no means pass away before this return.
End of The Age
To end this off, I want to state that I’m not dogmatic about any of this and I’m only human and could be missing a piece to this puzzle or getting something wrong. I’ve come to this conclusion through study of God’s word and what I’ve learned from fellow believers. Within the Eschatological community, this is the prominent viewpoint on end time events and the current time we’re living in. To put it simply, what this means is 1948 to 2018 is 70 years. This is 70 years of the generation Christ mentioned, gone. 10 years remain at the most if we are correct in this interpretation. However, 7 years of tribulation must be factored out. The general understanding of this is from now to 2018-2021, there’s this possible 3 year window in which the Lord may return for his church after that will start the 7 years tribulation and his 2nd coming will end this age.
What does this mean for the Christian? If you aren’t paying attention the the signs accompanying the Lord’s return or you’re living a worldly life, then please wake up. We’re called to be watchful and sober of the times we’re in. We are to watch for the signs preceding the Lord’s return and warn others about it – as “watchmen on the wall”.
If you’re not Christian, I ask that you consider what I’ve presented and do your own research on the time’s we’re living in and what the bible has written about it over 2,000 years ago! The rapture of the church is fast approaching and with it the 7 year tribulation. An eternity is a long time to be wrong about Jesus so please do your research.
Time’s short and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. Accept Christ today!