1. FIG is the first tree mentioned by name in the Bible, “And the EYES of them both were OPENED, and they knew that they were NAKED; and they SEWED FIG LEAVES together, and made themselves aprons” [Genesis 3:7] Adam and his wife were on site for fellowship with God, presumably under shade of the FIG TREE, but ill-prepared to WORSHIP Him, “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?  And he said, I HEARD THY VOICE in the garden, and I WAS AFRAID, because I WAS NAKED; and I HID MYSELF” [Genesis 3:9-10] The apron of FIG LEAVES simulated man-made RELIGION, an outward show of piety, “Having a FORM OF GODLINESS, but DENYING THE POWER thereof: from such turn away” [2 Timothy 3:5] God established the precept for TRUE RELIGION on the BLOOD of the LAMB and made “COATS OF SKINS” for Adam and Eve; a sure cover from SIN, through shedding of BLOOD [Genesis 3:21] PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE drew inspiration from Eden to foreshadow events leading to the END, ”Now learn a PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE; When her BRANCH IS YET TENDER, and PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES, ye know that SUMMER IS NEAR” [Mark 13:28]

2. Israel was the FIG TREE in Luke 13: 6-9, to which Jesus spoke in PARABLES, “He spake also this PARABLE; A certain man had a FIG TREE planted in his vineyard; and he came and SOUGHT FRUIT thereon, and FOUND NONE” [Luke 13:6] The PARABLE was dramatized in Mark 11:12-14, where Jesus came to a FIG TREE, “… 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] Christ’s expectations were not misplaced; FIG TREES bring forth twice in one season. EARLY FIGS arrive about April/May and the main HARVEST in SUMMER [Revelation 6:13] Jesus came seeking “FIRSTFRUITS” from Israel; the nation had the TEMPLE and the people went to great lengths to demonstrate their love for God, but were NAKED and like Adam and Eve covered in LEAVES of man-made RELIGION, as it is written: “This people DRAWETH NIGH unto me with their mouth, and HONOURETH ME with their lips; but their HEART IS FAR FROM ME. But in VAIN THEY DO WORSHIP ME, teaching for doctrines the COMMANDMENTS OF MEN” [Matthew 15:8-9] Man-made RELIGION is the craft of vanity and a snare; it seems right and sensible, but the end is destruction, “There is a WAY WHICH SEEMETH RIGHT unto a man, but the end thereof are the WAYS OF DEATH” [Proverbs 14:12] Jesus is not coming for RELIGION but FAITH, “… Nevertheless when the SON OF MAN COMETH, SHALL HE FIND FAITH on the earth?” [Luke 18:8]

3. Peter, James, John and Andrew asked Jesus, “Tell us, WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS BE? and what shall be the SIGN WHEN ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FULFILLED?” [Mark 13:4] Take note, “THESE THINGS” occurred twice in the verse; the first mention signifies JUDGMENT of the old FIG TREE and of which Jesus said: “… LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD for ever. And PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED away” [Matthew 21:19] The old FIG TREE indeed began to wither and was cut down in AD 70 by a merciless Roman army; the Temple was destroyed as foretold, “… Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down” [Mark 13:2] The second part of Mark 13:4, refer to the SIGN preceding the HARVEST of the world, ”Now learn a PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE; When her BRANCH IS YET TENDER, and PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES, ye know that SUMMER IS NEAR” [Mark 13:28] Thee old FIG TREE was cut down and for close to two thousand years the stump was unattended, but against all odds Israel sprang up in one day “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a NATION BORN AT ONCE? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children” [Isaiah 66:8] Israel was BORN AGAIN in 1948, the “BRANCH” is “TENDER” and there is yet no TEMPLE, that is the SIGN. Watch closely, as David made a deal with Araunah, so shall Israel do with her neighbours [2 Samuel 24:24] When you see the STONES in place, “… ye know that SUMMER IS NEAR” [Mark 13:28]

4. PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE illustrate the HARVEST of the world. EARLY FIGS or BREBA crop are concurrent with FIRSTFRUITS and were gathered some 2,000 years ago, when “.. graves were opened; and many bodies of the SAINTS WHICH SLEPT AROSE, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many” [Matthew 27:52-53] Main HARVEST is SUMMER, when the Lord shall appear to receive His BRIDE. SUMMER indeed is upon us, “THESE THINGS” in the second part of Mark 13:4 are running wild before our eyes, “And when THESE THINGS begin to come to pass, then LOOK UP, and lift up your heads; for YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH” [Luke 21:28] GLEANING is the end of HARVEST, correlating to the GREAT TRIBULATION, when they should be beheaded for their FAITH, as it is written: “… I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. … and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” [Revelation 6:9-11] Beloved, let us WATCH and PRAY to be counted worthy of a place at the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB, “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God” [Revelation 19:9]

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