What Is the Parable of the Fig Tree Really about?

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“And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:29-32

So Jesus just HAS to return in our generation, doesn’t he, according to the parable of the fig tree? NOPE, not at all. In fact the parable of the fig tree isn’t even about the nation of Israel being reborn in 1948 or 1967.

He could return in our generation, but it has nothing to do with what happened in 1948. Dispensationalists make much ado about political Israel being reformed. Their reformation they take as an innate proof and verification of their eschatology but it is begging the question…

The Lord Jesus Christ is not bound to the dispensational futuristic speculations of prophecy pundits.

There is a lot of bat guano swirling around these days about shemitahs, blood moons and the 70 year generation that ends in 2018. The reasoning is, Israel became a nation in 1948 and the parable fig tree states that Christ would return before the generation that saw the reformation of Israel passes away.

But it doesn’t say that. The only reason it appears that way is because the religious authorities have defined for you what the fig tree symbol represents in the parable.

The religious experts and ideologues of a certain persuasion would like you to believe certain things about the bible because it upholds their own system of power, control and self-preservation but that doesn’t make it true.

The Chapel is in the same boat with them. It’s all about gaming people with religious deception. The truth is, dispensationalism is a function of Zionism which is all about power and world domination. The Christian system of religion is being subsumed into an end-time system of apostasy and if you think the Chapel is exempt you are mistaken.

The Murray’s are heavily influenced by modern day dispensationalism and one of the “gems” of truth they give us is their interpretation of the parable of the fig tree. If you’ve studied with him for any period of time you will notice he has a lot to say about fig tree symbolism and how it relates to Israel and the end-times.

We are told that the fig tree always represents Israel in scripture and particularly in the parable. Does the bible explicitly state this to be the case all the time? No. Truth is the bible uses a symbol one time in this way, and another time that way.

In the 6th seal stars are cast to the earth as when a fig tree drops its figs… how does that have anything to do with Israel?

With many symbols people ascribe meaning to them that doesn’t exist. And one of the tricks of the religionist’s trade is to define the sheeple’s symbols for them. This is a form of mind control.

And many Christians accept it as given: the parable of fig tree has to do with Israel being reformed as a nation in 1948 or by Jerusalem being captured in 1967… since Israel is the fig tree – and nothing else!

But is that what the parable of the fig tree is about? I’m here to tell you that it has NOTHING to do with Israel in 1948. Let’s look at the passage:

“And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:29-32

This is a characteristic of fruit trees: WHEN THEIR LEAVES COME OUT THE SUMMER (HARVEST) IS NEAR. When you see the leaves that is a sign that the time of fruit is near, so…

When you see the signs that Jesus spoke of that attend the Parousia and the end of the age; when you see the signs then know that his coming is near.

Nothing in there about Israel in 1948.

The generation that sees the revelation of the man of sin and the signs that accompany the great tribulation will not pass away, they will see Christ return.

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Author: Timothy Campbell

Independent researcher exposing Joel's Army / Latter-Rain Movement, Christian evangelist and helping to expose the plot of the ages - the church will be here during the great tribulation (or Golden Age of Gaia) and will have resist the beast and his mark...

15 thoughts on “What Is the Parable of the Fig Tree Really about?”

  1. How dare you…What is your point? It appears that you have some personal issue against the chapel you need to work out. Arnold Murray (God rest his soul), said many times ” Man will lie to you….so, don’t believe me or any other.” Arnold Murray encourages believers to read the bible for themselves. There are several points with which I disagree with Shephard Chapel. I read the bible and ask the Lord for understanding…and it comes. The bible is not to be interperted. It is a living Word. Proof that there was a first earth age is (Gen.1:28), ” And God blessed them (male and female) , and God said unto them. ‘Be fruitfull and multiply and replenish the earth,’…”. The key word being “replenish”. Why are you bashing the Murrays. They are men. Not perfect. Neither are you.The Shephard Chapel has members and believers., not followers. Believers follow our Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel He brought into the world when the Word became flesh and lived among us. The Murrays may not be right on some points but you. But you, whoever you are…are just plain wrong.

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    1. Hi Tia. The article you are commenting only mentions Murray and the Chapel obliquely in passing. So how can you say that? Some articles target SPECIFIC teachings of the Chapel. I’m sorry you don’t like me pointing out their false teaching but I will continue to do so when I get the time.

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      1. there is no such thing as the Rapture it is not in the Greek or Hebrew text I no idea why somebody wants to cling on to something that’s not even in the Bible.. Arnold and Dennis and David Murray all tought that there is a hell but not until the end of the millennium. just because you can’t understand the manuscript doesn’t give you any right to talk some of the greatest teachers of our time.

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      2. there is no such thing as the Rapture it is not in the Greek or Hebrew text I no idea why somebody wants to cling on to something that’s not even in the Bible.. Arnold and Dennis and David Murray all tought that there is a hell but not until the end of the millennium. just because you can’t understand the manuscript doesn’t give you any right to talk some of the greatest teachers of our time. You are the false teacher.

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    2. Bashing? Please. Worse things have been said. I was a former student of the Chapel – I am merely giving my testimony of deliverance from this cult and giving some information for the deceived to get free. That is offensive to you?

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  2. I can not argue doctrine,but can testify to what happens to someone that has chosen to listen to Mr.Murray.
    I had a gentle loving and kind hearted dad that grew up in the Lutheran church and through some personal events found himself looking for the Truth.
    One day after praying with all his heart to know the truth he found Shepherd’s Chapel.
    Everything changed quite rapidly from day one!!
    He became obsessed with watching this man!! He quit going to church and he became extremely angry at every pastor,teacher and church!!!
    This started 6years ago and he is barely the man I knew!!
    The biggest thing aside his anger and unloving behavior towards so many is his insistence that he is from the first earth age and is one of Gods elect!!
    My heart is heavy for him and pray for him and his wife daily!!

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    1. I can attest to this very same phenomena, in my own personal experience and with my observations of others caught up in it – thank you for sharing this. Murray turns people into enemies of the Church with his teachings.

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  3. You are correct about the parable has nothing to do with Israel becoming a state in 1948. When you see all the signs and when the Beast and false Prophet are here then we are at the end. We need to know who the false Prophet and beast is.

    Rev.13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

    His number is not 666. God said his number is SIX HUNDRED THREESCORE AND SIX and to count it. We must use gematria to count the number. Gematria assigns a numerical number to each letter. A=1,B=2,C=3…Z=26. We assign the numerical numbers to each letter and add them up and do it for a person name and when the match we have the beast.

    SIX HUNDRED THREESCORE AND SIX =313 and 26 letters
    VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH PUTIN =313 and 26 letters
    TWENTY AND SIX = TWENTY =107; AND =19; SIX =52
    10-7-1952 7heads 10 horns.
    President Vladimir Putin born on 10-7-1952 and is the beast of Rev.13:18.

    Rev. 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon

    Notice chaper 13 verse 11. This is saying he comes in 13:11 or 132 or 213.
    If you brake down the whole verse in gematria you will get 313213.

    This is Pope Francis became pope on 3-13-2013. Notice he has the same number as the beast of 313.

    Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

    We do the whole verse total in gematria and get 1385; This is 1313 13 8 + 5 =13. so we have 2 13 and 313 for 313213.

    We are the generation that will see Christ return. Repent!

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    1. you say that it doesn’t apply to the parable of the fig what about the book of Isaiah chapter 66 verse 8 who has heard such a thing? who has seen such things? Shall the Earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed she brought forth her children. You people need to read and study the word of God instead of reading a quarterly your denomination puts out. the Jews are only 1/12 of the tribe of Israel there are eleven other tribes.

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  4. I don’t think any of you were ever students of Shepherd’s Chapel. I think you tuned in for an episode and listened for about 5 minutes because if you have ever listen to the question-and-answer you would’ve heard Pastor Arnold and Dennis say not to write questions in about particular denominations or pastors. I believe you people are spiritually blind and deaf as The Book of Romans says. If you look the word hell up in a Strong Concordance you’ll find in the old testament it means Sheol the place is the dead.

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    1. If you haven’t studied chapter by chapter, and verse by verse, as the Chapel teaches, you will never be able to unlock the key of David or the mysteries of the Word. Shepard’s Chapel does not teach their own interpretation of the bible. They use and give us tools to verify the Word- the Companion Bible, the Strong’s concordance so that we may understand the Word in the languages in which the Word was written. The old testament in hebrew and chaldea and the new in greek. Unless you understand what written, by using these tools, you will be subject to man’s interpretation. Quit bashing the Chapel because you don’t want to don’t want to do your work!

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  5. Also, I fully expect you kenites to want to turn people away from Shepard’s Chapel so they do not learn the truth about the Word of God. You will reap what you sow.

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