ISRAEL, THE FIG TREE
“Behold the fig tree, and all the trees:
as soon as they put forth leaves ...
know that summer is near...
recognise that the kingdom of God is near.”
By DON E. STANTON
MARANATHA REVIVAL CRUSADE
PERTH, W Australia
the alarming news around the world today, the pedestrian in
the street asks, “What’s the world coming to?” The Bible
student who has some knowledge of the Scriptural prophecies,
ponders over the question, “How long, O Lord, until the
trumpet sounds and You catch Your people up to the Heavenly
City that You have prepared for them?”
It is becoming clear to thinking people, that the world
cannot continue much longer on its present course without
hitting a brick wall. Our social deterioration cries out,
“God help us!”
Our economic woes are leading the nations to the brink of
the abyss. Woe is me! The Middle East situation is so
alarming that you ask, “Do we even have ten years before
World War and a global nuclear holocaust hit us?” I think
The disciples of Y’shua the Messiah were anxious to know
when His prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem, the end
of the age, and His coming Messianic kingdom would be
came to Him privately, asking, 'Tell us, when will these
things happen, and what will be the sign of
Your coming, and of the end of the age?’” (Matthew
The Master then warned that the end of the age would
experience religious deception (false prophets, etc.); it
would see many great disasters – famines (drought),
pestilences (epidemics and the menace of the microbes),
earthquakes, the sea and waves roaring (hurricanes,
cyclones, tsunamis), terrorism, wars, nations against
nations, and fearful signs from the heavens (comets,
asteroids, huge solar flares and super flares).
These things are all happening, as well as the violence,
inhumanity, brutality, the slaughter of the innocents, the
sexualisation of society, the abuse and rape culture, and
the drug and alcohol addictions that bring misery to
countless families and to society as a whole. And there’s
also the corruption in the corporate and political world;
along with a growing sense of hopelessness, and despair.
It’s not only sickening; it’s terrifying. The only way to
escape anxiety is to keep your TV and internet switched off,
and refrain from looking at newspapers or listening to radio
news, and instead occupy yourself with music, sport,
enjoyable hobbies, or some calm social and church
All the above woes are trends and characteristics that have
been prophesied for the end of the age; and they are “general,
not specific, signs.” They can happen at any
time, and they are signs that are bound to get much worse in
the days ahead. But there is one specific sign that
gives an indication of how close we are to the climax of the
The Master gave this prophetic sign to His disciples
in the form of a parable – the parable of the Fig Tree.
These words have perplexed many from that time right up to
A parable is a story with a moral or spiritual meaning, and
as this one is very important, I want all my readers to
understand it clearly.
Read the parable in Luke 21:29-32:
“And He told
them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree, and all the trees;
when they put forth leaves, you can see for
yourselves and know that summer is now near.
Likewise, when you see these things happening, recognise
that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you the
truth, this generation will not pass away until all
things take place.”
There are two obvious questions concerning this parable: 1.
What is the fig tree;
and 2. How long is a generation?
The “Fig Tree” is a symbol of the nation, Israel,
as we see in a number of scriptures.
“I found Israel
like grapes in the wilderness. I saw your fathers as the
earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season.”
Here God compares Israel to grapes and the fathers to fruits
of the fig tree. Then through Joel, He speaks of “My
land” as being comparable to “My fig tree.” (Joel
In Jeremiah 24, the Israelites are likened to good and bad
figs. Concerning the latter we read:
me: Look, two baskets of figs set before the temple of YHWH.
One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs,
and the other basket had very bad figs which could
not be eaten due to rottenness.
“Then YHWH said
to me, ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’ and I said, ‘Figs, the
good figs, very good; and the bad figs, very bad, which
cannot be eaten due to rottenness.’… Thus says
YHWH God of Israel, ‘Like these good figs, so I will
regard as good the captives of Judah, whom I have
sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans.”
“But like the
bad figs which cannot be eaten due to rottenness —
for thus says YHWH*
— so I will abandon Zedekiah king of Judah and his
officials, and the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in
this land, and the ones who dwell in the land of Egypt. I
will make them a terror and an evil for all the
kingdoms of the earth, as a reproach and a proverb, a taunt
and a curse in all places where I shall banish them. And I
will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence upon
them until they are destroyed from the land which I gave to
them and their forefathers.” (Jeremiah 24: 1,2,3,5, 8-10)
– Yahweh – the Eternal One)
Again in chapter 29, we read:
“Thus says YHWH
of hosts, ‘Behold, I am sending upon them the sword, famine,
and pestilence, and I will make them like split-open figs
that cannot be eaten due to rottenness. I will pursue
them with the sword, with famine and with pestilence; and I
will make them a terror, to all the kingdoms of the earth,
to be a curse, and a horror and a hissing, and a reproach
among all the nations where I have banished them, because
they have not listened to My words,’ declares YHWH, ‘which I
sent to them again and again by My servants, the prophets;
but you did not listen,’ declares YHWH.” (Jeremiah 29:
also told another parable about a fig tree, which is
very pertinent to “barren Israel.”
“And He began
telling this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree which had
been planted in his vineyard: and he came looking for fruit
on it and did not find any. And he said to the
vineyard-keeper, “Look, for three years I have come looking
for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut
it down! Why does it even use up the ground?” And he
answered and said to him, “Let it alone sir, for this year
too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it
bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, then
cut it down”.’” (Luke 13:6-9)
That Jesus had Israel in mind, is confirmed at the end of
the chapter when He laments over Jerusalem because of their
unwillingness to receive their Messiah, and declares that
their house will be left desolate.
Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and
stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your
children together, the way a hen gathers her brood
under her wings, but you were not willing! Look! Your house
is left to you desolate; and I tell you, you will not
see Me again until the time comes when you
say, BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD"!
THE TREE WITHOUT FRUIT
Now you may remember that Jesus once cursed a certain tree
because it had no fruit, and immediately the tree withered
up. Do you remember what type of tree it was? Yes, a fig
But don’t you think that was a strange thing for the Master
to do - to curse a tree? Was this a fit of temper of the
Lord? Was it an odd case of lack of self-control? Did the
Messiah ever curse people - even His enemies? Never! Did
He ever kick a dog? No! Did He ever harm anyone? No!
Always His actions were kind and loving. Only a couple of
times He became angry - that was when traders were turning
the Father’s House into a den of thieves. The Messiah drove
them out. That was divine indignation. But Y’shua never
displayed hatred or malice of any kind. Then why did He
curse a poor, innocent fig tree? Why? It was not even the
time for fruit-bearing! Let’s look again at the account:
“Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He
became hungry. Seeing a certain fig tree, by the road, He
came to it and found nothing on it but leaves. Then He said
to it, ‘Never again will there be fruit from you.’ And
immediately the fig tree withered away. Seeing
this, the disciples were amazed and asked, ‘How did the
fig tree wither away so quickly?’ ” (Matthew
Only a few days later, the Master taught the parable of the
fig tree. (Matthew 24:32-35, and Luke 21:29-32). You see,
when Y’shua cursed that fig tree, he was prophesying.
He was giving a very important lesson, and illustrating it
in a very striking way. No, it was not temper or spite, but
the Master was illustrating His teaching.
That barren fig tree was a picture of the nation of Israel.
God had created the nation, just as He has created every
individual, to bring forth good fruit - the fruit of
righteousness, of which we read in particular, in
“Sow for yourselves righteousness, and reap the fruit
of mercy. Break up your fallow, unploughed ground, for it is
time to seek YHWH until He comes and rains righteousness
on you.” (Hosea 10:12)
But Israel, in the days of the Master was not bringing forth
godly fruit! It was spiritually barren, and it had indeed,
placed itself under the judgment of God. For God had said:
“If you consent
and obey, You will eat the best of the land. But if you
refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the
sword. Truly, the mouth of YHWH has spoken.” (Isaiah
That warning has been fulfilled in Israel’s history, not
once, but twice, thrice; yes, four, five, a dozen times.
During the Lord’s ministry in AD 27-30, Israel was barren.
It was religious but not righteous. It was captive to the
Roman Empire, true, but its greater captivity was to
unbelief, apostasy and hypocrisy.
John the Baptist had come, calling the nation to repentance
and to righteousness. But how many repented? A small
minority followed Y’shua the Messiah, but as He Himself
said, many of His “followers” came to see the miracles, and
because they were given a free meal, rather than to hear the
message of God. And when the Master started to teach deeper
truths, even some of His “disciples” left Him.
One would think that with the very Son of God in flesh and
blood in their midst, this divinely-chosen nation, would
have experienced a most remarkable spiritual revival. But
no! The Redeemer wept and said, “I would have gathered you
like a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you
would not … you would not come to Me that you might have
The religious rulers plotted against Him, and said, “We will
not have this man to reign over us! Crucify Him.” And they
demanded that Pilate crucify Him.
At Pentecost and afterwards, there were thousands who turned
to the Saviour, but they were always a minority. Twenty
years later, the believers amongst Jews in Israel were a
despised minority. And the nation, as it was scattered
abroad, remained in a state of unbelief right up to the 20th
century. And the majority of Jews are still in unbelief
concerning the true identity and ministry of the Messiah
Y’shua declared the fig tree was barren;
its spiritual life was withering, and that very soon Israel
would be cut off as a nation.
JERUSALEM WILL BE TRAMPLED DOWN
Most of Luke 21 consists of the Master’s great prophecy
given to His disciples on the Mount of Olives, only a few
days before His crucifixion. The same prophecy is given in
Matthew 24, but there are some differences in these two
They are not contradictory, but are presented from different
angles. Matthew is particularly concerned with the end years
of the Jewish age, while Luke presents a panorama of the
The prophecy came as a response to the comments and queries
of the disciples who were with the Master in the Great
Temple in Jerusalem. This was the second temple. The
original temple built by Solomon had been destroyed by
Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in BC 586. After 70 years of
captivity, the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem, and
Zerubbabel then built the second temple.
Later on, this temple was extended and greatly embellished
by King Herod “the Great.” Herod’s work on the temple had
taken 46 years (John 2:20), and it is said that this temple
was the most beautiful building east of Rome. (Of course,
neither the Taj Mahal nor the Sydney Opera House was
standing at that time!)
Well, the temple certainly looked impressive to the
fishermen from Galilee. The Master’s comment, however, was:
“As for these
things which you are looking at, the days will come in which
there will not be left one stone upon another which will
not be torn down.” (Luke 21:6)
A MODEL OF HEROD’S TEMPLE
(This photo does not show its real grandeur or beauty)
This prophecy aroused the curiosity of the disciples. They
had already learnt quite a lot about the future kingdom of
God. Y’shua had told them He was going away, and would come
again, so they put their questions to Him, “Lord, tell us
more. What will be the sign of Your coming? When will the
Temple be destroyed? When will You establish Your kingdom?
And what about the end of the age?”
So the Lord explains. Before the end, there would be false
Messiahs, great wars, earthquakes, plagues and famines, and
also terrors and signs in the heavens.
“But before all
these things, they will lay their hands on you and
persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and
prisons, and bringing you before kings and governors for My
name’s sake.” (Luke 21:12)
Concerning Jerusalem, He says:
“When you see
Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that
her desolation is at hand. Then let those who are in Judea
flee to the mountains, and let those who are in the midst of
the city depart, and let not those who are in the country
enter the city; because these are days of vengeance, in
order that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
What agony there will be in those days for pregnant women
and nursing mothers! There will be great distress upon the
land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the
edge of the sword, and will be taken as captives into
all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled
underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles
John the Baptist had also warned:
“And the axe is
already laid at the root of the trees; every tree therefore
that does not bear good fruit is cut down, and thrown
into the fire.” (Matthew 3:10)
The axe fell in AD 70 - just 40 years after the
Messiah prophesied the withering up of “the tree,” and the
destruction of Jerusalem.
The number “40” in Scripture speaks of probation, or
testing. So those 40 years were a final period of testing
for Israel. But no! Israel did not repent! And so the axe
fell. The nation was devoured by the sword, even as Y’shua
THE SCATTERING OF ISRAEL
In AD 70, the Roman General Titus led his armies into
Israel, to quell a rebellion, and he destroyed the nation.
The population was about six million. Truly these were “days
The Romans assaulted Jerusalem, but as they
began to scale the walls, the Jews poured boiling oil
The Romans retaliated by crucifying hundreds of the Jewish
prisoners they had taken, within sight of the city walls,
and by cruelly mutilating others and sending them back to
Jerusalem with demands for surrender lest such a fate befall
the defenders of the city.
In its history, Jerusalem has been besieged 46 times;
partially destroyed 13 times, completely 17; and it changed
hands 25 times.
The siege of the city lasted for 4 months until the
condition of the city became desperate. Unburied corpses lay
in the streets. Diseases spread. Many starving people ate
the flesh of their own children.
Finally the Romans battered down the gates, and began a
ruthless slaughter and destruction. Thousands of babies were
thrown from high buildings to the streets below. Flames
began to envelop the temple and the city.
How accurately the Messiah’s prophecy was fulfilled. After
the fire had gutted the temple, the Romans began tearing the
massive stones apart, to retrieve the gold which had melted
and solidified between the rocks. Thus not one stone
remained upon another.
One million people perished by the sword or by crucifixion.
Two million were dragged off in chains to become slaves
throughout the Roman Empire.
Resistance to the Romans continued in some areas, until only
the mountain fortress of Masada, 1500 ft. above the Dead
Sea, remained. After holding out for two years, and as the
Romans were making their final assault, the commander of the
doomed fortress led his men in a death pact. 966 people
perished, as the men first killed their wives and children,
and then themselves. The fall of Masada brought the nation
to a complete end in AD 73.
Thus the words of both the Messiah and John the Baptist,
concerning the destruction of Israel were fulfilled. The fig
tree was cut down, and barely a stump remained. Oh the
accuracy of Bible prophecies! Oh the warnings of God! Had
He not said, “If you refuse and rebel, you will be
devoured by the sword.’’
The Master’s reference to the “days of vengeance” is a link
“I have trodden
the winepress alone, and from the peoples there was no man
with Me. I also trod them in My anger, and trampled them in
My wrath; And their life blood is sprinkled on My garments,
and I have stained all My raiment. For the day of
vengeance was in My heart, (and the year of
redemption for My redeemed has come). ... I have
trampled down the peoples in My anger and in My wrath I made
them drunk, and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”
(Isaiah 63:3, 4, 6)
Does it seem terrible to you, that here God is pictured as
One who tramples upon His own people? Is God one who
delights in pouring out blood upon the earth?
Of course not! He is indeed a holy, righteous sin-hating
God. But He is also a loving, gracious God, who delights in
mercy. Look at the next few verses:
“I shall make
mention of the loving-kindnesses of YHWH, the praises of
YHWH, according to all that YHWH has granted us. And the
great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has
granted them according to His compassion, and
according to the multitude of His loving-kindnesses.
“For He said,
‘Surely, they are My people, sons who will not deal
falsely.’ So He became their Saviour. In all their
affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His
Presence saved them. In His love and mercy He
redeemed them; and He lifted them and carried them
all the days of old.” (Isaiah 63:7-9)
This is the true nature of God whose heart goes out to those
who go astray. And His chastisements and judgments are
always intended to draw His people back to His loving arms.
See the next verses:
rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; therefore, He turned
Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them.
Then His people remembered the days of old, of Moses.”
(Isaiah 63:10, 11)
My reader, do you sometimes feel that God has been cruel to
you? Sometimes you feel you are in the midst of a fiery
furnace. Beloved, Jesus walks in the furnace with you.
Just turn your eyes upon Him. He also went through the
“winepress.” His soul was crushed there on the cross,
because He loves you. And He is afflicted in all your
afflictions. Do not rebel, my friend, whatever the
circumstance, but praise the Eternal One, for His thoughts
are always good towards you.
THEY WOULD NOT!
As I reflect on the thousands of Jews crucified around
Jerusalem in AD 70, I think, what a tragedy! There was no
need for such a massacre. The only death that was necessary
was that of the Son of God, who was crucified 40 years
earlier. He died that these unfortunate Jews might be saved
— but they would not!
If the Jewish nation had received and trusted the Messiah,
they would never have been uprooted from their land. The
great armies of the Romans would have been as grass-hoppers,
had the Holy One of Israel been enthroned in their midst.
But they would not have Him to reign over them.
And what of my reader today? Will you have the Lord Jesus
reign over you today? Have you enthroned Him in your midst,
in your heart? Or do you, like the Jews say: “Away with
Him”? Or maybe, you seek to walk a middle path and give lip
service to the Son of God, but not your heart. It will never
do! Beware lest you also should reject the grace of God, and
perish along the way.
The temple destroyed in AD 70 has never been rebuilt. In
subsequent invasions and pillages, not only Jerusalem, but
practically the whole country of Israel was destroyed. The
hills were deliberately denuded, and left to corrode.
After AD 70, Jews began to trickle back to Jerusalem.
In AD 130, Caesar Hadrian visited the city where he
intimated that he might rebuild the city as a gift to the
Jews. When he changed his mind and also outlawed
circumcision, the Jews found themselves once again in a
deadly conflict with the Romans. In AD 132, the Jews rallied
behind a man named Simon Bar Kochba whom Rabbi Akiva would
later declare was the Messiah. Simon retook the city and
possessed it for 3 years until the Romans came in greater
force and completely destroyed Jerusalem in AD 135.
When Hadrian squashed the rebellion, he was so angry that he
changed the name of the land from Judea to “Syria Palestina,”
and he salted the land so that nothing would grow.
Jerusalem was renamed Aelia Capitolina and a temple
to Zeus would eventually be built on the ruins of the Temple
Mount. Hadrian also banished all Jews from the city on pain
In following centuries, the Land of Israel, or as it was
called, “Palestina,” was conquered and re-conquered time
after time, and passed from ruler to ruler.
During the reign of the “Christian” Roman Emperor,
Constantine, new attention was paid to Jerusalem. Pagan
temples were replaced by Christian churches and the city
became a pilgrimage centre, until the Moslem Caliph, Omar,
captured the city in AD 638
ROCK inside the
SHRINE OF OMAR
In 688-91, Abdul Malik, 5th Caliph of the
Ummayyad dynasty, built and dedicated a shrine over the
“Rock of Foundation,” which is believed to have
been in the centre of the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple
- the same rock upon which Abraham had offered his son,
Isaac; hence the name, Dome of the Rock. In the
Islamic tradition, this is the spot from which the Prophet
Mohammed ascended to Heaven. Because of this tradition, the
Moslems regard Jerusalem as their third holiest city —
after Mecca and Medina.
After the Arabs, there were the Seljuks, then the Crusaders,
the Egyptian Mamluks, and in 1517, the Turks. (The
Turk, Suleiman the Great, built the modern walls and gates
In 1917, the British captured the city and administered it
under mandate of the League of Nations until May 1948.
Transjordan then possessed the old city and held it until
1967, when finally Israel captured and controlled it for the
first time in 1,832 years. Thus from AD 70 to the
present generation, Jerusalem has been trodden down by the
JERUSALEM, DOMINATED BY THE DOME OF THE ROCK
THE WANDERING JEW
God had clearly warned Israel at the dedication of the first
“But if you or
your sons shall indeed turn away from following Me,
and shall not keep My Commandments and My statutes which I
have set before you and shall go and serve other gods and
worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land
which I have given them, and the house which I have
consecrated for My Name, I will cast out of My sight. So
Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all
peoples. And this House will become a heap of
ruins; everyone who passes by will be astonished and
hiss and say, ‘Why has YHWH done thus to this land and to
this House?’ And they will say, ‘because they forsook YHWH
their God, who brought their fathers out the land of Egypt;
and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and
served them, therefore YHWH has brought all this adversity
on them’.” (I Kings 9:6-9)
It happened once, it happened twice. They became a byword, a
vagabond, hounded from country to country, persecuted
wherever they went. Why? Because they rejected and
crucified, the Holy One of God. Had they not said, “Let His
upon us, and upon our children”? Had they not profaned the
Name of Christ more than any other people?
Having the written oracles of God in their hands, and having
read the Scriptures which speak of the Son of God every
Sabbath, they failed to recognise Him. Because of the
traditions of men they hardened their
hearts, and became blind to the truth of God, and deaf to
the voice of God.
The LORD, Yahweh, explains:
“I poured out
My wrath on them for the blood which they had shed on the
land, because they had defiled it with their idols. Also I
scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed
throughout the lands. According to their ways and their
deeds I judged them. When they came to the nations where
they went, they profaned My holy Name, because it was said
of them, ‘These are the people of YHWH; yet they have come
out of His land’.” (Ezekiel 36:18-20)
God had given a warning to Israel as early as BC 1450,
before the nation entered the Promised Land — a warning that
the nation would be scattered all over the earth if they
disobeyed His Word.
“If you are not
careful to observe all the words of this law which are
written in this Book, to fear this honored and awesome Name,
YHWH your God, then YHWH will bring extraordinary plagues on
you and your descendants, even severe and lasting plagues,
and miserable and chronic sicknesses.
“Moreover, YHWH will scatter you among all peoples, from one
end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there
you shall serve other gods, wood and stone, which you or
your fathers have not known. And among those nations you
shall find no rest, and there shall be no resting place for
the sole of your foot; but there YHWH will give you a
trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul.”
(Deuteronomy 28:58-59, 64-65)
The warning clearly shows that the Israelites would not be
totally absorbed into the nations, but would become a
persecuted and restless people.
The Jews throughout the nations became known as shrewd
money-lenders, ruthless exploiters, and characterized by the
merciless Shylock in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” -
“I vill ’ave my pound of flesh.”
Although the majority of Jews have never engaged in
money-lending, the stigma is still attached to the race
today. The Rothschilds of Europe - one of the biggest
international banking dynasties in the world are Jews, as
are the Warburgs, the Kuhn-Loebs, Schiffs, and many other
financial leaders in America and Europe.
Golda Meir, who later became Israeli PM, went to the USA, in
early 1948, and raised $10 million for the new state, from
Jewish businessmen in ONE day.
That Jewish finance in America has tremendous influence on
US policies is a well-established fact. And that Israel will
continue to bear the stigma - a byword - until she repents
and receives her Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus), is a fact written
in her own Scriptures.
THE REGATHERING OF ISRAEL
Now look again at the parable-prophecy:
“Behold the fig
tree, and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves,
you see it and know for yourselves that the summer is now
near.” (Luke 21:29-30)
The Messiah is saying that Israel will once more live and
blossom. The nation will come to life again at the end of
the age, when the “times of the Gentiles” are fulfilled.
“The times of the gentiles” are now almost finished. The
Gentile age will end when God completes His work of calling
out and saving a vast remnant from the Gentile world - that
is, the “Church” or the “Body of Christ” — the company of
believers in Y’shua, the Lord Jesus, saved by His blood,
from every nation.
The Saviour could now be giving His final call, and a last
chance for lost men and women to be saved from the wrath to
come. We believe this present Gentile age is almost over
1. THE ENDTIME SIGNS ARE MULTIPLYING RAPIDLY
As mentioned earlier, there’s wars and preparation for World
war; there’s increase of great earthquakes, cyclones,
plagues, famines, pestilences, diseases, violence, and
There’s the moral breakdown, the breakdown of marriages, the
breakup of homes and of family relationships. There’s the
flood of pornography, the spate of drug addictions, an
emphasis on UFOs, and an increase of unabashed Satanism.
There’s the buildup of armaments and nuclear weapons, along
with escalating national debts. There’s the evolving of a
One-World Government, and a One-World religion, a Global
Monetary System — the foundation of the New World Order
that will enthrone the Antichrist. And much more. All these
things must take place, and are taking place.
2. THE FIG TREE IS BUDDING
God is once again taking up His program with Israel. Jews
from all over the world have been gathered to their ancient
homeland. In 1967, the Jewish State recaptured the old city
of Jerusalem after it had been “trampled underfoot” by
Gentiles for 19 centuries.
and will assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will
gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners
of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:11-12)
Ezekiel also prophesied of the restored Israel:
to the House of Israel, ‘Thus says the Sovereign Master YHWH:
It is not for your sake, O House of Israel, that I am about
to act, but for My holy Name, which you have profaned
among the nations where you went. And I will vindicate
the holiness of My great Name which has been profaned
among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst.
nations will know that I am YHWH,’ declares the Sovereign
Master YHWH, ‘when I prove Myself holy among you in their
sight. For I will take you from the nations, gather
you from all the lands,
and bring you into your own land. Then I will
sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will
cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your
will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;
and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and
give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within
you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be
careful to observe My ordinances. And you will live in the
land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My
people and I will be your God’.” (Ezekiel 36:22-28)
Did you note that? It is because of
god’s holy name
that He would restore Israel. He would not cast off
His people forever. He would chasten them, yes, even for
1900 years, but He would not forget them, nor forsake them.
But can’t you hear the taunts of the nations? — “Who is
Yahweh, the God of the Jews? Who is the God of Elijah, of
Moses, of David? In which way is He God, that He should
allow His possession to be scattered forever? And what is
His land that it should be a perpetual desert?”
Has God said, and shall He not do it? Has He promised to
restore, and shall He not make it good? He certainly
will, and just at the right time.
The orthodox Jews have been preparing to build a new temple.
The Rabbinical order has already selected and trained Jews
of the Tribe of Levi as priests, and is ready to reinstitute
the Aaronic system, including animal sacrifices.
Well, Y’shua said the fig tree would shoot forth new leaves.
The nation of Israel would be restored, and Jerusalem would
once again be given into the hands of the Jewish people.
had also prophesied of Israel’s regathering:
“For I am with
you, declares YHWH, to save you. For I will destroy
completely all the nations where I have scattered you, only
I will not destroy you completely, but I will chasten you
justly, and will by no means leave you unpunished. ... For I
will restore you to health and I will heal you of
your wounds, declares YHWH, because they have called you an
outcast, saying: ‘It is Zion; no one cares for her.’
“Thus says YHWH,
‘Look, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob and
have compassion on his dwelling places; and the city
shall be rebuilt on its ruins, and the palace shall
stand on its rightful place.’ … And you shall be My people,
and I will be your God.” (Jeremiah 30:11,17, 18, 22)
Amidst the promise of restoration, however, there was the
surety that God will purge His people in the last days:
tempest of YHWH! Wrath has gone forth; a sweeping tempest;
it will burst on the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of
YHWH will not turn back until He has performed, and until He
has accomplished the intent of His heart. In the latter
days you will understand this.” (Jeremiah 30:23, 34)
specifically about the SECOND
“Then it will
happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the
second time with His hand the remnant of His people who
will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam,
Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And He will
lift up a standard for
If, one hundred and fifty years ago, you met a man who spoke
of a nation called “Israel,” situated in the
Turkish-controlled land of Palestine, with its own
Parliament, and flourishing like a watered garden, you would
automatically think that he was a type of Rip Van Winkle and
had been asleep for the last 2,500 years, or, otherwise,
that he was an illusionist who has somehow managed to escape
from an asylum. Or just per chance, he could be either a
Christian prophecy student, or a highly hopeful Jewish
One hundred and fifty years ago, there were barely 10,000
Jews in Palestine. And who wanted the land then? It was a
desert. And deserts go very cheaply (unless there are proven
oil reserves under the sand). And certainly Palestine was
not gushing forth with liquid gold.
Millions of Jews had migrated to the USA - this, to them,
was “the land of promise, flowing with milk and honey.”
But God declared; and God moved! In about the year 1880,
Russia expelled large numbers of Jews, and many of these
displaced people found their way to Palestine.
in 1897, through the vision of Dr. Theodor Herzl, the
Zionist Movement began with the aim of working for a
restored homeland in the region of Palestine, for the
displaced Jewish people, and for a revival of Judaism. (Zion
is another name for Jerusalem).
The first Zionist Congress met on Aug. 29-31 of that year
(1897), in Basle (Switzerland). 197 delegates, mostly from
Europe, attended. Dr. Herzl had a charismatic and dynamic
leadership and his strenuous work on behalf of Zionism led
him to an early death in 1904, at 44 years of age. Herzl is
regarded as the father of modern Israel.
In his diary a few days after the first congress, Herzl
wrote: “In Basle I founded the Jewish state. If I said this
today in public, I would be met with universal derision. In
five years perhaps, but in any case in fifty, everybody will
In was exactly fifty years later - 31st Aug. 1947, that the
UN Special Commission for Palestine recommended the
establishment of a Jewish state.
THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES
25 centuries before Israel’s resurrection, a prophet named
Ezekiel had a vision of a restored Israel.
“The hand of
YHWH was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of
YHWH and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was
full of bones. And He caused me to pass among them round
about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of
the valley; and lo, they were very dry. And He said to me.
‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered.
‘O Sovereign Master, YHWH, You know?
Again He said
to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, dry
bones, hear the word of YHWH. Thus says the Sovereign Master
YHWH to these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter
you that you may come to life. And I will put sinews on
you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin, and
put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know
that I am YHWH.’
prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there
was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came
together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews
were on them, and flesh grew, and skin covered them, but
there was no breath in them.
“Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son
of man and say to the breath; Thus says the Sovereign
Master, YHWH, Come from the four winds, O breath, and
breathe on these slain, that they come to life.’
“So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came
into them, and they came to life, and stood on their
feet, an exceedingly great army. Then He said to me,
‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel;
behold they say, Our bones are dried up, and our hope has
perished. We are completely cut off. Therefore prophesy, and
say to them, Thus says the Sovereign Master YHWH:
“Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to
come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring
you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I
am YHWH, when I have opened your graves and caused you to
come up out of your graves, My people. And I will put My
Spirit within you, and you will come to life, and I
will place you on your own land. Then you will know
that I, YHWH have spoken and done it, declares YHWH”.’ ”
In this vision we see that the restoration of Israel is in
two stages. First there would be a physical return
to the land, signified by the bones coming together.
Second, there would be a spiritual return to the Lord
— the resurrected bodies receiving breath. The physical
return commenced slowly after 1880, and gradually gained
momentum until the State of Israel was formed in 1948.
In was a mammoth task, at first, to convince the Jewish
people throughout the nations that such a homeland was
possible, or even desirable. But such was the determination,
and the vision, and the urgency of Herzl that slowly,
support for the movement was given.
God was moving His reluctant people. Like trying to move a
stubborn mule, He had to put a carrot in front of their
noses, and a spur behind their tails.
The carrot was Zionist money to help willing Jews buy
a piece of the ancient homeland. The spur was the
severe persecution that erupted in Europe and Russia. In
Russia there were large concentrations of Jews. These people
were made scape-goats for vicious politics and
power-mongering. The Jews were rounded up into “pales” or
ghettos. These areas became virtual concentration camps.
At intervals, Russian Cossacks would raid and plunder the
pales, leaving the hopeless people wounded and dying in
their brutal paths. These types of incidents spurred the
Jews to set their sights on Zion, and to make a run for the
Two by two, many returned to the land they had never seen.
When they reached Palestine, however, they were so often
discouraged. So often, the only land they could buy was
swamps. Often it was rocks. Sometimes it took two years to
prepare a patch of land for planting. Then when a crop was
ripe, it was often raided by roaming Bedouins or Turks.
Many discouraged Jews left Palestine, to seek a new home in
more hospitable environs. It looked like the Zionist vision
was an unrealistic mirage. It seemed that Herzl’s efforts
would all be in vain.
But God had promised, and for His own Name’s sake,
He had to act. Severe persecution of Jews abroad, forced
many more to brave the rigors of the ancient homeland. It
was becoming more evident that the wandering Jew would never
find rest amongst the nations.
Yesterday the persecution of Jews was in Spain and France.
Today it is in Russia. Tomorrow it would be Germany and
Poland; the day after that, possibly UK and America also.
No! The Jew would never be safe until he regained his
homeland and became a free, independent and powerful nation
in its own right.
So the second Exodus began; this time, not merely
from Egypt or from Babylon, but from ALL the nations in the
world; just as God had said long before:
“For I will
take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands,
and bring you into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:24)
From the I6th century to 1917 AD, Palestine was in the hands
of the Turkish Ottoman Empire which controlled most of the
Middle East. In 1870, the Turks gave permission for Jews to
buy land in Palestine, and then small colonies were
established. By 1900, there were about 40,000 Jews in the
THE BALFOUR DECLARATION
In the early 1900’s, Britain, being the leading world
empire, proposed that world Jewry should be given a national
home in Africa - the area now known as Uganda.
In 1906 a Russian-born chemist, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, visited
Britain to protest against the proposal. Representing the
Zionist movement, he stressed to the British Govt., that any
country other than Palestine would be entirely unacceptable
to the Zionists.
By 1914, the number of Jews in Palestine had doubled to
Then the First World War began - the war which many prophecy
teachers believe, signalled “the beginning of the end.” It
certainly led to
the breakup of the Ottoman Empire.
During the war, when Britain and the allies were critically
short of explosives, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who was now a
subject; presentedthe British Government with the formula
for Acetone, (a vital ingredient of cordite used in gun
powder), which saved
the allies from almost certain defeat.
In recognition of his services, the British suggested a
royal honour. Weizmann politely refused. “There is nothing I
want for myself,” he said. “I would like you to do something
for my people.” And as he had in 1906, Weizmann once again
explained the Zionist vision, and the desire to make
Palestine a Jewish homeland.
The result was that on 2nd. Nov. 1917, British Foreign
Secretary, Arthur J. Balfour, made the following
declaration, in the form of a letter to Lord Rothschild.
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you on behalf of His
Majesty’s Government the following declaration of sympathy
with Jewish Zionist aspirations, which has been submitted
to, and approved by, the Cabinet.
His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment
in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and
will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement
of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing
shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious
rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to
the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
(signed) Arthur J. Balfour.
This became known as the Balfour Declaration. Dr. Weizmann
was appointed as the leader of a commission to plan the
implementation of the Declaration.
Jews all over the world were delighted. The Zionist dream
now seemed feasible. The Arabs, however, reacted bitterly to
this new development, and riots broke out in Palestine.
On 11 Dec. 1917, the British commander, Field Marshall
Edmund Allenby led his troops into Jerusalem and captured
the city without a shot being fired.
In early 1919, Dr. Weizmann, after personal negotiations in
Palestine, signed an agreement with Emir Feisal, who became
King of Iraq the next year. This agreement envisaged:
an Arab state and Palestine.
the immigration of Jews to Palestine in large numbers.
protection of, and assistance to, Arab peasants and farmers
Zionist assistance to the Arab state for its economic
Islamic holy places under Moslem control.
Complete co-operation, good-will and harmony between the
Jews and Arabs.
King Feisal then wrote in March 1919:
“We feel that the Arabs and the Jews are cousins in race,
having suffered similar oppressions at the hands of powers
stronger than themselves, and by a happy coincidence have
been able to take the first steps toward the attainment of
their national ideals together. We Arabs especially the
educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the
“Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the
proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organisation
to the Peace Conference. We will do our best to help them
through; we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home.
Dr. Weizmann has been a great helper in our cause, and I
hope the Arabs may soon be in a position to make the Jews
some return for their kindness.”
But subsequent developments led to a change in the Arab
During the world war, the British had entered into an
agreement with Feisal’s father, the Emir Hussein of Mecca,
the Arab leader of the Hashemite kingdom, to mutually fight
against the Turks. The Arabs were promised, as well as cash,
political independence of their countries after the war.
The Emir envisaged the revival of a great Arab empire,
including Arabia, Iraq, Syria and Palestine. And so the
Balfour Declaration to the Jews seemed quite contrary to the
McMahon agreement with the Arabs.
After the war, the Ottoman Turkey in the Middle East was
carved up into the new independent states of Lebanon, Syria,
Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Egypt. Palestine, the British
explained, was not included in the McMahon agreement; but
nevertheless the sector east of the Jordan River, was sliced
off to form the new nation of Transjordan, which was given
to Abdullah (brother of Feisal, and son of Emir Hussein) as
a reward for their help against the Turks.
The rest of Palestine was declared a mandated territory by
the newly-formed League of Nations, and was to be
administered by Great Britain. The mandate incorporated the
ideas of the Balfour Declaration, encouraging the
establishment of a homeland for the Jews.
This opened the way for greater numbers of Jews to settle in
Palestine. Coming from Europe in particular, these people
brought both determination and technical know-how. Through
hard work and assistance from the Zionist Organisation,
Jewish settlements began to flourish.
The Arabs in the land, on the other hand, were living in
abject poverty under the feudal system that had kept them
poor through the centuries. As the Jews multiplied and
prospered, the animosity of the Arabs exploded into open
conflict. Faced with the threat of being outnumbered, and
outdone, the Arabs began to attack the Jewish settlements.
Later, Britain declared that it was not the intention of the
Balfour Declaration to create a Jewish state, but to
provide simply a homeland for the Jews.
In the 1930’s, anti-Semitism was instigated by Haj Amin el-Husseini,
the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who sought to sabotage the
establishment of the Jewish homeland.
In 1937 the British Peel Commission reported that “an
irrepressible conflict has arisen between national
communities within the narrow bounds of one small country.
About one million Arabs are in strife, open or latent, with
some 400,000 Jews.” This report also recommended the
partition of Palestine between the two communities.
Due to Arab oil pressure, Britain in 1939 abandoned the
Balfour Declaration, and issued a “White Paper” which stated
that a Jewish state in Palestine was contrary to Britain’s
obligations to the Arabs, and that Jewish immigration would
be restricted to 15,000 a year for the next five years.
Just before World War 2 broke out, the Grand Mufti of
Jerusalem entered into a secret alliance with Adolph Hitler,
promising Arab support in return for weapons. He himself
fled to Germany as the war broke out.
By this time there were more than 500,000 Jews in Palestine.
The Jews fought along with Britain in the War, and indeed
most of their warfare training was received in those years.
During the war years (1940-45), Hitler exterminated more
than six million Jews. After the war, tens of thousands of
the Jews who had escaped, were languishing in terrible
conditions in refugee camps throughout Europe. They looked
longingly towards Palestine — but the doors were closed to
them because a committee set up by Britain in 1945 stated
that, “Palestine is not, and never could be, a purely Jewish
land. It lies at the crossroads of the Arab world; its Arab
population having descended from longtime inhabitants of the
area, rightly looked upon Palestine as their homeland.”
American President, Harry Truman sent a strong plea to admit
100,000 Jewish refugees to Palestine, but Britain refused,
and instead, stopped Jewish immigration altogether. This
inhumane decision at a time when the world was beginning to
comprehend the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the
Jews, was a dark blot upon the history of Great Britain. Was
it that decision and its actions over the next three years
that caused Britain to lose its title “Great”?
The Jewish Agency and its Underground movement bought old
ships in Europe and sought to smuggle refugees into
Palestine. Some of the ships reached safely, but the British
Navy set up a blockade along the coast. Refugee ships caught
were then escorted to Cyprus where the Jews were placed
behind barbed wire. Tens of thousands of them, having
escaped the Nazi death camps of Belsen, Dachau and
Treblinka, now languished in refugee prison camps for
several years, at the hands of the British.
What irony that the nation which has befriended the Jews,
and from whose ranks rose one of Britain’s greatest
statesmen, Benjamin Disraeli — the nation that was most
responsible for the Jewish homeland in Palestine, was now
the Jews’ chief enemy.
Some Jewish ships, packed with refugees and seeking to beat
the blockade, were rammed and sunk with terrible loss of
life within sight of the Holy Land.
category do you fall? —
bless them that bless you,” or,
curse him who curses you.” (Genesis 12:3)
Palestine itself, waves of terrorism and destruction spread
over the country, in a double conflict between Arabs and
Jews, and the British and Jews.
A former renowned Israeli Premier, Menachem Begin, was in
those years, the leader of the Irgun - a Jewish
organisation that continually terrorized the British as well
as their Arab enemies. The regular Jewish forces commanded
by David Ben Gurion were called the Hagana.
Palestine became a nightmare for Britain. World sympathy for
the Jewish people was increasing (because of the 6 million
lives that were lost in Hitler’s gas chambers and lime
pits). Britain had backed away from the Balfour Declaration,
and was now hedged in between world sympathy, the moral
implications, Arab hostility, and their own costly
involvement in the land.
By 1947, Britain had had enough and called upon the United
Nations to take a decision on the conflict in the land. The
UN debated the issue, and sent a Special Committee to
Palestine to thoroughly investigate the conditions and
problems. Eventually, in giving its report, the committee
recommended the termination of the mandate, the inter-nationalisation
of Jerusalem under UN trusteeship, the partition of
Palestine, and the creation of separate Arab and Jewish
The Zionist dream was now within reach, but the Arab
nations, with their centuries-long hatred of the seed of
Jacob, were adamant. They would not tolerate a Jewish state
in their midst, but would destroy the Jews as soon as the
The decision to partition, or not to partition, was for the
United Nations General Assembly to make. To partition,
two-thirds majority was needed.
Tremendous manoeuvring and pressure was exerted on all
sides. But behind the political-economic lobbying, God was
at work, for He had promised long before:
“And I will
make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of
Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they
will no longer be two nations, and they will no longer be
divided into two kingdoms.” (Ezekiel 37:22)
When the UN vote was taken, “Partition” won by a slender
2/3rds majority. It was November 1947. There were six months
left for the British mandate to end. Those months were a
period of intense activity, and a build-up of armaments,
not only in Palestine but also in the surrounding Arab
nations. The British tried to prevent arms entering the
former, but the Jews were busy in Europe and America, buying
weapons, to have ready to airlift to the new state as soon
as the British left.
THE STATE OF ISRAEL
On May 14, 1948, the world waited for the announcement that
David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Premier, made on radio —
The Declaration of Independence, and the naming of the new
state – “Israel.” He then declared, that the state of Israel
will be open to Jewish immigration and the ingathering of
David Ben Gurion,
himself was born in Poland and migrated to Palestine as a
young man in 1906.
When Jewish labour began to organise itself, he became a
member of the editorial board of a newspaper called
Ha’ahdut (The Unity) in 1910.
Dr. Chaim Weizmann
was summoned to be Israel’s first President.
Jewish planes and ships were already landing, bringing
supplies. Within hours, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt
launched attacks on the new state. Israel’s first Sabbath
was shattered by an Egyptian air raid on Tel Aviv.
In Cairo, Arab leaders announced, “This will be a war of
extermination, and a momentous massacre which will be spoken
of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.”
Immediately the nation was locked in a struggle for
survival. Egyptian tanks swept through the Negev towards
Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In the north, Syrian and Lebanese
troops attacked the Jewish settlements in Galilee. Jordanian
and Iraqi forces attacked from the east.
The massacre of a half million Jews, and the utter
destruction of their settlements, was expected. The Jews,
although they were determined to resist to the end, were so
outmanned and so outgunned, that they had little chance of
surviving - unless some miracles took place. And they did!
As the war continued, the UN which had voted for partition,
remained quiet. No western nation lifted a finger to help.
The strongest voice raised in Israel’s defence, ironically,
was Andrei Gromyko’s — the Russian Foreign Minister.
The Jewish Hagana, Palmach and Irgun
merged to become the Israel Defence Forces. Israel’s air
force began with a small flying club plane. Her navy
consisted of a converted ice-breaker, equipped with two 20
MM aircraft cannon which were disguised with papier-mâché to
look like 6 inch guns. This single ship set the Egyptian
fleet in hasty retreat.
The Israelis took heavy losses, but they stopped the
invasion from the North, East and South. The most intense
fighting was for Jerusalem, where countless lives were lost.
But even there, the total massacre of the Jews was
The war raged on for 27 days, until the UN called for a
cease-fire. Although Israel had halted the Arab advances on
all sides, its ammunition and supplies were almost exhausted
and Jerusalem was critically besieged.
After a few days, when no agreement could be reached, the
fighting resumed, and continued for the rest of the year.
Finally, an armistice was signed by Egypt and Israel on 24
Feb. 1949. Syria, Jordan and Lebanon also signed later.
According to the Armistice agreement, the old city would
remain under Jordanian control, but there was provision for
free access by Israelis to the places of worship, and to the
Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
However, Jordan soon cut off East Jerusalem to Israelis by
“The Wall,” and then embarked on a program of desecration
and destruction. Ancient synagogues and their precious
scrolls were destroyed. Jewish graves were ripped open and
The “West Bank” was quickly annexed by King Abdullah
(great-grandfather of the present Jordanian king, Abdullah
II) after the partition, and his expanded kingdom was
renamed simply Jordan. (Abdullah was assassinated on the
Temple Mount in 1951.)
The annexation by Jordan (Edom) had been specifically
foretold by Ezekiel long before:
thus says the Sovereign Master YHWH; ‘Surely in the fire of
My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of the nations,
and against all Edom, who appropriated My land for
themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and
with scorn of soul, to drive it out for a prey’.” (Ezekiel
The desolation of Jordan has also been prophesied,
and I cannot find much hope in Scripture for this kingdom,
the descendants of the birthright-despising Esau (Edom).
Three prophets deal with the judgment of this once thriving
nation - Ezekiel, Isaiah and Obadiah. Ezekiel says:
“And I will
make Mount Seir a waste and a desolation, and I will cut off
from it the one who passes through and returns. I will make
you an everlasting desolation, and your cities will
not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am YHWH.”
(Ezekiel 35:7, 9)
Mt. Seir is the section of Jordan, south-east of the Dead
Sea, where its ancient capital, the mountain fortress of
Petra, was situated. Today it is nothing more than a tourist
attraction – a very fascinating desolation.
“For My sword
is satiated in heaven, Behold it shall descend for
judgment upon Edom, and upon the people whom I have
devoted to destruction.” (Isaiah 34.5)
Obadiah strongly indicts Edom.
violence to your brother Jacob, you will be covered with
shame, and you will be cut off forever. On the day that you
stood aloof, on the day that strangers carried off his
wealth, and foreigners entered his gate and cast lots for
Jerusalem - you too were as one of them . . . For the day of
YHWH draws near on all the nations.
As you have
done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on
your own head . . . Then the House of Jacob will be a fire
and the House of Joseph will be a flame; but the House of
Esau will be as stubble. And they will set them
on fire and consume them, so that there will be no survivor
of the House of Esau, for YHWH has spoken.” (Obadiah 10,
11, 15 & 18)
The next verse is partly fulfilled at this time; the rest
will be fulfilled at some future date.
of the Negev will possess the mountain of Esau, and
those of the Shephelah the Philistine Plain. They
will also possess the territory of Ephraim and the territory
of Samaria, and Benjamin will possess Gilead.”
You can work it out. The Negev, the Shephelah and Benjamin
are the Israelis; the Palestinian Plain is the Gaza Strip;
Ephraim and Samaria are the West Bank; the mountain of Esau
is southern Jordan; and Gilead is northern Jordan.
All of this area was indeed included in the Promised Land,
and was ruled over by David and Solomon. Modern Israel knows
well that at the present time, it possesses only a portion
of its original territory.
The carving up of Palestine by the British and the United
Nations must yet be accounted for. God has declared:
“I will gather
all the nations, and bring them down to the valley of
Jehoshaphat (on the east side of Jerusalem), then I
will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of My
people and My inheritance Israel, whom they have scattered
among the nations; and THEY HAVE DIVIDED UP MY LAND.” (Joel
THE FIG TREE BLOSSOMS
After the Armistice in 1949, the new nation had a chance to
consolidate and develop. In the first 18 months, more than
350,000 Jews poured in from all over the world. 45,000 came
from Yemen; 130,000
from Iraq; 33,000 from Turkey; 20,000 from Czechoslovakia;
36,000 from Bulgaria; 7,000 from Yugoslavia; 28,000 from
Poland, 35,000 from North Africa; 5,000 from China; a mass
exodus from India, and hundreds from other countries.
The Fig Tree was now shooting forth new leaves and new
branches. The deserts were being reclaimed and the land was
becoming productive. The Israelis began the planting of
trees by the millions. New roadways, airstrips, and ports
were built and industries of all kind were begun.
It is interesting to note the olive tree leaves shooting
upwards, along with the 7-branched menorah
(candlestick), on the Israeli national emblem (on last
Old Testament scriptures came alive as the prophecies were
and the desert will be glad, and the Arabah
(wilderness) will rejoice and blossom, like the
crocus.” (Isaiah 35:1)
“In the days to
come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and
sprout; and they will fill the whole world with fruit.”
The Negev, the southern desert, began to blossom, as
agricultural settlements multiplied in the area. The
Israelis established dozens of citrus fruit plantations, and
fruit began to fill not only Israel, but also the markets of
Europe. Soon citrus fruit had become one of Israel’s biggest
exports, and Jaffa oranges were on sale on the other side of
Ezekiel prophesied both the desolation of the
mountains of Israel, and their re-afforestation:
“And you, son
of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘O
mountains of Israel, hear the word of YHWH. Thus says the
Sovereign Master YHWH: Because the enemy has spoken against
you, “Aha!” and “the everlasting heights have become our
possession,” therefore, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the
Sovereign Master YHWH: For good cause they have made you
desolate and crushed you from every side, that you should
become a possession of the rest of the nations, and you have
been taken up in the talk and the whispering of the people.
mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Master
YHWH. Thus says the Sovereign Master YHWH to the mountains
and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, to the
desolate wastes and to the rest of the nations which are
round about …
“But you, O
mountains of Israel, you will put forth your branches
and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon
come. For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and
you shall be cultivated and sown. And I will multiply
men on you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the
cities will be inhabited, and the waste places will be
rebuilt’.” (Ezekiel 36:1-4, 8-10)
During the 1800 years of Israel’s scattering, the land of
Israel passed from hand to hand. Many of its conquerors were
filled with hatred for the Jewish people, and were
determined to make an end to their land. The mountains of
Israel were deliberately denuded of trees, and as a result,
became eroded and barren. Once fertile valleys, such as the
Plain of Jezreel, became malaria-infested swamps. The rich
pasture lands of the Negev where the Patriarchs grazed their
vast flocks, became a desert.
But the mountains would put forth branches again. Oh how
this prophecy has been fulfilled this past century,
especially over the past 60 years! What a transformation as
the nation has undertaken a vast program of clothing the
hills. Some 300,000,000 trees have been planted, and still
the work goes on. A tourist to Israel, today, may personally
join in a tree-planting ceremony.
hills of Galilee today are “cultivated and sown,” as well as
the “ravines and valleys.” Israel’s crops are continually
multiplying, as soil reclamation and irrigation expands.
Wheat, cotton, ground nuts, pineapples, tomatoes,
strawberries, as well as citrus fruit, are all finding a
ready market throughout Europe.
Also expanding is Israel’s export meat market.
In the development of modern Israel, the people have been
helped and guided by the Bible, whose recorded ancient
history gives information as to the type of trees and crops
that were grown in various areas. It tells where the
Patriarchs were successful in digging wells, etc.
For example, Abraham first planted a Tamarisk tree in
Beersheba. The modern Jews have followed his example, and
have planted millions of them in that area of the Negev,
which has caused it to blossom.
Such is the emphasis on the soil and productivity, in modern
Israel, that another prophecy, by Isaiah, is surely
beginning to be fulfilled:
“It will no
longer be said to you, ‘Forsaken,’ nor to your LAND will it
any longer be said, ‘Desolate.’ But you will be called ‘My
delight is in her,’ and your LAND, ‘married’ for YHWH
delights in you, and to Him your land will be married.”
Of course, Israel has a long way to go before Yahweh can
truly delight over the nation. It has seven years of
Tribulation to endure before it will be truly designated
REBUILDING THE CITIES
Amos prophesied concerning the rebuilding of Israel’s
“Also I will
restore the captivity of My people Israel, and they will
rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will
also plant vineyards and drink their wine, and make gardens
and eat their fruit. I will also plant them on their land.
And they will not again be uprooted from their land which I
have given them, says YHWH your God.” (Amos 9:14-15)
The prophet Ezekiel foretold the restoration of Sodom,
Samaria and Jerusalem in particular:
I will restore their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and
her daughters, the captivity of Samaria and her daughters,
and along with them your own captivity.” (Ezekiel 16:53)
After the division of Israel into two kingdoms (that is,
after the reign of Solomon), Samaria became the capital of
northern Israel, and Jerusalem remained as the capital of
Judah. These two cities were destroyed, by Assyria and
Babylon, respectively. Both cities have been restored in
modern times. Samaria is now called Nablus.
Sodom is the ancient city which was destroyed by fire and
brimstone in the time of Lot. 4,000 years after its
destruction, Ezekiel’s prophecy has been fulfilled. Sodom
has been rebuilt, and has become an important mining town on
the edge of the Dead Sea. Chemical works there are
extracting Potash, Chloride and Bromide and other minerals
to export to the world’s markets.
THE BUILDING UP OF JERUSALEM BEFORE
THE LORD RETURNS
YHWH has built up Zion,
He will appear
in His Glory.”
Greater Jerusalem (Zion) has seen a
tremendous building program since 1980 when it was declared
as the Indivisible, Eternal Capital of the state of
Israel. It has become a great city populated by both
Jews and Arabs.
Elsewhere, everywhere we look, we see
building sites as huge cranes punctuate the skyline of every
city in the land.
Israel must continue to build infrastructure
and provide housing for its ever-expanding population.
The Word declares that Yahweh is building up
Jerusalem as He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
up Jerusalem; He gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals
the broken-hearted, and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm
MANY MORE STILL TO RETURN
The re-gathering of Israel at this present time is by no
means complete. More than 50% of Jews are still living
overseas. The Israeli Ministry of Absorption has indicated
that the country needs a population of 10 million, and the
government is wooing Jews from abroad through its overseas
agencies. Israel desperately needs a greater population to
reinforce its military reserves and work force.
Worldwide Jewish pressure caused Moscow to permit tens of
thousands of Jews to leave Russia, but since the collapse of
the Soviet Union, about one million Jews from Soviet lands
have migrated to Israel. Another prophecy has been
will say to the north,
‘Give them up!’ And to the south ‘Do not hold
them back.’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from
the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 43:6)
America still has 6 million Jews; life there is too
comfortable for them to be willing for the rigors of small,
war-pressed, highly-taxed Israel. But things are changing.
With the deteriorating economic conditions in the US, and
anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, more Jews are migrating to
The immigration to Israel continues but it has its ups and
downs. Accommodation is one of the biggest problems to
absorption, but construction of settlements and apartments
is going on continuously, and is one of Israel’s top
Immigrants willing to settle in areas like the Negev are
provided with a house, a plot of land and some animals, and
some farming training. Others are given suitable employment
in the cities or settlements.
The re-gathering will continue in the years ahead -
especially early in the Tribulation when peace will be
“secured” and the country will appear to be safe and
During the purging time of the Tribulation, the nation will
receive her Messiah, and He will pour out His Spirit of
blessing upon them. Eventually, the overseas remnant of Jews
will be gathered back to Israel, and all Y’shuan believers
amongst them will become a blessing to the whole earth
during the Millennial Kingdom.
“Then they will
know that I am YHWH their God because I made them go into
exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to
their own land; and I will leave none of them there any
“And I will not
hide My Face from them any longer, for I shall have poured
out My Spirit on the House of Israel, declares the Sovereign
Master YHWH.” (Ezekiel
THE REVIVAL OF HEBREW
One of the most fascinating miracles in connection with the
restoration of Israel, has been the revival of its ancient
language in spoken form, after centuries of non-usage.
Hebrew is the only language ever to be successfully revived
in spoken form, after it had ceased to be spoken.
Hebrew is the original language of the Bible’s Old
Testament and is one of the oldest languages in the world.
Its history spans 3,300 years — from ancient Canaan to the
Dr. Chaim Rabin of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says;
“It is likely that Abraham and his descendants learnt to
speak Hebrew while sojourning in Canaan.” (One people group
must have retained Noah’s language — a form of ancient
Hebrew – after the dispersion after the Tower of Babel.)
During the Babylonian Captivity, and over the following 400
years, Hebrew began to decline as the spoken language of
Israel, and Aramaic and Greek took its place. In their
writings, Hebrew was still used, but the Jews were already
translating the Old Testament and other literary works into
both Aramaic and Greek.
When Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70, and the people were
scattered abroad, the Jews employed the languages of the
people wherever they lived. In the Middle Ages, in countries
where Islamic culture prevailed, Arabic was used. In Europe,
two main Jewish languages developed — Yiddish, based
on German, and Ladino based on Spanish.
Hebrew lived on in Jewish writings, and to some extent it
was clumsily used as the lingua franca for Jewish
businessmen travelling between various countries.
By the 19th century there was fear that Hebrew would become
extinct. Certainly the language lagged so far behind the
rapid intellectual development of the late 1800’s, that it
was considered unfit for modern times.
The man most responsible for the revival of Hebrew was
Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who with great foresight, in 1879
published an article proposing that Hebrew should be the
language of the future Jewish state in Palestine. Ben-Yehuda’s
son was the first child in modern times to be brought up
with Hebrew as his mother tongue.
A few years later, in 1888, a school in Jerusalem began to
teach all subjects in Hebrew. In 1904, a Jewish Language
Council was formed, to promote the usage of the language. In
1954 this Council became the “Academy of the Hebrew
The Jews coming back to Israel spoke a hundred languages,
and not one of those languages — not even English — could
claim to be a majority language. So in a sense, Hebrew was
the natural choice for a national language, even though
virtually every Jew had to learn it from scratch.
Hebrew was taught therefore, in the schools of Israel, and
immigrants were, and still are, given intensive courses to
learn the language. Some newspapers and books are printed
using a simple basic 1,000-word vocabulary, for newcomers.
The revival of Hebrew was certainly not a simple task. One
problem was to make Hebrew a practical and technological
language suitable for the 20th century. How could a
brilliant Jewish scientist progress in a 1000 BC language?
The Bible language, although very rich, provided a
vocabulary of’ only 7,704 words. It was the work of the
Language Council to devise new Hebrew words for technical
requirements, and to expand the language for modern usage.
In the first 50 years of its activity, the Language Council
fixed the meaning and usage of some 30,000 words, and it is
constantly producing new dictionaries for all sections of
society. The language has thus become both rich and
extensive, and is developing more and more.
An amazing aspect is that although there has been such
tremendous expansion of the language, it is still very close
to the Bible language of 3,000 years ago — much closer than
English is, to its form, even 600 years ago.
A prophet looked over the centuries, over the cessation and
revival of Hebrew, and by revelation of God, said:
“For then will
I turn to the people a pure language, that they may
all call upon the name of YHWH,
to serve Him
with one consent.” (Zephaniah 3:9)
THE DAY OF JACOB’S TROUBLE
To gather the displaced people is one thing; to fill them
with the Breath of God is another. To produce citrus oranges
is one thing, to bear spiritual fruit is another. And to
turn Israel from unbelief, to embrace Jesus the Messiah,
Yahweh must purge His people. Daniel has prophesied at the
end time “many will be purged, purified, and refined.”
Malachi also prophesied, that Yahweh the Holy One would
purge His people:
“Behold I am
going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before
Me. And the Sovereign Master whom you seek, will suddenly
come to His temple; and the messenger of the Covenant, in
whom you delight, behold He is coming, says the YHWH of
“But who can
endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He
appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like
fullers’ soap. And He will sit as a smelter and purifier of
silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and
refine them like gold and silver, so that they may
present to YHWH offerings in righteousness.” (Malachi
That purging time is coming soon. It is called the Day of
Jacob’s Trouble in Jeremiah 30:7, and everything happening
in Israel since it became a nation, is a prelude and a
preparation for this trial. War will be the scourge.
“For I will
gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle,
and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the
women ravished, and half of the city exiled, but the rest of
the people will not be cut off from the city.” (Zechariah
During this fearful time, Israel will experience a new
massacre that will cause its people to rue the day that
modern Israel was born. Zechariah says:
“And it will
come about in all the land, declares YHWH, that two parts
in it will be cut off and perish; but the third will be
left in it. And I will bring the third part through the
fire; refine them as silver is refined, and test them as
gold is tested. They will call on My Name, and I will answer
them; I will say, They are My people, and they will say,
YHWH is My God.” (Zechariah 13:8-9)
At the end of that fearful “night,” the “Sun of
Righteousness will arise with healing in its wings,” for
those of Israel who fear the LORD. (Malachi. 4:2)
“And it will
come about in that day that I will set about to destroy
all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will
pour out on the House of David and on the
inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and
of supplication, so that they will look on Me Whom they
have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns
for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like
the bitter weeping over a lost first-born.”
Then the prophecy of Paul will be fulfilled:
“For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this
mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a
partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness
of the Gentiles has come in; and thus all Israel will be
saved; just as it is written, THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM
ZION; HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB, AND THIS IS MY
COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.” (Romans
That will truly be the fullness of Israel, when the saved
remnant will welcome the Lord of Glory — the very One their
forefathers pierced. At that time, the prophecies which tell
of ultimate blessing for Israel, will be fulfilled.
“Cry aloud and
shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your
midst is the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 12:6)
At that time, the name of Israel will be changed. Israel
means “One who strives with God,” for Jacob strove with God
at the brook Jabbok. Israel today, is still striving with
God — and God is still striving with Israel.
When the Sun breaks forth after the tragic “night,”
how-ever, all striving will cease, and “God’s land” will be
called BEULAH, and the saved of Jacob’s tribe will be
nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your
glory; and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth
of YHWH will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty
in the hand of YHWH, and a royal diadem in the hand of your
“It will no
longer be said to you, ‘Forsaken,’ nor to your land will it
any longer be said, ‘Desolate,’ but you will be called, ‘My
delight is in her’, (Hepzibah), and your land, ‘Married’;
(Beulah); for YHWH delights in you, and to Him your land
will be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so
your sons will marry you. And as the bridegroom rejoices
over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.” (Isaiah
The name of Jerusalem will also be changed to YAHWEH
SHAMMAH (“The LORD is there”), according to Ezekiel
Not only Israel, but a remnant of all nations will be saved
and blessed. Even from Israel’s natural enemies, a remnant
will come into blessing:
“In that day
Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a
blessing in the midst of the earth, whom YHWH of Hosts has
blessed, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and
Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My
inheritance’.” (Isaiah 19.24-25)
SEE “ALL THE NATIONS”
Let us look back now at the Messiah’s parable, “Behold
the fig tree, and ALL THE TREES.”
The Fig Tree is Israel. What are the other trees?
Obviously, they are other nations - other nations that
shoot forth leaves about the same time as Israel. It speaks
of national resurgence.
Have not the last sixty years been a period of nation
building? Colonialism has been cast off, as country after
country has fought for its independence and nationhood.
In 1947, India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon, became sovereign
nations. Then followed Singapore, Malaysia, Nigeria, Zambia,
Kenya, Uganda, Chad, Zaire, and so on, until now more than
200 nations take their place in the “family” of nations.
Is it coincidence that this resurgence has taken place at
the same time as the Fig Tree is budding?
Not at all! It is a further sign that the kingdom of God is
very near. It all points to the thrilling fact that Y’shua
the Messiah is soon to fulfil His promise to His people;
“And if I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be
also.” (John 14:3)
THE KINGDOM TO COME
Y’shua, the Lord Jesus, said, “When you see the Fig Tree
shooting forth new leaves, you will know the kingdom of
God is near.” He is referring to His second coming and
to the time when, in power and great glory, He will
establish His Kingdom upon earth. It is the time when
the LORD of Lords will reign in righteousness, and when
Paradise will be restored.
It is for this kingdom, and for the New Jerusalem which has
foundations “whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews
11:10), that the Patriarchs of Israel were looking. It is
this kingdom that will fully fulfil the promises of God to
Abraham and to Jacob. It is of this kingdom that Isaiah so
This is the kingdom that according to Daniel’s prophecy, the
Ancient of Days would give to “the Son of Man” and to His
saints. (Daniel 7:13, 14, 22). Y’shua confirmed this when He
said, “My Father has granted Me a kingdom” (Luke 22:29).
This is the kingdom the Master told us to pray for:
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, as it is in
The kingdom is still future, but it is drawing nearer
every day, for we now see the Fig Tree profusely
shooting forth leaves. And yet, before the kingdom is
established, the Land and the People must be purged and
The soon-coming of the Lord then, will not be a thrilling
event for those who do not know the Saviour. To them it will
be a tragic and terrifying doomsday, as the writers of
Hebrews and Thessalonians declare:
“But a certain
terrifying expectation of judgment, and THE FURY OF A FIRE
WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.... FOR YET IN A VERY
LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT
DELAY.” (Hebrews 10:27, 37)
“Only He who
now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the
Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an
end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose
coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all
power and signs and false wonders.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-9)
THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY
Now look at the last part of the Messiah’s parable — the
part that seems so much a mystery.
“Truly I say,
this generation will not pass away until all things take
place.” (Luke 21:33)
This statement has caused many a greying head to shake with
uncertainty. At first glance it seems to be suggesting that
the generation of Peter, James and John would see the coming
of the kingdom of God. So some have suggested the kingdom of
God came at Pentecost. But clearly, “all things” were not
fulfilled in the first century.
Some theologians have suggested the word “generation” can
mean “race” and thus Y’shua was saying that Israel would not
pass away until all things take place. That explanation
doesn’t add up, for of course, Israel will not pass away -
she is involved in the “all things,” so why would the Master
suggest Israel will pass away?
Other professors have suggested the word “generation” can
mean “age,” and thus the age would not pass away till all
the prophecies were fulfilled. Big deal! That’s what you
might call profundity. I think the Lord was meaning
something a bit deeper than the fact that all the prophecies
would take place in this age.
The Greek word for “generation” is genea.
This word means generation exactly as it does in
English. In Matthew 1:17, you read, from Abraham to David
there were 14 generations – 14 genea.
It’s the same word the Master used to say, ‘‘this
generation will not pass away till all things take place.”
The Hebrew word for generation is dor, and it
also means the same as the Greek and English.
There are always three generations living at the same time
–while the fourth (the oldest) generation is steadily
Anyone knows that if he is above 30 years, he is no longer
in the young generation. And if he is above 60, he is no
longer in the middle generation. And should he be over 90,
he’s got to be a great grandfather. So generations are
spaced out at about every 30 years, but how long does a
generation live before it passes away? Well, a few people
live up to 100+ years. So we could possible say each
generation exists for about one hundred years.
But there is a good reason to believe that after the flood,
a generation of 70~80 years became man’s allotted
life span. (Psalm 90:10). This psalm was written by Moses,
who, although he himself lived to 120 years, witnessed man’s
diminishing life expectancy. It was revealed to him that
70~80 would become the settled average time of man’s life.
These days quite a few people attain to 80 years; but after
that it is very much a matter of living on “borrowed time.”
“The days of
our life are seventy years, or if due to strength,
eighty years, yet their span is but toil and
sorrow; for soon it is cut off, and we fly away.”
So a generation is evidently 70 to 80 years.
Now the question is; which is the generation that
will not pass away before “all these things take place” –
and that includes the coming of the Lord to establish the
1000-year Kingdom of God on earth. If it wasn’t the
disciple’s generation, and clearly it wasn’t, then to which
generation was Y’shua referring?
If you look again closely at the Master’s words, it becomes
clear; “when YOU see these things happening recognise
that the kingdom of God is near ...” (Luke 21:31). Oh,
there it is – it’s the people, the generation that sees
the Fig Tree and all the trees putting forth new leaves!
I submit to you that the generation that has seen the
restoration, the coming to life of modern Israel in 1948
– the fig tree shooting forth leaves - is the generation
that will not pass away before the coming of the Lord to
reign. It’s the sunset generation living at the present
The babies who were born in 1948, the year that the Fig Tree
came to life, are now aged 65~66 years. They are, I believe,
the generation that “will not completely pass away
until all things take place.”
of this sunset generation has already passed away,
but the surviving remnant of this generation can surely
expect to see the end of the climax of this age.
And this means all born-again believers living at this
present time (unless they die before that time), can expect
to hear the trumpet, and the Saviour’s call – “Come up.”
Of course, it should be evident to all of us that we cannot
know the day or the hour of our Master’s return. We cannot
even pin-point the year.
But think about this: if a generation can be up to 80
years, and if the generation began in 1948, then
time is fast running out. The last seven years
of this period we believe will be the Great Tribulation.
And the Rapture could occur at any time, in any year
before those dreadful seven years.
I am not dogmatic about this, but we could possibly be,
already, in the last decade — the decade leading up to
the Rapture and the Great Tribulation!
be on the alert, for you do not know which day your
Master is coming.” (Matthew 24:42)
The good news is that the Lord Jesus, Y’shua, promised to
keep His people from the “hour of trial” that is coming
upon the whole world. (Revelation 3:10).
And as Paul
says, “God has NOT appointed us (those who are “in
Christ’’) to wrath, but to obtain salvation by
the Lord Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
And how will He deliver His people from the coming
Tribulation? Paul explains:
“For the Master
Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the
dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and
remain shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds to meet the Master in the air and thus we
shall always be with the Lord.”
(I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
be included in this blessed, saved company, we must be “in
Christ”; that is, we must belong to Jesus Christ, and He
must be living in us. We must have His seal upon us.
God does not ask us to do penance, or to do great works, or
to offer Him money. All He asks is that we genuinely receive
His Son, confess Him as our Saviour, and live for Him. We
will then receive His forgiveness and cleansing; for it is
God’s Son, Jesus, Y’shua the Messiah, who died on the cross
of Calvary and paid the penalty of our sins. And He did that
because He loves us so much, and has a blessed plan for us.
But the tragedy is that all unbelievers of the
present time are rapidly heading towards the Great
dear friend, if you have not believed in, and declared your
faith in Y’shua as your Saviour, this is the issue you
should settle without delay. Today is the day of salvation!
Tomorrow may be too late!
And if there is one lesson we must learn from the Fig Tree,
from the nation Israel, it is this: Unbelief and hardness
of heart is TRAGIC.
Religion will not save any one. We must welcome the Messiah
as our personal Saviour. If we reject Him, we reject
salvation and life itself. And should we succeed in
resisting the Holy Spirit of God who is striving with us,
our success would be our greatest disaster.
But to receive the salvation of the Heavenly Master will be
our greatest joy.
TO BE SAVED, NOW, &
YOU NEED TO KNOW …
SINNED and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans
OF SIN IS DEATH, but the FREE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL
LIFE in the Messiah, Y'shua our Master.” (Romans 6:23)
“For indeed ...
THE MESSIAH DIED FOR (our) SINS once for all,
the Righteous on behalf of the unrighteous so
that He might bring us to God. He was put to death in
the body, but was brought to life by the Spirit.” (1 Peter
“While we were
still helpless, at the right time Y’SHUA THE
MESSIAH DIED FOR THE UNGODLY. Now very rarely will
someone die even for a righteous man, though possibly
for a good man someone might even have the courage to die.
demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were
still sinners, THE MESSIAH DIED FOR US.” (Romans
CONFESS with your mouth Y'shua as your LORD
and BELIEVE in your heart that GOD RAISED HIM
FROM THE DEAD, you will be saved; for with the heart man
believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the
mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the
Scripture says, WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM will not be
disappointed.” (Romans 10:9-11)
“For there is
one God, and one MEDIATOR between God and men
- the Man, Y'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).” (1
Jesus said: “I
tell you the truth, he who hears My Word, and believes
in Him who sent Me, has eternal life and will not come
into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
YOU NEED TO BELIEVE AND
TURN TO THE LORD
and look to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth;
for I am God, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22)
“What must I do
to be saved?" "BELIEVE in the Master, Y'shua the
Messiah - (that is, give yourself over to Him), and
you will be saved; (and this applies both to) you and
your household as well." (Acts 16:30-31)
BELIEVES (has faith in) in the Son has eternal
life; but he who does not believe the Son shall not see
life, but the wrath of God remains on him." (John 3:36)
while He may be found. CALL upon Him while He is
near.” (Isaiah 55:6)
“But to all who
RECEIVED Him, to those who BELIEVE in His
Name, Y'shua, He gave the right to become children of
God.” (John 1:12)
DECIDE AND PRAY! MAKE IT SURE NOW!
The following prayer may help you to express your thoughts
and desire. Pray these words from your heart, believing
that God is indeed listening to your heart’s cry.
PRAYER FOR SALVATION
ALMIGHTY GOD, I come to You just as I am, a sinner, needing
forgiveness and salvation.
believe Your Son, Y’shua (Jesus) died on the cross in my
place, and paid the penalty my sins deserved. I believe
Jesus rose again from the dead, and that He is indeed the
I believe Your promise, Father, that if I call to You in the
Name of the Lord Jesus, I will be saved. So I call upon You
in faith, today. I place my trust in the Lord Jesus, and I
am now deliberately receiving Him as my personal Saviour.
By Your grace and power, I will follow Him all the days of
Lord Jesus, I give my life to You. Please fill my life with
Your power and holiness I pray, and make me Your true
Thank You, Father, for receiving me; thank You for Your
salvation and for forgiving my sins. Thank You for making
me Your child. Thank You for the assurance that You will
save me from the Great Tribulation, and from a lost
eternity. Thank You, my Saviour. Thank You. Amen.
Signed …………………………………………. Date
Now my friend, study the Bible, and talk to your new Master
often. You can share everything that concerns you, with Him.
And if you have made this decision today, will you write to
me, Don Stanton, at one of our contact addresses.
We will rejoice with you, pray for your spiritual growth,
and send you a booklet to help you in your new spiritual
In closing, for your encouragement, some magnificent
GOD'S MAGNIFICENT PROMISES
The Word of God
is full of promises, for
the Jews, for
the Gentiles, for you, for me, for whoever will receive
“May grace and
peace be multiplied to you by a full knowledge of God and of
Y'shua our Master; for His divine power has given us
everything needed for life and reverence, through the true,
personal knowledge of Him who has called us by and
to His own glory, virtue and excellence. For by these
He has given us His precious and magnificent promises
in order that through them you might become partakers of the
divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused
by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:2-4)
Here are some of those magnificent promises:
THE PROMISE TO HEAR
hears when I call to Him."
“Depart from me,
all you who do evil! For YHWH has heard my weeping; YHWH has
heard my supplication; YHWH accepts my prayer.” (Psalm
THE PROMISE TO ANSWER
"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell
great and mighty things, which you do not know." (Jeremiah
THE PROMISE TO RECEIVE US
"Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate, says
the Lord, and do not touch what is unclean, and
I will welcome you.
I will be a Father to
you, and you shall
be sons and daughters to Me, says the LORD Almighty." (2
THE PROMISE TO FORGIVE
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to
forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
(I John 1:9)
"For high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His loving-kindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
far has He removed our transgressions from us."
THE PROMISE TO SAVE US
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,
and your household." (Acts 16:31)
"That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and
believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
will be saved."
THE PROMISE TO MAKE US HIS CHILDREN
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right
to become children of God, even to those who believe in His
Name." (John 1:12)
THE PROMISE TO DELIVER
have the sentence of death within ourselves in
order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who
raises the dead; who
delivered us from so great a peril of death,
and will deliver us,
He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver
us." (2 Corinthians 1:9-10)
THE PROMISE TO MAKE US NEW
"Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new
spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from
your flesh and give you a heart of flesh."
any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the
old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
THE PROMISE OF PEACE
“Do not be
anxious about anything - do not worry at all, but in
everything, by prayer and petition, with thanks-giving, make
your requests known to God. And the peace of God,
which exceeds all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds through the Messiah, Y'shua.”
THE PROMISE OF REST
“Come to Me, all
you who are weary and burdened, and I will give
you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for
I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for
your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE
the Almighty God so loved the world, that He gave His
only begotten, His one-and-only, unique, eternal Son,
so that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have
eternal (everlasting) life." (John 3:16)
THE PROMISE OF VINDICATION
WHEN FALSELY ACCUSED
"No weapon that
is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that
accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the
heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication
is from Me," declares the LORD.” (Isaiah
THE PROMISE THAT BELIEVERS’ NAMES
ARE RECORDED IN HEAVEN
"Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are
subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded
All these promises
are for those who believe, and receive
them by faith
in the Messiah – the Anointed One.
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