|Dr. James Combs: The Fig Tree||
IS ISRAEL'S RESTORATION STILL A SIGN OF THE LORD'S RETURN and CAN WE STILL ACCEPT 1948 AS A FULFILLMENT OF EZEKIEL 36, 37?
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point is, a generation, a genea, if a time period is intended, is of varying
length. It could be as little as 30 years or about 40 or as long as 70,
possibly even 80 years.
The “event” that would signal the beginning of the last generation is indicated within the context of Matthew 24. The fig tree is simply a teaching aid to represent a particular season of the year, and therefore the specific SEASON when we can expect the return of Jesus Christ.
Combs: Look now again at the "fig tree," as used prophetically in the Old Testament (Hosea 9:10) and specifically by Jesus when on earth. In Luke 13:6-9, the typology is incontrovertible: Israel is the fruitless fig tree. When Jesus performed his only negative miracle, He cursed the barren fig tree (Mark 11:12-14,20, 21), that on the very day of His triumphal entry and his almost immediate repudiation prior to the Crucifixion. While Christ taught the principle of faith from this miracle (Mark 11:22, 23), the visual object lesson as related to Israel cannot be ignored.<
this man uses the word, “incontrovertible!” Israel is NOT the fig tree.
Anything else he writes about this is without any substance or truth
Combs: In fact until modern times, the "fig tree," representing Israel's national existence, remained "barren." In this century, in my judgment, the "fig tree," Israel becoming a nation, has budded, with a resurgence of Judaism and a dream of a new temple in Jerusalem. Just when "the budding" started (Luke 21:30) we shall explore.<
Although the exploration of Israel’s statehood is extremely relevant to eschatology, it needs to be separated from this parable that Jesus taught in the Olivet Discourse.
Combs: I continue to assert that the budding of the fig tree is a specific sign of the end times and that the generation alive or beginning with that event shall be in progress when "all will be fulfilled," including the coming of Christ, the parousia.
actually true. He has just failed to properly identify what the budding of the
fig tree really is.
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