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Old 12-03-2009, 04:43 PM
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From my perspective it would seem unwarranted to think such a thing. A parable is taking some known and common thing and puting it beside something else that is unknown in order to shed light on that which is being taught.

Jesus uses a fig tree to reinforce and explain that when they see 'all these things' then they should known that His return is near - even at the doors.

The paralell is:

When the branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves you know that summer is near.

This is like:

When you see all these things (v.4-28 not Israel's Rebirth) you know that it [the return of the Lord v.29-31] is near - even at the doors.

The 'all these things' is likened to the fig tree blossoming not Israel's Rebirth.

Other than the fig tree being a type of Israel elsewhere in Scripture what justification (esp. in this context) is there for this parable being about Israel's Rebirth?

Note that in Luke's account he says 'and all the trees' not just the fig tree. He also adds that the kingdom of God would be near. So we know that it is the setting up of the Millenial Reign of Christ as well.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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This is how The Lord Showed here. Fig leaves represents sin, like the story of Adam and Eve who hid them selves with fig leaves for they hid their sin. Israel is said the be a fig tree type because of the Judgements of babylon exaile in the words of the Old testament, but the scripture Matt,23:32-33 may not speak directly about Israel. Sin in believers and the world that grows branches and sprouts of sin that is hard for believers to get rid of and the sin becomes a burden, then the parable of the fig tree is the time of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which is relief and renewal hope . This a sign like the seals of the Lamb
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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Your close Matt 24:32-33 is about Christ's return, whereas Luke 13:6-9 is a figurative of the Jewish Nation.
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