Who is near? The fig tree symbolised the nation of Israel, cursed because it did not bear fruit, despite the ‘manure’ cast around it by the early Jewish church. (Matthew 24:32-33) “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that itis near, right at the door. This does not exclude its use for other ends. Luke 19:11 While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. That has been the opinion of some who do not take all (Journal of Dispensational Theology - Volume 11:33 Aug 2007), Figs in Israel - The fig tree sheds its leaves in winter, at the end of which, even before the tree is covered with leaves, the paggim ("green figs," Song 2:13) begin to develop in the form of small fruits, which are really tiny flowers covered with a soft skin, and which continue to grow during the summer months. That being said, I have always said to keep your eyes on what is happening in Israel and the year 2020 has been very interesting for Israel to say the least. The parable in Matthew 24:32-35 reads: “Now learn this parable of the fig tree: When its branches become tender, and it puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near: So also when you see all these things, know that it is near the doors.” Matthew 24:32-33 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Parable of the Fig Tree. simply that he would be coming IN his kingdom; demanding that he was already By doing this, they think they can expand the time of the second coming by thousands of years. Lift up your heads, rejoice, soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer church about how God had “transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son”. Near (1451)(eggus - see below) means near in space or near in time. Romans 13:11-note Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. This is a continuation of Jesus' discussion about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Coming. delivers his saints out of the jaws of wicked men. has done. today have attempted to twist Matthew 24 into their own brand of false In context Jesus is clearly referring to the preceding parable. So "all these things" (Mt 24:34) show when the Lord is at hand. So "all these things" (Mt 24:34) show when the Lord is at hand. 1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place, (Matthew 24:32-34, emphasis mine). All these things - What things? Lift up your heads, rejoice, 7:16; 21:19; Luke 13:6-9)… Even children knew that a budding fig tree meant it was spring and that summer would soon follow, when the ripened figs would be harvested. So, even though we might be able to have a rough idea when that time draws near (see Matthew 24:32-33; Luke 21:29-31), in general, it is secret and indeterminable. tes sukes mathete (2PAAM) ten parabolen hotan ede o klados auts genetai (3SAMS) apalos kai ta phulla ekphue (3SPAS) ginoskete (2PPAI) hoti eggus to theros. all the trees”. (Read Matthew 24:42-51) To watch for Christ's coming, is to maintain that temper of mind which we would be willing that our Lord should find us in. Hiebert explains that "The fig tree was a recognized symbol of Israel (cf. Otherwise, it doesn't seem like you have settled on a specific meaning. (Ps 145:18). Dr. Ray Silverman . These signs would give those who paid heed to them plenty of advance warning (Matthew 24:32-33). Now is used especially in conversation to draw attention to a particular statement or point in a narrative. NLT "Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. Kent Hughes makes an interesting comment that "All they had to do was watch Jerusalem for the details he described and they would know." established what it does not mean, so let’s consider its true meaning. Hebrews 6:8-note but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned. "Do this now" is the idea. The curse came to pass in AD 70. Liddell-Scott-Jones - 1. generate: mostly of the male, beget, 2. rarely of the female, bear, 3. generally, produce., of seed, germinate, D. 24.154. By doing this, they think they can expand the time of the second coming by thousands of years. It was definitely identified as Jerusalem in Matt. And Jesus coming out, went from the temple; and His disciples came to [Him] to show Him the buildings of the temple.---When Jesus rode into Jerusalem amidst the cheers of the multitude, the people cried out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” . Jesus Leaves the Temple---1. Liddell-Scott-Jones - I soft to the touch, tender: in Homer mostly of the human body, i.e. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place." Matthew 24:33. Advertisement. People's Bible Notes for Matthew 24:32. This is the message conveyed by the budding fig tree, an early sign that summer was nigh. the “fig tree” is the Jewish race. It puts forth leaves usually in April. Mt 24:32,33 Learn a parable of the fig tree. In this present parable of the fig tree Jesus was simply illustrating to the disciples that, when the signs He had just been describing begin to transpire, the time of His return will be very near. This passage has similarities and differences compared with Matthew 24:32–33: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. scriptures are consistent that Jesus was king by his resurrection; when Christ Just as the budding fig tree inevitably results in a harvest of figs, so the events of Mt 24:4-25 will inevitably usher in the judgment of the Son of Man at His coming. Metaphorically - soft, gentle, delicate, In bad sense, soft, weak, Hapalos - 8x in Septuagint - Ge 18:7 ("tender"); Ge 27:9 ("young goats"); Ge 33:13 ("frail"); Dt 28:54 ("refined"), Dt 28:56 ("refined"); 1Chr 22:5; ("inexperienced"); 1Chr 29:1 ("inexperienced"); Isa 47:1 ("tender"). On the other hand even "it" would be fine, because compared with Luke's passage, it signifies the Kingdom, which in turn signifies a King! In the text above, for example, Jesus speaks of his coming in judgment Lift up your heads, rejoice, However most of those things described are not specific "timing" signs, which is what the parable of the fig tree becoming tender and sprouting leaves calls for (i.e., a clear sign that "summer is near."). (31) So also, when you see these things taking place, you know YLT 'And from the fig-tree learn ye the simile: When already its branch may have become tender, and the leaves it may put forth, ye know that summer is nigh, ASV Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh. people who would produce the fruits of the kingdom (Matthew 21:42-43). The putting forth of the leaves is the sign that summer is near. Read verse in King James Version Deception: Tribulation: Apostasy: Christ's Coming / End: Jewish rejection of Christ and His church Matt. It is very important to ponder this parable and fully grasp its meaning. Jesus reinforced this meaning with a parable in Matthew 24:32–33: “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. How do you interpret Matthew 24: 32-35? arose, he came to his apostles telling them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been (Fig - Jewish Virtual Library), MacArthur - Jews were used to the fig tree's functioning as an illustration. A sincere Bible reader would confess that it would be foreign to Jesus’ Descend with heavy fall, Who is he? the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his 33 So also , when you see all these things , you know that he is near , c at the very gates . When - expression of time - When is when? opened unto men ever since (1 Timothy 6:15, Hebrews 1:8, Revelation 1:6, 9, As discussed below, when the events described, especially the dramatic visual event in Mt 24:15 occurs, this will begin the final countdown of the last 3.5 years of this present age. Christ rules in the true kingdom of God. John 2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. The metaphorical meaning is to place or lay something besides something else for the purpose of comparison. So one of the "these things" would be the revelation of the abomination of desolation which marks the "beginning of the end," the beginning of the unprecedented, never to be repeated Great Tribulation (Mt 24:21). The putting forth of the leaves is the sign that summer is near. 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Matthew 24:32-33 (NIV) 32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. given to me.” (Matthew Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." People's Bible Notes for Matthew 24:32. “Know that the kingdom of Redemption draweth nigh; is around. Jesus now speaks in a parable to illustrate and summarize the Now flames the darkening sky; The early scattered drops Matthew 24:32 "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near: Apo de. Figs that ripen at the end of summer have an inferior taste (Micah 7:1), as do those that burst when overripe (Jer. to any tree. These signs would give those who paid heed to them plenty of advance warning (Matthew 24:32-33). Its fall was a manifestation of the reign and kingdom of Christ. (Matthew 24:32-33) “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and has the basic meaning of directing one's mind to something and producing an external effect. will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” 6 years ago. Olivet Discourse: Matthew 24:32-33. In fact James used the phrase to describe "the Judge is standing right at the door." (28)  Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who Further, neither does Matthew 16:28 nor Luke God is near”. Paul is referring here to his personal instruction and discipling of the Philippians… Manthano means to genuinely understand and accept a teaching, to accept it as true and to apply it in one's life. follows that up with a timestamp, indicating when his coming would take place, saying In Hebrews 9:9 the idea is of something (OT Tabernacle) that serves as a model or example pointing beyond itself for later realization and thus a type or a figure. Because men of perverse doctrines If we are to take the words in their plain and obvious meaning (Matthew 24:8), πάντα ταῦτα can only be understood to refer to what immediately precedes, therefore to what has been predicted, from that epoch-making Matthew 24:29 on to Matthew 24:31, respecting the σημεῖον of the Son of man, and the phenomena that were to accompany the second coming itself. The only two uses are Mt 24:32 and Mark 13:28. 2) The statements about the axe (Matthew 3:10 and Luke 3:9) were made by John the Baptist, not Jesus. Few figures would have been better known to the disciples than that of the fig tree, which Jesus Himself had used on numerous other occasions as a teaching aid (see Mt. Peter was soon made to know the meaning of it. Example: Picture a child that has a bad report card. When they saw the signs, Jesus urges his followers to flee Jerusalem as fast as they possibly could (Matthew 24:16-22). Some have thought—incorrectly—that Jesus is saying that the seasons are indistinguishable except by the budding of trees. The Lord is near. (Mark 13:28-29) “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. Tender (527)(hapalos) literally means yielding to pressure and in the NT is used of sprouting branches, those that are soft and tender. This passage has similarities and differences compared with Matthew 24:32–33: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. To succor and to smite. BBE Even so, when you see all these things, you may be certain that He is near, even at the doors. The putting forth of the leaves is the sign that summer is near. In 24:32-33, Christ stated, “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” A very popular interpretation of this passage considers the fig tree as a type, or illustration, of Israel. We’re supposed to look at Israel and see what’s going on God’s eschatological time clock by looking at them. – Matthew 24:32-33. But what does it all mean? How does He is near (literally "it is near")- There is no specific subject of the verb "is". He comes, the true heart's friend, The Fig Tree Parable. Mt 24:32,33 Learn a parable of the fig tree. Lift Up Your Heads, Rejoice house of Israel will soon be enjoyed when they see Jerusalem surrounded by The fig tree began to put forth leaves again in 1948. This of course creates no problem with interpreting Matthew 24:33 as a "He" because a kingdom must have a King and His Name is Jesus. “And all The answer to the first question is unmistakably Israel. Mark 13, Matt. Most of Israel was an agriculturally oriented society, and they understood the signs of summer in plants. It has been said that Israel is the “Prophetic Time Clock” of Bible Prophecy. Isa 57:19); to be brought near, namely, to the blessings of the kingdom of God, Eph 2:13 (so with the rabbis not infrequently to make nigh is equivalent to make a proselyte) near thee, i.e. 4:1-2). points he made in the last few verses. Scripture: Matthew 16:16–18; Acts 1:6–8; Acts 2:22–24, 32–33, 36–39, 41 Idea: The church was born as a movement. How could Paul say such a thing if Christ didn’t obtain the kingdom until the ESV "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. Comparative = egguteron = nearer (Ro 13.11); superlative = eggista = nearest, closest. And so as we read back through Matthew 24, clearly the most specific visible sign is found in Mt 24:15 ("When you see… "). (James 5:9) In that context the idea would be that the return of Jesus is always imminent, but it does not tell us how close it is. apostles that his coming for their redemption/deliverance from the perverse Matthew 24:33. at hand, already, as it were, in thy mind, Ro 10:8 from Dt 30:14. 21:31 say that Jesus would be receiving the kingdom at the fall of Jerusalem, We know we have but a little time to live, we cannot know that we have a long time to live; much less do we know the time fixed for the judgment. 28:4; Jer, 24:2). (Mt 24:32, Mk 13:28, Mk 3:23, Lk 14:7). When its branch has already become tender - When is an expression of time and that (the timing of these events in Mt 24:15-29) is the major message of Jesus' parable. Matthew 24. Jesus spoke the Parable or the Lesson of the Fig Tree in Matthew 24:32-35 as such: “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon … Guarantee #1- The fig tree. Gentiles: Eph 2:17 (cf. Their new and tender leaf; These verses are ones dispensationalists point to. NIV "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 34:4). puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. (MacArthur New Testament Commentary), MacArthur - Parables had a two-fold purpose in Jesus' ministry. Jesus is urging the the reader to realize what is happening. Example: Picture a child that has a bad report card. ... Matthew 23 and 24. And Jesus coming out, went from the temple; and His disciples came to [Him] to show Him the buildings of the temple.---When Jesus rode into Jerusalem amidst the cheers of the multitude, the people cried out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” . In context the emphasis is primarily on near in time. Zuck writes that according to manthano "learning is a matter of a pupil acquiring knowledge of content through a teacher to the extent that such knowledge is experienced in the life." These signs did not occur when Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD. It does not mean that they should live to see what He had predicted; two of the four certainly died even before the destruction of Jerusalem. Christ was “declared to be All these things can only refer to what He has been talking about-the birth pains (Mt 24:4-14), the abomination of desolation (Mt 24:15), the need to flee because of the impending perils (Mt 24:16-28), and the catastrophic upheaval of the universe (Mt 24:29). 21:18-21." Just as in the Olivet discourse, The interpretation also overlooks the parable of the fig tree (Matt 21:19, 24:32-33), which is the immediate context of Matt 24:24. Commentary on Acts 10:19-33 (Read Acts 10:19-33) So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near–at the doors! If this is this meant to be the answer about Matthew 24:32-35 you should say so. Here is the question: ... Matthew 24 refers to the coming of Christ, and to the coming of Judgment. We know we have but a little time to live, we cannot know that we have a long time to live; much less do we know the time fixed for the judgment. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. We’ve “Know that he is near”. A parable is a story drawn from human experience that has a higher spiritual meaning. Eggus - 31x in 31v - NAS Usage: close(1), near(27), nearby(1), nearer(1), ready(1). Read verse in New International Version Therefore, This implies immediacy, but still not a specific time. Throughout the gospel of Matthew, the figure of harvest represents judgment, the time of separating unbelievers from believers and of condemning the unbelievers to judgment (Mt 3:12, 10, 9:37, 38, 13:30)… In all of those instances, the harvest symbolizes a time of rewarding the righteous and punishing the wicked. The Any deciduous fruit tree would make the same point.) Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. – Matthew 24:32-33. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it … Departed He left it never to return mt2337-9. CJB In the same way, when you see all these things, you are to know that the time is near, right at the door. 16:9; Tosef., Ned. Israel. The common figure of speech at the door expresses nearness. (MacArthur New Testament Commentary). The fig tree is a symbol of Israel s prosperity as a nation. (Read Matthew 24:42-51) To watch for Christ's coming, is to maintain that temper of mind which we would be willing that our Lord should find us in. When you experience all of these things, they are like the sound of someone "knocking at the door!" 'What does Matthew 24:32-35 mean in its greater context?' not so.. nor yet nearly so; mostly. Posted on 30th March 2020 30th March 2020 Author Nick Peters Categories Apologetics, Christian Doctrine, Eschatology, Historical Jesus, New Testament Tags Dispensationlism, end times, eschatology, fig tree, futurism, Israel, Matthew 24:32-33, Olivet Discourse, Preterism, rapture, Whisenant a. properly: absolutely, John 19:42, Luke 19:11; John 3:23; John 6:19,23; John 11:18,54; John 19:20; Acts 1:12; Acts 9:38; Acts 27:8. b. tropically; those who are near of access to God, i.e. the rejection of the Messiah, how he is born again out of the grave and Matthew 24:32-33 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. The olive and the fig were common trees in Palestine, but since the olive is an evergreen, only the fig tree could be used to teach the intended lesson. 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