Matthew 24:32-35 (NKJV) “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.
So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!
Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
In 1917, the Ottoman Empire ruled the land of Israel. The Balford Declaration “statement of British support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people. It was made a letter from Author James Balford, the British Foreign Secretary to Lionel Walter Rothchilds. a leader of the Anglo-Jewish community.”
But this wouldn’t be enough. However, the Jews returning to their own land after almost 2000 years was a fulfillment of Biblical prophesy.
Jeremiah 30:1-3 (NKJV) “The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, “Thus speaks the LORD God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the LORD. And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.'”
Now many will regard this as a reference to the return of Israel from Babylonian exile.
But all you have to do is look at…..
Jeremiah 30:5-7 (NKJV) “For thus says the LORD: ‘We have heard a voice of trembling,
Of fear, and not of peace. Ask now, and see, Whether a man is ever in labor with child?
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins Like a woman in labor, And all faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.”
Ask yourself, What’s “Jacob’s trouble?”
The story in Genesis 29, and the story behind Jeremiah’s word in Jeremiah 30 makes sense.
Jacob worked for Laban for 7 years to marry Rachel, but Laban tricked Jacob and gave Jacob his firstborn daughter, Leah. To get Rachel, Jacob had to work 7 more years to marry Rachel.
Of course in normal math, 7+7 is 14 years, but we want to establish the fact that had Laban kept to the original deal, 7 years is the number of focus. “Jacob’s trouble” is considered by many Bible prophesy scholars to be the final week or 7 year period of Daniel’s prophesy given to Daniel by Gabriel.
The Bible said that in Daniel chapter 9, based on Jeremiah’s prophesy that Israel would be exiled to Babylon for 70 years (see 2 Chronicles 36:15-23 and Jeremiah 25:1-14). Then Gabriel told Daniel that 70 weeks is determined for your people.
Remember, the angel Gabriel said to Daniel 70 weeks are determined for your people (Israel). Also that there will be 7 weeks and 62 weeks. 62+7 equals 69 (see Daniel 9:24-27). So one week remains.
According to Bible prophesy scholars, one week equals the missing week. 7 days is seven years.
So, when you tie “Jacob’s trouble” to the final week of the 70 weeks of years, it makes perfect sense.
In the final week, Israel after the “abomination of desolation” “shall be saved out of it.“
The “Great Tribulation” will start after the beast establishes his throne in the holy place of the Temple and will attempt to destroy all of the Jews for 1,260 days, or 42 months (see Daniel 7 and Revelation 13:1-10) or “time (one year), times (two years), and half a times (half a year). Which makes 3. 5 years.
In other words, the Messiah will return and save Israel from utter destruction (see Matthew 24:15-31, Daniel chapter 12, Zachariah chapter 12, 13, and 14, Ezekiel 38 and 39, and Revelation chapter 19).
Now that we’ve explained as best we could the final week, the Lord Jesus mentioned that “When it’s branch has already become tender and put forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near-at the doors.”
Israel was never recognized as a nation until May of 1948.
There’s no mistake that this tender “branch” “put forth leaves.”
There’s no question that Israel is that tender branch that put forth leaves.
There’s a lot that has yet to come to pass.
Namely, the Dome of the Rock, also known as the al-Haram al Sharif built around 691-692 AD roughly 90 years after Islam was born. According to Wikipedia, the Dome “is “…the world’s oldest surviving work of Islamic architecture.”
Why are we mentioning this?
It’s the last remaining puzzle that will be resolved and the so called failed 2 state solution is untenable based on Genesis 12 and the events that has yet to come to pass.
The Temple on the Temple Mount will be built, but the Dome of the Rock, the Palestinians, and the Arab world remains the direct impediment to the building of the Temple on the Temple Mount.
Just imagine getting the entire world mad at you because you’ve built a Temple on the Temple Mount. If you want to get the Arab world mad at you, remove the oldest Islamic architectural structure. But not just get the whole Arab world enraged at you.
Get the entire world mad at you. And watch the entire world surround Jerusalem.
Luke 21:20-24 (NKJV) “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.
For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Luke 21:25-28 (NKJV) “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.“
Remember. This verse “Look up for your redemption draws near” is to the Jews, not the church.
Remember. On the outside of the Dome of Rock, there’s an Arabic inscription that declares that…..
“So believe in God and His messengers, and say not “Three’- Cease (it is) better for you! God is only One God. Far be it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son….”
The Dome of the Rock is the final impediment that has its days numbered.
As long as there’s no Temple, Daniel 9:25-27 can’t happen. But once it’s removed and a Temple shows up……it’s passed “at the doors.”
Now the Lord Jesus said over 2000 years ago that “summer is near.”
Time is nothing to the Lord.
2 Peter 3:8-9 (NKJV) “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
I could be wrong, but what I believe Peter is saying is that God’s long-suffering is nothing to Him. His long-suffering is like one day is just a thousand years to God, and His long suffering is just like a thousand years is just one day to God.
But notice the rest of the Scripture.
“…not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
We won’t appreciate what we have until it’s taken away. In other words, when the coming of the Lord occurs (rapture = 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 & 5:1-11), then His Second Coming (Revelation 19), another opportunity will be given to those that refuse to take the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:11-18), but it may come with a price (Revelation 20:-4-5).
Folks. Summer is nearer than when we first believed (Romans 13:11-14).