Now letís go back if we may to the first lecture on this subject and recap it a little bit so that youíre familiar. Naturally, it is in Mark chapter 13 where you are told to learn it. That was Christís sermon which gave you the 7 events that consummate the end of this age which is to say, they are the same as the 7 trumpets, the 7 seals, and the 7 vials, put forth in the simplicity of which Christ only could teach. But He said LEARN the parable of the fig tree. Well then, taking that into consideration, we went to the incident where Christ cursed a particular type of fig tree. And always remember when God utilizes a particular plant, insect, or animal, it symbolizes a great deal more than is written. What is it about a fig tree? The fig tree is not planted by utilizing a seed, it is set out as a shoot and then it comes forth, naturally with leaves first. And thatís what you were to be on-guard for because He wanted you to observe the bad fig recognizing that it does not produce fruit that is eatable. But there are also good figs. Weíre going to be covering that in this lecture.
Now with that thought in mind, why would He say that, and why is the fig tree used to symbolize so much in our Fatherís word through the teachings of Christ? Such as that He would go to one, He knew it was out of season, He knew there would be no fruit on the tree, and yet He cursed the tree. Therefore we know there are 2 types of fig trees. Real quick points to remember: Smyrna was the church mentioned in Revelation, chapter 2, verse 9, that was the one He was pleased with; the Smyrna fig is the female fig; the caprifig is the male or goat fig which is uneatable. You canít eat them. They are unfit to eat. However there is a little hole thatís in the lower end of each fig and within the fig are the flowers of the tree. In other words it is a flowering plant itís just that they are inside the fig itself. And there is a little fig wasp that pollinates back-and-forth between the male and the female figs. With that having been said, letís go to Jeremiah chapter 24 which is the heart if you would of the parable of the fig tree.
With that thought in mind we ask a word of wisdom from our Father, letís get crackiní. Alright, 24, verse 1:
Jer 24:1 The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs [were] set before the temple of the LORD,
Now the temple of the Lord has 1 geographical location and thatís mount Zion in Jerusalem. So understand where you are geographically speaking so that you understand the prophecy.
Important now ďafterĒÖ
that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem,
Where are they from? From Jerusalem. Thatís the geographical spot we're focusing on.
and had brought them to Babylon.
Now I want to emphasize if youíre not familiar with biblical history, the house of Israel had been taken captive 200 years prior to this incident. So weíre focusing on Judah. Judah is part of the sign of the fig. In other words the parable of the fig tree. And the location of course being Jerusalem. Now Nebuchadnezzar and his captivity lasted 70 years. But when you read the book of Ezra and this is important, many that cannot understand the Hebrew, only about half of those that returned were children of Judah. The others were Nethinim.
Nethinim is a Hebrew word that means Nathan is to service. In other words the preachers got to lazy to cut their own wood. So they dedicated certain peoples to do part of the temple work. As a matter of fact in the book of Ezra on their way back to Jerusalem, at the end of the captivity, Ezra conducted a head-count and not one Levitical priest did he have there. They were all Nethinim. I mean thatís how far those that had taken over the priesthood went, and thatís why you want to be very careful even unto this day. You want to be very careful as we begin. Christ telling you how to determine by testing a false prophet by his fruit. You donít get figs off of a vine tree. And you donít learn Godís word from a one-verse Charlie that never teaches the word of God either, without chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse. You know it doesnít take a real bright person to figure that out or to understand it. So here we have then Nethinim returning back to this place, and thus you kind of have the secret of separating the goat figs from the true figs.
With that having been said letís go with verse 2:
Jer 24:2 One basket [had] very good figs, [even] like the figs [that are] first ripe:
Boy I mean thatís the plush of the crop
and the other basket [had] very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
Of course these being the goat or caprifig, the male fig. You donít eat them theyíre not eatable. Verse 3:
Jer 24:3 Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
Now beloved I want you to let your mind, if you would, go back to the beginning. I want you to let your mind go to the garden where we had the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Which did Eve partake of? Naturally it was of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which is quite simply to say, satan. And with that we see the bad fig. Weíll be talking more about that in a moment.
But what are we talking about? We are talking about Jerusalem, weíre talking about Judah, and the subject then being set in the heart of the parable. Letís go with it. Verse 4:
Jer 24:4 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Jer 24:5 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans
Thatís to say Babylon.
for [their] good.
For their own good. Now again, to return in the first migration back to Jerusalem, which did not last long. They were driven out in 70 A.D. by a little 10-horned Roman general named Titus, but very few returned at that particular time. God said Iím going to treat certain as very good figs. 6:
Jer 24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull [them] down; and I will plant them, and not pluck [them] up.
What has happened in your lifetime? For someone my age, in the year 1948 Judah returned to Jerusalem. Judah set up a kingdom. And unfortunately we see within that a kingdom, a country, a nationÖ with both good and bad figs. And thatís what God wants you to be aware of, naturally. Whatís He talking about? The Kenites. Thatís why He would say to the church of Smyrna, named for that good fig in Revelation 2:9, that you are blessed if you have knowledge of those that claim to be of our brother Judah but in fact are of the synagogue of satan. So you have both baskets that came in the return. The most important information is, that in learning the parable of the fig tree, you understand where the spurious messiah shall appears and who he shall appear to. Thatís very important. But Godís promise that after it was established... You know, some would ask, ďWell hasnít it been established several times now?Ē No, only once since the year 70 A.D. And that was in the year of 1948. I will have you remember Christís prophecy concerning that, concerning the parable of the fig tree. Listen and learn more now from the fig. 7:
Jer 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me,
To know the truth. To know Godís word not manís word.
that I [am] the LORD: and they shall be my people,
As it would be in the Book of Hosea, not Loammi (not my people), but ammi (my people).
and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
Heís talking here about the good figs. What about the bad? Verse 8:
Jer 24:8 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue
What does residue mean? It doesnít mean Judah necessarily. It means anyone that claims to be of Judah, or as we say today, a resident. Many of you are residents of your specific state or nation, as we go around the world at this time. That makes you a residue of that particular location. So naturally, again, we speak of the residue that claim to be of our brother Judah and in fact do lie and are of the synagogue of satan. And this certainly gives our brother Judah a great deal of trouble. I must remind you again what the word Jews means in the Greek as it is used in Revelation 2:9. The word is Ioudaios - G2453, and it means, and this is very important, it means of the tribe of Judah or a resident of the land of Judea, which is the nation of Judah. So itís like when you live in Arkansas, you are either an Arkan-sawyer as some of us say, or youíre an Arkansan. But that has nothing to do with your tribe or your heritage or anything else. Thatís an identifier by geographical location as to where you live. This has caused our brother Judah a great deal of difficulty and itís important that you remain open minded whereby you recognize that. Now, and the residue of where?
Not Rome. Not some other city. A residue or resident of Jerusalem.
that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:
Jer 24:9 And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for [their] hurt,
And removed the Kenites were, along with a certain other elements, scattered to the world yes, to their own hurt.
[to be] a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.
And so it is. Not only to Judah, but to the house of Israel which is the other 10 tribes. Weíre promised by God in the Book of Amos, chapter 6, verse 14, that we would be cursed from the time that the nation Hemath, from the entering in of Hemath, who was the one of the fathers at the time of the writing, of the Kenites, which simply means sons of Cain, that we would be cursed from that time forward. And certainly they are bad figs, have been, always will be, and continue to be. It is the equivalent of the tares of Matthew chapter 13. [Weíll visit that shortly] Jeremiah 24, verse 10:
Jer 24:10 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.
In other words, in 70 A.D., all were dispersed from Jerusalem and they wandered the world living in this country and that country. But in the year of our Lord, 1948, they returned and set out the shoot. And it has grown now for many years and it puts forth leaves. It would not put forth fruit. That is to say, the lack of putting forth fruit is not the thing you were to watch for, but the leaves. Leaves for what? Leaves for healing for one thing. But there you have the parable of the fig tree and you can understand why Christ would say when you see the fig, the shoot begin to put forth leaves, know that this generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled. That is a blank statement from our heavenly Father. And you can understand why it is very important that Christ would say that not maybe you should learn the parable of the fig tree, He said learn it, because it allows you not to know the year, the day, but to know the generation. That generation began in 1948. Both good and bad figs, set in that place, and time marches on.
Now thereís still a great deal more to learn concerning the parable. Letís go now to the Book of Isaiah chapter 34 and letís learn a little more of what our Father would say. Now never take one witness, always look for another. Isaiah chapter 34 verse 1, and it reads:
Isaiah 34:1 Come near, ye nations, to hear;
Now this is important. God is saying come near. And nations in the plural means all races. This is important to you.
and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear,
Thatís this globe on which we reside.
and all that is therein;
All means exactly that.
the world, and all things that come forth of it.
Many people will ask me, ďWell when is my particular race addressed in Godís word?Ē, well this is all. This means all of the races are addressed in this specific verse. God said, this message is for you.
Isaiah 34:2 For the indignation of the LORD [is] upon all nations,
Heís not happy.
and [his] fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.
The slaughter, this is a divine ban, all of the nations are placed under it, and donít forget what the enemy is of the end times is, itís deception. Itís for nations to be deceived. And quite frankly, if you look at the nations of the world today where we sit, and Iíll be dating this lecture, but be that as it may, the United Nations is supposed to be that part that comes to agreementÖ do you know that we have 400 United Nation troops that are supposed to be peace keepers that are captives at this time? And in our nation that is blessed, the super power of super powers of the free world, we have young children gunning each other down as though they were dueling in the streets as times of old. We have lost the ability to respect each other with dignity in as much as we are taught by the so-called educational system that we are all one and you must always think of one, rather than respecting each others religions and/or beliefs and respecting them with dignity whereby you dignify and respect that people. People strike out and they know not why. How interesting. Godís word is so precious. Verse 3:
Isaiah 34:3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
Weíre looking forward here to the final hour of this age, that is to say the age of the flesh. What happens in the final hour? Youíve heard it taught by Paul, our Father Himself, that in an instant the flesh is put off and the spiritual body in the twinkle of an eye, what happens to all those flesh bodies? Think about it for a moment. 4:
Isaiah 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host
Host means people, alright.
shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling [fig] from the fig tree.
Do you know what happens to an old fig when itís overripe and it falls from the fig tree, big old nice plump thing? It splatters. Itís not a good falling. Why would it mention that? Have we got bad people in heaven? Heaven is going to be rolled up like a scroll? Is it not written in 2 Peter 3:10 that this earth age shall be destroyed by fire? Only it is the what, specifically, that will be destroyed? The elements, which is a Greek word meaning rudiments.
KJV Strong's G4747 matches the Greek; (stoicheion).
(rudiment*) AND G4747 occurs in 2 verses in the KJV
Which means only the evil not the good. God isnít angry at those that care. None of us are perfect but if you care and if you try to serve him He has no argument with you as far as destroying you or anything about you. But the evil fig, as the fading fig, shall be destroyed. Now many would say, ďWell what does He mean, heaven is rolled up?Ē We move into the 3rd heaven age, from the second age to the third age, when that particular time comes. And never forget, as Christ would teach you in Luke chapter 16 concerning the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. When you see paradise and you see Lazarus, which is a Greek word that is the equivalent to the Hebrew word Eleazar which is the chief priest of Aaronís son, meaning preacher Ė teacher, was in the bosom of Abraham. In other words he was brought back to good standing through Christís teachings. But the rich man was across a gulf that man could not cross. In other words, where do the dead people go? Well to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord (see: 2 Cor. 5:8). They are in paradise but not in good standing. So naturally there must be a millennium, thus it shall be, and thatís why Heíll say here in a moment that his sword will be bathed in heaven as well. It takes a little house keeping on all quarters. Okay verse 5:
Isaiah 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven:
What is His sword? Revelation 1:16, His tongue is a two-edged sword, itís His word.
behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.
Now that geographical location, as it is written in Ezekiel 38 and 39 - two chapters before the millennium begins, of course you know is the North country, the country of Esau. Verse 6:
Isaiah 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness,
In other words itís going to have plenty to do.
[and] with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah,
Bozrah was a fortress of Edom. Understand this is a prelude to Ezekiel 38 and 39.
and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.
You know we purchased Alaska from Idumea, that is to say the land of Rush, which you will find written in Godís word in the 38th chapter of Ezekiel, the second verse. In English, it is to you, the chief prince. Chief prince in the Hebrew tongue is the chief prince of Rush and itís still the same to this day. Donít worry. We have a cold war that ended. (huffed smirkingly) Hmm. Godís word will come to pass exactly as it is written. Verse 7:
Isaiah 34:7 And the unicorns
Thereís no such thing as a unicorn. This word in the Hebrew text is wild ox.
shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked
Soaked is drunken.
with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.
These were animals of sacrifice and what God is telling you is Iím going to have My part. And Heís saying that the earth will be fertilized with their blood. Well who knows in a sense, we might find out what happens there in that shift of dimension to the flesh. Verse 8, the reason we came here concerning the falling fig:
Isaiah 34:8 For [it is] the day of the LORD'S vengeance,
Do you know when that happens? Thatís when He returns.
[and] the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.
Where geographically? Zion. Thereís only one place in Godís word referred to as Zion and that is Mount Zion. And on the North side of Mount Zion is Godís favorite place. He made an everlasting covenant in Ezekiel chapter 16. He said, This is My favorite spot. And naturally thatís where His temple is. So on the day of recompense, those that understand our Fatherís word know that He loves His children, all of them, I donít care what race or color you are, that He loves you, and in as much as you try, even though you fall short at times, repent and get back in good standing. Heís not angry with you. And in as much as our Father is a consuming fire as it is written in the last verse of Hebrews chapter 12, His fire does not affect you. His fire burns that which is evil. His fire to you is the Shekinah glory or the Holy Spirit that warms your heart. All evil shall be destroyed with that sword of the Lord, which is to say, His word. His word today alleviates anxieties, troubles, and heartaches and solves those problems, His love does. Because it causes you, as you absorb His wisdom, to know how to handle your life whereby you can take care of problems with His help. But on that day of vengeance, which is the subject of this particular part of our lecture, when will it happen? Well, it will happen during the time of the fig tree.
Now Iíll tell you what weíll do, letís run real quickly to chapter 6 in the Book of Revelation. Remember, we just finished teaching this book chapter-by-chapter, but I want you to go one verse so that you understand the parable of the fig tree. Weíre going to pick it up with verse 13 and the 6th seal has been opened so that you can see whatís happening there. What is happening?
Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth,
This is when satan and his little fake angels are cast out and satan himself, Lucifer, which in the Hebrew tongue means the bright morning star, in other words heís pretending to be Christ, comes to the earthÖ
even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs,
Not timely figs. Untimely figs means harvested out of season [in winter ďpray your flight not be in winterĒ (Matt 24:20)], and not waiting for the true season which is to say the return of the true messiah. But are sucked in by the any moment doctrine and worship the fake. They donít know the difference. Biblically illiterate. So again, the 6th seal. Does the New Testament differ from the Old Testament? Of course not! There is no difference in this verse then the one in Isaiah chapter 34. Listen to it.
when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Ruwach - H7307; in the Hebrew tongue, the Spirit of the Living God. (the equivalent of the Greek anemos utilized here in Revelation)
Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll
Sound familiar? It should
when it is rolled together; and every mountain
Mountain is symbolic of nation.
and island were moved out of their places.
With the shaking of God? Yes. The changing, the power structures of the nations, because there is only going to be one King. 15:
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Do you know why? Iíll tell you why. The simple reason being, they worshiped the spurious messiah. How would you feel as a Christian, and youíve gone in for the big game, and youíre playing your heart out, I mean antichrist has come and trying to get everyone gathered up here holding the biggest revival the world has ever seen, and youíve been told weíre going to gather together and fly out of here, weíre out of here man! And youíre working for him and all of the sudden you see the true Christ returning. Youíre going to be too ashamed to face him. Thatís why they pray for the rocks to fall on them. 16, as we continue:
Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
They know that the day of vengeance has come and theyíve been had. 17:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath
is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Are you beginning to understand a little bit as to why He would say, not maybe, but LEARN the parable of the fig tree? Because the fig is even connected with, and the replanting of it, in an event that has only happened one time. And only a few short years after Christ walked this earth, became that nation again in the year 1948. How long is a generation? Well as a student of Godís word, there are 3 generations mentioned. One is the 40-year generation that the children wandered in the wilderness before they entered the Promised Land and it could seem that that would be the one, but that passed by in the year 1988. And then there is another generation in the book of Psalms, which is a 70-year generation. And then thereís another generation, and itís back in Genesis chapter 6 where the Nephilim, Nephilim comes from the prime Naphal or fallen angels, when they saw the daughters of Adam, and they were beautiful, and they took them and children were born to them, misfits, and they were Geber, giants. So it had grieved God that he had placed man in flesh. That means that He had taken the souls that He had created in the beginning and caused them to be born innocent of woman into a flesh body. Born innocent to make their own mind up whether they are going to love Him or love the other, satan that is to say. And that was a 120-year generation. So which generation? I can tell you exactly how long itís going to be, itís going to be from the time of 1948 until Christ returns. (P.M. chuckles) But the signs of every promise is that we would go into one wordism. You may not know it, but you took one of the greatest steps towards one worldism and itís called GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade).
see alsoIn 1958, the supporters of GATT and other "One World Orders", at the Club of Rome, divided the world into ten economic centers, and called them Mega Territories and Kingdoms. see
Can we live with it? Of course we can. We will compete with anybody and win. Why? Weíre a blessed nation of God. Leaders of the free world. Are we not mentioned in Godís word? Well God would be a little small if He created a nation that is the leader of the free world without having been mentioned. Anywhere the 10 lost tribes go, thus, the blessings of God go as He promised. [The wise will understand.]
Now, what about the fig tree? Where did it start though? You were told in Revelation chapter 13, verse 18 that you are to count the number of the beast.
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.
That means, what Christís saying is, hereís wisdom. Iím going to tell you how to spot him. Weíll just bring this right down to where the rubber meets the road. The word ďcountĒ, as it is utilized there in the Greek, means to enumerate by pebbles worn smooth over a long period of time. Like you would carry them in your pocket, you know, to cast lots with or something like that.
1) to count with pebbles, to compute, calculate, reckon 2) to give one's vote by casting a pebble into the urn 3) to decide by voting
And over a long time means to watch them from the very beginning. I want to go real quickly with you to Genesis chapter 3 where the trouble started in the beginning. Now unfortunately due to the fact that the majority of the people in this generation are biblically illiterate, theyíve been taught by certain one-verse Charlies that ďOh yes, Eve was strolling out in the park one day andÖ here comes a snake.Ē It doesnít matter to them that in the Book of Revelation that you are told that the old serpent, Lucifer, the dragon, the devil, and satan are the same.
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
They say, ďNo, it was a snake, and they climbed up an apple tree, and Eve partook of the apple.Ē Now thatís a lie. Itís not biblical. Itís not in Godís word. And when you lie to children in the Sunday Schools of Godís own house youíre deceiving them as far as understanding the clarity of Godís word and quite frankly Christ Himself would teach. On the flip side of this coin of the parable of the fig tree in the parable of the tares He said, youíll either understand this parable or wonít understand any of them. And what was that parable of the tares (see: Matt 13:24-30)? It was that satan came in the night and plated tares in the garden of God and the children of the good seed were of God and the children of the bad seed were of satan. Be that as it may.
Okay letís go to Genesis, chapter 3, verse 6. Listen to the woman. What kind of garden were they in? What kind of grove were they in TRUTHFULLY from Godís word?:
Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food,
Remember what Christ told you about checking the fruit? To be a fruit inspector? You should know by the fruit. If you get an orange off of an apple tree, somethingís wrong. Got it?
and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Now listen to that carefully. She took of the fruitÖ and by their fruits you shall know them. Godís commandment was in verse 3, was that you shall not TOUCH it. Do you know what that word touch is in the Hebrew tongue? Itís n‚ga‛. You know what it means? It means to lie with a woman.
Touch - H5060
A primitive root; properly to touch, that is, lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphemistically, to lie with a woman); by implication to reach (figuratively to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.): - beat, (X be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch.
[what is a Euphemism? Itís is saying something in a way as to not offend tender ears.]
Definition of Euphemism: A euphemism is a substitution of an expression that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the receiver with an agreeable or less offensive expression
Eve would say, ďI was beguiled by the serpentĒ. Paul would teach in 2 Corinthians 11, Iím jealous over you because I have espoused you to one husband and I donít want you to be beguiled as Eve was by the serpent, satan.
2 Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The word ďbeguiledĒ in the Greek is expatao and it has only one meaning which is to be wholly seduced.
Beguiled - G1818
From G1537 and G1538; to seduce wholly: - beguile, deceive.
And then he continues and says I want to present you as a virgin. Do you know how you lose your virginity? Wake up. Teach your children the truth at a level they can understand. She took of the fruit herself and then shared with her husband, the same fruit. Not her fruit, but the fruit she partook of. Verse 7:
Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened,
Do you know that this is the prime of the word ‚ts‚h which is tree? The word tree is Íts in the Hebrew but it comes from the prime atash which means the backbone.
Íts - ates
From H6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence wood (plural sticks): - + carpenter, gallows, helve, + pine, plank, staff, stalk, stick, stock, timber, tree, wood.
‚ts‚h - aw-tsaw'
A primitive root; properly to fasten (or make firm), close (the eyes): - shut.
‚tseh - aw-tseh'
From H6095; the spine (as giving firmness to the body): - back bone.
So we're talking about the back bone of the body. So here we can pretty well begin to understand why Satan would lie when the prime from the word ‚tseh is to close the eyes, Satan says, "Surely they will be opened". What it means is it will close your spiritual eyes and open your eyes of the world and that which it demands and so-forth. But know and understand that it is not an unusual term for us to say this is the trunk of my body. Or, what about your family? Many of you are proud of them and some of us, we have maybe one or two that we would like to break a certain limb off [said with humor]... It's called a family tree.
(holding up arms) These are our limbs. The backbone is the skeletal formation of the central nervous system that runs through the spine and that gives you knowledge when it ties into the brain. You are supposed to think with it. Surely your eyes will be opened or the opening and closing of them is a part of the word ‚tseh. And they knew that they were naked.
and they knew that they [were] naked;
How did they know that?
and they sewed fig
F-I-G. Fig. What kind of orchard were they in? Apple? No! Fig? Yes. They put figÖ
leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Aprons - H2290
gŰr‚h - (1,2) khag-ore', (3,4) khag-o-raw'. From H2296; a belt (for the waist): - apron, armour, gird (-le).
Masks to hide where they had eaten of the apple? Thatís not what Godís word says. Donít lie to children in churches. They were aprons of fig leaves to cover their private parts.
Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where [art] thou?
Where you at? But God knew.
Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself.
Gen 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked?
I mean, they were innocent.
Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman
And manís been doing it ever since. ďItís the womanís fault!Ē
whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
And thatís exactly the way it was. Satan can appear to be what ever he wishes to. 13:
Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Do you want to know what the results of it was? God is going to refer to the serpent in verse 15:
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed
Seed - H2233
zera - zeh'-rah
From H2232; seed; FIGURATIVELY fruit, plant, sowing time, posterity: - X carnally, child, fruitful, seed (-time), sowing-time.
z‚ra - zaw-rah'
A primitive root; to sow; figuratively to disseminate, plant, fructify: - bear, conceive seed, set with, sow (-er), yield.
and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
And so it was through the woman that Christ would be born and his heels were nailed to the cross. But on the day of vengeance satanís head gets it. [The only way to kill a serpent is to smash its head].
Letís go to the thirteenth chapter of Matthew, real quickly here. The thirteenth chapter of Matthew and youíll find that Jesus did teach that the serpent had ďseedĒ or children here on earth; even though youíve got a bunch of these wackos, biblically illiterate, so called ďteachersĒ that would run around and tell you otherwise. Here it is for yourself in the good olí New Testament, the words of Christ. And this has to do with the Parable of the Tares and the Sower. And this is the parable that Christ said if you donít understand this one you canít understand the rest. And itís true.
Here in Matthew, the disciples asked Christ, ďWhy are you talking in parables, and what is this parable of the sower in the garden?Ē Verse 37:
Mat 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
That is to say the Word of God was with God when the Spirit moved and created the various races on the earth. The goodÖ thirty-eight:
Mat 13:38 The field is the world;
So you donít have any doubts now, Heí not talking in a parable Heís explaining one.
the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children
Children here is from a conception. And do you know how children get here? From conceptionÖ
of the wicked one;
Seed - G4690
sperma - sper'-mah
From G4687; somethng sown, that is, seed (including the male ďspermĒ); by implication offspring; specifically a remnant (figuratively as if kept over for planting): - issue, seed.
Tares - G2215
zizanion - dziz-an'-ee-on
Of uncertain origin; darnel or false grain: - tares.
Mat 13:39 The enemy that sowed them
Ooh, here weíre going to find out! Weíre really going to be able to find out what really happened!
The enemy that sowed them is the devil;
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the serpent, that old dragon, and you can find all of his names listed in Revelation, chapter 20 in one clause or string.
the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Yes it shall come to pass. Yes Christ taught about the children of the serpent. Yes He did. And I make no apologies for it nor should you have any desire to want to. Or else again, you wouldnít be able to understand any of the parables of our Father.
So there you have it. In as much as weíve gone through all of this, why is it that the parable of the fig tree was important? Iím going to read it in closing one time for you in Mark 13 where Christ has mentioned the 7 events that will transpire just before the Day of the Lord. Any child can understand them if you understand the parable of the fig tree. But this is why He told you this is why it is so important for you today. Mark 13, verse 28:
Mark 13:28 Now learn
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
Do you know what summer is? Thatís harvest. 29:
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, [even] at the doors. Mark 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation
What generation? The generation when Judah would be returned as the good fig, and the Kenite is the bad fig returns to Jerusalem. This happened in 1948. This generation:
shall not pass, till all these things be done. Mark 13:30 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Why is the parable important? It lets you know the final generation without any manís date setting or anything but the pure word from God. And when you live in a generation that you can see it, you can see the prophecies unfolding daily around us. How precious the word is that God, if we take a moment, to look into the end depth truth in the simplicity of which He taught, we can learn a great deal about the generation we live in, the generation in which the parable of the fig tree is unfolding and revealing itself. Godís not angry at you if youíre trying. And I donít care if youíre in the gutter, I donít care if youíre strung out on drugs, He loves you. He doesnít like what youíre doing if thatís what youíre doing, but He will help you. Heís calling out a people that can see the simplicity in which he teaches to be a champion in this end generation. I donít know, do you have eyes to see and ears to hear? Think about it. The Parable of the Fig Tree.