The Bible states the symbol for Israel is the Fig Tree. The prophet Jeremiah compared Israel to a Fig Tree when he predicted the Jews would be carried away into the Babylonian exile. Jeremiah also predicted that God would bring them back to the promised land. Jeremiah’s prophecy was fulfilled in 1948 with the rebirth of the modern day nation of Israel.
“Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans. 6 For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up. 7 Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:5
Jesus predicted the generation on earth that witnessed the rebirth of Israel would see Him return.
Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. ” Luke 21:29-32
King Solomon wrote about the Rapture of the Church in the Old Testament, comparing the rebirth of Israel to a Fig Tree.
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, gazing through the lattice. My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away! Song of Solomon 2:8-13
After teaching the Parable of the Fig Tree in Luke 21:29-32, Jesus gave a warning:
Luke 21: 36 “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
How does a person become worthy to escape the wrath coming to this world and stand before the Son of Man ?
1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”
John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.“