When the fig tree sprouts leaves

During Passion Week, Jesus took His disciples to the Mount of Olives for a private teaching known as the Olivet Discourse. If you’ve been following my blogs, you will know that I believe this passage from that teaching refers to the Rapture:

“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. … But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.Matthew 24:30ff

I’ve been interpreting this to mean that while we cannot predict the DATE or the TIME of the Rapture, we can predict the SEASON.*

Earlier this week, a new thought popped into my noggin while I was in prayer.

What if Jesus was telling us the Rapture will occur WHEN the fig branches become tender and sprout leaves in Israel?

I googled and learned some interesting factoids about figs. For example, did you know that figs produce TWO crops? The BREBA fig crop forms on the previous season’s growth and ripens in Spring, while the MAIN fig crop forms on the new season’s growth and ripens in August to September.

FIGS Breba and Main fruits

The MAIN fig harvest coincides with SUKKOT, the Jewish fruit harvest festival.

Fig harvest in Israel

But the BREBA crop coincides with PASSOVER.

Do you remember that the Olivet Discourse happened during Passion Week? And do you remember that time Jesus was hungry and cursed a fig tree because it didn’t have any fruit for Him?

3793 Nisan Jesus the Firstfruits

The cursing of that fig tree happened the very day BEFORE the Olivet Discourse. And the reason Jesus EXPECTED fruit is because the fig tree had LEAVES.

FIGS branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves

Jesus’ lesson from the fig tree, taken in context, means a couple of things. One, that the branches of the fig become tender and sprout leaves in the SPRING which is around PASSOVER. And two, that at that time of year, a healthy tree is supposed to have ripe fruit … the first fruit of the growing season … already on it, all ready to eat.

IF Jesus was telling us the general time (not the date or hour) when He will Rapture the elect, then that time is APRIL.

2014_04 calendar

Resources to review why I plan to be Rapture Ready THIS April:

https://polination.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/ill-be-rapture-ready-in-april-2014/

And here are two extras I’ve learned since then:

1. Rabbi Kaduri prophesied that the Messiah would appear to Israel only after Ariel Sharon’s death. Sharon passed away January 11, 2014.

2. A reader sent me this vision that a friend of his had shared with him five years ago:

I had this vision when I was wide awake and I could talk to the Angel that was showing me the vision. In this vision the Angel and I were walking and came upon a hill. I looked at the hill and there was some graves in it, they started opening up and people were coming out of them.

I asked the Angel, “What is this?”

He said, “It’s the dead in Christ being resurrected, just as God said they would be.” I then saw people floating upward out of their cars and houses but I was not going with them.

I said, “When will this happen?”

He replied, “First-fruits.”

Sources:

*I realize there are other interpretations for the fig tree. I have no problem with Bible passages have multiple meanings.

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12 responses to “When the fig tree sprouts leaves

  1. chrissythehyphenated

    WordPress just popped me a message that this post is my 3131st. I’ve got goosebumps.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I was thinking about how BREBA fruit ripening over the winter is such a great metaphor for those of us who have been growing in faith in Jesus over the “winter” of the past century.

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  2. Hm. I’m thinking about Hebrew Feasts and Christian Feasts– the Major Christian Feasts (Easter, Christmas, Pentecost) have Hebrew antecedents. Of the Major Hebrew Feasts, the only one that doesn’t have a Christian “follow up” is Sukkot. One person I’ve seen working through Revelation interprets the setting of the Hebrew Feasts as God setting up appointments for the future, all of which have been fulfilled– except Sukkot.

    The fig tree bears fruit for Passover/ Easter. . . and Sukkot. So . . . maybe . .. Rapture in April (Christ in the Clouds), and then in Sukkot (maybe some years later) the Conquering Christ? Yanno how you had them as seperate (my notebook is in the other room, and I’m tired and lazy tonight) . . .

    If I’m being not-clear, I’ll try to be better in the morning . . .

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      ITA. My current speculative calendar has Rapture this April then six months of relative peace while nations restore some internal order and Jesus knocks on hearts, then, beginning with the new Hebrew calendar year next fall …

      Rosh Hashahah, Tishri 1, 5775 (Sept 25, 2014) begins a new Jewish calendar year. It ALSO begins a Shemitah year. God commanded (Deuteronomy 15:1-2) that every seven years, the Jews would celebrate a year of release from all debts. .

      Yom Kippur will be on a Sabbath. The Torah calls Yom Kippur the Sabbath of Sabbaths. Yom Kippur is the highest holy day of the Jewish year. Sabbath is the highest holy day of the Jewish week. When they coincide, it’s special. This year, Yom Kippur will also coincide with the Feast of St. Francis (Oct 4, 2014).

      Sukkot will begin Oct 8, on the day of the second Blood Moon of the Tetrad. (Oct 7 will be the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.)

      The way I read Revelation, the final war is at the very end of the seventh year, which on my speculative calendar, puts the in-gathering of all souls for Final Judgment, destruction of the old and creation of the new Heaven and Earth at the beginning of the 8th year, 5782, which will be Sukkot of the next Shemitah year!

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      • *points* yes, that was about what I was trying to articulate late last night. . . thank you!

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          When I noted Yom Kippur on Feast of St. Francis, I forgot our POPE is the first to have taken the name Francis. Plus St. Francis was a stigmatic, which goes well with Yom Kippur.

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  3. Another thought…
    If we are mature Christians, we should be bearing good fruit…

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  4. Chrissy– you (and others here) may find this to be interesting:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2014/02/20/charismatic-the-pope-and-the-pentacostals-are-45-minutes-of-fascinating/

    Listen to the whole thing (all 45 minutes). I find expecially interesting when he points out that Luther’s Protest is over. Resolved. I’ve got wheels turning on that one. . .

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Thanks! I will have to get a beading project out to do while I listen to this!

      I read the article and had to laugh a tad at the warning for Catholics to be patient with the weird speaking in tongues, etc. The Catholic Charismatic movement’s been around for … wow, a long time.

      35 years ago, Dearest and I met at a Catholic retreat and courted while attending a weekly Charismatic prayer group. The members of the group laid hands on us and prayed before our Nuptial Mass.

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        Oh wow and oh wow. I never got a smitch of beading done. I was too spellbound. !!!

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      • My Mom and Dad were involved with the Charismatic Renewal before us kids came along, so I’ve always had my, er, “Sympathies”, lol. For all that my flavor of Catholicism is, er, non-standard, I’ve never really gotten into the Charismatic thing myself when I’ve attended meetings– I’ve always felt that I was free-spirited and open enough, I needed to balance in the other direction, with discipline.

        I should note that the only local Catholic Charismatic group that I know of is based out of my current church– the “conservative” church with chant at the early Mass on Sundays, stained glass, and some women in chapel veils. . . It’s all part of why I love St, Mary’s–> they really are alive in Christ, as a community, in a myriad of different ways.

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