1whowaits wrote:Jay, not sure what you mean, which ages are you referring to?
RT, i think there might be a bit more to the fig tree reference in Matt 24. From the previous passages it appears that Jesus was looking for fruit from the fig tree which would be repentance and faith. Matt 24 refers to the leaves coming forth from the fig tree showing summer is near, which would be the time before fruit appears, before repentance and faith. The spiritual rebirth of Israel occurs at armageddon, so the fig tree of Matt 24 would likely be a reference to Jerusalem/Israel prior to armageddon, otherwise fruit would be present.
The fig tree of Matt 24 could just be an example of signs coming to fruition, but then Jesus says this generation will not pass away until all these things are fulfilled. It appears that He is connecting 'this generation' to the fig tree, which would suggest that there is more than one meaning to the fig tree. If Jesus were using the fig tree only as an example of multiple signs coming together they why refer to the end and immediately to 'this generation' unless there is an additional meaning?
Perhaps, but again Jesus curses the fig tree because it has failed to bring forth fruit. As you say repentance and faith, that is not political rebirth but rather indicates a spiritual rebirth. Which as you say happens just prior to armageddon.
However there is something interesting to know about fig trees. They have two seasons, The first ripe figs appear in late spring/ early summer, and are harvested around June, these figs are produced on the previous year’s growth and are not as sweet or as numerous as the fruit that is produced in the second crop in late summer on the new growth which are harvested in late summer beginning around August and lasting into the fall until October. Unlike other fruit figs do not ripen after picking so must be allowed to fully ripen on the tree. Their fruit is easily damaged and must be carefully picked to avoid bruising. I would suggest that the first harvest may represent the 144,000, and in fact Jesus calls them "firstfruits". While the second harvest might represent the rest of Israel.
Anyway, there are different meanings for the word "generation" clearly Jesus was not saying that His audience at that time was that generation. So it would have to mean something else, either a future group of people alive at the time when these events happen or a specific group of people having the same genealogy or heritage (Jews) or it can also refer to an age. I have no idea which is correct, perhaps they all are, if I had to guess I would say it is probably referring to the Jewish race, that will not pass away. Note He says heaven and earth will pass away but His word will not. It is the Jews that will be the primary occupants of Millennial Jerusalem, where they will live as mortals until the heavens and earth pass away. Then those Jews will be assimilated into New Jerusalem as immortals.
31 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,
32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord.
33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
34 “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
35 Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for light by day
And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar;
The Lord of hosts is His name:
36 “If this fixed order departs
From before Me,” declares the Lord,
“Then the offspring of Israel also will cease
From being a nation before Me forever.”