Did it really come and go without so much fanfare… that no one was willing to speak about it or tell of its significance? Something just happened in Israel that should have set bells and whistles off the world over. Not since the destruction of the temple, in around 70 AD (as prophesied by Jesus Christ Himself), has this one event, so very telling in our modern age, come to pass before our eyes- and still the meaning of it gets so little media play. The event was the Sanhedrin appointing a high priest in preparation for the rebuilt third temple. Prophecy has come to greet us at the door of our minds… of our hearts… the very portal of eternity (the end of man’s reign) is the eternal theocracy of God- His kingdom comes. Here is a link to Wikipedia on High Priest of Israel.
This breaking news, told by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (in the link above), August 29th, 2016, and literally did not get the notice it should have. We have been told to keep our eye on ‘the Fig tree (the Nation of Israel)’ for they have been appointed by God to be the timepiece of His return- to the rest of the world.
Isaiah 34:4 KJV
4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.
Luke 21:29 KJV
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
[There is spiritual fruit, fruits of the Spirit, to be learned about and accepted.]
The Requirement of Human Cooperation with the Spirit. Naturally good fruit is produced without any effort by a good tree; however, the fruit of the Spirit does not come into being that automatically. Regularly it requires effort on the Christian’s part. It demands a heeding of the commands of Scripture and a cooperation with the Holy Spirit in his work in the believer’s life. For example, the fruit of the Spirit is love and yet Christians are commanded to love God with all their heart and to love their neighbor as themselves (Matt 22:37-39; Gal 5:13-14). Another facet of the fruit is goodness and yet Paul commands us to overcome evil done to us by doing good in return (Rom 12:20-21).
[On Commentary, all from Matthew Henry, in abstraction (for some), for Luke 21:29… on the fig tree. First is for Verses 1-4.]
From the offering of this poor widow, learn that what we rightly give for the relief of the poor, and the support of God’s worship, is given unto God; and our Saviour sees with pleasure whatever we have in our hearts to give for the relief of his members, or for his service. Blessed Lord! the poorest of thy servants have two mites, they have a soul and a body; persuade and enable us to offer both unto thee; how happy shall we be in thine accepting of them!
[On Commentary for Verses 5-28]
We may view the prophecy before us much as those Old Testament prophecies, which, together with their great object, embrace, or glance at some nearer object of importance to the church. Having given an idea of the times for about thirty-eight years next to come, Christ shows what all those things would end in, namely, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the utter dispersion of the Jewish nation; which would be a type and figure of Christ’s second coming. The scattered Jews around us preach the truth of Christianity; and prove, that though heaven and earth shall pass away, the words of Jesus shall not pass away. They also remind us to pray for those times when neither the real, nor the spiritual Jerusalem, shall any longer be trodden down by the Gentiles, and when both Jews and Gentiles shall be turned to the Lord.
[On Commentary for Verses 29-38]
Christ tells his disciples to observe the signs of the times, which they might judge by. He charges them to look upon the ruin of the Jewish nation as near. Yet this race and family of Abraham shall not be rooted out; it shall survive as a nation, and be found as prophesied, when the Son of man shall be revealed. He cautions them against being secure and sensual. This command is given to all Christ’s disciples, Take heed to yourselves, that ye be not overpowered by temptations, nor betrayed by your own corruptions. We cannot be safe, if we are carnally secure. Our danger is, lest the day of death and of judgment should come upon us when we are not prepared. Lest, when we are called to meet our Lord, that be the furthest from our thoughts, which ought to be nearest our hearts. For so it will come upon the most of men, who dwell upon the earth, and mind earthly things only, and have no converse with heaven. It will be a terror and a destruction to them. Here see what should be our aim, that we may be accounted worthy to escape all those things; that when the judgements of God are abroad, we may not be in the common calamity, or it may not be that to us which it is to others. Do you ask how you may be found worthy to stand before Christ at that day? Those who never yet sought Christ, let them now go unto him; those who never yet were humbled for their sins, let them now begin; those who have already begun, let them go forward and be kept humbled. Watch therefore, and pray always. Watch against sin; watch in every duty, and make the most of every opportunity to do good. Pray always: those shall be accounted worthy to live a life of praise in the other world, who live a life of prayer in this world. May we begin, employ, and conclude each day attending to Christ’s word, obeying his precepts, and following his example, that whenever he comes we may be found watching.
[This exhortation comes from ‘Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible’ in an abstraction.]
Watch . . . pray, the two great duties which in prospect of trial are constantly enjoined. These warnings, suggested by the need of preparedness for the tremendous calamities approaching, and the total wreck of the existing state of things, are the general improvement of the whole discourse, carrying the mind forward to Judgment and Vengeance of another kind and on a grander and more awful scale–not ecclesiastical or political but personal, not temporal but eternal–when all safety and blessedness will be found to lie in being able to “STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN” in the glory of His personal appearing.
Rev 6:13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.
A little history to ponder on… found here.
P.S. When Jesus died on the cross, He was our redeemer (gold), sacrifice (myrrh)… and became our High Priest (frankincense).