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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “Our Lord’s Outline of Prophecy (Part 4)” from Dr. Tim LaHaye
Another popular view held by many students of prophecy is that the fig tree mentioned in Matthew 24:32 is “the sign.” They suggest that since the fig tree, when used symbolically, refers to Israel, then the regathering of Israel is the sign. Matthew 24:7 could then be “the beginning of sorrows” or the first birth paun of the sign, although verse 32 is really “the sign.” They point out that although some Jews were in the land prior to World War I, it took the signing of the Balfour Treaty in 1917 to cause thousands of Jews to begin gathering beck into the land of Israel, and that the fulfillment of this sign occurred in 1948 when Israel was recognized as a sovereign country by the United Nations. If so, then there is plenty of time remaining during which the “generation” of Matthew 24:34 that saw Israel established as a nation could still be alive, or “by no means pass away till all these things take place.” That could be another 30 years or so.
You may wonder at all this ambiguity regarding the sign and which generation will be alive when the Lord comes. (Remember that the disciples, too, just like ourselves, were interested in the sign of Christ’s coming. ) But our Lord warned them, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” It is not God’s will that we know the day or the hour!
OCCUPY TILL I COME: Gaining Hope from Bible Prophecy (Part 16) by Dr. David Reagan.
MUSICAL SELECTION: “The King is Coming” by Newsboys