Thank you Lisa for the scriptural references to the fruit and fruit trees from your post yesterday.Below are some of the comments you made in your post and your assessment of those scriptures. And with them are my comments in green.You said:“When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten. In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:23-25.Many of us were looking at the year 2007 as a possible year for the Rapture."Actually, since 2006 I / we were teaching that 2007 would be the start of the "time appointed" to Israel/ world of the start of the 70th week of Daniel! Knowing full well that we would still be here and waiting 4 years later into 2011!" This was based upon a possible pattern from the Israelites’ 40 years of wandering in the time of Moses. (The Israelites were permitted to enter the Promised Land only after the completion of these 40 years. See Numbers 14:26-35.)And we were teaching that these 40 years to which you also reference is that "generation" (to the nation) in reference to the parable of the FIG TREE and ALL THE TREES!" It was surmised that an increment of forty years from the recapture of Jerusalem in 1967 could be significant to modern-day Israel and the Church."
This is exactly what we were trying to teach even before 2006!
"Perhaps, then, the 44th year from the recapture of Jerusalem is prophetically significant.The reason is because the Bible compares the righteous and Israel to fruit bearing trees:He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither." Psalm 1:1-3."When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your fathers, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree." Hosea 9:10.Now, look at the parable of the barren fig tree:“Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” Luke 13:6-9.
And note that the fourth year is significant in the parable. The fig tree must produce fruit by then or suffer judgment.Likewise, the fourth year is significant in the life of all fruit-bearing trees in Israel. It is the year that fruit is deemed to be a holy offering of praise to God.Could Israel be that barren fig tree? Could the Church be the grapes of the vineyard? If so, the Church may be presented to the Lord as a holy offering in 2011 – a 44th year.2011 may also mark a time of judgment for Israel:This is exactly what we have been trying to teach, that in the same year, the 4th year of the last 7 being in the "midst of the week" (the entire 4th year considered the "midst of the week") is when the Lord will be coming for His Church AND in the same year the Lord's judgments will come to Israel and the world." And note, if that re-graft occurs at the beginning of the Tribulation, then the fourth year (i.e. the mid-point of the Tribulation) will be significant for Israel in accordance to this pattern. Scripture tells us that Israel will be rescued by God and preserved during the fourth year of the Tribulation.This is really the only difference we have Lisa. Of whether there is just the 70th week of Daniel as a simple passage of time, or whether this 7 year period of time is overtly prophetic to Israel and Israel alone.However, your scriptural analysis to both the "fruit" and the "fig tree" and all the trees showing a relationship to the 40 + 4 years is great (even though you cannot see them both being fulfilled in the same year of 2011 as we do) and shows even for just the "resurrection/ rapture" of Christ coming in the "midst of the week/ feast" (THE 4th DAY/ YEAR) in the type of John's Gospel, chapter 7!And again, I want to thank you Lisa for these scriptures supporting what we have been teaching for so long a time.In Looking for Christ's SOON coming in 2011, the 40 and 4th year, in the "midst of the week", of "Daniel's 70th week", of the "Time of Jacob's Trouble"!Phil Rogers