Oliver Thomas (20 Jan 2011)
"A Fresh look at Figs"


A Fresh look at the Parable of the Fig Tree, and the First ripe figs of June


Now think about this comparison of the Fig tree when its branch becomes tender and it puts out small leaves, you know summer is coming; so, when you understand and see these things you know when the Lord is coming!


Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

Matthew 24:32-34


Prophecy is true on every level, past, future, in nature, and in spirit. He told us to learn something about a Fig Tree in the early spring when the branch is supple and little leaves start to show. This is when the beautiful and sweet first ripe figs are ready to be eaten. These were the figs the Lord sought from the tree outside the gates of Jerusalem, but the time of the figs had not yet come. This is telling us that the lord will once again come to gather the first ripe figs at the time of the early figs.  

This is confirmed in the lamentation of the following verse:


Micah 7:1 What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave.

2 The godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains.


Here are a few observations about early figs gleaned from the web:


"Te'enah" is the common term for "fig"; in a special sense, however, it denotes the figs which ripen in August and form the largest crop. The early figs, appearing in March or April and ripening in June, are called "bikkurah." In the Revised Version this word, in accordance with its etymology, is uniformly rendered by "first ripe fig" (Isa. xxviii. 4; Micah vii. 1; Hosea ix. 10). The early fig was considered a great delicacy by the Hebrews. The late or green figs, which sometimes ripen after the fall of the leaf, and occasionally remain on the tree during the winter months, are called "pag," http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=137&letter=F


Here is another strange fact about figs trees. They have genders. The male fig tree is actually called a caprifig. Its fruit is generally not edible. It is in fact the home of a special insect – the fig wasp. These insects hibernate and reproduce within the fruit of the caprifig. If you open the fruit of the caprifig, you will find the frass (excrement) of the fig wasp. It is not at all appealing to eat. The caprifig bears three crops a year. The other gender is simply called female. It bears edible fruit twice a year – in the spring time and in the fall. http://www.lionlamb.net/v3/YAVOHArchives/Volume12/06


“So they’re gonna be gobbled up. Actually he’s talking about the first ripe figs. Now if any of you have fig trees, you know that in a good year, you’ll have ripe figs in June. That they, you’ll get early figs and there are usually just a few of them. There are not many. This past year I had maybe six of these June figs. But they’re the sweetest. They really are the, they’re the sweetest. Then come August, you get lots of figs. You get your second ripe figs. But there was always the first ripe figs around June, which were very sweet. They looked forward to these first ripe figs. They would eat them, you know, they really looked for them to eat them quickly. He’s talking about how Ephraim will be like that first ripe fig, that as soon as they grab it they eat it up.”



YBIC … Oliver Thomas