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"The Eye of the
The Eye of the Hurricane
"Now learn this parable from the fig
tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth
leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see
all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!"
The fig tree, in Scripture, is a symbol of the nation of Israel.
On more than one occasion God compares Israel to a fig tree. In
Hosea 9:10, God says, "I found Israel like grapes in the
wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstfruits on the fig
tree in its first season."
When Jesus said, "Learn this parable from the fig tree . . . ,"
He was telling us that the rebirth of Israel, or the budding of
the fig tree, will be a super sign of the last days.
The prophet Ezekiel told us the same thing. Ezekiel was told to
stand over a valley of dry bones. Then God asked Ezekiel a
question: "Son of man, can these bones live?" (Ezekiel 37:3).
And as Ezekiel stood there, the bones came back together, and
flesh returned to the bones. Then God interpreted it for him and
said, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.
They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we
ourselves are cut off!' Therefore prophesy and say to them,
'Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, O My people, I will open your
graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you
into the land of Israel" ' " (verses 11–12). God is effectively
saying these are His people coming back to their land again.
When Israel became a nation on May 14, 1948, the prophetic time
clock started to tick. She is at the eye of the hurricane of the
end times. She occupies center stage in God's drama of the ages.
As my friend Joel Rosenberg says, Jerusalem is the epicenter of
world events. God predicted this long ago. And we see it playing
out before our very eyes.