According to Bible prophecy, this world is on a fairly short countdown to the return of the Messiah.
Here is some pretty amazing information relating to the near future in Bible prophecy…
Did you know that Matthew 24 and Luke 21 link the SPECIFIC YEAR 2017 to the end of this age?
Check out the full details below.
Matthew 24:32-34 to begin with.
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.”
This is end time prophecy with a specific time limit attached to it, and it is referring to Israel being re-established as a nation in recent times.
To properly understand this you need to know that people in Israel are called figs in the Bible, Eg. Jeremiah 24:5 –or read the whole chapter in which the good figs are returned to Israel and the bad are destroyed. Also Hosea 9:10.
Based on the premise that Israel (Biblical Judah) is like a fig tree it seems reasonable to link Jesus’ fig tree reference to modern day Israel. It seems that the“times of the gentiles” (see Luke 21:24) ended in June 1967 when Jerusalem was restored to the Jews (- however the Temple Mount area is still in contention, therefore it may not be totally finished yet).
By the way, notice how the Matthew 24:32 fig tree prophecy fits with Song of Solomon 2:13 in correct time sequence. It indicates the church will “arise” or “rise up” (Song 2:10) to marry Christ after a (nuclear) Winter has occurred, and the passage also says it is after the fig tree has ripened (Song 2:13). Sidenote: To more fully understand that the woman in the Song of Solomon depicts the church, compare Song 1:6, where the Woman is a type of the Church, and she is depicted as being sunburned (or black) because she has born the heat of the day, with Matthew 20:12, and see how most of the laborers in the vineyard, who are also a type of the church, also bear the heat of the day.
Now let’s go back to Matthew chapter 24 and Luke chapter 21, which both summarize the main events that will happen up until the time Jesus returns.
In Luke 21:32 Jesus /Yeshua appears to say that one full generation will not pass away from the specific time or date that Jerusalem ceases to be trodden down by the gentiles (referring back to Luke 21:24), UNTIL THE END OF THE AGE! See also Matt. 24:34 and Matt.24:3.
So… Can we know EXACTLY what is the length of this “generation” that Jesus spoke about? And can we know exactly what he meant by the fig tree “putting forth leaves”?
Maybe we can!
It’s hard to pin down the length of a generation in the Bible.
1) According to Gen. 6:3 it may be as long as 120 years.
2) Genesis 15:13, coupled with Gen. 15:16 indicates 100 years.
3) Psalms 90:10 indicates a possible 80 years.
4) Psalms 90:10 also indicates a more likely 70 years.
5) Matthew 1:17 may indicate around 50 years
6) Psalms 95:10 indicates 40 years.
7) Deut. 2:14 indicates 38 years.
The Bible also indicates generations of shorter lengths, but they end with children under 20, so using the principle of not counting those under 20, mentioned 15 times in Numbers Chapter 1, I have only listed the SEVEN possibilities open for calculation which do not include generation lengths under 20. (No offence to anyone under 20, this just seems to be the way the Bible indicates to do the calculations!)
Incredibly, there is ONE year -2017- that calculates out to the SAME YEAR using ALL these 7 time periods!
What about 2087?
The most obvious fulfillment of “when the fig tree putteth forth leaves” was when the Jews regained Jerusalem in 1967. Counting from 1967 using the longest of all the Biblical generation lengths could take us as far into the future as 2087. (1967 + 120 = 2087) This seems to be the outside limit for the farthest away time that Jesus could possibly return by. So is this the length of a generation to use? How about adding a 70 year generation instead? …
What about 2037?
Counting from 1967 when the Jews regained Jerusalem, fulfilling “when the fig tree putteth forth leaves”, using a 70 year Biblical generation could take us as far into the future as 2037, or beyond. (1967 + 70 = 2037) But that still seems excessive. Plus this method is too vague. How can we know whether to count from 1947 or 1967, and how do we know that 70 is the correct generation length? The timing may be even nearer.
There is only one way to solve the problem of choosing which generation length… That is to calculate the end of the age using ALL adult generation lengths!
STRANGE BUT TRUE – THE LONGEST SEVEN BIBLE GENERATION LENGTHS CORRELATE EXACTLY TO THE MOST SIGNIFICANT YEARS OF ISRAEL’S EXPANSION, COUNTING BACK THE FARTHEST TIME FROM 2017, FULFILLING JESUS’ PROPHECY OF THE FIG TREE PUTTING FORTH LEAVES IN THE LAST GENERATION.
Here is the proof:
2017 – Using ALL 7 generations, based on the premise of ISRAEL being the fig tree Jesus spoke about in the end times:
1) 2017 counting back a 120 year generation = 1897. Significant event: The first ever Zionist congress was held in Basel, Switzerland in 1897. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
2) 2017 counting back a 100 year generation = 1917. Significant event: The first official political act paving the way for Jews to return to their land was the Balfour Declaration of November 1917.
3) 2017 counting back a 80 year generation = 1937. Significant event: The Peel Commission published a report that for the first time recommended partition of Palestine, and the land under it’s authority be apportioned between an Arab and Jewish state. The plan was declared unimplementable. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
4) 2017 counting back a 70 year generation = 1947. Significant event: The United Nations general assembly voted in favour of the Partition Plan that actually created… the State of Israel! (Ref. here)
5) 2017 counting back a 50 year generation = 1967. Significant event: The Jews regained Jerusalem, fulfilling“when the fig tree putteth forth leaves.”
Choosing a 50 year generation requires some explanation. There are at least two ways to calculate it from the Bible. Some people have reckoned on a 50 year generation, starting with 70 using Psalm 90:10 for an average age, and then taking away 20, because those under 20 years old who came out of Egypt were not counted, as mentioned fifteen times in the book of Numbers, Chapter 1.
There is another way to estimate it. That’s by dividing the length of time between the 40 generations between Abraham and Christ using Matthew 1:17, and making sure you don’t count David twice and Jesus once, which is an easy trap to fall into! There are several estimates for the length of time of those 40 generations, however I’ve used 2018 years, which I got from http://wiki.answers.com/
6) 2017 counting back a 40 year generation = 1977. Significant event: The State of Israel reaches the Jewish “age of maturity.” In the Old Testament Bible, priests could not work in the tabernacle until age 30. See Numbers 4:3. This was when they were considered mature. Modern Israel was born in 1947. Now do the calculation: 1947 + 30 = 1977. “When the fig tree putteth forth leaves” could be considered as another way of saying “when Israel becomes mature.” An example of this maturity is that the Liqud political party came to power in Israel in 1977. The Hebrew word Liqud means ‘The Consolidation’ in English. (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the current Liqud party leader as I write this today.)
7) 2017 counting back a 38 year generation = 1979. Significant event: Israel signs a peace treaty with Egypt. Other than the events already mentioned I’m thinking this would be considered the other most positive historical step towards modern Israel’s expansion, showing “the fig tree putting forth leaves”. It led to many long term benefits, such as providing for the free passage of Israeli ships through the Suez Canal.
This world is like the Titanic.
According to the book ‘The Discovery of the Titanic’ by Dr. Richard D. Ballard, before it hit an iceberg, the Titanic received seven iceberg warnings. Here are seven dates that, like iceberg warnings when taken together, indicate this world is about to be hit, and Jesus MAY return fairly soon.
In case you think that picking just any year and counting back could produce similar results that could be construed as fulfilling this prophecy of Israel putting forth leaves just before this age ends, take a look at the three years previous to 2017, and check if there were any notable advances for Israel counting back FROM EACH OF THOSE YEARS.
I am referencing http://en.
2016 counting back a 120 year generation = 1896. Significant event: Nothing.
2016 counting back a 100 year generation = 1916. Significant event: Nothing.
2016 counting back a 80 year generation = 1936. Significant event: Nothing.
2016 counting back a 70 year generation = 1946. Significant event: Nothing.
2016 counting back a 50 year generation = 1966. Significant event: Maybe/Perhaps? – the Knesset building was inaugurated. Arab citizens were granted rights. But essentially nothing.
2016 counting back a 40 year generation = 1976. Significant event: Operation Entebbe was successful. Would this count? It was a positive event.
2016 counting back a 38 year generation = 1978. Significant event: Camp David peace agreement, leading to the actual treaty in 1979, which the count back from 2017 pinpointed. This count is therefore moot.
2015 counting back a 120 year generation = 1895. Significant event: Nothing.
2015 counting back a 100 year generation = 1915. Significant event: Nothing.
2015 counting back a 80 year generation = 1935. Significant event: Nothing.
2015 counting back a 70 year generation = 1945. Significant event: Nothing.
2015 counting back a 50 year generation = 1965. Significant event: Nothing.
2015 counting back a 40 year generation = 1975. Significant event: Nothing.
2015 counting back a 38 year generation = 1977. Significant event: Yes, it was significant, but only because 2015 less 38 years arrives at the same year as 2017 less 40. It would NOT have been significant if we could not count forward 30 years from 1947 (instead of 1945) which counts back 70 from 2017 (instead of 2015) Check the 2017 table above, to understand this. So again, this count is therefore moot.
2014 counting back a 120 year generation = 1894. Significant event: Nothing.
2014 counting back a 100 year generation = 1914. Significant event: Nothing.
2014 counting back a 80 year generation = 1934. Significant event: Nothing.
2014 counting back a 70 year generation = 1944. Significant event: Nothing.
2014 counting back a 50 year generation = 1964. Significant event: Nothing.
2014 counting back a 40 year generation = 1974. Significant event: Nothing.
2014 counting back a 38 year generation = 1976. Significant event: Operation Entebbe (already mentioned).
Over a 120 year period, there are too many exact correlations vs. non-correlations. It’s like this:
Imagine rolling dice. The dice land on whatever number you select. This happens once, then twice, then three times in a row, and you get excited. It’s possible, but unlikely. How amazed would you be if you selected 7 numbers in advance, and your numbers all came up, not once, not twice, not four times, not five, but SEVEN times in a row?
Can these correlations be coincidence?
And is 2017 really significant?
It may not be, but I believe it is…
2017 is the Jubilee of the Jews controlling Jerusalem.
2017 is also exactly 500 years since the Protestant Reformation in 1517.
2017 is the 70th. anniversary since modern man officially flew faster than sound, and it’s the 70th. anniversary of the UFO crash/ Roswell conspiracy theory.
2017 is the 70th. anniversary of when the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. (To some extent, that was also a fulfillment of end time prophecy, see http://www.nicetiming.com/bible-proof/ for more details.)
Besides that, how many prophets really know what 2017 holds in store? I have not heard from many true prophets lately. However, what we really need to know about the future is this – If we want God to help us personally in the future, then NOW is the time to build a relationship with God.
Tomorrow, it may be too late.
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them:
but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Now while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out.
But the wise answered, saying, Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you: go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went away to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast: and the door was shut.
Strictly speaking, Genesis 6:3 is a little ambigious, and can be taken several ways. It can also be taken as a countdown to Noah’s flood, even while still using it for the longest generation length. It may have taken Noah only about 70 years or even less to build the ark as this link suggests. Either way, all indications are that time may indeed be short because end time prophecy verses, such as Matthew 24:39, say that the second coming WILL be like the timing of the flood in the days of Noah.
Believe it or not, God actually gave me a miracle relating to this flood! – read about it here.
End time prophecy indicates MOST people will be still be unaware until the tribulation ‘flood’ comes …
Author: Robert Binnion