Israel is the ‘fig tree.’ The parable suggests a young tree that is starting to grow and doesn’t become mature and bears fruit until it is older or at the appointed harvest time. The figs represent prosperity, fruit, growth, maturity, completeness. Literally, as of a couple of months ago, Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary. She is prospering unlike any other country in the Middle East. Jews from around the world have returned, and are returning to Israel. Tourism is at an all-time high. Housing developments are being built. Massive amounts of natural resources like crude oil and natural gas have been found. Even for such a small country, Israel has the strongest military air force in the Middle East. Little Israel is no longer the mocking of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). Israel is growing strong and bearing fruit. “All the trees” is an analogy for all the other nations. Compare how Israel is doing to all the other nations (trees) in the Middle East and it is apparent that Israel is doing well and putting forth figs. Notice the double verse reference to the parable of the fig tree. Any time God doubles up on an announcement in His word, it means a solid confirmation of a matter, or a doubling of intent to make something surely known. For the Christian, Luke 21:28 is extremely important from a prophetic standpoint. God inserted this verse to assure Christians that when we see Israel growing strong and putting forth fruit (figs), that the redemption (Rapture/Harpazo) of the Church is nigh (going to happen quickly).
… “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.” (Matthew 24:32). (Emphasis added).
… ”Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near.” (Mark 13:28). (Emphasis added).
… “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.” (Luke 21: 28-30). (Emphasis added).