Blog note: The ‘parable of the fig tree’ is routinely know by students of prophecy as regarding the nation of Israel. Having to do with it re-emergence and growth as a nation. Israel has re-grown into a prosperous country in a land that was for recent centuries considered a wasteland. Jerusalem is now a “burdensome stone” and “cup of trembling” for the world at-large. Jews are returning to Israel from around the world. The IDF (Israeli Defense Force) is considered possibly the strongest military in the Middle East. The Jewish population is growing and has one of the best fertility rates in the Middle East and the world. The growth and blossoming and fruit being born of Israel is parallel to Jesus’ parable of the fig tree bearing fruit at the time of the end. Jesus also indicates that as Christians see the parable of fig and the prophecies concerning the Jews and Israel coming to pass, that we are to lift our heads up as our redemption draws nigh (is imminent). End of blog note.
Matthew 24 King James Version (KJV)
24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
STUDY: ISRAEL EN ROUTE TO BECOMING SEVERELY OVERCROWDED
Today Israel is the fourth most crowded country in the OECD.
BY TAMARA ZIEVE.NOVEMBER 14, 2018. Jerusalem post.
By the year
2065, Israel’s population will number 20 million and it
is on track to become the most crowded country in the OECD,
according to a study published by the Shoresh Institution this month. It’s
already known that Israel has the highest fertility rates in the developed world
and the Shoresh Institution findings show that Israel’s rate stands in a
league of its own at 3.1, almost a full child per family more Mexico, which
comes behind it on the list.
While Israel’s high fertility rate is often celebrated by the country, President of the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research and an economist at Tel-Aviv University Professor Dan Ben-David used his study to warn that Israel is heading toward an unsustainable situation of overpopulation, low labor productivity and a severe population gap. With 8.8 million people at the end of 2017, Israel is already the fourth most crowded country in the OECD, behind Belgium, Netherlands and Korea, the latter being the most crowded but with the lowest birth rates (1.2).
According to the study, by 2065, the forecast is for 922 Israelis per square kilometer – two and a half times Israel’s current population density. The Shoresh Institution study shows that already today, Israel’s dependency ratio, meaning the share of non-working age population to working-age population, is the highest in the OECD – 64.2% according to data from 2015.
predicts that the future economic burden will be exacerbated by the internal
composition of Israel’s fertility rates, with the latest Central Bureau of
Statistics data from 2016 putting current haredi fertility rates at just under
7 children per family, while the average rate among Muslim women is 3.29,
religious/traditional Jews just over 3, and Druze, Christians and secular Jews
just over 2.
The report flags that even among the share of the country’s working-age population, the proportion not participating in the labor force is greater than in most OECD countries. “Hence, the burden on the remaining shoulders who do work is high, and can be expected to rise substantially in the future,” the institute notes. It also highlights OECD data from 2011-2014 which puts Israel 6th from the bottom of the list of 34 OECD countries with regard to literacy and numeracy proficiency scores in international exams.
Israel’s Arabic-speaking children account for a quarter of its first graders, the institute notes. Their average scores in math, science and reading in international exams are below those of many Third World countries. Moreover, the majority of haredi children – who account for almost one-fifth of Israel’s first graders – do not even participate in the international exams and many do not study core curriculum subjects
Ben-David says: “the population groups with the highest fertility rates in Israel are receiving an education that will not enable them to support a developed economy in the future – with all of the national security implications that this will have on Israel’s future ability to exist in the most violent region on the planet.”
“The direction that Israel is currently headed is clear,” said Ben-David. “It is leading to much more than severe overcrowding and overuse of the small country’s very limited resources. The composition of the fast growing population is leading to an eventual outcome that will extend beyond the inhospitable to the unsustainable in terms of Israel’s ability to fund its needs and protect its borders.”
“While a turnaround in government policies that have encouraged high fertility rates – from the elimination of child benefits through removal of housing benefits to the discontinuing of subsidized fertility treatments for families with many children – is mandatory, it’s effect will be more in terms of a signal to society of a change in national priorities since their overall impact on fertility has been marginal at best,” Ben-David continued.
“The primary route to a significant change in national fertility rates lies elsewhere, in opening the education floodgates and letting the knowledge already existing in its best higher education institutions flow to every school in Israel – with particular emphasis on the areas currently receiving a Third World education. Education is not only a major factor in determining personal economic well-being. As has been the case across the developed world, and in Israel, birth rates are not immune to the profound impact that education has on living standards,” Ben-David concluded.