In out meeting yesterday, the discussion went to Mark 11:13 and I was wondering if you had a teaching on it you could direct me to?
I do not know of any ‘studies’ that I would feel comfortable in referring you to for there are many who attempt to teach on this subject and most end up in a view of eschatology which is disagreeable. I believe the study of the fig tree is in the same manner as Jesus set forth His teaching during His earthly ministry which is consistent with the record of all things written. There is an earthly representation of an heavenly reality, “now learn the parable of the fig tree”.
The fig tree in the garden from whence Adam made his aprons represent mans inherent nature to manufacture and demonstrate his righteousness by the works of his hands. This will never change until the tabernacle of this dwelling is dissolved. The nation of Israel further demonstrates that the natural man will never be changed even though the wondrous works which God has done from the beginning are openly manifested in his sight through the long-suffering and patience of Yehovah God. This is the fig tree which Jesus came to and finding no fruit, for the natural man cannot produce that which is spiritual, holy and righteous, He cursed it and said that there would never be fruit found in the house of Adam/Edom. The flesh cannot be justified by the deeds of the Law and is devoid of faith, therefore the house of this dwelling is left desolate; just as seen in the statement about Jerusalem (Luke 13:35).
There is an heavenly fruit bearing tree and she is called the Beloved (Song 2:13). This is the Kingdom of the Son of God, His church, which when the disciples saw the evidence of (the budding of the fig tree - Matt. 24:32) then they understood the reality of the truth as opposed to the facade of the type, which glory was done away (II Cor. 3:7). Every man sits under his own fig tree (Mic. 4:4). The natural man sees the natural tree and he eats the natural fruit. This is vanity for it is full of labours and cannot satisfy (Ecc. 1:8). They are also temporal for that which is seen is temporal (II Cor. 4:18) and there is no hope (Rms.8:24). The children of the King sit under their fig tree and their vine, which is Anointed and they feast of the fat things which sustains the soul. This is the meat which if a man should eat thereof he should never hunger (John 6:35).
Forgive my rambling, I pray I have not caused confusion or discord.
November 10, 2015