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BIBLE PROPHECY

PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE


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(Subjects in this Section)

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE? 3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION 4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO

     SIXTY OR LONGER

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION 6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE IN 7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH 8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Scripture)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (and leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH (or approaching): SO LIKEWISE YE (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT (the time) IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU (the truth), THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED (or happen)-Mt 24:32-34.                          
   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or this lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HER BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (or leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR (or approaching): SO YE IN LIKE MANNER (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT IS NIGH (or near), EVEN (right) AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE DONE (or have happened)-Mk 13:28-30.
   Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with His return. Then He continued, AND WHEN THESE THINGS "BEGIN" (or start) TO COME TO PASS (or happen),THEN LOOK (or stand) UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS (high); FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH (you are about to be liberated-JNT6). AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD (look at) THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (or as soon as they sprout leaves-JNT7), YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH (or near) AT HAND. SO LIKEWISE (or even so) YE WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE (you are to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH (or near) AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (or people) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (or all these things have happened-NIV)-Lk 21:28-32.                

2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?

   The word "fig" is mentioned in the Scriptures sixty-four times. THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD-Jere 24:5. We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
   THE LORD SHOWED ME, AND, BEHOLD, TWO BASKETS OF FIGS...ONE BASKET HAD VERY GOOD FIGS, EVEN LIKE THE FIGS THAT ARE FIRST RIPE: AND THE OTHER BASKET HAD VERY NAUGHTY FIGS, WHICH COULD NOT BE EATEN, THEY WERE SO BAD. THEN SAID THE LORD UNTO ME, WHAT SEEST THOU, JEREMIAH? AND I SAID, FIGS; THE GOOD FIGS, VERY GOOD; AND THE EVIL, VERY EVIL, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL. AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD. FOR I WILL SET MINE EYES UPON THEM FOR GOOD, AND I WILL BRING THEM AGAIN TO THIS LAND: AND I WILL BUILD THEM, AND NOT PULL THEM DOWN; AND I WILL PLANT THEM, AND NOT PLUCK THEM UP. AND I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, THAT I AM THE LORD: AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD: FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. AND AS THE EVIL FIGS, WHICH CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL-Jere 24:1-8. The word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.              
   NOW IN THE MORNING AS HE RETURNED INTO THE CITY, HE HUNGERED. AND WHEN HE SAW A FIG TREE IN THE WAY, HE CAME TO IT, AND FOUND NOTHING THEREON, BUT LEAVES ONLY, AND SAID UNTO IT, LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD FOR EVER. AND PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED AWAY-Mt 21:18,19; ref Mk 11:12-14,20,21. The fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. It may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
   The nation of Israel did wither and was destroyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation.
   THEREFORE HIS HEIGHT WAS EXALTED ABOVE ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD (or nations)…THE CEDARS IN THE GARDEN OF GOD COULD NOT HIDE HIM: THE FIR TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BOUGHS, AND THE CHESTNUT TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BRANCHES; NOR ANY TREE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD WAS LIKE UNTO HIM IN HIS BEAUTY. I HAVE MADE HIM FAIR BY THE MULTITUDE OF HIS BRANCHES: SO THAT ALL THE TREES OF EDEN, THAT WERE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD, ENVIED HIM. AND STRANGERS, THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS, HAVE CUT HIM OFF, AND HAVE LEFT HIM…TO THE END THAT NONE OF ALL THE TREES (or nations) BY THE WATERS EXALT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR HEIGHT…AND I CAUSED LEBANON TO MOURN FOR HIM, AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD FAINTED FOR HIM. I MADE THE NATIONS TO SHAKE AT THE SOUND OF HIS FALL-Ezek 31:5,8,9,12,14-16. It may be noted, the word "tree" is often used as a symbol for a nation.                         

(Scripture with commentary)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or a lesson) OF THE FIG TREE (of the Israeli nation). (Note, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. Without this key event being in place, no other prophecy of the latter days meant anything.) WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (the branch on the tree becomes tender after the long, cold winter. When Israel is yet tender and puts forth leaves—this indicates the spring time), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. (When one would see the Israeli nation come forth, and his branches tender, and leaves coming forth, you would know summer is near or you would know that certain things are near.) SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS (the list of things that Jesus just gave in the previous verses), KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. (Again, we see the command to know that certain events are at the doors and are going to happen almost immediately, as already covered in previous pages.)
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Israeli nation) SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. ("All these things" includes the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and the gathering together of the elect. All these things would happen during the period of this generation.)-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.
   The verses, in Lk 21:28-32, can be broken down into four parts. First, your redemption drawing near is referring to the Rapture. It is then followed by the second part, which is seeing and knowing certain things such as the times we are in, when the nation of Israel and other nations shoot forth. (It is interesting to note that the Rapture and the nations shooting forth are both referred to.) All of this is prior to the Tribulation. These nations have now come forth.
   The third part is when you see certain other things come to pass to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. The fourth part is showing that the generation of the fig tree shall not pass till all the things Jesus told us about are fulfilled.
   AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS (we are to see or look for certain things to come to pass), THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION (or the Rapture) DRAWETH NIGH.
   AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE (or a lesson); BEHOLD THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH. (Behold the Israeli nation and all the nations that were to shoot forth.) Thus, the rebirth of the nation of Israel had to take place. In addition, other nations had to also be in place. The primary list of other nations are listed in Ezekiel chapter 38, but there are also others such as Isa chapters 17-19. These nations would include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, and other nations. Every tree (or nation) is now in place. YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND. In other words, when you see the Israeli nation and the other nations come forth, you KNOW summer is at hand. You should know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Note, first the Rapture is mentioned (your redemption), which is connected with the Israeli nation and the other nations shooting forth. By this, know the times we are in, know the Rapture is at hand, and know the next events will follow, which include the Tribulation. We are also reminded when these things "begin" to come to pass. Thus, we can look for some of the events of the Tribulation to begin to come to pass, even as birth pangs of a women.
   Then there is the next category of two parts. This includes the list of events Jesus gave, which consists of the Tribulation and His second coming. The gathering of the elect is omitted. And when these come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Mt 24 and Mk 13, include the elect being gathered, but the kingdom of God is omitted. In Lk 21, the gathering of the elect is omitted, but the kingdom of God is included. The elect are gathered during the time that is referred to as "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."
   SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (these things are including the long list Jesus had given prior to this parable), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. (Jesus shall reign on the earth.) VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY (the generation of the fig tree, the Israeli nation), TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (which includes the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus).

3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION

   "Forty years" is mentioned in the Bible forty times. The number "forty" is mentioned in the Bible one hundred and forty-six times.
   AND THE LORD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAINST ISRAEL, AND HE MADE THEM WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FORTY YEARS, UNTIL ALL THE GENERATION THAT HAD DONE EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, WAS CONSUMED-Num 32:13. It may be noted that "forty years" and "the generation" is mentioned. FORTY YEARS LONG WAS I GRIEVED WITH THIS GENERATION-Ps 95:10. Again, it may be noted, "forty years" and "this generation." HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION-Heb 3:8-10. Again, it can be noted, "forty years" and "that generation."                 
   FOR DAVID, AFTER HE HAD SERVED HIS OWN GENERATION (note the word "generation") BY THE WILL OF GOD, FELL ON SLEEP-Acts 13:36. How long did David serve? It is written, THUS DAVID THE SON OF JESSE REIGNED OVER ALL ISRAEL. AND THE TIME THAT HE (David) REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WAS FORTY YEARS; SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Chr 29:26,27. AND THE DAYS THAT DAVID REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WERE FORTY YEARS: SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Ki 2:11. Many times we are seeing the term "generation" being associated with "forty years."
   AFTER THIS LIVED JOB AN HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS, AND SAW HIS SONS, AND HIS SONS’ SONS, EVEN FOUR GENERATIONS-Job 42:16. This verse would figure out to thirty-five years. We might consider that a generation is forty years, yet may be as little as thirty-five years.
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE-Mt 23:36,38.
   AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM FOR TO SHOW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE. 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-Mt 24:1,2. The words "this generation," as appear in Mt 23:36, are the same words that appear in "this generation," in Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; and Lk 21:32. It is written, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. Jesus had said, "THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION." One of the things was the temple would be destroyed. The question arises, was the temple destroyed within forty years? The answer is yes. The temple was thrown down approximately 70 A.D. Jesus was crucified approximately forty years earlier.
   Clearly, we can see that a "Bible generation" is forty years.

4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO SIXTY OR LONGER

   A generation, as outlined in the Scriptures, was from the age of twenty years old and upward. Add forty years, and we come to sixty years old. From the age of twenty to sixty was considered as a generation.
   YOUR CARCASSES SHALL FALL IN THIS WILDERNESS; AND ALL THAT WERE NUMBERED OF YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR WHOLE NUMBER, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD-Num 14:29. EVERY ONE THAT PASSETH AMONG THEM THAT ARE NUMBERED, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND ABOVE, SHALL GIVE AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD-Ex 30:14. FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, ALL THAT ARE ABLE TO GO FORTH TO WAR IN ISRAEL-Num 1:3.
   SURELY NONE OF THE MEN THAT CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, SHALL SEE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB; BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT WHOLLY FOLLOWED ME-Num 32:11.
   A biblical generation has been shown to be forty years. It can (in some cases) also be from the age of twenty years to sixty years. It is written AND THY ESTIMATION SHALL BE OF THE MALE FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD EVEN UNTO SIXTY YEARS OLD-Lev 27:3. 
   Some prophecy scholars believe the countdown of the generation began at Israel's rebirth (May 14, 1948). This would appear to be supported by Scripture. Others believe the countdown began when Israel regained all of the city of Jerusalem (June 1967).
   Then there is the question: Should the 40 year generation be figured from 0 or the age of 20?
   Other prophecy scholars may consider that the generation could, in some cases, be 70 or 80 years. It is written, Ps 90:10-THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE YEARS AND TEN (70 years); AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS (80 years), YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW; FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF, AND WE FLY AWAY.
   All things considered, we can only say that we are in a locked countdown. Israel has been reborn as was prophesied. We are now in the latter years-ref Ezek 38:8. We are in the generation in which the Rapture will occur, followed by the man of sin coming forth (known as the Antichrist). He will confirm a covenant with Israel and others which begins the Tribulation-ref Dan 9:27. After the Tribulation of those days, Armageddon explodes. Jesus Christ returns to this earth with power and great glory. We cannot say what year it will be. We can say, 1 Thes 5:6-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. Be ready, for it will be soon. We are to occupy till He returns-ref Lk 19:13.             

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION (Scripture)

   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-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.                                         
   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. SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED-Lk 21:28-32.
   In Mt 24:4 to 24:28, events of the Tribulation are described. In Mt 24:29-31, Jesus Christ returns immediately after the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, and the elect are gathered. The very next verse, number 32, then gives us the following, NOW LEARN (this comes forth as a command, "learn"). The next words tell us what to learn, A PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (or the Israeli nation). Thus, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. This rebirth of the fig tree is outlined in Isa 66:8,9. WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (a new branch, a tender branch, a branch that has just come forth, a branch that has just sprung forth in tenderness after the winter), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (springs to life, people multiply, leaves come forth on the branches), YE KNOW (note the word "know") THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. You know certain things are going to happen. You know and recognize the times. You know that summer is near. SO LIKEWISE YE (in other words or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS. We may ask, "All what things?" The answer is, all the things that have just been described, which cover from Israel’s rebirth to the Tribulation, the return of Jesus to the earth, and the gathering of the elect. KNOW (again, we see the command to "know," or to recognize, or to be aware) THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS-Mt 24:33. Then in verse 34, it concludes with this, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION. One may ask, "What generation has Jesus just been talking about?" The answer is the generation that would begin with the rebirth of Israel and see all these signs. "This generation" SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.
   In Lk 21:8-27, God has given a picture of the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then, in Lk 21:28-32, it is written, AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN (note the word "begin") TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. These things are coming to pass. Watch and be ready.
   AND HE (Jesus) SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD THE FIG TREE (behold, Israel as a nation, behold Israel’s rebirth, which is outlined in Isa 66:8,9), AND ALL THE TREES (and all the nations) (these were covered previously); WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (when Israel and the other nations shoot forth), YE SEE AND KNOW (note "we know") OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND (you know that certain things lie ahead or you know the times). SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (when you see all the events that have been outlined come to pass), KNOW YE (a command to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND (know that the Millennium is near at hand).
   As mentioned previously, there are two sets of events to look for. 1-When these things begin to come to pass, we are to know that the Rapture is about to take place. 2-When these things have taken place then the followers of Jesus, which got saved during the Tribulation and survived, are commanded to know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
   Then in verse 32-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (What generation? The generation of "BEHOLD THE FIG TREE" that will see all these events.); THIS GENERATION shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. The last thing to be fulfilled is the gathering of the elect right after the Battle of Armageddon.
   Based on these verses, some bring forth a question, "Is it possible the Lord has given us a time period to consider?" Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948.
   As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more deeply as the end draws closer and closer.           
   This site is "not" attempting to set any exact year.
   But clearly, we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.                                              

6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE NOW IN

   1.  By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
   2.  By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mt 24; Mk 13; and Lk 21.
   3.  By the many signs given throughout the Scriptures. There are over 300 things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin.
   4.  By the time period of Jesus’ birth to now. Many consider that from the creation of Adam to the first coming of Jesus was 4000 years. From the first coming of Jesus until He comes the second time, 2000 years. From the second coming of Jesus to the end of the Millennium, 1000 years. Shortly after the Millennium, the heavens and the earth pass away, and there will come forth a new heaven and a new earth. The total time, from the creation to the time the earth passes away, should be 7000 years. This signifies the seven days, each day for 1000 years.      
   God tells us of the six days of creation, and the seventh day He rested-ref Ex 20:11. The seventh day represents the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ (the Millennium)—a time of rest-ref Heb 4:1-11; 2 Thes 1:7. Satan is chained for 1000 years, so he can deceive the nations no longer. There are various understandings of Lk 13:32. I DO CURES TO DAY AND TO MORROW, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Some consider Jesus is telling us there will be a two thousand year period (today and tomorrow), and the third day Jesus will reign. It is written, BUT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY-1 Cor 13:10.
   Also, it is written, AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT-Hos 6:2. Some consider that this verse is talking about two time periods that would come to pass, and then Israel would be restored for the Millennium. Others consider this could be talking about a two thousand year period that would come to pass from the birth of Jesus to the Millennium.
   All four methods coincide, which God gave to help us know the times we are now in.  All four testify that Jesus will soon return.                       

7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH

   The seventieth week of Daniel (which is also called the Tribulation) is clearly outlined as being seven years long. This can be further broken down, through other verses, into 84 months or 2520 days. It is further portrayed as being split into parts. The dividing point is when the sacrifices at the temple are stopped. This is defined by Daniel 9:27, as the "midst" of the Tribulation.
   Since seven years consist of 84 months, it can be assumed that each part of the Tribulation will be 3 ½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. Nevertheless, let us not forget, that God’s calendar (which has already been covered) should be used.

8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

   In Mk 13:6-19, events of the Tribulation are described. Then in verse 20, Jesus spoke these words, AND EXCEPT THAT THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS (of the trouble), NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE, WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED (or limited) THE DAYS.                                                     
   Jesus describes the Tribulation and then makes the statement, "shortened those days." What does this mean? Did He shorten it from more than seven years down to seven years? Will the 7 x 360 day periods be shortened to less than this? Will it be shortened only a few hours? It may be noted that Jesus said, "shortened those days." Days is plural, which may denote more than one. Could the days represent years? Could He have shortened the years or number of years?
   It may be noted with interest that every time the Scriptures refer to how many days, months, or years are in either part of the Tribulation, it always seems to be the second part. The second part is 1260 days. The second part is 42 months. The second part is 3 1/2 years. Many times in the Scriptures we are told the length of the second part. We never seem to be told the exact length of the first part. (Note, some Bible scholars may not agree with the alignment of events; thus, they might disagree with this statement.)
   In Daniel, the Bible indicates seven years or seven time periods. Then the words "IN THE MIDST" are used, indicating the middle. From this point on, we are told over and over that it will be 42 months, or 1260 days, or 3 1/2 years. Why do the Scriptures never come out and say the length of the first part? Since we know the second part is 1260 days and we know the Scriptures tell us, in Dan 9:27, "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK," we automatically take it for granted that the first part of the Tribulation will be the exact length as the second part: 1260 days, which equals a total of 2520 days, or 7 x 360 day periods or years. Yet we are still faced with the situation that the Bible does not seem to actually say 1260 days for the first part. Then we are faced with the words "HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS" and "HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS"-Mk 13:20.
   There seems to be no doubt that, in some way, "THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS." "Those days" being referred to here are the Tribulation. But how does He do this, and by how much?
   We might conclude that the shortening could actually come from the first part of the Tribulation, rather than the second part. This might be further substantiated in the fact that the Scriptures tell us, BUT WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION...FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS-Mk 13:14. Why didn’t Jesus just say to count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation, which was the confirming of the covenant?-ref Dan 9:27. It certainly would seem much simpler to do it this way. When 1260 days approach, then flee. Yet Jesus did not do this. He said, WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION...FLEE. This indicates that the abomination will not come at the time we might expect, that is, 1260 days into the Tribulation. If this is true, could it be because the first part of the Tribulation has been shortened? In such a case, the "elect" would have to look for this event. They could not calculate, in number of days, exactly when the abomination would happen. This event may occur after a much shorter time than 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation (if the first part of the Tribulation is shortened).
   This web site is not saying this is the way it will be, but simply asking the question, is this possible, even probable?                                          
   Again, we see, in the Gospel according to Matthew, the words, WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET...FLEE-Mt 24:15,16. Once more, no mention is made of 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we ask, is it possible according to the Scriptures, that the seventieth week of Daniel will be shortened?  Will the part that will actually be shortened  be the first part (which we presume to be 1260 days, yet is never actually stated as being thus)?
   The following verses show clearly that the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.                   
   Dan 7:25 AND THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND UNTIL A TIME AND TIMES AND THE DIVIDING OF TIME. This is the second part of the Tribulation, 3 1/2 years. The Antichrist shall make war with the saints, and they shall be given into his hand.                                       
   Dan 12:7 THAT IT SHALL BE FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF, AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FINISHED. Again this is talking about the second part of the Tribulation, 3 ½ years. The Antichrist shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.
   Rev 12:14 WHERE SHE IS NOURISHED FOR A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, FROM THE FACE OF THE SERPENT. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 3 1/2 years. Israel is told to flee, when they see the abomination of desolation, to a place where God will take care of them.
   Rev 11:2 BUT THE COURT THAT IS WITHOUT THE TEMPLE LEAVE OUT, AND MEASURE IT NOT; FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE GENTILES: AND THE HOLY CITY SHALL THEY TREAD UNDER FOOT FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation. It is 42 months. This is the same as the 3 1/2 years already mentioned. The court without the temple is given to the Gentiles.
   Rev 13:5 AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (unto the Antichrist) TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Once again, we note that the second part of the Tribulation is 42 months.
   Rev 11:3 AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This 1260 days relates to the length of time that the two prophets of God shall prophesy. Again we note, what appears to be the length of the second part of the Tribulation.
   Rev 12:6 AND THE WOMAN (Israel) FLED INTO THE WILDERNESS, WHERE SHE HATH A PLACE PREPARED OF GOD, THAT THEY SHOULD FEED HER THERE A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This verse goes with Rev 12:14. This is Israel fleeing when they see the abomination of desolation. Once more, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days.               
   Over and over the Scriptures give us the length of the second part of the Tribulation. Is it possible that the exact length of the first part may not be given, as it will be shortened? Is it possible this is why the Jews must look for the abomination of desolation to happen, rather than being able to simply count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation?
   Does God give us another verse to back up the verse, "He hath shortened the days"? It is written, ESAIAS ALSO CRIETH CONCERNING ISRAEL, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK (the Tribulation), AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK (the Tribulation) WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH. Note the words, "CUT IT SHORT"-Ro 9:27,28.
   AND AS ESAIAS SAID BEFORE, EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH (or Lord Almighty) HAD LEFT US A SEED, WE HAD BEEN AS SODOMA, AND BEEN MADE LIKE UNTO GOMORRHA-Ro 9:29. EXCEPT THE LORD OF HOSTS HAD LEFT UNTO US A VERY SMALL REMNANT (or some survivors), WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS SODOM, AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE UNTO GOMORRAH-Isa 1:9.
   This is very much in harmony with Mk 13:20, which has told us that the days had been shortened for the ELECT’S SAKE. If those days had not been shortened, NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED. In Ro 9:27, we read, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED.                                                          
   Does God give us a third verse to back this all up? It is written, Mt 24:22-AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (or if the length of this time had not been limited-JNT,8 or cut short), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE (those who have been chosen-JNT9) THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED (its length will be limited-JNT10).                         
   In view of all these Scriptures, it might be asked, "How much has the Tribulation been shortened?" The Scriptures appear to give us no way to know. Some believe the verses may refer to the length of the days being shortened.


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(Subjects in this Section)

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE? 3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION 4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO

     SIXTY OR LONGER

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION 6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE IN 7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH 8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Scripture)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (and leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH (or approaching): SO LIKEWISE YE (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT (the time) IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU (the truth), THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED (or happen)-Mt 24:32-34.                          
   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or this lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HER BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (or leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR (or approaching): SO YE IN LIKE MANNER (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT IS NIGH (or near), EVEN (right) AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE DONE (or have happened)-Mk 13:28-30.
   Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with His return. Then He continued, AND WHEN THESE THINGS "BEGIN" (or start) TO COME TO PASS (or happen),THEN LOOK (or stand) UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS (high); FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH (you are about to be liberated-JNT6). AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD (look at) THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (or as soon as they sprout leaves-JNT7), YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH (or near) AT HAND. SO LIKEWISE (or even so) YE WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE (you are to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH (or near) AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (or people) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (or all these things have happened-NIV)-Lk 21:28-32.                

2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?

   The word "fig" is mentioned in the Scriptures sixty-four times. THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD-Jere 24:5. We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
   THE LORD SHOWED ME, AND, BEHOLD, TWO BASKETS OF FIGS...ONE BASKET HAD VERY GOOD FIGS, EVEN LIKE THE FIGS THAT ARE FIRST RIPE: AND THE OTHER BASKET HAD VERY NAUGHTY FIGS, WHICH COULD NOT BE EATEN, THEY WERE SO BAD. THEN SAID THE LORD UNTO ME, WHAT SEEST THOU, JEREMIAH? AND I SAID, FIGS; THE GOOD FIGS, VERY GOOD; AND THE EVIL, VERY EVIL, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL. AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD. FOR I WILL SET MINE EYES UPON THEM FOR GOOD, AND I WILL BRING THEM AGAIN TO THIS LAND: AND I WILL BUILD THEM, AND NOT PULL THEM DOWN; AND I WILL PLANT THEM, AND NOT PLUCK THEM UP. AND I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, THAT I AM THE LORD: AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD: FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. AND AS THE EVIL FIGS, WHICH CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL-Jere 24:1-8. The word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.              
   NOW IN THE MORNING AS HE RETURNED INTO THE CITY, HE HUNGERED. AND WHEN HE SAW A FIG TREE IN THE WAY, HE CAME TO IT, AND FOUND NOTHING THEREON, BUT LEAVES ONLY, AND SAID UNTO IT, LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD FOR EVER. AND PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED AWAY-Mt 21:18,19; ref Mk 11:12-14,20,21. The fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. It may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
   The nation of Israel did wither and was destroyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation.
   THEREFORE HIS HEIGHT WAS EXALTED ABOVE ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD (or nations)…THE CEDARS IN THE GARDEN OF GOD COULD NOT HIDE HIM: THE FIR TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BOUGHS, AND THE CHESTNUT TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BRANCHES; NOR ANY TREE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD WAS LIKE UNTO HIM IN HIS BEAUTY. I HAVE MADE HIM FAIR BY THE MULTITUDE OF HIS BRANCHES: SO THAT ALL THE TREES OF EDEN, THAT WERE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD, ENVIED HIM. AND STRANGERS, THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS, HAVE CUT HIM OFF, AND HAVE LEFT HIM…TO THE END THAT NONE OF ALL THE TREES (or nations) BY THE WATERS EXALT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR HEIGHT…AND I CAUSED LEBANON TO MOURN FOR HIM, AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD FAINTED FOR HIM. I MADE THE NATIONS TO SHAKE AT THE SOUND OF HIS FALL-Ezek 31:5,8,9,12,14-16. It may be noted, the word "tree" is often used as a symbol for a nation.                         

(Scripture with commentary)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or a lesson) OF THE FIG TREE (of the Israeli nation). (Note, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. Without this key event being in place, no other prophecy of the latter days meant anything.) WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (the branch on the tree becomes tender after the long, cold winter. When Israel is yet tender and puts forth leaves—this indicates the spring time), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. (When one would see the Israeli nation come forth, and his branches tender, and leaves coming forth, you would know summer is near or you would know that certain things are near.) SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS (the list of things that Jesus just gave in the previous verses), KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. (Again, we see the command to know that certain events are at the doors and are going to happen almost immediately, as already covered in previous pages.)
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Israeli nation) SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. ("All these things" includes the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and the gathering together of the elect. All these things would happen during the period of this generation.)-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.
   The verses, in Lk 21:28-32, can be broken down into four parts. First, your redemption drawing near is referring to the Rapture. It is then followed by the second part, which is seeing and knowing certain things such as the times we are in, when the nation of Israel and other nations shoot forth. (It is interesting to note that the Rapture and the nations shooting forth are both referred to.) All of this is prior to the Tribulation. These nations have now come forth.
   The third part is when you see certain other things come to pass to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. The fourth part is showing that the generation of the fig tree shall not pass till all the things Jesus told us about are fulfilled.
   AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS (we are to see or look for certain things to come to pass), THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION (or the Rapture) DRAWETH NIGH.
   AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE (or a lesson); BEHOLD THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH. (Behold the Israeli nation and all the nations that were to shoot forth.) Thus, the rebirth of the nation of Israel had to take place. In addition, other nations had to also be in place. The primary list of other nations are listed in Ezekiel chapter 38, but there are also others such as Isa chapters 17-19. These nations would include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, and other nations. Every tree (or nation) is now in place. YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND. In other words, when you see the Israeli nation and the other nations come forth, you KNOW summer is at hand. You should know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Note, first the Rapture is mentioned (your redemption), which is connected with the Israeli nation and the other nations shooting forth. By this, know the times we are in, know the Rapture is at hand, and know the next events will follow, which include the Tribulation. We are also reminded when these things "begin" to come to pass. Thus, we can look for some of the events of the Tribulation to begin to come to pass, even as birth pangs of a women.
   Then there is the next category of two parts. This includes the list of events Jesus gave, which consists of the Tribulation and His second coming. The gathering of the elect is omitted. And when these come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Mt 24 and Mk 13, include the elect being gathered, but the kingdom of God is omitted. In Lk 21, the gathering of the elect is omitted, but the kingdom of God is included. The elect are gathered during the time that is referred to as "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."
   SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (these things are including the long list Jesus had given prior to this parable), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. (Jesus shall reign on the earth.) VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY (the generation of the fig tree, the Israeli nation), TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (which includes the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus).

3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION

   "Forty years" is mentioned in the Bible forty times. The number "forty" is mentioned in the Bible one hundred and forty-six times.
   AND THE LORD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAINST ISRAEL, AND HE MADE THEM WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FORTY YEARS, UNTIL ALL THE GENERATION THAT HAD DONE EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, WAS CONSUMED-Num 32:13. It may be noted that "forty years" and "the generation" is mentioned. FORTY YEARS LONG WAS I GRIEVED WITH THIS GENERATION-Ps 95:10. Again, it may be noted, "forty years" and "this generation." HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION-Heb 3:8-10. Again, it can be noted, "forty years" and "that generation."                 
   FOR DAVID, AFTER HE HAD SERVED HIS OWN GENERATION (note the word "generation") BY THE WILL OF GOD, FELL ON SLEEP-Acts 13:36. How long did David serve? It is written, THUS DAVID THE SON OF JESSE REIGNED OVER ALL ISRAEL. AND THE TIME THAT HE (David) REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WAS FORTY YEARS; SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Chr 29:26,27. AND THE DAYS THAT DAVID REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WERE FORTY YEARS: SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Ki 2:11. Many times we are seeing the term "generation" being associated with "forty years."
   AFTER THIS LIVED JOB AN HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS, AND SAW HIS SONS, AND HIS SONS’ SONS, EVEN FOUR GENERATIONS-Job 42:16. This verse would figure out to thirty-five years. We might consider that a generation is forty years, yet may be as little as thirty-five years.
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE-Mt 23:36,38.
   AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM FOR TO SHOW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE. 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-Mt 24:1,2. The words "this generation," as appear in Mt 23:36, are the same words that appear in "this generation," in Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; and Lk 21:32. It is written, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. Jesus had said, "THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION." One of the things was the temple would be destroyed. The question arises, was the temple destroyed within forty years? The answer is yes. The temple was thrown down approximately 70 A.D. Jesus was crucified approximately forty years earlier.
   Clearly, we can see that a "Bible generation" is forty years.

4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO SIXTY OR LONGER

   A generation, as outlined in the Scriptures, was from the age of twenty years old and upward. Add forty years, and we come to sixty years old. From the age of twenty to sixty was considered as a generation.
   YOUR CARCASSES SHALL FALL IN THIS WILDERNESS; AND ALL THAT WERE NUMBERED OF YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR WHOLE NUMBER, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD-Num 14:29. EVERY ONE THAT PASSETH AMONG THEM THAT ARE NUMBERED, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND ABOVE, SHALL GIVE AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD-Ex 30:14. FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, ALL THAT ARE ABLE TO GO FORTH TO WAR IN ISRAEL-Num 1:3.
   SURELY NONE OF THE MEN THAT CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, SHALL SEE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB; BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT WHOLLY FOLLOWED ME-Num 32:11.
   A biblical generation has been shown to be forty years. It can (in some cases) also be from the age of twenty years to sixty years. It is written AND THY ESTIMATION SHALL BE OF THE MALE FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD EVEN UNTO SIXTY YEARS OLD-Lev 27:3. 
   Some prophecy scholars believe the countdown of the generation began at Israel's rebirth (May 14, 1948). This would appear to be supported by Scripture. Others believe the countdown began when Israel regained all of the city of Jerusalem (June 1967).
   Then there is the question: Should the 40 year generation be figured from 0 or the age of 20?
   Other prophecy scholars may consider that the generation could, in some cases, be 70 or 80 years. It is written, Ps 90:10-THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE YEARS AND TEN (70 years); AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS (80 years), YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW; FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF, AND WE FLY AWAY.
   All things considered, we can only say that we are in a locked countdown. Israel has been reborn as was prophesied. We are now in the latter years-ref Ezek 38:8. We are in the generation in which the Rapture will occur, followed by the man of sin coming forth (known as the Antichrist). He will confirm a covenant with Israel and others which begins the Tribulation-ref Dan 9:27. After the Tribulation of those days, Armageddon explodes. Jesus Christ returns to this earth with power and great glory. We cannot say what year it will be. We can say, 1 Thes 5:6-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. Be ready, for it will be soon. We are to occupy till He returns-ref Lk 19:13.             

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION (Scripture)

   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-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.                                         
   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. SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED-Lk 21:28-32.
   In Mt 24:4 to 24:28, events of the Tribulation are described. In Mt 24:29-31, Jesus Christ returns immediately after the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, and the elect are gathered. The very next verse, number 32, then gives us the following, NOW LEARN (this comes forth as a command, "learn"). The next words tell us what to learn, A PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (or the Israeli nation). Thus, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. This rebirth of the fig tree is outlined in Isa 66:8,9. WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (a new branch, a tender branch, a branch that has just come forth, a branch that has just sprung forth in tenderness after the winter), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (springs to life, people multiply, leaves come forth on the branches), YE KNOW (note the word "know") THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. You know certain things are going to happen. You know and recognize the times. You know that summer is near. SO LIKEWISE YE (in other words or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS. We may ask, "All what things?" The answer is, all the things that have just been described, which cover from Israel’s rebirth to the Tribulation, the return of Jesus to the earth, and the gathering of the elect. KNOW (again, we see the command to "know," or to recognize, or to be aware) THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS-Mt 24:33. Then in verse 34, it concludes with this, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION. One may ask, "What generation has Jesus just been talking about?" The answer is the generation that would begin with the rebirth of Israel and see all these signs. "This generation" SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.
   In Lk 21:8-27, God has given a picture of the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then, in Lk 21:28-32, it is written, AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN (note the word "begin") TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. These things are coming to pass. Watch and be ready.
   AND HE (Jesus) SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD THE FIG TREE (behold, Israel as a nation, behold Israel’s rebirth, which is outlined in Isa 66:8,9), AND ALL THE TREES (and all the nations) (these were covered previously); WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (when Israel and the other nations shoot forth), YE SEE AND KNOW (note "we know") OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND (you know that certain things lie ahead or you know the times). SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (when you see all the events that have been outlined come to pass), KNOW YE (a command to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND (know that the Millennium is near at hand).
   As mentioned previously, there are two sets of events to look for. 1-When these things begin to come to pass, we are to know that the Rapture is about to take place. 2-When these things have taken place then the followers of Jesus, which got saved during the Tribulation and survived, are commanded to know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
   Then in verse 32-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (What generation? The generation of "BEHOLD THE FIG TREE" that will see all these events.); THIS GENERATION shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. The last thing to be fulfilled is the gathering of the elect right after the Battle of Armageddon.
   Based on these verses, some bring forth a question, "Is it possible the Lord has given us a time period to consider?" Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948.
   As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more deeply as the end draws closer and closer.           
   This site is "not" attempting to set any exact year.
   But clearly, we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.                                              

6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE NOW IN

   1.  By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
   2.  By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mt 24; Mk 13; and Lk 21.
   3.  By the many signs given throughout the Scriptures. There are over 300 things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin.
   4.  By the time period of Jesus’ birth to now. Many consider that from the creation of Adam to the first coming of Jesus was 4000 years. From the first coming of Jesus until He comes the second time, 2000 years. From the second coming of Jesus to the end of the Millennium, 1000 years. Shortly after the Millennium, the heavens and the earth pass away, and there will come forth a new heaven and a new earth. The total time, from the creation to the time the earth passes away, should be 7000 years. This signifies the seven days, each day for 1000 years.      
   God tells us of the six days of creation, and the seventh day He rested-ref Ex 20:11. The seventh day represents the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ (the Millennium)—a time of rest-ref Heb 4:1-11; 2 Thes 1:7. Satan is chained for 1000 years, so he can deceive the nations no longer. There are various understandings of Lk 13:32. I DO CURES TO DAY AND TO MORROW, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Some consider Jesus is telling us there will be a two thousand year period (today and tomorrow), and the third day Jesus will reign. It is written, BUT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY-1 Cor 13:10.
   Also, it is written, AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT-Hos 6:2. Some consider that this verse is talking about two time periods that would come to pass, and then Israel would be restored for the Millennium. Others consider this could be talking about a two thousand year period that would come to pass from the birth of Jesus to the Millennium.
   All four methods coincide, which God gave to help us know the times we are now in.  All four testify that Jesus will soon return.                       

7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH

   The seventieth week of Daniel (which is also called the Tribulation) is clearly outlined as being seven years long. This can be further broken down, through other verses, into 84 months or 2520 days. It is further portrayed as being split into parts. The dividing point is when the sacrifices at the temple are stopped. This is defined by Daniel 9:27, as the "midst" of the Tribulation.
   Since seven years consist of 84 months, it can be assumed that each part of the Tribulation will be 3 ½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. Nevertheless, let us not forget, that God’s calendar (which has already been covered) should be used.

8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

   In Mk 13:6-19, events of the Tribulation are described. Then in verse 20, Jesus spoke these words, AND EXCEPT THAT THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS (of the trouble), NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE, WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED (or limited) THE DAYS.                                                     
   Jesus describes the Tribulation and then makes the statement, "shortened those days." What does this mean? Did He shorten it from more than seven years down to seven years? Will the 7 x 360 day periods be shortened to less than this? Will it be shortened only a few hours? It may be noted that Jesus said, "shortened those days." Days is plural, which may denote more than one. Could the days represent years? Could He have shortened the years or number of years?
   It may be noted with interest that every time the Scriptures refer to how many days, months, or years are in either part of the Tribulation, it always seems to be the second part. The second part is 1260 days. The second part is 42 months. The second part is 3 1/2 years. Many times in the Scriptures we are told the length of the second part. We never seem to be told the exact length of the first part. (Note, some Bible scholars may not agree with the alignment of events; thus, they might disagree with this statement.)
   In Daniel, the Bible indicates seven years or seven time periods. Then the words "IN THE MIDST" are used, indicating the middle. From this point on, we are told over and over that it will be 42 months, or 1260 days, or 3 1/2 years. Why do the Scriptures never come out and say the length of the first part? Since we know the second part is 1260 days and we know the Scriptures tell us, in Dan 9:27, "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK," we automatically take it for granted that the first part of the Tribulation will be the exact length as the second part: 1260 days, which equals a total of 2520 days, or 7 x 360 day periods or years. Yet we are still faced with the situation that the Bible does not seem to actually say 1260 days for the first part. Then we are faced with the words "HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS" and "HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS"-Mk 13:20.
   There seems to be no doubt that, in some way, "THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS." "Those days" being referred to here are the Tribulation. But how does He do this, and by how much?
   We might conclude that the shortening could actually come from the first part of the Tribulation, rather than the second part. This might be further substantiated in the fact that the Scriptures tell us, BUT WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION...FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS-Mk 13:14. Why didn’t Jesus just say to count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation, which was the confirming of the covenant?-ref Dan 9:27. It certainly would seem much simpler to do it this way. When 1260 days approach, then flee. Yet Jesus did not do this. He said, WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION...FLEE. This indicates that the abomination will not come at the time we might expect, that is, 1260 days into the Tribulation. If this is true, could it be because the first part of the Tribulation has been shortened? In such a case, the "elect" would have to look for this event. They could not calculate, in number of days, exactly when the abomination would happen. This event may occur after a much shorter time than 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation (if the first part of the Tribulation is shortened).
   This web site is not saying this is the way it will be, but simply asking the question, is this possible, even probable?                                          
   Again, we see, in the Gospel according to Matthew, the words, WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET...FLEE-Mt 24:15,16. Once more, no mention is made of 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we ask, is it possible according to the Scriptures, that the seventieth week of Daniel will be shortened?  Will the part that will actually be shortened  be the first part (which we presume to be 1260 days, yet is never actually stated as being thus)?
   The following verses show clearly that the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.                   
   Dan 7:25 AND THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND UNTIL A TIME AND TIMES AND THE DIVIDING OF TIME. This is the second part of the Tribulation, 3 1/2 years. The Antichrist shall make war with the saints, and they shall be given into his hand.                                       
   Dan 12:7 THAT IT SHALL BE FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF, AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FINISHED. Again this is talking about the second part of the Tribulation, 3 ½ years. The Antichrist shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.
   Rev 12:14 WHERE SHE IS NOURISHED FOR A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, FROM THE FACE OF THE SERPENT. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 3 1/2 years. Israel is told to flee, when they see the abomination of desolation, to a place where God will take care of them.
   Rev 11:2 BUT THE COURT THAT IS WITHOUT THE TEMPLE LEAVE OUT, AND MEASURE IT NOT; FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE GENTILES: AND THE HOLY CITY SHALL THEY TREAD UNDER FOOT FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation. It is 42 months. This is the same as the 3 1/2 years already mentioned. The court without the temple is given to the Gentiles.
   Rev 13:5 AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (unto the Antichrist) TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Once again, we note that the second part of the Tribulation is 42 months.
   Rev 11:3 AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This 1260 days relates to the length of time that the two prophets of God shall prophesy. Again we note, what appears to be the length of the second part of the Tribulation.
   Rev 12:6 AND THE WOMAN (Israel) FLED INTO THE WILDERNESS, WHERE SHE HATH A PLACE PREPARED OF GOD, THAT THEY SHOULD FEED HER THERE A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This verse goes with Rev 12:14. This is Israel fleeing when they see the abomination of desolation. Once more, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days.               
   Over and over the Scriptures give us the length of the second part of the Tribulation. Is it possible that the exact length of the first part may not be given, as it will be shortened? Is it possible this is why the Jews must look for the abomination of desolation to happen, rather than being able to simply count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation?
   Does God give us another verse to back up the verse, "He hath shortened the days"? It is written, ESAIAS ALSO CRIETH CONCERNING ISRAEL, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK (the Tribulation), AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK (the Tribulation) WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH. Note the words, "CUT IT SHORT"-Ro 9:27,28.
   AND AS ESAIAS SAID BEFORE, EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH (or Lord Almighty) HAD LEFT US A SEED, WE HAD BEEN AS SODOMA, AND BEEN MADE LIKE UNTO GOMORRHA-Ro 9:29. EXCEPT THE LORD OF HOSTS HAD LEFT UNTO US A VERY SMALL REMNANT (or some survivors), WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS SODOM, AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE UNTO GOMORRAH-Isa 1:9.
   This is very much in harmony with Mk 13:20, which has told us that the days had been shortened for the ELECT’S SAKE. If those days had not been shortened, NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED. In Ro 9:27, we read, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED.                                                          
   Does God give us a third verse to back this all up? It is written, Mt 24:22-AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (or if the length of this time had not been limited-JNT,8 or cut short), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE (those who have been chosen-JNT9) THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED (its length will be limited-JNT10).                         
   In view of all these Scriptures, it might be asked, "How much has the Tribulation been shortened?" The Scriptures appear to give us no way to know. Some believe the verses may refer to the length of the days being shortened.


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(Subjects in this Section)

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE? 3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION 4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO

     SIXTY OR LONGER

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION 6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE IN 7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH 8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Scripture)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (and leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH (or approaching): SO LIKEWISE YE (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT (the time) IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU (the truth), THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED (or happen)-Mt 24:32-34.                          
   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or this lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HER BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (or leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR (or approaching): SO YE IN LIKE MANNER (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT IS NIGH (or near), EVEN (right) AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE DONE (or have happened)-Mk 13:28-30.
   Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with His return. Then He continued, AND WHEN THESE THINGS "BEGIN" (or start) TO COME TO PASS (or happen),THEN LOOK (or stand) UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS (high); FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH (you are about to be liberated-JNT6). AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD (look at) THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (or as soon as they sprout leaves-JNT7), YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH (or near) AT HAND. SO LIKEWISE (or even so) YE WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE (you are to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH (or near) AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (or people) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (or all these things have happened-NIV)-Lk 21:28-32.                

2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?

   The word "fig" is mentioned in the Scriptures sixty-four times. THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD-Jere 24:5. We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
   THE LORD SHOWED ME, AND, BEHOLD, TWO BASKETS OF FIGS...ONE BASKET HAD VERY GOOD FIGS, EVEN LIKE THE FIGS THAT ARE FIRST RIPE: AND THE OTHER BASKET HAD VERY NAUGHTY FIGS, WHICH COULD NOT BE EATEN, THEY WERE SO BAD. THEN SAID THE LORD UNTO ME, WHAT SEEST THOU, JEREMIAH? AND I SAID, FIGS; THE GOOD FIGS, VERY GOOD; AND THE EVIL, VERY EVIL, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL. AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD. FOR I WILL SET MINE EYES UPON THEM FOR GOOD, AND I WILL BRING THEM AGAIN TO THIS LAND: AND I WILL BUILD THEM, AND NOT PULL THEM DOWN; AND I WILL PLANT THEM, AND NOT PLUCK THEM UP. AND I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, THAT I AM THE LORD: AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD: FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. AND AS THE EVIL FIGS, WHICH CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL-Jere 24:1-8. The word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.              
   NOW IN THE MORNING AS HE RETURNED INTO THE CITY, HE HUNGERED. AND WHEN HE SAW A FIG TREE IN THE WAY, HE CAME TO IT, AND FOUND NOTHING THEREON, BUT LEAVES ONLY, AND SAID UNTO IT, LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD FOR EVER. AND PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED AWAY-Mt 21:18,19; ref Mk 11:12-14,20,21. The fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. It may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
   The nation of Israel did wither and was destroyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation.
   THEREFORE HIS HEIGHT WAS EXALTED ABOVE ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD (or nations)…THE CEDARS IN THE GARDEN OF GOD COULD NOT HIDE HIM: THE FIR TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BOUGHS, AND THE CHESTNUT TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BRANCHES; NOR ANY TREE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD WAS LIKE UNTO HIM IN HIS BEAUTY. I HAVE MADE HIM FAIR BY THE MULTITUDE OF HIS BRANCHES: SO THAT ALL THE TREES OF EDEN, THAT WERE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD, ENVIED HIM. AND STRANGERS, THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS, HAVE CUT HIM OFF, AND HAVE LEFT HIM…TO THE END THAT NONE OF ALL THE TREES (or nations) BY THE WATERS EXALT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR HEIGHT…AND I CAUSED LEBANON TO MOURN FOR HIM, AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD FAINTED FOR HIM. I MADE THE NATIONS TO SHAKE AT THE SOUND OF HIS FALL-Ezek 31:5,8,9,12,14-16. It may be noted, the word "tree" is often used as a symbol for a nation.                         

(Scripture with commentary)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or a lesson) OF THE FIG TREE (of the Israeli nation). (Note, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. Without this key event being in place, no other prophecy of the latter days meant anything.) WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (the branch on the tree becomes tender after the long, cold winter. When Israel is yet tender and puts forth leaves—this indicates the spring time), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. (When one would see the Israeli nation come forth, and his branches tender, and leaves coming forth, you would know summer is near or you would know that certain things are near.) SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS (the list of things that Jesus just gave in the previous verses), KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. (Again, we see the command to know that certain events are at the doors and are going to happen almost immediately, as already covered in previous pages.)
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Israeli nation) SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. ("All these things" includes the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and the gathering together of the elect. All these things would happen during the period of this generation.)-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.
   The verses, in Lk 21:28-32, can be broken down into four parts. First, your redemption drawing near is referring to the Rapture. It is then followed by the second part, which is seeing and knowing certain things such as the times we are in, when the nation of Israel and other nations shoot forth. (It is interesting to note that the Rapture and the nations shooting forth are both referred to.) All of this is prior to the Tribulation. These nations have now come forth.
   The third part is when you see certain other things come to pass to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. The fourth part is showing that the generation of the fig tree shall not pass till all the things Jesus told us about are fulfilled.
   AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS (we are to see or look for certain things to come to pass), THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION (or the Rapture) DRAWETH NIGH.
   AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE (or a lesson); BEHOLD THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH. (Behold the Israeli nation and all the nations that were to shoot forth.) Thus, the rebirth of the nation of Israel had to take place. In addition, other nations had to also be in place. The primary list of other nations are listed in Ezekiel chapter 38, but there are also others such as Isa chapters 17-19. These nations would include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, and other nations. Every tree (or nation) is now in place. YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND. In other words, when you see the Israeli nation and the other nations come forth, you KNOW summer is at hand. You should know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Note, first the Rapture is mentioned (your redemption), which is connected with the Israeli nation and the other nations shooting forth. By this, know the times we are in, know the Rapture is at hand, and know the next events will follow, which include the Tribulation. We are also reminded when these things "begin" to come to pass. Thus, we can look for some of the events of the Tribulation to begin to come to pass, even as birth pangs of a women.
   Then there is the next category of two parts. This includes the list of events Jesus gave, which consists of the Tribulation and His second coming. The gathering of the elect is omitted. And when these come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Mt 24 and Mk 13, include the elect being gathered, but the kingdom of God is omitted. In Lk 21, the gathering of the elect is omitted, but the kingdom of God is included. The elect are gathered during the time that is referred to as "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."
   SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (these things are including the long list Jesus had given prior to this parable), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. (Jesus shall reign on the earth.) VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY (the generation of the fig tree, the Israeli nation), TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (which includes the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus).

3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION

   "Forty years" is mentioned in the Bible forty times. The number "forty" is mentioned in the Bible one hundred and forty-six times.
   AND THE LORD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAINST ISRAEL, AND HE MADE THEM WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FORTY YEARS, UNTIL ALL THE GENERATION THAT HAD DONE EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, WAS CONSUMED-Num 32:13. It may be noted that "forty years" and "the generation" is mentioned. FORTY YEARS LONG WAS I GRIEVED WITH THIS GENERATION-Ps 95:10. Again, it may be noted, "forty years" and "this generation." HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION-Heb 3:8-10. Again, it can be noted, "forty years" and "that generation."                 
   FOR DAVID, AFTER HE HAD SERVED HIS OWN GENERATION (note the word "generation") BY THE WILL OF GOD, FELL ON SLEEP-Acts 13:36. How long did David serve? It is written, THUS DAVID THE SON OF JESSE REIGNED OVER ALL ISRAEL. AND THE TIME THAT HE (David) REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WAS FORTY YEARS; SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Chr 29:26,27. AND THE DAYS THAT DAVID REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WERE FORTY YEARS: SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Ki 2:11. Many times we are seeing the term "generation" being associated with "forty years."
   AFTER THIS LIVED JOB AN HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS, AND SAW HIS SONS, AND HIS SONS’ SONS, EVEN FOUR GENERATIONS-Job 42:16. This verse would figure out to thirty-five years. We might consider that a generation is forty years, yet may be as little as thirty-five years.
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE-Mt 23:36,38.
   AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM FOR TO SHOW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE. 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-Mt 24:1,2. The words "this generation," as appear in Mt 23:36, are the same words that appear in "this generation," in Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; and Lk 21:32. It is written, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. Jesus had said, "THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION." One of the things was the temple would be destroyed. The question arises, was the temple destroyed within forty years? The answer is yes. The temple was thrown down approximately 70 A.D. Jesus was crucified approximately forty years earlier.
   Clearly, we can see that a "Bible generation" is forty years.

4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO SIXTY OR LONGER

   A generation, as outlined in the Scriptures, was from the age of twenty years old and upward. Add forty years, and we come to sixty years old. From the age of twenty to sixty was considered as a generation.
   YOUR CARCASSES SHALL FALL IN THIS WILDERNESS; AND ALL THAT WERE NUMBERED OF YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR WHOLE NUMBER, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD-Num 14:29. EVERY ONE THAT PASSETH AMONG THEM THAT ARE NUMBERED, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND ABOVE, SHALL GIVE AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD-Ex 30:14. FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, ALL THAT ARE ABLE TO GO FORTH TO WAR IN ISRAEL-Num 1:3.
   SURELY NONE OF THE MEN THAT CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, SHALL SEE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB; BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT WHOLLY FOLLOWED ME-Num 32:11.
   A biblical generation has been shown to be forty years. It can (in some cases) also be from the age of twenty years to sixty years. It is written AND THY ESTIMATION SHALL BE OF THE MALE FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD EVEN UNTO SIXTY YEARS OLD-Lev 27:3. 
   Some prophecy scholars believe the countdown of the generation began at Israel's rebirth (May 14, 1948). This would appear to be supported by Scripture. Others believe the countdown began when Israel regained all of the city of Jerusalem (June 1967).
   Then there is the question: Should the 40 year generation be figured from 0 or the age of 20?
   Other prophecy scholars may consider that the generation could, in some cases, be 70 or 80 years. It is written, Ps 90:10-THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE YEARS AND TEN (70 years); AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS (80 years), YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW; FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF, AND WE FLY AWAY.
   All things considered, we can only say that we are in a locked countdown. Israel has been reborn as was prophesied. We are now in the latter years-ref Ezek 38:8. We are in the generation in which the Rapture will occur, followed by the man of sin coming forth (known as the Antichrist). He will confirm a covenant with Israel and others which begins the Tribulation-ref Dan 9:27. After the Tribulation of those days, Armageddon explodes. Jesus Christ returns to this earth with power and great glory. We cannot say what year it will be. We can say, 1 Thes 5:6-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. Be ready, for it will be soon. We are to occupy till He returns-ref Lk 19:13.             

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION (Scripture)

   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-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.                                         
   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. SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED-Lk 21:28-32.
   In Mt 24:4 to 24:28, events of the Tribulation are described. In Mt 24:29-31, Jesus Christ returns immediately after the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, and the elect are gathered. The very next verse, number 32, then gives us the following, NOW LEARN (this comes forth as a command, "learn"). The next words tell us what to learn, A PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (or the Israeli nation). Thus, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. This rebirth of the fig tree is outlined in Isa 66:8,9. WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (a new branch, a tender branch, a branch that has just come forth, a branch that has just sprung forth in tenderness after the winter), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (springs to life, people multiply, leaves come forth on the branches), YE KNOW (note the word "know") THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. You know certain things are going to happen. You know and recognize the times. You know that summer is near. SO LIKEWISE YE (in other words or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS. We may ask, "All what things?" The answer is, all the things that have just been described, which cover from Israel’s rebirth to the Tribulation, the return of Jesus to the earth, and the gathering of the elect. KNOW (again, we see the command to "know," or to recognize, or to be aware) THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS-Mt 24:33. Then in verse 34, it concludes with this, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION. One may ask, "What generation has Jesus just been talking about?" The answer is the generation that would begin with the rebirth of Israel and see all these signs. "This generation" SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.
   In Lk 21:8-27, God has given a picture of the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then, in Lk 21:28-32, it is written, AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN (note the word "begin") TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. These things are coming to pass. Watch and be ready.
   AND HE (Jesus) SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD THE FIG TREE (behold, Israel as a nation, behold Israel’s rebirth, which is outlined in Isa 66:8,9), AND ALL THE TREES (and all the nations) (these were covered previously); WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (when Israel and the other nations shoot forth), YE SEE AND KNOW (note "we know") OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND (you know that certain things lie ahead or you know the times). SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (when you see all the events that have been outlined come to pass), KNOW YE (a command to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND (know that the Millennium is near at hand).
   As mentioned previously, there are two sets of events to look for. 1-When these things begin to come to pass, we are to know that the Rapture is about to take place. 2-When these things have taken place then the followers of Jesus, which got saved during the Tribulation and survived, are commanded to know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
   Then in verse 32-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (What generation? The generation of "BEHOLD THE FIG TREE" that will see all these events.); THIS GENERATION shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. The last thing to be fulfilled is the gathering of the elect right after the Battle of Armageddon.
   Based on these verses, some bring forth a question, "Is it possible the Lord has given us a time period to consider?" Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948.
   As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more deeply as the end draws closer and closer.           
   This site is "not" attempting to set any exact year.
   But clearly, we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.                                              

6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE NOW IN

   1.  By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
   2.  By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mt 24; Mk 13; and Lk 21.
   3.  By the many signs given throughout the Scriptures. There are over 300 things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin.
   4.  By the time period of Jesus’ birth to now. Many consider that from the creation of Adam to the first coming of Jesus was 4000 years. From the first coming of Jesus until He comes the second time, 2000 years. From the second coming of Jesus to the end of the Millennium, 1000 years. Shortly after the Millennium, the heavens and the earth pass away, and there will come forth a new heaven and a new earth. The total time, from the creation to the time the earth passes away, should be 7000 years. This signifies the seven days, each day for 1000 years.      
   God tells us of the six days of creation, and the seventh day He rested-ref Ex 20:11. The seventh day represents the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ (the Millennium)—a time of rest-ref Heb 4:1-11; 2 Thes 1:7. Satan is chained for 1000 years, so he can deceive the nations no longer. There are various understandings of Lk 13:32. I DO CURES TO DAY AND TO MORROW, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Some consider Jesus is telling us there will be a two thousand year period (today and tomorrow), and the third day Jesus will reign. It is written, BUT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY-1 Cor 13:10.
   Also, it is written, AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT-Hos 6:2. Some consider that this verse is talking about two time periods that would come to pass, and then Israel would be restored for the Millennium. Others consider this could be talking about a two thousand year period that would come to pass from the birth of Jesus to the Millennium.
   All four methods coincide, which God gave to help us know the times we are now in.  All four testify that Jesus will soon return.                       

7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH

   The seventieth week of Daniel (which is also called the Tribulation) is clearly outlined as being seven years long. This can be further broken down, through other verses, into 84 months or 2520 days. It is further portrayed as being split into parts. The dividing point is when the sacrifices at the temple are stopped. This is defined by Daniel 9:27, as the "midst" of the Tribulation.
   Since seven years consist of 84 months, it can be assumed that each part of the Tribulation will be 3 ½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. Nevertheless, let us not forget, that God’s calendar (which has already been covered) should be used.

8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

   In Mk 13:6-19, events of the Tribulation are described. Then in verse 20, Jesus spoke these words, AND EXCEPT THAT THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS (of the trouble), NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE, WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED (or limited) THE DAYS.                                                     
   Jesus describes the Tribulation and then makes the statement, "shortened those days." What does this mean? Did He shorten it from more than seven years down to seven years? Will the 7 x 360 day periods be shortened to less than this? Will it be shortened only a few hours? It may be noted that Jesus said, "shortened those days." Days is plural, which may denote more than one. Could the days represent years? Could He have shortened the years or number of years?
   It may be noted with interest that every time the Scriptures refer to how many days, months, or years are in either part of the Tribulation, it always seems to be the second part. The second part is 1260 days. The second part is 42 months. The second part is 3 1/2 years. Many times in the Scriptures we are told the length of the second part. We never seem to be told the exact length of the first part. (Note, some Bible scholars may not agree with the alignment of events; thus, they might disagree with this statement.)
   In Daniel, the Bible indicates seven years or seven time periods. Then the words "IN THE MIDST" are used, indicating the middle. From this point on, we are told over and over that it will be 42 months, or 1260 days, or 3 1/2 years. Why do the Scriptures never come out and say the length of the first part? Since we know the second part is 1260 days and we know the Scriptures tell us, in Dan 9:27, "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK," we automatically take it for granted that the first part of the Tribulation will be the exact length as the second part: 1260 days, which equals a total of 2520 days, or 7 x 360 day periods or years. Yet we are still faced with the situation that the Bible does not seem to actually say 1260 days for the first part. Then we are faced with the words "HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS" and "HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS"-Mk 13:20.
   There seems to be no doubt that, in some way, "THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS." "Those days" being referred to here are the Tribulation. But how does He do this, and by how much?
   We might conclude that the shortening could actually come from the first part of the Tribulation, rather than the second part. This might be further substantiated in the fact that the Scriptures tell us, BUT WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION...FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS-Mk 13:14. Why didn’t Jesus just say to count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation, which was the confirming of the covenant?-ref Dan 9:27. It certainly would seem much simpler to do it this way. When 1260 days approach, then flee. Yet Jesus did not do this. He said, WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION...FLEE. This indicates that the abomination will not come at the time we might expect, that is, 1260 days into the Tribulation. If this is true, could it be because the first part of the Tribulation has been shortened? In such a case, the "elect" would have to look for this event. They could not calculate, in number of days, exactly when the abomination would happen. This event may occur after a much shorter time than 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation (if the first part of the Tribulation is shortened).
   This web site is not saying this is the way it will be, but simply asking the question, is this possible, even probable?                                          
   Again, we see, in the Gospel according to Matthew, the words, WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET...FLEE-Mt 24:15,16. Once more, no mention is made of 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we ask, is it possible according to the Scriptures, that the seventieth week of Daniel will be shortened?  Will the part that will actually be shortened  be the first part (which we presume to be 1260 days, yet is never actually stated as being thus)?
   The following verses show clearly that the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.                   
   Dan 7:25 AND THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND UNTIL A TIME AND TIMES AND THE DIVIDING OF TIME. This is the second part of the Tribulation, 3 1/2 years. The Antichrist shall make war with the saints, and they shall be given into his hand.                                       
   Dan 12:7 THAT IT SHALL BE FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF, AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FINISHED. Again this is talking about the second part of the Tribulation, 3 ½ years. The Antichrist shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.
   Rev 12:14 WHERE SHE IS NOURISHED FOR A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, FROM THE FACE OF THE SERPENT. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 3 1/2 years. Israel is told to flee, when they see the abomination of desolation, to a place where God will take care of them.
   Rev 11:2 BUT THE COURT THAT IS WITHOUT THE TEMPLE LEAVE OUT, AND MEASURE IT NOT; FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE GENTILES: AND THE HOLY CITY SHALL THEY TREAD UNDER FOOT FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation. It is 42 months. This is the same as the 3 1/2 years already mentioned. The court without the temple is given to the Gentiles.
   Rev 13:5 AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (unto the Antichrist) TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Once again, we note that the second part of the Tribulation is 42 months.
   Rev 11:3 AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This 1260 days relates to the length of time that the two prophets of God shall prophesy. Again we note, what appears to be the length of the second part of the Tribulation.
   Rev 12:6 AND THE WOMAN (Israel) FLED INTO THE WILDERNESS, WHERE SHE HATH A PLACE PREPARED OF GOD, THAT THEY SHOULD FEED HER THERE A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This verse goes with Rev 12:14. This is Israel fleeing when they see the abomination of desolation. Once more, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days.               
   Over and over the Scriptures give us the length of the second part of the Tribulation. Is it possible that the exact length of the first part may not be given, as it will be shortened? Is it possible this is why the Jews must look for the abomination of desolation to happen, rather than being able to simply count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation?
   Does God give us another verse to back up the verse, "He hath shortened the days"? It is written, ESAIAS ALSO CRIETH CONCERNING ISRAEL, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK (the Tribulation), AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK (the Tribulation) WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH. Note the words, "CUT IT SHORT"-Ro 9:27,28.
   AND AS ESAIAS SAID BEFORE, EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH (or Lord Almighty) HAD LEFT US A SEED, WE HAD BEEN AS SODOMA, AND BEEN MADE LIKE UNTO GOMORRHA-Ro 9:29. EXCEPT THE LORD OF HOSTS HAD LEFT UNTO US A VERY SMALL REMNANT (or some survivors), WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS SODOM, AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE UNTO GOMORRAH-Isa 1:9.
   This is very much in harmony with Mk 13:20, which has told us that the days had been shortened for the ELECT’S SAKE. If those days had not been shortened, NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED. In Ro 9:27, we read, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED.                                                          
   Does God give us a third verse to back this all up? It is written, Mt 24:22-AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (or if the length of this time had not been limited-JNT,8 or cut short), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE (those who have been chosen-JNT9) THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED (its length will be limited-JNT10).                         
   In view of all these Scriptures, it might be asked, "How much has the Tribulation been shortened?" The Scriptures appear to give us no way to know. Some believe the verses may refer to the length of the days being shortened.


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(Subjects in this Section)

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE? 3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION 4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO

     SIXTY OR LONGER

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION 6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE IN 7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH 8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Scripture)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (and leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH (or approaching): SO LIKEWISE YE (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT (the time) IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU (the truth), THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED (or happen)-Mt 24:32-34.                          
   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or this lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HER BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (or leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR (or approaching): SO YE IN LIKE MANNER (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT IS NIGH (or near), EVEN (right) AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE DONE (or have happened)-Mk 13:28-30.
   Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with His return. Then He continued, AND WHEN THESE THINGS "BEGIN" (or start) TO COME TO PASS (or happen),THEN LOOK (or stand) UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS (high); FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH (you are about to be liberated-JNT6). AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD (look at) THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (or as soon as they sprout leaves-JNT7), YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH (or near) AT HAND. SO LIKEWISE (or even so) YE WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE (you are to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH (or near) AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (or people) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (or all these things have happened-NIV)-Lk 21:28-32.                

2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?

   The word "fig" is mentioned in the Scriptures sixty-four times. THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD-Jere 24:5. We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
   THE LORD SHOWED ME, AND, BEHOLD, TWO BASKETS OF FIGS...ONE BASKET HAD VERY GOOD FIGS, EVEN LIKE THE FIGS THAT ARE FIRST RIPE: AND THE OTHER BASKET HAD VERY NAUGHTY FIGS, WHICH COULD NOT BE EATEN, THEY WERE SO BAD. THEN SAID THE LORD UNTO ME, WHAT SEEST THOU, JEREMIAH? AND I SAID, FIGS; THE GOOD FIGS, VERY GOOD; AND THE EVIL, VERY EVIL, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL. AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD. FOR I WILL SET MINE EYES UPON THEM FOR GOOD, AND I WILL BRING THEM AGAIN TO THIS LAND: AND I WILL BUILD THEM, AND NOT PULL THEM DOWN; AND I WILL PLANT THEM, AND NOT PLUCK THEM UP. AND I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, THAT I AM THE LORD: AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD: FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. AND AS THE EVIL FIGS, WHICH CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL-Jere 24:1-8. The word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.              
   NOW IN THE MORNING AS HE RETURNED INTO THE CITY, HE HUNGERED. AND WHEN HE SAW A FIG TREE IN THE WAY, HE CAME TO IT, AND FOUND NOTHING THEREON, BUT LEAVES ONLY, AND SAID UNTO IT, LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD FOR EVER. AND PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED AWAY-Mt 21:18,19; ref Mk 11:12-14,20,21. The fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. It may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
   The nation of Israel did wither and was destroyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation.
   THEREFORE HIS HEIGHT WAS EXALTED ABOVE ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD (or nations)…THE CEDARS IN THE GARDEN OF GOD COULD NOT HIDE HIM: THE FIR TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BOUGHS, AND THE CHESTNUT TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BRANCHES; NOR ANY TREE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD WAS LIKE UNTO HIM IN HIS BEAUTY. I HAVE MADE HIM FAIR BY THE MULTITUDE OF HIS BRANCHES: SO THAT ALL THE TREES OF EDEN, THAT WERE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD, ENVIED HIM. AND STRANGERS, THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS, HAVE CUT HIM OFF, AND HAVE LEFT HIM…TO THE END THAT NONE OF ALL THE TREES (or nations) BY THE WATERS EXALT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR HEIGHT…AND I CAUSED LEBANON TO MOURN FOR HIM, AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD FAINTED FOR HIM. I MADE THE NATIONS TO SHAKE AT THE SOUND OF HIS FALL-Ezek 31:5,8,9,12,14-16. It may be noted, the word "tree" is often used as a symbol for a nation.                         

(Scripture with commentary)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or a lesson) OF THE FIG TREE (of the Israeli nation). (Note, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. Without this key event being in place, no other prophecy of the latter days meant anything.) WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (the branch on the tree becomes tender after the long, cold winter. When Israel is yet tender and puts forth leaves—this indicates the spring time), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. (When one would see the Israeli nation come forth, and his branches tender, and leaves coming forth, you would know summer is near or you would know that certain things are near.) SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS (the list of things that Jesus just gave in the previous verses), KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. (Again, we see the command to know that certain events are at the doors and are going to happen almost immediately, as already covered in previous pages.)
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Israeli nation) SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. ("All these things" includes the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and the gathering together of the elect. All these things would happen during the period of this generation.)-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.
   The verses, in Lk 21:28-32, can be broken down into four parts. First, your redemption drawing near is referring to the Rapture. It is then followed by the second part, which is seeing and knowing certain things such as the times we are in, when the nation of Israel and other nations shoot forth. (It is interesting to note that the Rapture and the nations shooting forth are both referred to.) All of this is prior to the Tribulation. These nations have now come forth.
   The third part is when you see certain other things come to pass to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. The fourth part is showing that the generation of the fig tree shall not pass till all the things Jesus told us about are fulfilled.
   AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS (we are to see or look for certain things to come to pass), THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION (or the Rapture) DRAWETH NIGH.
   AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE (or a lesson); BEHOLD THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH. (Behold the Israeli nation and all the nations that were to shoot forth.) Thus, the rebirth of the nation of Israel had to take place. In addition, other nations had to also be in place. The primary list of other nations are listed in Ezekiel chapter 38, but there are also others such as Isa chapters 17-19. These nations would include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, and other nations. Every tree (or nation) is now in place. YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND. In other words, when you see the Israeli nation and the other nations come forth, you KNOW summer is at hand. You should know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Note, first the Rapture is mentioned (your redemption), which is connected with the Israeli nation and the other nations shooting forth. By this, know the times we are in, know the Rapture is at hand, and know the next events will follow, which include the Tribulation. We are also reminded when these things "begin" to come to pass. Thus, we can look for some of the events of the Tribulation to begin to come to pass, even as birth pangs of a women.
   Then there is the next category of two parts. This includes the list of events Jesus gave, which consists of the Tribulation and His second coming. The gathering of the elect is omitted. And when these come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Mt 24 and Mk 13, include the elect being gathered, but the kingdom of God is omitted. In Lk 21, the gathering of the elect is omitted, but the kingdom of God is included. The elect are gathered during the time that is referred to as "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."
   SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (these things are including the long list Jesus had given prior to this parable), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. (Jesus shall reign on the earth.) VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY (the generation of the fig tree, the Israeli nation), TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (which includes the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus).

3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION

   "Forty years" is mentioned in the Bible forty times. The number "forty" is mentioned in the Bible one hundred and forty-six times.
   AND THE LORD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAINST ISRAEL, AND HE MADE THEM WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FORTY YEARS, UNTIL ALL THE GENERATION THAT HAD DONE EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, WAS CONSUMED-Num 32:13. It may be noted that "forty years" and "the generation" is mentioned. FORTY YEARS LONG WAS I GRIEVED WITH THIS GENERATION-Ps 95:10. Again, it may be noted, "forty years" and "this generation." HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION-Heb 3:8-10. Again, it can be noted, "forty years" and "that generation."                 
   FOR DAVID, AFTER HE HAD SERVED HIS OWN GENERATION (note the word "generation") BY THE WILL OF GOD, FELL ON SLEEP-Acts 13:36. How long did David serve? It is written, THUS DAVID THE SON OF JESSE REIGNED OVER ALL ISRAEL. AND THE TIME THAT HE (David) REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WAS FORTY YEARS; SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Chr 29:26,27. AND THE DAYS THAT DAVID REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WERE FORTY YEARS: SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Ki 2:11. Many times we are seeing the term "generation" being associated with "forty years."
   AFTER THIS LIVED JOB AN HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS, AND SAW HIS SONS, AND HIS SONS’ SONS, EVEN FOUR GENERATIONS-Job 42:16. This verse would figure out to thirty-five years. We might consider that a generation is forty years, yet may be as little as thirty-five years.
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE-Mt 23:36,38.
   AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM FOR TO SHOW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE. 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-Mt 24:1,2. The words "this generation," as appear in Mt 23:36, are the same words that appear in "this generation," in Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; and Lk 21:32. It is written, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. Jesus had said, "THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION." One of the things was the temple would be destroyed. The question arises, was the temple destroyed within forty years? The answer is yes. The temple was thrown down approximately 70 A.D. Jesus was crucified approximately forty years earlier.
   Clearly, we can see that a "Bible generation" is forty years.

4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO SIXTY OR LONGER

   A generation, as outlined in the Scriptures, was from the age of twenty years old and upward. Add forty years, and we come to sixty years old. From the age of twenty to sixty was considered as a generation.
   YOUR CARCASSES SHALL FALL IN THIS WILDERNESS; AND ALL THAT WERE NUMBERED OF YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR WHOLE NUMBER, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD-Num 14:29. EVERY ONE THAT PASSETH AMONG THEM THAT ARE NUMBERED, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND ABOVE, SHALL GIVE AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD-Ex 30:14. FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, ALL THAT ARE ABLE TO GO FORTH TO WAR IN ISRAEL-Num 1:3.
   SURELY NONE OF THE MEN THAT CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, SHALL SEE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB; BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT WHOLLY FOLLOWED ME-Num 32:11.
   A biblical generation has been shown to be forty years. It can (in some cases) also be from the age of twenty years to sixty years. It is written AND THY ESTIMATION SHALL BE OF THE MALE FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD EVEN UNTO SIXTY YEARS OLD-Lev 27:3. 
   Some prophecy scholars believe the countdown of the generation began at Israel's rebirth (May 14, 1948). This would appear to be supported by Scripture. Others believe the countdown began when Israel regained all of the city of Jerusalem (June 1967).
   Then there is the question: Should the 40 year generation be figured from 0 or the age of 20?
   Other prophecy scholars may consider that the generation could, in some cases, be 70 or 80 years. It is written, Ps 90:10-THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE YEARS AND TEN (70 years); AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS (80 years), YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW; FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF, AND WE FLY AWAY.
   All things considered, we can only say that we are in a locked countdown. Israel has been reborn as was prophesied. We are now in the latter years-ref Ezek 38:8. We are in the generation in which the Rapture will occur, followed by the man of sin coming forth (known as the Antichrist). He will confirm a covenant with Israel and others which begins the Tribulation-ref Dan 9:27. After the Tribulation of those days, Armageddon explodes. Jesus Christ returns to this earth with power and great glory. We cannot say what year it will be. We can say, 1 Thes 5:6-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. Be ready, for it will be soon. We are to occupy till He returns-ref Lk 19:13.             

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION (Scripture)

   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-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.                                         
   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. SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED-Lk 21:28-32.
   In Mt 24:4 to 24:28, events of the Tribulation are described. In Mt 24:29-31, Jesus Christ returns immediately after the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, and the elect are gathered. The very next verse, number 32, then gives us the following, NOW LEARN (this comes forth as a command, "learn"). The next words tell us what to learn, A PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (or the Israeli nation). Thus, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. This rebirth of the fig tree is outlined in Isa 66:8,9. WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (a new branch, a tender branch, a branch that has just come forth, a branch that has just sprung forth in tenderness after the winter), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (springs to life, people multiply, leaves come forth on the branches), YE KNOW (note the word "know") THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. You know certain things are going to happen. You know and recognize the times. You know that summer is near. SO LIKEWISE YE (in other words or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS. We may ask, "All what things?" The answer is, all the things that have just been described, which cover from Israel’s rebirth to the Tribulation, the return of Jesus to the earth, and the gathering of the elect. KNOW (again, we see the command to "know," or to recognize, or to be aware) THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS-Mt 24:33. Then in verse 34, it concludes with this, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION. One may ask, "What generation has Jesus just been talking about?" The answer is the generation that would begin with the rebirth of Israel and see all these signs. "This generation" SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.
   In Lk 21:8-27, God has given a picture of the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then, in Lk 21:28-32, it is written, AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN (note the word "begin") TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. These things are coming to pass. Watch and be ready.
   AND HE (Jesus) SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD THE FIG TREE (behold, Israel as a nation, behold Israel’s rebirth, which is outlined in Isa 66:8,9), AND ALL THE TREES (and all the nations) (these were covered previously); WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (when Israel and the other nations shoot forth), YE SEE AND KNOW (note "we know") OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND (you know that certain things lie ahead or you know the times). SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (when you see all the events that have been outlined come to pass), KNOW YE (a command to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND (know that the Millennium is near at hand).
   As mentioned previously, there are two sets of events to look for. 1-When these things begin to come to pass, we are to know that the Rapture is about to take place. 2-When these things have taken place then the followers of Jesus, which got saved during the Tribulation and survived, are commanded to know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
   Then in verse 32-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (What generation? The generation of "BEHOLD THE FIG TREE" that will see all these events.); THIS GENERATION shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. The last thing to be fulfilled is the gathering of the elect right after the Battle of Armageddon.
   Based on these verses, some bring forth a question, "Is it possible the Lord has given us a time period to consider?" Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948.
   As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more deeply as the end draws closer and closer.           
   This site is "not" attempting to set any exact year.
   But clearly, we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.                                              

6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE NOW IN

   1.  By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
   2.  By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mt 24; Mk 13; and Lk 21.
   3.  By the many signs given throughout the Scriptures. There are over 300 things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin.
   4.  By the time period of Jesus’ birth to now. Many consider that from the creation of Adam to the first coming of Jesus was 4000 years. From the first coming of Jesus until He comes the second time, 2000 years. From the second coming of Jesus to the end of the Millennium, 1000 years. Shortly after the Millennium, the heavens and the earth pass away, and there will come forth a new heaven and a new earth. The total time, from the creation to the time the earth passes away, should be 7000 years. This signifies the seven days, each day for 1000 years.      
   God tells us of the six days of creation, and the seventh day He rested-ref Ex 20:11. The seventh day represents the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ (the Millennium)—a time of rest-ref Heb 4:1-11; 2 Thes 1:7. Satan is chained for 1000 years, so he can deceive the nations no longer. There are various understandings of Lk 13:32. I DO CURES TO DAY AND TO MORROW, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Some consider Jesus is telling us there will be a two thousand year period (today and tomorrow), and the third day Jesus will reign. It is written, BUT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY-1 Cor 13:10.
   Also, it is written, AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT-Hos 6:2. Some consider that this verse is talking about two time periods that would come to pass, and then Israel would be restored for the Millennium. Others consider this could be talking about a two thousand year period that would come to pass from the birth of Jesus to the Millennium.
   All four methods coincide, which God gave to help us know the times we are now in.  All four testify that Jesus will soon return.                       

7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH

   The seventieth week of Daniel (which is also called the Tribulation) is clearly outlined as being seven years long. This can be further broken down, through other verses, into 84 months or 2520 days. It is further portrayed as being split into parts. The dividing point is when the sacrifices at the temple are stopped. This is defined by Daniel 9:27, as the "midst" of the Tribulation.
   Since seven years consist of 84 months, it can be assumed that each part of the Tribulation will be 3 ½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. Nevertheless, let us not forget, that God’s calendar (which has already been covered) should be used.

8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

   In Mk 13:6-19, events of the Tribulation are described. Then in verse 20, Jesus spoke these words, AND EXCEPT THAT THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS (of the trouble), NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE, WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED (or limited) THE DAYS.                                                     
   Jesus describes the Tribulation and then makes the statement, "shortened those days." What does this mean? Did He shorten it from more than seven years down to seven years? Will the 7 x 360 day periods be shortened to less than this? Will it be shortened only a few hours? It may be noted that Jesus said, "shortened those days." Days is plural, which may denote more than one. Could the days represent years? Could He have shortened the years or number of years?
   It may be noted with interest that every time the Scriptures refer to how many days, months, or years are in either part of the Tribulation, it always seems to be the second part. The second part is 1260 days. The second part is 42 months. The second part is 3 1/2 years. Many times in the Scriptures we are told the length of the second part. We never seem to be told the exact length of the first part. (Note, some Bible scholars may not agree with the alignment of events; thus, they might disagree with this statement.)
   In Daniel, the Bible indicates seven years or seven time periods. Then the words "IN THE MIDST" are used, indicating the middle. From this point on, we are told over and over that it will be 42 months, or 1260 days, or 3 1/2 years. Why do the Scriptures never come out and say the length of the first part? Since we know the second part is 1260 days and we know the Scriptures tell us, in Dan 9:27, "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK," we automatically take it for granted that the first part of the Tribulation will be the exact length as the second part: 1260 days, which equals a total of 2520 days, or 7 x 360 day periods or years. Yet we are still faced with the situation that the Bible does not seem to actually say 1260 days for the first part. Then we are faced with the words "HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS" and "HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS"-Mk 13:20.
   There seems to be no doubt that, in some way, "THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS." "Those days" being referred to here are the Tribulation. But how does He do this, and by how much?
   We might conclude that the shortening could actually come from the first part of the Tribulation, rather than the second part. This might be further substantiated in the fact that the Scriptures tell us, BUT WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION...FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS-Mk 13:14. Why didn’t Jesus just say to count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation, which was the confirming of the covenant?-ref Dan 9:27. It certainly would seem much simpler to do it this way. When 1260 days approach, then flee. Yet Jesus did not do this. He said, WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION...FLEE. This indicates that the abomination will not come at the time we might expect, that is, 1260 days into the Tribulation. If this is true, could it be because the first part of the Tribulation has been shortened? In such a case, the "elect" would have to look for this event. They could not calculate, in number of days, exactly when the abomination would happen. This event may occur after a much shorter time than 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation (if the first part of the Tribulation is shortened).
   This web site is not saying this is the way it will be, but simply asking the question, is this possible, even probable?                                          
   Again, we see, in the Gospel according to Matthew, the words, WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET...FLEE-Mt 24:15,16. Once more, no mention is made of 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we ask, is it possible according to the Scriptures, that the seventieth week of Daniel will be shortened?  Will the part that will actually be shortened  be the first part (which we presume to be 1260 days, yet is never actually stated as being thus)?
   The following verses show clearly that the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.                   
   Dan 7:25 AND THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND UNTIL A TIME AND TIMES AND THE DIVIDING OF TIME. This is the second part of the Tribulation, 3 1/2 years. The Antichrist shall make war with the saints, and they shall be given into his hand.                                       
   Dan 12:7 THAT IT SHALL BE FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF, AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FINISHED. Again this is talking about the second part of the Tribulation, 3 ½ years. The Antichrist shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.
   Rev 12:14 WHERE SHE IS NOURISHED FOR A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, FROM THE FACE OF THE SERPENT. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 3 1/2 years. Israel is told to flee, when they see the abomination of desolation, to a place where God will take care of them.
   Rev 11:2 BUT THE COURT THAT IS WITHOUT THE TEMPLE LEAVE OUT, AND MEASURE IT NOT; FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE GENTILES: AND THE HOLY CITY SHALL THEY TREAD UNDER FOOT FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation. It is 42 months. This is the same as the 3 1/2 years already mentioned. The court without the temple is given to the Gentiles.
   Rev 13:5 AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (unto the Antichrist) TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Once again, we note that the second part of the Tribulation is 42 months.
   Rev 11:3 AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This 1260 days relates to the length of time that the two prophets of God shall prophesy. Again we note, what appears to be the length of the second part of the Tribulation.
   Rev 12:6 AND THE WOMAN (Israel) FLED INTO THE WILDERNESS, WHERE SHE HATH A PLACE PREPARED OF GOD, THAT THEY SHOULD FEED HER THERE A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This verse goes with Rev 12:14. This is Israel fleeing when they see the abomination of desolation. Once more, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days.               
   Over and over the Scriptures give us the length of the second part of the Tribulation. Is it possible that the exact length of the first part may not be given, as it will be shortened? Is it possible this is why the Jews must look for the abomination of desolation to happen, rather than being able to simply count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation?
   Does God give us another verse to back up the verse, "He hath shortened the days"? It is written, ESAIAS ALSO CRIETH CONCERNING ISRAEL, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK (the Tribulation), AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK (the Tribulation) WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH. Note the words, "CUT IT SHORT"-Ro 9:27,28.
   AND AS ESAIAS SAID BEFORE, EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH (or Lord Almighty) HAD LEFT US A SEED, WE HAD BEEN AS SODOMA, AND BEEN MADE LIKE UNTO GOMORRHA-Ro 9:29. EXCEPT THE LORD OF HOSTS HAD LEFT UNTO US A VERY SMALL REMNANT (or some survivors), WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS SODOM, AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE UNTO GOMORRAH-Isa 1:9.
   This is very much in harmony with Mk 13:20, which has told us that the days had been shortened for the ELECT’S SAKE. If those days had not been shortened, NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED. In Ro 9:27, we read, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED.                                                          
   Does God give us a third verse to back this all up? It is written, Mt 24:22-AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (or if the length of this time had not been limited-JNT,8 or cut short), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE (those who have been chosen-JNT9) THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED (its length will be limited-JNT10).                         
   In view of all these Scriptures, it might be asked, "How much has the Tribulation been shortened?" The Scriptures appear to give us no way to know. Some believe the verses may refer to the length of the days being shortened.


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(Subjects in this Section)

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE? 3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION 4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO

     SIXTY OR LONGER

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION 6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE IN 7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH 8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Scripture)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (and leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH (or approaching): SO LIKEWISE YE (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT (the time) IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU (the truth), THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED (or happen)-Mt 24:32-34.                          
   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or this lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HER BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (or leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR (or approaching): SO YE IN LIKE MANNER (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT IS NIGH (or near), EVEN (right) AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE DONE (or have happened)-Mk 13:28-30.
   Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with His return. Then He continued, AND WHEN THESE THINGS "BEGIN" (or start) TO COME TO PASS (or happen),THEN LOOK (or stand) UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS (high); FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH (you are about to be liberated-JNT6). AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD (look at) THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (or as soon as they sprout leaves-JNT7), YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH (or near) AT HAND. SO LIKEWISE (or even so) YE WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE (you are to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH (or near) AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (or people) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (or all these things have happened-NIV)-Lk 21:28-32.                

2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?

   The word "fig" is mentioned in the Scriptures sixty-four times. THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD-Jere 24:5. We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
   THE LORD SHOWED ME, AND, BEHOLD, TWO BASKETS OF FIGS...ONE BASKET HAD VERY GOOD FIGS, EVEN LIKE THE FIGS THAT ARE FIRST RIPE: AND THE OTHER BASKET HAD VERY NAUGHTY FIGS, WHICH COULD NOT BE EATEN, THEY WERE SO BAD. THEN SAID THE LORD UNTO ME, WHAT SEEST THOU, JEREMIAH? AND I SAID, FIGS; THE GOOD FIGS, VERY GOOD; AND THE EVIL, VERY EVIL, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL. AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD. FOR I WILL SET MINE EYES UPON THEM FOR GOOD, AND I WILL BRING THEM AGAIN TO THIS LAND: AND I WILL BUILD THEM, AND NOT PULL THEM DOWN; AND I WILL PLANT THEM, AND NOT PLUCK THEM UP. AND I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, THAT I AM THE LORD: AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD: FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. AND AS THE EVIL FIGS, WHICH CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL-Jere 24:1-8. The word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.              
   NOW IN THE MORNING AS HE RETURNED INTO THE CITY, HE HUNGERED. AND WHEN HE SAW A FIG TREE IN THE WAY, HE CAME TO IT, AND FOUND NOTHING THEREON, BUT LEAVES ONLY, AND SAID UNTO IT, LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD FOR EVER. AND PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED AWAY-Mt 21:18,19; ref Mk 11:12-14,20,21. The fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. It may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
   The nation of Israel did wither and was destroyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation.
   THEREFORE HIS HEIGHT WAS EXALTED ABOVE ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD (or nations)…THE CEDARS IN THE GARDEN OF GOD COULD NOT HIDE HIM: THE FIR TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BOUGHS, AND THE CHESTNUT TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BRANCHES; NOR ANY TREE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD WAS LIKE UNTO HIM IN HIS BEAUTY. I HAVE MADE HIM FAIR BY THE MULTITUDE OF HIS BRANCHES: SO THAT ALL THE TREES OF EDEN, THAT WERE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD, ENVIED HIM. AND STRANGERS, THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS, HAVE CUT HIM OFF, AND HAVE LEFT HIM…TO THE END THAT NONE OF ALL THE TREES (or nations) BY THE WATERS EXALT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR HEIGHT…AND I CAUSED LEBANON TO MOURN FOR HIM, AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD FAINTED FOR HIM. I MADE THE NATIONS TO SHAKE AT THE SOUND OF HIS FALL-Ezek 31:5,8,9,12,14-16. It may be noted, the word "tree" is often used as a symbol for a nation.                         

(Scripture with commentary)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or a lesson) OF THE FIG TREE (of the Israeli nation). (Note, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. Without this key event being in place, no other prophecy of the latter days meant anything.) WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (the branch on the tree becomes tender after the long, cold winter. When Israel is yet tender and puts forth leaves—this indicates the spring time), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. (When one would see the Israeli nation come forth, and his branches tender, and leaves coming forth, you would know summer is near or you would know that certain things are near.) SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS (the list of things that Jesus just gave in the previous verses), KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. (Again, we see the command to know that certain events are at the doors and are going to happen almost immediately, as already covered in previous pages.)
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Israeli nation) SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. ("All these things" includes the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and the gathering together of the elect. All these things would happen during the period of this generation.)-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.
   The verses, in Lk 21:28-32, can be broken down into four parts. First, your redemption drawing near is referring to the Rapture. It is then followed by the second part, which is seeing and knowing certain things such as the times we are in, when the nation of Israel and other nations shoot forth. (It is interesting to note that the Rapture and the nations shooting forth are both referred to.) All of this is prior to the Tribulation. These nations have now come forth.
   The third part is when you see certain other things come to pass to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. The fourth part is showing that the generation of the fig tree shall not pass till all the things Jesus told us about are fulfilled.
   AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS (we are to see or look for certain things to come to pass), THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION (or the Rapture) DRAWETH NIGH.
   AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE (or a lesson); BEHOLD THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH. (Behold the Israeli nation and all the nations that were to shoot forth.) Thus, the rebirth of the nation of Israel had to take place. In addition, other nations had to also be in place. The primary list of other nations are listed in Ezekiel chapter 38, but there are also others such as Isa chapters 17-19. These nations would include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, and other nations. Every tree (or nation) is now in place. YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND. In other words, when you see the Israeli nation and the other nations come forth, you KNOW summer is at hand. You should know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Note, first the Rapture is mentioned (your redemption), which is connected with the Israeli nation and the other nations shooting forth. By this, know the times we are in, know the Rapture is at hand, and know the next events will follow, which include the Tribulation. We are also reminded when these things "begin" to come to pass. Thus, we can look for some of the events of the Tribulation to begin to come to pass, even as birth pangs of a women.
   Then there is the next category of two parts. This includes the list of events Jesus gave, which consists of the Tribulation and His second coming. The gathering of the elect is omitted. And when these come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Mt 24 and Mk 13, include the elect being gathered, but the kingdom of God is omitted. In Lk 21, the gathering of the elect is omitted, but the kingdom of God is included. The elect are gathered during the time that is referred to as "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."
   SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (these things are including the long list Jesus had given prior to this parable), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. (Jesus shall reign on the earth.) VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY (the generation of the fig tree, the Israeli nation), TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (which includes the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus).

3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION

   "Forty years" is mentioned in the Bible forty times. The number "forty" is mentioned in the Bible one hundred and forty-six times.
   AND THE LORD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAINST ISRAEL, AND HE MADE THEM WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FORTY YEARS, UNTIL ALL THE GENERATION THAT HAD DONE EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, WAS CONSUMED-Num 32:13. It may be noted that "forty years" and "the generation" is mentioned. FORTY YEARS LONG WAS I GRIEVED WITH THIS GENERATION-Ps 95:10. Again, it may be noted, "forty years" and "this generation." HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION-Heb 3:8-10. Again, it can be noted, "forty years" and "that generation."                 
   FOR DAVID, AFTER HE HAD SERVED HIS OWN GENERATION (note the word "generation") BY THE WILL OF GOD, FELL ON SLEEP-Acts 13:36. How long did David serve? It is written, THUS DAVID THE SON OF JESSE REIGNED OVER ALL ISRAEL. AND THE TIME THAT HE (David) REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WAS FORTY YEARS; SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Chr 29:26,27. AND THE DAYS THAT DAVID REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WERE FORTY YEARS: SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Ki 2:11. Many times we are seeing the term "generation" being associated with "forty years."
   AFTER THIS LIVED JOB AN HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS, AND SAW HIS SONS, AND HIS SONS’ SONS, EVEN FOUR GENERATIONS-Job 42:16. This verse would figure out to thirty-five years. We might consider that a generation is forty years, yet may be as little as thirty-five years.
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE-Mt 23:36,38.
   AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM FOR TO SHOW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE. 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-Mt 24:1,2. The words "this generation," as appear in Mt 23:36, are the same words that appear in "this generation," in Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; and Lk 21:32. It is written, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. Jesus had said, "THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION." One of the things was the temple would be destroyed. The question arises, was the temple destroyed within forty years? The answer is yes. The temple was thrown down approximately 70 A.D. Jesus was crucified approximately forty years earlier.
   Clearly, we can see that a "Bible generation" is forty years.

4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO SIXTY OR LONGER

   A generation, as outlined in the Scriptures, was from the age of twenty years old and upward. Add forty years, and we come to sixty years old. From the age of twenty to sixty was considered as a generation.
   YOUR CARCASSES SHALL FALL IN THIS WILDERNESS; AND ALL THAT WERE NUMBERED OF YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR WHOLE NUMBER, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD-Num 14:29. EVERY ONE THAT PASSETH AMONG THEM THAT ARE NUMBERED, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND ABOVE, SHALL GIVE AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD-Ex 30:14. FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, ALL THAT ARE ABLE TO GO FORTH TO WAR IN ISRAEL-Num 1:3.
   SURELY NONE OF THE MEN THAT CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, SHALL SEE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB; BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT WHOLLY FOLLOWED ME-Num 32:11.
   A biblical generation has been shown to be forty years. It can (in some cases) also be from the age of twenty years to sixty years. It is written AND THY ESTIMATION SHALL BE OF THE MALE FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD EVEN UNTO SIXTY YEARS OLD-Lev 27:3. 
   Some prophecy scholars believe the countdown of the generation began at Israel's rebirth (May 14, 1948). This would appear to be supported by Scripture. Others believe the countdown began when Israel regained all of the city of Jerusalem (June 1967).
   Then there is the question: Should the 40 year generation be figured from 0 or the age of 20?
   Other prophecy scholars may consider that the generation could, in some cases, be 70 or 80 years. It is written, Ps 90:10-THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE YEARS AND TEN (70 years); AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS (80 years), YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW; FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF, AND WE FLY AWAY.
   All things considered, we can only say that we are in a locked countdown. Israel has been reborn as was prophesied. We are now in the latter years-ref Ezek 38:8. We are in the generation in which the Rapture will occur, followed by the man of sin coming forth (known as the Antichrist). He will confirm a covenant with Israel and others which begins the Tribulation-ref Dan 9:27. After the Tribulation of those days, Armageddon explodes. Jesus Christ returns to this earth with power and great glory. We cannot say what year it will be. We can say, 1 Thes 5:6-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. Be ready, for it will be soon. We are to occupy till He returns-ref Lk 19:13.             

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION (Scripture)

   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-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.                                         
   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. SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED-Lk 21:28-32.
   In Mt 24:4 to 24:28, events of the Tribulation are described. In Mt 24:29-31, Jesus Christ returns immediately after the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, and the elect are gathered. The very next verse, number 32, then gives us the following, NOW LEARN (this comes forth as a command, "learn"). The next words tell us what to learn, A PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (or the Israeli nation). Thus, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. This rebirth of the fig tree is outlined in Isa 66:8,9. WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (a new branch, a tender branch, a branch that has just come forth, a branch that has just sprung forth in tenderness after the winter), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (springs to life, people multiply, leaves come forth on the branches), YE KNOW (note the word "know") THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. You know certain things are going to happen. You know and recognize the times. You know that summer is near. SO LIKEWISE YE (in other words or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS. We may ask, "All what things?" The answer is, all the things that have just been described, which cover from Israel’s rebirth to the Tribulation, the return of Jesus to the earth, and the gathering of the elect. KNOW (again, we see the command to "know," or to recognize, or to be aware) THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS-Mt 24:33. Then in verse 34, it concludes with this, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION. One may ask, "What generation has Jesus just been talking about?" The answer is the generation that would begin with the rebirth of Israel and see all these signs. "This generation" SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.
   In Lk 21:8-27, God has given a picture of the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then, in Lk 21:28-32, it is written, AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN (note the word "begin") TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. These things are coming to pass. Watch and be ready.
   AND HE (Jesus) SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD THE FIG TREE (behold, Israel as a nation, behold Israel’s rebirth, which is outlined in Isa 66:8,9), AND ALL THE TREES (and all the nations) (these were covered previously); WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (when Israel and the other nations shoot forth), YE SEE AND KNOW (note "we know") OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND (you know that certain things lie ahead or you know the times). SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (when you see all the events that have been outlined come to pass), KNOW YE (a command to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND (know that the Millennium is near at hand).
   As mentioned previously, there are two sets of events to look for. 1-When these things begin to come to pass, we are to know that the Rapture is about to take place. 2-When these things have taken place then the followers of Jesus, which got saved during the Tribulation and survived, are commanded to know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
   Then in verse 32-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (What generation? The generation of "BEHOLD THE FIG TREE" that will see all these events.); THIS GENERATION shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. The last thing to be fulfilled is the gathering of the elect right after the Battle of Armageddon.
   Based on these verses, some bring forth a question, "Is it possible the Lord has given us a time period to consider?" Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948.
   As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more deeply as the end draws closer and closer.           
   This site is "not" attempting to set any exact year.
   But clearly, we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.                                              

6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE NOW IN

   1.  By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
   2.  By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mt 24; Mk 13; and Lk 21.
   3.  By the many signs given throughout the Scriptures. There are over 300 things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin.
   4.  By the time period of Jesus’ birth to now. Many consider that from the creation of Adam to the first coming of Jesus was 4000 years. From the first coming of Jesus until He comes the second time, 2000 years. From the second coming of Jesus to the end of the Millennium, 1000 years. Shortly after the Millennium, the heavens and the earth pass away, and there will come forth a new heaven and a new earth. The total time, from the creation to the time the earth passes away, should be 7000 years. This signifies the seven days, each day for 1000 years.      
   God tells us of the six days of creation, and the seventh day He rested-ref Ex 20:11. The seventh day represents the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ (the Millennium)—a time of rest-ref Heb 4:1-11; 2 Thes 1:7. Satan is chained for 1000 years, so he can deceive the nations no longer. There are various understandings of Lk 13:32. I DO CURES TO DAY AND TO MORROW, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Some consider Jesus is telling us there will be a two thousand year period (today and tomorrow), and the third day Jesus will reign. It is written, BUT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY-1 Cor 13:10.
   Also, it is written, AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT-Hos 6:2. Some consider that this verse is talking about two time periods that would come to pass, and then Israel would be restored for the Millennium. Others consider this could be talking about a two thousand year period that would come to pass from the birth of Jesus to the Millennium.
   All four methods coincide, which God gave to help us know the times we are now in.  All four testify that Jesus will soon return.                       

7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH

   The seventieth week of Daniel (which is also called the Tribulation) is clearly outlined as being seven years long. This can be further broken down, through other verses, into 84 months or 2520 days. It is further portrayed as being split into parts. The dividing point is when the sacrifices at the temple are stopped. This is defined by Daniel 9:27, as the "midst" of the Tribulation.
   Since seven years consist of 84 months, it can be assumed that each part of the Tribulation will be 3 ½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. Nevertheless, let us not forget, that God’s calendar (which has already been covered) should be used.

8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

   In Mk 13:6-19, events of the Tribulation are described. Then in verse 20, Jesus spoke these words, AND EXCEPT THAT THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS (of the trouble), NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE, WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED (or limited) THE DAYS.                                                     
   Jesus describes the Tribulation and then makes the statement, "shortened those days." What does this mean? Did He shorten it from more than seven years down to seven years? Will the 7 x 360 day periods be shortened to less than this? Will it be shortened only a few hours? It may be noted that Jesus said, "shortened those days." Days is plural, which may denote more than one. Could the days represent years? Could He have shortened the years or number of years?
   It may be noted with interest that every time the Scriptures refer to how many days, months, or years are in either part of the Tribulation, it always seems to be the second part. The second part is 1260 days. The second part is 42 months. The second part is 3 1/2 years. Many times in the Scriptures we are told the length of the second part. We never seem to be told the exact length of the first part. (Note, some Bible scholars may not agree with the alignment of events; thus, they might disagree with this statement.)
   In Daniel, the Bible indicates seven years or seven time periods. Then the words "IN THE MIDST" are used, indicating the middle. From this point on, we are told over and over that it will be 42 months, or 1260 days, or 3 1/2 years. Why do the Scriptures never come out and say the length of the first part? Since we know the second part is 1260 days and we know the Scriptures tell us, in Dan 9:27, "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK," we automatically take it for granted that the first part of the Tribulation will be the exact length as the second part: 1260 days, which equals a total of 2520 days, or 7 x 360 day periods or years. Yet we are still faced with the situation that the Bible does not seem to actually say 1260 days for the first part. Then we are faced with the words "HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS" and "HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS"-Mk 13:20.
   There seems to be no doubt that, in some way, "THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS." "Those days" being referred to here are the Tribulation. But how does He do this, and by how much?
   We might conclude that the shortening could actually come from the first part of the Tribulation, rather than the second part. This might be further substantiated in the fact that the Scriptures tell us, BUT WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION...FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS-Mk 13:14. Why didn’t Jesus just say to count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation, which was the confirming of the covenant?-ref Dan 9:27. It certainly would seem much simpler to do it this way. When 1260 days approach, then flee. Yet Jesus did not do this. He said, WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION...FLEE. This indicates that the abomination will not come at the time we might expect, that is, 1260 days into the Tribulation. If this is true, could it be because the first part of the Tribulation has been shortened? In such a case, the "elect" would have to look for this event. They could not calculate, in number of days, exactly when the abomination would happen. This event may occur after a much shorter time than 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation (if the first part of the Tribulation is shortened).
   This web site is not saying this is the way it will be, but simply asking the question, is this possible, even probable?                                          
   Again, we see, in the Gospel according to Matthew, the words, WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET...FLEE-Mt 24:15,16. Once more, no mention is made of 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we ask, is it possible according to the Scriptures, that the seventieth week of Daniel will be shortened?  Will the part that will actually be shortened  be the first part (which we presume to be 1260 days, yet is never actually stated as being thus)?
   The following verses show clearly that the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.                   
   Dan 7:25 AND THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND UNTIL A TIME AND TIMES AND THE DIVIDING OF TIME. This is the second part of the Tribulation, 3 1/2 years. The Antichrist shall make war with the saints, and they shall be given into his hand.                                       
   Dan 12:7 THAT IT SHALL BE FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF, AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FINISHED. Again this is talking about the second part of the Tribulation, 3 ½ years. The Antichrist shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.
   Rev 12:14 WHERE SHE IS NOURISHED FOR A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, FROM THE FACE OF THE SERPENT. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 3 1/2 years. Israel is told to flee, when they see the abomination of desolation, to a place where God will take care of them.
   Rev 11:2 BUT THE COURT THAT IS WITHOUT THE TEMPLE LEAVE OUT, AND MEASURE IT NOT; FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE GENTILES: AND THE HOLY CITY SHALL THEY TREAD UNDER FOOT FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation. It is 42 months. This is the same as the 3 1/2 years already mentioned. The court without the temple is given to the Gentiles.
   Rev 13:5 AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (unto the Antichrist) TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Once again, we note that the second part of the Tribulation is 42 months.
   Rev 11:3 AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This 1260 days relates to the length of time that the two prophets of God shall prophesy. Again we note, what appears to be the length of the second part of the Tribulation.
   Rev 12:6 AND THE WOMAN (Israel) FLED INTO THE WILDERNESS, WHERE SHE HATH A PLACE PREPARED OF GOD, THAT THEY SHOULD FEED HER THERE A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This verse goes with Rev 12:14. This is Israel fleeing when they see the abomination of desolation. Once more, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days.               
   Over and over the Scriptures give us the length of the second part of the Tribulation. Is it possible that the exact length of the first part may not be given, as it will be shortened? Is it possible this is why the Jews must look for the abomination of desolation to happen, rather than being able to simply count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation?
   Does God give us another verse to back up the verse, "He hath shortened the days"? It is written, ESAIAS ALSO CRIETH CONCERNING ISRAEL, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK (the Tribulation), AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK (the Tribulation) WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH. Note the words, "CUT IT SHORT"-Ro 9:27,28.
   AND AS ESAIAS SAID BEFORE, EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH (or Lord Almighty) HAD LEFT US A SEED, WE HAD BEEN AS SODOMA, AND BEEN MADE LIKE UNTO GOMORRHA-Ro 9:29. EXCEPT THE LORD OF HOSTS HAD LEFT UNTO US A VERY SMALL REMNANT (or some survivors), WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS SODOM, AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE UNTO GOMORRAH-Isa 1:9.
   This is very much in harmony with Mk 13:20, which has told us that the days had been shortened for the ELECT’S SAKE. If those days had not been shortened, NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED. In Ro 9:27, we read, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED.                                                          
   Does God give us a third verse to back this all up? It is written, Mt 24:22-AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (or if the length of this time had not been limited-JNT,8 or cut short), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE (those who have been chosen-JNT9) THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED (its length will be limited-JNT10).                         
   In view of all these Scriptures, it might be asked, "How much has the Tribulation been shortened?" The Scriptures appear to give us no way to know. Some believe the verses may refer to the length of the days being shortened.


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(Subjects in this Section)

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE? 3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION 4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO

     SIXTY OR LONGER

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION 6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE IN 7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH 8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Scripture)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (and leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH (or approaching): SO LIKEWISE YE (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT (the time) IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU (the truth), THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED (or happen)-Mt 24:32-34.                          
   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or this lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HER BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (or leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR (or approaching): SO YE IN LIKE MANNER (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT IS NIGH (or near), EVEN (right) AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE DONE (or have happened)-Mk 13:28-30.
   Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with His return. Then He continued, AND WHEN THESE THINGS "BEGIN" (or start) TO COME TO PASS (or happen),THEN LOOK (or stand) UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS (high); FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH (you are about to be liberated-JNT6). AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD (look at) THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (or as soon as they sprout leaves-JNT7), YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH (or near) AT HAND. SO LIKEWISE (or even so) YE WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE (you are to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH (or near) AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (or people) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (or all these things have happened-NIV)-Lk 21:28-32.                

2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?

   The word "fig" is mentioned in the Scriptures sixty-four times. THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD-Jere 24:5. We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
   THE LORD SHOWED ME, AND, BEHOLD, TWO BASKETS OF FIGS...ONE BASKET HAD VERY GOOD FIGS, EVEN LIKE THE FIGS THAT ARE FIRST RIPE: AND THE OTHER BASKET HAD VERY NAUGHTY FIGS, WHICH COULD NOT BE EATEN, THEY WERE SO BAD. THEN SAID THE LORD UNTO ME, WHAT SEEST THOU, JEREMIAH? AND I SAID, FIGS; THE GOOD FIGS, VERY GOOD; AND THE EVIL, VERY EVIL, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL. AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD. FOR I WILL SET MINE EYES UPON THEM FOR GOOD, AND I WILL BRING THEM AGAIN TO THIS LAND: AND I WILL BUILD THEM, AND NOT PULL THEM DOWN; AND I WILL PLANT THEM, AND NOT PLUCK THEM UP. AND I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, THAT I AM THE LORD: AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD: FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. AND AS THE EVIL FIGS, WHICH CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL-Jere 24:1-8. The word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.              
   NOW IN THE MORNING AS HE RETURNED INTO THE CITY, HE HUNGERED. AND WHEN HE SAW A FIG TREE IN THE WAY, HE CAME TO IT, AND FOUND NOTHING THEREON, BUT LEAVES ONLY, AND SAID UNTO IT, LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD FOR EVER. AND PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED AWAY-Mt 21:18,19; ref Mk 11:12-14,20,21. The fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. It may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
   The nation of Israel did wither and was destroyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation.
   THEREFORE HIS HEIGHT WAS EXALTED ABOVE ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD (or nations)…THE CEDARS IN THE GARDEN OF GOD COULD NOT HIDE HIM: THE FIR TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BOUGHS, AND THE CHESTNUT TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BRANCHES; NOR ANY TREE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD WAS LIKE UNTO HIM IN HIS BEAUTY. I HAVE MADE HIM FAIR BY THE MULTITUDE OF HIS BRANCHES: SO THAT ALL THE TREES OF EDEN, THAT WERE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD, ENVIED HIM. AND STRANGERS, THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS, HAVE CUT HIM OFF, AND HAVE LEFT HIM…TO THE END THAT NONE OF ALL THE TREES (or nations) BY THE WATERS EXALT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR HEIGHT…AND I CAUSED LEBANON TO MOURN FOR HIM, AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD FAINTED FOR HIM. I MADE THE NATIONS TO SHAKE AT THE SOUND OF HIS FALL-Ezek 31:5,8,9,12,14-16. It may be noted, the word "tree" is often used as a symbol for a nation.                         

(Scripture with commentary)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or a lesson) OF THE FIG TREE (of the Israeli nation). (Note, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. Without this key event being in place, no other prophecy of the latter days meant anything.) WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (the branch on the tree becomes tender after the long, cold winter. When Israel is yet tender and puts forth leaves—this indicates the spring time), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. (When one would see the Israeli nation come forth, and his branches tender, and leaves coming forth, you would know summer is near or you would know that certain things are near.) SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS (the list of things that Jesus just gave in the previous verses), KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. (Again, we see the command to know that certain events are at the doors and are going to happen almost immediately, as already covered in previous pages.)
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Israeli nation) SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. ("All these things" includes the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and the gathering together of the elect. All these things would happen during the period of this generation.)-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.
   The verses, in Lk 21:28-32, can be broken down into four parts. First, your redemption drawing near is referring to the Rapture. It is then followed by the second part, which is seeing and knowing certain things such as the times we are in, when the nation of Israel and other nations shoot forth. (It is interesting to note that the Rapture and the nations shooting forth are both referred to.) All of this is prior to the Tribulation. These nations have now come forth.
   The third part is when you see certain other things come to pass to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. The fourth part is showing that the generation of the fig tree shall not pass till all the things Jesus told us about are fulfilled.
   AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS (we are to see or look for certain things to come to pass), THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION (or the Rapture) DRAWETH NIGH.
   AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE (or a lesson); BEHOLD THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH. (Behold the Israeli nation and all the nations that were to shoot forth.) Thus, the rebirth of the nation of Israel had to take place. In addition, other nations had to also be in place. The primary list of other nations are listed in Ezekiel chapter 38, but there are also others such as Isa chapters 17-19. These nations would include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, and other nations. Every tree (or nation) is now in place. YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND. In other words, when you see the Israeli nation and the other nations come forth, you KNOW summer is at hand. You should know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Note, first the Rapture is mentioned (your redemption), which is connected with the Israeli nation and the other nations shooting forth. By this, know the times we are in, know the Rapture is at hand, and know the next events will follow, which include the Tribulation. We are also reminded when these things "begin" to come to pass. Thus, we can look for some of the events of the Tribulation to begin to come to pass, even as birth pangs of a women.
   Then there is the next category of two parts. This includes the list of events Jesus gave, which consists of the Tribulation and His second coming. The gathering of the elect is omitted. And when these come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Mt 24 and Mk 13, include the elect being gathered, but the kingdom of God is omitted. In Lk 21, the gathering of the elect is omitted, but the kingdom of God is included. The elect are gathered during the time that is referred to as "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."
   SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (these things are including the long list Jesus had given prior to this parable), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. (Jesus shall reign on the earth.) VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY (the generation of the fig tree, the Israeli nation), TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (which includes the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus).

3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION

   "Forty years" is mentioned in the Bible forty times. The number "forty" is mentioned in the Bible one hundred and forty-six times.
   AND THE LORD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAINST ISRAEL, AND HE MADE THEM WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FORTY YEARS, UNTIL ALL THE GENERATION THAT HAD DONE EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, WAS CONSUMED-Num 32:13. It may be noted that "forty years" and "the generation" is mentioned. FORTY YEARS LONG WAS I GRIEVED WITH THIS GENERATION-Ps 95:10. Again, it may be noted, "forty years" and "this generation." HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION-Heb 3:8-10. Again, it can be noted, "forty years" and "that generation."                 
   FOR DAVID, AFTER HE HAD SERVED HIS OWN GENERATION (note the word "generation") BY THE WILL OF GOD, FELL ON SLEEP-Acts 13:36. How long did David serve? It is written, THUS DAVID THE SON OF JESSE REIGNED OVER ALL ISRAEL. AND THE TIME THAT HE (David) REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WAS FORTY YEARS; SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Chr 29:26,27. AND THE DAYS THAT DAVID REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WERE FORTY YEARS: SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Ki 2:11. Many times we are seeing the term "generation" being associated with "forty years."
   AFTER THIS LIVED JOB AN HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS, AND SAW HIS SONS, AND HIS SONS’ SONS, EVEN FOUR GENERATIONS-Job 42:16. This verse would figure out to thirty-five years. We might consider that a generation is forty years, yet may be as little as thirty-five years.
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE-Mt 23:36,38.
   AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM FOR TO SHOW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE. 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-Mt 24:1,2. The words "this generation," as appear in Mt 23:36, are the same words that appear in "this generation," in Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; and Lk 21:32. It is written, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. Jesus had said, "THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION." One of the things was the temple would be destroyed. The question arises, was the temple destroyed within forty years? The answer is yes. The temple was thrown down approximately 70 A.D. Jesus was crucified approximately forty years earlier.
   Clearly, we can see that a "Bible generation" is forty years.

4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO SIXTY OR LONGER

   A generation, as outlined in the Scriptures, was from the age of twenty years old and upward. Add forty years, and we come to sixty years old. From the age of twenty to sixty was considered as a generation.
   YOUR CARCASSES SHALL FALL IN THIS WILDERNESS; AND ALL THAT WERE NUMBERED OF YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR WHOLE NUMBER, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD-Num 14:29. EVERY ONE THAT PASSETH AMONG THEM THAT ARE NUMBERED, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND ABOVE, SHALL GIVE AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD-Ex 30:14. FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, ALL THAT ARE ABLE TO GO FORTH TO WAR IN ISRAEL-Num 1:3.
   SURELY NONE OF THE MEN THAT CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, SHALL SEE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB; BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT WHOLLY FOLLOWED ME-Num 32:11.
   A biblical generation has been shown to be forty years. It can (in some cases) also be from the age of twenty years to sixty years. It is written AND THY ESTIMATION SHALL BE OF THE MALE FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD EVEN UNTO SIXTY YEARS OLD-Lev 27:3. 
   Some prophecy scholars believe the countdown of the generation began at Israel's rebirth (May 14, 1948). This would appear to be supported by Scripture. Others believe the countdown began when Israel regained all of the city of Jerusalem (June 1967).
   Then there is the question: Should the 40 year generation be figured from 0 or the age of 20?
   Other prophecy scholars may consider that the generation could, in some cases, be 70 or 80 years. It is written, Ps 90:10-THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE YEARS AND TEN (70 years); AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS (80 years), YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW; FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF, AND WE FLY AWAY.
   All things considered, we can only say that we are in a locked countdown. Israel has been reborn as was prophesied. We are now in the latter years-ref Ezek 38:8. We are in the generation in which the Rapture will occur, followed by the man of sin coming forth (known as the Antichrist). He will confirm a covenant with Israel and others which begins the Tribulation-ref Dan 9:27. After the Tribulation of those days, Armageddon explodes. Jesus Christ returns to this earth with power and great glory. We cannot say what year it will be. We can say, 1 Thes 5:6-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. Be ready, for it will be soon. We are to occupy till He returns-ref Lk 19:13.             

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION (Scripture)

   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-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.                                         
   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. SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED-Lk 21:28-32.
   In Mt 24:4 to 24:28, events of the Tribulation are described. In Mt 24:29-31, Jesus Christ returns immediately after the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, and the elect are gathered. The very next verse, number 32, then gives us the following, NOW LEARN (this comes forth as a command, "learn"). The next words tell us what to learn, A PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (or the Israeli nation). Thus, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. This rebirth of the fig tree is outlined in Isa 66:8,9. WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (a new branch, a tender branch, a branch that has just come forth, a branch that has just sprung forth in tenderness after the winter), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (springs to life, people multiply, leaves come forth on the branches), YE KNOW (note the word "know") THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. You know certain things are going to happen. You know and recognize the times. You know that summer is near. SO LIKEWISE YE (in other words or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS. We may ask, "All what things?" The answer is, all the things that have just been described, which cover from Israel’s rebirth to the Tribulation, the return of Jesus to the earth, and the gathering of the elect. KNOW (again, we see the command to "know," or to recognize, or to be aware) THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS-Mt 24:33. Then in verse 34, it concludes with this, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION. One may ask, "What generation has Jesus just been talking about?" The answer is the generation that would begin with the rebirth of Israel and see all these signs. "This generation" SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.
   In Lk 21:8-27, God has given a picture of the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then, in Lk 21:28-32, it is written, AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN (note the word "begin") TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. These things are coming to pass. Watch and be ready.
   AND HE (Jesus) SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD THE FIG TREE (behold, Israel as a nation, behold Israel’s rebirth, which is outlined in Isa 66:8,9), AND ALL THE TREES (and all the nations) (these were covered previously); WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (when Israel and the other nations shoot forth), YE SEE AND KNOW (note "we know") OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND (you know that certain things lie ahead or you know the times). SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (when you see all the events that have been outlined come to pass), KNOW YE (a command to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND (know that the Millennium is near at hand).
   As mentioned previously, there are two sets of events to look for. 1-When these things begin to come to pass, we are to know that the Rapture is about to take place. 2-When these things have taken place then the followers of Jesus, which got saved during the Tribulation and survived, are commanded to know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
   Then in verse 32-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (What generation? The generation of "BEHOLD THE FIG TREE" that will see all these events.); THIS GENERATION shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. The last thing to be fulfilled is the gathering of the elect right after the Battle of Armageddon.
   Based on these verses, some bring forth a question, "Is it possible the Lord has given us a time period to consider?" Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948.
   As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more deeply as the end draws closer and closer.           
   This site is "not" attempting to set any exact year.
   But clearly, we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.                                              

6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE NOW IN

   1.  By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
   2.  By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mt 24; Mk 13; and Lk 21.
   3.  By the many signs given throughout the Scriptures. There are over 300 things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin.
   4.  By the time period of Jesus’ birth to now. Many consider that from the creation of Adam to the first coming of Jesus was 4000 years. From the first coming of Jesus until He comes the second time, 2000 years. From the second coming of Jesus to the end of the Millennium, 1000 years. Shortly after the Millennium, the heavens and the earth pass away, and there will come forth a new heaven and a new earth. The total time, from the creation to the time the earth passes away, should be 7000 years. This signifies the seven days, each day for 1000 years.      
   God tells us of the six days of creation, and the seventh day He rested-ref Ex 20:11. The seventh day represents the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ (the Millennium)—a time of rest-ref Heb 4:1-11; 2 Thes 1:7. Satan is chained for 1000 years, so he can deceive the nations no longer. There are various understandings of Lk 13:32. I DO CURES TO DAY AND TO MORROW, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Some consider Jesus is telling us there will be a two thousand year period (today and tomorrow), and the third day Jesus will reign. It is written, BUT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY-1 Cor 13:10.
   Also, it is written, AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT-Hos 6:2. Some consider that this verse is talking about two time periods that would come to pass, and then Israel would be restored for the Millennium. Others consider this could be talking about a two thousand year period that would come to pass from the birth of Jesus to the Millennium.
   All four methods coincide, which God gave to help us know the times we are now in.  All four testify that Jesus will soon return.                       

7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH

   The seventieth week of Daniel (which is also called the Tribulation) is clearly outlined as being seven years long. This can be further broken down, through other verses, into 84 months or 2520 days. It is further portrayed as being split into parts. The dividing point is when the sacrifices at the temple are stopped. This is defined by Daniel 9:27, as the "midst" of the Tribulation.
   Since seven years consist of 84 months, it can be assumed that each part of the Tribulation will be 3 ½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. Nevertheless, let us not forget, that God’s calendar (which has already been covered) should be used.

8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

   In Mk 13:6-19, events of the Tribulation are described. Then in verse 20, Jesus spoke these words, AND EXCEPT THAT THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS (of the trouble), NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE, WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED (or limited) THE DAYS.                                                     
   Jesus describes the Tribulation and then makes the statement, "shortened those days." What does this mean? Did He shorten it from more than seven years down to seven years? Will the 7 x 360 day periods be shortened to less than this? Will it be shortened only a few hours? It may be noted that Jesus said, "shortened those days." Days is plural, which may denote more than one. Could the days represent years? Could He have shortened the years or number of years?
   It may be noted with interest that every time the Scriptures refer to how many days, months, or years are in either part of the Tribulation, it always seems to be the second part. The second part is 1260 days. The second part is 42 months. The second part is 3 1/2 years. Many times in the Scriptures we are told the length of the second part. We never seem to be told the exact length of the first part. (Note, some Bible scholars may not agree with the alignment of events; thus, they might disagree with this statement.)
   In Daniel, the Bible indicates seven years or seven time periods. Then the words "IN THE MIDST" are used, indicating the middle. From this point on, we are told over and over that it will be 42 months, or 1260 days, or 3 1/2 years. Why do the Scriptures never come out and say the length of the first part? Since we know the second part is 1260 days and we know the Scriptures tell us, in Dan 9:27, "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK," we automatically take it for granted that the first part of the Tribulation will be the exact length as the second part: 1260 days, which equals a total of 2520 days, or 7 x 360 day periods or years. Yet we are still faced with the situation that the Bible does not seem to actually say 1260 days for the first part. Then we are faced with the words "HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS" and "HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS"-Mk 13:20.
   There seems to be no doubt that, in some way, "THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS." "Those days" being referred to here are the Tribulation. But how does He do this, and by how much?
   We might conclude that the shortening could actually come from the first part of the Tribulation, rather than the second part. This might be further substantiated in the fact that the Scriptures tell us, BUT WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION...FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS-Mk 13:14. Why didn’t Jesus just say to count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation, which was the confirming of the covenant?-ref Dan 9:27. It certainly would seem much simpler to do it this way. When 1260 days approach, then flee. Yet Jesus did not do this. He said, WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION...FLEE. This indicates that the abomination will not come at the time we might expect, that is, 1260 days into the Tribulation. If this is true, could it be because the first part of the Tribulation has been shortened? In such a case, the "elect" would have to look for this event. They could not calculate, in number of days, exactly when the abomination would happen. This event may occur after a much shorter time than 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation (if the first part of the Tribulation is shortened).
   This web site is not saying this is the way it will be, but simply asking the question, is this possible, even probable?                                          
   Again, we see, in the Gospel according to Matthew, the words, WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET...FLEE-Mt 24:15,16. Once more, no mention is made of 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we ask, is it possible according to the Scriptures, that the seventieth week of Daniel will be shortened?  Will the part that will actually be shortened  be the first part (which we presume to be 1260 days, yet is never actually stated as being thus)?
   The following verses show clearly that the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.                   
   Dan 7:25 AND THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND UNTIL A TIME AND TIMES AND THE DIVIDING OF TIME. This is the second part of the Tribulation, 3 1/2 years. The Antichrist shall make war with the saints, and they shall be given into his hand.                                       
   Dan 12:7 THAT IT SHALL BE FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF, AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FINISHED. Again this is talking about the second part of the Tribulation, 3 ½ years. The Antichrist shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.
   Rev 12:14 WHERE SHE IS NOURISHED FOR A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, FROM THE FACE OF THE SERPENT. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 3 1/2 years. Israel is told to flee, when they see the abomination of desolation, to a place where God will take care of them.
   Rev 11:2 BUT THE COURT THAT IS WITHOUT THE TEMPLE LEAVE OUT, AND MEASURE IT NOT; FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE GENTILES: AND THE HOLY CITY SHALL THEY TREAD UNDER FOOT FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation. It is 42 months. This is the same as the 3 1/2 years already mentioned. The court without the temple is given to the Gentiles.
   Rev 13:5 AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (unto the Antichrist) TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Once again, we note that the second part of the Tribulation is 42 months.
   Rev 11:3 AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This 1260 days relates to the length of time that the two prophets of God shall prophesy. Again we note, what appears to be the length of the second part of the Tribulation.
   Rev 12:6 AND THE WOMAN (Israel) FLED INTO THE WILDERNESS, WHERE SHE HATH A PLACE PREPARED OF GOD, THAT THEY SHOULD FEED HER THERE A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This verse goes with Rev 12:14. This is Israel fleeing when they see the abomination of desolation. Once more, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days.               
   Over and over the Scriptures give us the length of the second part of the Tribulation. Is it possible that the exact length of the first part may not be given, as it will be shortened? Is it possible this is why the Jews must look for the abomination of desolation to happen, rather than being able to simply count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation?
   Does God give us another verse to back up the verse, "He hath shortened the days"? It is written, ESAIAS ALSO CRIETH CONCERNING ISRAEL, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK (the Tribulation), AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK (the Tribulation) WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH. Note the words, "CUT IT SHORT"-Ro 9:27,28.
   AND AS ESAIAS SAID BEFORE, EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH (or Lord Almighty) HAD LEFT US A SEED, WE HAD BEEN AS SODOMA, AND BEEN MADE LIKE UNTO GOMORRHA-Ro 9:29. EXCEPT THE LORD OF HOSTS HAD LEFT UNTO US A VERY SMALL REMNANT (or some survivors), WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS SODOM, AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE UNTO GOMORRAH-Isa 1:9.
   This is very much in harmony with Mk 13:20, which has told us that the days had been shortened for the ELECT’S SAKE. If those days had not been shortened, NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED. In Ro 9:27, we read, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED.                                                          
   Does God give us a third verse to back this all up? It is written, Mt 24:22-AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (or if the length of this time had not been limited-JNT,8 or cut short), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE (those who have been chosen-JNT9) THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED (its length will be limited-JNT10).                         
   In view of all these Scriptures, it might be asked, "How much has the Tribulation been shortened?" The Scriptures appear to give us no way to know. Some believe the verses may refer to the length of the days being shortened.


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(Subjects in this Section)

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE? 3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION 4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO

     SIXTY OR LONGER

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION 6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE IN 7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH 8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Scripture)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (and leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH (or approaching): SO LIKEWISE YE (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT (the time) IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU (the truth), THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED (or happen)-Mt 24:32-34.                          
   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or this lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HER BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (or leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR (or approaching): SO YE IN LIKE MANNER (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT IS NIGH (or near), EVEN (right) AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE DONE (or have happened)-Mk 13:28-30.
   Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with His return. Then He continued, AND WHEN THESE THINGS "BEGIN" (or start) TO COME TO PASS (or happen),THEN LOOK (or stand) UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS (high); FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH (you are about to be liberated-JNT6). AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD (look at) THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (or as soon as they sprout leaves-JNT7), YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH (or near) AT HAND. SO LIKEWISE (or even so) YE WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE (you are to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH (or near) AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (or people) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (or all these things have happened-NIV)-Lk 21:28-32.                

2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?

   The word "fig" is mentioned in the Scriptures sixty-four times. THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD-Jere 24:5. We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
   THE LORD SHOWED ME, AND, BEHOLD, TWO BASKETS OF FIGS...ONE BASKET HAD VERY GOOD FIGS, EVEN LIKE THE FIGS THAT ARE FIRST RIPE: AND THE OTHER BASKET HAD VERY NAUGHTY FIGS, WHICH COULD NOT BE EATEN, THEY WERE SO BAD. THEN SAID THE LORD UNTO ME, WHAT SEEST THOU, JEREMIAH? AND I SAID, FIGS; THE GOOD FIGS, VERY GOOD; AND THE EVIL, VERY EVIL, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL. AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD. FOR I WILL SET MINE EYES UPON THEM FOR GOOD, AND I WILL BRING THEM AGAIN TO THIS LAND: AND I WILL BUILD THEM, AND NOT PULL THEM DOWN; AND I WILL PLANT THEM, AND NOT PLUCK THEM UP. AND I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, THAT I AM THE LORD: AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD: FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. AND AS THE EVIL FIGS, WHICH CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL-Jere 24:1-8. The word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.              
   NOW IN THE MORNING AS HE RETURNED INTO THE CITY, HE HUNGERED. AND WHEN HE SAW A FIG TREE IN THE WAY, HE CAME TO IT, AND FOUND NOTHING THEREON, BUT LEAVES ONLY, AND SAID UNTO IT, LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD FOR EVER. AND PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED AWAY-Mt 21:18,19; ref Mk 11:12-14,20,21. The fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. It may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
   The nation of Israel did wither and was destroyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation.
   THEREFORE HIS HEIGHT WAS EXALTED ABOVE ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD (or nations)…THE CEDARS IN THE GARDEN OF GOD COULD NOT HIDE HIM: THE FIR TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BOUGHS, AND THE CHESTNUT TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BRANCHES; NOR ANY TREE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD WAS LIKE UNTO HIM IN HIS BEAUTY. I HAVE MADE HIM FAIR BY THE MULTITUDE OF HIS BRANCHES: SO THAT ALL THE TREES OF EDEN, THAT WERE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD, ENVIED HIM. AND STRANGERS, THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS, HAVE CUT HIM OFF, AND HAVE LEFT HIM…TO THE END THAT NONE OF ALL THE TREES (or nations) BY THE WATERS EXALT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR HEIGHT…AND I CAUSED LEBANON TO MOURN FOR HIM, AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD FAINTED FOR HIM. I MADE THE NATIONS TO SHAKE AT THE SOUND OF HIS FALL-Ezek 31:5,8,9,12,14-16. It may be noted, the word "tree" is often used as a symbol for a nation.                         

(Scripture with commentary)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or a lesson) OF THE FIG TREE (of the Israeli nation). (Note, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. Without this key event being in place, no other prophecy of the latter days meant anything.) WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (the branch on the tree becomes tender after the long, cold winter. When Israel is yet tender and puts forth leaves—this indicates the spring time), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. (When one would see the Israeli nation come forth, and his branches tender, and leaves coming forth, you would know summer is near or you would know that certain things are near.) SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS (the list of things that Jesus just gave in the previous verses), KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. (Again, we see the command to know that certain events are at the doors and are going to happen almost immediately, as already covered in previous pages.)
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Israeli nation) SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. ("All these things" includes the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and the gathering together of the elect. All these things would happen during the period of this generation.)-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.
   The verses, in Lk 21:28-32, can be broken down into four parts. First, your redemption drawing near is referring to the Rapture. It is then followed by the second part, which is seeing and knowing certain things such as the times we are in, when the nation of Israel and other nations shoot forth. (It is interesting to note that the Rapture and the nations shooting forth are both referred to.) All of this is prior to the Tribulation. These nations have now come forth.
   The third part is when you see certain other things come to pass to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. The fourth part is showing that the generation of the fig tree shall not pass till all the things Jesus told us about are fulfilled.
   AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS (we are to see or look for certain things to come to pass), THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION (or the Rapture) DRAWETH NIGH.
   AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE (or a lesson); BEHOLD THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH. (Behold the Israeli nation and all the nations that were to shoot forth.) Thus, the rebirth of the nation of Israel had to take place. In addition, other nations had to also be in place. The primary list of other nations are listed in Ezekiel chapter 38, but there are also others such as Isa chapters 17-19. These nations would include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, and other nations. Every tree (or nation) is now in place. YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND. In other words, when you see the Israeli nation and the other nations come forth, you KNOW summer is at hand. You should know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Note, first the Rapture is mentioned (your redemption), which is connected with the Israeli nation and the other nations shooting forth. By this, know the times we are in, know the Rapture is at hand, and know the next events will follow, which include the Tribulation. We are also reminded when these things "begin" to come to pass. Thus, we can look for some of the events of the Tribulation to begin to come to pass, even as birth pangs of a women.
   Then there is the next category of two parts. This includes the list of events Jesus gave, which consists of the Tribulation and His second coming. The gathering of the elect is omitted. And when these come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Mt 24 and Mk 13, include the elect being gathered, but the kingdom of God is omitted. In Lk 21, the gathering of the elect is omitted, but the kingdom of God is included. The elect are gathered during the time that is referred to as "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."
   SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (these things are including the long list Jesus had given prior to this parable), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. (Jesus shall reign on the earth.) VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY (the generation of the fig tree, the Israeli nation), TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (which includes the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus).

3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION

   "Forty years" is mentioned in the Bible forty times. The number "forty" is mentioned in the Bible one hundred and forty-six times.
   AND THE LORD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAINST ISRAEL, AND HE MADE THEM WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FORTY YEARS, UNTIL ALL THE GENERATION THAT HAD DONE EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, WAS CONSUMED-Num 32:13. It may be noted that "forty years" and "the generation" is mentioned. FORTY YEARS LONG WAS I GRIEVED WITH THIS GENERATION-Ps 95:10. Again, it may be noted, "forty years" and "this generation." HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION-Heb 3:8-10. Again, it can be noted, "forty years" and "that generation."                 
   FOR DAVID, AFTER HE HAD SERVED HIS OWN GENERATION (note the word "generation") BY THE WILL OF GOD, FELL ON SLEEP-Acts 13:36. How long did David serve? It is written, THUS DAVID THE SON OF JESSE REIGNED OVER ALL ISRAEL. AND THE TIME THAT HE (David) REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WAS FORTY YEARS; SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Chr 29:26,27. AND THE DAYS THAT DAVID REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WERE FORTY YEARS: SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Ki 2:11. Many times we are seeing the term "generation" being associated with "forty years."
   AFTER THIS LIVED JOB AN HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS, AND SAW HIS SONS, AND HIS SONS’ SONS, EVEN FOUR GENERATIONS-Job 42:16. This verse would figure out to thirty-five years. We might consider that a generation is forty years, yet may be as little as thirty-five years.
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE-Mt 23:36,38.
   AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM FOR TO SHOW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE. 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-Mt 24:1,2. The words "this generation," as appear in Mt 23:36, are the same words that appear in "this generation," in Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; and Lk 21:32. It is written, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. Jesus had said, "THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION." One of the things was the temple would be destroyed. The question arises, was the temple destroyed within forty years? The answer is yes. The temple was thrown down approximately 70 A.D. Jesus was crucified approximately forty years earlier.
   Clearly, we can see that a "Bible generation" is forty years.

4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO SIXTY OR LONGER

   A generation, as outlined in the Scriptures, was from the age of twenty years old and upward. Add forty years, and we come to sixty years old. From the age of twenty to sixty was considered as a generation.
   YOUR CARCASSES SHALL FALL IN THIS WILDERNESS; AND ALL THAT WERE NUMBERED OF YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR WHOLE NUMBER, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD-Num 14:29. EVERY ONE THAT PASSETH AMONG THEM THAT ARE NUMBERED, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND ABOVE, SHALL GIVE AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD-Ex 30:14. FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, ALL THAT ARE ABLE TO GO FORTH TO WAR IN ISRAEL-Num 1:3.
   SURELY NONE OF THE MEN THAT CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, SHALL SEE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB; BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT WHOLLY FOLLOWED ME-Num 32:11.
   A biblical generation has been shown to be forty years. It can (in some cases) also be from the age of twenty years to sixty years. It is written AND THY ESTIMATION SHALL BE OF THE MALE FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD EVEN UNTO SIXTY YEARS OLD-Lev 27:3. 
   Some prophecy scholars believe the countdown of the generation began at Israel's rebirth (May 14, 1948). This would appear to be supported by Scripture. Others believe the countdown began when Israel regained all of the city of Jerusalem (June 1967).
   Then there is the question: Should the 40 year generation be figured from 0 or the age of 20?
   Other prophecy scholars may consider that the generation could, in some cases, be 70 or 80 years. It is written, Ps 90:10-THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE YEARS AND TEN (70 years); AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS (80 years), YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW; FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF, AND WE FLY AWAY.
   All things considered, we can only say that we are in a locked countdown. Israel has been reborn as was prophesied. We are now in the latter years-ref Ezek 38:8. We are in the generation in which the Rapture will occur, followed by the man of sin coming forth (known as the Antichrist). He will confirm a covenant with Israel and others which begins the Tribulation-ref Dan 9:27. After the Tribulation of those days, Armageddon explodes. Jesus Christ returns to this earth with power and great glory. We cannot say what year it will be. We can say, 1 Thes 5:6-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. Be ready, for it will be soon. We are to occupy till He returns-ref Lk 19:13.             

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION (Scripture)

   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-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.                                         
   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. SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED-Lk 21:28-32.
   In Mt 24:4 to 24:28, events of the Tribulation are described. In Mt 24:29-31, Jesus Christ returns immediately after the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, and the elect are gathered. The very next verse, number 32, then gives us the following, NOW LEARN (this comes forth as a command, "learn"). The next words tell us what to learn, A PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (or the Israeli nation). Thus, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. This rebirth of the fig tree is outlined in Isa 66:8,9. WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (a new branch, a tender branch, a branch that has just come forth, a branch that has just sprung forth in tenderness after the winter), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (springs to life, people multiply, leaves come forth on the branches), YE KNOW (note the word "know") THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. You know certain things are going to happen. You know and recognize the times. You know that summer is near. SO LIKEWISE YE (in other words or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS. We may ask, "All what things?" The answer is, all the things that have just been described, which cover from Israel’s rebirth to the Tribulation, the return of Jesus to the earth, and the gathering of the elect. KNOW (again, we see the command to "know," or to recognize, or to be aware) THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS-Mt 24:33. Then in verse 34, it concludes with this, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION. One may ask, "What generation has Jesus just been talking about?" The answer is the generation that would begin with the rebirth of Israel and see all these signs. "This generation" SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.
   In Lk 21:8-27, God has given a picture of the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then, in Lk 21:28-32, it is written, AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN (note the word "begin") TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. These things are coming to pass. Watch and be ready.
   AND HE (Jesus) SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD THE FIG TREE (behold, Israel as a nation, behold Israel’s rebirth, which is outlined in Isa 66:8,9), AND ALL THE TREES (and all the nations) (these were covered previously); WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (when Israel and the other nations shoot forth), YE SEE AND KNOW (note "we know") OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND (you know that certain things lie ahead or you know the times). SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (when you see all the events that have been outlined come to pass), KNOW YE (a command to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND (know that the Millennium is near at hand).
   As mentioned previously, there are two sets of events to look for. 1-When these things begin to come to pass, we are to know that the Rapture is about to take place. 2-When these things have taken place then the followers of Jesus, which got saved during the Tribulation and survived, are commanded to know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
   Then in verse 32-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (What generation? The generation of "BEHOLD THE FIG TREE" that will see all these events.); THIS GENERATION shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. The last thing to be fulfilled is the gathering of the elect right after the Battle of Armageddon.
   Based on these verses, some bring forth a question, "Is it possible the Lord has given us a time period to consider?" Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948.
   As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more deeply as the end draws closer and closer.           
   This site is "not" attempting to set any exact year.
   But clearly, we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.                                              

6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE NOW IN

   1.  By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
   2.  By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mt 24; Mk 13; and Lk 21.
   3.  By the many signs given throughout the Scriptures. There are over 300 things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin.
   4.  By the time period of Jesus’ birth to now. Many consider that from the creation of Adam to the first coming of Jesus was 4000 years. From the first coming of Jesus until He comes the second time, 2000 years. From the second coming of Jesus to the end of the Millennium, 1000 years. Shortly after the Millennium, the heavens and the earth pass away, and there will come forth a new heaven and a new earth. The total time, from the creation to the time the earth passes away, should be 7000 years. This signifies the seven days, each day for 1000 years.      
   God tells us of the six days of creation, and the seventh day He rested-ref Ex 20:11. The seventh day represents the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ (the Millennium)—a time of rest-ref Heb 4:1-11; 2 Thes 1:7. Satan is chained for 1000 years, so he can deceive the nations no longer. There are various understandings of Lk 13:32. I DO CURES TO DAY AND TO MORROW, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Some consider Jesus is telling us there will be a two thousand year period (today and tomorrow), and the third day Jesus will reign. It is written, BUT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY-1 Cor 13:10.
   Also, it is written, AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT-Hos 6:2. Some consider that this verse is talking about two time periods that would come to pass, and then Israel would be restored for the Millennium. Others consider this could be talking about a two thousand year period that would come to pass from the birth of Jesus to the Millennium.
   All four methods coincide, which God gave to help us know the times we are now in.  All four testify that Jesus will soon return.                       

7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH

   The seventieth week of Daniel (which is also called the Tribulation) is clearly outlined as being seven years long. This can be further broken down, through other verses, into 84 months or 2520 days. It is further portrayed as being split into parts. The dividing point is when the sacrifices at the temple are stopped. This is defined by Daniel 9:27, as the "midst" of the Tribulation.
   Since seven years consist of 84 months, it can be assumed that each part of the Tribulation will be 3 ½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. Nevertheless, let us not forget, that God’s calendar (which has already been covered) should be used.

8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

   In Mk 13:6-19, events of the Tribulation are described. Then in verse 20, Jesus spoke these words, AND EXCEPT THAT THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS (of the trouble), NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE, WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED (or limited) THE DAYS.                                                     
   Jesus describes the Tribulation and then makes the statement, "shortened those days." What does this mean? Did He shorten it from more than seven years down to seven years? Will the 7 x 360 day periods be shortened to less than this? Will it be shortened only a few hours? It may be noted that Jesus said, "shortened those days." Days is plural, which may denote more than one. Could the days represent years? Could He have shortened the years or number of years?
   It may be noted with interest that every time the Scriptures refer to how many days, months, or years are in either part of the Tribulation, it always seems to be the second part. The second part is 1260 days. The second part is 42 months. The second part is 3 1/2 years. Many times in the Scriptures we are told the length of the second part. We never seem to be told the exact length of the first part. (Note, some Bible scholars may not agree with the alignment of events; thus, they might disagree with this statement.)
   In Daniel, the Bible indicates seven years or seven time periods. Then the words "IN THE MIDST" are used, indicating the middle. From this point on, we are told over and over that it will be 42 months, or 1260 days, or 3 1/2 years. Why do the Scriptures never come out and say the length of the first part? Since we know the second part is 1260 days and we know the Scriptures tell us, in Dan 9:27, "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK," we automatically take it for granted that the first part of the Tribulation will be the exact length as the second part: 1260 days, which equals a total of 2520 days, or 7 x 360 day periods or years. Yet we are still faced with the situation that the Bible does not seem to actually say 1260 days for the first part. Then we are faced with the words "HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS" and "HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS"-Mk 13:20.
   There seems to be no doubt that, in some way, "THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS." "Those days" being referred to here are the Tribulation. But how does He do this, and by how much?
   We might conclude that the shortening could actually come from the first part of the Tribulation, rather than the second part. This might be further substantiated in the fact that the Scriptures tell us, BUT WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION...FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS-Mk 13:14. Why didn’t Jesus just say to count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation, which was the confirming of the covenant?-ref Dan 9:27. It certainly would seem much simpler to do it this way. When 1260 days approach, then flee. Yet Jesus did not do this. He said, WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION...FLEE. This indicates that the abomination will not come at the time we might expect, that is, 1260 days into the Tribulation. If this is true, could it be because the first part of the Tribulation has been shortened? In such a case, the "elect" would have to look for this event. They could not calculate, in number of days, exactly when the abomination would happen. This event may occur after a much shorter time than 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation (if the first part of the Tribulation is shortened).
   This web site is not saying this is the way it will be, but simply asking the question, is this possible, even probable?                                          
   Again, we see, in the Gospel according to Matthew, the words, WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET...FLEE-Mt 24:15,16. Once more, no mention is made of 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we ask, is it possible according to the Scriptures, that the seventieth week of Daniel will be shortened?  Will the part that will actually be shortened  be the first part (which we presume to be 1260 days, yet is never actually stated as being thus)?
   The following verses show clearly that the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.                   
   Dan 7:25 AND THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND UNTIL A TIME AND TIMES AND THE DIVIDING OF TIME. This is the second part of the Tribulation, 3 1/2 years. The Antichrist shall make war with the saints, and they shall be given into his hand.                                       
   Dan 12:7 THAT IT SHALL BE FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF, AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FINISHED. Again this is talking about the second part of the Tribulation, 3 ½ years. The Antichrist shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.
   Rev 12:14 WHERE SHE IS NOURISHED FOR A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, FROM THE FACE OF THE SERPENT. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 3 1/2 years. Israel is told to flee, when they see the abomination of desolation, to a place where God will take care of them.
   Rev 11:2 BUT THE COURT THAT IS WITHOUT THE TEMPLE LEAVE OUT, AND MEASURE IT NOT; FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE GENTILES: AND THE HOLY CITY SHALL THEY TREAD UNDER FOOT FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation. It is 42 months. This is the same as the 3 1/2 years already mentioned. The court without the temple is given to the Gentiles.
   Rev 13:5 AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (unto the Antichrist) TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Once again, we note that the second part of the Tribulation is 42 months.
   Rev 11:3 AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This 1260 days relates to the length of time that the two prophets of God shall prophesy. Again we note, what appears to be the length of the second part of the Tribulation.
   Rev 12:6 AND THE WOMAN (Israel) FLED INTO THE WILDERNESS, WHERE SHE HATH A PLACE PREPARED OF GOD, THAT THEY SHOULD FEED HER THERE A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This verse goes with Rev 12:14. This is Israel fleeing when they see the abomination of desolation. Once more, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days.               
   Over and over the Scriptures give us the length of the second part of the Tribulation. Is it possible that the exact length of the first part may not be given, as it will be shortened? Is it possible this is why the Jews must look for the abomination of desolation to happen, rather than being able to simply count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation?
   Does God give us another verse to back up the verse, "He hath shortened the days"? It is written, ESAIAS ALSO CRIETH CONCERNING ISRAEL, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK (the Tribulation), AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK (the Tribulation) WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH. Note the words, "CUT IT SHORT"-Ro 9:27,28.
   AND AS ESAIAS SAID BEFORE, EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH (or Lord Almighty) HAD LEFT US A SEED, WE HAD BEEN AS SODOMA, AND BEEN MADE LIKE UNTO GOMORRHA-Ro 9:29. EXCEPT THE LORD OF HOSTS HAD LEFT UNTO US A VERY SMALL REMNANT (or some survivors), WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS SODOM, AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE UNTO GOMORRAH-Isa 1:9.
   This is very much in harmony with Mk 13:20, which has told us that the days had been shortened for the ELECT’S SAKE. If those days had not been shortened, NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED. In Ro 9:27, we read, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED.                                                          
   Does God give us a third verse to back this all up? It is written, Mt 24:22-AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (or if the length of this time had not been limited-JNT,8 or cut short), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE (those who have been chosen-JNT9) THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED (its length will be limited-JNT10).                         
   In view of all these Scriptures, it might be asked, "How much has the Tribulation been shortened?" The Scriptures appear to give us no way to know. Some believe the verses may refer to the length of the days being shortened.


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(Subjects in this Section)

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE? 3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION 4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO

     SIXTY OR LONGER

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION 6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE IN 7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH 8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Scripture)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (and leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH (or approaching): SO LIKEWISE YE (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT (the time) IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU (the truth), THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED (or happen)-Mt 24:32-34.                          
   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or this lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HER BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (or leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR (or approaching): SO YE IN LIKE MANNER (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT IS NIGH (or near), EVEN (right) AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE DONE (or have happened)-Mk 13:28-30.
   Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with His return. Then He continued, AND WHEN THESE THINGS "BEGIN" (or start) TO COME TO PASS (or happen),THEN LOOK (or stand) UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS (high); FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH (you are about to be liberated-JNT6). AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD (look at) THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (or as soon as they sprout leaves-JNT7), YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH (or near) AT HAND. SO LIKEWISE (or even so) YE WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE (you are to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH (or near) AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (or people) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (or all these things have happened-NIV)-Lk 21:28-32.                

2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?

   The word "fig" is mentioned in the Scriptures sixty-four times. THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD-Jere 24:5. We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
   THE LORD SHOWED ME, AND, BEHOLD, TWO BASKETS OF FIGS...ONE BASKET HAD VERY GOOD FIGS, EVEN LIKE THE FIGS THAT ARE FIRST RIPE: AND THE OTHER BASKET HAD VERY NAUGHTY FIGS, WHICH COULD NOT BE EATEN, THEY WERE SO BAD. THEN SAID THE LORD UNTO ME, WHAT SEEST THOU, JEREMIAH? AND I SAID, FIGS; THE GOOD FIGS, VERY GOOD; AND THE EVIL, VERY EVIL, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL. AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD. FOR I WILL SET MINE EYES UPON THEM FOR GOOD, AND I WILL BRING THEM AGAIN TO THIS LAND: AND I WILL BUILD THEM, AND NOT PULL THEM DOWN; AND I WILL PLANT THEM, AND NOT PLUCK THEM UP. AND I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, THAT I AM THE LORD: AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD: FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. AND AS THE EVIL FIGS, WHICH CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL-Jere 24:1-8. The word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.              
   NOW IN THE MORNING AS HE RETURNED INTO THE CITY, HE HUNGERED. AND WHEN HE SAW A FIG TREE IN THE WAY, HE CAME TO IT, AND FOUND NOTHING THEREON, BUT LEAVES ONLY, AND SAID UNTO IT, LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD FOR EVER. AND PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED AWAY-Mt 21:18,19; ref Mk 11:12-14,20,21. The fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. It may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
   The nation of Israel did wither and was destroyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation.
   THEREFORE HIS HEIGHT WAS EXALTED ABOVE ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD (or nations)…THE CEDARS IN THE GARDEN OF GOD COULD NOT HIDE HIM: THE FIR TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BOUGHS, AND THE CHESTNUT TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BRANCHES; NOR ANY TREE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD WAS LIKE UNTO HIM IN HIS BEAUTY. I HAVE MADE HIM FAIR BY THE MULTITUDE OF HIS BRANCHES: SO THAT ALL THE TREES OF EDEN, THAT WERE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD, ENVIED HIM. AND STRANGERS, THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS, HAVE CUT HIM OFF, AND HAVE LEFT HIM…TO THE END THAT NONE OF ALL THE TREES (or nations) BY THE WATERS EXALT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR HEIGHT…AND I CAUSED LEBANON TO MOURN FOR HIM, AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD FAINTED FOR HIM. I MADE THE NATIONS TO SHAKE AT THE SOUND OF HIS FALL-Ezek 31:5,8,9,12,14-16. It may be noted, the word "tree" is often used as a symbol for a nation.                         

(Scripture with commentary)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or a lesson) OF THE FIG TREE (of the Israeli nation). (Note, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. Without this key event being in place, no other prophecy of the latter days meant anything.) WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (the branch on the tree becomes tender after the long, cold winter. When Israel is yet tender and puts forth leaves—this indicates the spring time), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. (When one would see the Israeli nation come forth, and his branches tender, and leaves coming forth, you would know summer is near or you would know that certain things are near.) SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS (the list of things that Jesus just gave in the previous verses), KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. (Again, we see the command to know that certain events are at the doors and are going to happen almost immediately, as already covered in previous pages.)
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Israeli nation) SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. ("All these things" includes the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and the gathering together of the elect. All these things would happen during the period of this generation.)-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.
   The verses, in Lk 21:28-32, can be broken down into four parts. First, your redemption drawing near is referring to the Rapture. It is then followed by the second part, which is seeing and knowing certain things such as the times we are in, when the nation of Israel and other nations shoot forth. (It is interesting to note that the Rapture and the nations shooting forth are both referred to.) All of this is prior to the Tribulation. These nations have now come forth.
   The third part is when you see certain other things come to pass to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. The fourth part is showing that the generation of the fig tree shall not pass till all the things Jesus told us about are fulfilled.
   AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS (we are to see or look for certain things to come to pass), THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION (or the Rapture) DRAWETH NIGH.
   AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE (or a lesson); BEHOLD THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH. (Behold the Israeli nation and all the nations that were to shoot forth.) Thus, the rebirth of the nation of Israel had to take place. In addition, other nations had to also be in place. The primary list of other nations are listed in Ezekiel chapter 38, but there are also others such as Isa chapters 17-19. These nations would include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, and other nations. Every tree (or nation) is now in place. YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND. In other words, when you see the Israeli nation and the other nations come forth, you KNOW summer is at hand. You should know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Note, first the Rapture is mentioned (your redemption), which is connected with the Israeli nation and the other nations shooting forth. By this, know the times we are in, know the Rapture is at hand, and know the next events will follow, which include the Tribulation. We are also reminded when these things "begin" to come to pass. Thus, we can look for some of the events of the Tribulation to begin to come to pass, even as birth pangs of a women.
   Then there is the next category of two parts. This includes the list of events Jesus gave, which consists of the Tribulation and His second coming. The gathering of the elect is omitted. And when these come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Mt 24 and Mk 13, include the elect being gathered, but the kingdom of God is omitted. In Lk 21, the gathering of the elect is omitted, but the kingdom of God is included. The elect are gathered during the time that is referred to as "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."
   SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (these things are including the long list Jesus had given prior to this parable), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. (Jesus shall reign on the earth.) VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY (the generation of the fig tree, the Israeli nation), TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (which includes the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus).

3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION

   "Forty years" is mentioned in the Bible forty times. The number "forty" is mentioned in the Bible one hundred and forty-six times.
   AND THE LORD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAINST ISRAEL, AND HE MADE THEM WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FORTY YEARS, UNTIL ALL THE GENERATION THAT HAD DONE EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, WAS CONSUMED-Num 32:13. It may be noted that "forty years" and "the generation" is mentioned. FORTY YEARS LONG WAS I GRIEVED WITH THIS GENERATION-Ps 95:10. Again, it may be noted, "forty years" and "this generation." HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION-Heb 3:8-10. Again, it can be noted, "forty years" and "that generation."                 
   FOR DAVID, AFTER HE HAD SERVED HIS OWN GENERATION (note the word "generation") BY THE WILL OF GOD, FELL ON SLEEP-Acts 13:36. How long did David serve? It is written, THUS DAVID THE SON OF JESSE REIGNED OVER ALL ISRAEL. AND THE TIME THAT HE (David) REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WAS FORTY YEARS; SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Chr 29:26,27. AND THE DAYS THAT DAVID REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WERE FORTY YEARS: SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Ki 2:11. Many times we are seeing the term "generation" being associated with "forty years."
   AFTER THIS LIVED JOB AN HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS, AND SAW HIS SONS, AND HIS SONS’ SONS, EVEN FOUR GENERATIONS-Job 42:16. This verse would figure out to thirty-five years. We might consider that a generation is forty years, yet may be as little as thirty-five years.
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE-Mt 23:36,38.
   AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM FOR TO SHOW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE. 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-Mt 24:1,2. The words "this generation," as appear in Mt 23:36, are the same words that appear in "this generation," in Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; and Lk 21:32. It is written, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. Jesus had said, "THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION." One of the things was the temple would be destroyed. The question arises, was the temple destroyed within forty years? The answer is yes. The temple was thrown down approximately 70 A.D. Jesus was crucified approximately forty years earlier.
   Clearly, we can see that a "Bible generation" is forty years.

4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO SIXTY OR LONGER

   A generation, as outlined in the Scriptures, was from the age of twenty years old and upward. Add forty years, and we come to sixty years old. From the age of twenty to sixty was considered as a generation.
   YOUR CARCASSES SHALL FALL IN THIS WILDERNESS; AND ALL THAT WERE NUMBERED OF YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR WHOLE NUMBER, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD-Num 14:29. EVERY ONE THAT PASSETH AMONG THEM THAT ARE NUMBERED, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND ABOVE, SHALL GIVE AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD-Ex 30:14. FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, ALL THAT ARE ABLE TO GO FORTH TO WAR IN ISRAEL-Num 1:3.
   SURELY NONE OF THE MEN THAT CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, SHALL SEE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB; BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT WHOLLY FOLLOWED ME-Num 32:11.
   A biblical generation has been shown to be forty years. It can (in some cases) also be from the age of twenty years to sixty years. It is written AND THY ESTIMATION SHALL BE OF THE MALE FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD EVEN UNTO SIXTY YEARS OLD-Lev 27:3. 
   Some prophecy scholars believe the countdown of the generation began at Israel's rebirth (May 14, 1948). This would appear to be supported by Scripture. Others believe the countdown began when Israel regained all of the city of Jerusalem (June 1967).
   Then there is the question: Should the 40 year generation be figured from 0 or the age of 20?
   Other prophecy scholars may consider that the generation could, in some cases, be 70 or 80 years. It is written, Ps 90:10-THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE YEARS AND TEN (70 years); AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS (80 years), YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW; FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF, AND WE FLY AWAY.
   All things considered, we can only say that we are in a locked countdown. Israel has been reborn as was prophesied. We are now in the latter years-ref Ezek 38:8. We are in the generation in which the Rapture will occur, followed by the man of sin coming forth (known as the Antichrist). He will confirm a covenant with Israel and others which begins the Tribulation-ref Dan 9:27. After the Tribulation of those days, Armageddon explodes. Jesus Christ returns to this earth with power and great glory. We cannot say what year it will be. We can say, 1 Thes 5:6-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. Be ready, for it will be soon. We are to occupy till He returns-ref Lk 19:13.             

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION (Scripture)

   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-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.                                         
   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. SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED-Lk 21:28-32.
   In Mt 24:4 to 24:28, events of the Tribulation are described. In Mt 24:29-31, Jesus Christ returns immediately after the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, and the elect are gathered. The very next verse, number 32, then gives us the following, NOW LEARN (this comes forth as a command, "learn"). The next words tell us what to learn, A PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (or the Israeli nation). Thus, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. This rebirth of the fig tree is outlined in Isa 66:8,9. WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (a new branch, a tender branch, a branch that has just come forth, a branch that has just sprung forth in tenderness after the winter), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (springs to life, people multiply, leaves come forth on the branches), YE KNOW (note the word "know") THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. You know certain things are going to happen. You know and recognize the times. You know that summer is near. SO LIKEWISE YE (in other words or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS. We may ask, "All what things?" The answer is, all the things that have just been described, which cover from Israel’s rebirth to the Tribulation, the return of Jesus to the earth, and the gathering of the elect. KNOW (again, we see the command to "know," or to recognize, or to be aware) THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS-Mt 24:33. Then in verse 34, it concludes with this, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION. One may ask, "What generation has Jesus just been talking about?" The answer is the generation that would begin with the rebirth of Israel and see all these signs. "This generation" SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.
   In Lk 21:8-27, God has given a picture of the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then, in Lk 21:28-32, it is written, AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN (note the word "begin") TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. These things are coming to pass. Watch and be ready.
   AND HE (Jesus) SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD THE FIG TREE (behold, Israel as a nation, behold Israel’s rebirth, which is outlined in Isa 66:8,9), AND ALL THE TREES (and all the nations) (these were covered previously); WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (when Israel and the other nations shoot forth), YE SEE AND KNOW (note "we know") OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND (you know that certain things lie ahead or you know the times). SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (when you see all the events that have been outlined come to pass), KNOW YE (a command to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND (know that the Millennium is near at hand).
   As mentioned previously, there are two sets of events to look for. 1-When these things begin to come to pass, we are to know that the Rapture is about to take place. 2-When these things have taken place then the followers of Jesus, which got saved during the Tribulation and survived, are commanded to know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
   Then in verse 32-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (What generation? The generation of "BEHOLD THE FIG TREE" that will see all these events.); THIS GENERATION shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. The last thing to be fulfilled is the gathering of the elect right after the Battle of Armageddon.
   Based on these verses, some bring forth a question, "Is it possible the Lord has given us a time period to consider?" Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948.
   As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more deeply as the end draws closer and closer.           
   This site is "not" attempting to set any exact year.
   But clearly, we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.                                              

6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE NOW IN

   1.  By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
   2.  By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mt 24; Mk 13; and Lk 21.
   3.  By the many signs given throughout the Scriptures. There are over 300 things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin.
   4.  By the time period of Jesus’ birth to now. Many consider that from the creation of Adam to the first coming of Jesus was 4000 years. From the first coming of Jesus until He comes the second time, 2000 years. From the second coming of Jesus to the end of the Millennium, 1000 years. Shortly after the Millennium, the heavens and the earth pass away, and there will come forth a new heaven and a new earth. The total time, from the creation to the time the earth passes away, should be 7000 years. This signifies the seven days, each day for 1000 years.      
   God tells us of the six days of creation, and the seventh day He rested-ref Ex 20:11. The seventh day represents the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ (the Millennium)—a time of rest-ref Heb 4:1-11; 2 Thes 1:7. Satan is chained for 1000 years, so he can deceive the nations no longer. There are various understandings of Lk 13:32. I DO CURES TO DAY AND TO MORROW, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Some consider Jesus is telling us there will be a two thousand year period (today and tomorrow), and the third day Jesus will reign. It is written, BUT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY-1 Cor 13:10.
   Also, it is written, AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT-Hos 6:2. Some consider that this verse is talking about two time periods that would come to pass, and then Israel would be restored for the Millennium. Others consider this could be talking about a two thousand year period that would come to pass from the birth of Jesus to the Millennium.
   All four methods coincide, which God gave to help us know the times we are now in.  All four testify that Jesus will soon return.                       

7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH

   The seventieth week of Daniel (which is also called the Tribulation) is clearly outlined as being seven years long. This can be further broken down, through other verses, into 84 months or 2520 days. It is further portrayed as being split into parts. The dividing point is when the sacrifices at the temple are stopped. This is defined by Daniel 9:27, as the "midst" of the Tribulation.
   Since seven years consist of 84 months, it can be assumed that each part of the Tribulation will be 3 ½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. Nevertheless, let us not forget, that God’s calendar (which has already been covered) should be used.

8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

   In Mk 13:6-19, events of the Tribulation are described. Then in verse 20, Jesus spoke these words, AND EXCEPT THAT THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS (of the trouble), NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE, WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED (or limited) THE DAYS.                                                     
   Jesus describes the Tribulation and then makes the statement, "shortened those days." What does this mean? Did He shorten it from more than seven years down to seven years? Will the 7 x 360 day periods be shortened to less than this? Will it be shortened only a few hours? It may be noted that Jesus said, "shortened those days." Days is plural, which may denote more than one. Could the days represent years? Could He have shortened the years or number of years?
   It may be noted with interest that every time the Scriptures refer to how many days, months, or years are in either part of the Tribulation, it always seems to be the second part. The second part is 1260 days. The second part is 42 months. The second part is 3 1/2 years. Many times in the Scriptures we are told the length of the second part. We never seem to be told the exact length of the first part. (Note, some Bible scholars may not agree with the alignment of events; thus, they might disagree with this statement.)
   In Daniel, the Bible indicates seven years or seven time periods. Then the words "IN THE MIDST" are used, indicating the middle. From this point on, we are told over and over that it will be 42 months, or 1260 days, or 3 1/2 years. Why do the Scriptures never come out and say the length of the first part? Since we know the second part is 1260 days and we know the Scriptures tell us, in Dan 9:27, "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK," we automatically take it for granted that the first part of the Tribulation will be the exact length as the second part: 1260 days, which equals a total of 2520 days, or 7 x 360 day periods or years. Yet we are still faced with the situation that the Bible does not seem to actually say 1260 days for the first part. Then we are faced with the words "HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS" and "HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS"-Mk 13:20.
   There seems to be no doubt that, in some way, "THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS." "Those days" being referred to here are the Tribulation. But how does He do this, and by how much?
   We might conclude that the shortening could actually come from the first part of the Tribulation, rather than the second part. This might be further substantiated in the fact that the Scriptures tell us, BUT WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION...FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS-Mk 13:14. Why didn’t Jesus just say to count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation, which was the confirming of the covenant?-ref Dan 9:27. It certainly would seem much simpler to do it this way. When 1260 days approach, then flee. Yet Jesus did not do this. He said, WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION...FLEE. This indicates that the abomination will not come at the time we might expect, that is, 1260 days into the Tribulation. If this is true, could it be because the first part of the Tribulation has been shortened? In such a case, the "elect" would have to look for this event. They could not calculate, in number of days, exactly when the abomination would happen. This event may occur after a much shorter time than 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation (if the first part of the Tribulation is shortened).
   This web site is not saying this is the way it will be, but simply asking the question, is this possible, even probable?                                          
   Again, we see, in the Gospel according to Matthew, the words, WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET...FLEE-Mt 24:15,16. Once more, no mention is made of 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we ask, is it possible according to the Scriptures, that the seventieth week of Daniel will be shortened?  Will the part that will actually be shortened  be the first part (which we presume to be 1260 days, yet is never actually stated as being thus)?
   The following verses show clearly that the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.                   
   Dan 7:25 AND THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND UNTIL A TIME AND TIMES AND THE DIVIDING OF TIME. This is the second part of the Tribulation, 3 1/2 years. The Antichrist shall make war with the saints, and they shall be given into his hand.                                       
   Dan 12:7 THAT IT SHALL BE FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF, AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FINISHED. Again this is talking about the second part of the Tribulation, 3 ½ years. The Antichrist shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.
   Rev 12:14 WHERE SHE IS NOURISHED FOR A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, FROM THE FACE OF THE SERPENT. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 3 1/2 years. Israel is told to flee, when they see the abomination of desolation, to a place where God will take care of them.
   Rev 11:2 BUT THE COURT THAT IS WITHOUT THE TEMPLE LEAVE OUT, AND MEASURE IT NOT; FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE GENTILES: AND THE HOLY CITY SHALL THEY TREAD UNDER FOOT FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation. It is 42 months. This is the same as the 3 1/2 years already mentioned. The court without the temple is given to the Gentiles.
   Rev 13:5 AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (unto the Antichrist) TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Once again, we note that the second part of the Tribulation is 42 months.
   Rev 11:3 AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This 1260 days relates to the length of time that the two prophets of God shall prophesy. Again we note, what appears to be the length of the second part of the Tribulation.
   Rev 12:6 AND THE WOMAN (Israel) FLED INTO THE WILDERNESS, WHERE SHE HATH A PLACE PREPARED OF GOD, THAT THEY SHOULD FEED HER THERE A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This verse goes with Rev 12:14. This is Israel fleeing when they see the abomination of desolation. Once more, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days.               
   Over and over the Scriptures give us the length of the second part of the Tribulation. Is it possible that the exact length of the first part may not be given, as it will be shortened? Is it possible this is why the Jews must look for the abomination of desolation to happen, rather than being able to simply count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation?
   Does God give us another verse to back up the verse, "He hath shortened the days"? It is written, ESAIAS ALSO CRIETH CONCERNING ISRAEL, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK (the Tribulation), AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK (the Tribulation) WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH. Note the words, "CUT IT SHORT"-Ro 9:27,28.
   AND AS ESAIAS SAID BEFORE, EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH (or Lord Almighty) HAD LEFT US A SEED, WE HAD BEEN AS SODOMA, AND BEEN MADE LIKE UNTO GOMORRHA-Ro 9:29. EXCEPT THE LORD OF HOSTS HAD LEFT UNTO US A VERY SMALL REMNANT (or some survivors), WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS SODOM, AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE UNTO GOMORRAH-Isa 1:9.
   This is very much in harmony with Mk 13:20, which has told us that the days had been shortened for the ELECT’S SAKE. If those days had not been shortened, NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED. In Ro 9:27, we read, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED.                                                          
   Does God give us a third verse to back this all up? It is written, Mt 24:22-AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (or if the length of this time had not been limited-JNT,8 or cut short), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE (those who have been chosen-JNT9) THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED (its length will be limited-JNT10).                         
   In view of all these Scriptures, it might be asked, "How much has the Tribulation been shortened?" The Scriptures appear to give us no way to know. Some believe the verses may refer to the length of the days being shortened.


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(Subjects in this Section)

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE? 3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION 4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO

     SIXTY OR LONGER

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION 6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE IN 7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH 8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Scripture)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (and leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH (or approaching): SO LIKEWISE YE (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT (the time) IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU (the truth), THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED (or happen)-Mt 24:32-34.                          
   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or this lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HER BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (or leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR (or approaching): SO YE IN LIKE MANNER (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT IS NIGH (or near), EVEN (right) AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE DONE (or have happened)-Mk 13:28-30.
   Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with His return. Then He continued, AND WHEN THESE THINGS "BEGIN" (or start) TO COME TO PASS (or happen),THEN LOOK (or stand) UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS (high); FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH (you are about to be liberated-JNT6). AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD (look at) THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (or as soon as they sprout leaves-JNT7), YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH (or near) AT HAND. SO LIKEWISE (or even so) YE WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE (you are to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH (or near) AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (or people) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (or all these things have happened-NIV)-Lk 21:28-32.                

2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?

   The word "fig" is mentioned in the Scriptures sixty-four times. THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD-Jere 24:5. We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
   THE LORD SHOWED ME, AND, BEHOLD, TWO BASKETS OF FIGS...ONE BASKET HAD VERY GOOD FIGS, EVEN LIKE THE FIGS THAT ARE FIRST RIPE: AND THE OTHER BASKET HAD VERY NAUGHTY FIGS, WHICH COULD NOT BE EATEN, THEY WERE SO BAD. THEN SAID THE LORD UNTO ME, WHAT SEEST THOU, JEREMIAH? AND I SAID, FIGS; THE GOOD FIGS, VERY GOOD; AND THE EVIL, VERY EVIL, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL. AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD. FOR I WILL SET MINE EYES UPON THEM FOR GOOD, AND I WILL BRING THEM AGAIN TO THIS LAND: AND I WILL BUILD THEM, AND NOT PULL THEM DOWN; AND I WILL PLANT THEM, AND NOT PLUCK THEM UP. AND I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, THAT I AM THE LORD: AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD: FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. AND AS THE EVIL FIGS, WHICH CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL-Jere 24:1-8. The word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.              
   NOW IN THE MORNING AS HE RETURNED INTO THE CITY, HE HUNGERED. AND WHEN HE SAW A FIG TREE IN THE WAY, HE CAME TO IT, AND FOUND NOTHING THEREON, BUT LEAVES ONLY, AND SAID UNTO IT, LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD FOR EVER. AND PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED AWAY-Mt 21:18,19; ref Mk 11:12-14,20,21. The fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. It may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
   The nation of Israel did wither and was destroyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation.
   THEREFORE HIS HEIGHT WAS EXALTED ABOVE ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD (or nations)…THE CEDARS IN THE GARDEN OF GOD COULD NOT HIDE HIM: THE FIR TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BOUGHS, AND THE CHESTNUT TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BRANCHES; NOR ANY TREE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD WAS LIKE UNTO HIM IN HIS BEAUTY. I HAVE MADE HIM FAIR BY THE MULTITUDE OF HIS BRANCHES: SO THAT ALL THE TREES OF EDEN, THAT WERE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD, ENVIED HIM. AND STRANGERS, THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS, HAVE CUT HIM OFF, AND HAVE LEFT HIM…TO THE END THAT NONE OF ALL THE TREES (or nations) BY THE WATERS EXALT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR HEIGHT…AND I CAUSED LEBANON TO MOURN FOR HIM, AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD FAINTED FOR HIM. I MADE THE NATIONS TO SHAKE AT THE SOUND OF HIS FALL-Ezek 31:5,8,9,12,14-16. It may be noted, the word "tree" is often used as a symbol for a nation.                         

(Scripture with commentary)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or a lesson) OF THE FIG TREE (of the Israeli nation). (Note, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. Without this key event being in place, no other prophecy of the latter days meant anything.) WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (the branch on the tree becomes tender after the long, cold winter. When Israel is yet tender and puts forth leaves—this indicates the spring time), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. (When one would see the Israeli nation come forth, and his branches tender, and leaves coming forth, you would know summer is near or you would know that certain things are near.) SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS (the list of things that Jesus just gave in the previous verses), KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. (Again, we see the command to know that certain events are at the doors and are going to happen almost immediately, as already covered in previous pages.)
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Israeli nation) SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. ("All these things" includes the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and the gathering together of the elect. All these things would happen during the period of this generation.)-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.
   The verses, in Lk 21:28-32, can be broken down into four parts. First, your redemption drawing near is referring to the Rapture. It is then followed by the second part, which is seeing and knowing certain things such as the times we are in, when the nation of Israel and other nations shoot forth. (It is interesting to note that the Rapture and the nations shooting forth are both referred to.) All of this is prior to the Tribulation. These nations have now come forth.
   The third part is when you see certain other things come to pass to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. The fourth part is showing that the generation of the fig tree shall not pass till all the things Jesus told us about are fulfilled.
   AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS (we are to see or look for certain things to come to pass), THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION (or the Rapture) DRAWETH NIGH.
   AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE (or a lesson); BEHOLD THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH. (Behold the Israeli nation and all the nations that were to shoot forth.) Thus, the rebirth of the nation of Israel had to take place. In addition, other nations had to also be in place. The primary list of other nations are listed in Ezekiel chapter 38, but there are also others such as Isa chapters 17-19. These nations would include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, and other nations. Every tree (or nation) is now in place. YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND. In other words, when you see the Israeli nation and the other nations come forth, you KNOW summer is at hand. You should know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Note, first the Rapture is mentioned (your redemption), which is connected with the Israeli nation and the other nations shooting forth. By this, know the times we are in, know the Rapture is at hand, and know the next events will follow, which include the Tribulation. We are also reminded when these things "begin" to come to pass. Thus, we can look for some of the events of the Tribulation to begin to come to pass, even as birth pangs of a women.
   Then there is the next category of two parts. This includes the list of events Jesus gave, which consists of the Tribulation and His second coming. The gathering of the elect is omitted. And when these come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Mt 24 and Mk 13, include the elect being gathered, but the kingdom of God is omitted. In Lk 21, the gathering of the elect is omitted, but the kingdom of God is included. The elect are gathered during the time that is referred to as "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."
   SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (these things are including the long list Jesus had given prior to this parable), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. (Jesus shall reign on the earth.) VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY (the generation of the fig tree, the Israeli nation), TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (which includes the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus).

3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION

   "Forty years" is mentioned in the Bible forty times. The number "forty" is mentioned in the Bible one hundred and forty-six times.
   AND THE LORD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAINST ISRAEL, AND HE MADE THEM WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FORTY YEARS, UNTIL ALL THE GENERATION THAT HAD DONE EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, WAS CONSUMED-Num 32:13. It may be noted that "forty years" and "the generation" is mentioned. FORTY YEARS LONG WAS I GRIEVED WITH THIS GENERATION-Ps 95:10. Again, it may be noted, "forty years" and "this generation." HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION-Heb 3:8-10. Again, it can be noted, "forty years" and "that generation."                 
   FOR DAVID, AFTER HE HAD SERVED HIS OWN GENERATION (note the word "generation") BY THE WILL OF GOD, FELL ON SLEEP-Acts 13:36. How long did David serve? It is written, THUS DAVID THE SON OF JESSE REIGNED OVER ALL ISRAEL. AND THE TIME THAT HE (David) REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WAS FORTY YEARS; SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Chr 29:26,27. AND THE DAYS THAT DAVID REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WERE FORTY YEARS: SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Ki 2:11. Many times we are seeing the term "generation" being associated with "forty years."
   AFTER THIS LIVED JOB AN HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS, AND SAW HIS SONS, AND HIS SONS’ SONS, EVEN FOUR GENERATIONS-Job 42:16. This verse would figure out to thirty-five years. We might consider that a generation is forty years, yet may be as little as thirty-five years.
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE-Mt 23:36,38.
   AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM FOR TO SHOW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE. 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-Mt 24:1,2. The words "this generation," as appear in Mt 23:36, are the same words that appear in "this generation," in Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; and Lk 21:32. It is written, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. Jesus had said, "THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION." One of the things was the temple would be destroyed. The question arises, was the temple destroyed within forty years? The answer is yes. The temple was thrown down approximately 70 A.D. Jesus was crucified approximately forty years earlier.
   Clearly, we can see that a "Bible generation" is forty years.

4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO SIXTY OR LONGER

   A generation, as outlined in the Scriptures, was from the age of twenty years old and upward. Add forty years, and we come to sixty years old. From the age of twenty to sixty was considered as a generation.
   YOUR CARCASSES SHALL FALL IN THIS WILDERNESS; AND ALL THAT WERE NUMBERED OF YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR WHOLE NUMBER, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD-Num 14:29. EVERY ONE THAT PASSETH AMONG THEM THAT ARE NUMBERED, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND ABOVE, SHALL GIVE AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD-Ex 30:14. FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, ALL THAT ARE ABLE TO GO FORTH TO WAR IN ISRAEL-Num 1:3.
   SURELY NONE OF THE MEN THAT CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, SHALL SEE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB; BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT WHOLLY FOLLOWED ME-Num 32:11.
   A biblical generation has been shown to be forty years. It can (in some cases) also be from the age of twenty years to sixty years. It is written AND THY ESTIMATION SHALL BE OF THE MALE FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD EVEN UNTO SIXTY YEARS OLD-Lev 27:3. 
   Some prophecy scholars believe the countdown of the generation began at Israel's rebirth (May 14, 1948). This would appear to be supported by Scripture. Others believe the countdown began when Israel regained all of the city of Jerusalem (June 1967).
   Then there is the question: Should the 40 year generation be figured from 0 or the age of 20?
   Other prophecy scholars may consider that the generation could, in some cases, be 70 or 80 years. It is written, Ps 90:10-THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE YEARS AND TEN (70 years); AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS (80 years), YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW; FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF, AND WE FLY AWAY.
   All things considered, we can only say that we are in a locked countdown. Israel has been reborn as was prophesied. We are now in the latter years-ref Ezek 38:8. We are in the generation in which the Rapture will occur, followed by the man of sin coming forth (known as the Antichrist). He will confirm a covenant with Israel and others which begins the Tribulation-ref Dan 9:27. After the Tribulation of those days, Armageddon explodes. Jesus Christ returns to this earth with power and great glory. We cannot say what year it will be. We can say, 1 Thes 5:6-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. Be ready, for it will be soon. We are to occupy till He returns-ref Lk 19:13.             

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION (Scripture)

   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-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.                                         
   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. SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED-Lk 21:28-32.
   In Mt 24:4 to 24:28, events of the Tribulation are described. In Mt 24:29-31, Jesus Christ returns immediately after the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, and the elect are gathered. The very next verse, number 32, then gives us the following, NOW LEARN (this comes forth as a command, "learn"). The next words tell us what to learn, A PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (or the Israeli nation). Thus, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. This rebirth of the fig tree is outlined in Isa 66:8,9. WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (a new branch, a tender branch, a branch that has just come forth, a branch that has just sprung forth in tenderness after the winter), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (springs to life, people multiply, leaves come forth on the branches), YE KNOW (note the word "know") THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. You know certain things are going to happen. You know and recognize the times. You know that summer is near. SO LIKEWISE YE (in other words or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS. We may ask, "All what things?" The answer is, all the things that have just been described, which cover from Israel’s rebirth to the Tribulation, the return of Jesus to the earth, and the gathering of the elect. KNOW (again, we see the command to "know," or to recognize, or to be aware) THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS-Mt 24:33. Then in verse 34, it concludes with this, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION. One may ask, "What generation has Jesus just been talking about?" The answer is the generation that would begin with the rebirth of Israel and see all these signs. "This generation" SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.
   In Lk 21:8-27, God has given a picture of the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then, in Lk 21:28-32, it is written, AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN (note the word "begin") TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. These things are coming to pass. Watch and be ready.
   AND HE (Jesus) SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD THE FIG TREE (behold, Israel as a nation, behold Israel’s rebirth, which is outlined in Isa 66:8,9), AND ALL THE TREES (and all the nations) (these were covered previously); WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (when Israel and the other nations shoot forth), YE SEE AND KNOW (note "we know") OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND (you know that certain things lie ahead or you know the times). SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (when you see all the events that have been outlined come to pass), KNOW YE (a command to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND (know that the Millennium is near at hand).
   As mentioned previously, there are two sets of events to look for. 1-When these things begin to come to pass, we are to know that the Rapture is about to take place. 2-When these things have taken place then the followers of Jesus, which got saved during the Tribulation and survived, are commanded to know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
   Then in verse 32-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (What generation? The generation of "BEHOLD THE FIG TREE" that will see all these events.); THIS GENERATION shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. The last thing to be fulfilled is the gathering of the elect right after the Battle of Armageddon.
   Based on these verses, some bring forth a question, "Is it possible the Lord has given us a time period to consider?" Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948.
   As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more deeply as the end draws closer and closer.           
   This site is "not" attempting to set any exact year.
   But clearly, we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.                                              

6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE NOW IN

   1.  By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
   2.  By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mt 24; Mk 13; and Lk 21.
   3.  By the many signs given throughout the Scriptures. There are over 300 things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin.
   4.  By the time period of Jesus’ birth to now. Many consider that from the creation of Adam to the first coming of Jesus was 4000 years. From the first coming of Jesus until He comes the second time, 2000 years. From the second coming of Jesus to the end of the Millennium, 1000 years. Shortly after the Millennium, the heavens and the earth pass away, and there will come forth a new heaven and a new earth. The total time, from the creation to the time the earth passes away, should be 7000 years. This signifies the seven days, each day for 1000 years.      
   God tells us of the six days of creation, and the seventh day He rested-ref Ex 20:11. The seventh day represents the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ (the Millennium)—a time of rest-ref Heb 4:1-11; 2 Thes 1:7. Satan is chained for 1000 years, so he can deceive the nations no longer. There are various understandings of Lk 13:32. I DO CURES TO DAY AND TO MORROW, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Some consider Jesus is telling us there will be a two thousand year period (today and tomorrow), and the third day Jesus will reign. It is written, BUT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY-1 Cor 13:10.
   Also, it is written, AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT-Hos 6:2. Some consider that this verse is talking about two time periods that would come to pass, and then Israel would be restored for the Millennium. Others consider this could be talking about a two thousand year period that would come to pass from the birth of Jesus to the Millennium.
   All four methods coincide, which God gave to help us know the times we are now in.  All four testify that Jesus will soon return.                       

7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH

   The seventieth week of Daniel (which is also called the Tribulation) is clearly outlined as being seven years long. This can be further broken down, through other verses, into 84 months or 2520 days. It is further portrayed as being split into parts. The dividing point is when the sacrifices at the temple are stopped. This is defined by Daniel 9:27, as the "midst" of the Tribulation.
   Since seven years consist of 84 months, it can be assumed that each part of the Tribulation will be 3 ½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. Nevertheless, let us not forget, that God’s calendar (which has already been covered) should be used.

8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

   In Mk 13:6-19, events of the Tribulation are described. Then in verse 20, Jesus spoke these words, AND EXCEPT THAT THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS (of the trouble), NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE, WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED (or limited) THE DAYS.                                                     
   Jesus describes the Tribulation and then makes the statement, "shortened those days." What does this mean? Did He shorten it from more than seven years down to seven years? Will the 7 x 360 day periods be shortened to less than this? Will it be shortened only a few hours? It may be noted that Jesus said, "shortened those days." Days is plural, which may denote more than one. Could the days represent years? Could He have shortened the years or number of years?
   It may be noted with interest that every time the Scriptures refer to how many days, months, or years are in either part of the Tribulation, it always seems to be the second part. The second part is 1260 days. The second part is 42 months. The second part is 3 1/2 years. Many times in the Scriptures we are told the length of the second part. We never seem to be told the exact length of the first part. (Note, some Bible scholars may not agree with the alignment of events; thus, they might disagree with this statement.)
   In Daniel, the Bible indicates seven years or seven time periods. Then the words "IN THE MIDST" are used, indicating the middle. From this point on, we are told over and over that it will be 42 months, or 1260 days, or 3 1/2 years. Why do the Scriptures never come out and say the length of the first part? Since we know the second part is 1260 days and we know the Scriptures tell us, in Dan 9:27, "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK," we automatically take it for granted that the first part of the Tribulation will be the exact length as the second part: 1260 days, which equals a total of 2520 days, or 7 x 360 day periods or years. Yet we are still faced with the situation that the Bible does not seem to actually say 1260 days for the first part. Then we are faced with the words "HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS" and "HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS"-Mk 13:20.
   There seems to be no doubt that, in some way, "THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS." "Those days" being referred to here are the Tribulation. But how does He do this, and by how much?
   We might conclude that the shortening could actually come from the first part of the Tribulation, rather than the second part. This might be further substantiated in the fact that the Scriptures tell us, BUT WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION...FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS-Mk 13:14. Why didn’t Jesus just say to count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation, which was the confirming of the covenant?-ref Dan 9:27. It certainly would seem much simpler to do it this way. When 1260 days approach, then flee. Yet Jesus did not do this. He said, WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION...FLEE. This indicates that the abomination will not come at the time we might expect, that is, 1260 days into the Tribulation. If this is true, could it be because the first part of the Tribulation has been shortened? In such a case, the "elect" would have to look for this event. They could not calculate, in number of days, exactly when the abomination would happen. This event may occur after a much shorter time than 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation (if the first part of the Tribulation is shortened).
   This web site is not saying this is the way it will be, but simply asking the question, is this possible, even probable?                                          
   Again, we see, in the Gospel according to Matthew, the words, WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET...FLEE-Mt 24:15,16. Once more, no mention is made of 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we ask, is it possible according to the Scriptures, that the seventieth week of Daniel will be shortened?  Will the part that will actually be shortened  be the first part (which we presume to be 1260 days, yet is never actually stated as being thus)?
   The following verses show clearly that the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.                   
   Dan 7:25 AND THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND UNTIL A TIME AND TIMES AND THE DIVIDING OF TIME. This is the second part of the Tribulation, 3 1/2 years. The Antichrist shall make war with the saints, and they shall be given into his hand.                                       
   Dan 12:7 THAT IT SHALL BE FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF, AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FINISHED. Again this is talking about the second part of the Tribulation, 3 ½ years. The Antichrist shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.
   Rev 12:14 WHERE SHE IS NOURISHED FOR A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, FROM THE FACE OF THE SERPENT. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 3 1/2 years. Israel is told to flee, when they see the abomination of desolation, to a place where God will take care of them.
   Rev 11:2 BUT THE COURT THAT IS WITHOUT THE TEMPLE LEAVE OUT, AND MEASURE IT NOT; FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE GENTILES: AND THE HOLY CITY SHALL THEY TREAD UNDER FOOT FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation. It is 42 months. This is the same as the 3 1/2 years already mentioned. The court without the temple is given to the Gentiles.
   Rev 13:5 AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (unto the Antichrist) TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Once again, we note that the second part of the Tribulation is 42 months.
   Rev 11:3 AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This 1260 days relates to the length of time that the two prophets of God shall prophesy. Again we note, what appears to be the length of the second part of the Tribulation.
   Rev 12:6 AND THE WOMAN (Israel) FLED INTO THE WILDERNESS, WHERE SHE HATH A PLACE PREPARED OF GOD, THAT THEY SHOULD FEED HER THERE A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This verse goes with Rev 12:14. This is Israel fleeing when they see the abomination of desolation. Once more, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days.               
   Over and over the Scriptures give us the length of the second part of the Tribulation. Is it possible that the exact length of the first part may not be given, as it will be shortened? Is it possible this is why the Jews must look for the abomination of desolation to happen, rather than being able to simply count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation?
   Does God give us another verse to back up the verse, "He hath shortened the days"? It is written, ESAIAS ALSO CRIETH CONCERNING ISRAEL, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK (the Tribulation), AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK (the Tribulation) WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH. Note the words, "CUT IT SHORT"-Ro 9:27,28.
   AND AS ESAIAS SAID BEFORE, EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH (or Lord Almighty) HAD LEFT US A SEED, WE HAD BEEN AS SODOMA, AND BEEN MADE LIKE UNTO GOMORRHA-Ro 9:29. EXCEPT THE LORD OF HOSTS HAD LEFT UNTO US A VERY SMALL REMNANT (or some survivors), WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS SODOM, AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE UNTO GOMORRAH-Isa 1:9.
   This is very much in harmony with Mk 13:20, which has told us that the days had been shortened for the ELECT’S SAKE. If those days had not been shortened, NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED. In Ro 9:27, we read, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED.                                                          
   Does God give us a third verse to back this all up? It is written, Mt 24:22-AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (or if the length of this time had not been limited-JNT,8 or cut short), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE (those who have been chosen-JNT9) THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED (its length will be limited-JNT10).                         
   In view of all these Scriptures, it might be asked, "How much has the Tribulation been shortened?" The Scriptures appear to give us no way to know. Some believe the verses may refer to the length of the days being shortened.


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(Subjects in this Section)

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE? 3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION 4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO

     SIXTY OR LONGER

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION 6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE IN 7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH 8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Scripture)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (and leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH (or approaching): SO LIKEWISE YE (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT (the time) IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU (the truth), THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED (or happen)-Mt 24:32-34.                          
   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or this lesson) OF THE FIG TREE; WHEN HER BRANCH IS YET TENDER (or begins to sprout), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (or leaves appear), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR (or approaching): SO YE IN LIKE MANNER (or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, (you are to) KNOW THAT IT IS NIGH (or near), EVEN (right) AT THE DOORS. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (away), TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE DONE (or have happened)-Mk 13:28-30.
   Jesus had just given a list of things to look for culminating with His return. Then He continued, AND WHEN THESE THINGS "BEGIN" (or start) TO COME TO PASS (or happen),THEN LOOK (or stand) UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS (high); FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH (you are about to be liberated-JNT6). AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD (look at) THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (or as soon as they sprout leaves-JNT7), YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH (or near) AT HAND. SO LIKEWISE (or even so) YE WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE (you are to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH (or near) AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (or people) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (or all these things have happened-NIV)-Lk 21:28-32.                

2-IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?

   The word "fig" is mentioned in the Scriptures sixty-four times. THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD-Jere 24:5. We see the word "figs," being used to represent the Jews that are carried away.
   THE LORD SHOWED ME, AND, BEHOLD, TWO BASKETS OF FIGS...ONE BASKET HAD VERY GOOD FIGS, EVEN LIKE THE FIGS THAT ARE FIRST RIPE: AND THE OTHER BASKET HAD VERY NAUGHTY FIGS, WHICH COULD NOT BE EATEN, THEY WERE SO BAD. THEN SAID THE LORD UNTO ME, WHAT SEEST THOU, JEREMIAH? AND I SAID, FIGS; THE GOOD FIGS, VERY GOOD; AND THE EVIL, VERY EVIL, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL. AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, SO WILL I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM THAT ARE CARRIED AWAY CAPTIVE OF JUDAH, WHOM I HAVE SENT OUT OF THIS PLACE INTO THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS FOR THEIR GOOD. FOR I WILL SET MINE EYES UPON THEM FOR GOOD, AND I WILL BRING THEM AGAIN TO THIS LAND: AND I WILL BUILD THEM, AND NOT PULL THEM DOWN; AND I WILL PLANT THEM, AND NOT PLUCK THEM UP. AND I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, THAT I AM THE LORD: AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD: FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. AND AS THE EVIL FIGS, WHICH CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL-Jere 24:1-8. The word "figs" is used here eight times denoting the Jews.              
   NOW IN THE MORNING AS HE RETURNED INTO THE CITY, HE HUNGERED. AND WHEN HE SAW A FIG TREE IN THE WAY, HE CAME TO IT, AND FOUND NOTHING THEREON, BUT LEAVES ONLY, AND SAID UNTO IT, LET NO FRUIT GROW ON THEE HENCEFORWARD FOR EVER. AND PRESENTLY THE FIG TREE WITHERED AWAY-Mt 21:18,19; ref Mk 11:12-14,20,21. The fig tree withered away, as it was producing no fruit. It may be noted that the word "fig" here represents Israel, and the word "tree" represents nation.
   The nation of Israel did wither and was destroyed. Nevertheless, the nation of Israel was reborn and will fulfill God’s mission during the Tribulation.
   THEREFORE HIS HEIGHT WAS EXALTED ABOVE ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD (or nations)…THE CEDARS IN THE GARDEN OF GOD COULD NOT HIDE HIM: THE FIR TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BOUGHS, AND THE CHESTNUT TREES WERE NOT LIKE HIS BRANCHES; NOR ANY TREE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD WAS LIKE UNTO HIM IN HIS BEAUTY. I HAVE MADE HIM FAIR BY THE MULTITUDE OF HIS BRANCHES: SO THAT ALL THE TREES OF EDEN, THAT WERE IN THE GARDEN OF GOD, ENVIED HIM. AND STRANGERS, THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS, HAVE CUT HIM OFF, AND HAVE LEFT HIM…TO THE END THAT NONE OF ALL THE TREES (or nations) BY THE WATERS EXALT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR HEIGHT…AND I CAUSED LEBANON TO MOURN FOR HIM, AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD FAINTED FOR HIM. I MADE THE NATIONS TO SHAKE AT THE SOUND OF HIS FALL-Ezek 31:5,8,9,12,14-16. It may be noted, the word "tree" is often used as a symbol for a nation.                         

(Scripture with commentary)

   NOW LEARN A PARABLE (or a lesson) OF THE FIG TREE (of the Israeli nation). (Note, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. Without this key event being in place, no other prophecy of the latter days meant anything.) WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (the branch on the tree becomes tender after the long, cold winter. When Israel is yet tender and puts forth leaves—this indicates the spring time), YE KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. (When one would see the Israeli nation come forth, and his branches tender, and leaves coming forth, you would know summer is near or you would know that certain things are near.) SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS (the list of things that Jesus just gave in the previous verses), KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS. (Again, we see the command to know that certain events are at the doors and are going to happen almost immediately, as already covered in previous pages.)
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (the generation of the fig tree, the generation of the Israeli nation) SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. ("All these things" includes the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and the gathering together of the elect. All these things would happen during the period of this generation.)-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.
   The verses, in Lk 21:28-32, can be broken down into four parts. First, your redemption drawing near is referring to the Rapture. It is then followed by the second part, which is seeing and knowing certain things such as the times we are in, when the nation of Israel and other nations shoot forth. (It is interesting to note that the Rapture and the nations shooting forth are both referred to.) All of this is prior to the Tribulation. These nations have now come forth.
   The third part is when you see certain other things come to pass to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. The fourth part is showing that the generation of the fig tree shall not pass till all the things Jesus told us about are fulfilled.
   AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS (we are to see or look for certain things to come to pass), THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION (or the Rapture) DRAWETH NIGH.
   AND HE SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE (or a lesson); BEHOLD THE FIG TREE, AND ALL THE TREES; WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH. (Behold the Israeli nation and all the nations that were to shoot forth.) Thus, the rebirth of the nation of Israel had to take place. In addition, other nations had to also be in place. The primary list of other nations are listed in Ezekiel chapter 38, but there are also others such as Isa chapters 17-19. These nations would include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, and other nations. Every tree (or nation) is now in place. YE SEE AND KNOW OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND. In other words, when you see the Israeli nation and the other nations come forth, you KNOW summer is at hand. You should know the times we are in. There should be no doubt. Note, first the Rapture is mentioned (your redemption), which is connected with the Israeli nation and the other nations shooting forth. By this, know the times we are in, know the Rapture is at hand, and know the next events will follow, which include the Tribulation. We are also reminded when these things "begin" to come to pass. Thus, we can look for some of the events of the Tribulation to begin to come to pass, even as birth pangs of a women.
   Then there is the next category of two parts. This includes the list of events Jesus gave, which consists of the Tribulation and His second coming. The gathering of the elect is omitted. And when these come to pass, you know that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Mt 24 and Mk 13, include the elect being gathered, but the kingdom of God is omitted. In Lk 21, the gathering of the elect is omitted, but the kingdom of God is included. The elect are gathered during the time that is referred to as "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."
   SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (these things are including the long list Jesus had given prior to this parable), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. (Jesus shall reign on the earth.) VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY (the generation of the fig tree, the Israeli nation), TILL ALL BE FULFILLED (which includes the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus).

3-A BIBLICAL GENERATION

   "Forty years" is mentioned in the Bible forty times. The number "forty" is mentioned in the Bible one hundred and forty-six times.
   AND THE LORD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAINST ISRAEL, AND HE MADE THEM WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FORTY YEARS, UNTIL ALL THE GENERATION THAT HAD DONE EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, WAS CONSUMED-Num 32:13. It may be noted that "forty years" and "the generation" is mentioned. FORTY YEARS LONG WAS I GRIEVED WITH THIS GENERATION-Ps 95:10. Again, it may be noted, "forty years" and "this generation." HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION-Heb 3:8-10. Again, it can be noted, "forty years" and "that generation."                 
   FOR DAVID, AFTER HE HAD SERVED HIS OWN GENERATION (note the word "generation") BY THE WILL OF GOD, FELL ON SLEEP-Acts 13:36. How long did David serve? It is written, THUS DAVID THE SON OF JESSE REIGNED OVER ALL ISRAEL. AND THE TIME THAT HE (David) REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WAS FORTY YEARS; SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Chr 29:26,27. AND THE DAYS THAT DAVID REIGNED OVER ISRAEL WERE FORTY YEARS: SEVEN YEARS REIGNED HE IN HEBRON, AND THIRTY AND THREE YEARS REIGNED HE IN JERUSALEM-1 Ki 2:11. Many times we are seeing the term "generation" being associated with "forty years."
   AFTER THIS LIVED JOB AN HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS, AND SAW HIS SONS, AND HIS SONS’ SONS, EVEN FOUR GENERATIONS-Job 42:16. This verse would figure out to thirty-five years. We might consider that a generation is forty years, yet may be as little as thirty-five years.
   VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE-Mt 23:36,38.
   AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM FOR TO SHOW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE. 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-Mt 24:1,2. The words "this generation," as appear in Mt 23:36, are the same words that appear in "this generation," in Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; and Lk 21:32. It is written, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. Jesus had said, "THESE THINGS SHALL COME UPON THIS GENERATION." One of the things was the temple would be destroyed. The question arises, was the temple destroyed within forty years? The answer is yes. The temple was thrown down approximately 70 A.D. Jesus was crucified approximately forty years earlier.
   Clearly, we can see that a "Bible generation" is forty years.

4-A BIBLICAL GENERATION CAN (IN SOME CASES) BE FROM THE AGE OF TWENTY TO SIXTY OR LONGER

   A generation, as outlined in the Scriptures, was from the age of twenty years old and upward. Add forty years, and we come to sixty years old. From the age of twenty to sixty was considered as a generation.
   YOUR CARCASSES SHALL FALL IN THIS WILDERNESS; AND ALL THAT WERE NUMBERED OF YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR WHOLE NUMBER, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD-Num 14:29. EVERY ONE THAT PASSETH AMONG THEM THAT ARE NUMBERED, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND ABOVE, SHALL GIVE AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD-Ex 30:14. FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, ALL THAT ARE ABLE TO GO FORTH TO WAR IN ISRAEL-Num 1:3.
   SURELY NONE OF THE MEN THAT CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT, FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARD, SHALL SEE THE LAND WHICH I SWEAR UNTO ABRAHAM, UNTO ISAAC, AND UNTO JACOB; BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT WHOLLY FOLLOWED ME-Num 32:11.
   A biblical generation has been shown to be forty years. It can (in some cases) also be from the age of twenty years to sixty years. It is written AND THY ESTIMATION SHALL BE OF THE MALE FROM TWENTY YEARS OLD EVEN UNTO SIXTY YEARS OLD-Lev 27:3. 
   Some prophecy scholars believe the countdown of the generation began at Israel's rebirth (May 14, 1948). This would appear to be supported by Scripture. Others believe the countdown began when Israel regained all of the city of Jerusalem (June 1967).
   Then there is the question: Should the 40 year generation be figured from 0 or the age of 20?
   Other prophecy scholars may consider that the generation could, in some cases, be 70 or 80 years. It is written, Ps 90:10-THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE YEARS AND TEN (70 years); AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS (80 years), YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW; FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF, AND WE FLY AWAY.
   All things considered, we can only say that we are in a locked countdown. Israel has been reborn as was prophesied. We are now in the latter years-ref Ezek 38:8. We are in the generation in which the Rapture will occur, followed by the man of sin coming forth (known as the Antichrist). He will confirm a covenant with Israel and others which begins the Tribulation-ref Dan 9:27. After the Tribulation of those days, Armageddon explodes. Jesus Christ returns to this earth with power and great glory. We cannot say what year it will be. We can say, 1 Thes 5:6-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. Be ready, for it will be soon. We are to occupy till He returns-ref Lk 19:13.             

5-THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE AND THE GENERATION (Scripture)

   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-Mt 24:32-34; ref Mk 13:28-30.                                         
   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. SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND. VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED-Lk 21:28-32.
   In Mt 24:4 to 24:28, events of the Tribulation are described. In Mt 24:29-31, Jesus Christ returns immediately after the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, and the elect are gathered. The very next verse, number 32, then gives us the following, NOW LEARN (this comes forth as a command, "learn"). The next words tell us what to learn, A PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (or the Israeli nation). Thus, the Israeli nation had to be reborn. This rebirth of the fig tree is outlined in Isa 66:8,9. WHEN HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER (a new branch, a tender branch, a branch that has just come forth, a branch that has just sprung forth in tenderness after the winter), AND PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES (springs to life, people multiply, leaves come forth on the branches), YE KNOW (note the word "know") THAT SUMMER IS NIGH. You know certain things are going to happen. You know and recognize the times. You know that summer is near. SO LIKEWISE YE (in other words or in the same way), WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS. We may ask, "All what things?" The answer is, all the things that have just been described, which cover from Israel’s rebirth to the Tribulation, the return of Jesus to the earth, and the gathering of the elect. KNOW (again, we see the command to "know," or to recognize, or to be aware) THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS-Mt 24:33. Then in verse 34, it concludes with this, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION. One may ask, "What generation has Jesus just been talking about?" The answer is the generation that would begin with the rebirth of Israel and see all these signs. "This generation" SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED.
   In Lk 21:8-27, God has given a picture of the Tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then, in Lk 21:28-32, it is written, AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN (note the word "begin") TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. These things are coming to pass. Watch and be ready.
   AND HE (Jesus) SPAKE TO THEM A PARABLE; BEHOLD THE FIG TREE (behold, Israel as a nation, behold Israel’s rebirth, which is outlined in Isa 66:8,9), AND ALL THE TREES (and all the nations) (these were covered previously); WHEN THEY NOW SHOOT FORTH (when Israel and the other nations shoot forth), YE SEE AND KNOW (note "we know") OF YOUR OWN SELVES THAT SUMMER IS NOW NIGH AT HAND (you know that certain things lie ahead or you know the times). SO LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (when you see all the events that have been outlined come to pass), KNOW YE (a command to know) THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND (know that the Millennium is near at hand).
   As mentioned previously, there are two sets of events to look for. 1-When these things begin to come to pass, we are to know that the Rapture is about to take place. 2-When these things have taken place then the followers of Jesus, which got saved during the Tribulation and survived, are commanded to know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
   Then in verse 32-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION (What generation? The generation of "BEHOLD THE FIG TREE" that will see all these events.); THIS GENERATION shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. The last thing to be fulfilled is the gathering of the elect right after the Battle of Armageddon.
   Based on these verses, some bring forth a question, "Is it possible the Lord has given us a time period to consider?" Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948.
   As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more deeply as the end draws closer and closer.           
   This site is "not" attempting to set any exact year.
   But clearly, we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.                                              

6-SOME WAYS THE BIBLE GIVES US TO KNOW THE TIMES WE ARE NOW IN

   1.  By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
   2.  By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mt 24; Mk 13; and Lk 21.
   3.  By the many signs given throughout the Scriptures. There are over 300 things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin.
   4.  By the time period of Jesus’ birth to now. Many consider that from the creation of Adam to the first coming of Jesus was 4000 years. From the first coming of Jesus until He comes the second time, 2000 years. From the second coming of Jesus to the end of the Millennium, 1000 years. Shortly after the Millennium, the heavens and the earth pass away, and there will come forth a new heaven and a new earth. The total time, from the creation to the time the earth passes away, should be 7000 years. This signifies the seven days, each day for 1000 years.      
   God tells us of the six days of creation, and the seventh day He rested-ref Ex 20:11. The seventh day represents the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ (the Millennium)—a time of rest-ref Heb 4:1-11; 2 Thes 1:7. Satan is chained for 1000 years, so he can deceive the nations no longer. There are various understandings of Lk 13:32. I DO CURES TO DAY AND TO MORROW, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Some consider Jesus is telling us there will be a two thousand year period (today and tomorrow), and the third day Jesus will reign. It is written, BUT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY-1 Cor 13:10.
   Also, it is written, AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT-Hos 6:2. Some consider that this verse is talking about two time periods that would come to pass, and then Israel would be restored for the Millennium. Others consider this could be talking about a two thousand year period that would come to pass from the birth of Jesus to the Millennium.
   All four methods coincide, which God gave to help us know the times we are now in.  All four testify that Jesus will soon return.                       

7-THE TRIBULATION LENGTH

   The seventieth week of Daniel (which is also called the Tribulation) is clearly outlined as being seven years long. This can be further broken down, through other verses, into 84 months or 2520 days. It is further portrayed as being split into parts. The dividing point is when the sacrifices at the temple are stopped. This is defined by Daniel 9:27, as the "midst" of the Tribulation.
   Since seven years consist of 84 months, it can be assumed that each part of the Tribulation will be 3 ½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. Nevertheless, let us not forget, that God’s calendar (which has already been covered) should be used.

8-THE LORD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

   In Mk 13:6-19, events of the Tribulation are described. Then in verse 20, Jesus spoke these words, AND EXCEPT THAT THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS (of the trouble), NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE, WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED (or limited) THE DAYS.                                                     
   Jesus describes the Tribulation and then makes the statement, "shortened those days." What does this mean? Did He shorten it from more than seven years down to seven years? Will the 7 x 360 day periods be shortened to less than this? Will it be shortened only a few hours? It may be noted that Jesus said, "shortened those days." Days is plural, which may denote more than one. Could the days represent years? Could He have shortened the years or number of years?
   It may be noted with interest that every time the Scriptures refer to how many days, months, or years are in either part of the Tribulation, it always seems to be the second part. The second part is 1260 days. The second part is 42 months. The second part is 3 1/2 years. Many times in the Scriptures we are told the length of the second part. We never seem to be told the exact length of the first part. (Note, some Bible scholars may not agree with the alignment of events; thus, they might disagree with this statement.)
   In Daniel, the Bible indicates seven years or seven time periods. Then the words "IN THE MIDST" are used, indicating the middle. From this point on, we are told over and over that it will be 42 months, or 1260 days, or 3 1/2 years. Why do the Scriptures never come out and say the length of the first part? Since we know the second part is 1260 days and we know the Scriptures tell us, in Dan 9:27, "IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK," we automatically take it for granted that the first part of the Tribulation will be the exact length as the second part: 1260 days, which equals a total of 2520 days, or 7 x 360 day periods or years. Yet we are still faced with the situation that the Bible does not seem to actually say 1260 days for the first part. Then we are faced with the words "HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS" and "HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS"-Mk 13:20.
   There seems to be no doubt that, in some way, "THE LORD HAD SHORTENED (or limited the duration of, or cut short) THOSE DAYS." "Those days" being referred to here are the Tribulation. But how does He do this, and by how much?
   We might conclude that the shortening could actually come from the first part of the Tribulation, rather than the second part. This might be further substantiated in the fact that the Scriptures tell us, BUT WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION...FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS-Mk 13:14. Why didn’t Jesus just say to count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation, which was the confirming of the covenant?-ref Dan 9:27. It certainly would seem much simpler to do it this way. When 1260 days approach, then flee. Yet Jesus did not do this. He said, WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION...FLEE. This indicates that the abomination will not come at the time we might expect, that is, 1260 days into the Tribulation. If this is true, could it be because the first part of the Tribulation has been shortened? In such a case, the "elect" would have to look for this event. They could not calculate, in number of days, exactly when the abomination would happen. This event may occur after a much shorter time than 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation (if the first part of the Tribulation is shortened).
   This web site is not saying this is the way it will be, but simply asking the question, is this possible, even probable?                                          
   Again, we see, in the Gospel according to Matthew, the words, WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET...FLEE-Mt 24:15,16. Once more, no mention is made of 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we ask, is it possible according to the Scriptures, that the seventieth week of Daniel will be shortened?  Will the part that will actually be shortened  be the first part (which we presume to be 1260 days, yet is never actually stated as being thus)?
   The following verses show clearly that the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.                   
   Dan 7:25 AND THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND UNTIL A TIME AND TIMES AND THE DIVIDING OF TIME. This is the second part of the Tribulation, 3 1/2 years. The Antichrist shall make war with the saints, and they shall be given into his hand.                                       
   Dan 12:7 THAT IT SHALL BE FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF, AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FINISHED. Again this is talking about the second part of the Tribulation, 3 ½ years. The Antichrist shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people.
   Rev 12:14 WHERE SHE IS NOURISHED FOR A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, FROM THE FACE OF THE SERPENT. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 3 1/2 years. Israel is told to flee, when they see the abomination of desolation, to a place where God will take care of them.
   Rev 11:2 BUT THE COURT THAT IS WITHOUT THE TEMPLE LEAVE OUT, AND MEASURE IT NOT; FOR IT IS GIVEN UNTO THE GENTILES: AND THE HOLY CITY SHALL THEY TREAD UNDER FOOT FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Again, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation. It is 42 months. This is the same as the 3 1/2 years already mentioned. The court without the temple is given to the Gentiles.
   Rev 13:5 AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (unto the Antichrist) TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. Once again, we note that the second part of the Tribulation is 42 months.
   Rev 11:3 AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This 1260 days relates to the length of time that the two prophets of God shall prophesy. Again we note, what appears to be the length of the second part of the Tribulation.
   Rev 12:6 AND THE WOMAN (Israel) FLED INTO THE WILDERNESS, WHERE SHE HATH A PLACE PREPARED OF GOD, THAT THEY SHOULD FEED HER THERE A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS. This verse goes with Rev 12:14. This is Israel fleeing when they see the abomination of desolation. Once more, we see the length of the second part of the Tribulation is 1260 days.               
   Over and over the Scriptures give us the length of the second part of the Tribulation. Is it possible that the exact length of the first part may not be given, as it will be shortened? Is it possible this is why the Jews must look for the abomination of desolation to happen, rather than being able to simply count 1260 days from the beginning of the Tribulation?
   Does God give us another verse to back up the verse, "He hath shortened the days"? It is written, ESAIAS ALSO CRIETH CONCERNING ISRAEL, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK (the Tribulation), AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK (the Tribulation) WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH. Note the words, "CUT IT SHORT"-Ro 9:27,28.
   AND AS ESAIAS SAID BEFORE, EXCEPT THE LORD OF SABAOTH (or Lord Almighty) HAD LEFT US A SEED, WE HAD BEEN AS SODOMA, AND BEEN MADE LIKE UNTO GOMORRHA-Ro 9:29. EXCEPT THE LORD OF HOSTS HAD LEFT UNTO US A VERY SMALL REMNANT (or some survivors), WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS SODOM, AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE UNTO GOMORRAH-Isa 1:9.
   This is very much in harmony with Mk 13:20, which has told us that the days had been shortened for the ELECT’S SAKE. If those days had not been shortened, NO FLESH SHOULD BE SAVED. In Ro 9:27, we read, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED.                                                          
   Does God give us a third verse to back this all up? It is written, Mt 24:22-AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS SHOULD BE SHORTENED (or if the length of this time had not been limited-JNT,8 or cut short), THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (no one would survive): BUT FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE (those who have been chosen-JNT9) THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED (its length will be limited-JNT10).                         
   In view of all these Scriptures, it might be asked, "How much has the Tribulation been shortened?" The Scriptures appear to give us no way to know. Some believe the verses may refer to the length of the days being shortened.


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