Good Figs / Bad Figs

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Which are we?

The fig tree in scripture represents Israel, but there are lessons to be learned from it.

A good tree bears good fruit.

And a bad tree bears, well, bad fruit.

What happens to the good figs, and the bad ones?

Do the good figs get away with no problems, or do they share experiences with the bad figs?

Jer 24:2 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.

Jer 24:3 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.

Jer 24:5 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.

Jer 24:6   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.

Jer 24:8 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus says the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:

Jer 24:9   And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for [their] hurt, [to be] a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.

Jer 24:10 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.

Conclusions from the fig story:


The good figs are still taken away into captivity, but it will be for their own good. I do not understand how this captivity is good for them. They will be returned to the land.

The bad figs will be scattered and driven into all the kingdoms of the earth for their own harm. From what is written, they will all die off, and be removed from the land. So they will not return, like the good figs.

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Relevance for Israel today

If they are back in the land, they are the good figs.

Any bad figs still alive will either die off in a foreign land, or they will not be able to return to Israel.

The good figs will go through tribulation in the latter days, but YHVH God will be with them.

Deu 4:30   When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, [even] in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shall be obedient unto his voice;

Deu 4:31   (For the LORD thy God [is] a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he swore unto them.

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Relevance for Christians today

In the last days, which is now, if God is consistent with this example, the “good” believers will have to go through “captivity” to the enemy.

For some reason, it will be for their own good. But they get to end up in the Promised Land.

I do not see the most true believers escaping what is to come in the tribulation.

*** Note:  there are disagreements as to this point.

Much is based on the definition of the tribulation. I see it as the first 6 seals in Revelation 6.

Anything after that is the wrath of God, and by that time, the saints are gone.

Even Jesus said he would return after the tribulation, and that we should endure to the end.

Mat 24:29 ¶ Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 24:31   And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

I think the true believers will go “through the fire,” as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did, but Jesus will be with them in the fire, and they will come out of that fire in the end.

Dan 3:23   And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Dan 3:25   He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Dan 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, [and] spoke, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come [hither]. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

The “bad” believers, along with non-believers, will experience harm, and will die in their captivity, being scattered by the enemy.

Only God can make a judgment as to who will be tested and who will not.

So we should not point fingers, and make assumptions.

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Questions for all of us:

Are we good fruit, or bad fruit?

WE should not make assumptions, out of complacency or pride, that we are “ok” in the eyes of YHVH God.

Adhering to the 10 commandments is only a start.

We must examine our attitudes, and hearts.

Are we proud or vain?

Are we worldly, and spend little time with God?

Are we jealous, greedy, desiring to posses more than we need?

Are we lustful?

Do we have feelings of wrath, hatred or anger, revenge or denial, or take justice into our own hands?

Do we overindulge in food, drink, drugs or intoxicants?

Do we envy others because of their possessions or status?

Are we lazy or wasteful?

Are we inconsiderate of others? Do we use people for our own gain?

Do we gossip about others, or discredit them?

Do we look the other way when someone is in need?

Are we manipulative and selfish?

Do we lack the faith we need to have?

The point

My point is that we should not be arrogant, and make assumptions about how worthy we are to escape tribulation.

If we are doing the minimum in our spiritual life, we may be in trouble.

We should examine ourselves intensely, and see if we are good figs or bad ones.

In this examination, we should not use the church’s standards, or the world’s standards, but only God’s standards.

Just my thoughts.


23 Responses to “Good Figs / Bad Figs”

  1. Matthew 10,11,12..And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire: (Two baptism, one of holy ghost and one of fire… Next verse shows it is the chaff that is burned with fire….Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
    The beast false prophets accomplished what the false prophbets of Baal could not do…Bringing fire down from heaven convinces the world that the beast (allah-Islam is god….

    The FIRE,namely the baptism of fire is shown in Rev. 13-13..And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
    As Christians are baptised in holy ghost, the tares are baptised in the fire.. This means this firey sprit of satan indwells them and surrounds them..This is the resurrection of the DAMNED.. They beleive the lie that satan is god and are damned…..The crusaders called Mohammed BAPHOMET which means baptism of fire….

  2. Jesus said at the last day(1000 years) He would raise them up, some to the resurrection of the just(holy ghost baptism) and some to the resurrection of the damned (baptism of fire)…2 Thess. 2 shows the damnation is believing the imposter is god…specifically believing the imposter is the god of abraham…

    The two trees in the garden and the temptation of the Adams can be likened to a parable that explains end time events..Both trees are wisdom…one is god’s wisdom and one is satan’s version of god’s wisdom for instance the gospel of CHrist and the koran version of the kingdom..As does Islam satan questioned if god lied to Eve… then he promised her life forever…He also said she would be as wise as god…But he made him like himself.. Gen 3-22… This is akin to the baptism of fire..

  3. Few seem to understand that antichrist brings a gospel…Gal 1-8, 2 Corinthians 11-4,14, Rev 10…speak of antichrist and his gospel…
    As Jesus said in Matthew 13-35-40 both he and satan sow seed that produce after its kind….The seed is said to be the words of god…The seed Jesus sows is the gospel of Christ and it produces children of god..”born again of the word of god.” Satan sows words he claims are god’s words (koran) and it produces children of satan (tares).

    Two ways, broad way and narrow way…

    Another interesting thing is Jesus built his church on the revealed knowledge that Jesus is Son of God..Matt. 13-12-20…
    Antichrist builds his synagogue of satan on the lie that Jesus is not Son of God…1 John 2-22..

    ISLAM IS OF SATAN…

    • Hi Ruth,

      Though I am not necessarily disagreeing with what you say above,
      remember that it is the religion of Islam, and not the Muslim people. Many of the Muslim people have converted to Christianity, and are now our brothers, and sisters.

      A great site to see some wonderful testimonies is
      http://www.muslimjourneytohope.com

      Peace

  4. I do believe that when we are going through the fire or bad times in our life we should be thankfull to God for cleaning us. When bad times come (and they will) we have 2 choices – the world or God’s way. I took God’s way because that was the only way and it is not easy because I repented of all my sin and turned away from that. That was when I discovered how sinfull I am. I would have never discoverd how lost I was if not for the fire in my life. I was on my way to hell and did not even realize that. I thought I was so nice and good and I woke up. God can use evil to get us to wake up and when we go through hard times it is sometimes a blessing in disguise even if we do not like that time in our lifes. I had everything and felt empty and now I have nothing but that empty feeling is gone. Bless God. My road is not easy but I prefer this road because I know it will end well. God is all we really need.

    Marina

    • hi Marina

      I think we have all been in your position, in one way or another. No one is born “saved.” We have to go through something that forces us to face ourselves, and our weaknesses. Only then can we repent, and start over.

  5. When He says He will return the good figs to the promised land, he is
    addressing their posterity. Thousands of years of exile was spoken for many generations of individuals before their descendants came back. So
    some of the just died in exile, never returning to the earthly kingdom of the Jews, but in my opinion many of these achieve Heaven, the true
    Kingdom of God.

  6. Recommend you read the book of Ester. What did they eat from the tree of knowledge? The figs. What did God tell humanity not to do? Not to eat from the tree of knowledge. What do orthodox Christians do? Eat from the tree of knowledge instead of the tree of life. The fig tree is planted with man’s intervention. So it does not bear good fruit. If the fig tree had given good fruit then humanity would not still be in captivity. Hence, why in the book of Deutronomy, Moses asked God to give the
    his blessing of prophethood to a descendent of Joseph. Why a descendent of Joseph?
    Joseph married outside of his religion. Just like my ancestor did. England is the land of Joseph and the USA is the land of ESAU with the men of EDOM.

    • The USA is not the land of ESAU, nor of the men of EDOM.

      The fig tree is not the tree of knowledge. The tree of knowledge is buried by mud from Noah’s flood. I recommend, you get some help. Quick.

  7. All the prophecies of the Land of ESAU are coming to be. The twin towers were destroyed exactly as Prophet Isaiah predicted it would be. ESAU means ‘RED”, the USA is the land of the red man. The prophecies predict that only the seed delivered by the hand of Joseph can save the land of ESAU of continued destruction. Moses as asked for the blessing of prophethood to be given to a descendent of Joseph. England is the land of Joseph. Why is that? Joseph married outside of his religion in the same way as my Jewish ancestors did. Moses knew that the prophet sent by God would have no prejudice in their being just like Joseph. Interesting that they have discovered that Joseph was also given the name of IMHOTEP and the figure of IMHOTEP is the same small frame shape as my own. So I thank Marianne for sharing this post because it brought further insight and understanding of why Abba kept asking me to go to the louve. He wished for me to see the statue for myself.

    Also interesting that IMHOTEP was a healer founder of medicine. And I was inspired and compelled to develop and pioneer new healing therapies and combinations of flower essences.

    Leatherneck why do you think the fig tree was cursed in the NT, do you know? Why did the followers of Christ curse the fig tree? Do you know why?

    I have posed this question to Christian priests and none of them know why.

    Have fun

    • Christ did not curse the Fig tree, he cursed one Fig tree that never gave fruit. Do you ever read the New Testament yourself, or do you take your information from someone?

      Do you have proof Joseph was called IMHOTEP? Imhotep lived a long time before Joseph in Egypt.

      Esau may have been more red, hairy, and wild that his brother, but the American Indians were in North America thousands of years before Esau was born. How do you equate the two? Which web site did you get your fantasy from?

  8. Buck, I haven’t found a Christian priest yet that can disagree with me and yes I do find that entertaining because there eyes light up when I share the truth with them. One priest was very depressed because after 30 years his congregation had not changed. I asked him ‘Did you teach them unconditional love?”, He replied, ‘Can you teach me”. That says a lot about the Church and its leaders. The followers of Christ were warned not to build upon his foundations with building materials. He also told people that the religious buildings would come tumbling down in the last days of the end times. Just like the Tower of babel it is all being swept away once more, because God keeps his promise. The old heaven and earth is passing away and the new is coming to be.

    Glory be to God, our heavenly Father.

  9. You can view the videos about the JOSEPH inscription that was found here. The evidence is written in stone and I am sure that will cause a few upsets for some orthodox Jews.
    http://academysounds.blogspot.com/2010/11/moses-request-for-joseph.html

    Blessings in abundance

  10. In other prophecies it talks about the men of Edom who are the men from the USA who live on the land of ESAU. God tosses his sandal upon Edom and his prophet is the one that wears the sandal. You may remember that we featured a post on this blog recently about the sandal and its meaning. In the prophecy God rejects the USA and its armies. People then come to the conclusion that the men that they trusted (including Obama) are worthless. In the Aramaic translation it also says ‘vain is the help of man’ and many have said that Obama is vain.

    Prophet Obadiah mentions the allies and friends that will deceive and overpower the USA. Those that ate the bread from the USA set a trap and the Americans do not detect it. The prophecy continues:

    “In that day,” declares the LORD, “will I not destroy the wise men of Edom, men of understanding in the mountains of Esau?” Oba:1:8

    And Revelation 17

    The symbology of a woman has many different meanings in the bible, context and criteria is crucial to understanding of prophecy.

    The point of the criteria of this prophecy is to ascertain the whereabouts of the prostitute mentioned in this chapter of the book of Revelation. The chapter tells us that waters that were seen represent a multitude of peoples from different languages and nations.

    The USA must be the largest population of people from different languages and nations in the world. It goes on to describe the rest of the criteria.

    1. The beast and the ten horns will hate her.
    2. They will bring her to ruin
    3. Leave her naked
    4. Eat her flesh
    5. Burn her with fire
    6. The woman is a great city that rules over the Kings of the Earth.

    The great city is New York because the Kings of the earth have allowed themselves to be ruled by money. How does Wall Street sell its body and soul? Sharia Finance, Banking and Law. The USA is currently burning up with anger because the flesh of what the USA stands for is being eaten away e.g. Freedom and Liberty.

    The USA is being brought to financial ruin at the same time as we are writing this. Leaving the USA naked means taking away her protection e.g. her defense mechanisms. Stripping her of her clothes also relates to stripping her of her financial assets because she was not faithful to the one true God and the principles of the founding fathers. Who hates America the most in the world? Islam.

    We also find the mention of the ten horns in Revelation chapter 13 when it refers to the beast that resembled a Leopard. Obama is a Leo from African descent, he is the Leopard depicted in Daniel and Revelation. He has feet like those of a bear e.g. communist ideology, a mouth like a lion, he said he was a Christian. The dragon (China) gave the beast his power.
    http://academysounds.blogspot.com/2009/08/revelation-17-usa.html

  11. The Statue of Liberty is also symbolic of America. What does the harlot do? Sell her body and in so doing sell her soul. Who have America sold out too? As Jesus said “Forgive us our debts”.

    America danced with the money and made money their God. Hence money become more important than their own body and soul, that is why many turned a blind eye to what the governments were doing. Money became their King and greed and the corruption the result. As Jesus said ‘It is the House that Jack built”. In other words it was not built upon the words of Christ because Christ warned people not to build upon his foundations with building materials. e.g. No Churches, the original word for Church meant community not Church buildings.

    MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

    The word abomination is also found in the timeline and criteria given by Daniel and Jesus. You can find a whole paper on this timeline of the last days on this blog posted earlier this month. What is the abomination connected to? Islam and Obama. What do Americans call the USA? The motherland. In other words she is the mother of those that prostitute themselves for money and you can find a sculpture called “Motherland” in Washington. The term motherland is also often applied to Africa, another link to Obama and Washington.

    Why the term ‘Mystery Babylon”?

    The word mystery is do with the ancient mysteries and Jesus used the term mystery in terms of his own spiritual teachings. However, when the word Babylon is put with the word mystery it is relating to the mysteries that do not relate to our heavenly Father; in other words the Creator. In the bible Jesus also predicted that in the end times we would throw away the bad fish and bring forth old treasure as well as new. In the same way as he said the old heaven and earth will pass away.

    The USA is the largest manufacturer and exporter of new age products in the world. The last time I looked it held 85% of the global market. Who promotes these products? None other than Oprah, a friend of Obama’s who spoke of the purple party on election night. Who appeared in the film Colour Purple? Oprah.

    The Kings of the earth committed adultery with mystery babylon and they became intoxicated with her wine. In the Gospel of Thomas Jesus rebukes the Apostles for getting intoxicated with his energy of love. Why did he rebuke them? He wished for them to stand on their own two feet, stay grounded and understand the realities and truth that he was conveying.

    In the film, the color purple is continually equated with suffering and pain. Sofia’s swollen, beaten face is described as the color of “eggplant.” Purple is the color of Celie’s private parts: the site of her sexual violation. [1]

    A prostitute is violated because she is selling her body and soul. The word adultery comes from adulterate and the mind, body and soul is adulterated by greed and corrupted by power, the power that money brings when a person has not healed themselves.

    Revelation 17 goes on to say that she is drunk with the blood of the saints who bore testimony to Jesus. This is symbolic of those that accuse the followers of Jesus. Blood is symbolic of life and testimony is about our life experiences of Jesus in this context. His true teachings also give life although many have been hidden from humanity.

    However, there is another aspect to this because Church leaders in the USA appear gleefully at end times prophecy conferences predicting doom, gloom and wars based upon the prophecies of the prophets. They all appear to have missed the fact that Jesus promised that our Father would send his prophet in the last days. Jesus predicted that if this was not so then nobody would survive. One might ask why isn’t the Church telling its followers the good news as Jesus would wish them to do?

    Chapter 17 mentions the importance of the call for a mind of Wisdom and the crop circles in recent weeks have been expressing messages to do with Wisdom.

    How are the dark forces stopped? Revelation 17 says that they will rule until God’s words are fulfilled.

    Until God’s words are fulfilled links in with the Dead Sea Scrolls, Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Geza Vermes explains the prophecy in the scrolls of how the Sons of Darkness will not be defeated until the Sons of Light come to the aid of the divine guide that was sent to help Israel in the last days. Only when people do the will of God and follow his instructions will the Sons of Darkness be defeated. The same is echoed in other prophecies in the bible.

    THE LAND OF ESAU

    But how Esau will be ransacked, his hidden treasures pillaged! Obadiah 1:6 In that day,” declares the LORD, “will I not destroy the wise men of Edom, men of understanding in the mountains of Esau. Obadiah 1:8

    “Our father Jacob foresaw that the seed of Esau would only be delivered into the hand of seed of Joseph, as it is said, “The House of Jacob shall be a fire (Israel), and the house of Joseph a flame, (England) and the House of Esau (America) for stubble, and they shall burn among them and devour them”. (Obad. 18’) (B.B.123b).”

    Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion (New Jerusalem that is destined to be built in harmonic concordance with the divine plan) to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the LORD’s.Obadiah 1:21

    As the Christ said in December 2008 ‘The Time is Nigh!’
    http://academysounds.blogspot.com/2009/08/revelation-17-usa.html

  12. What no response Marianne?

    • Eliakim

      Any answer I give you will not help, because you do not accept my answers.

      Every country on earth is referred to as the motherland. Why pick out America? America is sinful, but so is every other country now.

      you quote Jesus as saying things he did not say.(“we would throw away the bad fish”)

      Jesus predicted both good and bad things for the last days.

      So, you are saying that you are Jonah?

  13. There is no nation like the USA, the superpower is written in the bible that trampled upon others.

    As Obama said ‘we were arrogant’ He was spot on!

    Why is that?

    America is a very young nation, its still on the learning curve.
    It oppressed the indigenous people and still does internationally

    • Eliakim

      The average American is a decent hard working person. Obama is a fraudulent piece of anti-American crap that got voted in by the godless.

      America has done more for freedom and charity and the gospel of Christ than any other nation.

  14. If you wish to know about the parable on the good fish and the bad fish being thrown away in the last days of the end times then either go to my blog or seek it for yourself in the bible.

    Who are the fish? The Christians.

    Who throws them away? The Angels sent by God.

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