“Future Kingdom”

© Photo Artist Susan Ruth Robertson 090025006100 289.JPG
The fig tree has been cultivated around the Mediterranean for thousands of years. This large tree gives fruit from early to late Summer. Like grapes, figs can be eaten fresh or dried in the Winter, the leaves fall off, but new shoots appear in Spring and so announce that Summer is near { Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:  Matthew 24:32}. Jesus’ parable of the fig tree encouraged people to watch for the coming of God’s future kingdom {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. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  Luke 21:29-36}.

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