The Fig Tree and God’s Coming Wrath

Parable of the withered fig tree

🔥 “Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and FOUND NOTHING ON IT BUT LEAVES, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And WHATEVER THINGS YOU ASK IN PRAYER, BELIEVING, YOU WILL RECEIVE.” ~ Matthew 21:18-22

Some of the more misunderstood verses in the Bible center squarely this section of multi-layered teachings: the cursing of the fig tree; moving mountains and the misapplication of “prayer and believing”.

The key to properly understanding and applying this section of verses requires the need for CONTEXT:

  • The FIG TREE had only leaves on it but bore no fruit! This is very similar to the “Parable of Sower”; specifically, the tree that bore leaves but, under the scorching sun – withered and died. (see Matthew 13)
  • The FAITH WITHOUT DOUBTING refers to faith that leads to salvation thru the finished work of Jesus the Christ on the cross for payment of our sins! Without that faith, it is impossible to please God! (see Hebrews 11:5-6)
  • The MOUNTAIN is not about life’s circumstances and your wants generally but rather, the specific problem that is YOUR SIN! Unless your faith rest squarely in the hope that Jesus alone can remove sin’s condemnation and consequences – you will be judged wanting and cast into the fire (just as the withered fig tree died)!
  • The PRAYER AND BELIEVING and RECEIVING refers to the Gospel of the Good News of Jesus Christ! You MUST repent and believe (see Mark 1:15).
  • The promise of BELIEVING AND YOU WILL RECEIVE is about God forgiving your sin, removing your condemnation and then, becoming alive in Jesus by the Spirit. You MUST be born twice by God the Spirit regenerating you or you will NEVER see God the Father (see John 3:3)

Conclusion:

  • Don’t be the fig tree without fruit on it vine – His judgement of that “dead” tree was quick and immediate and so is His coming judgment of this world also! (see Romans 2:6)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” ~ John 3:16-17 💕

From Sorrow to Righteous Anger

From Sorrow to Righteous Anger

💦 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ‘DEN OF THIEVES.'” Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES AND NURSING INFANTS YOU HAVE PERFECTED PRAISE’?” Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.” ~ Matthew 21:12-17

As Jesus entered in to Jerusalem to begin His final journey to the cross, He wept over its inhabitants and the city itself – because they did not want His forgiveness of sin but rather, deliverance from Roman rule and the hardship it wrought.

Once inside the city’s walls, Jesus went straight to Herod’s temple – witnessing thieves and robbers taking advantage of Israel’s poorest citizens whom were being sold tainted imperfect doves for sacrifice. These “religious leaders” were profiting off of the name of GOD for financial gain. Jesus’s sorrow turned to a raging anger as their profiteering made a mockery of God the Father’s name… much like many modern day “Christian leaders” of today. (see II Corinthians 2:16-17)

Let this be an eternal warning to everyone who believes Jesus is incapable of exercising righteous anger against the ungodly! (see Psalm 2:10-12)

Lastly, as we Christians offer up pure worship and praise and thanksgiving before our Great God and Savior, Jesus the Christ – let it be pleasing to His ears. However, let us also carefully examine our personal lives too. Why? Because, our obedience to His commands are proportional to our love for Him. (see John 14:14)

“Finally, little sheep. Keep yourselves from idols.” ~ I John 5:21 💕

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