MANY PEOPLE ARE BEING GREATLY MISLED by sadly mistaken religious propaganda dealing with the Jewish nation which has been created, by violence, in Palestine. Clergymen who have never studied the subject are bubbling over with enthusiasm over what they regard as a great fulfilment of Bible prophecy. “The Budding of the Fig Tree”, they say. “Israel being restored to its place!” You who listen to this program already know that no Jew is an Israelite and no Israelite is a Jew. The Jews nation, in Palestine, has nothing to do with the real Israel at all.
That is too big a subject to repeat here, but you have heard it and those of you who have written in for our literature have seen the proof of it. The establishment of the Jewish nation in Palestine is the fulfilment of certain Bible prophecies but, far different ones than these ignorant and misguided clergymen have in mind. Let’s look them over.
Nearly all Bible students agree on one thing, that the Fig Tree is the symbol of the Jewish nation, not Israel. Therefore, let’s see what the Bible has to say about THE BUDDING OF THE FIG TREE. Jesus Christ Himself told us about this one. It was so important, that He not only told a parable about it, but in order to emphasize it, He also acted out the parable. We find the parable in Luke 13:6-9. “He spake also this parable: a certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon and found none.
Then he said to the dresser of his vineyard, ‘Behold, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth the ground?’ And he answering unto him, ‘Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig around it and fertilize it: and if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.'”