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Cursed The Fig Tree

Why did Jesus curse the fig tree (Mark 11:13) when He saw it didn't have figs for Him to eat. The next verse says that it was NOT the season for figs, which is why it only had leaves.

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Consider the fact that Israel IS a burdensom Stone as prophesied 2000 yrs ago, proves that the end of times is upon US, not to mention of all the other things that are happening around the world...

From the ashes of Germany's furnaces they rose to become a Nation again(1948), then just 19 yrs later the 6 day war of 67' in which they took control of Jerusalem in which they haven't had control of since the day's before King Neb. of Babylon which was 2500 yrs ago...

C'Mon, wake up people(Bride), ready yourselves for The calling of the Groom...
YLBD
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 11/30/08


Fig tree represents Israel. Israel failed to recognize her Messiah(bore fruit) and thereby fell under a curse. This curse will last until the state of Israel recognizes the Lord Jesus Christ as Messiah.
Israel had and has leaves.(Israel speaks of Jehovah God) but she did not have and does not have any fruit!!!!!
---mima on 11/30/08


I am not teaching, yet.
That is for God to say not you. No, I am not upset or looking for your approval. I want the truth, unbiased.
I ask questions. No where does Christ say a woman can't ask and seek knowledge. This knowledge will help me do my #1 duty to God. To raise my children in His way.
If you disapprove I apologize. My love for God far outweighs any disapproval I may get from men.
Now, if you get back to answering my biblical questions, we will both be better off for it.
If you don't like me being a woman seeking knowledge, then don't comment on my post or answer. Be a husband to your wife. I already have a husband, and that is God. God bless you!!
---miche3754 on 11/29/08


trav, why do you have to be sarcastic?
I guess you haven't read about that particular story. God.
I am seeking unbiased knowledge. I would appreciate it if you could provide that.
Thanks, and God bless!
---miche3754 on 11/26/08

Refer to the scripture, in future. You seek...biased opinions similar to your own. When I don't provide you get mad. I love women. My Mother is the reason I'm still alive. Praying for me and keeping me in church in the early years.
There were things Jesus's mother did not dare do....yet you do. You teach when you should listen or question. I'm sorry but, truth is hardest when it is truth.
---Trav on 11/29/08


Trav, if you consider that pictorial view now pretend that God is looking at the whole floor of tiles and lines which is us, He can see the beginning of the floor to the end of the floor with one view. All is in His sight. That is how I see God as overlooking the whole creation. And what He planned will be completed as He so purposed. In the mean time we live our lifes meeting many others, until we get to the end of the road. If we are prepared with the Gospel we can pass it to someone we meet on that road and they in turn pass it someone they meet and it goes on. Phrase be to God in the highest.
---MarkV. on 11/27/08




Trav, thank you. I love to discuss the Word. Maybe because I find myself so behind. I came to the Lord when I was 42 years old and missed so much. I find myself trying to catch up.
Here is how I see life, a pictorial view. The picture is a floor made up of tile. The lines cross one another. I am one of the lines and as I walk this path I run into another line, (person). A person God has put in my path. We meet and learn something from each other, love, about God etc, then I continue and meet another and another until I run to the end. I met you and so many others in life and one day we just pass each other. I am so glad to meet so many in my life. One time a person met me, and came with the gospel. I thank God for putting him in my path.
---MarkV. on 11/27/08


trav, why do you have to be sarcastic?
I guess you haven't read about that particular story. I was stating Jesus's own conversation with the blind man that he healed.
Mark 8:22-24

I am starting to believe you have something against women studying the Word of God.
I would appreciate it if you can leave your un-Christian prejudices out of the discussion and stick to the point.
I am seeking unbiased knowledge. I would appreciate it if you could provide that.
Thanks, and God bless!
---miche3754 on 11/26/08


Trav, I don't believe that we only have one teacher that no one goes to him or else they would see more clearly.
That comment is really not true. Many here see very clearly. ---MarkV. on 11/25/08

I have only found one. And a searcher. You.


Markv, you are sincere, allow pointing of a truths below. No men will ever excel teaching over our Lord.
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But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren.
Matthew 23:7-9

David refs below. Solomon would vouch same, you would agree.

I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
Psalm 119:98-100
---Trav on 11/26/08


again trav, brother, you just don't seem to get it.
God sees each person as individual "trees".
---miche3754 on 11/24/08

You make your point miche. Wisest woman in world, trying to teach ole dummy "man" something.

Again,Bring all prophets from the O.T. Supporting miche's "tree" theory. When you can't find these you will understand one basic thing.
You have tried to negate GOD's purpose. Dangerous,but you desire it so....so it must be so. You are the wisest miche that ever existed and will change all.
Except me and mine. Keep trying you are a great witness. For additional scriptural study.
---Trav on 11/26/08


catherine:

Where was the hypocrisy or misrepresentation in the empty fig tree? Fig trees are fig trees. That is their nature, the way God made them. The fig tree was empty, as was its nature ("for it was not the season for figs"). Jesus would know this ("for by him all things were made"), as would anyone else in that area familiar with figs and their growing seasons. So who was misrepresenting what?
---StrongAxe on 11/25/08




Trav, I don't believe that we only have one teacher that no one goes to him or else they would see more clearly.
That comment is really not true. Many here on line go to Him everyday. Many here see very clearly. Maybe they just don't see what you see or understand what you do and maybe it is not their time to see something you see now. If they have a true love for Christ, they do go to Christ.
I am sorry that I don't agree with you on some things, but no one will agree with every subject in Scripture.
I answered in favor of Pharisee only on the topic talked about. It does not mean I agree with everything he says or disagree with everything you say. I agree with Kathr on many topics, but disagree on one or two.
---MarkV. on 11/25/08


I suppose if you and I met in person we would agree with so many things and I could still learn from you God willing. Be patient with others and don't take it so personal.
---MarkV. on 11/24/08
I wasn't upset. It was just funny ironic. Christian siding with a "Pharisee". O.T. Phari-see's....see's not.
There may not be time for patience.
I've found I'm not patient enough to teach anyone anything. Therefore I just point. There is just one teacher. I see that no one asks him either. Or they could see a little more clearly.
I'm often amazed that searching people do not respond to certain scriptures though. I'm not referring to you specific but in general.
---Trav on 11/25/08


Jesus used the occasion as an object lesson against hypocrisy and misrepresenting the truth.
---catherine on 11/25/08


Hi Trav, no need to get so upset about my answer to the point of laughing and scriptures jumping at you. My answered to Strongaxe was good favor. Not meant to hurt you just to agree with him on parables, metaphors and words use in Scripture. I think all I disagree with you is concerning Israel and that is it. It was just a small answer.
I suppose if you and I met in person we would agree with so many things and I could still learn from you God willing. Be patient with others and don't take it so personal.
---MarkV. on 11/24/08


again trav, brother, you just don't seem to get it.
God sees each person as individual "trees".
If we bear good fruit God "prunes" us so we continue to bear "good fruit". Any that bear "bad" fruit, gets cut off. This means cut off from the Covenant.
Matthew 3:9-11
Mark 8:23-25
Luke 3:8-10
John 15:1-3
Trees and vines mean Each person in the Body of Christ.
This fig tree is the one that is not producing the "fruit of God" and will be cast into the fire. True Christians produce good fruit no matter what the season.
---miche3754 on 11/24/08


Hello Pharisee, I am with you in your answer.
---MarkV. on 11/24/08

Sometimes I just have to laugh at the irony.


and some parables just jump out of the book.

Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
Proverbs 1
---Trav on 11/24/08


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Hello Pharisee, I am with you in your answer. Not all fig trees mean the same in Scripture. It all depends what the context calls for. Some times they were just fig trees and that was it. Some times it represented Israel. Jesus spoke many times in metaphors and other times in parables. Parables and Metaphors are for the purpose of revealing truth to believers (Matt. 13:10-12). And many times they were used to confront believers when they were doing wrong in their lives.
Though some have different believes of faith, they tend to use Scripture passages to proof their point even when those passages are out of context for what it was intended for by God.
---MarkV. on 11/24/08


Trav:

Yes you are right. Matthew 32 DOES talk about the fig tree as a metaphor for Judah. However, NOT every single fig tree in the Bible refers to Judah. There are 176 verses in the KJV that mention figs. Sometimes fig trees are just real, actual, average, ordinary fig trees, as in the case of the cursed fig tree. There is absolutely nothing in the story of the cursed fig tree that ties it to Judah. There is absolutely nothing in Matthew 32 that ties that metaphorical fig tree to the fig tree that Jesus cursed. Sometimes a fig is just a fig.
---StrongAxe on 11/24/08


Trav:
While often a fig tree is used as a metaphor for Israel, sometimes a fig tree is JUST an actual, physical fig tree. ---StrongAxe on 11/21/08

If we can't find an answer all we are left with. A dead tree.
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Matt 24:32-34....Now learn the parable of the Fig Tree....

This generation he is speaking of is probably this generation now.....because of the fig tree parable in Matt 13:10-17...barren (is Judah)

Fig tree being Judah was given her new planting location in 1948 and is growing leaves, no fruit. It has been,dug, dunged....

This generation (living now,during barren fig tree )shall not pass until all things shall be fulfilled. Matt 24:34

You do what you like. Some be aware/be watchful.
---Trav on 11/22/08


Rita,
Fig trees were common as a source of food. Three years were required from planting until fruit bearing. After that, a tree could be harvested twice a year, usually yielding much fruit. The figs normally grew with the leaves. This tree Jesus came upon had leaves but strangely no fruit. The tree was in public property and apparently in good soil because its foliage was head of season and ahead of the surrounding fig trees. The abundance of leaves held out promise that the tree might be also ahead of schedule with its fruit. "not the seaon for figs" refers to, the next normal fig season was in June, more than a month away. Jesus direct attention to the tree and condemning it, was for not providing what its appearance promised.
---MarkV. on 11/22/08


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Rita, 2 continue: This incident was not the acting out of the parable of the fig tree in Luke 13:6-9) which was a warning against spiritual fruitlessness. This incident was about a real fig tree. Here Jesus cursed the tree for its misleading appearance that suggested great productivity without providing it. It should have been full of fruit, but was barren.
Now to the answers given, the fig tree was frequently an O.T. type of the Jewish nation (Hos.9:10, Nah.3:12, Zech. 3:10). In this instance Jesus used the real tree by the road as a divine object lesson concerning Israel's spiritual hypocrisy and fruitlessness (Matt. 21:19, Is. 5:1-7).
---MarkV. on 11/22/08


Trav:

Some things in the Bible are meant to be taken literally, while others are meant to be taken figuratively. I think that it is a mistake to take things literally that are intendend to be figurative (Jesus is "The branch" but even tough he was a carpenter, we never heard of any furniture made of "Jesus wood"). Similarly, it is just as bad a mistake to take things figuratively that are intended to be literal. While often a fig tree is used as a metaphor for Israel, sometimes a fig tree is JUST an actual, physical fig tree. (Or, as Sigmund Freud said "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar").
---StrongAxe on 11/21/08


it is talking about a very specific real fig tree, and is not followed by any analogies at all.
---StrongAxe on 11/19/08
Well the fig tree has stumped...ha, no pun intended, us for 2008 years.
If it is a mark,sign or analogy (every move Christ made is) I'm starting at who are mentioned as trees, figs, olives etc.
In this lays one part of understanding.
Below is something I wish I had trusted early.br>
Nothing said or done in scripture noteworthy that does not have two or more witnesses. Scripture stands on it's own freeing us from opinion,theory,speculation,doctrines of men. For this I thank GOD forever.
In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
2 Corinthians 13:1-3
---Trav on 11/21/08


Trav:

Oops. That was a typo. I meant to write:
Yes, I agree that the marks and signs apply to Jews being able to discern the signs that Jesus was a Messiah.

And yes, I agree that they still can't.

My point, however, was that despite the fact that there are many parables about fig trees, this is NOT a parable that makes an analogy between a fig tree and the Jews or anyone else - it is talking about a very specific real fig tree, and is not followed by any analogies at all.
---StrongAxe on 11/19/08


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Yes, I agree that the marks and signs apply to Jews being able to discern the signs that Jesus was a mutilation.
---StrongAxe on 11/19/08

The Judeans could discern nothing. Even 2008 years later they still cannot discern truth as a noted number.

Not all Judeans are Judeans either. Lots of imposters.

You sound a little Judean yourself....calling Yahshua a Mutilation?

Are you Judean?
---Trav on 11/19/08


Yes, I agree that the marks and signs apply to Jews being able to discern the signs that Jesus was a mutilation.
---StrongAxe on 11/19/08

The Judeans could discern nothing. Even 2008 years later they still cannot discern truth as a noted number.

Not all Judeans are Judeans either. Lots of imposters.

You sound a little Judean yourself....calling Yahshua a Mutilation?

Are you Judean?
---Trav on 11/19/08


Trav:

Yes, I agree that the marks and signs apply to Jews being able to discern the signs that Jesus was a mutilation.

However, it still doesn't explain THIS particular parable, which appears isolated, and not connected to that in any other way (other than that both involve fig trees, one real, and the other metaphorical).
---StrongAxe on 11/19/08


Also, there is nothing in either passage suggesting that this parable is about Judah either.
---StrongAxe on 11/18/08

Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
Proverbs 27:17-19<

>6He 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.

7Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground?

9 if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down

>Took me 46 years to accept, GOD's gonna and can do whatever he likes. GOD.
---Trav on 11/19/08


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Also, there is nothing in either passage suggesting that this parable is about Judah either.
---StrongAxe on 11/18/08
You are absolutely correct. I said if it was explained we wouldn't discuss it.
Christ is know and believed still because he had the marks/signs.
The answer is in the signs and marks in the tree and who it represents. Figs, grapes,olives, sheep....marks by analogy.
If you want proof on these statements above. Some calling theirselves Judeans, still do not believe the messiah has come. Even with all the proof. They may not be Judeans either. Are their marks for that as well?
Yes.
Are their marks for a christian? yes.
Are their tells in a poker game. yes.
---Trav on 11/19/08


Hi StrongAxe,

Sorry to be so long getting back to you, been busy you know.

The fig tree is simply a picture of "natural" Israel not producing fruit. They had the oracles of God (Rom 3:2). They had seen miracles, they had the testamonies of the fathers, the promises of God and were the chosen nation, yet they failed to believe that Jesus was the Christ. They were more interested in serving the Law than God. In fact, "he came unto his own and they received him not." (John 1:11).

For their unbelief they were "broken off" and the gentiles were "grafted in" (Rom 11:20).

I may be wrong, but that's the way I see it.

---trey on 11/18/08


Trav:

You said: I understand your point. I agree. Your missing one little piece of info. The tree has a small pre fruit....at this time. The pre fruit was not there

While this is a nice theory, there is absolutely no mention of this fact in either passage - it is pure extrapolation. Also, there is nothing in either passage suggesting that this parable is about Judah either.
---StrongAxe on 11/18/08


Trav:

My point was that this was NOT a fig capable of producing figs at that time (for it was not the season for figs), so punishing it for not producing figs at that time would be unreasonable. .....
---StrongAxe on 11/17/08
I understand your point. I agree. Your missing one little piece of info.
The tree has a small pre fruit....at this time. The pre fruit was not there. Judah....should have shown signs of prefruit.
If this was explained in scripture we wouldn't even have this discussion.
Your new employee would show signs of promise from day one. When he doesn't...why keep them. Let your competitor have them.
---Trav on 11/18/08


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Trav:

My point was that this was NOT a fig capable of producing figs at that time (for it was not the season for figs), so punishing it for not producing figs at that time would be unreasonable. In the same way that it would be unfair to give an employee a week's worth of work, and then punish him for not finishing it a single day.
---StrongAxe on 11/17/08


This portrays a picture of a capricious, wrathful God.
---StrongAxe on 11/15/08

Wrathful....Only to the tares or non fig bearing trees that are capable of bearing figs. Not all trees are fig trees. Which is no slight. he didn't punish all the Oak trees, Cedar trees etc for not bearing fruit. The tree was representative of Judah. Who had the first opportunity to bear but did not.

You absolutely would punish an employee that did not produce when it could/should have. As the master....you know the work. You know if they know the work. Or you wouldn't have chosen them in the first place. You would give the job to the second. In this case it went to the repentant LARGEST part of formerly Israel.
---Trav on 11/16/08


To Whosoever has an ear to hear?

It's about lack of faith and how we're not to be found wanting when the Lord comes at a time when we do not expect Him.

Mark 11:13 "He found nothing but leaves, for the time of figs was not yet" Meaning the tree had not produced fruit. Not that it was not the season for figs.

Man's natural nature(shown in this fig tree)is without faith. This is why we're unable to comply with the Lord's desire for our repentance.

Despite man's natural lack of faith, God's punishment is of divine command and is not unreasonable, because He gives us all that we need to fulfill His Will through drawing us to faith in Christ. God's wrath is not capricious, it's reliable, constant and unchanging.
---Shawn_M.T. on 11/16/08


Jesus grew up in the area seeing fig trees that produced fruit every year. so he had to know when they are supposed to be in season.

when we read, "it was not the season for figs" we think that it wasnt time for them.
but if it wasnt time, then Jesus ought to have known that. it said that he looked from a distance at the tree and walked toward it with intent to eat a fig. now why would he do that unless it was the season for figs?

he cursed the fig tree because the figs should have been there but it only had leaves. something had kept it from producing. other texts about trees that dont produce when they should get cut down.

he cursed it because it was not obeying the Genesis commandment to be fruitful.
---opalgal on 11/15/08


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I was going to say exactly as Frances said concerning this blog question, but since she worded it so well, I don't need to add to that.
---Anne on 11/15/08


josef:

If so, it is curious that Mark (unlike Matthew) also mentions that it was not yet time for figs. Both accounts also point out that Jesus was hungry and wanted some figs. If he was just trying to teach a lesson about divine power, neither of these facts would have been relevant.

This seems to teach the following lesson:
1) Jesus was hungry
2) He wanted figs from the tree
3) The tree was unable to comply (because of its very nature) - that is, what he wanted from it was unreasonable
4) He punished it anyway, even though it was not its fault
5) The tree withered, not because of the random happenstance (like the Tower of Siloam) but rather by divine fiat
This portrays a picture of a capricious, wrathful God.
---StrongAxe on 11/15/08


I see men as trees, walking
2 time to fix his eyes, why?
This belongs here.

And he cometh to Bethsaida, and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town, and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
---TheSeg on 11/15/08


There are lots of ways we can be compared to plants, but in some ways we are quite unlike them. We are capable of producing fruit in season and out of season, and are commanded to do so. If not we are cursed. This is my interpretation of Jesus's words.
---frances008 on 11/15/08


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I've seen several post that understood that this tree represented Israel. The mistake indoctrinated into most beliefs is that Judah represents all Israel. We never consider the other parts of Israel. Even though they are who the new testament was written for.
This tree was Judah. As per a post below the fig bears twice a year preceded by leaves in this country. A pre fruit that should have been present wasn't. Judah...had the first opportunity to bear but did not. Judas...was first disciple...that reflects this tribe. We all know the Judas story.
The other disciples were of Benjamin....the only two tribes not divorced by GOD of the 12.
---Trav on 11/15/08


Much talk about "fruit" in these answers.
There is a reference to fruit in Proverbs 11:30."The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise". Let us examine this verse.
1. Someone is righteous, and they have fruit, and that fruit leads to a tree of life.
The righteous are the saved.
Their fruit is leading others to salvation.
Salvation is eternal(osas) and the tree of life is the same tree of life that was in the Garden of Eden.
And all that eat of this tree of life shall never die(osas). If you are righteous (saved) you would be wise to win souls.
---mima on 11/15/08


"Why did Jesus curse the fig tree" The tree was simply a victim of happenstance. The tree caught the attention of Jesus because he was hungry, and the tree presented itself as one that may have been producing fruit out of season. Finding no fruit, He saw an opportunity to teach His disciples a lesson concerning the effectual operation of focused faith. The tree, like the Galileans victims of Pilate or the eighteen upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Concerning the fig tree, the lesson Jesus decided to teach His disciples using the tree as a visible reference, at that particular time, was apparently more important to Him than the life of the tree.
---josef on 11/15/08


trey:

That still doesn't explain how one could reasonably blame a fig tree (or Israel for that matter) for mot prodoucing fruit, when it wasn't the season for fruit in the first place.

It's a bit like a boss putting a week's worth of work on your desk, then coming back the next day and saying "why isn't it done yet?"
---StrongAxe on 11/14/08


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Hi Andrea,

I believe you are correct. I believe this is a picture of the Lord passing judgement upon the Jews for their disbelief and failure to produce fruit.

It is my belief that the Lord is painting the same picture here that the Apostle Paul does in Roman chapter 11.

Ro11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree,
Ro11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
---trey on 11/13/08


bob_[Echad]_6749:

This would be all well and fine, if it was a fig tree deceitfully giving signs that it had figs (much like a restaurant having an open sign when it's out of food). However, as the verse itself states, it was not yet the time for figs, and surely Jesus knew this. How could he blame it for not having fruit out of season? Especially since he made it that way ("by him all things were made") This would be like pulling up to a restaurant in the middle of the night (because it is not the time when restraurants are open) and then cursing it because it won't sell you a meal.

I personally find this one of the most disturbing passages in the Bible.
---StrongAxe on 11/10/08


This is a parable taught from Jesus. Read in Lk 13:6. Jesus tells us that a man had a fig tree in his vineyard and he came and sought fruit and found none. He has been waiting for years to get fruit from this tree, and found none, he told the Lord that let the tree be, if it doesn't make fruit then he can cut it down. Also in Lk 21:29-30 it says that when you see leaves on the fig tree, the summer is nigh, likewise when we see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is at nigh.
---Rebecca_D on 11/8/08


Do a word study on 'fig tree' its great - the fig tree is a type of Israel.

the fig tree is also a type of the Believer
so if Christ curses it for not producing fruit we'd better think about it.

Look at Matt 25 what happens to the one who buries the talent - cursed.
whay happens to the virgins with no oil?

we will never be able to say Jesus you didn't warn us - for surely He has.
---Andrea on 8/22/07


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Nothing disturbing about cursing 'that' fig tree. Fig tree fruit in that local proceed their leaves [seven types], so when The Lord 'saw' it's leaves, being hungry, He went to it 'expecting' something to eat. Good reason! He was a natural man also!

If anyone on a journey today was hungry saw a sign claiming available fuel, food & drink came up empty while the restaurant was bustling, 'you'd know something was wrong' & maybe report them. Amen?

No Problem!
---bob_[Echad]_6749 on 8/22/07


Robyn: "I have no problems with someone else's interpretation of scripture... But I do respect and learn from others.

Unfortunately you are living in the end times where another's interpretation has a lot to be desired. Most Christians believe that we must obey, no matter what, the governing powers (for instance, the office of the president) according to Romans 13. But if President Bush erected a statue of himself and made it law to bow and worship it, would you?
---Steveng on 8/12/07


Steveng: I have no problems with someone else's interpretation of scripture. I know what God reveals to me. But I do respect and learn from others. This is the way it should be.
---Robyn on 8/10/07


Robyn: "There are many interpretation of the bible. No one has the inside or only right interpretation. God deals with us all in a different way."

Because the knowledge of man has increased a million-fold, so have the interpretation of the Bible. There is only one interpretation and that is God's interpretation. Feminists have their own interpretaion, so do the Gays, the different races, the agnostics, the gnostics, you name them they have an interpretation for their specific purpose.
---Steveng on 8/9/07


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With a little bit of research, you, too, will find the truth to this incident. First, dig out your biology books and learn about the fig tree. Second, read the chapters of the entire Bible having the word "fig." Last, read the entire chapter where Jesus cursed the fig tree - not just the verse. (hint: Jewish temple at Jesus' time: the church today)
---Steveng on 8/9/07


MarK: God reveals different things to different people. This was my revelation of the fig tree. God showed you something else. There are many interpretation of the bible. No one has the inside or only right interpretation. God deals with us all in a different way.
---Robyn on 8/9/07


Mark:,The parable of the fig tree is explained in mark11:21-25 Its faith in Prayer.Jesus demonstrates His power,as the creator the author & giver of life.Faith & sincere prayer moves mountains.
---Emcee on 8/9/07


Robyn: The thing I find most disturbing about this passage (and, for me, this is THE MOST disturbing passage in the New Testament) was not that Jesus cursed the fig tree for not doing what it was supposed to. It was that it didn't have figs BECAUSE IT WAS NOT THE SEASON FOR FIGS, so there is NO WAY he could have reasonably expected figs to be on the tree at that time. He was blaming it for something that was totally outside its control. I find this to be a very disturbing precedent.
---Mark on 8/9/07


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Clarification on fig tree: 'Fig tree(s)' 'selectively' represent Israel. An Olive tree was used by the apostle Paul portraying Israel & gentile believers in Messiah/Christ Jesus also. Israel the tree, gentile believers grafted in 'wild' branches.

Anyone accepting Israel's Saviour, have no choice but to accept/recognize Israel as a people/nation because of G_d's promises to Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob/Israel, otherwise, they'll have a 'missing link' just as evolution does!
---bob_[Elishama]_6749 on 7/28/07


Is the fig tree [national Israel] cursed/castaway by G_d? cp. Romans 11:*1-12,13-21,22-36, IITim.2:15, If one can rightly divide the Word Of Truth, they can 'wrongly' divide that same Word Of Truth, though the fig tree does scripturely represent the nation of Israel.
---bob_[Elishama]_6749 on 7/26/07


The fig tree is a referance to the nation of Israel. Jesus cursed the fig tree because or Israel's unfruitfulness and their unfaithfulness to God.
---Cynthia on 7/22/07


catherine, why would anyone test you? You're testing just about everyone here & God from what I've read with your anger/attitude/empty rebukes, claims of spiritual authority, etc. "What is [your] chaffe to the wheat [the Word of God]"?

Me a 'false prophet'? Now those are strange words. If you are who you claim, you would know about my 'funny' to you name.

I don't believe you even grieve Echad/God's Holy Spirit! cp. Gal.5:13-21,22-26. "..Many are called, few chosen".
---bob-[Elishama]_6749 on 7/22/07


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catherine, those bible tools have really come in handy for you when you need to authenticate your 'prophecies', yes?
I've noticed how you copy a few phrases and then throw in some of your own, and sometimes the two don't mesh very well.
---Bob on 7/22/07


bob there are two this bob funny name attached. You are either a false prophet or you are testing me.>>>The fig-tree scripture was simply a specimen of the power of God's wrath and curse, This cursing of the barren helpless tree represents the state of the hypocrite. God hates the hypocrites. >>> Hypocrites may look plausible for a time, but, their profession withers and will soon come to nothing. "Not soon enough for me".
---catherine on 7/21/07


Th fig tree was cursed because it was not doing what it was put here to do. It had no figs(fruit) on it. The same analogy with us Christians. If we are just taking up space and are not growing and maturing(fruit) as we should we are only in the way and will be cursed, as well. We need to get busy winning souls for Christ. Stop the lip service and bring forth ripe ,not green fruit.
---Robyn on 7/21/07


The barren fig tree was cursed because though it was not the season for it's fruit, it still had leaves, a sign of fruit. When fig tree's have leaves, they should also have fruit, 'in season & out', sound familiar?

Christ Jesus rightly discerned satan had somehow corrupted the fig tree's natural course there & took authority over his work, cursing the fig tree from it's very roots, amazing even His twelve disciples.
---bob_[Elishama]_6749 on 7/21/07


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I am telling you the devil is working overtime these days. He is the accuser of God's people, and I wish that he would take a hike. I tell God sometimes that the devil and his people are laughing at me. You know what God says back to me, "Let them laugh they do not know what's ahead for them". So laugh on devil. Ha.
---catherine on 7/19/07


George>>> It is a STUPID, STUPID, thing to wound up in HELL.
---catherine on 7/19/07


catherine, your comments are very narcissistic. Do you suffer from narcissism disorder?

" A few, very few, on here truly belongs to God. What you think of us few, you are thinking the same thing of the true God. Man that is dangerous. Besides, this nation is in enough trouble. and you are a menace to this nation. U.S.A.
---catherine on 7/15/07"
---George on 7/18/07


I heard a very wise man say something very profound not too long ago:

We don't see things we really are. We see things the way we are.

The reward of the prophet is a fulfilled prophecy. In that case, a prophet is going to be very aware that his/her words could very well have the outcome he/she prophesied...and if the truth be known, we don't really desire some of the things we say about and toward others.
---Linda on 7/18/07


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With that in mind, I would be very, very mindful and prayerful that no corrupt communication come out of my mouth and that what does issue from our mouths is coming from a heart of love and grace. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. The rest of us need to understand that even prophets start as babies and can be very immature in hearing "thus saith the Lord" and ever more immature in understanding "thus saith the Lord".
---Linda on 7/18/07


When God rolled his bedsheets down for Peter to see all manner of living creatures and beasts in it and said, "Don't call common what I have cleansed", what He was saying was that His place of rest is in the redemptive work of Christ. Prophecy outside of that bedsheet is false.
---Linda on 7/18/07


I know you believe God has called you out of the church. However, if you are out of the church, you are in the world because the church has been called out of the world. Anything you believe God has said to you will never compromise what He inspired to be written. Hebrews 10:23-25 says:

Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, (for he is faithful that promised,)

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
---Linda on 7/18/07


Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

As ye see the day approaching, you will not forsake the assembling. If you don't see the day approaching but instead see darkness and gloom, you will isolate yourself in fear. We have not been given that spirit by God.
---Linda on 7/18/07


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Notice that the very next verse begins with, "If we sin willfully". I would say, in context, that has to do with the preceding verses. I would seriously reconsider what you believe God spoke to you regarding coming out of the church. I see a day (light) coming and it is the light of seven days in one day...and that light arises upon the church with all the members, not upon one person who believes that he/she is the sum total of the expression of Christ.
---Linda on 7/18/07


Oh George>>>Help, help. Are you saved? Have you been washed in the Blood?
---catherine on 7/18/07


catherine, you really do need to visit with someone. Do you have any older Christian ladies that could mentor you? Do you have a Bible study you could attend? Do you have someone that could befriend you and help you out. That would be great.
---George on 7/17/07


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