Matthew 24:32–35: “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.


The fig tree in the Bible is often a picture of Israel; and the other trees would picture the nations of the world. Perhaps our Lord was suggesting that increased nationalism will be one of the signs of the end times. Certainly future events cast their shadows before them. “And when these things begin to come to pass” (Luke 21:28, italics mine) suggests that a sign need not be full-blown before it is important to God’s people. The budding of the trees indicates that summer is near. The beginning of these signs indicates that the Lord’s coming is near. The generation alive on earth at that time will see these events take place. Our generation sees a foreshadowing of these signs. We do not look for signs as such; we look for the Saviour. Jesus can come for His church at any time. 1

Your Word is Truth

Since Jesus Christ can come for His church at anytime, are you living in such a way today that your life would bring Him great glory? Would He see your lovingkindness towards your spouse and children and fellow Christians; Or would Jesus see an angry and resentful heart? Make right, your wrongs today.

Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. –Luke 21:28

You Alone are God

Live in the Spirit with an expectant heart to see Jesus at anytime. – TWEET IT

Your Will be Done

Lord, thank You for Your Word. It is certain, and it gives me the confidence to live boldly.


1. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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Tommy Blumberg

Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at TommyBlumberg.com.