Deciphering The End Times
Then the LORD said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “Figs, the goodfigs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad.” “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: “Like these goodfigs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive fromJudah, whomI have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans. “And as thebadfigs which cannot be eaten, they are so bad’–surely thus says the LORD–”so will I give upZedekiahthe king ofJudah, his princes, the residue ofJerusalemwho remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt, (Jer 24:2, 3, 5, 8 emphasis mine).
This was the beginning of the long exile from the Promised Land (Israel) and the chosen people would not be allowed back until 1948 when Israel was, once again, given over as an independent state. Throughout the bible, Israel is referred to as a fig tree in both the Old and New Testaments. Jesus, when asked by His deciples about the coming “End of Times” and His return, told them that it would not happen until leaves of the fig tree began to sprout anew (Israel reinstated as independent country…1948). He also told them that the end of times would occur within a generation of this event. So, what designates a generation?
If we look to the Exodus for an answer, we find that God forced them to wander in the desert for forty years. The generation to which he was talking to and the people who would never see the “Promised Land” were, at the time, twenty years old. Thus, one would interpret a generation to be at least 60 years. This is odd since Moses lived to be 120, Aaron was 123 when he died, and Joshua was 110. One would expect to see a much higher figure for the length of a generation. However, they were not referring to a generation from this specific age. Another verse in the Bible gives a more accurate estimate for a generation:
The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away, (Psalms 90:10).
By this Psalm, which was written by Moses, one interprets a generation to be 70 to 80 years. If we then add 70 to 1948, we arrive at a possible beginning for the end times of 2018 – 2028. Before the return of Christ Jesus heralding the end of this generation, we must have Daniel’s Seventieth Week…a period of seven years. This would bring the beginning of the end times to a date somewhere between 2011 and 2021. Now, depending on your viewpoint and understanding of the Rapture, we could expect the first sign of the “End of Times” to occur around 2011 -2014, if you believe in Pre-Rapture, or 2021 – 2024 for Post-Rapture (one happening before Daniel’s Seventieth Week and one after).
I have found an excellent article that breaks this all down into great detail and should help the curious to develop an understanding and a feel for what is in store for this generation of Baby Boomers. I found it exceeding interesting because I was born in 1948 and graduated High School in 1967…two dates of great importance. You will have to read the article The Fig Tree Has Budded by Douglas Hamp.
God’s speed to all my readers and relish in the fact that we are living in the most wonderful time ever predicted or recorded throughout history…the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
David K. Irwin