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I recently posted an article, IS THE REFORMATION IN THE BIBLE?, on this site, which suggests that Jesus walking on the water in Matthew 14 is an enactment parable, prophesying the Reformation at the beginning of the "fourth watch" of our 2,000-year "night" and the return of the Jews to the land of Israel at the end of those 2,000 years.
Undoubtedly, the gospel narrative most recognized and accepted as an enactment parable is Jesus cursing the fig tree. If you Google "enactment parable" in quotation marks, you will find that Michael Chung includes an appendix on this episode in his book,
The Last King of Israel: Lessons from Jesus's Final Ten Days.
In it, he writes:
"Edwards writes, 'The earliest commentary on the Gospel of Mark by Victor of Antioch in the fifth century already understood the event as an enactment parable in which the cursing of the fig tree symbolized the judgment to befall Jerusalem.(22)'"
22 James R. Edwards,
The Gospel according to Mark
, PNTC (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002), 339, who goes on to write, "In narrating the episode of Jesus and the fig tree Mark exploits its symbolic import, seeing in the curse of the tree the fate of Jerusalem and the temple ...The curse of the fig tree is a symbol of God's judgment of the temple" (340).
I recently posted another article, ANOTHER 120 YEAR COUNTDOWN TO GOD'S SECOND DAY OF WRATH, on this site, which suggests that this countdown began in 1903 or 1910. Actually, as Moses and Elijah will likely be killed by the Jewish Antichrist in 2026 or 2027, the countdown may have begun in 1906 or 1907. But right now, I am leaning towards 1910. Here's why: not only is 1910 120 years before the likely year of the Second Coming of Christ (God's Second Day of Wrath), it is also 38 years before Israel became a nation in 1948. Remember that the Israelites wandered in the desert for 38 years before entering the Promised Land (Deut. 2:14). In similar fashion for 38 years, the Jews in the desert of their dispersion returned to Palestine in greater waves of emigration from 1910 until their Promised Land was reached in 1948.
Also, is Jesus healing the man ill for 38 years (John 5) another enactment parable of Israel becoming a nation in 1948? I'm inclined to believe so. Are these numbers just coincidental? I'm inclined not to believe so.
Here's another interesting number: Abram was 75 years old when he entered the Promised Land. Israel will be 75 years old in 2023, when I believe that the resurrection and rapture will occur and Moses and Elijah will descend to Israel to preach the gospel of the kingdom. God will bring at least a remnant of the Jews in Israel to their spiritual Promised Land at that time.
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