There are several verses in the bible continually misinterpreted and often used by skeptics to try to prove the Bible is wrong.
Let me assure you, the Bible is never wrong, and the words in it are true and exact. The Bible is like a puzzle, and you must connect the pieces to completely understand it, especially when it comes to End Times Prophecy.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows,”(Matthew 24:6-8).
These are very controversial verses when it comes to End Times Prophecy. Many skeptics will say there have always been wars and troubles since the beginning of time. They’ll say famines, pestilences and earthquakes have always occurred, so to say this is a sign of Christ’s return is ridiculous.
I agree we have always experienced these calamities, but you must keep reading. In the same book and chapter of Matthew when you continue reading you will come across these verses:
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled,”(Matthew 24:32-34).
Now, I want to break these three specific verses of scripture down, so you can fully understand what God is saying here.
When Jesus was here on Earth, he was a wonderful storyteller. He often spoke in parables and analogies, and when something is described in the Bible, it is never changed.
Scripture refers to the “fig tree” in many places throughout the Bible, and it is always referring to an actual fig tree or Israel.
What this verse tells us is when the fig tree is in bloom, you will know His return is near. This is referring to the nation of Israel being reborn. It is imperative to understand Israel is the key to the Bible and prophecy.
Israel became a nation again May 14, 1948, and it had not been a nation since its destruction in 70 AD. This rebirth of the nation of Israel sets into motion the return of Christ.
In verse two, Jesus tells us when we see all of these things in conjunction with the rebirth of Israel to know His return is near. It is so close he gives us another major clue. He says, “that generation shall not pass for which they see my return.” Get ready for the ride up!