The parable of the fig-tree is lost on this generation, as we have distanced ourselves from gardening and plants, in exchange for price matching at Walmart. The parable is meant as a warning for the Elect, and to seal the fate of the prideful who claim salvation through an institution (in ignorance). Choose your destiny wisely.
The Fig-tree: The allegory of the Olive tree, the parable of the vineyard, the parable of the laborers, etc. all point to the necessity for fruit to be produced in order for the tree to be preserved. Otherwise, the whole tree, vine, and vineyard is burned! The Lord of the vineyard was about to burn the entire tree (Jacob 5), but the servant asked the Lord to give it one more season. Now is our season, but it is coming to a close, and parable of the fig-tree is a prophecy of the fruit.
The day of the gentiles ending is also the end of the season of the fig-tree. To understand what that means, we must know the fruit process of the fig-tree. There are four stages of the fig tree that indicate the time for fruit:
- The Branches- Branches exist before there can be fruit
- The Taqsh- This is the name of the bulb that grows where the future fig will appear (it is edible, but it is not the fruit, and eating it doesn’t threaten the fruit at all)
- The Leaves- The appearance of the leaves ends the possibility of Taqsh, just before the fruit appears
- The Fruit- figs are sweet. The fruit is objective of the tree. No fruit makes the fig-tree pointless
When Christ speaks the parable, it is around March, and it is the season for the Taqsh to appear. There isn’t much Taqsh appearing, and it is about time for the leaves to appear, ending the possibility for future fruit. The Taqsh is what the poor would pick and eat if they were hungry, but eating it would not have any effect on the fruit. The presence of the Taqsh was a certainty of the future fruit. The absence of the Taqsh was certainty of no fruit. Once the leaves appear, the season for Taqsh is ended (like the day of the Gentile). If no Taqsh was produced when the leaves appear, then the summer would seal the fruitlessness of the fig-tree. The end of the day of the Gentiles is the season of the leaves, when no more Taqsh can appear, and the certainty of “NO FRUIT.”
Joseph Smith’s Matthew
“38. Now learn a parable of the fig tree—When its branches are yet tender, and it begins to put forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh at hand;
39. So likewise, mine elect, when they shall see all these things, they shall know that he is near, even at the doors;”
The Elect: The highly institutionalized publicized emphasis on recognizing the “signs of the times,” as a warning to begin preparing is not an approach for the elect. The elect know the signs because …they know the giver of the signs (Christ). That is why they know that He is near, even at the doors. The elect will hear His voice and will not harden their hearts.
“6. And, as it is written—Whatsoever ye shall ask in faith, being united [Lokahi] in prayer according to my command, ye shall receive.
7. And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;”
Some of the elect’s hearts will fail them. But if you would prefer being the elect, whose hearts do not fail them, then you must condition yourself to the light offered, as treasures from the heavens, in the scriptures, …to arise and receive it, to enter into it, and to have it sealed up unto you by the Holy Spirit of Promise (Christ in the flesh). (D&C 132:7)
Conclusion: I am grateful to have now discovered a portion of the meaning of this parable. I have always wondered about what it meant, since fig-trees aren’t indigenous to Hawaii. Mango, banana, guava, etc. would’ve been more familiar to me. Knowing that the appearance of the leaves ends the opportunity for Taqsh, and solidifies the coming of summer (the heat), …it paints a vivid picture of the end of the day of the Gentile in my mind. I also find it interesting that a fruitless tree produced no Taqsh for the poor to eat and live on (the poor go hungry). Familiarize yourself with the language of the Lord, that these things will prepare you to …have confidence in the presence of God (Onipa’a Ku Ha’a heo I Kahaku). Feast upon the words of Christ; they will tell you all things what you should do.