Hey there my friend,
Originally Posted by Cheow Wee Hock
Do you realize that you are saying that the phrase "all these things" in the parable of the fig tree does NOT refer to "all these things" that Jesus spoke just before introducing that parable?
Have you forgotten the question that Jesus was answering? Jesus said that the first century Temple would be destroyed and the disciples asked "Tell us when will all these things be?". Jesus went on to speak of all the things that would happen before the destruction, culminating in the parable of the fig tree:
Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things [Christ is now answering the original question!!!], know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled [Christ answers the original question again!!!].Here we see that Christ has twice answered the original question in the parable of the fig tree. He doubled it to leave no doubt. Your interpretation ignores the context of the parable and how it relates to everything that was said in the immediate context.
If your interpretation is correct, then Jesus NEVER ANSWERED their question, and the parable of the fig tree has nothing to do with the rest of the Olivet Discourse and the entire chapter of Matthew 24 becomes utterly meaningless. It begins by asking a very specific question about when the Temple would be destroyed, but Christ then IGNORES that question and begins talking about Israel 2000 years AFTER the destruction that was never explained!
I hope you will work with me to clarify this issue.
Many blessings in Christ,