Your Heavenly Father has a vision for you and He offering you the grace to listen. This message has been in the Bible for centuries, but few are willing to consider the meaning. You now have an opportunity to learn about what sets the real people of the Most High apart from the world. Join us.
“YAHWEH caused me see, and behold, two baskets of figs set before the sanctuary of YAHWEH, after Nebuchad-nezzar king of Babylon had exiled Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the rulers of Judah, and the craftsmen, and the smiths from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. One basket had very good figs, like first ripe figs. And the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten from their badness. And YAHWEH said to me, ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’ And I said, ‘Figs. The good figs are very good, and the bad are very bad, so that they cannot be eaten from their badness.’” – Jeremiah 24:1-3, HRB
This is a vision that is not pleasant, a vision of judgment that stands for Christians and Jews today. These baskets of figs were “set before the temple of YHWH” for presentation in sacrifice and worship. The fruit of these baskets represented the lifestyle of the people in honor of service to YHWH. The offering of worship is one of judgment, based on whether the offering was determined as good by YHWH’s standards. (Deuteronomy 26:2) In the old days, Jews stood before the tabernacle. (Exodus 29:42-43) Today, the faithful disciple is the tabernacle. The disciple Christians and Jews are judged in much the same way today, based on their actual lifestyle and heart attitude, as proof of their trust in Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. (“Disciple of Messiah: Are You Bearing Fruit?“; “Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“)
Jeremiah’s vision illustrates a type between good and bad figs comparing persons (Amos 8:1-3) who had already been carried off as captives into Babylon, with their king, in stark contrast to those who should be carried away, but had not been. Bad figs were those in rebellion, unacceptable to YHWH.
The Jewish nation of that day had been firmly disciplined because, as a people, they refused to give their heart and service to YHWH, Elohim of Hosts. Even today, this message from the Father highlights the distinct difference from His people and those that claim to be His people. There is a difference and more understanding to come, as we will soon discover. The message for all isn’t truly hidden except to the minds and hardened hearts of those that deceive themselves, even in these last days. (“Renewing Your Mind“; “Mind Control of the Beast“; “Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“; “Delusion & the Tightening Noose of the Beast System“)
In Israel, fig trees produce fruit three times each year. The first crop is mentioned in this vision, known as boccore. This fruit ripens about the middle or end of June. The second fruit is known as kermez, or the summer fig, usually ripe in August. The winter fig grows larger, hanging all winter on the tree, ripening even when the leaves are shed. These figs are ready for gathering in the beginning of spring. The bad figs were spoiled for consumption, either overripe or unripe.
In the same way that an overripe fig is unsuitable for eating, this overripe disciple is full of himself, spoiled, jaded and distracted by the world as an unsuitable offering. The unripe figs may be of average size or larger, but are immature, hard and without taste. These disciples are unripe, spiritually immature and subject to listen to the poison of the world around them, even listening to the spoiled, jaded and distracted disciples that focus almost wholly on the world for their provision, instead of looking to YHWH. These disciples are unprepared and deceived. Both have stumbled in their faith and given themselves to the world and its worship. (“Living in an Apostate World“; “Leaven of the Pharisees; Leaven of the World“; “Building a Counterfeit Kingdom“)
“Again the Word of YAHWEH came to me, saying, ‘So says YAHWEH, the Elohim of Israel, Like these good figs, so I will acknowledge the exiles of Judah whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for good. For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again to this land. And I will build them and not tear down; and I will plant them, and will not pluck up. And I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am YAHWEH. And they shall be My people, and I will be their Elohim. For they shall return to Me with their whole heart.’” – Jeremiah 24:4-7, HRB
The Most High looks with pleasure on the good figs, the good disciples. He takes them and keeps them, just like He showed favor on the captives of Judah. He has plans to favor them if they continue to listen to His voice. In old times, Jews came to listen to priests, prophets and strictly follow the law covenant as they espoused it, which became more strict and difficult as the Jews added mysticism and additional teachings to the original law to suit their own style of religion. They forgot the voice of YHWH for their own rules, regulations and lifestyle. The lion’s share of those that claim Christianity has done much the same thing, even abandoning many important teachings of the Messiah and replacing them with their own theology. This isn’t a recent occurrence, but a progression of events that has been taking place since the first century and Roman Times. The same is true of the Jews, having wholly re-created the faith and writing of Moses for their own lifestyle. (“Consenting to Fables of Men“; “Which Shepherd Do You Believe?“)
The Almighty wasn’t simply looking for civil justice and prosperity, but for spiritual regeneration or renewal. His purpose is no different today. Unhappily, not all that claim to follow YHWH or the Messiah are disciples. YHWH gives those that love Him the heart to do so, to be set apart to Him. Those that don’t have the heart to follow Him are bad figs that will reap divine judgment, like the judgment between the wheat and the tares in the Gospels. (“YHWH’s Threshing Floor“; “Knowing Where You Stand on YHWH’s Threshing Floor“; “The Wheels of Ezekiel“)
“‘And like the bad figs which cannot be eaten from badness, so says YAHWEH: So I shall make Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his rulers, and the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt; I will even make them a horror among all the kingdoms of the earth for evil, for a reproach, and a proverb, a gibe, and a curse, there in all places where I will drive them. And I will send the sword, the famine, and the plague among them until they are consumed from being upon the land that I gave to them and to their fathers.’” – Jeremiah 24:8-10, HRB
In the same way, YHWH is giving up all that dishonor His name. (Romans 1:16-19) Many are creatures of high worldly standing. Many are those that have fled to spiritual Egypt for their temporary well-being, even thinking that they reside in YHWH’s will. Many are “the residue” that stayed behind, relieved in their mind that they won’t go through any trials for the sake of Elohim’s purposes. All of these have sought after the world for protection and provision, even though being carried off to a foreign land was scary and filled with the unknown for a season. In this day, humanism, new age thinking and the rebellion of “meism,” the idea of personal rights at all costs, through a worldly mindset seeks to carry YHWH’s faithful off to a spiritual Egypt as the world declares the beauty of personal choice and the rejection of spiritual authority on any level. (“Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart“; “The Role of Authority in Your Life“; “Disciples of Messiah & the Authority of Man“)
You can see an easy comparison between the first destruction of Jerusalem, the final destruction of the Temple by General Titus and the Romans, finalized by the last days of the Judgment of the Messiah at His Return that He promised long ago. The Jews were admonished to flee Jerusalem after Titus and the Romans came to call, building a fortress around the city and then, abandoning their effort for a time. We are commanded to flee from Babylon, to abide or draw close to YHWH and not to fear. You are YHWH’s temple, sanctified by His presence as you follow Him in lifestyle and heart attitude. (“Tribulation of Israel: The Great Escape“; “Judgment & Promise: The Almond Branch & YHWH’s People“)
The nation of His people went through a trial, but was later restored, paid for by the king of Babylon. While YHWH’s people have been scattered, His faithful are always restored and protected for His higher purpose. What is unavoidable is that the ultimate judgment of YHWH against Jewish rebels so long ago is no different than the judgment that Yahshua [Jesus] and the Book of Revelation speaks about. (“YHWH’s Promise to His Elect“; “Understanding Sin“; “The Abomination That Causes Desolation“; YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“)
The message that we receive from YHWH is sometimes a little unsettling to the flesh. Not everything He says to you feels good, especially when change is necessary. More importantly, not a one that flees to the tainted religion of spiritual Egypt, in captivity by the god of the world, will share in YHWH’s favor or ongoing life. (Ephesians 2:1-3) The sad fact is that fleeing to spiritual Egypt is nothing more than bondage to a world full of false and very often, outright harmful, ideas. Yahshua [Jesus] came to free those that would listen to His Word from bondage, but more often than not, those that profess Christianity walk right into the bondage that Messiah came to free His people from. We hope you are listening. Are you? Place your trust in YHWH, your Father, the sacrifice of His Son and the provision of the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit]. (“Trading for the Myth of Peace & Security“; “Becoming Your Own God Through General Goodness?“; “Freedom from Spiritual Bondage“; “Sin & the Law of Liberty“)