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KJV Ezekiel 36:19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. 20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These [are] the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. 21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. 22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not [this] for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.  23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them]. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

A fulfillment of prophecy so stunning that "the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD". Daniel prophesied the restoration of Jews to their land in 1948 and to their city of Jerusalem in 1967, 2500 years in advance, as can be calculated right to the year through two parallel math problems.

In 1874, Reverend Samuel Manning wrote: “But where were the inhabitants? This fertile plain, which might support an immense population, is almost a solitude…. Day by day we were to learn afresh the lesson now forced upon us, that the denunciations of ancient prophecy have been fulfilled to the very letter — “the land is left void and desolate and without inhabitants.” (Jeremiah, ch.44 v.22)[12]

Visit our companion site regarding the prophesied "abomination of desolation".

About 600 years prior to the Christian era, Ezekiel prophesied regarding a desolation and restoration.
Desert Fruited (URL)

Ezekiel 36:35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden;

and the waste and desolate and ruined cities [are become] fenced,
(map of Israeli security fence)

[and] are inhabited.

While there has at least been a remnant of Jews living in Israel continuously throughout thousands of years, Jerusalem grew from a population of just 550 in the early 19th century, to over 3/4 of a million people, with the population of Israel growing from 10,000 to over 7.8 million. That tiny strip of land emerging from the utter physical desolation, that resulted from 1200 years of Islamization, as the Israelis advanced as world leaders in agricultural innovation and technology. The Gush Katif greenhouses alone produced about two hundred million dollars worth of exports per year.

"...the community of Atzmona had Israel’s largest plant nursery, and with 800 cows, the Katif dairy was the second largest in the country." If you are expecting a fairy tale ending you can forget it. Jews were encouraged to turn Gaza over to Muhammad's followers, by the global anti-Zionist powers that be, in exchange for another empty promise of peace. International financiers told the Jews they would be compensated for their property but those financiers defaulted on that promise.
(URL) Image of Tel-Aviv during the 1909 lottery for building sites. (source)

IAF Flight over Tel-Aviv's beaches for Israel's 63rd Independence Day (source)

Parable of the Fig Tree (URL)

Without many perhaps even being able to fully explain why, themselves, hundreds of thousands of Jews are gravitating back to our covenant land every year.
Matthew 24:32-34  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, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.

Now learn a parable - A parable is a story used to illustrate a point.  Jesus reveals his purpose in using parables when he discusses the parable of the sower with the disciples.  Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and [their] sins should be forgiven them.

of the fig tree;  Let's break down Hosea 9:10 - I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; Here God indicates that he was as happy with the early believers as one might be pleased with the discovery of ripe grapes while traveling through a wilderness. I saw your fathers , Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: Firstripe describes the best figs.  Jerimiah 24:2 One basket [had] very good figs, [even] like the figs [that are] first ripe: and the other basket [had] very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.  The fig tree is Israel since the fathers were firstripe in her at her first time:  "Early faithful [but] they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto [that] shame; and [their] abominations were according as they loved.  "Now when he put all this honour upon them, and they stood so fair for preferment, one would think they should have maintained their excellency; but, (2.) See the great disgrace they put upon themselves."

When his branch is yet tender, Tree branches are the most tender when they are new shoots in spring, before the summer season, as the process of the restoration of the Jews began and then advanced.  

and putteth forth leaves, As the early part of the season progresses tender branches yield forth leaves.  Islam exiled Jews and Christians from the Holy Land.  But the population of Jews in Israel has been growing since the late 1800's.  From "A History of the Jews" - Paul Johnson - page 321:  "Between 1827 and 1839, largely through British efforts, the population of Jerusalem rose from 550 to 5,500 and in all Palestine it topped 10,000 - the real beginning of the Jewish return to the Promised Land. In 1838 Palmerston appointed the first western vice-consul in Jerusalem, W.T. Young, and told him 'to afford protection to the Jews generally'."

Jewish population then increased to about 28,000 by 1896 and to about 1,000,000 by 1948 when they declared their independence, and today there are over 5 million.  So it would seem to follow that the putting forth leaves without fruit, might describe the way that the Jews are being restored to our covenant land even in non-belief, as described in Ezekiel 37.

"More than 400 new immigrants will leave North America Tuesday night for Israel on two specially chartered El Al flights. These are the first of eight flights of immigrants due to leave North America before the end of this year. (2005)"

ye know that summer [is] nigh:  Then metaphorically summer is the season of the fruiting and also here the season of the return of Jesus Christ.
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.  The reference to "all these things" includes all of the prophesy detailed previously in Matthew chapter 24, the Olivet Discourse, which was virtually all fulfilled by 1967.

Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Through Strong's and a Greek English interlinear an alternate rendering of the verse could read: Verily I say unto you, {the same} generation shall not pass, {whereinsoever} all these things {shall have taken place}.

Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, The generation that sees Israel bud forth and become a nation, and the "times of the Gentiles" in Jerusalem fulfilled (which happened in 1967), is the generation that "shall not pass" before the return of Christ. Unless a metaphorical generation is meant (which I personally doubt) this could include the passing of everyone that was born before 1967. Also note that His coming could happen at any moment during this generation - including today - and by no means necessarily at the passing of the last person.
till all these things be fulfilled.  The same generation that sees "all these things be fulfilled", which includes the laundry list of tribulation events of Matthew 24 which culminate in the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Jewish original presence in Israel, followed by their preservation even through 2500 years of dispersion, and for the last century regathering, may describe a circle of seasons as the leafing - but not yet fruiting - of the fig tree.
Jeremiah 24:5 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for [their] good. 6  For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull [them] down; and I will plant them, and not pluck [them] up. 7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I [am] the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
The Parable (URL)

In an adjacent hermeneutic study for the term "fig tree", we find the next closest reference, in the same book of Matthew, is:

Matthew 21:18  Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.  19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, "Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever." And presently the fig tree withered away. 20 And when the disciples saw [it], they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

It would seem that this is the actual parable of the fig tree, that we are told to behold, in Matthew 24:32.  As we look at the Jewish witness we see that God has indeed restricted their outreach, or evangelistic "fruiting", to their community.  God did not allow Jews to further evangelize Gentiles into Judaism. Indeed while Judaism had been a very proselytizing faith, in the second century a Roman ruler prohibited it. Today only two tenths of one percent of the world population are Jews, yet their claiming 22% of Nobel Prizes well indicate they have indeed been a blessing on all of the families of the earth, just as prophesied.

withered away
New Testament Greek Definition:
3583 xeraino {xay-rah'-ee-no}
from 3584;; v
AV - wither away 6, wither 5, dry up 3, pine away 1, be ripe 1; 16
1) to make dry, dry up, wither
2) to become dry, to be dry, be withered
2a) of plants
2b) of the ripening of crops
2c) of fluids
2d) of the members of the body
3) to waste away, pine away, i.e. a withered hand

Ezekiel 37:11-14  Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.  12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,  14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken [it], and performed [it], saith the LORD.

It would seem that we have a global community of Jews that are largely agnostic, and are hungry and ready to be saved by Yahweh or Yeshua - the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.  As I write there is tremendous spiritual revival in Israel.  Perhaps the perfection of prophetic mathematics will help Gentiles, as well as Jews, see that Jesus is the Messiah, if the Lord has lifted the "spirit of slumber" from an individual Jew's eyes and ears.  Scripture indicates that the Jews and Christians will become "one stick" in God's hand and we would seem to be on the threshold of this glorious period.  My former Pastor said that he is jealous of the saved Jews at that church, and at times wishes that he had been raised as one, because their joy and zeal for their walk with their Savior is generally so conspicuously more intense than Gentile rebirth.

Isaiah  11:13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
Ezekiel  37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and for all the house of Israel his companions:
Ezekiel  37:19  Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

On this point it is interesting to note that while Hebrew scholars recognize a time, times and a half to indicate a factor of 2-1/2, they readily admit their scriptures are silent on just what a time is. While the New Testament seems to handily fill in the blank with a "time" being a thousand years.

Even though God did diminished Jews bringing gentiles into Judaism, and Jewish interest would seem to be on the wane, just as is Christianity in the west, God none-the-less preserved them as a group, even through over 2500 years of being scattered among the Gentile nations.

In today's world it should seem obvious that this Jewish sense of community, even while scattered as tribes around the globe, brought the Jews as a group into this present age so that they could be restored to our covenant land. At least this is certainly what we have witnessed. As a Gentile it seems even more incredible that Jews would regather at this rate, in a country where there is every good chance that one could easily get shot, or blown up by a suicide bomb in a bus, while simply heading out to grocery shop.  

Can we can now begin to understand Matthew 24:32 where we see the fig tree putting forth shoots and branches and even leaves.  Today we can even see the fruit being set.  Interesting that "Jews for Jesus" was formed as the trodding of the Gentiles in the Holy City in 1967 was fulfilled.  
"Actually, "Jews for Jesus" began as a slogan. In the late 1960's a moving of the Holy Spirit brought thousands of cause-oriented young people to faith in Jesus, many of whom were Jewish."

So how long must it be before the return of our blessed Lord and Savior?  Based on verse 24:33 we might have good reason to conclude that He is "at the doors".
Prophesies regarding Zionism (URL)

Jewish verses:

Leviticus 26:44-45 Here scripture tells us the restoration of Israel is unconditional.
Isaiah 11:11 Here again scripture talks about a second restoration of the Jews. What would be the point of this if they were not part of the elect.
Isaiah 26;20-27:1 Talks of hiding the children of Israel followed by Satan's complete judgment. There again why hide them if not to save the elect.
Isaiah 27:12-13 talks about the final regathering of Israel.
Jeremiah:30:4-8 talks about the time of Jacobs troubles and the future restoration.
Jeremiah 30:18-24 Tell's us that a restoration for the tents of Jacob will take place in the latter days, I don't believe that this is the first restoration of 536 B.C.
Jeremiah 31:35-37 Talks about the permanent nation of Israel.
Jeremiah 33:24-26 Talks about the unconditional covenant with Jacob's descendants.
Ezekiel 16:60-63 Here again it's talking about an unconditional everlasting covenant with the Jews.
Ezekiel 37:1-28 Again it's talking about the unconditional future restoration of Israel followed closely by Armageddon in Ezekiel: 38-38.
Hosea 11:9-10 It talks about the future restoration of Israel from the West.
Joel 3:1-3 Predicts the restoration of Juda followed by Armageddon.
Amos 9:11 -15 Talks about an Israel restored to the land.
Zechariah 8:7-8 Speaks of a post-exilic unconditional restoration of the Jews to Jerusalem and the land.
Zechariah 10 & 12 Here again are more prophecies of the future restoration of the Jews.
Zechariah 14 Talks of Armageddon with the Jews in Jerusalem.

Now let's looks at what the New Testament has to say on this subject.

Luke 21:24 Speaks of a dispersion, the time of the Gentiles, and the restoration that follows.
Romans 11:11 Tells us that the Jews have not fallen.
Romans 11:17 Tells us that only some of the branches were broken off.
Romans 11:17 Tells us that the church (I believe to be the Christians) was grafted in among the Jews(olive tree).
Romans 11:28 Tells us that Gospel age Jews are still elect.
Romans 11:29 Tells us that Gods calling of the Jews is irrevocable (irrevocable means cannot be undone).
Revelation 7:4-9 Speaks of the 12 tribes of Israel in the Christian era.
Revelation 12:1-6 Again it speaks of Israel in the Christian era.
Revelation 15:3 Is a passage primarily about the Christian era, there are two songs, one for the Jews, and one for the Gentile church.