Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
God’s reference to the fig tree always signifies a message of importance. Here He emphasizes the nearness of His Return and the events involved with it. The summer that is near references His Harvest but you should note that Satan’s out of season harvest takes place five month’s earlier.
Tender Fig branches that shoot forth illustrate Israel shooting forth as a nation in 1948; they also illustrate the tender conditions that face you in life today. The fruit is ripe for the harvest…both God’s and Satan’s. That is what Christ signifies when He says summer is near. He continues in Mark 13:29 KJV:
So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
With many of these events having taken place, the harvest is at your door. Mark 13:30 KJV addresses the generation that you live in today, the one in which Christ returns:
Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
The bible talks about generations of three different lengths, 40, 70, and 120 years. The generation that Christ is talking about began in 1948, when Israel rejoined the world as a nation. You are not made aware of which generation timeframe Christ is using in this parable so a little math is required on your part. One of the possibilities has passed and with two remaining, Christ reassures you that all these things will be fulfilled in one of them. Mark 13:31 KJV tells how truthful His word is; It lives:
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
How much prophecy do you have to witness being fulfilled before you are convinced that all remaining prophecy will be fulfilled too? His Word is true!
Mark 13:32-33 KJV continues to address the timing of His Return:
 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
You do not know when the harvest takes place but you are given the season. With Christ’s Harvest taking