JESUS CURSES THE FIG TREE
FOR FALSE PROFESSION
DURING THE ORIGINAL LENT
On the original Palm Sunday, during the original lenten season, Jesus leaves town and goes toward Bethany. Then on the next morning, He returned to Jerusalem. He approaches a fig tree and desires to eat thereof.
"And He left them and went out of the city into Bethany, and lodged there. Now in the morning as He returned into the city, He hungered. 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 henceforth forever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!"
At Passover time, lodging would be difficult to find about Jerusalem. The house of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus was available to Jesus. On the fig tree, the fruit appears before the leaves. It was in leaf, and means it was in a sense, proclaiming it had fruit. This fig tree was barren, and had leaves only.
Israel was that barren fig tree. Christ's word caused the fig tree to wither. To profess something, and not have it, angers the Lord. God wants fruit from this world. Israel proclaimed to know Jesus as the Messiah, and to give honor to Him. Yet, they would shortly crucify Him.
Likewise, many profess to be Christians in our day. Some of these ones do not really have fruit to prove their profession. We have ministers, board members, teachers, song leaders, etc. who are hypocrites, abusers, and false prophets. They offend and do iniquity, and yet call themselves to be Christians. Jesus is still angered at such, and a curse that will cause them to wither and die is soon to come!
Today, the idea of what a curse is,
has been polluted and distorted.
A curse is a supernatural power, originating not from mankind, but from either God or the devil. The devil is not omnipotent, but he does have some power and gladly uses it to put curses on people. God is omnipotent, and there are times we see that certain sins bring supernatural consequences we call ‘curses’
A ‘curse’ is different from judgment though. Judgment is the punishment for sin. God has been storing up judgment for the wicked, and sinners who refuse Jesus will someday be judged.
However, a curse is a removal of a blessing and/or protection. The curse allows outside forces of evil to do as they will.
When Jesus came and died for our sins,
He redeemed us from the ‘curse’.
We, as Christians, have Jesus inside of us, and the curse of our sinful ways is no longer applicable upon us. If a child of God is in the hedge of God’s protection, curses have no effect on them.
Galatians 3:8-14 (KJV)
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Those who have not found Jesus as Savior are still under the curse of the law, and are therefore under the curse of sin. They cannot go to heaven, they cannot escape the penalties for their sinful nature. Nothing they can do of themselves can save them. Only Jesus has paid the price for sin, and for its curse. He has taken the curse from all who have accepted His salvation.
We are ‘REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW’. Upon every child of God there rests the blessing of salvation. The curse is gone, and blessings of God now abide upon us who are saved by Jesus.
Romans 4:6-8 (KJV)
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Ephesians 1:3 (KJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
The devil likes to put curses on mankind, if he can. Mankind has been led to believe by the devil that they can ‘curse’ others. We see it in witchcraft, in satanism, in many errant dogmas, the desire to speak curses. Only a supernatural power can effect a curse, and the devil willingly tries to put curses on people, answering the ‘curse’ spoken by foolish people. Yet, the Lord God we serve, is not going to empower curses spoken by witches or foolish people. When the devil tries to answer curses spoken by Christians upon others, we call those ‘witchcraft prayers’. God is not going to answer a prayer proclaiming a curse upon one of His children, He is going to keep the hedge of protection about them, He is continuing to dwell within them, and we are redeemed from the curse.
We, as Christians, are not to speak curses. God is not wanting to have us cursing other saints, nor even sinners.
Romans 12:14 (KJV)
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
We are to bless, and curse not. That means we seek to bless only. We continue to bless, however long or aggravated may be the injury from another. Do not be provoked to anger, or to cursing, to retaliate for injuries, for persecution, or for reviling.
To curse denotes, to sentence to immediate trouble and present and future destruction. Thus the fig-tree that was cursed by the Saviour soon withered away.
Mark 11:20-21 (KJV)
20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto Him, Master, behold, the fig tree which Thou cursedst is withered away.
Thus those whom God curses will be certainly destroyed.
Matthew 25:41 (KJV)
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Cursing others is not our job.
We are forbidden to do any more than ‘bless’.
The invoking of the aid of God to devote to destruction upon another, is not answered, and is only attempted to be answered by the devils. To imprecate; to implore a curse from God to rest on others; to pray that God would destroy them, is something we are not to do. James and John implored Jesus to curse the Samaritan city that would not come out to hear Jesus speak, and the Lord rebuked them for that desire.
Do not fear the ‘curses’ some have tried to put upon you, for all Christians are protected by the blessing of our salvation. Jesus already took all the curses upon Himself, and we are totally redeemed by Him.
The devil and his curses need to be ‘resisted’.
James 4:7-10 (KJV)
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Luke 10:19-20 (KJV)
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
God has removed the curse of the broken laws we sinned. There is only demonic power to put curses on people as the other source. We are given power over them, they have no power over us. They may attack with words, try to inflict psychological harm from their own words, or by using others to speak hurtful words to us, but they have no power to ‘curse’ us, for we are ‘blessed’.
1 John 4:4 (KJV)
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
The devils would like us to believe we still have curses, and that their powers can inflict pain we cannot stop. There are effects of our sins upon us, we do need to repent to the Lord, but it is a ‘cop out’ to try to blame the effects of our sins on the devils. We can rebuke them, bind them, tell them to take the curse off, and it is wasted effort, till we repent of our own sins. If we have already repented, and some charlatan is telling you that you are still bound in a curse, he/she is a liar, for Jesus redeemed you from the curse of those past sins, and you are a child of God.
Some teach that curses are passed down to later generations. This is false, and God will not punish anyone for the sins of their father. These ‘generational curse’ proponents say that if a father, grandfather, etc had a bad temper, then the later generation has the curse of a bad temper. That is not a curse from God, it is a sin chosen by the son, encouraged by the father, taught in the home. Environment in this sinful world leads to many sins being continually found in each generation. The tendency toward such sins is due to environment, and choice.
For proof of their errant doctrine of ‘generational curses’, the advocates of this false teaching use a verse like:
Deuteronomy 5:9-10 (KJV)
9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.
The word ‘visiting’ is the Hebrew word ‘paw-kad’ meaning ‘to address or to visit with friendly or hostile intent.’ God sees the sins of mankind, and knows that sins generally are taught to the children, seen as an example by the children. Therefore, God promises to watch and be attentive to those sins in the following generations. He will ‘visit’ them, but His intent is not to punish the child for the sins of the father, but hopefully to give mercy to the generations following, if they turn from, and repent of, those sins. Notice in verse 10, it shows that the intent of God in this ‘visiting’ is not evil, but good. God revisits where sin abounded, where it likely was passed down to the later generations, and seeks to be given reasons to show mercy.
Some resist seeing the harmony of Scripture, and take a verse out of context, twist its meaning, and ignore all the many other verses that teach that ‘God is not willing that any perish’, and ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever.’ Those proponents of ‘generational curses’ ignore that when Christ redeems one, He redeems from the curse. Sin is washed away, and the curse that came on that spirit at sin, is also removed. And they ignore the fairness of a holy God to punish only that persons own sins, not the sins of the father.
Ezekiel 18:19-20 (KJV)
19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
We are not under the curse of the previous generations. We are redeemed frm the curse, the curse has been removed, and we have been ‘cleansed from all unrighteousness’, which makes this curse of none effect upon us.
The Bible shows many conditional blessings for us. We are in that realm of receiving these blessings, not in a state of battling a curse upon us. The righteousness and blessings of Jesus now rest upon us.
REMOVAL OF BLESSING,
REINSTATEMENT OF THE CURSE,
IS IT POSSIBLE?
IT WAS FOR THE ‘FIG TREE’.
Curses can be re-earned. Those who have once been blessed with salvation and experienced the blessings can once again be cursed if they totally apostatize from the Lord. This kind of sin is more than a sin of weakness, but is a chosen willful sin that one chooses to have and to willfully depart from the Lord. That state of apostasy brings us back into a place of being an ‘adversary’ of the Lord, and back under the curse.
"If we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for our sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.’
The law spoke God’s curse on sinners. The judgments of death, judgment, fiery indignation come upon sinners, and upon saints reverted back to sin, rejecting their former salvation and become apostate. Christ redeemed us from that curse, and we are totally curse-less at salvation. The body is still under the curse to some effect, and at the resurrection, we receive a new body not able to die from the curse, not able to suffer from the curse.
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to mibe compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole of creation groaneth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body.’
Therefore, the spirit is the ‘first fruits’ of the redemption from the curse. The body still can suffer pain, death, etc. until its redemption at the resurrection.
The spirit of mankind is given eternal life at salvation, it lives and is to serve the Lord. The body is soon to receive its redemption from the curse too, but it waits till the rapture, resurrection time.
Apostates are cursed former saints. This re-cursing brings judgment. Hebrews 10 showed us the form this judgment of re-cursing. In Hebrews 10, we see that there will be ‘no more sacrifice for sins.’ This means that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is removed from our life. Apostates are no longer saved by Christ’s sacrifice.
There will be, instead, a ‘fearful judgment’ to dread. The white throne judgment will have many who never were saved, and some others who once were saved, but are now under the judgment of God. There will be ‘fiery indignation’. The fires of the lake of fire will be fueled with the anger and indignation of God. There will be a worse punishment than being stoned to death according to the law. The ‘vengeance’ from God will be great in scope, eternity long in duration. The full judgment and recompense for sins comes by God using His own hands in judgment. This is a ‘fearful’ event to encounter. It is more horrible a judgment to have had eternal blessings, and then to suddenly find oneself have eternal curse, and many of the apostates do not know they are ‘cursed’.
"But, beloved, remember ye the words (rhema) which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts."
Jude was likely referring to II Peter 3:3, which was Peter’s rhema word concerning apostates.
"Knowing this first, that their shall come in the last days, scoffers, walking after their own lusts, ...saying, Where is the promise of His coming."
Jude could also have been referring to Paul’s rhema word found in:
I Timothy 4:1-3:
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils."
We should not be surprised by apostates in the last days, for it has been often spoken in warning, even from Old Testament passages. It is exactly as God predicted in Scripture. It tells us (in one more way) that we are in the ‘last days." We already realize that since Israel became a nation, we are in the last generation before His coming. The sides for the first war of the tribulation, are already aligning as predicted. There are, of course, the wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc. that are in every age to some degree, but current events show them to be far more than ever. The seven angels of Ezekiel 9 are about and ready to do their judgment described in Ezekiel 9 and in Matthew 13. The flying roll of Zechariah is making its presence felt. Only a fool could deny that we are in the last days.
The ‘tares’, hypocrites, apostates, and false prophets are soon to experience that curse returning to them, as they had before they were saved and sanctified.
Apostates are far too common today. What are we to do? First, we need to open our eyes, quit hiding, get our head out of the sand. Apostates bring apostasies into the church. They justify their sins, they have disdain for those who do recognize their sins. They try to sideline and distract those who would preach with the anointing. Minor debates wreak havoc upon congregations due to uncomfortable apostates. Hypocrisy abounds, and is learned by the younger saints, due to the apostates trying to imitate love.
HOW DO WE AVOID BEING CURSED AGAIN?
First, keep your relationship with Jesus.
Purposely straying, allowing the devil to lure you from the straight and narrow way to easier, seemingly more restful pursuits, will bring chance of apostasy. ‘If we sin willfully’ is the first step to apostasy.
Secondly, seek truth.
"If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed. Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Thirdly, study the truth.
Some hear truth, but resist it. They may listen to or read ‘truth’ as it is given, but they let the cares of life, the problems of life, the birds of the enemy snatch the seed of truth away. They search and search for truth, and find it, but it never stays in their mind long enough to take root. The next deceiver the devil sends, allures them again with flattering words, and they fall into deception with that one, They find a dog eating its vomit, and join in the meal. They find a once cleansed sow, wallowing in mire again, and think that it looks appealing. But when they read or hear truth, they glance at it, but do not want to get ‘tainted’ by what it may do to them, so they stroll on by, looking for some dog to share its vomit.
II Timothy 3:8
"Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth, men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith."
Fourthly, let the Spirit of Truth lead you in the truth.
"Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth."
The urging one feels when they read truth, the inner feeling of ‘this is the way’ they hear from the Spirit of Truth, when they hear the truth preached, is the Spirit wanting to ‘guide’. Follow that guidance. Eve listened to the alluring words of the serpent. Balaam listened to the greedy desires of his heart. Cain listened to the jealous spirit of envy. We are to listen to the Holy Spirit.
Fifthly, rebuke the devil and his lies.
This is hard for the wimpish, fox hole hiding saints. It is to be normal for us.
I Timothy 4:1, 7
"...in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils... Refuse profane and old wives fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness."
WE, THE CHILDREN OF GOD, ARE NOT UNDER THE CURSE OF THE LAW, FOR JESUS HAS REDEEMED US FROM IT, WE ARE WISE IF WE CHOOSE TO REMAIN WITH THIS WONDERFUL SAVIOR.
During this lenten season, remember to proclaim the love and mercy of God. Enjoy that you are FREE OF THE CURSE.
Psalm 107:2 (KJV)
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
WE HAVE REDEMPTION FROM THE CURSE,
FORGIVENESS FOR OUR SINS,
BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY.
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
AS WE WALK WITH HIM,
HE KEEPS CLEANSING US FROM ALL SIN.
1 John 1:7 (KJV)
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
WE BEAR NO CURSE, FOR OUR PERSON IS A TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.