Israel became a Nation in 1948- Mathew 24:32-36: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. (33) So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, 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. (35) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.(36) “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
Israel is the Fig Tree- Jeremiah 24:5-7: “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.” Jeremiah11:16: The LORD called thy name [Israel], A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.
Jewish return to Israel- The Jewish people were being driven out of Israel in 70 A.D. after the Romans destroyed the 2nd temple. The Jewish people were no longer inhibitors of Israel as foretold in the Bible. Matthew 24:1-2: "And Jesus went out, and departed from the Temple: and His disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the Temple. And Jesus said unto them, "See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” After 1,878 years (70A.D.-1948) the Jewish people returned to Israel and became officially recognized as a Nation on May 14, 1948. Jeremiah 30:3-4: “For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. (4) And these [are] the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.” Ezekiel 38:8: “After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land [that is] brought back from the sword, [and is] gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.” The Lord was gracious enough to add “latter years” in the verse so that we could understand that the Lord’s return is imminent. It is very important because we know that this generation might not pass without seeing the second coming of Jesus.
Definition of a GENERATION in the Bible- Psalms26: 90:10: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” Threescore= 60 years!
(NOTE: I am NOT trying to predict an exact date of when Jesus will return; however, I am warning that we are in the season and Jesus will soon return!!)
Interpretation- One can argue, that the time of the second coming is 60+10=70 years (if by reason of strength 80). That seventy years MAY have started after Israel became a Nation (1948).