New Defender's Study Bible Notes
21:29 all the trees. This section (Luke 21:29-33) is also reported in Matthew 24:32-35 and Mark 13:28-31, with the explanatory notes on its prophetic significance given with the Matthew account. As noted there, the budding fig tree referred to the future return of the Jews to Israel, still in a state of unbelief. Only Luke, however, indicates that “all the trees” would simultaneously “shoot forth,” along with the fig tree. This seems to indicate that Israel’s neighboring nations, long dormant and of little consequence in world affairs, would again grow and become significant in the latter days. Witness the resurgence in recent decades of such ancient nations as Egypt, Syria, Iran (same as Persia), Iraq (same as Assyro/Babylonia), and others.