“This generation” = the fig tree whose tender branch sprouts leaves (but with no fruit).
People are as trees….and when they start to speak words, their tender “branch” (the tongue) brings forth words (leaves) in an initial response to what they hear (the words of the Lord). The tree…the person… is known by his fruit….not his “leaves”. What kind of fruit will a person bring forth toward the hearing of His voice? "This generation" (of vipers) will not behave in response to the hearing of the Holy Spirit at the end of this age.
Matthew 12:32-34 KJV
(32) And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall
be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it
shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world
to come. (33) Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or
else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is
known by his fruit. (34) O generation of vipers, how can ye,
being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart
the mouth speaketh
“This generation” will not speak good words but will speak evil instead and will have no fruits of righteousness produced toward the hearing of His words of life and spirit.
As we know, the “generation” of 2000 years ago did not receive the words of the Lord and spoke evil about what He had to say to their hearing ears. They did not bring forth good fruit.
It will happen again at the end of this age.....as "perilous times shall come" from the "this generation" when they shall manifest themselves in the last days (at the end of this age).
2 Timothy 3:1-5 KJV (1) This know also, that in the last days
perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own
selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection,
trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those
that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures
more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying
the power thereof: from such turn away.
“You know that the summer is near”.
The “summer” means “heat” and speaks of the coming Day of Judgment of those who will not hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches of men…..just as it did to those religious leaders and their followers of 2000 years ago who did not receive the words of the Lord. They will not bring forth fruits of the Spirit but bring forth evil words (leaves) in opposition.
Matthew 24:32-35 KJV (32) Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When
his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that
summer is nigh:
What is at the doors? The Judgment of the Lord….the “summer”…the heat… at the end of this age.
(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.
It is about receiving His words which will not pass away. Heaven and earth shall “pass away” for those who will not be found with good fruit towards the hearing of His words in the Spirit of Truth. they will perish in their sins....their evil speaking towards the hearing of His words.
(35) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass
It is “even at the doors” as the Judge stands before the door waiting for the fruits of righteousness coming from those whom His Word of Truth….His words…. comes to. Complain not against one who will speak His words lest we be judged.
James 5:7-9 KJV (7) Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming
of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of
the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early
and latter rain. (8) Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for
the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (9) Grudge not one against
another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth
before the door.
“This generation” of 2000 years ago slandered Jesus (for example, they said He had a demon and was insane) unto the Master in Heaven and was found guilty. They did not receive the words of Jesus whose words were from the Father that He heard and spoke.
Proverbs 30:10-14 KJV (10) Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty
The “this generation” of today will also not receive His words as they did not 2000 years ago. “This generation” that Jesus spoke about has the following characteristics that repeated throughout history and will repeat again at the end of this age at the hearing of His voice from Heaven:
(11) There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not
bless their mother.
They will not be washed from their filthiness as they will see themselves “pure in their own eyes”. They will see themselves without sin as they will speak evil of those they will not agree with (at the hearing of the Word of Truth).
(12) There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet
is not washed from their filthiness.
They will be proud and act against the hearing of the Word of Truth.
(13) There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their
eyelids are lifted up.
They will prevent others (the spiritually “poor” and the “needy”) from also hearing the Word of Truth which would save them.
(14) There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw
teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy
from among men.
There has always been a “this generation” throughout the history of the Bible who contradicted and slandered the prophets of God who spoke His words and will again at the end of this age. They refused to listen and will refuse again to hear as they will show themselves that they are not of God as they will hate those who will speak His words.
When we shall see all these things, know that the Judgment is near. Woe unto them that are with child….
Matthew 24:19-20 KJV (19) And woe unto them that are with child, and
to them that give suck in those days! (20) But pray ye that your
flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
….which speaks of lust conceiving (motivated within the heart to speak evil against what one hears in envy and strife) and bringing forth sin (evil words out of the mouth).
They are with “child”….with sin in the heart….as the evil words will not have come out yet (gave birth so to speak).
And those who “nurse” sin until it is complete (as they will not cease speaking evil against the hearing of the Word of Truth), will bring forth death as Judgment.
James 1:14-18 KJV (14) But every man is tempted, when he is drawn
away of his own lust, and enticed. (15) Then when lust hath
conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished,
bringeth forth death. (16) Do not err, my beloved brethren. (17)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down
from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither
shadow of turning.
Of His own will does He beget us with the Word of Truth so that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures. We are to hear His Word of Truth and bring forth fruits of righteousness towards the hearing of His words and not bring forth sin (evil speaking, slander, etc.)
(18) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we
should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
The “fig leaves”...words.... are not enough. We must bring forth fruits of righteousness. We can’t hide behind the words “Lord, Lord” and not do His will by speaking evil of another in judgment upon them (labeling them evil doers for what they speak...His words).
Genesis 3:7-10 KJV (7) And the eyes of them both were opened, and
they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together,
and made themselves aprons.
The voice of the LORD God walks in the garden in the “cool”….the Spirit…of the Day. We must hear His voice and show forth our faith with good works towards. Faith without works is dead.
Words (leaves only) without fruit….good works…is dead. We must “show” ourselves…our faith…. and not hide in the tree (singular) of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as we judge another as evil for what he speaks. Where are thou = where is your faith? Where is the evidence of our faith....where is the fruit of righteousness? Leaves only are not enough.
(8) And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in
the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the
presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. (9) And the
LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? (10)
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid,
because I was naked; and I hid myself.