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Nevertheless the fig tree is the symbol of Judah not Israel.

The Kingdom of Judah was the only part of the original united nation of Israel that was left. That Kingdom consisted of the tribes of Judah, Levi and Benjamin. I believe most of the disciples were from the tribe of Benjamin (the son of the right hand) coming as they did from Galilee. The apostle Paul himself declared that he was of the tribe of Benjamin.

God had already sent the Northern Kingdom of Israel out of the Land and divorced her. That Kingdom contained the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh who carried the Birthright name of Israel. No other political entity has the right to use that name including the Jewish State in Palestine.

That was an interesting observation about the Lord Jesus Christ cursing Himself since in reality that is exactly what He did.

Galatians 3:13 "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”) 3:14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles, so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit by faith."

As to what tree represents Israel, in chapter 11 of the book of Romans when Paul is discussing who is and who is not Israel he uses the symbol of the olive tree to indicate Israel:

Romans 11:24 "For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree?"

As to the fig tree the reference that best illustrates this is found in Jeremiah chapter 24 where Jeremiah has a vision of two baskets of figs, one good one bad. These figs represent two groups of people from the Kingdom of Judah. It seems reasonable to conclude that the people are the fruit of the tree that represents their nation.

If you add to this the prophecies of Hosea with regard to the people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel that Paul quotes in the book of Romans:

9:25 As he also says in Hosea: “I will call those who were not my people, ‘My people,’ and I will call her who was unloved, ‘My beloved.’” 9:26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”

It is clear from this that the people called Israel that the Lord had divorced would become the Christian Church since it is an historical fact that they did grow into a multitude and became the nations of Europe that ultimately formed the nations of Christendom. This is one fulfilment of the prophetic parable of the treasure in the field where the man (the Son of Man) bought the field (the world) in order to obtain the treasure in it (those of His people of ancient Israel that He promised to marry again.)

Given all of this evidence I believe that the Lord Jesus was not cursing the nation of Israel since He had already punished them some 750 years earlier, but rather the nation of Judah who were about to reject Him. This was confirmed when that nation and the city and the temple were subsequently destroyed some forty years later.

It is this confusion of identity that has given rise to the present obsession of the evangelical churches with the counterfeit State of Israel.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)