Let’s look at the example of the fig tree. The fig tree symbolic of the Law of the Old Testament.
***Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. *(Genesis 3:7)
In this passage we see the first hint at God’s law given through Moses. The Jewish Talmud teaches that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was (thought by the Jews to be) a fig tree. Man’s sin is symbolized by Adam and Eve’s genitals. Knowledge of good and evil - the law - is symbolized by the leaves. Man’s sin was “covered up” by the leaves, meaning that God’s law taught man right behavior and the difference between good and evil.
Like grapes in the wilderness,
I found Israel.
Like the first fruit on the fig tree,
in its first season,
I saw your fathers.
Those who follow God’s law bore fruit in righteousness. The fruit of the fig tree represents righteousness. The patriarchs were righteous (bore fruit) because they followed the law (fig tree).
Each man sat under his vine and his fig tree,
and there was none to make them afraid.
(1 Maccabees 14:12)
You have nothing to fear if you follow God’s law (sit under the fig tree).
***Jesus saw Nathan’a-el coming to him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathan’a-el said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” *(John 1:47-48)
Nathaniel had no guile (deception, duplicity) because he was “under the fig tree” or was a student and follower of the law. Jesus knew that he was a follower of the law because he “saw him under the fig tree”.
Jesus cursed the fig tree and it withered - he destroyed the did away with the old law and gave us the new law. There is also the parable of the fig tree.
This is an example of one tree. Whenever we see figs or fig leaves or fig trees in the Bible we have to stop, and think about what figs trees represent, and see if there is a deeper meaning than just some random tree.