Like most of the doctrine that we learned growing up, our concept of the salvation process was formulated within a framework that, in my view, cannot really be backed up with Scripture. This framework made it easy for debates such as “once saved always saved vs. losing your salvation” to thrive in and confuse the church. This framework is flawed.
Yeshua said that you will be able to discern between true and false prophets by looking at their fruit. Discerning good fruit in a prophet is simple when you understand the relationship of the grape and the fig to the nation of Israel.
Parables were never meant to be cute, little anecdotes fashioned to help you digest a heavenly message. They were meant for those with ears to hear.