Unlocking The Meaning of Biblical Prophecy
“About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies and will insist on their literal interpretation in the mists of much clamour and opposition” -Sir Isaac Newton 1642-1727
Nowhere is the bible more misrepresented then in the area of biblical prophecy. There are so many wrong ideas and twisting of scripture. There is a certain way that scripture fits together. It is not meant to go together any other way. There is a system that is used to hook everything together. This system is actually outlined in the bible itself. The bible is not subject to personal allegoric views and private interpretations. Yet if you look at books about biblical prophecy, you will find that many of these types of misinterpretations dominate the thinking among Evangelical Christians today.
Isaiah said line upon line and precept upon precept. He did not say number upon number as some try to find hidden meaning in the way the verses are numbered. The numbering of scripture was not an original part of the written word and it actually first appeared in the Geneva Bible. This version was translated in 1599 AD. There are many methods used that have nothing to do with how the bible is actually supposed to be interpreted.
Many people look for hidden meaning in scripture because they view all scripture as allegoric. This system of belief is the worst form of misinterpretation out there. I was Amazed to find all the doctrinal differences. To get a basic understanding of biblical prophecy all we really need to do is keep it simple. It is not that complicated. So if you don’t know anything about Bible prophecy you are in luck because we are going to start at the very beginning. Click on the basics below to get an outline of how the bible is supposed to be interpenetrated. You will also see an outline of opposing views.
According to Barns Commentary there are over 300 hundred prophecies detailing Christ’s first coming. These are found in the Old Testament. To get a better understanding of how future prophecy is to be interpreted we should study some of these prophecies. You may be surprised to find the basic principles of interpretation as outlined in “The Basics” are in operation as we study this. Now let’s look at some of those prophecies in a little more detail. Just click on the links below.
Now that we have looked at prophecy that has already been fulfilled and we have learned about proper methods of interpretation, The next step is to look at Israel’s Role in bible prophecy. There are many prophecies about Israel that have already come to pass in our time. There are some that still need to be fulfilled. Let’s look at this deeper with four studies on Israel. Just click on the links below.
Now that you have a background on Israel you know that there are many old testament prophecies that reveal the dispersion and regathering of Israel. Every prophet that spoke about Israel’s destruction also spoke about Israel’s restoration. There is an interesting prophecy found in Ezekiel that deals with a battle that takes place after Israel is regathered as a nation again. This battle is known as the battle of Gog and Magog. Most bible scholars view this as a future event. There have been many misconceptions about it. Most of these misunderstandings took place in the 20th century. So let’s study this battle in more detail. Click on the links below.
The next place we will go to in our quest to understand Bible Prophecy is the book of Daniel. This is a very important book. The book of Daniel has many critics. Not only will we address their nonsense and debunk their accusations, but we will unlock this book and you will gain a large amount of knowledge on last days bible prophecy. Hopefully by the end of this many things will start to make sense. We will also address misconceptions about the book of Daniel. This book will help unlock Revelation for you. You will gain a deeper understanding of Revelation simply by studying this book.
Now lets take a basic look at some parts of Revelation. This book is not as mysterious as people think. For every scripture in Revelation there is a scripture some where else in the bible that wll explain its meaning. It was one of the last books to be written that is considered cannon. So let’s explore some of the meaning.