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Rules for Interpreting Prophecy

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Rules for Interpreting Prophecy

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Rules for Interpreting Prophecy

MP3 Audio (15.19 MB)

A large percentage of the Bible involves prophecies that foretell future events. This sermon discusses various types of prophecies found in the Bible. Some prophecies use the duality principle. Others are continuous, intermittent, or telescoping. Some utilize the principle of a day for a year while others are type and antitype.

Sermon Notes


Different types of prophecies:

1.  Dual.  Many prophecies are dual in fulfillment. 

2.  Continual.  Some prophecies are continual or on-going. 

3.  Time lapse (gap).  Some prophecies have time lapses or gaps. 

4.  Day for a year.  Some prophecies are one day = one year in fulfillment. 

5.  Intermittent .  Some prophecies start and stop at intervals. 

6.  Telescoping.  Some prophecies intensify or magnify over time. 

7.  Symbolic.  Some prophecies use prophetic symbols. 

a)  The symbol may be used differently in different Biblical passages. 

b)  The symbol may be figurative in one verse and meant to be taken literally in another. 

c)  Some symbols are not interpreted elsewhere in the Bible. 

8.  Type and antitype.  Some prophecies involve types and antitypes. 

The type is the original symbol. 

The antitype is the person or thing represented or foreshadowed later in time by the earlier symbol. 


Important reminders with respect to prophecy:

1)  Christ is the Revelator. 

He adds to our understanding as we need to know. 

2)  Study the prophecies of your Bible. 

Have your eyes and ears open and look at current events through the lens of Bible prophecy. 

3)  Seek understanding through God’s Spirit.  2 Peter 1:19-21 2 Peter 1:19-21 [19] We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: [20] Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. [21] For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
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4)  Look to the Church for guidance in prophetic matters.  1 Timothy 3:15 1 Timothy 3:15But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
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5)  Be patient.  God will reveal the identity of the two witnesses in His due time. 

Revelation 1:1 Revelation 1:1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John:
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.  Jesus is the Revelator! 

Look to God, the Bible, and the Church for guidance in interpreting the prophecies of the Bible.