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guidelines to interpreting predictive prophecy

guidelines to interpreting predictive prophecy

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What Does the Bible Say about the Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Gathering Together to Him? 1
I. INTRODUCTIONAn understanding of Biblical prophecy is a necessity if we are to be practically involvedin attaining God’s goals in the last days – e.g. how to pray for Israel?Two suggested reasons for this neglect:A.
Unedifying arguments, clashing chronological orders of prophetic events,irresponsible use of ScriptureB.
False eschatology of the “Kingdom Now” TheologyThree ways to pierce the veil that hides the future from us:1. Thesuperstitiousmethod.Accuracy:5% Error:95% 2. Thescientificmethod.Accuracy:25% Error:75% 3. TheScripturalmethod.Accuracy:100% Error:0% A.
An unhealthy preoccupation with the subject of prophecy2.
A cynicism concerning biblical prophecy due to disillusionment or disappointsin the pastB. ORIGIN OF PROPHECY (2 Peter 1:20-21)Men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
The prophet was the spokesman of God’s revelation, expressing and declaring themind and heart of God on any given matter. C. DEFINITIONS
 Lesson Zero -- Introduction to Predictive Prophecy
2 What Does the Bible Say about the Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Gathering Together to Him?
1. Hebrew words used to describe a “prophet”:Prophets were the immediate organs of God for the communication of His mindand will to men (Deut 18:18,19).- Their great task was to correct moral and religious abuses, to proclaim thegreat moral and religious truths which are connected with the character of God and which lie at the foundation of His government.a.
signifies “one who sees” (Isaiah 30:10)b.
, a “seer” (1 Samuel 9:9)c.
(1 Samuel 9:9) -- different roots -- “to announce” or “to call” or “tobubble up” or “to pour forth”2. Related word:
” = a “burden”, a “load”, a “thing” lifted up (Zechariah12:1; Malachi 1:1).Prophecy is a divinely given burden to be delivered to others; a heavy “load” of revelation lifted up and placed upon the prophet by the Lord Himself.3. Greek word for “prophet” is
= “one who speaks forth”Prophecy is basically the forth-telling of God’s mind, rather than the foretellingof the future, as generally understood.- Prophecy, as prediction, has been defined as “miracle of knowledge, adeclaration or description or representation of something future, beyond thepower of human sagacity to foresee, discern, or conjecture.”D. FORTH-TELLING -- WHAT IT IS1. Dealing withcontemporarysituations and conditions (Isaiah 37:6; 2 Chronicles20:17)2. Used forexplanation(Revelation 1:20) andclarification(Joshua 7:1-15; Job 1- 2).3. Was a word of definition(Jeremiah 38:1-4, 17-23 compare Isaiah 36-39).4. Was a word of correction(Jeremiah 7:3-7; Isaiah 1:18).5. Was a word of encouragement(the book of Hosea; Haggai 2:4-5).E. FORETELLINGForetelling is thefore-telling of God’s mind concerning the future. The prophetic Word has always been the declaration of God’s mind concerning Hisgoal(the glory of God), and how all future events, both general and particular arerelated to that end.
 Lesson Zero -- Introduction to Predictive Prophecy
What Does the Bible Say about the Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Gathering Together to Him? 3
F. SUMMARYProphecy is the prophet speaking forth the mind of God concerning thingspast,presentandfuture. II. GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF INTERPRETATIONA. Always interpret Scriptureliterally. If the plain sense makes sense, you have the right sense. This will eliminate:a)Spiritualization(substituting the literal sense for a deeper spiritualmeaning),b)Allegorization(abandoning the literal sense for what the reader considers tobe a more meaningful understanding),c)Culturalization(limiting unnecessarily the literal sense to the culture of theday in which it was written), andd) any other scheme that distorts what the text says when understood in itsmost normal, natural, customary sense.1.
“Mi l’mi?” = “from whom, to whom?” 
 a)80% of the entire Bible is made up of the OT and quotations from the OTb)10% of all of the recorded words of Jesus are taken from the OTc) the 3-year ministry of Jesus was directed only to the Jews (Matthew 15:24)d) the ministry of the disciples was initially directed only to Jewse) the writer of at least64of the 66 books of the Bible were Jews (apart fromLuke and Acts)f) much of the New Testament was written directly to JewsJewish Method of Biblical Interpretation:a) P’shat= theplainsense of the passageb) Remez = thehiddenmeaning (for example: Galatians 3:8)c) Drash = thestory(for example: Luke 10:25-37)d) Sod = themystery(the parables of the kingdom, Matthew 13)In addition the rabbis also practice Gematria as a valid and importantinterpretive rule. Gematria is the practice of finding meanings in the wordsand letters of the Torah by calculating theirnumericalvalue.
 Lesson Zero -- Introduction to Predictive Prophecy

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