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How to Interpret Bible Prophecy for Your Own Benefit

Christians today, generally, don’t study Bible prophecy due to the scores of prophetic symbols included therein. But then, the Lord had permitted it to be contained therein because Bible prophecy is supposed to be understood. The inclusion of Bible prophecy is not to cause confusion, but as a REVELATION! Exactly as the opening in the book of Revelation affirms. It presents to us a “revelation of Christ”. Thus, since Bible prophecy is to reveal, God did not write it in a manner that none of us could grasp its meaning.

Bible prophecy is also not open to individual interpretation because the Bible says, specifically in 2 Peter 1:20, that no prophecy comes from someone’s own interpretation. How then are we supposed to interpret the prophecies found in the Bible? What is supposed to be the perfect way to interpret the meaning of all such prophetic symbols? Now then, we make use of the Bible to reveal itself, and by this it means that when we come upon a certain word that does not seem to make sense then we search for that word elsewhere inside the Bible to discover its meaning.

Here is an example. There are two beasts in Revelation 2. One rises up under the sea, the other one emerges up out of the ground. Well, if we only read this single chapter then we may find it a little, if not totally difficult to understand its meaning. If we, however, stick to the rule of the turning to the Bible itself for the meaning of this, then we will be able to discover something related to this. So, we must interpret what the Bible prophecy of a “beast” is. Turning to Daniel 7, we discover a verse saying, “The fourth beast will be the fourth kingdom of the earth”. And so it is revealed to us. The Bible prophecy of a beast refers to a kingdom or a nation of this world. Thus, we already know that by the two beasts, Revelation 13 is telling us a Bible prophecy concerning two nations here on earth.

We likewise have to make use of logic when it come to interpreting the Bible, so if we consider the second beast, according to Revelation 13 it comes up from out of the earth, in place of the sea. Therefore if “sea” signifies a region of many population, nations and languages, similar to Europe, the use of logic will lead us to deduce that by “earth” it means the opposite, which is a nation that emerged out of a wilderness, an area that was not populated, which resembles how America came about.

If we therefore use the Bible to explain itself, prophecy then starts to unveil and wonderful things are proclaimed. But let us remember that the absolute supply of wisdom comes from God and we have to learn with a meek prayerful spirit as well pray to God to make these things known to us.
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