|Section 6: Opening Prophecy, Article 1
Seven Keys to Open Prophecy
| Then Joshua ended with a solemn warning that if they “transgressed the covenant of Yehuveh your Elohim, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other elohims, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of Yehuveh be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which He hath given unto you.” “Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which Yehuveh your Elohim promised you; so shall Yehuveh bring upon you all evil things, until He have destroyed you from off this good land which Yehuveh your Elohim hath given you.” Joshua 23:16, 15.
These assurances and cautions stand for us as well. We can study and understand prophecy with the greatest of confidence! “Elohim is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” “Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.” Numbers 23:19; Micah 7:20.
Errors Firmly Lock Prophecies
Knowing, then, that Yehuveh’s prophecies are solid and given for our preparation before events come, would it not be well if we actually understood them! The problem we face is that most past commentary and instruction regarding PROPHECY has been built on “inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.” What we have been handed as keys truly do not and cannot unlock the prophecies. We are left with bewildering questions and no applicable information. Very few of us have learned to study for ourselves without depending on this errant guidance; without these “supports,” we flounder. While we earnestly want to understand the prophecies “that we may do all the words of this law,” we simply don’t know where to begin! This must change, and indeed it can! Jeremiah 16:19; Deuteronomy 29:29.
Perhaps the most classic example of worthless historical prophetic interpretation is “the day-for-a-year principle”! Applied indiscriminately to prophecies from Daniel’s “two thousand and three hundred days” and “a thousand two hundred and ninety days,” to Revelation’s “thousand two hundred and threescore days,” commentators claim that “each day” of these prophecies actually represents “a year.” Then they find some historical events to which they can attach their conclusions. Wait a minute! Has anyone examined the foundations of this teaching or challenged it’s validity or any of its applications? Daniel 8:14; 12:11; Revelation 12:6 [and 11:2, 3, 15; 12:14; 13:5]; Numbers 14:34 [Ezekiel 4:6].
When examined in context, the two Scriptural references to “each day for a year” on which “the day-for-a-year principle” is founded deal directly with iniquity [rebellion] and its necessary punishment and have absolutely no broad application nor connection to every other far-into-the-future Prophecy!!! Both directly apply penalty for Israel’s rejection of and rebellion against Yehuveh’s guidance; neither point forward to any discussion of far-future events. Read these two passages in their fuller context:
“Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith Yehuveh, as ye have spoken in Mine ears, so will I do
to you: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to
your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against Me. Doubtless
ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the
son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey,
them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. But as for you, your
carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty
years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. After the number
of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your
iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know My breach of promise.” Numbers 14:28-34. Compare
Originally Written: 19 February 2010
Latest Update: 19 February 2010
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