Prophetic Interpretation In The Bible

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Prophetic interpretation is based on heaven-sent dreams and visions rather than a “the word of the LORD.” This means that the message is in the imagery portrayed with an angel often telling the prophet what the symbol represents. These symbols are usually bizarre and quite unlike anything in the natural realm or in general scripture. Examples are animals with multiple heads or creatures with features of unlike species. To be rightly interpreted apocalyptic writing must be understood in terms of its characteristic literary structure and theological emphasis. There are four different system of prophetic interpretation these include: preterism, futurism, idealism and historicism; all of which will be discussed in this paper along with the origin…show more content…
Those who Daniel as having been written in the 2nd century B.C. see most of the book having been fulfilled by that date, mainly in the time of Antiochus IV Epiphanes. The empires of Daniel 2 and 7 are identified by preterists as Babylon, Media, Persia and Greece. The little horns of chapters 7 and 8 are believed to be identical, namely Antiochus Epiphanes IV. The prophecy of the 70 weeks is made to terminate in the days of the Syrian antichrist (Antiochus). Some see the events of the 70th week as still future to our time. Preterists view the prophecies of Revelation as having been fulfilled during the first century of the Christian…show more content…
Most futurists see the symbols of antichrist as used by Historicists to apply to the papacy to be referring to a future antichrist. The rise of the futurist system coincided with the Reformation emphasis on historical interpretation of the prophecies. Beginning prior to the Reformation with groups such as the Waldenses, and continuing beyond it by centuries, what came to be called the Protestant or historical system of interpretation, emphasized that the Papacy was the antichrist of Scripture and that the ‘great tribulation’ of Scripture was the long period of papal supremacy. In reaction, two learned Jesuits, Louis de Alcasar and Francisco Ribera, formulated the preterist and the futurist views

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