Having taught the Bible for 35 years, Trafford author Mary Ann Gillispie is no stranger to the differing views surrounding the Christian faith. In part one of her three-part article, Gillispie paints a clear picture in regards to the prophecy of scripture.
I have studied the Bible for over forty years. During this time I had a special drawing to the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel. Subsequently, this provoked me to read dozens of books written on the subject of Biblical prophecy.
It disturbed me to find that each of these authors seemed to parrot one another, with rare exception. I wondered how so many authors from different parts of the United States, even different denominations, came up with the same end-time doctrine.
This was now perplexing, because the same doctrine each of them embraced, purporting to have proven scripturally, did not parallel my study of the Bible, especially the parables of Jesus. In fact, most of these authors didn’t refer to the prophetic parables of Jesus, which to me, although future, delineated very clearly the plan for His return for His people and what takes place in the hereafter…no guessing or interpretation required.
So I decided that I needed to do some research into Biblical history from noted historians.
In my research one thing stood out glaringly…all of the books that claim to interpret prophecy of scripture – which they say is future – are in error. I can only say this so boldly because it is in the Bible, where the Apostle Peter warned …no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
I could not find one place in the New Testament where Jesus told His followers to interpret prophecy of scripture. Since Jesus was very clear with His instructions to His apostles and disciples, I believe He would have been clear about this subject too.
Three places in the gospel of John, Jesus said to His followers that He was telling them things in advance, so that when they came to pass they would remember that He had told them.
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