9.0.3a > N.T. Intro: Matthew 24 and the Great Tribulation; See How Imagery is USED BY GOD in the Bible.

STUDYING THE BIBLE is FUN.

Adapted from
Matthew 24 and the Great Tribulation
Brian Schwertley.

STUDYING THE BIBLE is FUN
when we Know
that we are ENABLED by THE HOLY SPIRIT
to arrive at a correct understanding
of
WHAT GOD WANTS US TO UNDERSTAND.

We can arrive at a correct understanding
of Matthew 24 and the Great Tribulation,

by Following The HOLY SPIRIT
and READING GOD’S WORD,

IN ‘A WAY’ THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT SHOWS US
WHAT GOD WANTS US TO UNDERSTAND.

IN THAT WAY:

STUDYING THE BIBLE is FUN.

‘A WAY’ THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT
IS ENABLED to SHOW US

that STUDYING THE BIBLE is FUN
and WHAT GOD WANTS US TO UNDERSTAND

is by Following The HOLY SPIRIT
and READING GOD’S WORD,

employing Important common sense
Interpretive Procedures:

If one is to arrive at
a correct understanding of the Olivet discourse,
he must follow Biblical Principles of Interpretation

(i.e. one must adopt a genuine

grammatical-historical theological hermeneutic,

meaning:

grammatical = WHAT DO THE WORDS SAY?

historical = WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE?

theological = THE STUDY of GOD,

hermeneutic = THE SCIENCE of “Interpretation”)

Some basic principles of Biblical Interpretation
are as follows.

(1) The section of Scripture in question
( Grammatically = WHAT DO THE WORDS SAY?)

must be Interpreted in light
of the original audience.

( Historically = WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE? )

For example, would a first century Jewish audience regard a phrase such as

“blood, fire, vapor and smoke”

THESE ARE BIBLE WORDS
and GOD PUT THEM THERE.

THE BIBLE CAN BE UNDERSTOOD.

When The Bible Passage includes the Words

“blood, fire, vapor and smoke”

THEY WERE WRITTEN TO PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE,
FOR THEM TO HEAR and UNDERSTAND,
at THAT TIME.

Acts 2:19, 20;

“And I will show wonders in heaven above,
and signs in the earth beneath

— blood and fire and vapor of smoke.

“20 The Sun will be turned into darkness,
and the Moon into blood

before

that Great and Notable Day of the Lord Come.”

Revelation 6:12; cf.;

“And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake,

and the Sun became black as sackcloth of hair,
and the Moon became as blood;

“13 and the Stars of Heaven fell to the Earth,

even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs
when she is shaken by a mighty wind.

“14 And the Heaven departed as a scroll
when it is rolled together,

and every mountain and island
were moved out of their places.”

Joel 2:28-32;

“And it shall come to pass afterward
that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh;

and your sons and your daughters will Prophesy, your old men shall dream Dreams,
your young men will see Visions;

“29 and also upon the servants
and upon the handmaids in those days
will I pour out My Spirit.

30 “And I will show wonders in the Heavens
and in the Earth–

blood and fire and pillars of smoke.

“31 The sun will be turned into darkness
and the Moon into blood,

before

The Great and The Terrible Day of The LORD Come.

“32 And it will Come to Pass,

that whosoever will call on The Name of The LORD will be delivered;

because in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
will be deliverance,

as the LORD Has Said,
and in the remnant whom the LORD Will Call.”

So, by INCLUDING ALL BIBLE PASSAGES,
and READING GOD’S WORDS,

“GRAMMATICALLY” and “HISTORICALLY”,

as to,

“WHAT DID THOSE WORDS MEAN
to THE PEOPLE WHO THEY WERE WRITTEN TO?

would we ‘come up’ with

“blood and fire and vapor of smoke”,

as ‘referring’ to ‘nuclear war’ (??)

or

that, “blood and fire and vapor of smoke”

are OLD COVENANT PROPHETIC IMAGES

THAT GOD
HAS ALREADY PLACED in THE OLD TESTAMENT

TO “PICTURE”:

God’s Impending Judgment on Israel?

See How FUN that is?

And How IMPORTANT it is,
SIMPLY to READ THE BIBLE?

That was with One common sense
Principle of Bible Interpretation.

Here is a second Principle of Bible Interpretation

that MAKES BIBLE STUDY FUN.

(2) Scripture must be used to interpret Scripture.

In Matthew 24, Jesus uses terminology
that comes directly
from the Old Testament Prophetic books.

What makes more sense:

using the Bible to give us the meaning
of such Apocalyptic Images,

in THE BIBLE’S OWN WORD PICTURES,

or using ‘speculations’,
PURELY DREAMED UP, OUT OF NOWHERE (???)
‘founded’ upon the New York Times or Newsweek?

Thirdly,

(3) One must Interpret Biblical Passages
according to their Literary Type.

Many Prophetic passages use poetic metaphor
and the “Word Pictures”, of Apocalyptic Imagery.

Apocalyptic or poetic imagery
must be treated in a different manner
than a straight-forward Historical account.

Once again the key
to understanding Prophetic Imagery

(e.g., Stars falling from Heaven,

the Sun becoming dark,

the Sky rolled up like a scroll, etc.)

is to see how such Imagery is used in the Bible,

rather than ‘use’ (??) current events
and modern scientific discoveries to ‘speculate’,

OUT OF THIN AIR (??),

and “INVENT” IMAGINARY TRASH about supposed:

nuclear war,
bar codes,
computer chips in the hand and forehead,
attack helicopters,
tanks, etc.

THE BIBLE DEFINES IT’S OWN “WORD PICTURES”.

Most books THAT PEOPLE
HAVE ‘REASONED OUT with THEIR MIND,
which HAS BEEN EFFECTED by THE CURSE of SIN

and ‘attempt’ to say
they are writing on ‘Prophecy’ today

are COMPLETELY DISCONNECTED
Exegetically from the Biblical text

for ANY Critical explanation or analysis,
to INTERPRET WHAT GOD SAYS

and thus are nothing more
than the ‘clever fantasies’ of the different authors,

WHICH ARE MEANINGLESS,
OTHER THAN BEING BLASPHEME.

Forth:

(4) The time indicators, HISTORICALLY,

within the discourse and the immediate context
that relates to the discourse

(e.g., MATTHEW 23:36;

“Truly I Say to you,
all these things Will Come upon this generation”

must be taken into account
when determining the meaning
of this section of Scripture.

The time indicators

(if taken at face value,
i.e. according to the normal etymological meaning)

prove that Jesus’ discourse in Matthew 24,
at least up to verse 34,

WHEN JESUS SAYS,

“But of that Day and Hour, knoweth no man,
no, not the Angels of Heaven,
but My Father only.”

must be applied directly
and solely to Christ’s Judgment upon Jerusalem
and the Complete End of the Jewish age.

(This point will be discussed in more detail

AND ONCE YOU ‘GET THAT’,

YOU WILL KNOW WHAT GOD
WANTS YOU TO UNDERSTAND

ABOUT THE REST OF THE BIBLE
and “THE END TIMES”.)

Fifth:

(5) Whenever one
is Interpreting a section of Scripture
in the synoptic gospels

(i.e. Matthew, Mark and Luke),

parallel accounts
should be carefully compared and analyzed.

Because, HISTORICALLY, Matthew
wrote to a predominately Jewish audience

while Mark and Luke
wrote to a predominately Gentile audience.

Therefore, if Matthew
uses a phrase from Old Testament History
or Poetical Prophetic Imagery

that would be obscure
or difficult for a Gentile audience,

the other gospels
should be checked for clarification.

Please, JOIN ME, with The HOLY SPIRIT,
as we begin our Investigation
into

WHAT DOES GOD WAHT US TO UNDERSTAND?

IN THE BIBLE?:

First, we ‘check’ the other accounts
written by other Apostles, of The SAME EVENT:

(e.g., the Disciple’s Question,

MATTHEW 24:3;

“And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives,
the Disciples came to Him privately,

saying, “Tell us, when will these things be?

And what will be the sign of Your Coming

and of The End of The World?”

MARK 13:4;

“Tell us, when will these things be?

And what will be the sign
when all these things will be Fulfilled?”

and

LUKE 21:7;

“And they asked Him, saying,
“Master, but when will these things be?

And what sign will there be
when these things will Come to Pass?”

And, again, regarding

The Abomination of Desolation,
we ‘check’ the other viewpoints of it,
written by another Inspired Author of the Bible.

MATTHEW 24:15;

“When you therefore will see

The Abomination of Desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the Prophet,

standing in the Holy Place
(whoso readeth, let him understand)”,

we compared with;

LUKE 21:20;

“And when you will see Jerusalem
compassed with armies,

then know that
The Desolation thereof is near…. ”

For anyone to ‘look to see’
what they dream up as being

“The Abomination of Desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the Prophet”,

OTHER THAN:

“And when you will see Jerusalem
compassed with armies,

then know that
The Desolation thereof is near…. ”

would need to know better,

FROM

GOD’S REVELATION to MANKIND,

THE ETERNAL WORD of GOD,

THE HOLY BIBLE.

*****

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