Belief versus Understanding
As the world approaches the commencement of the end times events, it is just as prophesied; Scoffers say: When will these things happen? Everything goes on exactly as it always has done. 2 Peter 3:4. Paul says in Acts 13:41 Look you scoffers, marvel and begone, for the Lord will act in your time, doing a deed which you will never believe when you are told of it. Deuteronomy 29:4, Isaiah 28:21, Isaiah 56:10-11
But the verse that most clearly explains why there is so much misinterpretation and false teaching is: Matthew 11:25-26 Jesus prophesied: Father you hide these things from the learned and reveal them to the simple. Yes Father, for that is Your good will.
‘the learned’, those taught in the Seminaries and Bible colleges. 1 Timothy 1:7.
‘the simple’, those who rely only on the truth of the Word. John 8:31-32]
No wonder there is such confusion! 2 Timothy 3:1-7
Isaiah 29:9-12 If you confuse yourself, you will stay confused…the prophetic vision of it all is like a sealed book to you.
This passage tells us that those who have believed a false teaching, are made incapable of understanding the truth. I often encounter this problem; I present a plainly written Bible prophesy and people say: ‘I just can’t see it’. Or they say: ‘that is past history’, which it obviously isn’t. So the reality is; no amount of truth presented will change the beliefs of someone who has chosen to believe a false theory or doctrine.
Those who promote the truth of the Prophetic Word, are also up against sheer apathy and a straight out desire of some to NOT know what will happen.
Daniel 12:9-10 …the Words are to be kept secret until the time of the end… Therefore all commentaries, teachings, doctrines, books, etc, up until now have some degree of error. God does not want many to know His plans.
Then:…only the wise leaders will understand. It seems that ‘wise’ is used here in the sense of a person willing to put aside all man’s ideas, theories and non-Biblical teachings. There can be some difficulty with the prophesies as to the right meaning of allegories and metaphors and also translators bias can be a problem. Logic and common sense, along with a careful study of all the Prophetic Word, must be the way to understand correctly.
If a literal fulfilment is possible, we should take the prophesies literally and then it is just a matter of getting the sequence correct. The Seals, Trumpets and Bowls of Revelation are undoubtedly a sequence of events, as the Scroll is opened, unrolled and read. It is patently obvious that the first five Seals have been opened, perhaps as John looked on, in 95 CE. All the martyred saints from then until Jesus Returns, still await their vindication. Revelation 6:9-11
Next to come is the world changer: the Sixth Seal, the great and terrible Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath. That literal Day will be a sudden and shocking worldwide fiery devastation. Isaiah 30:26, Malachi 4:1, Zephaniah 3:8, Rev 6:12-17.
Millions will die, but all those true believers in the Creator God and who call out to Jesus, their Saviour and Redeemer – will be protected. Joel 3:32, Proverbs 3:25-26, Acts 2:21
I believe the story of the three men in the furnace of Daniel 3:24-27 is the example that shows how the Lord will save and protect His people on that Day.
Isaiah 43:2b…when you pass through fire you will not be scorched, through flames and they will not burn you. Psalm 23:4, Psalm 91:11, Proverbs 3:25, Isaiah 51:6, Isaiah 54:16-17, Jeremiah 30:7, Joel 3:16, Zechariah 9:16, 2 Peter 3:7, 1 Thess. 5:9, Romans 9:22-25, Revelation 7:3