A quarter of the Bible is of prophecies. While no prophecy of Scripture is a private interpretation, not all will be fulfilled. Prophecies can be conditional, superseded, delayed, recurring and established. In this post, we will explore different types of prophecies based on Scripture.
Full Preterism is a Christian eschatological view which interprets all prophecies of the Bible have already happened. Many prophecies mentioned by Jesus both in the gospels and in Revelation are for both 70 and for end times that are yet to be fulfilled. It is also important for us to understand that the authors of the gospels may find themselves unable to discern the immediate judgment for Jerusalem and the judgment at the end of the age.
Just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we take a prophecy, decide on the desired outcome from the prophecy based on current situations and world events, then we try to fit the prophecy on the events based on we already decided as the outcome. Prophecy doesn’t work that way. No one can interpret prophecies unless God reveals it to us.
The book of Ezekiel is one of the major prophets in the Old Testament. It was authored by Ezekiel who was set as a watchman to the house of Israel. The thirty-ninth chapter of Ezekiel is about the prophecy of Gog’s allies defeated.
The thirty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel is about the prophecy of Gog and it’s war against Israel. When Israel being surrounded by Turkey and it’s allies, all evidences point to a Jihad. This will not be a simple war where Israel can defeat but rather, it will be a war that all nations will know that that is a God in Israel and He defended His inheritance.
The thirty-fifth chapter of Ezekiel is about a prophecy against Edom or mount Seir. A prophecy of perpetual desolation of Edom because of ancient hatred and bloodshed.
The thirty-first chapter of Ezekiel is about prophecy to Egypt. God is showing to Egypt how the pride of Assyria caused it’s destruction.
The twenty-ninth chapter of Ezekiel is about prophecy against Egypt. It shall be the lowliest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself above the nations, for God will diminish them so that they will not rule over the nations anymore. No longer shall it be the confidence of the house of Israel, but will remind them of their iniquity when they turned to follow them.
God is punishing Tyre simply because Tyre rejoiced in the destruction of Jerusalem. Because it said, “Aha! Jerusalem is broken who was the gateway of the peoples; now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste”, the LORD makes it a desolate city with attacks from many nations as waves of the sea.
The 400 years prophecy to Abraham doesn’t seem to fit the details mentioned in the Torah. This blog is to explain the problem and provide a plausible solution only using authoritative texts. (Gen 15:8,13-16) And he said, “Lord GOD, how shall I know that I will inherit it?” … Then the LORD said to him,…