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No Prophecy of Scripture Is a Matter of One’s Own Interpretation

July 4, 2014

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No Prophecy  of Scripture  Is a Matter  of One’s Own Interpretation

Some people  do themselves  and many others  great harm  by making senseless interpretations  of Scriptural prophecies  —  and by independently making up  their own prophecies  that have  no valid connection  to God’s word,  God’s will,  or God’s working  of our salvation  in Christ Jesus alone.     Their so-called prophecies  never come true  — so that they need  to do a cover up  with all sorts  of excuses.     It’s a wonder  that they are able   to maintain  a following.

When it comes  to prophecies,  Peter teaches us  in 2 Peter 1:20-21,

But  know this first  of all,  that no prophecy  of Scripture  is a matter  of one’s own interpretation,  for no prophecy  was ever made  by an act  of human will,  but men moved  by the Holy Spirit  spoke  from God.

The prophecies  throughout  the Bible  are all backed up  through other prophecies  made by  other prophets  at different times.     They are all  in agreement,  as each gives additional details.     For example,  the Old Testament contains many prophecies  about the Savior.     But,  all these prophecies  are in agreement  about the Savior’s coming  to save us  from our sins  and His ability  to do just that.     They all gave glory  to God alone.     They all led people  to put their faith  in God,  to rejoice  in God,  and to rest  in His given word.

The reason  all those detailed prophecies  came true  in Christ Jesus  is that they were all  from God Almighty,  as He inspired  and directed  the various prophets  to write  about the Savior.     None of the prophecies  in the Bible are  “an act  of human will”.     There were many false prophets  during those times,  but their false prophecies  never became a part  of God’s word.     And,  none  of those false prophecies  ever came true.     They did not come true  because they were nothing but  “an act  of human will”.

Those false prophets  acted independently  from God’s inspiration  and God’s given word.     None  of the false prophets  honestly depended  on the LORD  for their salvation.     And that is how  it still is today.     False prophets  of all sorts  make up prophecies  from their own sinful hearts  —  just because they want attention,  money,  and power over people.

If we value  the salvation  we have received  through Christ Jesus,  we will avoid  those false preachers  like the plague.     They have  no real authority  or power  to accomplish anything,  so there is no reason  to be afraid of them  or their false prophecies.     Neither do we need  to be afraid  of their independent,  false  “interpretation”  of God’s prophecies  in the Bible.     What the false preachers  falsely  “interpret”  cannot be backed up  by the rest  of Scripture.     What they falsely claim  to know  “is a matter of”  their  “own interpretation”.

In the joyful  freedom  of God’s holy word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for setting us free  through Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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