I never saw this, until now! Oh, I have read the Scripture over and over. I have heard people quote this many times, but do you want to know what I heard and kept hearing? Perhaps, you might be able to agree with me. This is the text for consideration?
Christ’s Glory and the Prophetic Word
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:16-21 (KJV)
“No Scripture is of any private interpretation.” Did you get it? Are you NOW seeing what I am seeing? Have you not heard it quoted just like that? Did you see what has been omitted from the actual written Word?
“No PROPHECY of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.” What does this all mean?
I have learned since witnessing to a friend’s father when I was turning 12, going to his home with an armload of books, I had read, to be used in my discussion, so I am not one without experience. And my experience has taught me one thing: “Very few will ever believe what you say.” If you are going to be discussing Scripture, you need to keep this in mind:
“No Scripture is of any private interpretation.” That’s wrong, right? So, what is the truth? Scripture IS a matter of private interpretation. The Holy Spirit gives to each one of us according to what we are able to receive. How dare I think because of what I know and due to my experience you should be right there where I am in understanding Scripture! It is both unreasonable and lack sense. There is an old saying, “If the shoe fits”, and this is so meaningful. How can you actually, to use a cliché, understand and know how I will process information if you are not me? If you have not walked where I have walked, been to where I have been, and know what I know? Don’t expect me to do so.
One of the things I do whenever I am an admin of a group and someone wishes to post ONLY a Scripture verse I never approve the post request. Why not? Because they are wanting to share Scripture which gave them a special meaning, had a particular relevance to their walk, and that’s fine, but it might not be, most likely will not be where I am walking today. So, I normally would send the post requestor an inbox and it will go something like this, “Your post request for submitting a Scripture is denied. We all have Bibles, so what would be the point? Now, if you wish to post the Scripture and along with it add either a personal testimony of what that Scripture means to you, and/or commentary, then feel free to repost.”
What am I saying? The Bible has 31,102 verses (KJV). If I have 160,000 members and each one decided to post a verse…get my drift? Our understanding and what we wish to share with others should be our understanding of Scripture and friends, this is definitely private interpretation according to how life has treated us, and this is fine. Someone will read a particular verse and depending upon their walk will have a particular meaning, while someone else will read the same verse and have a corresponding meaning due to their walk. This is how we humans process information. Now, I will listen to you and your explanation and coupled with mine I am made richer than just going it alone. This is why it is important to have communion (church) with one another.
But, the Scripture is speaking about a particular item: prophecy. PROPHECY cannot be of one’s individual interpretation. We can go to the bookstore and just see how full the shelves are of people’s private interpretation regarding prophecy. It’s a mess! Google something regarding the 144,000 and see what you come up with. A whole lot of people have come out with a whole lot of understanding or interpretations and unless someone actually know the truth you wouldn’t know what to believe or what is right or wrong! Let’s face it, that’s the way it is. But when you delve into the Scriptures and read “prophetic” writings about a particular situation, was not the prophecy given to one person? Was that one person responsible for sharing that prophecy with others? And it was left with the others to make a determination as to what they would do with the prophecy.
Consider Noah, which the Bible uses as a reference for endtimes. How many were given the message Noah was given? Only Noah. How about Abraham? The prophecy regarding the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, who else was given the understanding of the destruction? Only him. Lot heard later and had to be pulled physically to step away because the prophecy was not given to him directly. He would have been destroyed if it were all left up to him. Who was given the prophecy regarding future empires? Daniel. Yes, John came along later to verify or make credible the prophecies of Daniel, but he also added to the understanding for the “present time”, or for the “present truth” for our time. The Bible does one thing with regards to prophecy, it provides “witnesses”. As Daniel was a witness for John, John became a witness for Daniel, and we are now witnesses witnessing what these men said was true.
I posted something earlier and one person described it as, a “load of crap”. Now, that’s interesting! Here, someone has been used of God for the past 27 years to not “privately” but to make “public” an understanding of Scripture, and in less than two hours they’ve determined it is a “load of crap”. Well, you see that person is looking at it as text, or Scripture, but not seeing it as prophecy, and not seeing the “witnesses” regarding the matter. How could they do otherwise? Their walk is not the same as the walk of the one God is using to bring about understanding, say, of Daniel 11. But, that’s fine. They didn’t believe Jesus either. See what happened to those who didn’t believe Jeremiah. But, friends, we only get one shot at this, and if we don’t get it right we will suffer unforgivable and unrecoverable circumstances, so it behooves, using an old King James word, to study and know the difference between what is considered regular text and what is considered prophetic and begin to treat them respectively, respectfully and live accordingly, because if we don’t hear the warning, then we cannot be warned and we will die.
April 12, 2017