Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino - 3 Para

These Words Constitute a Prophecy (6:11)

What is the flaw with the reasoning given above? Can the Bible not speak for itself? Of course it can. It does. However, the only thing is, there is no way for us to understand fully what it means - more specifically, there is no way for us to tell which words of the Bible are to be taken literally, and which symbolically. We can all agree on what it "says", but not on what it "means" (6:12)

The Bible rarely states anything to the effect that "These words constitute a prophecy", and never gives us clues such as "this prophecy has a literal meaning" or "this prophecy has a symbolic meaning", or "this prophecy has both a literal and a symbolic meaning" and then goes on to indicate which words or parts are to be taken literally, and which symbolically. Rather, prophecies are simply stated, and as we shall see, sometimes without even a clue that they are indeed prophecies.2 (6:13)

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Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino