Behold he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall
.” The meaning here is that Jesus is physically com-
ing again, and all will physically see Him.
We need to read the Bible as we would read any book, and
let it say what it wants to say. There are serious consequences
to misinterpreting the Bible. For example, if we spiritualize it
(imagine something supplementary or non-material), the re-
sults are at least three-fold, and each becomes increasingly ma-
lignant: One, a progressive loss of truth; two, the development
of conflicting denominational beliefs; and three, the creation of
religious sects, or cults.
Let us keep in mind that the Bible is the only book that
provides mankind with divine prophecy. Other “inspired”
books such as the Oracle of Delphi, the Koran, and others,
contain only man’s viewpoint. Thousands of fulfilled prophe-
cies testify to the Bible as being God’s breathed inspiration.
Not one single prophecy has failed. Indeed, the Bible passes
the test of time!
Not all prophecy is written, or stated verbatim. Some are
“typical” (or prototypical), that is, a representative picture is
given of a future event. Some very interesting types of typical
prophecy are the pictures in the seven Jewish Festivals, which
are divided into two groups. The first group (in the Spring) re-
late to the first coming of the Messiah, and the second group
(in the Fall) relate to His second coming.