Line upon line, precept upon precept: How to understand prophetic scripture

The “falling away” and the “rapture” verses are not isolated pieces. Bible scripture is interpreted by taking as one unit (1) the quoted scripture itself as stated (not more, not less), (2) the immediate scriptural context, (for example the surrounding and preceding and following chapters), (3) the more general context beyond that, and (4) subject-related scripture found elsewhere in the Bible.

But it’s also (4) “line upon line, precept upon precept”, first learn the milk and then the meat, lest one chokes.

From the milk scriptures you get the most important truths about salvation, the holy spirit, faith, eternal life, and so on.

Jesus said no one knows they hour or the day. Not exactly. But since about two thirds of the Bible is prophecy, and half of that is “end-times” prophecy, we are given a massive treasure of information about it. We are even given an unmistakeable seven-year time line in Daniel 9.

No one knows the hour or the day. Jesus knew at that time that some of us would be able to discern the event that begins that seven-year period Daniel spoke about when it happens. Jesus used the present tense at the time also. Part of “line upon line” and “precept upon precept” learning is being able to distinguish such nuances.

Not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law till all be fulfilled. That of course would include the prophets that proved “true” by virtue of the “formula” in the laws of Moses. If the prophet and prophecy glorify God, and the prophecy comes true without one failing, you have a true prophet of God.

That’s why among the prophets that appear in scripture, most of them uttered prophecies that came to pass in their lifetime or shortly afterward. Daniel is an especially relevant one.

The scripture in Daniel is a “key” that opens a better understanding to the events in Revelation, with further understanding coming from the lines and precepts in other “end-times” passages.

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