Introduction to Studying Bible Prophecy

Intro to how to study Bible prophecy

The way to approach the study of Bible prophecy is the same way one should approach the study of the any passages in the Bible.

There was a time when we could say you should read it literally. But then those who didn’t like what some of the passages actually said started making using ridiculous applications of the word “literal”.

The attitude one should bring to reading the Bible is “straightforward”, as in read it in a straightforward fashion. Said another way, read it like you read anything else.

If it says a fish swallowed Jonah, then that’s what happened. If it says the beast that came up from the shore in a dream or vision is a king or kingdom, then that’s what it is.

After all, you can believe Jonah went to the physical city of Nineveh, so the fish was real too.


Ever since the New Testament scriptures were first penned and read, they started getting misinterpreted. It wasn’t exactly a new problem, as we have Jesus repeatedly reprimanding the Pharisees and Saducees for misinterpreting the scriptures, adding to them, and making claims for them without knowing them.

Prophecy was not immune. But Peter reminds us that there is just one interpretation for them, and what is penned is not of “private interpretation”:

2 Peter 1:19 ¶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:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 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.

There are some prophecy teachers who claim that God gave a revelation that a passage means this or that, but Peter says it’s NOT of private interpretation.

That doesn’t mean there are no more visions or prophecies or revelations, most certainly there are. New revelations might add to some prophecy that has gone before, but it won’t contradict it. For example, Jesus added some detail to Daniel’s descriptions of the Antichrist, and “John the Revelator” added more.


Isaiah 28:9 ¶Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

It’s real simple to learn things in their proper order, but the Lord has allowed it to be easy to get it confused, if you want to get it confused:

Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

So go at it with a burning desire to understand what the LORD is communicating, not man!

It is a snare if you are not prayerful in your study. Remember,the letter killeth, but the spirit maketh alive:

2 Corinthians 3:6 ¶Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.


It’s important to understand that we are living in what the Bible calls the “last days”. We commonly refer to it as the “endtime”.

First we’ll cover what Jesus himself said in Matthew 24 were signs that would happen during the endtimesand of his coming and compare them to contemporary history and current events.

Next come the various chapters in Daniel and the visions and dreams there, that predict events in amazing detail. Daniel is the “key” for understanding Revelations, and sending confusion far far away.

Then on to still more including ancient prophecies that were fulfilled in ancient times..



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