Christ and Prophecy

Thursday, May 18

Rev. 19:10.  NIV,  NKJV, and Lucado.  “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”  These three translations agree and no doubt accurately reflect the Greek text, but still leaves the meaning of the passage obscure.  And the context doesn’t seem to help much.  The New Living Bible (NLT) makes a little more sense.  “For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.”  The Bible Knowledge Commentary supports this translation.  “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, that is, the very nature or purpose of prophecy is to testify of Jesus Christ and to bring glory to Him.”  That is a significant statement.  If I read it correctly, every bit of Bible prophecy is designed to glorify Christ.  This truth means that whenever I encounter a prophecy in the Bible I need to interpret in a way that reflects Christ’s glory. In terms of hermeneutics, it is basic to the interpretation of prophecy, whether from the prediction end or the fulfillment end.  I hope I can hang on to this as I study the Bible.

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