Study To Show Yourself Approved

by Hope Wingo

You’ll find throughout these articles that Bible Prophecy is interpreted in a literal sense.  That’s because the Old Testament prophecies were clearly fulfilled that way all throughout  Jesus’ life at His First Coming.   If you tend to  doubt the Rapture, His Second Coming, and Jesus’ upcoming Millennium reign, ask yourself these questions…

Was Jesus literally born of a virgin as prophesied in Isaiah 7:14?
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Was Jesus literally born in Bethlehem as prophesied in Micah 5:2?
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

Did Jesus literally ride into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9?
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

Was Jesus literally crucified as prophesied in Psalm 22:16?
“For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.”

Did Jesus literally speak in parables as prophesied in Psalm 78:2?
“I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old.”

Was He literally resurrected from death as prophesied in Psalm 16:10?
“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”

The list goes on and on, but I think I’ve listed enough to prove my point. Yes, all scripture should be taken in context, but if the First Coming prophecies were literally fulfilled, why reason that the Second Coming prophecies will not be?  In spiritualizing the Word we make it to say what we want it to say, but in studying the Word as it is, we learn to rightly divide it, prophecy included.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

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