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1 Day/year principle + Symbolism in Prophecy - Christian Hjortland AFCOE Europe 2014

2 Day/year principle in Prophecy Biblical month - 30 days. Genesis 7:11, 8:3-4 1 year - 12 months. I Kings 4:7, I Chronicles 27:1-15

3 1. Explanations within prophetic contexts Numbers 14:34 Ezekiel 4:6

4 2. Jesus himself used this language Luke 13:32-33.

5 3. Apocalyptic prophecies are symbolic How do we use the concept of time in daily life? “Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.” II Chronicles 36:9 “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.” James 5:17

6 3. Apocalyptic prophecies are symbolic Connected with symbolism Time is usually shorter days (Rev 12.) - 42 months (Rev 13) days (Dan 8) Classic prophecies have a literal language, with literal persons, with literal actions.

7 4. Daniel 8 says the vision is about the end time “So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.” Daniel 8:17

8 5. The kingdoms in Daniel 8 lasted more than 2300 days The explanation in Daniel 9 is connected with the prophecy of kingdoms. Daniel 8:13...How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation...

9 6. Days and years are paralleled in the Bible Exodus 13:10 (Yom) Genesis 5:5 Psalms 90:9-10 Job 10:5

10 6. Days and years are paralleled in the Bible “When we come to the occurrence of the word ‘days’ in the time prophecies, therefore, an ancient Semite whose mind was steeped in this parallelistic type of thought would naturally have made an association of ‘years’ with the ‘days’ found in a symbolic context, just as he naturally would have identified ‘years’ as the B- word that would follow the A-word ‘days’ in its occurrence as part of a well-known parallel pair.” - William H. Shea, Selected Studies in Prophetic Interpretation, p. 69

11 7. Jesus himself spoke about Daniel as prophecy had not yet been fulfilled. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” Matthew 24:15 “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” Luke 21:20

12 8. New testament's statements about antichrist. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-13 Revelation 13, Daniel 7

13 9. It fits well with history Amazingdiscoveries.org

14 Symbolism and the Center in Prophecy Why is prophecy given in symbols? Jeremiah 29:13 Many prophets were captives.

15 The Center of Bible Prophecy “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Stephen Covey

16 The Center of Bible Prophecy Revelation 1:1 What did Jesus say that the prophecies are about? Luke 24:25-27

17 The Center of Bible Prophecy "Ministers should present the sure word of prophecy as the foundation of the faith of Seventh-day Adventists. The prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation should be carefully studied, and in connection with them the words, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." [John 1:29.]" {GW 148.1}

18 The Center of Bible Prophecy

19 “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” John 5:39 2 Peter 1:19 (Revelation 2:28)

20 The Center of Bible Prophecy “Let not the solemn scenes which prophecy has revealed, be left untouched. If our people were half awake, if they realized the nearness of the events portrayed in the Revelation, a reformation would be wrought in our churches, and many more would believe the message....Let Daniel speak, let the Revelation speak, and tell what is truth. But whatever phase of the subject is presented, uplift Jesus as the center of all hope, "the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright and morning Star." - Testimonies to Ministers, p (1896) {Ev 195.2}

21 Group Work 1. What you have learned from today's introduction to Prophecy? 2. How can you use Bible Prophecy in spreading the gospel?


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