A lot of Christians at present do not read Bible prophecy due to the entire prophetic symbols found therein. However, Bible prophecy is there for us to understand, or else God would not have allowed its inclusion in the Bible. The purpose of Bible prophecy is not to mystify, but to MAKE KNOWN! Exactly as the opening in the book of Revelation affirms. It is “Jesus Christ revealed”. Thus, since Bible prophecy is to reveal, God did not write it in a manner that none of us could grasp its meaning.
Neither should one come up with his/her personal interpretation of Bible prophecy which 2 Peter 1:20 confirms, “no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation”. How then are we supposed to interpret the prophecies found in the Bible? What’s the best means to understand what every prophetic symbol means? Actually, the Bible interprets itself, and so when we stumble upon a word which meaning is vague, then we search elsewhere within the Bible for that certain word to find out from a Master Prophet what it stands for.
Here is an example. Revelation 13 tells of 2 beasts. One beast emerges from the seas and one arises up from the earth. Now, reading this chapter by itself, it is likely that you will find it rather hard, practically not possible to recognize what is being revealed. On the other hand, if we let the Bible reveal itself, then we can come across some interpretation of this. We, therefore, need to uncover what a “beast’ represents in this Bible prophecy. If we proceed to Daniel 7, there is a verse that says. “‘As for the fourth beast, there is going to be a fourth kingdom on earth”. Thus, we know what it is! The Bible prophecy of a beast refers to a kingdom or a nation of this world. Therefore, now we recognize that the two beasts that Revelation 13 talks about represent two nations. Be sure to visit this website at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/biblical-prophecy/ for more info about biblical prophecy.
We likewise have to make use of logic when it come to interpreting the Bible, so if we consider the second beast, according to Revelation 13 it comes up from out of the earth, in place of the sea. Therefore if “sea” signifies a region of many population, nations and languages, similar to Europe, the use of logic will lead us to deduce that by “earth” it means the opposite, which is a nation that emerged out of a wilderness, an area that was not populated, which resembles how America came about.
If we therefore use the Bible to explain itself, the Answers from God then starts to unveil and wonderful things are proclaimed. However, we must at all times learn about these things in a humble prayerful way and request God to make us understand, keeping in mind that He is the supreme cause of wisdom.