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THE BIBLE ISN’T THE PROBLEM!

Dr. Andrew Corbett, December 2017

Even the best of people misunderstand what God’s Word means. For example, John the Baptist, despite having heard directly from God about the identity of the Messiah – and shortly afterwards seeing this word come to pass when Jesus came to be baptised by him – had made certain assumptions about what this Messiah would do and be like. But when John was thrown in prison by Herod, he sent messengers to Jesus to ask Him a question which was perplexing Him.

¶ The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’”
Luke 7:18-20

John had done what many people do when they read the Bible. Rather than accepting the Word of the Lord for what it says, John had made certain interpretations and assumptions of it. Perhaps, like many of the Jews of his day, John had interpreted the prophecies of the Messiah as the conquering King who was to vanquish the Romans, restore the throne of David, and ultimately usher in world peace. But Jesus the Christ did not fit John the Baptist’s interpretation of who the messiah was supposed to be.  

And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
John 1:32-34

When the messengers from John the Baptist came to Jesus with John’s question, Jesus didn’t correct his misinterpretation. Instead, He answered John’s question with evidence confirming that He was indeed the One.

Many people do the same today with Bible prophecy. They read Bible prophecies and, like John the Baptist, they make some wild assumptions about them and mistakenly declare their interpretation to be the word of the Lord. For example, take the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24 and 25. Many people assume that Matthew 24 is about the return of Christ. This is despite the word ‘return’ not appearing in the Disciples’ questions to Christ – or in His answer to them! In Matthew 24:30 Jesus says that He was to “come” on the “clouds of heaven”. Yet despite this, many people assume that when He said “come” He meant return, and that when He said it would be on the clouds of heaven that He actually meant the clouds of planet earth. I wonder how many people realise that He was citing a Daniel passage in which the Son of Man is described as ‘coming’ up to the Ancient of Days?

¶ “I saw in the night visions,
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a Son of Man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.
Daniel 7:13-14

 Whenever we bring our assumptions to a Biblical text we are committing eisegesis. Whenever we practice eisegesis will can only ever misinterpret the Bible and thereby misrepresent it to others and set ourselves up for disappointment.

There is, however, a safer way to interpret Bible prophecy. This involves exegesis rather than eisegesis. By allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture, reading texts in context, noting original audience understanding, and not interpreting a verse of Scripture in a way that contradicts the overall message of Scripture, we are undertaking exegesis.

To read my exegetical exploration of the Olivet Discourse, download my eBook, The Most Embarrassing Verse In The Bible. To begin to listen to my audio teaching series on the Book of Revelation, click here.

The Bible isn’t the problem, but often people’s interpretations of it are.

Andrew Corbett

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What Does The Bible Say The Future Holds?

This unquenchable longing by people to know what the future holds and hopes that the Bible spells it out in detail, shows that believers have undergone a conditioning over the past century and a half that this is what Bible prophecies are about.  

For the past decade and a half I have been arguing that this is not the focus of either the Bible or its prophecies. Rather than approaching the Bible with a set of assumptions about its contents, it is better to approach the Bible seeking to understand its original message. This process is known as exegesis. To exegete a Scripture, and especially a Biblical prophecy, we must answer several questions:

The Subsequent Experience

Even after a hundred years of modern Pentecostalism there are a growing number of people who are sympathetic to the modern availability of the gifts of the Spirit butreject the idea of them being only available to those who have had an experience ‘subsequent’ to their salvation generally referred to as the baptism in the Spirit.

Just War Theory

Is there such a thing as a “Just War”? Can military conflict be thought of as advancing the Cause of Christ? Should Christians serve in the Armed Forces?

How Will Every Eye See Him?

After years of studying the Book of Revelation, I have become persuaded of the Classical Preterist Position. One of the first objections raised against Preterism (often confused with Hyper-Preterism, or, ‘Pantellism’) is based on Revelation 1:7. Which says that when Christ ‘comes’, ‘every eye will see Him.’ Opponents of Preterism offer what they think is a death-blow to Preterism with this apparent ‘knock-out’ verse. As a Preterist, I have to admit, if their interpretation of this verse is correct, Preterism can not be true. Therefore, how we understand this verse will either destroy the validity of Preterism or, could it possibly validate it?

What Does The Bible Say Our Future Holds?

It wasn’t that long ago that the Bible Prophecy teachers abounded. They each claimed to have special insight into Bible prophecies which enabled them to forecast what was around the corner for our world. Some of them, such as Hal Lindsay, sold millions of paperback books promoting their interpretation of Bible prophecies. Others, such as Tim LaHaye, novelised their interpretations into the ‘Left Behind’ series which also sold in the millions…

The Damage Of Misinterpretation

Recently, one of the world’s most listened to Bible teachers received a question from a listener about Christ’s failure to return “soon”. It’s actually a great question and is frequently responded to with answers from most popular Bible teachers that actually portrays the Bible as nonsensical! How this question is answered depends on the method we use to interpret any Scripture passage. Yet, using the principles of sound Bible interpretation is the very reason why such Bible prophecies about Christ’s “soon” return are a problem for the thoughtful Bible reader. 

Growing In Confidence In God’s Word Because Of Bible Prophecy

One of the most heated recent theological debates centred around the notion of whether God not only knows the future, but whether He decrees it. On one side of the debate there are those who claim that the future is open even to God. They claim that the future is up for grabs. God, in their view, has expressed His desire for how He would like the future to unfold. In order for this to happen, because the future is open, God’s purpose needs people to move history toward this end. Those who have a closed view of the future strongly disagree with this assessment. But Bible Prophecy can help someone to grow in their confidence in the Bible as God’s Word.

Church Discipline

Church discipline corrects, holds leaders accountable, and teaches people to think twice before acting foolishly. It is always redemptive. That is, it restores those it disciplines. Discipline brings cohesion to a group such as a church, but especially a family. It helps to prevent people from hurting others and themselves. It serves to maintain unity within a church by keeping people accountable to the highest standards of cooperation.

The Divine Divorce of Israel

It is perhaps one of the most misunderstood topics in the Bible today among Evangelicals. What is the place of Israel today in God’s plan? In Jeremiah 3:8, the prophet declares that God had sent Israel away with the a “bill of divorce”. This article explores what this means and the implications of its meaning.

The Binding of Satan

I’m a ‘Pentecostal’ Preterist. To be more precise I’m a Pentecostal Partial Preterist. If you’re wondering what on earth does any of that mean? It means I wake up every morning to start my day living for Jesus, rather than againstSatan. I don’t have to bind Satan to get over difficulties or to make it through life. Let me explain further…

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