Isaiah tells us that God's ways are not man's ways. God words, the words of true prophecy are also not like man's words. God's words start out as small seedlings, but over time they grow, give off branches, form buds, and finally burst into bloom. Just so, the word "Israel" starts out as the tiny seed of one man named Abraham, but through the ages, the word "Israel" grows, changes, and finally bursts forth into the brotherhood of all mankind.
Words of prophecy often have past, present, and future connotations. Each word demands tremendous respect and study of all the contexts of its usage. Reverence for the sources of prophecy is the key to its study, for it is God who must lead our minds into the understanding of what He Himself has inspired.
Without the indwelling spirit there would be no true prophecy and no interpretation of prophecy. But reason and the scientific method are also critical for the elimination of error, and for the building of a strong foundation from whence inspired intuition may leap safely. Therefore, both reason and faith are necessary for the complete appreciation of prophecy, just as they are for the full appreciation of all other phenomena. April 3, 2008
Dr. Edmund Roache, Author of the "Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand". The book can be ordered from this site or on Scroll down blog page for book review.