The Bible is the best source of interpretation in prophecy

One of the most important things in interpreting prophecy is a good knowledge of the bible. The bible is one the primary means that God communication to us and any interpretation must not go against the principles and usage of scripture. It is important where possible to compare similar situations in scripture with our own and see how those situations were dealt with in a Godly manner. Use a concordance to look up key words/ phrases/ subjects in your revelation and find out how the Bible uses those words. A good commentary can bring light to a passage. Reading the wider context to a scripture can be helpful, as can meditating on the meaning of the passage and how it relates to our revelation.

Research the subject behind the prophecy

Use a good dictionary or the internet as a source of information on a subject. For example, when I looked up almond trees on the internet, I discovered that they were the first tree to flower. This brought light to the situation that Jeremiah was facing and how God spoke to him through the almond rod (see below). Asking an expert or using an encyclopaedia can also help.
God loves to use natural situations that we come across to speak to us. As an example, the following photos taken at a Chinese New Year festival in the UK will probably hold very little meaning to a person outside of Chinese culture; however someone who knows Chinese folk song traditions will be able to tell you the stories behind them immediately.

A montage of 4 photos of Chinese folk dances in traditional costume

Proverbs 2:1 “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

1. Introduction.
2. God is the only one who can interpret.
3. Bible is the best source.
4. Circumstances and knowledge can help.
5. Don't jump to conclusions.
6. Art or science? It'is only in part.
7. Ask for more.
8. Remembrance of the past can help.
9. How to interpret symbols correctly.
10. The importance of context
11. Don't add or subtract.
12. All prophecy must witness.
13. What if the opposite happens.
14. Dream interpretation.
15. Preparing to bring a prophecy.
16. How to bring a prophetic word.
17. Judging prophecy.
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