The scholars say that you need to know the GRAMMATICAL meaning of Scripture. They look at the Scripture as made up of words. They go to their Greek, and they define what they think each word means, and how those words connect together grammatically.
The scholars say that you need to know the HISTORICAL CONTEXT of Scripture, so that the reader can understand what was being communicated according to the mind of the original audience. So they extrapolate based on Jewish tradition what they think was going on.
Both these approaches are flawed. The correct approach is a BELIEVING approach, where you get your King James Bible, and you read it as true. You trust every word of it (which eliminates the grammatical side) and you trust exactly what the Holy Ghost is revealing (which eliminates the historical context side).
The scholars doubt the words of God, and with their Grammatical-Historical method, make the Word of God of none effect.
RUSSIA IN BIBLE PROPHECY
There’s a lot of material on Russian in Bible prophecy. Russia and its leader are directly spoken about in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This is a future prophecy.
Confirmation of this idea can be found in many sources, including from reference Bibles (Scofield or Dake), popular books (e.g. by John Walvoord or Hal Lindsey), older books (e.g. by W. H. M. Milner or Thomas Foster) as well as old time commentators.
Not everything these people thought or said was right. But they agree in the identity of where Magog is, and it is Russia!
Here’s just one of many old books you can read, called “The Russian Antichrist” by George Pinhorn (1854), http://books.google.com.au/books?id=DkJVAAAAcAAJ
Introduction to Bible prophecy preached by Matthew Verschuur, on the 11th of March, 2014 at Victory Faith Centre.
MP3 (12.9 MB), 37:41.
Patience preached by Matthew Verschuur, on the 18th of May, 2014 at Victory Faith Centre.
MP3 (11.5 MB), 33:34.
The law of non-contradiction preached by Matthew Verschuur, on the 17th of June, 2014 at Victory Faith Centre.
MP3 (12.1 MB), 35:27.
Is Jehovah the same as Allah? According to Brian Houston, the God of the Bible is the same as the god of Islam.
Here is a book that shows a far better approach:
(Mahometanism Unveiled: An Inquiry, in which that Arch-heresy, Its Diffusion and Continuance, are Examined on a New Principle, Tending to Confirm the Evidences, and Aid the Propagation, of the Christian Faith. By Charles Forster. 1829. 2 Volumes.)
Spiritual interpretation of Scripture
Types are in the Bible.
Allegory is in the Bible in Galatians chapter 4.
Therefore, limited spiritual interpretations are possible.
1 Cor. 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
1 Cor. 9:10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
Moses was talking about animals, but Paul to ministers. Of course, it is the Holy Ghost through and through. However, this is not carte blanche for any and every allegorical, spiritual, etc. interpretation that people might suggest.
THE COMING RESTORATION
Hagin, Kenneth, 1985, The Coming Restoration, RHEMA, Tulsa, OK, USA.
This little booklet is about Pentecostal aspirations for the future of the Church prior to the Second Coming.
God’s endtime plan includes a time of restoration of His glory, a time of restoration of His power, a time of restoration of His gifts and ministries to the Church.
Are times getting darker? Yes, for the world, but according to this view, not necessarily for Christians: “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:2).
Certain Calvinist sects maintain that musical instruments should not be used in church praise and worship, and that hymns are idolatry.
Here’s a quote, “the Idols (Man Made Hymns) of John and Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts, the Trinity Hymnal, Fanny Crosby, and Others”.
The Bible is our authority, so we soon find that musical instruments are good and proper for Church.
Ps. 98:4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Ps. 98:5 Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
Ps. 98:6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
Ps. 150:3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Ps. 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Ps. 150:5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.