Recently there was a conversational dialog going on regarding whether or not there is a place of safety. There are some within the Church of God that no longer believe that it exists or that some will be taken there to be protected from the tribulation that is coming on this world.
It is not the purpose of this post to present evidence regarding that, but in the course of our discussion the statement was made that perhaps I was extrapolating incorrectly the word of God as I attempted to defend the prospect of a Place of Safety.
I was a little taken aback by the use of the word extrapolating. I mean was I extrapolating, what does that mean anyway? The definition of extrapolating is to take a series of known facts and predict based on them a future series of occurrences. That sounds almost like “secular prophecies” Was I doing that?
Here are the comments that I made that resulted in that statement.
In the sense of what I was attempting to explain it would be more accurate or make more sense if he had said that he thought I was making a “private interpretation” of of the prophecy that said there would be a Place of Safety.
2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
We have long understood that the bible interprets the bible, man should never put his own ideas as to what a prophecy is saying. The bible will explain if we bring enough relative scriptures to bear on the subject.
There is something else that we need to consider here as well. We must have a love of the truth, a love of the word of God. If we allow what is said in the word to have the last say on a subject then we can always get to the truth of a matter. Not that we will always agree immediately. But sooner or later the Spirit of God in us will bring us to the truth of the matter. It is inevitable.
I spoke among many other things of the church represented by the woman in the last part of Rev 12 traveling to and with “Two Wings of a Great Eagle” to a “place prepared for her” in the “wilderness” and being protected from satan as well as showing that a “remnant” of the church were left behind and were going to be attacked by that same satan. This isn’t extrapolating nor is it giving a private interpretation it is merely restating what is written in clear language in the context of Rev 12.
I say this not to defend my understanding of what it said but to show us how we do need to let what is actually said in the word take precedence in our thinking. We must let the word of God show us and not let our own thoughts on a subject color what is actually being said.
That said, understanding will come with time and thought. We never need to demand immediate agreement that is the purview of the Holy Spirit within us. The concept of “iron sharpening iron” clearly shows that in action.