How To Safeguard Yourself From Giving The Wrong Interpretation Of A Particular Verse Or Verses.

 

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Eisegesis-Putting your own or bias interpretation into the text of Scripture, making it say what you want it to say.

Exegesis-Extracting the plain meaning of any verse in Scripture without any preconceived notion. Allowing Scripture to give you it’s own meaning through context and other Scripture references.


Remember these rules to safeguard yourself from any errors in Biblical interpretation, which these are rules that I instituted for myself. Before you even open up the Bible always pray by asking the Lord to give you understanding through the Holy Spirit. All wisdom comes from God alone and is given to those who ask.

James 1:5

5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.


1. Define a word in its context since words have more than one meaning, how the author is describing that word and you will get the correct meaning of it.

2. The meaning of a verse always gets defined in its context either in the verse above or the verse below it and also it’s very important to read the whole chapter in reference to the verse to get the full scope of the verse you are trying to understand.

3. Use other references in scripture (scripture interprets scripture) in connection with the theme that you are studying which will give you more clarity and define symbols that are used in some of the verses.

If you always keep these 3 points in mind you will be safe in not giving your own interpretation but you will relate the message of the Bible plainly and understandable.

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Biblical Q&A Form: A Question On Revelation 6:6. Why Is The Olive Oil And Wine Not Harmed?

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A Christian asks:

Re “not harming the olive oil and the wine”–a friend has told me this has reference to Christians, but she was not able to discuss completely as she has also just heard it recently from a preacher and it’s a new concept for both of us. Would you know anything about this? ‘Would appreciate if you could explain–only if you have the time, please! Many thanks. ‘Appreciate very much your posts.


Thank you for your question, I hope my answer(s) help.

The person’s question is in regards to Revelation 6:6 which says, 6 Then I heard something like a voice among the four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius—but do not harm the olive oil and the wine.”

In verse 6 it doesn’t allude to the wine and olive oil as being completely symbolic but is used as a play on words (having a double meaning) to describe the hyperinflation that it’s going to rise to a day’s earning and something that Jesus is going to accomplish. The wine and olive oil will be off limits and not be touched.

The reason that God doesn’t harm the literal wine and olive oil is that it represents healing according to the parable of Jesus that’s found in Luke 10:33-34 which says, 33 But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. 34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Even though the Lord was bringing judgment upon the earth He will heal it afterward when He comes to reign for 1000 years and bring true peace (Isaiah 11:5-10; Isaiah 65:17-25)

The conclusion would be that the wine and olive oil is literal but also has a meaning behind it which it is used for healing a wound. After the Lord wounds those on the earth for rejecting Him through His judgments, He will bandage it and heal it through reigning on earth with righteousness and wiping out for those 1000 years the influence of Satan on earth (Revelation 20:1-3).

 

 

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (6:6-10)

 

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6 Then I heard something like a voice among the four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius—but do not harm the olive oil and the wine.”

The Seraphim declared that in the time of the third seal there will be a great famine because the destruction that takes place on the earth (wars, plagues, and drought) will affect food growth and production (Matthew 24:7).

A denarius was a silver coin and it was a day’s wage (Matthew 20:1-2).

Food will be very expensive in the end times for the lack of it and those who will suffer the worst will be the poor and middle class.


7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”

The Lord opens the fourth seal and the Seraphim tells John to come and see the next judgment that takes place.


8 And I looked, and there was a pale green horse. The horseman on it was named Death, and Hades was following after him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill by the sword, by famine, by plague, and by the wild animals of the earth.

The phrase “a pale green horse” resembles the color that a dead body gets after a person has been dead for 24 hours.

A fourth of the earth population (25%) will experience death (1.8 billion people will perish) which includes animals as well. To reach such high casualties would most likely include a nuclear exchange (Zechariah 14:12in a very big war (Ezekiel 38-39) by multiple countries. Plus, the high prices of food that almost no one can afford will cause people to die of starvation along with plagues that we will get into the further we get into the chapter which talks of the remaining seals.


9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the people slaughtered because of God’s word and the testimony they had.

The fifth seal reveals the saints who died in the great tribulation (Revelation 7:9-14) by the hands of the Antichrist and the false prophet for refusing to worship him and the image of the Antichrist. Their heads were cut off (Revelation 20:4) who did not denounce their testimony in Jesus Christ or the Word of God but died because they were Christians who loved the Lord more than their lives.


10 They cried out with a loud voice: “Lord, the One who is holy and true, how long until You judge and avenge our blood from those who live on the earth?”

The believers were in the presence of the Lord which after the death of a believer he/she will immediately go to be with Jesus according to 2 Corinthians 5:8 which says, “8 and we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord.”

The believers cried out to Jesus for justice because they were put to death but were innocent, they did not commit any crime deserving death. They were asking the Lord God when Lord will you avenge us?

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (6:1-5)

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1. Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”

The start of the seals being open will show the cataclysmic events that will come to the inhabitants of the earth.

The Seraphim by their thunderous voice (pure power) called John to witness these events.


2 I looked, and there was a white horse. The horseman on it had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he went out as a victor to conquer.

The phrase “I looked, and there was a white horse” is an attempt for Satan through the Antichrist to imitate Jesus Christ who rides on a white horse and is victorious.

The first seal cannot be Jesus as the Jehovah Witnesses wrongly translate this verse because nowhere in the Book of Revelation do you see Jesus personally taking part as being one of the plagues that are found in the seals, trumpets or bowls. However, He is the one who is administering the judgments upon the earth not being one of them as the first seal.

Another reason it is not Jesus is that He comes with no weapons but with the sword that comes out of His mouth which is the Word of God (Revelation 19:15). Jesus will defeat the demonic forces and the Antichrist with God’s Word. Nowhere in the New Testament is Jesus shown or mentioned with a bow.

The reason that it is the Antichrist on the white horse who will come to rule the world because it is predicted by Jesus in Matthew 24:15-22, also see Daniel 9:27 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. After he places his image of himself in the third temple, the judgments will start (the seals, trumpets, and bowls) and he will proclaim to be God which will take place in the second half of the 7 years of the great tribulation.

The phrase “and he went out as a victor to conquer” means that the purpose of the Antichrist is to force the human race to abandon God and to worship Satan through the Antichrist by receiving his mark (Revelation 6:13-16).


3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”

The second seal is introduced and John once again is invited to witness the Lord’s judgments.


4 Then another horse went out, a fiery red one, and its horseman was empowered to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And a large sword was given to him.

The second seal was a fiery red horse which most likely is to represent the slaughter that takes place.

The world will lose peace as we know it and wars will break out and people will die on a massive scale.


5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and there was a black horse. The horseman on it had a set of scales in his hand.

Here, John sees the third seal open and is a black horse with a set of scales which represents people having to take great measures to ration their food because there will be a great famine that will cover the whole world.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (5:11-14)

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11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands.

The angels are always attentive to God’s command as seen in Matthew 18:10 which says, “See that you don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven.” 

The phrase “Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands.” refers to an ocean of angels that’s innumerable.


12 They said with a loud voice:
The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing!

All the hosts of heaven give glory and praises to Jesus Christ.


13 I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say:
Blessing and honor and glory and dominion
to the One seated on the throne,
and to the Lamb, forever and ever!

Not only did the angels give glory to Christ as well as the Father but every creature created by God gave them glory because He alone created all things and redeemed men for Himself.


14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

The elders worshiped the Living God, the Father, and the Son. Both are the One God who created the universe.

If you look at the Book of Deuteronomy you will find the Trinity in the most unlikely way that one would have missed.

Deuteronomy 6:4

4 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One (Echad).

The Hebrew word for “One” is a unified One. In Hebrew, there are two different words to say one in English.

1. Echad which means for an example: There’s “one” team out in the field or as “one” men together. A group which is considered as one is the idea of the word “Echad”

2. Yachid which means a numeric “one”, a literal one, for an example: I have one pencil left or there’s only one person in the house.

Deuteronomy 6:4 uses the word Echad to say the Lord is One.


“The Lord is One” is a picture of what you see in Revelation and at the same time how the Son can be worshiped just like the Father. That’s because God who is One exists as three persons but at the same time, all three are Yahweh which means I Am who I Am, who never had a beginning and always existed.