BUFF SCOTT, JR.
Deciphering & Reconciling
I would like to suggest a few basic rudiments in understanding and reconciling scripture. These are my recommendations only. You may have a few that transcends mine. Feel free to share them. 1] If we perceive a biblical term or statement to be figurative or symbolic only to discover later that it clashes with other terms and statements relative to the same topic, erase the figurative thought and accept it as normal speech. An example is that Jesus called King Herod a fox. Our Lord, of course, did not speak literally. His charge was emblematic in that the king was as shy as a fox.
2] Rational logic or “native reason” is essential to comprehending any kind of literature. Shakespeare’s writings are an example.
3] Good judgment or discretion is a must! Inaccurate discernments will always throw us off cue and confuse us even more.
Do we take a thousand-year terrestrial reign in Revelation
literally or figuratively? If literally, how do we rectify that thought with Jesus’ assertion to Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world” [John 18:36]
. Jesus’ present-day reignship is spiritual—“not of this world.”
It is not like, nor will it ever resemble, earthly kingdoms and governments.
So the future thousand-year earthly reign, as many believers sincerely advocate, might possibly be a figurative/symbolic number and could very well reference our Lord’s current reignship, the Era of Grace
. But whether it alludes to either is not a matter of salvation, nor should we make it a condition of brotherhood.
Jesus is our Redeemer, not the number “1,000,” not the “Battle of Armageddon,”
not the future modern-day “Rapture”
persuasion, not the future “Tribulation,”
and not other controversial “side dishes.” The backbone of our eternal redemption is our relationship with a Man called Jesus, not a bucket-full of controversial doctrinal issues. It is only in Him that we will stand or fall