Today, a friend posted an article about Prophecy and Eschatology.
Fundamentally, i believe the Word of God is eternal, meaning,
a) Any references of the word of God in prophecy must be examined and studied with a perspective of eternity in mind. Meaning, its inference and principles outlined in the Word of God must comprise in essence of the medium it is given, be it in the OT through Isaiah, or through Jesus, (The Word) in the NT, or a Pauline Epistle, that is consistent with a view of eternity to it. It is not a word in season given as limited voice of humanity would have achieved.
b) To break down the Word into topics like eschatology is to in a way, bring discipline to our study of the Word of God in a particular aspect. Eschatology to the Studies of End Times, however, we run the danger of becoming unbending and unyielding to the fluidity of the ways of the Spirit in how the Scriptures could have expanded the discipline and methodology of which eschatology is being limited to. As most of you have pointed out the telescope view of prophecy, an immediate future as point in case with the destruction of the temple in AD 70 (as Josephus reported it), and to a distant future where the timeline unfolds with the close of Age.
I could go on with some other observations but this is not the place to get into the possible perils and comments on this topic.
In reference, i find some interesting comments about the Prophecies on Babylon, Tyre, and from the Gospel, where Jesus Himself talked about the temple that would be destroyed, about the context, the intended audience, and rightly so, the people at that time where these were spoken to, and also the intended audience which is the Church itself.
I had adopted a strict view on prophecies itself, as itself is a topic that I am not an authority on, (i am not a prophet), but one thing for sure, the study of Eschatology has progressed significantly over the last 20 years or so, and the Scriptures 1 Cor 13:9, For we know in part and we prophesy in part. This is critical for me to understand the nature of Prophecy. it is NOT about the foretelling of things,
a) The Spirit of Prophecy here, is not the knowledge, it is the progress of the relationship that ends in the knowledge of God. The end of Prophecies is God. (as with the entire end of times that will ultimately end with God and His Glory as the end victory).
b) The Spirit of Prophecy is a path of revelation, and the source of such revelation MUST be God or in this case, the Holy Spirit. This is where it gets tricky, i feel, cos the Church today are so hard and dry, we are no longer in essence a Church that moves by the Holy Spirit as in the turn of the New Testament, (Prophecies were common then, as with Signs and Wonders), but today, counterfeits and prophecies of another source (divination through demonic spirits) are common even within the Church.
As interpretation of the Scriptures mentioned above, all of you guys quoted brilliantly and accurately in a very scholastic manner. I applaud and i learned a great deal from your zeal in this matter. On the other hand, such endeavours must find its end in God through the person of Jesus and expressed in the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church today. These passages i will study, but now I must asked, to what ends did Jesus or the Scriptures in Isaiah or Daniel, revealed about God in history.