-2-18, God’s plan as recorded in scripture embraces many writing styles: prose as well as poetry, some literal and some figurative. Some is written in a non-literal way [in figurative language] achieving an effect beyond the range of ordinary language.
HOW CAN WE KNOW WHEN SCRIPTURE SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD
LITERALLY OR FIGURATIVELY?
We can know how to understand the intent of scripture by the ‘sign posts’ that tell us they are figurative or not; words such as:
Now surely God doesn't have feathers, the kingdom of heaven is not actually treasure hidden in a field or a wedding feast and Paul didn't actually have a thorn in his flesh they're only figuratively likened unto one. Only a small portion of the Bible is figurative, but it’s important to interpret it as such. Every end-time prophecy of scripture is figurative in nature. No scripture should be interpreted apart from its context. Source
Revelation 13:2; 17:15
History shows this Lion beast to be a figurative picture of Islamic nations ...Revelation 13:2 "And the beast which I saw was like unto a Leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a Bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a Lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." Source
15 Famous Metaphors in The Bible - Literary Devices
Metaphor and the Bible: A metaphor is a comparison made between two or more things using figurative or descriptive language. John 15:5 Jesus said, I am the vine ... Genesis 49:9 Judah is a lion’s whelp.
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Isaiah 26:3; Philippines 4:6
7-8-21-21, Israel has only 8000 square miles of land - the Muslims have 5 million. Yet, they also want the Jews land. Of all the nations of the world, the Lord chose the descendants of Jacob [Jews], not Ishmael [Muslims], to be His covenant people - the descendants of Abraham and wife Sarah. (Genesis 17:19-21; Malachi 1:1–5).
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 5-7-20, Sins □ Jesus Harshly Condemns; He said, “God knows our hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. V9 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Pride] Luke 16:15, 18:9-14; Hebrews 1:8-9
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