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One-Eyed Interpretation
of the Holy Scripture
— Concerning Leaders who mislead —
Because the Bible has in the past been so abused by those who turn its difficult parts to symbolism as it does not fit their own world-view, those who
have greater confidence in the Bible have sometimes tended toward the opposite extreme and have closed an eye to its rich symbolism / metaphor.
FOR  INSTANCE: This error is not confined to any particular religious group, so sadly as one Christian 'One-eyed teacher' said:
'if the Bible says ≅≅≅ then it means ≅≅≅' (in dismissal of any symbolic meaning in Revelation).
Dogmatically blind to the
depth of Holy Scripture
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As an example –
 JUDAISM —
"לכן יתן אדני הוא לכם אות הנה העלמה הרה וילדת בן וקראת שׁמו עמנו אל׃"
"διὰ τοῦτο δώσει κύριος αὐτὸς ὑμῖν σημεῖον· ἰδοὺ ἡ παρθένος ἐν γαστρὶ ἕξει καὶ τέξεται υἱόν,
καὶ καλέσεις τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ Εμμανουηλ·
" (pre-Christian LXX)
"So, The Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold! The virgin will conceive and will bring forth a son;
and she shall call His name Immanuel."
(LITV)
Example One

Isaiah 7:14.

Translations:
LXX = Septuagint;
LITV = Literal.
It has been
said by Jewish Hebrew teachers that this catalytic Scripture prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 concerning Immanuel, used by Christians to affirm the virgin birth of the Messiah, is an utterly false translation in the Christian Bibles because the word used by Isaiah (עַלְמָה/almah) does not mean 'virgin'.
Technically
Judaism is actually 'right', in that the word means "maiden' not virgin, for there was a completely different word at that time available to Isaiah to say 'virgin', if that was what he intended, namely (בְּתוּלָה/bethûlâh).
So why then did he not use the word "bethulah" if he really meant 'virgin' as Christians claim?
 
Because
almah had a dual significance in its context at the time, which the Jewish translators of the Septuagint then understood (centuries before Christianity began). Literally almah meant 'young woman' or maiden, but it was also an idiom for virgin, and so the top Jewish translators, understanding it in its own context, gave the word its secondary meaning in the Hellenistic Greek (which can only mean virgin, and which all Christian translations have followed) in reference to the ultimate sign from God, the Immanuel, the Messiah, which is directly carried in its context in Isaiah 9:6 as –
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and
His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
"
See:
Isaiah's Virgin
But the

The
DUAL
significance
primary meaning of almah was directly God's answer to the military threat facing king Ahaz of Judah at that time in which crisis "the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind" (Isaiah 7:2). God's special sign to him that He would protect them in their predicament was from Isaiah's own wife who would conceive and before that child was old enough to know the difference between 'sweet and sour' (good and bad), the kingdom of Judah would be delivered from the military threat against it. And that is exactly what happened, as described by Isaiah in Chapters Eight and Nine. This is why Isaiah was told by God to take his own little boy with him (Isaiah 7:3) when delivering that 'Virgin Prophecy', for its immediate fulfilment was in his own family.
 
 
Some Jewish sources, trying to make sense of this child's titles ('Prince of Peace', etc.), and in an effort to counter Christian use, have asserted that this prophecy refers to the future birth of king Hezekiah, but the leading Jewish medieval rabbis Aben Ezra and Kimchi had refuted that idea, for Hezekiah was already 9-years-old when his father Ahaz began to reign, long before this crisis for which the special sign of a coming birth was announced by Isaiah.
 
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As an example –
 CHRISTIANITY —
"והגביר ברית לרבים שׁבוע אחד וחצי השׁבוע ישׁבית זבח ומנחה ועל כנף שׁקוצים משׁמם ועד־כלה ונחרצה תתך על־שׁמם׃"
"And he shall confirm covenant with the many for one week. And in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease. And on a corner of the altar will be abominations that desolate, even until the end." (LITV)
Example Two

Daniel 9:27.
This same
one-eyed 'interpretation' is demonstrated in Christian circles in the widespread misleading interpretation of Daniel 9:27 of the climax of the 70-Weeks/Sevens countdown (of exactly 176,400-days, excluding the Hidden Time of Colossians 1:26) after their Babylonian captivity in the complete restoration of Israel in answer to Daniel's prayer, that –
"...in the midst of the week [seven] he shall cause the [temple] sacrifice and the oblation to cease"
where it is assumed that the reference here is to the future coming Antichrist disrupting the daily ritual of a rebuilt Jewish temple in Jerusalem, because it seems to tally with the sign given by the Lord (Matthew 24:15) in His reference to Daniel's "abomination of desolation" standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15).
The confusion is understandable – but not excusable!
The original year
was 360 days
not 365.25


See:
Satan's
primary Tactic
For
the word which the prophet Daniel used to describe the action of this unique person who ends the daily temple ritual is the word גָּבַר (gâbar) which means to confirm (and does NOT mean 'make', as is often mistranslated/misinterpreted). In other words, Daniel is speaking at that time of an existing Covenant which this Person comes to confirm, and which then results in the ending of the temple ritual (before God).
This is no one less Jesus Himself,
and it is in fulfilment of this that the public ministry of Jesus lasted only 3½-years ("in the midst of the seven")!
Jesus' sacrifice
ended temple
sacrifice forever

Hebrews 10:9!
No one
anywhere has authority to confirm God's unique Sinai covenant with Israel other than God's own representative, the Messiah, which Jesus did in His three-years of public ministry – continually correcting the misrepresentations of the Jewish Pharisees, who were the principle teachers of the Jews at that time (and whose teachings are reflected in the Jewish Talmud today).
But
(7 - 3½ = 3½)
 
See:
Chronology
of the Christ
what about the remainder of those final seven years? Those are the 1,260 days or 3½-years, which the Bible speaks about in Revelation Twelve verses 6, 12 and 14, in which Christ through His people completes the subjugation of the works of the Enemy as Psalm 110 verses 1 and 3 had prophesied, after Satan as Accuser of God's people is expelled from God's judicial Court for he no longer has an honest accusation to bring against them. The outward sign of this unique event is what Jesus referred to in Matthew as Daniel's "abomination of desolation". So this Abomination sign recommences the remaining 3½-years prophetic countdown of Daniel Nine's 70-Weeks to a fully restored Israel, both spiritually and physically. But even more significant than this, the special value of this awesomely subtle prophecy is –
that it caught Satan completely off-guard in the significance of getting the Christ/Messiah crucified at that time
for Satan had entered into Judas Iscariot in order to orchestrate that crucifixion (John 13:27).
The original year
was 360 days
(360 x 3½ = 1260).
Gabriel's 70-Weeks. or 490-years of 360-days each, to the full restoration of Israel before God:
|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|-......hidden-time.......1260-days:
The seven-year factor arose from God's command to Israel at Sinai to give their land an agricultural sabbath every seventh year, on which they eventually owed 70-sabbaths to the land because of their greed when God threw them out of their land into Babylonian Exile. Daniel's prayer was based on the God's promised return after 70-years (Jeremiah 29:10; Daniel 9:2), but Daniel asked for more than this. He prayed for a full restoration of Israel, and so God's message to him was that this would require seven times these 70-years, hence the 490-years answer via Gabriel (Daniel 9:24) of which the last seven contained a double meaning, which kept Satan in the dark concerning God's plan with Israel's Messiah.
It is from this
perspective (of the count-down) that Jesus insisted (as an exception) that He ride into Jerusalem on a donkey to fulfil what Zechariah had prophesied (9:9), and that then He openly wept and publicly exclaimed
"Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will..., because you did not know the time of your visitation
"
Sadly, that is what happened, and that is what still applies to Israel's national blindness today – until He comes again; or as stated elsewhere "...a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in" (Romans 11:25) which of course ends the Hidden Time.
Luke 19:42-44.
See also
Zechariah 12:10.
Holy
Scripture is to be respectfully read within in own context – or inevitably the context of human thought will twist it.
 
 
For instance: when the Bible says that the wicked are like the sea that is never at rest and always throwing up the muck (Isaiah 57:20), it is a symbolism which is carried through in the New Testament when it says that on the New Earth there is no more "sea" (Revelation 21:1). It does not mean there will be no fish!
 
 
Likewise, Christ's marriage to the cubic New Jerusalem, referred to in Revelation 19:6, is not Jesus getting married to the capital of His kingdom (as Seventh-day Adventism teaches), but, in fulfilment of the cubic symbolism of Israel's Holy of Holies in both its tabernacle (5x5x5) and in its temple (10x10x10) this cubic 'city' is the holy Church of Jesus in resurrection glory, functioning as the centre of Christ's authority in final fulfilment of humanity's Genesis-design to truly represent God toward all His creation
(given "dominion" over all – because made in His "image").
Hallelujah!
It is
against this background that, in Mecca/ مكة, in Ishmael's wilderness of Paran (Genesis 21:21),
Islam's most sacred shrine is today called the Cube, al-Kaʿbah / الكعبة‎‎.
 
For Bible
interpretation is not necessarily an either–or, between a literal or symbolic significance, for in the two examples cited above (of Judaism's and Christianity's error) it is both.
 
There is no book in existence that is as rich in its significance and to be respected more than Holy Scripture – in its own context.
Accordingly, a lack of knowledge of the Old Testament (Jewish T'nach) will sabotage a full understanding of the book of Revelation.
See Also:  GOD'S  SEVEN-PHASED  HISTORICAL  INVITATION  TO  PERSONAL  HUMAN  OBEDIENCE
Evangelism & Christ's Return When Satan Is Cast Out The Core Concept
Moses' Depression A Chronology of Confusion The Hidden Time of God
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