It is most interesting to note that whenever someone in the Bible is seen reading or remarking upon the scriptures they always take the Bible literally and base their actions upon that belief.
Here is an example of this in the Book of Daniel: we see Daniel reading the Book of Jeremiah and knowing that the Babylonian captivity was prophesized to be 70 years and knowing that the 70 years were up, Daniel knew that God would require a prayer of forgiveness so he begin to pray.
Daniel’s Prayer for His People:
Daniel 9.1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 3 Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. Daniel prayed knowing that the Bible was literally true.
Another important point to consider is the fact that all prophecies that have thus far been fulfilled have been fulfilled in a literal sense. There can be no doubt, then, that the rest of Scripture is to be taken in the same plain and literal manner.[i]
[i] Trahan, K. (2007). A Complete Guide to Understanding the Dispensationalism Controversy (176). Port Neches, TX: Disciple of Jesus Ministries, Inc.
Published on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 4:24 AM CDT