Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:18 AM

The Second Law of Biblical Interpretation

Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:18 AM
Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:18 AM

The second law is called The Law of Double Reference. This law observes the fact that often a passage or a block of Scripture is speaking of two different persons or two different events that are separated by a long period of time. In the passage itself they are blended into one picture, and the time gap between the two persons or two events is not presented by the text itself. The fact that a gap of time exists is known because of other Scriptures, but in that particular text itself the gap of time is not seen. A good example of this law is some of the Old Testament prophecies regarding the First and Second Comings of Messiah. Often these two events are blended into one picture with no indication that there is a gap of time between the First and Second Comings. Zechariah 9:9–10 is a good example of The Law of Double Reference. Verse nine is speaking of the First Coming, but verse ten is speaking of the Second Coming. These two comings are blended into one picture with no indication that there is a separation of time between them. Another example is Isaiah 11:1–5. Verses 1–2 speak of the First Coming, while verses 3–5 speak of the Second Coming. Again, the two are blended into one picture with no indication of a gap of time between the two. Because many prophetic passages follow the principle of The Law of Double Reference, this is an important law to know.

Arnold Fruchtenbaum “The Footsteps of the Messiah” (Ariel.org)

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