Messianic Biblical position as written by Shalach Ministries:
It is important to understand whenever interpreting prophecy
there are a few basic concepts that must be adhered to:
Give only one meaning to a Scripture unless it is made clear that
meaning should be inferred.
Adhere to the rule of "Double Reference" where applicable.
Comply with the rule of "Prophetic Perspective".
In Genesis 3:15 we see the first use of the "Law of Double
Reference", "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,
and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and
thou shalt bruise his heel." The serpent is the visible
object addressed, but Satan is the invisible person being
addressed. The seed of the serpent refers to the natural
snakes as well as the ungodly men who are called the children of
Satan. (John 8:44; I John 3:8-10). As a result of
God's curse upon the serpent, there is a natural enmity between
the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent (John 15:18;
Galatians 4:29; I John 3:12). The seed of the woman refers
to the natural descendants of Eve and to one seed in particular,
YESHUA, who is to destroy all sin and Satan.
In the law of double reference the visible person or entity is
immediately addressed while at the same time an invisible person
or entity is also being referred to. For example, in Isaiah
14:12-14, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of
the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst
weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will
ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides
of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I
will be like the most High."
In this passage it is clear that both Satan an the king of
Babylon are to be understood as the point of reference. This
could not have been only Babylon because it refers also to the
earthly rule of Lucifer before the days of Adam. Moreover,
it could not have been since Adam that Lucifer ruled the Earth and
fell from Heaven, for he was already a fallen angel before Adam
was ever created. As such, Satan regained dominion of the
Earth during the days of Adam and has been the "prince" of this
world ever since.
Another example of the law of double reference is taken from the
New Testament, "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee
behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest
not the things that be of God, but those that be of men"
(Matthew 16:23). In this passage Yeshua did not actually
mean that Peter himself was the literal Satan, but was being used
as an instrument to further Satan's purpose. As such, part
of the passage refers to an earthly person while the other part
can only refer to the object of an invisible person.
The "Law of Prophetic Perspective" is that of recording future
events as though they were continuous and successive, when in
fact, the actual fulfillment of such prophesied events may be
thousands of years apart. For example in Isaiah 61:1-3, "The
Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because
LORD hath anointed me to preach good
tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the
opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the
acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of
vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto
them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the
oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of
heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the
planting of the
LORD, that he might be glorified."
This passage is again quoted in Luke 4:17-20 by Yeshua.
Although, whenever Yeshua read this passage He stopped His reading
of the prophecy at the words, "the acceptable year of the Lord."
He then closed the book and remarked, "This day is this
Scripture fulfilled in your ears." If Yeshua had
continued reading from this prophecy and had said, "and the day
of vengeance of our God," and would have declared that this
also was fulfilled that day, His statement would have been untrue.
Why? It is well noted that the awful and dreadful "Day of
the Lord" has not yet come, and will not come until the future
Tribulation. In fact, there has been approximately 2,000
years elapsed since Jesus made this prophetic utterance.
To better describe what the prophets saw and how they placed
them into perspective let us look a quote by Finis Jennings Dake
from his book "God's Plan For Man":
"Prophets see things in the same vision as one
would look at a distant range of mountain peaks where the valleys
between them are not seen. One must learn to take each
separate event in prophecy and collect together all that is said
about it in all the Bible and see when it will be fulfilled in
connection with other events. This is rightly dividing the
Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15).
One main thing to keep in mind in all prophecy is the history of
the writer and his times and the circumstances under which he
wrote. One must understand the exact position of the writer
as to the age in which he lived and the purpose of his predictions
and the people to whom he wrote and the subject of his message.
With a knowledge of the historical background, the manners and
customs of the age and of people to whom he wrote, the peculiar
idioms and human expressions of his times, and the purpose he had
in view, there cannot possibly be any misunderstanding of one
thing about which any one of them writes."
With regard to Jesus being called a Nazarene as quoted in
Matthew 2:23, "And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth:
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He
shall be called a Nazarene." This epithet (Gr. Nazaraios)
is applied to Christ only once in Matthew 2:23 and in all other
cases the word is rendered "of Nazareth" Mark 1:24;10:47;14:67
etc. When this Greek designation was at first applied to our
Lord, it was meant simply to denote the place of His residence.
In the course of time the word became a term of reproach.
Thus, the word "Nazarene" carries with it an allusion to those
prophecies which speak of Christ as "despised of men" Isaiah 53:3.
Some, however, think that in this name there is also an allusion
to the Hebrew word "netser", which signifies a branch or sprout.
It is this ideology that is thus applied to the Messiah in Isaiah
11:1, i.e., He whom the prophets called the "Netse", the
"Branch.". Moreover, the followers of Christ were called
"the sect of Nazarenes" in Acts 24:5.
In summary, all over Palestine and Syria this name is still
given to Christians today.