I once read that â€śthe study of prophecy creates more heat than light.â€ť As I tried to read and communicate my present understanding of Godâ€™s word, I have found this to be true. Oswald J. Smith had a motto that I am adopting as my own. This motto was â€śNo attack, No defense.â€ť I am using this guideline to present an easy-to-understand presentation on prophetic events.
My reason for writing this second edition on Revelation is that I have gained more insight by studying the book of Daniel. With this understanding, I will try to write a more legible and interesting book.
One reason that prophecy creates more heat is because we attack people who have different understanding. Many people are not willing to accept the change that truth demands. We get defensive and attack the other person. That practice is neither edifying, nor instructive. If we are concerned about receiving and conveying truth it is necessary that we gain understanding first. Part of understanding is listening to those who disagree with us. Understanding truth is Evolutionary not Revolutionary Sometimes receiving truth is both: Evolutionary in the sense that learning truth is ongoing, and is Revolutionary when it confronts my false ideas and forces me to change.
â€śNo Attack, No Defense,â€ť will guide me in presenting more light and creating clearer understanding