Prophecy is a strange creature to the Western mind because we tend to think everything should be linear and in sequential order. Biblical prophecy doesn’t always work that way.
It can reveal a near event and, because it is like something that is going to happen in the future, and then link it to that far event as well. The near event isn’t the fulfillment of the prophecy, but a shadow or type of the future event. The two events have the same shape and outline because they are cast from the same light of revelation. From our perspective, they appear as one.
Like two mountain peaks, prophecy can show something right here in the present and something else in the future as if they are one peak—one shape and outline. But really there is a deep and wide valley of time in between the two peaks (events).
This “twin peak perspective” can result in differing viewpoints of the same passage because some interpret the passage as one peak. They contend that the prophecy has been fulfilled in the historical past. They consider it a done deal, and thereby overlook the future event.
That’s the value of laying out all the prophetic puzzle pieces first. We can see where each piece fits in its historical context and how it shapes the sequence of events in God’s prophetic timetable. It’s why from time to time we will pause and ride the thermals as eagles to the high places to get the big picture.
Have you ever received a prophetic word from the Lord?
Did it make immediate sense to you? Or did it make sense only after the events started to unfold in your life?