The most vital tool needed to understand prophecy is humility. There is just no way a human mind could fathom everything God has to say in just one sitting; that’s like a mosquito trying to
gulp down a blood bank in five minutes. There is always more to learn and a lot to unlearn. Of course, taking into consideration that religion is the search for certainty, leaving room for error in matters of religion is thoroughly difficult in practice. Nobody likes to admit being in the wrong even in the best of circumstances.
We would do ourselves an immeasurable favour by remembering that faith inherently leaves room for error. Faith is a choice to grasp a hand we only see by the fingerprints it has left in reality. It is a voice saying, “I could be wrong but I don’t think so.”
Everybody seems okay with that until it comes to eschatology (the study of end time events). It’s out with faith and in with prophecy charts and ticked off signs of the times while brotherly (and sisterly) love grows ever colder. However, the air grows hotter with speeches and vice versa. How easy it is for those embroiled in being “right” instead of righteous to forget a fundamental fact: there is a difference between the text and your understanding of it.
Saul of Tarsus learned this the hard way when jolted from his high horse, he had a chat with a Messiah who didn’t quite fit his prophetic charts. Prophecy is not a heavenly press leak; it is not meant to inform but to reform. Prophecy is not meant to predict how we will live tomorrow but meant to point us to God today.
Prophecy charts are not necessarily wrong, we just need to humbly leave enough room in our minds to do what prophecy is meant to make us do anyway: think again!