Interpretation of God's Writings
God has revealed Himself through events and teaching that has been written into forms of literature that are common to the cultures of the ages. As we have different kinds of literature in our modern world, so also the Bible reflects God's teaching through different kinds of literature from the days of its writing. Our task in understanding that literature involves the process of, not only translating the literature from its original language, but also interpreting the meaning and style of the literature from past cultures.
The prophet and his message
Prophecy is historical.
The major principle of prophecy is that it should be very fruitful. Prophets were often social and political reformers. Since God is the supreme authority of the nation of Israel, prophets would announce the will of God to the people and call for complete obedience.
Prophecy is predictive.
Often there is a double fulfillment.
Imagery and symbols are often used.
Peculiarities of prophetic language.
Isaiah 61:1-2; Zechariah 9:9-10; 1 Peter 1:10-12; Daniel 2:36-45; 7:1-14
No prophecy is to be interpreted without the restricting and guiding of other scriptures: 2 Peter 1:20-21