How To Study – Rule 10

Rule 10: Figures sometimes have two or more different significations, as day is used in a figurative sense to represent three different periods of time, namely: first, indefinite; and second, definite, a day for a year; and third, a day for a thousand years.

MILLER’S PROOFS (texts which demonstrate the Bible principles in support of this rule)

1. Indefinite, Ecclesiastes 7:14

2. Definite, a day for a year Ezekiel 4:6

3. Day for a thousand years, 2 Peter 3:8

My Comments

When a figure has more than one meaning, interpretation gets more challenging. But you just have to look carefully at all the options and weigh each possibility. A few other symbols that have multiple meanings are “lion”, “locust”, and “stars.”

Spirit of Prophecy Support

“Following his rule of making Scripture its own interpreter, Miller learned that a day in symbolic prophecy represents a year (Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6); he saw that the period of 2300 prophetic days, or literal years, would extend far beyond the close of the Jewish dispensation, hence it could not refer to the sanctuary of that dispensation. … –Bliss, page 76.”

– The Great Controversy, p. 324 par. 3 {GC 324.3}

References

Bible, King James Version

Quotes taken from the Ellen G. White Writings, Comprehensive Research Edition 2008 CD

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