"LITERAL" OR "SPIRITUAL"
Popular eschatology contends
erringly proposes that a LITERAL interpretation is to be had in regards
to the Old Testament Prophets, and that those who believe part of prophecy was fulfilled in AD70 overly "spiritualize" these prophecies.
Futurists FAIL TO REALIZE THAT THE NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL ARE CONTRASTED
in the Bible, and it's not an issue of the LITERAL AND SPIRITUAL being contrasted
in some sort of error. Since it is a NATURAL and SPIRITUAL issue,
it is incumbent upon us to spiritualize! The apostle Paul taught that
we are to spiritualize the promises of God!
Tell me, which promises are not our's if Paul said ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE THE CHURCH'S?
It is plain, good old, apostolic teaching to contend that there is a NATURAL Israel and a SPIRITUAL ISRAEL. There is a NATURAL ZION and a SPIRITUAL ZION. There is a NATURAL JERUSALEM AND A SPIRITUAL JERUSALEM.
Galatains 4 teaches us that the two sons of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac, represent the natural children of ABRAHAM (Natural Israel) as Ishmael, and spiritual children of Abraham (Isaac).
So to interpret the promises of BLESSING to refer to natural Israel (Israel after the flesh), is to DESTORY the entire prophecy! The promises -- all of them -- are to the TRUE seed of Abraham, the Church. Paul said so!
Gal 4:21-31 PROVES that ALL promises to Israel and Zion REFER TO THE CHURCH ALONE!
And Paul actually says, here,
Furthermore, many futurists incorrectly use the term "literal". "Literal" simply means, "according to the letter." And if the "letter" of the epistles is saying that we are to consider the blessings of God to pertain only to Spiritual Israel, then futurists are destroying the literal interpretation! The literal interpretation is that we should not take the propheices "naturally" but "spiritually." Therefore, the only true contrast is not the literal versus the spiritual, but the natural versus the spiritual. And futurists are destroying the literal interpretation of Galatians 4:21-31!
Futurists everywhere; if you will realize that Paul clearly taught how we must not look at things which are seen, but realize that things that Zion, Jerusalem and Israel are all explicitly noted to be in existence now in the spiritual realm, as clearly taught in the epistles, and the unseen are therefore the true fulillments of the prophecies of old testament, you will not trip yourselves up with such a "natural" intepretation any longer.