The Prophet Elijah Receiving Bread and Water from an Angel Peter Paul Rubens 1577-1640 Source: WebMuseum Paris
Due to the popularity and influence of Dispensationalism with its insistence on interpreting the Scriptures literally, many Christians may feel it compromises their beliefs to consider a spiritual interpretation, even when the Scriptures demand it.
Mat 17:10-13 KJV And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not,but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
Jesus’ discourse with His disciples in Matthew 17:10-13 is a perfect example of the Scriptures being misunderstood because a literal interpretation was taken. The disciples had been taught that Elijah would literally and physically return, Jesus taught them to see the spiritual significance of John the Baptist’s ministry. Read More>>