The basis for understanding “with spirit” of the Bible prophecies
Jehovah/YHWH is a God of order !
He stored a lot of knowledge (containing many “jota” ) in His word (the Old Testament)
John 17:17 ; Matt.5:17,18 .
Jehovah fulfills His word/jota of prophecies in a certain order , according to His will .
Firstly He commands to all of us to OBEY His Son
Matthew 17:5 “While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said,
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
Listen to him!”
— Simply, because through him He has sent to us (humankind) “the truth”
John 1:17 “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. ”
Everything Jesus has taught us is called “the teaching of Christ”
Matthew 28:20 “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
2 John 1:9 “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God;
whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.”
The “teaching of Christ ” – why is it so important ?
John 7:16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.”
It is clear, “the teaching of Christ” is in fact “Father’s teaching”, the knowledge Father has sent to us through His Son Jesus Christ when he came on earth .
As we can see , the knowledge/teaching God has sent through His Son has priority, or has a special importance (importance settled by Father in Matthew 17:5) !
Not Jesus , nor ap. John decided that , but Jehovah Himself !
Now, the prophecies has been written in a “literally” way , and during the time before Jesus coming on earth they were understood (or taken) so as they were written (that is, “literally” )
While Jesus was on earth He has taught something new : that His Father wants worshipers “with spirit and with truth” John 4:23,24
… that implies that the prophecies are being given a certain understanding or “value” (interpretation) according to Father’s will
The WILL of Father was expressly sent to Daniel , through a special messenger, in a vision, regarding a main prophecy which shows a great “disaster” or “war” or “tribulation” … Daniel 10:1
The Messenger said:
“Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall
— thy people
— in the latter days:
for yet the vision is for many days.”
Jesus knew Father’s word and will, and worked accordingly to it.
Now, Jesus (according to my knowledge) did not quoted these words, but he acted according to them …
He said he came to “fulfil [the law] and the prophets” … Matthew 5:17,18
… and also He was sent only to the House of Israel Matthew 15:24 ; John 1:11
… so, He had to fulfil the prophecies with, or within, or among, or concerning “the House of Israel”
Everything He quoted from “prophets” He put it into correlation with the nation He was sent to !
… no connection was made by Jesus between the inspired prophecies and political powers that had been, or there were or had to come after the time when Jesus was on earth !
So the fulfilment of the prophecies should be looked for within (events regarding)
— God’s people
— during the “latter days” according to the clear expressed will of Jehovah
So, to make a short resume , “the teaching of Christ” is the basis for correct understanding prophecies “with spirit”
… yet , we need something more …
Jesus said He did not taught “everything” his disciples for a certain reason
see John 16:12,13,14,15
… later, Jesus, in Revelation gave us also a KEY to help us in our research for the truth of prophecies ..
” And they sung as it were a new song before the throne,…”
” And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, LORD God Almighty( Jehovah Exo 6:3; Rev 19:6 ) ; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.” Quote from DNKJB
We see that (at the time of Jesus “second” coming) those approved by God are singing a “new Song”, that is the Song of Moses !
The Song of Moses is the Song Jehovah has given to Moses … Deuteronomy 31:19-21;32:1-43
This Song is also named “the song of the Lamb” — how so ?
Simply , it is Jesus who “come to” fulfill this Song — during the “latter days” Jesus is implied in the fulfilling of this Song .. or He is watching that any “jota” of this Song to be accomplished Jeremiah 1:12
So … no interpretation of any prophecy can change the “teaching of Christ”, but has to be within the confines settled by ‘the teaching of Christ” …
and… the “key” for correct understanding of the prophecies regarding God’s people during the “latter days”
is being given by Jesus (in Revelation), and it is called “the Song of Moses” !
All “followers of Jesus” should (do as Jesus did) search for the “spiritual” fulfilment of the prophecies, that is, within (or among) Jehovah’s people , during the “latter days”