“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
If Heaven And Earth Did Not Pass (As Jesus Said), Then We Are Still Under Every Jot and Tittle of the Law [and hence Jesus Did Not Fulfill the Law]
[HEAVEN AND EARTH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WAS THE JEWISH AGE OF THE LAW.]
2 Peter 1:20-21:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private [idios] interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Idios [Greek] means: Of uncertain affinity; pertaining to self, that is, one’s own; by implication private or separate:— X his acquaintance, when they were alone, apart, aside, due, his (own, proper, several), home, (her, our, thine, your) own (business), private (-ly), proper, severally, their (own).
What is the meaning of verses 20 and 21 above? The answer is verses 16-19:
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. [“we” above is Peter and the disciples–see verse 18]
17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount. [“we” above is Peter and the disciples]–JESUS SAT UPON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES IN MATTHEW 24, MARK 13, AND LUKE 21, TALKING ABOUT THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE, WHICH OCCURRED IN 70 AD.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you [those Peter was speaking to in that time] do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: [“we” above is Peter and the disciples] [notice the colon at the end of this verse]
THE MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY TO PETER AND THE OTHER DISCIPLES MEANT TAKING HEED TO HAVE LIGHT IN HEARTS
Matthew Henry Commentary:
“If the prophets spoke just as they pleased, they would be the best exponents of what they meant. But they spoke under divine influence, and therefore need not know the import of their own words. Prophecy must be explained by prophecy and by history, not by the individual prophet. The whole body of prophecy, “the prophetic word” (2 Peter 1:19), is our lamp in the wilderness, not the private dicta of any one seer. In modern phraseology, interpretation must be comparative and scientific. This view is strengthened by comparing 1Peter 1:10-12, where it is stated that the prophets did not know how or when their own predictions would be fulfilled. Possibly this passage is meant to refer to 1Peter 1:10-12, and if so, we have a mark of genuineness; a forger would have made the reference more clear. If the coincidence is accidental, this also points in the same direction; in any case, the coincidence is worth noting.”
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
SEE BELOW WHAT WAS FULFILLED!
As my friend, Isa Bajalia, often states as a reminder about Scriptures: These verses were not written TO us but FOR us. We were not alive when the Scriptures were written.
1 Peter 1:10-12:
10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.
40 And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.
41 I receive not honor from men.
42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
43 I am come in My Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
44 How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only?
45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me; for he wrote of Me.
47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?
2 Peter 1:20-21 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
20 [Yet] first [you must] understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is [a matter] of any personal or private or special interpretation (loosening, solving).
21 For no prophecy ever originated because some man willed it [to do so—it never came by human impulse], but men spoke from God who were borne along (moved and impelled) by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:20-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
BE CAREFUL WITH ESCHATOLOGY [STUDY OF END TIMES] AND BE CAREFUL WHAT WE SAY ABOUT THE PHYSICAL RETURN OF JESUS IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE BIBLE VERSES AND THE FACT THAT JESUS RETURNED BRINGING HIS SPIRITUAL [NOT PHYSICAL] KINGDOM INSIDE US]–SEE BELOW
Jesus: Some of you who are standing here shall not taste death until you have seen the SON OF MAN returning and bringing the Kingdom of God with power
Jesus said to His disciples that He was returning in the clouds and bringing His Kingdom–inside us–during the generation of His disciples
The law was fulfilled around 70 AD [destruction of Jerusalem and the temple]–Matthew 5; Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; and other verses
Jesus established the Heaven and Earth of the New Covenant and replaced the Heaven and Earth of the Old Covenant World
Look at the events stated in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 that occur before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple–THIS HAPPENED IN 70 AD; AND NOT IN THE FUTURE
For those were the days of vengeance —70 AD DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE — so that all things which are written were then FULFILLED