continuous than the narrative itself.? A.H. Strong, The Great Poets and their Theology. 116 ? ?Dante himself has told us that there are four separate senses which he intends his story to convey. There are the literal, the allegorical, the moral, and the anagogical. In <19B401>Psalm 114:1 we have the words, ?When Israel went forth out of Egypt.? This, says the poet, may be taken literally, of the actual deliverance of God?s ancient people; or allegorically, of the redemption of the world through Christ; or morally, of the rescue of the sinner from the bondage of his sin; or anagogically, of the passage of both soul and body from the lower life of earth to the higher life of heaven. So from Scripture Dante illustrates the method of his poem.? See further our treatment of Eschatology. See also Dr. Arnold of Rugby, Sermons on the Interpretation of Scripture, Appendix A, pages 441-454; Aids to Faith, 449-462; Smith?s Bible Dict., 4:2727. Per contra, see Elliott, Ho«r Apocalyptic«, 4:662. Gardiner. O.T. and N.T., 262-274, deny double sense, but affirms manifold applications of a single sense. Broadus, on <402401>Matthew 24:1, denies double sense, but affirms the use of types.

(b) The prophet was not always aware of the meaning of his own prophecies ( <600111>1 Peter 1:11). It is enough to constitute his prophecies a proof of divine revelation, if it can be shown that the correspondences between them and the actual events are such as to indicate divine wisdom and purpose in the giving of them ? in other words, it is enough if the inspiring Spirit knew their meaning, even though the inspired prophet did not

It is not inconsistent with this view, but rather confirms it, that the near event, and not the distant fulfillment, was often chiefly, if not exclusively, in the mind of the prophet when he wrote. Scripture declares that the prophets did not always understand their own predictions: <600111>1 Peter 1:11 ? ?searching what time or what manner of the Spirit of Christ which was in them did point unto, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that should follow them.? Emerson: ?Himself from God he could not free; he builded better than he knew.? Keble: ?As little children lisp and tell of heaven, So thoughts beyond their thoughts to those high bards were given.? Westcott: Preface to Com. on Hebrews, vi ? ?No one would limit the teaching of a poet?s words to that which was definitely present to his mind. Still less can we suppose that he who is inspired to give a message of God to all ages sees himself the completeness of the truth which all life serves to illuminate.? Alexander McLaren: ?Peter teaches that Jewish prophets foretold the events of Christ?s life and especially his sufferings; that they did so as organs of

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