“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 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” (2 Pet. 1:20, 21).
The Holy Spirit moved upon men to write the Scriptures. As such, our interpretations of its prophecies must harmonize with them. For example, Dan. 7:23 tells us that the fourth beast of his vision represents the fourth kingdom. From this, we know that a beast in Bible prophecy is a kingdom. If we apply this understanding to the prophecies of Revelation 13, we know that this chapter is discussing three different kingdoms: the dragon of Revelation 12 (Rev. 13:2, 4), the beast with seven heads and ten horns (Rev. 13:1-8), and the beast with lamblike horns (Rev. 13:11-18).
No one student or teacher of Bible prophecy alone has the correct interpretation. The Holy Spirit has it and He has given it to many throughout the ages. Before you begin every study, pray that Jesus will send Him to reveal the truth to you and He will bless your work.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (Jn. 16:13).