Just as no true prophecy has a human origin, so too its true interpretation is not dependent on human will or intellect. Just as a person can’t decide to become a prophet on his own, so too it’s not possible on our own to interpret prophecy correctly either. The Spirit of the Lord awakens prophets and the true interpretation of these prophecies are also his own prerogative, just as Saint Joseph confessed in the Egyptian prison, when he heard the dreams of the cup-bearer and the baker.
The prophecies of the prophets are like lighthouses and beacons in the dark night of this world. There is bright light shinning forth from them. They have recognized general truths and it is useful to give attention to this light because it is still rather dark and even the prophecies don’t dispel all darkness as yet. The prophecies of St. John’s revelation have enlightened many souls to eternal salvation even if many of them are still enshrouded in mystery to this very day.
There will come a day, then all will truly be light and all the prophecies will be fulfilled and their mysteries will be totally clarified. Just as before the sun of day appears the morning star already shines brightly thus also some godly prophecies shine clearly even now as we are waiting for the final fulfilment of his will and promises.
O God and heavenly Father + We thank you for the holy word that has kept and preserved your revelation for many generations since the days of the prophets and apostles. We ask you: Enlighten us through this word of revelation by the grace of your Holy Spirit, so that we may understand it better, follow it more willingly and be encouraged by its comfort evermore. We ask this in Jesus Christ’s name, he your Son and our Lord. Amen
O God, we humans are reprobate in spiritual matters; Your being, will and law is far too high and beyond us;
We don’t know nor understand it, unless your divine word and light shows us the way to you and gives us true understanding.
That is why you sent your servants, the prophets, to make known your will and righteousness. Finally you sent your only begotten Son from the heavenly throne to teach and guide us in your truth.
O Lord we praise you for this salvation and ask you to keep and preserve us in it faithfully. Grant us your Holy Spirit, so that we may truly believe your holy word and accept it fittingly with honour, love and joy as your own word and not just ours! (David Denicke, 1603-1680)
(Translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Monday after the 6th Sunday after Epiphany as found on Pg. 90 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and puplished in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.)