Many false teachers (yes, the wolves) teach that all Biblical prophecy is fulfilled “literally”. That’s simply not true. A couple very simple examples should suffice:
- Did Elijah come back in person physically? No, Jesus Himself said that John the Baptist came in the “power and spirit” of Elijah. That was the fulfillment of the Elijah returning prophecy, and clearly taught by Christ Himself.
- Was the temple literally “torn down and rebuilt in 3 days”? No, it was symbolic of Christ’s body; the fulfillment of that prophecy was not literal.
Other examples abound also. This area is the origin source of many of the other false teachings and erroneous biblical interpretations, especially in the areas regarding prophecy and eschatology.