1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John
The book is an unveiling of Jesus. His natures, his purposes, his personalities.
The purpose of the book being revealed and written was to show the servants of God things that were SHORTLY to come . . shortly . . .not 2000 years after the fact . . .
And lastly and most importantly, the things John was about to see were sent and "signified" . . .they were in signs . . . they were not in literal wording, and they were not to be "interpreted". But they were to be "translated".
1 Peter 1
20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet's own understanding,[h] 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God
A translation is overlaying a message with a pattern, a blue print, a principle . . .using Scripture to interpret Scripture is not really interpreting as much as it is translating . . .
By that I mean, God orginally established blueprints of things that were connected to the nature of Jesus . . .everything is connected to Jesus . . .the tabernacle of Moses is a huge one . . . Noah's ark is another, the ark Moses was hidden in . . .even David and Goliath . . .every story has an inward revelation applicable to one's "self".
Right now I'm preaching through Samson . . .it's amazing to see the things emerge when you begin looking at them from a totally different perspective. The simplest comparisons of patterns unlocks a whole other realm of truth. Hair, for instance is the covering of ones mind . . . each strand of hair represents each single thought within one's mind . . .some people's minds are much like hair styles . . .I've always thought it amusing to see the "fashion" for a trendy guy is to have his hair messed up on purpose, and then moosed so that it will stay messed up . . .
But when you start meditating on simple little things like that . .so many other things begin to unlock. You can't stop a bird from flying over your "head" but you can keep him from making a nest in your "hair". Your head is your mind, your hair is your thoughts. The bird is an unclean thing . . .or it is a clean thing, depending on the context of your situation.
Because you can't keep unclean thoughts from passing through your mind . .but you can keep that unclean though from accumulating with other unclean thoughts and making a home in your thinking.
It's very much connected to when Eve ate of the tree and nothing happened . . .but when she gave to Adam . . the world went into disarray. Eve is your mind, Adam is your spirit . . .when your mind eats of the things of the flesh . .when ungodly thoughts enter in, nothing happens because authority was not given to the mind of man, but to the spirit of man. When man acts on an ungodly thought, it is evidence that man submitted his spirit to his mind and the body follows which ever one we give authority to.
It's all symbolic . . .everything is spiritual . . .I've said that before. And I do understand there are some that see that it can be taken more ways than one . .and I totally agree . .but the one we're directed to pursue is the spiritual . . .it is only in the spirit that our spirits can sustain life.
So being concerned about a literal 12,000 in the world around us really isn't the issue . . .it's what it represents spiritually that I'm really wanting to pursue.