Many Christians, without even realizing it, are viewing bible prophecy through the lens of dispensational teaching. This is similar to the Roman Catholic who looks at the bible through the lens of the Magisterium. The Magisterium is the teaching office of the Roman Catholic Church, and they are the ones who tell Catholics how scripture is to be interpreted. Truth becomes distorted when man’s teachings become the lens through which we read the bible.
We are to use Scripture to interpret other Scripture.
Teachings, regarding bible prophecy or anything else, that contradict the clear biblical mandate to love all humans beings, must be considered suspect.
Scripture does not contradict itself. We are told to love our enemies. This is old and new testament teaching.
Proverbs 25:21-22 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
Romans 12:20-21 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Some Christians bring up the wars in the old testament. I don’t claim to understand all, but I do believe that wars in the old testament were a type of God’s “final judgement” when iniquity had reached it’s fulness.
Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
In any event, we now live under the new covenant, and the only “lens” we should be looking through right now is Jesus, only Jesus. And the only banner/flag that should be over us is the banner of his love.
Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Song of Solomon 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
Strongs Hebrew Dictionary:
banner: 01714. degel, deh’-gel; from 1713; a flag:–banner, standard.
John Wesley’s Notes:
His banner – By the lifting up whereof I was invited to come to him, and to list myself under him. Love – The love of Christ crucified, which, like a banner, is displayed in the gospel.