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The well-known truism that “ideas have consequences” certainly applies to the issue of how to properly interpret Scripture, especially Bible prophecy. The Book of Proverbs speaks of the end of a matter,1 in other words, where does one’s viewpoint lead? A good way to examine this issue is to see where interpretative methods have lead in the past. I believe that Hank Hanegraaff’s interpretative approaches, as taught in his recent book The Apocalypse Code2, if they become widely accepted, would send the church back to the Dark Ages hermeneutically. He may want to emphasize only a method of interpretation, but the moment anyone applies a method it produces an outcome or model of eschatology. There are clear implications. THE EARLY CHURCH