It might be worth noting, too, that as events have unfolded throughout history our ability to understand some prophecies may increase. I would be curious to know, for example, whether those same early church writers interpreted the 'valley of dry bones' passage and other passages to mean that Israel would literally be restored to their homeland in this age, or whether they 'spiritualized it' into some other meaning? As another example, it would have been utterly impossible for the early church to understand the reference to wormwood causing deaths in Rev. 8:11, but today we can see a likely link to radiation poisoning because the name "Chernobyl" means "wormwood." Plus, it is possible that the Holy Spirit reveals more prophetic meaning as the time of the end grows nearer and the need to understand begins to arise.