BIBLE PROPHETIC LICENSE
'Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please'" (Isaiah 46:9,10, NIV).
In Hebrew, the verb naba means "to prophesy." It carries the idea of someone pouring forth words with fervor or inspiration. The noun nabi means a spokesperson, a prophet, a person authorized to speak for another (see Exod. 6:28-30, 7:1). Another word used in the Bible for someone with the prophetic gift is "seer," translated from two different Hebrews words, each with the meaning "to see." Prophets, it seems, have been given the ability to prophesy regarding things that ordinary people might not see. Thus, not only do prophets see what others might not they are called by God to speak those things, often with fervor and might, as well.
Jesus' warning about false prophetic can be understood to contain the idea that true ones will exist, as well (Mathew 24:24). After all, if we were to reject all prophets that is, reject the gift altogether there would be no need of the warning about false ones.
Matthew 24:32,33 and John 13:19. With these verses Jesus showed us that prophecy is not just about being able to tell the future. Instead, prophecy is given to strengthen our faith in God and His Word after the events have occurred. The more we see the fulfillment of the prophecy, the more we believe that the Bible really comes from the Lord.
There are various kinds of prophecies. One kind has to do with the
predictions of a coming Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Others have to do
with the future of the Israelites and of various nations; others deal with the
end of the world, and even beyond.
“Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper" (2 Chron. 20:20). Beginning even in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we can see that prophecy plays an important role in the history of God's work with fallen humanity.
What was prophesied, and how and when were those prophecies fulfilled? It's easy for us now, looking back, to see just how accurately those prophecies were fulfilled. But place yourself in the position, say, of Noah, who was told that water from the sky was going to wipe out the earth, even though, prior to that time it had never even rained ! Or of Abraham and Sarah, that she would one day be the mother of their child when she was long past child-bearing age. It was surely a great test of faith on their part (Heb. 11:7-11) to trust God concerning the events that He said would come to pass.