Not as important. 1. Unlike in Deuteronomy, the prophetic criterion is not placed at 100 percent accuracy. Two New Testament prophets do not contribute to the canon. 3. They are not secluded in the same way that Elijah and others were. 4:4 All prophecy is surrendered to the written Word. 5. End-time prophecy in the Bible must not be contradicted by prophesy from current prophets.
God just gave the writer the facts he needed to know—nothing more and nothing less. Whatever the causes for prophetic telescoping, context clearly implies that it is a widespread element of Old Testament prophecy. It is an important aspect of the Bible's message for today.
But first, understand this: no prophecy is an exegesis of the Scriptures on its own. First and foremost, you must recognize that no prophecy in the Bible is open to interpretation. First and foremost, one must understand that no scriptural prophecy is of one's own interpretation. It either comes directly from God or it does not. If it does, then it is completely accurate; if it does not, then it is completely false.
Now, sometimes people will claim that certain words in the Old Testament are prophecies about Jesus that we can apply today. This is called "interpreting scripture Scripture." The Bible itself says not to do this, because no prophecy in the Bible is of one's own interpretation.
So when someone claims that something they read in the Bible is a prophecy about someone else, they are actually saying that the text they read came from God, but what they read was already written by someone else. This is why all biblical prophecy has been fulfilled. There is no such thing as new revelation; only old truth repeated for our benefit. All future revelations will be identical to past ones in every detail except perhaps for small changes due to human circumstances changing over time.
A true prophesy must meet certain conditions. To be deemed Biblical foreknowledge, a statement must meet all five of the following criteria: It must be correct. For example, if a statement is erroneous, it cannot be regarded Biblical foreknowledge since knowledge (and so foreknowledge) excludes faulty assertions. The statement must be specific. This means that it must tell us something new about what will take place in the future. Predictions that simply re-state what already happened or might happen at some point in time or in relation to some entity or other topic are not specific enough to be considered prophecies. A prediction must also be public. This means that someone other than the person making the prediction should be able to verify that he or she has heard it from others as well.
Prophecy is the ability to see into the future and so to predict what will happen. It is this last feature that makes prophecy special; anyone can do it, but only those who receive divine inspiration can actually predict reality as we know it today. Prophets are people who have been given a special gift by God - the ability to see into the future - and so they are able to predict events that have not yet taken place.
In the Old Testament, prophets predicted the coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His earthly rule. They also spoke out against idolatry, poverty, war, and other evils that plagued their society.
Only God himself can interpret prophecy. Or, to put it another way, God's Word explains itself, and the only way God's servants can grasp its actual meaning is to find the Bible's own self-interpreting, internal harmony. For example, one of Jesus' most astounding miracles was his ability to explain the Scriptures. After healing many people on the Sabbath, he was questioned by Pharisees as to why he had done these things on that day. His answer: "Why do you question me about what is plainly written about me in the Torah?" (Luke 6:39). In other words, Jesus was saying that if readers knew the whole story, they would understand what he had done and why.
Prophecy is the foretelling of future events by a divine source. It can be explicit, such as in cases where someone speaks openly of something that will happen for example, Moses said to Joshua, "Tell the Israelites this: 'Conceal yourself from before the Lord until I tell you to stand up. Then come into his presence over there.' " (Josh. 5:15).
Prophecy seeks to transform the present rather than forecast the future. The threat of future tragedy is intended to modify present conduct by motivating individuals to repent, return to God, and live in a way that will persuade God to delay judgment.
The Bible's Predictive Capability The Bible claims to have the power to properly anticipate future events. Indeed, Scripture argues that we can know God exists and that He controls history because He can tell us what will happen in the future. Furthermore, the prophecies in Scripture are specific, not speculative.