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Hai. I'm afraid the article here has misunderstood the concept - prophesy is not necessarily about predicting the future. As wp:Prophecy accurately says, it's "the disclosing of information that is not known to the prophet by any ordinary means". Sometimes this means predicting the future, but not always. The OT prophets, for instance, are often all about divine warnings and exhortations rather than actual predictions. I'd rewrite it, but I must confess I'm not sure I have the energy for it. --AKjeldsenCum dissensie 18:51, 24 November 2008 (EST)

There are some people, not necessarily religious, who believe they can predict the future by studying the past, or social/economic conditions in the present. While some are Marxists, I think we can all agree they are a little... misguided. MarcusCicero 19:09, 24 November 2008 (EST)
I guess that's a question of one's temperament. Either way, however, that at least is not something I would consider prophecy. --AKjeldsenCum dissensie 19:32, 24 November 2008 (EST)

Famous prophecies[edit]

The Scottish play - no man of woman born.

And some of the Delphic prophecies were correct - A great empire will fall (true whoever wins) and the universal prophecy 'This too will pass.'

Prophecies should be distinguished from 'predictions based upon the evidence/having expert knowledge' and 'stating the #### obvious.' And where does 'Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan' or Arthur C Clark and the communication satellite fit? (talk) 19:19, 19 January 2016 (UTC)