Two false prophets, Igbo and Bobo, ran through their village from opposite directions. In the center of the village, the two excited men collided into one another and fell down. Igbo said, I just had a dream. Thus says the Lord, “It will not rain on Tuesday.”
The other false prophet, Bobo, replied, No, I had a vision. Thus says the Lord, “It will rain on Tuesday.”
If it doesn’t rain on Tuesday, Igbo will claim to have been right; Bobo will also claim to be right, but say his prophecy was fulfilled spiritually not literally. Both prophets can say their messages came to pass, just like the time on a broken clock is right twice a day.
Godly prophets in the Bible were judged on more than a single prophecy about the future. Not only were their messages detailed with specifics, but their overall theology was also judged.
I watched a modern prophet sense a spreading disease around the year 2019. The prophet was neither specific, nor truthful. Consider world history and find a year when a disease didn’t spread around a certain nation or region. And what of his theology?
If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us go after other gods which you have not known, and let us serve them,” you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:1-3).
The Bible warns that even if a prophet produces miracles and signs and tells of an event that happens, that prophet is not to be believed if his theology is un-Biblical. God actually sends false prophets to help us identify those followers who honor the Lord and those who despise Him (1 John 2:18-19)!
Jesus warned, Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-16). You can trust the Bible, so follow the Scriptures – not ANYONE claiming to have a word from the Lord.