It is believed by many that there was a time when people were actually able to get direct messages from God. These messages were usually inspiration, interpretations or even divine revelations about the said person’s social world and/or events to come. Such messages are called prophecies. A prophecy is defined as a message that is claimed by a prophet to have been communicated to him by a deity. All known ancient cultures had prophets who delivered prophecies. A prophecy can also be a claim about an event that is predicted to happen in the future.
The concept of prophecies is not bound to only one group of people or one religion, but can be found in the history of many religions. For example, in Buddhism, there is a very well-known event related to a prophecy that made Buddhism flourish. A Buddhist King, King Beopheung of Silla, wanted to spread Buddhism as the state religion, but this idea was opposed by his court officials. His grand secretary, Ichadon, came up with a strategy to make the King’s wish come true. He told the King to make a proclamation that would grant Buddhism an official state sanction using the royal seal. He then told the King to deny making any such proclamation when the officials confronted him.
The blame would then come on Ichadon to which he would plead guilty and accept the punishment of execution. He told the king about his prophecy that a miracle would happen on the day of his execution which would make the officials believe in Buddhism and accept it as the state religion. His prophecy came true when after his execution instead of blood, milk gushed out of his beheaded corpse, the earth shook, the sun darkened, and it rained flowers from the sky. The omen was accepted by the opposing court officials as a manifestation of heaven’s approval.
Other than this, there are other known people who have made predictions that came true. One of the very well-known names when it comes to predictions that appeared to come true is Nostradamus. Nostradamus wrote a book called ‘Les Propheties’ in which he wrote quatrains, which are four liners poems, about future events. Many of the predictions he made in the book came true. For example, the attack of 9/11, French Revolution, bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, etc. While some believe that his prophecies are accurate, others say that they are very vague poems which can be matched with any event.
Prophecies are not believed by all. Some say that predicting the future is impossible as no one can know exactly what the future holds. It is said by these people that the prophecies which were fulfilled were just mere coincidences. Some also say that some of the prophecies were actually made up by people after the fact to match the circumstances of a past event.
In conclusion, it is a matter of personal opinion whether one believes in prophecies or not. The mention of prophecies is found in multiple places in history, many of which have come true. Were those prophecies actually accurate, or just coincidences?