of all, it ought to be pointed out that not much of biblical prophecy is
actually predictive in character.
Prophecy, broadly construed, simply referred to a God’s revelation to a
particular people as delivered through a particular individual. The value of predictive prophecy as far as
argument goes is, in my own opinion, of significant value only when dialoging
with someone committed to the truth of the Hebrew scriptures (orthodox Jews,
separates predictive prophecy in the Bible from that of Nostradamus is that
Nostradamus did not claim to receive his prophecies from a supernatural being
who knew the future. The reason this is
important is because, given the inherent limitations of human nature in terms
of space and time, it is not possible for a human to have genuine foreknowledge
unless it is given to them by a being
free of such limitations. But that means
that if Nostradamus did not get his prophecies from God, he did not get any
genuine prophecies at all.