Biblical and Philosophic Prophecies (1)

I believe in Prophecy because I was born and grew up in a prophetic ministry, “The Apostolic Church,” by parents that saw visions and prophesized. Before, during, and after my theological education, I am aware of prophecies and the two major types: Biblical & Philosophic prophecies. My great uncle, whom I grew up to know as my grandfather was The Apostolic Church’s first LAWNA Territorial Chairman). He gave me my first and middle name.

My mother, in the church, on some Sundays, prophesized in a spiritual language referred to as speaking in tongues. She prophesized in that unusual language while another parishioner interpreted for the whole congregation. My father explained it to me as prophesying in the language of the Holy Spirit. I witnessed the LAWNA Territorial Chairman ringing a bell to stop some people that attempted to prophesize in the church, and when I asked him the reason, he told me that it was not the voice of God but that of human reasoning & prediction. My grandfather told me to pray for spiritual discernment to know the differences between Prophecy from God (Biblical) and that emanating from Man (Philosophic). My father echoed him and consistently told me to pray for spiritual discernment.

 Biblical Prophecy is couched in the messenger formula: “Thus says the Lord,”

 Philosophic Prophecy relates to “self-fulfilling prophecy” and the “self-refuting prediction.

Prophecy can be a direct revelation from God or an out-put of in-depth philosophical reflections. I examined Prophecy in the Bible and in philosophical areas such as metaphysics, epistemology, and value inquiry, which comprises ethics, and social philosophy. Year in and year out, the so-styled prophets broadcast prophecy mostly of doom or, at times to win over the politicians.

Philosophy is closely tied to people’s concern for their communities, and the Philosophical enterprise is concerned with the most significant possible issues that confront the people. Most known philosophers have proposed political theories: Plato and Aristotle among the Ancients, and John Locke and Karl Marx are more recent contributors.

Philosophy, like prophecy, focuses on the most basic principles of existence and the proper relationship with one another. Its results are imperative to anyone who wants to succeed or live a successful life. Prophecy belongs to the realm of metaphysics. Aristotle initially called metaphysics “First Philosophy,” a science of being or dealing.

Prediction is a spiritual science in its essence. Some call prophecy a study in illusion. Some think it is mystical. In this respect, the prophecy could be correct, but in most cases, the metaphysical position of the recipients of prophecy dictates the acceptability. Prophecy is couched in religious language, and the question posed by Philosophers is simple: Is Religious language meaningful? Is Religious Experience Veridical? Human language is a gift of God and is designed to communicate the human experience.

Kant said that the categories of human understanding could only be meaningfully employed within the scope of man’s sense-experience. According to Kant, if human understanding is applied to talk about realities outside the phenomenal world, it becomes meaningless and illusory (Omoregbe: 2014, 179). Human beings use concepts, ideas, and principles as mental tools for learning and guiding themselves through life’s existence. Therefore, the age-long and ongoing worldwide battle for social and political liberation, justice, and fairness is a direct response to and proof of the disastrous social realities of our time.  ****continues tomorrow

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