1. Definition of prophecy
- Extra-Biblical: a spoken or written word proclaiming God's will for the primary audience; a "sign."
- Scriptural: same as above plus divine inspiration, sometimes telling of future events (predictive prophecy).
- False prophets often or always have "prophetic ecstasy" (e.g. Baal worshipers) induced by a certain type of music, for example.
- False prophets often occur in paid groups (e.g. under a king).
- Deuteronomy 18 (twisted by Muslims), Jeremiah 23, and Ezekiel 12:21-14:11 are extended sections on marks of false prophets.
- The Septuagint was translated in 280-250 B.C. Therefore, the entire OT as we know it must have been complete before then.
- Ezekiel: the unusual dating system matches archeology perfectly.
- Even giving the critics generous benefit of the doubt, there is no way the prophecies could have all been written after the radically-claimed dates.
- Presuppositions of critics: history is a closed system; there is no God; there is no possibility for miracles (and therefore no predictive prophecy).