Yesterday was the much awaited Saba Saba in which everyone who wanted recognition and relevance in this county had something to say. Prophet Owuor among them declared a prophecy that he saw death and destruction in the aftermath of the rally. Well it went and nothing happened right?
Lets go to the bible
We find the Biblical basis for this test twice in the Old Testament. Jeremiah 28:9 and Deuteronomy 18:22. It happens that the two verses are similar, one stated in the positive and the other in the negative.
Jer:28:9: The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.
De:18:22: When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
There is a conditional element. In the Bible, some prophecies appear not to meet their fulfillment, but this does not discredit any of the Biblical prophets. You might want to note that Jeremiah and Moses, way before declaring fulfillment as a test of a true prophet, introduce the conditional element. Jeremiah does it ten chapters earlier (Jeremiah 18:7-10), and Moses does it in Deuteronomy 4:29 and Deuteronomy 8:19. And that’s not all: the conditional aspect is also found in Zechariah 6:15 and 2 Chronicles 15:2, among other texts.
So what’s this conditional element? Simple, some prophecies are conditional. They may or may not come to pass depending on whether some things happen. For example, Jonah’s point-blank prophecy of doom on Nineveh in forty days (Jonah 3:4) did not come to pass, because the Ninevites repented. (Jonah 3:10). And Jonah remains a true prophet of God, the only minor one that Jesus specifically quotes.
“The Lord has spoken with me through a dream. I saw a group of youth surging as if they were running for their lives ON SABA SABA.
I gave the prophecy of dead bodies lying on the road way before the 2007 PEV.
I see a storm coming but the Lord has a way out. The Lord is seeking righteousness; he wants repentance.”
Clearly his prophecy was for yesterday, nothing happened. He made a calculated guess hoping that should violence occur he would prove “the Lord spoke to him” and that did not happen. Remember the verse up there? De:18:22: When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
I read on the internet that the cherished seer declared on national television that a greater quagmire of post-election violence than that experienced in Kenya in 2007-2007 was impending during the 2013 elections unless there was a THREE DAY NATIONAL REPENTANCE before the elections. That is definitely a conditional prophecy, but whether the condition to avert the peril was met, I leave upon you to find out and decide.
There was no violence nor a 3 day national repentance.
It happens that that’s not the end of the road. Can a false prophet’s predictions come to pass? A big YES! SeeDeuteronomy 13:1-5. A false prophet might pass the test of predictive accuracy, yeah, but his teachings MUST be in line with scripture, in line with the commandments of God.
And you guessed it right: a true prophet must therefore pass ALL the Biblical tests, not one or two or even three of them.