People swing into two extreme ends of the pendulum when it comes to prophesy.
1.)Knowing the future is possible and thus there must be a being behind prophesy, to whom the future is as clear as the past.
2.) Knowing anything about the future, at any time at any place is impossible.
Given these two 'religio-intellectual prisons', it is impossible to understand some messages, like some in the bible. Reading the bible, it is hard not conclude that sometimes people can foresee the future. At the same time, it is hard to argue that the bible never make incorrect predictions. Since people consider only the extremes, they hopelessly swing to the second end of the pendulum when they notice that the bible have even a slight error, or swing to the first end when they notice what appears like an accurate prediction.