The Value of Prophecy


     “What is the role of prophecy?” a man in the audience wanted to know. Richard answered that the individual who needs signs and prophecy is usually not ready for the deeper meaning of the philosophy of the Brotherhoods. Nevertheless, some of the unusual things we are beginning to witness, such as Edgar Cayce’s widely publicized and documented ability to diagnose illnesses clairvoyantly and the apparent “miracles” performed by the psychic surgeons in the Philippines, serve a useful purpose by shaking people out of their lethargy. There are signs that the interest of the Holy Spirit in the affairs of mankind is intensifying after the long period of apparent absence that followed Biblical days. Biblical prophecy, as well as Jean Dixon and other modern-day prophets, bring to our attention that there is something really unusual and different about our time. We are given warning that special demands are being placed upon us, and we had best be alert for our own protection and for our opportunities for advancement. It is time to think and get down to work. “I believe the value of prophecy is that it serves to give notice to some specific generations)’ Richard said, “and our generation is among those.” (04-1970)



Why Are People So Interested in Prophecy If It Rarely Is Accurate?


Question:   Apparently those prophecies are malleable. What’s the purpose of putting something into Scripture like that if it’s subject to change? It seems kind of unlikely to me. I just don’t understand.


Richard:    The warning aspect that something needs to be done, or this is going to happen.


Question:   I was looking at the letter you sent about how things have changed about May 2000, and you said there were two dates, 2000 and 2006; I believe that’s what you said. To predict something’s going to happen and then it just doesn’t seem likely. I just don’t understand why saying one day, if the other date—one time is one time and the other one is accurate, if things didn’t change. I believe that we can change things, but why prophecy with the stature that the Bible enjoys, and then they not apparently be accurate.


Richard:    Then you have to remember there’s another thing, too. That stuff has already remained hidden for thousands of years. Why has somebody discovered them just in time for them to be of value? We’re talking about mysteries here; there’s no question about that. Somebody was telling us something; making sure that we’re hearing them. And of course, the first person you run into, they found it hard to convince anybody that they’d found something. Stuff like that becomes so popular, and they can sell millions of books on Bible prophecy and the Bible Code, shows that people want to know what’s going on. They want to be able to have some kind of way to plan. And we know, for instance, winter is not a good time to plant crops, but we know the spring is always around the corner from winter, and we bet on that year after year. Those are things which are pretty much for sure. Everything else is pretty risky. People have figured out how to predict the stock market through astrology and through cycles. Why is anybody interested? Because we want to know in advance. When somebody says that there are going to be comets falling or earthquakes, we want to hear as much information as we can to help prepare. And that’s apparently the best we can do. (02-2002)