In order to learn how to prophecy First we need to understand what is the purpose of a prophet, what prophecy was about, many thousands of years ago. Secondly in the new Covenant ushered in by Jesus prophecy will spread love and hope not the doom and judgement many old covenant religious folk like the image below still offer today.
How come the bible just stops 2000 years ago?
It would seem as though throughout time, Kings, Queens and peasants alike have relied on Holy scriptures to guide them. Written by Holy men; Prophets such as Iasiah, and Daniel, or deciples such as John quoting Jesus himself, teachers such as Paul. Moses brought us the Law direct from God himself. They required men of holy stature to translate All these men were amazing God inspired heroes of their time.
The problem was though the aforementioned Kings, Queens and peasants alike, unless they had a prophet on hand (many noble did of course) either had no access to the bible or took the scripture literally and in a way rightly so. Accept to truly understand them without that on site prophet they needed to someone who understood the time the scripture was written and who they were intended for to explain the relevance to their lives and situations at that moment. Now if in your priveleged position you had Daniel on hand as Nebuchenezzar did in the example below, all had the potential to go well
Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:
29 “As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.
However mostly Daniel wasn’t around and the teachers of the day had a bag full of religion to further confuse things.
BUT JESUS, Jesus, God in the form of man came and revealed God’s loving heart through His teaching, His miracles and ultimately His self sacrifice on the cross. He used parables, still confusing; yes I agree. Those parables were still spoken and written in a specific time to a specific people, so whats the difference. The difference is The Holy Spirit
John 14:24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Mark 13:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.