- God told Noah to build an ark to save his family because God was going to destroy the earth with a flood. Noah built the ark, so he seems to have understood it.
13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all
flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I
will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher
wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch...
17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to
destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven.
Everything that is on the earth shall die. Genesis 6:13,14, 17 ESV
- God told Abraham he would become the father of many nations. That's unambiguous.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and
said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2
that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you
greatly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4
“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a
multitude of nations. Genesis 17:1-4 ESV
- God told Abraham that he would have a son through Sarah. That was pretty clear.
15 And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not
call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 I will bless her,
and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she
shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” Genesis
- God revealed to Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar about the four world kingdoms to come. That was clear.
39 Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a
third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And
there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks
to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it
shall break and crush all these. Daniel 2:39-40 ESV
- God told Moses to go to Pharaoh, because He would set the Israelites free with a mighty hand. Moses understood and went to Pharaoh.
Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people
who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their
taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to
deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out
of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and
honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the
Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 And now, behold, the cry
of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the
oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will
send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of
Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 2:7-10 ESV
The list could go on and on.
Basically, there are some prophecies that are very clear. Other prophecies are not as clear. Sometimes the meaning gets obscured when we try to fit them into our own desires and plans.