Now to be clear, sometimes a prophetic utterance can contain a timetable. I think of Daniel and the interpretation of the writing on the wall telling the new young king that he would lose his life and his kingdom that very day (Daniel chapter 5), or the prophet Elisha telling the King of Samaria that in less than a day food would be plentiful in a city where people were cooking and eating babies.
2 Kings 7
1Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”2The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?”“You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!”
It's important because, I see so many prophets go out on a limb with something that is accrate for occurance, but inaccurate for timing. Real prophets see into eternity. It's like seeing a picture of what will be as it is accomplished but without any way to understand when.
Yet people of God who live in TIME somehow demand of prophets WHEN. They are not satisfied what will happen, they want to know how soon.
There are many prophetic things I have seen penned at the hand of prophets I know and respect. YET some have not yet come to pass....yet. For that they are despised as prophets. I'm not so quick to judge. That's why it is so dangerous to attempt to impose the old testament standard of prophecy. Deuteronomy 18:22. Deuteronomy 13:1-5. How would you even KNOW if something won't come to pass...eventually? Not subject to time. If that Old Testament standard were in force Isaiah, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Micah would have been stoned to death or at least shunned because the prophetic announcements they made about the coming messiah never came to pass in their lifetime.
A prophet who sees prosperity coming in a person's life who is in dire need may see what looks like a photo. A prosperous person. A person of wealth. When will be the next question. A prophet can only describe the what accurately. The when is far more elusive.
Even the son of man doesn't know the day nor hour Jesus said regarding the end of all things. Matthew 24:36 Yet he walked fully in the prophetic. When the Disciples asked. He could only describe what it will look like as and when it happens. That's what the prophetic does. What not why.
To understand what and how a prophet sees things.... IF I am shown a photo of the horizon of the Rocky Mountains.. I can see this peak is ahead of that peak. The next one is behind this one. And so forth. It's two dimensional. I see all the peaks, I can tell you what will happen first if you traveled in a straight line just above them, what you would see first, then second and so forth. I can't tell you how long that will take to get the the last peak in my vision field. I can't tell you how far it is between peaks. I can just tell you what the look like in the NOW. Two Dimensional.
That's the nature of seeing into the eternal. It's all now. It's as if a photograph were taken of the whole and at one time. No time interfering.
Absorb the prophetic. Hear the Prophets and you WILL PROSPER. Just don't expect them to say WHEN. Delay is not denial. Prophetic patience is essential to see full manifestation.