"Whether knowing the world's future or knowing a king's heart, the Bible is pleased to call it prophetic. Though diverse, they are all known as prophets. What they had in common was the revelatory and immediate aspect of their insights and words, in contrast to the teacher such as Ezra ... they received from God but they were also steeped in previous revelation".
Terry Virgo - "Does the Future Have a Church?" - Kingsway, Eastbourne (2003) - (p126).