Higher critics would claim that any suspiciously accurate revelations in the scriptures were probably put in afterwards.
I believe in revelation and prophecy myself. I also believe in the authority of canonized scriptures and take them on face value. I tend to think the notion that scriptural prophecies were included after the fact is ridiculous.
But I got to thinking. What would be the value of hindsight prophecy? Why would we want God to reveal his prophecy of an event after it had already happened?
No sensible person would reject more of the Word of God just because he didn’t think it was pragmatically useful anymore. Anything the Almight says, we want to hear. Remember ‘A Bible, a Bible, we already have a Bible’?
Hindsight prophecy affirms that an event was part of God’s plan. We know this in general but hindsight prophecy makes it particular, just as patriarchal blessings often take the general promises and make them particular to you.
Hindsight prophecy helps us to understand why an event happened, or what its meaning was to God. Hindsight prophecy helps us to understand God’s workings in history and his purpose in history just as much as normal prophecy does.
Those are my thoughts. Y’all?