Are prophecies the result of traveling through time?
Too early for a conclusion
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
Visions, prophecies and predictions are not new, they have been with us for centuries, actually they have been known to man since the dawn of humanity and many prophecies have become an integral part of religion, society and culture. However there is no simple explanation how prophets can accurately predict and describe events that take place in a far away future. Something that does not make things easier is the fact that many prophecies are far from clear, or even rather obscure and hidden in controversy about what they really mean and how they need to be interpreted.
If a prophecy is not clear, then it can be interpreted in any number of ways, you could make it fit many events. And it would not help you answering the question whether true prophecy can exist in the first place. But what then, is a true prophecy? A true prophecy does not neccesary have to be the same as a fulfilled one. Deciding whether a prophecy is true just by relating the contents to historic events is a rather senseless activity. To really decipher hidden messages, you first need to find the key to do so, any other method intending to relate content with reality directly will lead to wrong conclusions. You could however use different methods to help finding that key.
The first question that needs to be answered is whether true prophecy can actually exist. Is it possible to know and describe future events? Does that not need some direct relationship between past, present and future? Moments that are generally believed to be separated by time. Although there is no straightforward explanation about how prophets can predict the future, there is abundant documentation about people who communicated with occult sources and who apparently received true prophecy, predicting future events.
Prophecy is not created by prophets but is generally believed to be a gift of some occult source, which would be of devine or supernatural origin. This would make sense in the way that it confirms that it is not in our human capacity to see, visit or know our own future, these people have had help from outside. It also indicates that we might be able to communicate - again - with such a unknown, occult and obscure entity of supernatural origin. If we believe that these alleged occult sources are capable to relate true prophecy than they definitely deserve more attention.
Future science might invent time travel and use it to communicate with the past. Could this be our our occult source of prophecy?
If time travel could exist then it would not be difficult to imagine the two sites of a communication model. Prophecy could be the result of future experimenting with time. What better than precise descriptions of future events would proof time travel? The unique difference between time travel and any other science is that the consequences might be visible before the experiment, before the technology gets invented or even before anybody realizes that it might be possible. Consequences of such experiments will be very difficult to backtrack or relate back to time travel. But if it gets invented, then we should have seen the results already. We can theorize about the possible consequences of time travel experiments and look for evidence, however we don't really know what to look for, How would proof look like?
If time travel gets invented then the first people that will use and test it will be scientists. It seems that the past of those people is our future and therefore these scientists might be able to send us detailed information, in the form of true prophecy, about future events. But at the same time this knowledge allows us to change the course of history, something that is undesirable. Future scientists will definitely be aware of such threat and are likely to send only limited information that will be carefully formulated and coded.
The message and the prophet play important roles in confirming a possible time travel theory. The receiver's role might be, without his knowledge, to write some kind of confirmation of receipt. Such a document needs to be constructed in such a way that it won't lose its interest throughout the centuries. The message must contain elements that undoubtedly confirm that it is based on information that comes from the future and to be convincing, the message should contain true predictions that could not be made by using any other means (calculation, logic, etc)
The book of Nostradamus is a weird book. It contains many predictions and none has been deciphered before the event took place, neither has the course of history changed drastically as a result of this book. Although nothing is clear It could be that the work of Nostradamus is more than just a book of predictions.