4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.
I love these two versus from Proverbs, they give a great snapshot of how the bible and other prophetic works trick people. They give positive and negative statements that can be contextually used to “prove” how true they are in any situation.
If you get into an argument with someone and cannot think of a good comeback, use Proverbs 26:4 to say I don’t answer fools!
Or do you have that perfect retort? Use Proverbs 26:5 to say that you are trying to show him how unwise he is to argue with you!
The bible says there will be “peace and safety” before the apocalypse (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3), but then it also says there will be “wars and rumors of wars”, and “nation will rise against nation” (Mathew 24:6-8).
So either way, if there is war or peace, there are scriptures you can point to and say “See! The bible prophesied (war/peace) would happen! Only a god could predict that!”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 gives a laundry list of character traits that people would posses “in the last days”. But there are stories throughout the bible itself of people that displayed these characteristics. And obviously there are secular books from ancient times that show people behaved the same way at any point in history. That’s just how some humans are, it does not mean that it is a sign from god when it is something that could be said at any time and be true.