Okay, there's a lot of things to debate about an owl being a prophet. First of all, it's a bird. Second of all, how would it have that type of knowledge? Although, it is kind of eerie if you take a second to look into the eyes of the owl in the picture. They are dark and mysterious. Do they actually hold secrets?
People once, and probably some still do, that hearing the hoot of an owl meant that someone was about to die. Now, I don't know about you, but I have heard an owl hooting, and no one -- at least no one I knew -- died. In fact, it wasn't too long ago, about six months. My husband, son and I were enjoying some outdoors time one afternoon and evening and we saw and heard and owl hooting at sunset. We didn't experience any death, but we did become incredibly ill that night with a stomach virus. Hmmm.....
The American Indians had many different beliefs about owls. For instance, the Apaches believed that to dream about an owl meant death would come soon. Yikes!
I personally think that if there are enough owls around, you'll hear them hoot. Their hoots can coincide with certain events and cause people to believe certain things. I really don't think they possess any special knowledge or an ability to predict the future. But that's me. What do you think?