Prophecy

Prophecy
   Or prediction, was one of the functions of the prophet. It has been defined as a "miracle of knowledge, a declaration or description or representation of something future, beyond the power of human sagacity to foresee, discern, or conjecture." (See Prophet.)
   The great prediction which runs like a golden thread through the whole contents of the Old Testament is that regarding the coming and work of the Messiah; and the great use of prophecy was to perpetuate faith in his coming, and to prepare the world for that event. But there are many subordinate and intermediate prophecies also which hold an important place in the great chain of events which illustrate the sovereignty and all-wise overruling providence of God.
   Then there are many prophecies regarding the Jewish nation, its founder Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3; 13:16; 15:5; 17:2, 4-6, etc.), and his posterity, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants (12:7; 13:14, 15, 17; 15:18-21; Ex. 3:8, 17), which have all been fulfilled. The twenty-eighth chapter of Deuteronomy contains a series of predictions which are even now in the present day being fulfilled. In the writings of the prophets Isaiah (2:18-21), Jeremiah (27:3-7; 29:11-14), Ezekiel (5:12; 8), Daniel (8; 9:26, 27), Hosea (9:17), there are also many prophecies regarding the events which were to befall that people.
   There is in like manner a large number of prophecies relating to those nations with which the Jews came into contact, as Tyre (Ezek. 26:3-5, 14-21), Egypt (Ezek. 29:10, 15; 30:6, 12, 13), Ethiopia (Nahum 3:8-10), Nineveh (Nahum 1:10; 2:8-13; 3:17-19), Babylon (Isa. 13:4; Jer. 51:7; Isa. 44:27; Jer. 50:38; 51:36, 39, 57), the land of the Philistines (Jer. 47:4-7; Ezek. 25:15-17; Amos 1:6-8; Zeph. 2:4-7; Zech. 9:5-8), and of the four great monarchies (Dan. 2:39, 40; 7:17-24; 8:9).
   But the great body of Old Testament prophecy relates directly to the advent of the Messiah, beginning with Gen. 3:15, the first great promise, and extending in ever-increasing fulness and clearness all through to the very close of the canon. The Messianic prophecies are too numerous to be quoted. "To him gave all the prophets witness." (Comp. Micah 5:2; Hag. 2:6-9; Isa. 7:14; 9:6, 7; 11:1, 2; 53; 60:10, 13; Ps. 16:11; 68:18.)
   Many predictions also were delivered by Jesus and his apostles. Those of Christ were very numerous. (Comp. Matt. 10:23:24; 11:23; 19:28; 21:43, 44; 24; 25:31-46; 26:17-35, 46, 64; Mark 9:1; 10:30; 13; 11:1-6, 14; 14:12-31, 42, 62; 16:17, etc.)

Easton's Bible Dictionary. . 1897.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу
Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Prophecy — Prophecy, generally, describes the disclosing of information that is not known to the prophet by any ordinary means. [ [http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/prophecy/ Prophecy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)] ] In religion, this is thought to… …   Wikipedia

  • Prophecy — • Says that in the strict sense, prophecy is the revelation of future events, but points out that in Scripture, prophecy may also be related to the gift of knowledge and sometimes is used to refer to divine inspiration concerning any secret… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Prophecy — Productions ist ein deutsches Musiklabel mit Sitz in Zeltingen Rachtig. Das Label wurde 1996 von Martin Koller gegründet, die erste Veröffentlichung war A Wintersunset... von Empyrium, welche durch ihren Erfolg dem Label auf den Weg half. Die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Prophecy — студийный альбом группы Soulfly 2004 года. Prophecy европейский фестиваль. Prophecy  набор карт из серии Magic: The Gathering …   Википедия

  • Prophecy — Proph e*cy, n.; pl. {Prophecies}, [OE. prophecie, OF. profecie, F. proph[ e]tie, L. prophetia, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to be an interpreter of the gods, to prophesy, fr. ? prophet. See {Prophet}.] 1. A declaration of something to come; a foretelling; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prophecy — prophecy, prophesy Prophecy, pronounced profi si, is the noun, and prophesy, pronounced prof i siy, is the verb …   Modern English usage

  • prophecy — early 13c., function of a prophet, from O.Fr. profecie (12c.), from L.L. prophetia, from Gk. prophetia gift of interpreting the will of the gods, from prophetes (see PROPHET (Cf. prophet)). Meaning thing spoken or written by a prophet is from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prophecy — *revelation, vision, apocalypse Analogous words: communication, impartation (see corresponding verbs at COMMUNICATE): *inspiration …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prophecy — [n] prediction apocalypse, augury, cast, divination, forecast, foretelling, oracle, presage, prevision, prognosis, prognostication, revelation, second sight, soothsaying, vision; concepts 70,278,689 …   New thesaurus

  • prophecy — ► NOUN (pl. prophecies) 1) a prediction. 2) the faculty or practice of prophesying. ORIGIN Greek proph teia, from proph t s spokesman …   English terms dictionary

  • prophecy — [präf′ə sē] n. pl. prophecies [ME prophecie < OFr < LL(Ec) prophetia < Gr prophētēia (in N.T., gift of speaking under the influence of the Holy Spirit) < prophētēs: see PROPHET] 1. prediction of the future under the influence of… …   English World dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”