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a. a message of divine truth revealing God's will
b. the act of uttering such a message
2. the function, activity, or charismatic endowment of a prophet or prophets

Prophecy; Prophesy

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A prophecy is a divinely inspired utterance that foretells events in the future events. The verb differentiation, to prophesy, did not emerge until c.1700. Today, to prophesy is to speak by divine inspiration, or in the name of a deity.

A prophet is regarded as the mouthpiece of deity. He or she does not question deity but, rather, prepares for divine inspiration, making himor herself receptive by prayer and/or fasting.


See also Omen.
Prosperity (See SUCCESS.)
prophecy that he would not live to taste the wine from his vineyards is fulfilled. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 32]
Roman officials who interpreted omens. [Rom. Hist.: Parrinder, 34]
vaticinally speaks with Jehovah’s voice. [O.T.: Numbers 23:8–10; 24:18–24]
Irish spirit who foretells death. [Irish Folklore: Briggs, 14–16]
Belshazzar’s Feast
disembodied hand foretells Belshazzar’s death. [O.T.: Daniel 5]
Brave New World
picture of world’s condition 600 years from now. [Br. Lit.: Brave New World]
Calamity Jane
(Martha Jane Canary or Martha Burke, 1852–1903) mannish prophetess of doom. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 71]
declares that Iphigenia must be sacrificed to appease Artemis and ensure the Greeks’ safe passage to Troy. [Gk. Myth.: Hamilton, 261]
sees bloody statue of Julius in dream. [Br. Lit.: Julius Caesar]
the cards repeatedly spell her death. [Fr. Opera: Bizet, Carmen, Westerman, 189–190]
always accurate but fated to be disbelieved, predicts doom of Troy to brother, Hector. [Br. Lit.: Troilus and Cressida; Gk. Myth.: Parrinder, 57]
sibyl to discover future, leads Aeneas to Hades. [Gk. Lit.: Aeneid]
ancient oracular center near Mt. Parnassus. [Gk. Myth.: Parrinder, 74; Jobes, 428]
oldest oracle of Zeus in Greece. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 83]
priest and prophet to the Jews during Babylonian captivity. [O.T.: Ezekiel]
Golden Cockerel
its crowing predicts either peace or disaster. [Russ. Opera: Rimsky-Korsakov, Coq d’Or, Westerman, 392]
Guardian Black Dog
sinister omen of death. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 207–208]
ancient Etruscan seers who divined the future from the entrails of animals. [Rom. Hist.: EB, IV: 933]
tells of impending disaster for the idolatrous. [O.T.: II Kings 22:14–19]
I Ching
a book of divination and speculations. [Chinese Lit.: I Ching]
foretells fall of Jerusalem; prophet of doom. [O.T.: Isaiah]
the Lord’s herald. [O.T.: Jeremiah]
the Baptist foretells the coming of Jesus. [N.T.: Luke 3:16]
predicted famine from Pharaoh’s dreams. [O.T.: Genesis 41:25–36]
seer who interpreted the words of the Argo’s talking prow. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 684]
(570–632) the prophet of Islam. [Islam. Hist.: NCE, 1854]
(1503–1566) startlingly accurate French astrologer and physician. [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 1969]
priestess of Apollo, the Delphic Oracle, endowed with prophetic powers. [Gk. Hist.: Collier’s, VII, 682]
Rocking-Horse Winner, The
a small boy predicts winners in horse races through the medium of a demonic rocking horse. [Br. Lit.: D. H. Lawrence The Rocking-Horse Winner in Benét, 866]
women endowed with prophetic powers who interceded with gods for men. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 239]
Sibylline Books
nine tomes foretelling Rome’s future. [Rom. Leg.: Brewer Dictionary]
Smith, Joseph Mormon
prophet; professed visions of new faith. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 467]
Smith, Valentine Michael
messianic Martian shows earthlings the way. [Am. Lit.: Stranger in a Strange Land]
(Homericae, Virgilianae, Biblicae) fortune-telling by taking random passages from a book (as Iliad, Aeneid, or the Bible). [Eur. Culture: Collier’s, VII, 683]
Sosostris, Madame
“the wisest woman in Europe,” cleverly interprets the Tarot cards. [Br. Poetry: T. S. Eliot “The Waste Land”]
cards used to tell fortunes. [Magic: Brewer Dictionary, 1063]
blind and greatest of all mythological prophets. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 255; Gk. Lit.: Antigone; Odyssey; Oedipus Tyrannus]
foretells Gustavus’ murder by his friend Anckarstrom. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, Masked Ball, Westerman, 313–315]
voice … crying in the wilderness
John the Baptist, in reference to his prophecy of the coming of Christ. [N.T.: Matthew 3:3]
Weird Sisters
three witches who set Macbeth agog with prophecies of kingship. [Br. Lit.: Macbeth]
References in classic literature ?
The fashion of delving out fulfillments of prophecy where that prophecy consists of mere "ifs," trenches upon the absurd.
That other class of wiseacres who twist prophecy in such a manner as to make it promise the destruction and desolation of the same city, use judgment just as bad, since the city is in a very flourishing condition now, unhappily for them.
The success of her prophecy had raised her spirits.
And since that day of prophecy, have passed away the three centuries of the Iron Heel and the four centuries of the Brotherhood of Man, and to-day we tread the roads and dwell in the cities that the oligarchs built.
And the Brahmins caused the prophecy to be written over the gates of the shrine in letters of gold.
Brownlow to rally him on his old prophecy concerning Oliver, and to remind him of the night on which they sat with the watch between them, waiting his return; but Mr.
On the other hand, Ellison and Bartkowski conclude that Koresh probably did violate Texas law by having sex with teenage girls (with their parents' consent) as part of his effort to produce offspring that he believed would play a special role in fulfilling biblical prophecy.
The fans of The Celestine Prophecy, which has enjoyed a lengthy stay on the New York Times fiction bestseller list this past year, should have known better.
The Celestine Prophecy, is essentially a tract, in the form of fiction, to promote the New Age ideas of author James Redfield.
A prophecy has foretold that he will be overthrown by the son of Ceallach, whom he has disposed of to assert his claim to the throne: "My will be done .
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Pastor at The House of Yahweh releases article that exposes meanings of biblical Prophecy and what it means for this current generation.