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prophecy

1. 
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.

Prophecy

See also Omen.
Prosperity (See SUCCESS.)
Ancaeus
prophecy that he would not live to taste the wine from his vineyards is fulfilled. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 32]
augurs
Roman officials who interpreted omens. [Rom. Hist.: Parrinder, 34]
Balaam
vaticinally speaks with Jehovah’s voice. [O.T.: Numbers 23:8–10; 24:18–24]
banshee
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]
Calchas
declares that Iphigenia must be sacrificed to appease Artemis and ensure the Greeks’ safe passage to Troy. [Gk. Myth.: Hamilton, 261]
Calpurnia
sees bloody statue of Julius in dream. [Br. Lit.: Julius Caesar]
Carmen
the cards repeatedly spell her death. [Fr. Opera: Bizet, Carmen, Westerman, 189–190]
Cassandra
always accurate but fated to be disbelieved, predicts doom of Troy to brother, Hector. [Br. Lit.: Troilus and Cressida; Gk. Myth.: Parrinder, 57]
Cumaean
sibyl to discover future, leads Aeneas to Hades. [Gk. Lit.: Aeneid]
Delphi
ancient oracular center near Mt. Parnassus. [Gk. Myth.: Parrinder, 74; Jobes, 428]
Dodona
oldest oracle of Zeus in Greece. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 83]
Ezekiel
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]
haruspices
ancient Etruscan seers who divined the future from the entrails of animals. [Rom. Hist.: EB, IV: 933]
Huldah
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]
Isaiah
foretells fall of Jerusalem; prophet of doom. [O.T.: Isaiah]
Jeremiah
the Lord’s herald. [O.T.: Jeremiah]
John
the Baptist foretells the coming of Jesus. [N.T.: Luke 3:16]
Joseph
predicted famine from Pharaoh’s dreams. [O.T.: Genesis 41:25–36]
Mopsus
seer who interpreted the words of the Argo’s talking prow. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 684]
Muhammad
(570–632) the prophet of Islam. [Islam. Hist.: NCE, 1854]
Nostradamus
(1503–1566) startlingly accurate French astrologer and physician. [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 1969]
pythoness
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]
Sibyllae
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]
sortes
(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”]
Tarot
cards used to tell fortunes. [Magic: Brewer Dictionary, 1063]
Tiresias
blind and greatest of all mythological prophets. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 255; Gk. Lit.: Antigone; Odyssey; Oedipus Tyrannus]
Ulrica
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]
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With extensive reference to historical facts, periodicals, archival materials, and the primary sources, Haywood shows us how these "prophesying daughters" "used gender solidarity to challenge race exclusion" (20) and helps us to understand the character of America.
The book is divided into seven chapters: chapter 1, "The Prophesying Daughters: Biographical and Historical Background"; chapter 2, "The Act of Prophesying: Nineteenth-Century Black Women Preachers and Black Literary History"; chapter 3, "Prophetic Change: Jarena Lee's and Julia Foote's Uses of Conversion Rhetoric in the Context of Reader Distrust"; chapter 4, "Prophetic Journeying: The Trope of Travel in Black Women Preachers' Narrative"; chapter 5, "Prophetic Reading: Black Women and Biblical Interpretation"; chapter 6, "Prophetic Works: Prophesying Daughters and Social Activism--The Case of Frances Joseph Gaudet"; and chapter 7, "Can I Get a Witness: The Implications of Prophesying for African American Literary Studies."
Julia Foote and Jarena Lee serve as the poster women of these "prophesying daughters." Typical of their contemporaries, they did not have the benefit of much formal education, though they had a well-developed sense of irony.
During the 2016 electioneering campaign, we heard the likes of Prophet Owusu-Bempah standing tall and prophesying that candidate Nana Addo and the New Patriotic party (NPP) would win the elections.
Pentecostalism is a Christian renewal movement dating from the early 20th century marked by spontaneity in worship, and including such phenomena as speaking in tongues, prophesying and healing.
Yet while Rose's unprophetic prophesying goes down in the annals as one of the art world's few unrewarded acts of hubris, an exercise in escapist bad faith, Lawson's statement reads today as a vivid time capsule of the concerns that greeted any artist entering the cultural conversation circa 1980.
There is no mention of such standard pleas for toleration as Leonard Busher's Religious Peace (1614), Roger Williams's Bloudy Tenent of Persecution (1644), or Jeremy Taylor's Liberty of Prophesying (1647), presumably because these works fit less well into the argument.
However, Okupe reacting, urged President Buhari to stop prophesying over the killings by Boko Haram and take charge.
In the subsequent essays Aldo Landi deals with the Council of Pisa (1511-1513); and Nelson Minnich with the Fifth Lateran Council (1512-1517), the roles of Egidio of Viterbo and Cajetan, the controversy over the saintliness of Savonarola, and the council's various deliberations on the status of prophesying along with the restrictions it placed on prophets using specific dates.
Andrew Enwerem, who paraded the cleric before newsmen on Tuesday, accused him of prophesying during last Sunday's church service in the Urratta area of Owerri.