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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
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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.

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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]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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He is quoted on his profile as saying: "As a big fan of Johnny Cash it was an amazing experience to make it down to Nashville," before adding prophetically: "Running the marathon wasn't quite as enjoyable, but I've got a sneaking feeling that even that will be easier than making it to the end of Fferm Ffactor."
We certainly hadn't begun to text our way into the barely literate lexicon the author prophetically used to craft his tale of post-apocalyptic England.
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Here Hall not only outlines the progression of his theological journey, but he crisply outlines the concepts by which he has prophetically addressed an "officially optimistic [North American] society" with a contextually-derived theology of the cross in the tradition of Luther.
Prophetically speaking, this partnership embraces all nations and peoples who "apprehend (recognize) but do not comprehend (understand)" his glorious Name.
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SOMEWHAT prophetically, Jeff Buckley's Lover, You Should've Come Over drifts serenely through the Barfly's sound system as we await tonight's headliner.
In 1830, President Andrew Jackson prophetically wrote to the Cherokees: "My friends, circumstances render it impossible that you can flourish in the midst of a civilized community.
A church that is so closely entwined with the military cannot speak prophetically to the world about the love and peace of Christ.
Written prophetically several years before the disastrous 2007 floods hit Worcestershire, the play was originally staged by Alan Ayckbourn's Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.
--Quest skipper Bob Steel prophetically quips to old friend and Clean Up Australia founder Ian Kiernan during the official race launch press conference on 26 November 2008.
In a letter to mum Mary on August 20, 1915, James prophetically writes: "I haven't heard of a piper playing in a charge and I don't think there will be such an occurrence.