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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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 
  prediction;  esp.,  an  inspired  foretelling. 
  He  hearkens  after  prophecies  and  dreams.  --Shak. 
  Prophecy  came  not  in  old  time  by  the  will  of  man. 
  --2.  Pet.  i. 
  2.  (Script.)  A  book  of  prophecies;  a  history;  as  the 
  prophecy  of  Ahijah.  --2  Chron.  ix  29. 
  3.  Public  interpretation  of  Scripture;  preaching;  exhortation 
  or  instruction. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  knowledge  of  the  future  (usually  obtained  from  a  divine 
  source)  [syn:  {prognostication},  {vaticination}] 
  2:  a  prediction  uttered  under  divine  inspiration  [syn:  {divination}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  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 
  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, 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  PROPHECY,  n.  The  art  and  practice  of  selling  one's  credibility  for 
  future  delivery. 

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