Prophecy is a process in which one or more messages that have been communicated to a prophet are then communicated to others. Such messages typically involve divine inspiration, interpretation, or revelation of conditioned events to come (cf. divine knowledge) as well as testimonies or repeated revelations that the world is divine. The process of prophecy especially involves reciprocal communication of the prophet with the (divine) source of the messages.
Various concepts of prophecy are found throughout all of the world's religions and cults. To a certain degree prophecy can be an integral concept within any religion or cult. The term has found deep usage in the Abrahamic religions, particularly Judaism, Christianity and Islam, along with many others.
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“His hand will be against every man, and every mans hand against him.”
—Bible: Hebrew Genesis, 16:12.
The prophecy spoken to Hagar, the hand-maiden of Abraham, of their unborn son Ishmael. He was banished into the desert, and is traditionally considered the father of the Arab nation.
“We may be witnesses to a Biblical prophecy come true. And there shall be destruction and darkness come upon creation, and the beasts shall reign over the earth.”
—Ted Sherdeman. Gordon Douglas. Dr. Medford (Edmund Gwenn)
“Unto the bellies and jaws
of rats I commit my prophecy and fear.
Far below The Cross, I correct its flaws.
We have kept the miracle. I will not be here.”
—Anne Sexton (19281974)