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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 proph·e·cy /ˈprɑfəsi/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Proph·e·cy n.; pl. Prophecies
 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. 21.
 2. Script. A book of prophecies; a history; as, the prophecy of Ahijah.
 3. Public interpretation of Scripture; preaching; exhortation or instruction.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a
           divine source) [syn: prognostication, vaticination]
      2: a prediction uttered under divine inspiration [syn: divination]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    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,