Prophecy in the New Testament

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Without an understanding of the people, the message of the preacher is worthless, uninspired.

The same could be said for prophets. A prophet speaks on God’s behalf, but the prophet’s message is not for God’s sake; it is for the sake of the people. The prophet reads the signs of the times, which are really nothing other than the hearts of the people, how they are responding internally and externally to the world around them. The prophet’s message is therefore grounded in the people’s past experiences, current situations, and promised futures.


Amy Ekeh is an adjunct professor of Theology & Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University.