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Prophecy

Prophecy in the Bible refers to the information revealed from God or from the Lord Jesus Christ concerning the past, present and/or future. Prophets are people who receive the words of prophecy so as to speak it forth to, before, or in front of another person or people - it can also be written down for others to read.

This article provides verses and study material from the True Bible Study (TBS) translation and studies.

True prophets speak the information that God gives to believe

Romans 1:2 - God's prophets wrote about God's promise:

Romans 1:1-4:
1:1Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called, an apostle, having been separated2 into God's good-message, .2which He promised-beforehand by means of His prophets in holy writings, .3concerning His son – the (son) having come-into-being out-from (the) seed of David according to (the) flesh, .4the (son) having been marked-out-definitely (as being) God's son in ability according to (the) spirit of holiness out-from (the) resurrection of dead-people – Jesus Christ our Lord,

The Apostle Paul was set apart for a specific purpose, which was... 

  • into God's good-message (for the gospel, the evangel from God),
  • which He promised beforehand (God previously proclaimed or declared the message of His intentions regarding this in advance of it actually happening)
    • by means of His prophets
  • in holy writings (scrolls, scriptures, God's Word)….

Paul is referring to the books of the prophets already written in what is part of the old covenant writings (often referred to as 'old testament'). Much of what these old covenant prophets spoke was recorded in written form, and it concerned the subject matter of the good-message regarding which Paul was an apostle.

Matthew 2:15 - an old covenant prophecy referred to the time after the birth of Jesus Christ when he was a young child:

Matthew 2:13-15:
.13But (after) their departing, look!, an angel of (the) Lord is brought-to-light according to a dream to Joseph saying, "Having been raised-up, you must take the young-child and his mother beside (yourself) and flee into Egypt, and you must be there until ever I may say to you, for Herod is about to seek-after the young-child to destroy him." .14Having been raised-up, he took the young-child beside (himself) and his mother of night and departed into Egypt; .15and he used-to-be there until the completion of Herod, in order that the-thing may be fulfilled having been said by (the) Lord by means of the prophet saying, "Out-from Egypt I called My son."

After the magi were on their way home from Bethlehem – look (behold, see)! – an angel of the Lord became evident by shining light according to a dream to Joseph (Mary's husband) saying...

  • "After you have been raised-up (wake and arise)
  • you must take (receive) the young child (Jesus) and his mother (Mary) beside yourself and put yourself in flight into Egypt,
  • and you must be there until whenever I would tell you otherwise,
  • for the fact is that Herod is on the point of looking for the young child for the purpose of destroying him."

When Joseph woke-up, he took the young child (Jesus) and his mother (Mary) under cover of night, and departed into Egypt. Joseph and Mary and Jesus were in Egypt for a period of about three months, until the end of Herod's life (certain scholars indicate that Herod died early 1 B.C.).

The ending result of this was that the matter, which had been spoken by definite words being uttered by the power of the Lord God by means of the prophet, would be fulfilled (accomplished). The Prophet Hosea spoke these words on God's behalf: out-from Egypt I called (invited) My son. This is a reference to Hosea 11:1.

Acts 2:16, 17 and 18 - Joel the prophet prophesied about the giving of holy spirit and other future events:

Acts 2:14-21:
.14But Peter, having been caused-to-stand together with the eleven, lifted-up his sound and he precisely-spoke-out to them, "Adult-males, Judeans, and all the (people) dwelling-down (in) Jerusalem, this must be known to you and you must receive my spoken-matters in-your-ears, .15for these-people are not drunk as you take-from-underneath (into your minds) for it is (the) third hour of the day, .16but this is the-thing having been said2 by means of the Prophet Joel: .17'And there will be in the last days God says, I will pour-out from My Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young-men will see sights, and your elders will dream dreams, .18and indeed on My male-slaves and on My female-slaves in those days I will pour-out from My Spirit and they will prophesy, .19and I will give wonders in heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and vapor of smoke, .20the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon (will be turned) into blood before (the) coming (of) the great and shining-light day of (the) Lord, .21and it will be (that) all who ever may call-upon the name of (the) Lord to-himself will be saved.'

In verse 16 Peter explains that what is happening on that day of Pentecost is the thing that was spoken by means of the Prophet Joel: 'And there will be in the last days God says

  • I will pour-out from My Spirit on all flesh (God is Spirit and so what He promised to shed forth is also spirit, giving it from Himself unto mankind),
  • and your sons and your daughters will prophesy (your children, of the Judean/Israeli descent, both male and female will speak-forth God's words communicated to them, via the holy spirit-life given to them),
  • and your young-men will see sights (things to be seen will be presented to your youths to be perceived with their eyes and known by them),
  • and your elders will dream dreams (those who are older in age will receive information during sleep),
  • and indeed on My male-slaves and on My female-slaves (the men and women who serve Me as slaves, from all nations not only of the Judean/Israeli descent)
    • in those days I will pour-out from My Spirit and they will prophesy,
  • and I will give wonders (supernatural occurrences) in heaven above
  • and signs (designated standards or signals showing authenticity) on the earth below,
  • blood and fire and vapor of smoke,
  • the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon will be turned into blood
    • before (sooner than) the coming of the great and shining-light day of the Lord (the day that is large with importance, quality, etc, and it will have complete light being shone, illumination caused-by and emanating-from the Lord coming and then being present at that time),
  • and it will be that all who ever may call-upon the name of the Lord to-himself will be saved.'

This truth foretold by God by means of the Prophet Joel was at that time and still is today in the process of being fulfilled. Peter speaks what was written from the Book of Joel 2:28-32 which also includes references to events which are still future to us today because the great and shining-light day of the Lord that Joel is referring to has not come yet.

Acts 2:30 - David the prophet prophesied about the resurrection of the Christ:

Acts 2:29-32:
.29Adult-males, brothers, (it is) permitting to speak with boldness towards you concerning the patriarch David that he both completed (his life) and he was buried, and his memorial is among us continuously-until this day, .30therefore being-from-the-beginning a prophet and having known2 that God swore with an oath to him (that) out-from (the) fruit of his loin (there will be someone) to sit-down on his throne, .31having seen-beforehand he uttered-forth concerning the resurrection of the Christ that 'neither was he left-down into gravedom nor his flesh saw through-corruption' - .32this Jesus God resurrected of whom we all are witnesses,

Peter speaks about King David, the patriarch and prophet, saying:

  • Therefore being a prophet from the start (when God gave him holy spirit)
  • and having known and continuing knowing that God swore with an oath to him
    • – that out-from the fruit of his loin (referring to a descendant)
    • there will be someone to sit-down on his throne –
  • having seen this beforehand (the information of what to believe by revelation from God)
  • he spoke about the resurrection of the Christ (the Anointed-one, the Messiah)
    • that 'neither was he left-down into gravedom (he was not left behind down in the state of death)
    • nor his flesh saw through-corruption (his flesh did not utterly decay)'
  • – this is the Jesus that God resurrected (caused to stand up out from the state of death)
  • of whom emphatically we all are witnesses…”.

David was the king over God’s people during a past time sitting on the throne which God gave to him - and the Lord Jesus Christ is the one who was promised by God to sit on David's throne being God's appointed king over all of God's people.

Acts 28:25 - the prophecy of Isaiah the prophet was also applicable during Paul's time:

Acts 28:25-28:
.25and being disagreeable towards one-another they loosened-themselves-from (him), (after) Paul having said one spoken-matter that, "Beautifully the Spirit, the Holy (Spirit), uttered-forth by means of Isaiah the prophet towards your fathers .26saying, 'You must journey towards this people and you must say, 'By hearing you will hear and you may never understand, and observing you will observe and you may never see, .27for the heart of this people was made-fat and they heard weightily with the ears, and they closed-down their eyes, lest-perhaps they may see with the eyes and they may hear with the ears and they may understand with the heart, and they may turn-back-upon (Me) and I will heal them.' ' .28Therefore it must be known to you that this salvation of God was apostled to the Gentiles – they also will hear-for-themselves."

Paul said towards the people who were not agreeing with the word of God that he was teaching: 

  • "Beautifully (in a manner that has a manifested decorous, harmonious and acceptable goodness)
    • the Spirit, emphatically and specifically the Holy Spirit spoke (referring to God Himself, emphasizing the truth that He is Spirit and He is Holy),
  • by means of Isaiah the prophet (he spoke the words that God gave him to speak; reference Isaiah 6:9 and 10)
  • towards your fathers (forefathers, ancestors) saying,
    • 'You must journey (pass from here, travel)
    • towards this people (specifically all the people who are descendants of Israel/Jacob collectively as one-unit)
    • and you must say,
      • 'By hearing (with your sense of hearing being able to listen to that-which is spoken forth to you to be heard)
      • you will hear (you will physically hear the words spoken)
      • and you may never understand (you might never bring the words of the report you physically hear together, you may never gain insight into what you hear),
      • and
      • observing (looking and mentally-envisioning, being mentally-aware and contemplating the information via the words that you observe me speaking to you)
      • you will observe
      • and you may never see (you might not at any time see to the end of perceiving and knowing with your mind what you observe),
  • in truth,
    • the heart of this people (the center/core of their beings, all the people collectively as one-unit)
    • was made-fat (caused to become fat and thick and therefore not functioning as God intended it to function)
    • and they heard weightily with their ears (heavily with fullness and abundance of pressure and burdensome severity; it was burdensome and a pressure on their ears to hear God's Word),
    • and they closed-down their eyes (shut the lids of their eyes),
      • lest-perhaps they might see with/by the eyes
      • and they might hear with/by the ears
      • and they might understand with/by the heart,
      • and they might turn-back-upon Me (turn themselves around in their minds towards Me, the only true God)
      • and I will heal them (if they would do these things then I will definitely cause them to recover from illness).'’
  • Following-on logically, it must be personally known to/by you that
    • this salvation of God (the saving, bringing people to safety from sins and their consequences, the salvation which is presented to you by God)
      • was apostled to the Gentiles (has been sent-forth to the nations, the ethnic groups other-than Israel/Judah) – 
      • emphatically they also will hear for themselves (they will listen to it themselves)."

This salvation of God was made available by means of the Lord Jesus Christ to both the Judeans/Israelites and the Gentiles/other-nations. They now both have the opportunity to either believe what God has spoken to be believed by mankind or to disbelieve it – everyone has been given the same thing to believe and obey.

Acts 11:27 - a prophet prophesied about a famine which happened around 44 A.D.:

Acts 11:27 and 28:
.27But in these days prophets came-down from Jerusalem into Antioch, .28and having stood-up one-person out-from them, Agabus by-name, signified by means of the spirit (that there was about) to be a great famine on the whole inhabited-area - the-one-which came-to-pass on Claudius - 

During the time when Barnabas and Saul (Paul) were teaching God's Word and living together with the other holy-people (Christians) in Antioch, some prophets came down from Jerusalem into Antioch.

One of these prophets, named Agabus, gave them the signal by means of his holy spirit-life (he spoke the information that his spirit revealed to him), which was that very shortly in the future there would be a large famine throughout that inhabited-area. This famine came-to-pass during the reign of the fourth Roman Emperor, Claudius Caesar, around 44 A.D.

Acts 21:9 and 10 - women as well as men can prophesy:

Acts 21:8 and 9:
.8But on the morrow having gone-out we went into Caesarea, and having gone into the house of Philip, the good-messager being from the seven-people, we remained with him, .9and to this-person were four virgin daughters (who were) prophesying.

Philip was the good-messager (a holy-person who spoke the good message, the gospel, or as transliterated from Greek to English he was an 'evangelist'). He had four unmarried daughters still living in his house at that time and while Paul and those with him were staying at Philip’s house, these four daughters were prophesying.

Verses 10-14:
.10But remaining-on more days some prophet, Agabus by-name, came-down from Judea, .11and having come towards us and having lifted Paul's girdle, having bound the feet and the hands of himself, he said, "The Spirit, the Holy (Spirit), says the-things-here: 'The adult-male whose this girdle is, thus the Judeans will bind in Jerusalem and they will give-over into Gentiles' hands.' "

Also, while Paul and those with him stayed a few more days in Caesarea with Philip, the prophet named Agabus came-down from the hill-country of Judea. When Agabus met them he lifted (took-up and carried) Paul's girdle, which was a belt worn by both men and women and was often hollow serving as a purse as well as to gird up their long flowing garments when needed. He tied (fastened) it around his own feet and hands, and said:

  • "The Spirit, specifically the Holy Spirit (referring to God Himself, emphasizing the truth that He is Spirit and He is Holy, and He communicated this information to Agabus)
    • says the-things-here (emphatically these things which I am telling you):
  • 'The adult-male (grown man) whose girdle this belongs to,
    • in this manner (as you see me bound with it)
    • the Judeans will tie (fasten) him in Jerusalem,
    • and they will give him over (hand him along, deliver him)
    • into the hands (figuratively referring to the power)
    • of the Gentiles.' "

Acts 19:6 - new holy-people (Christians) prophesied:

Acts 19:4-7:
.4But Paul said, "John baptized (with the) baptism of repentance saying to the people (that his purpose is) into the (person) coming after him in order that they may believe – this is: into Jesus." .5And having heard, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus, .6and (after) Paul having put (his) hands on them, the spirit, the holy (spirit), fell on them and they uttered-forth with tongues and they prophesied. .7And all the adult-males were as-though twelve.

In this record Paul said:

  • "John baptized with the baptism of repentance (changing the mind from bad to good regarding God and the things of God after re-thinking the matter)
  • saying to the people
  • that he is doing what he is doing for the purpose and result that all of the people would believe into the person coming after him (the one coming behind/later than him time-wise, not John himself)
    • – this means:
    • into Jesus (directed to Jesus, the object of a person’s believing must be Jesus)."

After they heard what Paul said, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. They believed what Paul told them and therefore they were baptized into everything that the name of the Lord Jesus represents and stands for – including all of his power and ability and authority, etc, which of course means that these people accepted the gift of holy spirit.

And after Paul placed (laid) his hands on them, the spirit – emphatically and specifically: the holy spirit – fell (as embracing with its resulting effects in manifestation) down on them and they uttered-forth (spoke) with tongues, and they also prophesied (spoke forth God's words communicated to them via their holy spirit-life in a language they could understand).

These learning-disciples received holy spirit-life and then they evidenced it in the physical / natural realm in two different ways:

  1.  speaking with tongues,
  2.  and prophesying.

The number of grown men were as though twelve.

Jesus fulfilled the prophecies about himself being the Christ

Matthew 5:17 - Jesus Christ came to fulfill what the prophets prophesied:

Matthew 5:17 and 18:
.17Let you not regard-as-customary that I came to disunite the law or the prophets, I did not come to disunite but to fulfill, .18for with-certainty I say to you until ever the heaven and the earth may go-by one iota or one tittle may never go-by away-from the law until ever all-things may come-to-pass;

Jesus says:

  • "Let you not regard-as-customary (do not consider or suppose it legally, lawfully and customarily okay)
    • that I came to disunite the law or the prophets (to disintegrate or dissolve the law that God gave Moses for God's people or from the prophecies that God gave His prophets to prophesy).
  • I did not come to disunite,
    • but on the contrary, I came to fulfill (to fill-up, make-full, accomplish the law and the prophets).
  • In truth and with certainty (amen, surely) I say to you
    • until ever the heaven and the earth may go-by (continuing to the time that it would happen that the heaven and the earth as it is now would pass-by)
    • one iota or one tittle may never go-by away-from the law
    • until ever all-things contained in the law may come-to-pass (would come into being, become, happen).

An 'iota' refers to the smallest Hebrew letter, and a 'tittle' refers to a little horn, point or smallest ornament on a letter. Jesus clearly tells them that he came to fulfill the law and the prophets.

Matthew 7:12 - Jesus includes reference to the old covenant prophets in his teachings:

Matthew 7:12:
.12All as-many-things-as if-ever you may intend in order that men may do to you, thus also you must do to them, for this is the law and the prophets.

Jesus said...

  • "Everything that you would intend (will with your active volition and desire) that men would do (perform) to/for you,
  • in this manner also you must do to/for them (you too must perform these things in the same manner as you would intend they do to/for you).

In truth, this is the law (what the law of Moses instructs you) and the prophets (the words from God spoken and/or written by God's prophets to you)."

Matthew 22:40 - Jesus summarizes the old covenant writings of the law and the prophets:

Matthew 22:35-40:
.35and one law-person out-from them asked making-trial-of him, .36“Teacher, of-what-kind (is) a great commandment in the law?” .37But he said to him, “You will love1 (the) Lord your God in your whole heart and in your whole soul and in your whole mind-process’; .38this is the great and first commandment. .39(The) second (is) like it, ‘You will love1 your neighbor as yourself.’ .40In these two commandments the whole law and the prophets are hung.”

One of the Pharisees was skillful in the law of Moses and he asked Jesus a question making trial of him (trying him, in the good sense of putting him to the test in order to ascertain the answer). He asked...

  • “Teacher, of what sort is a commandment in the law that is large in importance?”

He was asking Jesus to choose a specific one from the law of Moses, the commandments that God told Moses to tell to all of the children of Israel.

Jesus brought to light by saying him, “'You will love1 the Lord your God (the Master Who is the God of you)…

  • in your whole heart (within the entire sphere of action of the center/core of your being, the seat of your whole personal self and life)
  • and in your whole soul (within the entire sphere of action of the life of your physical body which is soul-life, evidenced by your breathing, including your character and disposition as you are living your life)
  • and in your whole mind-process (within the entire sphere of action of your meditation, the conscious thinking-through and reflecting-on the perception in your mind)’;

…this is the great and first commandment.

The second is similar to the first, ‘You will Godly-love your neighbor as yourself (love with God’s love the person living near you and therefore has the same background and belief, i.e. the people from among the children of Israel - as you will Godly-love yourself).’

  • In these two commandments the whole law and the prophets are hung (within these two commandments the whole law of Moses and what the prophets prophesied are suspended; these two are on top and the whole law and the prophets hang below them being fastened to them thereby being supported by them from above, not from below).”

The great and first commandment was regarding that-which God asked His people to do towards God Himself. The second commandment was like the first one in that Godly-love was involved, but this time it was regarding that-which God asked His people to do towards each-other and towards themselves (each himself).

Various reactions to prophecy

Matthew 13:57 - a prophet is not dishonored except in his fatherland and in his house:

Matthew 13:54-58:
.54And coming into his fatherland he used-to teach them in their synagogue, so-as-for them to be shocked and to say, “From-where (comes) the wisdom herself and the abilities to this-person? .55This-person is the son of the craftsman, isn’t he? - (yes.) His mother is said (as) Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas, aren’t they? - (yes.) .56And his sisters, they are all with us, aren’t they? - (yes.) Therefore from-where (comes) all these-things to this-person?” .57And they used-to-be caused-offense in him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not dishonored except in his fatherland and in (his) house.” .58And he did not do there many abilities because-of their unbelief.

Jesus came into his fatherland (referring to Nazareth) and he spent time teaching the people there in their synagogue, which is the place where people assembled at that time to hear teachings about God and the things of God. However, following the various responses as detailed in verses 54-56, Jesus told the people asking all the questions that...

  • a prophet is not without-honor (not lacking estimation of being valuable, not without being deemed to be worthy of price)
    • except in his native land and in his house (among his family, his relatives).

The people in his fatherland and in his house were not honoring Jesus, a prophet speaking forth God’s words to them. Consequently, Jesus did not do there many abilities (evidences consisting of able-power, capabilities) because of their unbelief. Jesus only did a few abilities in this area at that time. Why? On account of their unbelief (disbelief, lack of belief, being without faith/trust relative to God and the things of God).

Most of the people did not believe what Jesus was saying and teaching them. They did not believe the truth about God and His kingdom which they heard from Jesus.

Matthew 10:41 - those who accept the words of a prophet will receive in return:

Matthew 10:40 and 41:
.40The (person) accepting you accepts me, and the (person) accepting me accepts the (One) having apostled me. .41The (person) accepting a prophet with-a-view-to (his) name of 'prophet' will receive (the) compensation of a prophet....

Jesus says to his twelve apostles:

  • The person who is accepting you (welcoming you, willingly taking you, receiving you with open arms)
  • accepts me,
    • and the person accepting me
    • accepts the One Who has apostled me (God my Father sent me forth or away on a specific mission or assignment to others).
  • The person accepting a prophet
    • with-a-view-to his name of 'prophet' (which designates his distinguishing and distinctive constitution, character and quality that he speaks-forth God's words)
      • will receive the compensation of a prophet (the wage due to him from the prophet).

The prophet's compensation to him will be the words from God that the prophet speaks-forth to him.

There are true prophets and lying (false) prophets

Matthew 7:15 - Jesus describes lying prophets:

Matthew 7:15-20:
.15You must have-attention away-from the lying-prophets, the-people-who come towards you in clothes of sheep but from-inside they are catching wolves. .16You will fully-know them from their fruits. You do not collect grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do you? - (no.) .17Thus every good tree makes beautiful fruits but the rotten tree makes evil fruits. .18A good tree is not able to make evil fruits, neither a rotten tree to make beautiful fruits. .19Every tree not making beautiful fruit is cut-off and is thrown into fire. .20Consequently indeed you will fully-know them from their fruits.

Jesus says:

  • "You must have attention away from the lying-prophets (hold or turn your minds, thoughts and attention towards/for the purpose of being away from the false prophets, they are not what they claim to be),
    • the people who come/go towards you in clothes of sheep (figuratively: they envelop themselves with the outward appearance of not endangering anybody but willing to follow and be friendly)
    • but from-inside they are catching wolves (figuratively: from inside of them they are dangerous and are waiting to catch you, to seize and carry you off, here in the bad sense of snatching and taking you suddenly away as their catch or booty, but what is left-remaining is plundered - spoiling people and things).
  • You will fully-know them from their fruits (you will have full, clear and exact personal knowledge within yourselves concerning them from the fruits they produce, their produce).
  • You do not collect (gather together) grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do you?
    • No (the Greek sentence construction indicates that the expected answer must be: no, we do not collect grapes from thorns or figs from thistles).
  • It is in this manner that all/every good tree makes beautiful fruits (the tree which is good from God's viewpoint makes fruits that have a manifested decorous, harmonious and acceptable goodness)
  • but the rotten tree makes evil fruits (the tree which is putrid like a decaying vegetable from God's viewpoint makes fruits that are malignant causing painful labor to anyone who eats them).

A good tree is not able (not capable, does not have the able-power) to make evil fruits, neither is a rotten tree able to make beautiful fruits.

All/every tree that is not presently and actively making beautiful fruit is cut-off (cut out-from the other trees) and is thrown/cast into fire (where it is burned and thereby destroyed). Emphatically in correspondence to that you will fully-know them from their fruits."

Acts 13:1 and 6 - There were true prophets in Antioch but in Paphos there was a lying prophet:

Acts 13:1 and 2:
13:1And there were according to the church being in Antioch prophets and teachers: both Barnabas, and Symeon the (person) being called Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenean, both Manaen a foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul; .2and (during) their officially-serving the Lord and fasting, the Spirit, the Holy (Spirit), said, "You must separate indeed to Me Barnabas and Saul into the work which I called them towards-Myself2." 

Among the holy-people in the church in Antioch were:

  • prophets
  • and teachers (holy-people who teach/instruct with God's Word, right doctrine, to other people).

Barnabas and Saul are included in this list. It is interesting to note that Manaen, even though he was nursed and brought up with Herod the tetrarch (Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great), was considered by God's Word to be among the prophets and teachers - it did not matter what his background was, only that now at the present time he was doing the will of God and had received this grace from God.

Verse 2 is the record of God's call to Barnabas and Saul to Himself to do His work.

Verses 6 and 7:
.6And having gone-through the whole island continuously-until Paphos, they found an adult-male, some magus, a Judean lying-prophet, Barjesus by-name, .7who was together with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an understanding adult-male, this-person having called Barnabas and Saul towards-himself earnestly-sought-after to hear the word of God.

When they reached Paphos, the main city of Cyprus, traveling by ship around the coast, there was a magus (singular of “magi”) in that location. Magi were men knowledgeable and wise in either astronomy or enchantment from Media, Persia or Babylonia.

Here in Acts, this magus was a sorcerer, a magician using enchantment from the devil to deceive. He was of Judean descent named Barjesus, a lying prophet who worked with the proconsul. A "lying prophet" is a false prophet, one who claims to speak God's words being revealed to him/her concerning the past, present and/or future - but a lying prophet does not speak the only true God’s words to the people, instead he/she speaks lies, false statements.

God's Word describes Sergius Paulus as a man of understanding and he invited Barnabas and Saul (Paul) to come to him because he was earnestly searching (intensely looking) to hear the spoken account of the inner-thoughts of God.

Verses 8-12:
.8But 'Elymas' the magus, for thus his name is translated, stood-himself-against them seeking-after to throughly-turn the proconsul away-from the belief. .9But Saul, also (called) Paul, having been filled of holy spirit, having gazed-intently into him, .10said, "Oh full of all deceit and all recklessness, son of (the) devil, enemy of all righteousness, you will not stop throughly-turning the ways of (the) Lord, the straight (ways); .11and now look!, (the) hand of (the) Lord (is) on you and you will be blind not observing the sun continuously-until a time." And with-that a mist and darkness fell on him, and leading-around he sought-after hand-leaders. .12Then the proconsul, having seen the-thing having come-to-pass2, believed being shocked on the teaching of the Lord.

This Judean lying/false prophet is called here by the name that denoted his greatness in operating and being operated by the devil's spirit power: "Elymas" = the powerfully knowing and wise one. Elymas was wise in the things of the devil, for example, sorcery, astrology which is the counterfeit of astronomy; he used the devil's power to do tricks on people, etc. 

This Elymas the magus resisted Barnabas and Saul's teaching of God’s Word to Sergius Paulus. He was actively in the process of completely turning Sergius Paulus around, twisting him 180 degrees from the truth of God's Word, causing perverseness, distorting, turning him the wrong way and away from the correct belief.

But when Saul fixed his eyes intently directed to Elymas, he was filled with information pertaining to this situation from his own holy spirit-life within him. Paul was the one who was taking care of this situation and he now knew exactly what was going on. Paul said to Elymas that:

  1. he (Elymas) was a person filled with all/every deceit (guile or bait as used to catch people by stratagem, by subterfuge),
  2. and he was filled with all/every recklessness (levity or mischief in doing things in the bad sense of wickedness);
  3. he was a son of the devil, which means that he had willingly chosen the devil as his god in the place of the only true God and thus he had willfully received a devil-spirit (demon) to permanently reside within his own body so that he could never change from being a son of the devil;
  4. he was an enemy of (one who opposes and exhibits enmity and hostility towards or against) all/every righteousness (justness, justice);
  5. he was not willing to quit from perverting or distorting the ways of the Lord which are the straight ways (the right-on-course purposes, the Lord's progress, the Lord's manners of actions or methods of proceeding).

Following Paul's detailed description of Elymas, he also gives further information to him and others listening regarding what was about to happen. These things occurred as Paul prophesied resulting in the proconsul Sergius Paulus believing the truth that Paul spoke to him.

Prophets don't know everything

Matthew 13:17 - Jesus refers to the prophets who lived during an earlier time:

Matthew 13:16 and 17:
.16But your eyes (are) happy because they observe, and your ears (are happy) because they hear. .17With-certainty I say to you that many prophets and righteous-people intensely-yearned to see the-things-which you observe and they did not see, and to hear the-things you hear and they did not hear.

Jesus told his learning-disciples (students), “But your eyes are happy because they observe, and your ears are happy because they hear. With-certainty (amen, surely) I say to you that a lot of...

  • prophets
  • and righteous-people (people who were just, living in a right/just state from God’s viewpoint)

…intensely yearned (lusted, here used in the good sense, they fixed or attached strong-desire upon their objective, which was)...

  • to see (perceive, know) the things which you observe
    • and they did not see,
  • and to hear the-things you hear
    • and they did not hear."

The chronological time had not arrived for many of the things that Jesus was doing and saying to be seen and heard by people who lived before that time.

I Peter 1:10 - the old covenant prophets sought and searched about the age we live in today:

I Peter 1:9-12:
.9bringing-to-yourselves the completion of the belief – salvation of (your) souls; .10concerning which salvation prophets sought-out and searched-out, the (prophets) having prophesied concerning the grace into you, .11searching into what or what-kind-of time the spirit in them used-to make-clear of Christ witnessing-beforehand the sufferings into Christ and the glories after these (sufferings), .12to whom it was revealed that not to themselves but to you these (sufferings and glories) used-to minister, which now were announced to you by means of the (holy-people) having good-messaged (to) you in holy spirit having been apostled from heaven, into which angels intensely-yearn to bend-alongside.

Peter writes that it is about the salvation of your souls that prophets...

  • sought-out (looked out, in the sense of looking for a response from God regarding it)
  • and searched-out (tracked or traced from the writings, the scrolls which recorded the words that God had previously revealed)
  • emphatically and specifically the prophets who prophesied
    • concerning the grace into you (about the bestowing of unmerited favor for/directed-to you, that is: the grace that you have already received),
  • searching into what time (what length this specific period of time would last to its fulfillment)
  • or what sort of time (what events, actions, etc, would be included during this season of time) 
    • the spirit in them used to make clear (the spirit that God had placed within those prophets was making evident, plain for them to see during that past old covenant time)
      • pertaining to Christ (Messiah, the Anointed-one)
    • witnessing beforehand (the spirit within them was testifying ahead of time, attesting with information, knowledge in advance of occurring, bearing authoritative witness regarding) 
      • the sufferings into Christ (the experiences of the things being directed to Christ, that would affect the Anointed-one during his life and ending in his death)
      • and the glories after these sufferings,
  • to whom it was revealed (to the old covenant prophets during their searching it was uncovered by God, as removing a veil and exposing what was previously hidden from their view)
  • that
    • not to themselves
    • but to you (holy-people, Christians)
      • these sufferings and glories used to minister (the details witnessed about the sufferings and the glories of Christ were serving to bestow benefit, to bring profit to you),
  • which at the present time have already been announced (messaged-up, reported-back) to you
    • by means of (through) the holy-people who have good-messaged (evangelized, preached the gospel) to you
      • in holy spirit (within the sphere of action of sanctified spirit)
      • which has already been apostled from heaven (God has sent forth the gift of holy spirit from Himself via the Lord Jesus Christ on a specific mission or assignment; this holy spirit is the spirit of Christ),
  • into which things angels presently intensely yearn to bend alongside (looking into all that is involved regarding the present time, which is the interval of time between the sufferings of Christ and the glories of Christ).

Prophets believe and speak the information that is given to them from God ultimately, even though they may not always understand the prophecy

Romans 3:21 - the prophets witnessed about God's righteousness without law:

Romans 3:21 and 22:
.21But now, without law, (the) righteousness of God was manifested2 being witnessed-of by the law and the prophets, .22even (the) righteousness of God by means of belief of Jesus Christ into all the (people) believing... 

In verse 21 Paul writes “now” referring to this time period that began on the day of Pentecost recorded in Acts chapter 2, and it will continue until the Lord Jesus Christ will come to gather all the holy-people (Christians) together with him. He writes: But…

  • now (emphatically at this present time)
    • without the law (apart from the law of Moses because it is not the standard by-which God administers or takes-care of His children/people at the present time),
  • the righteousness of God (His justness)
    • was manifested and it is still manifest (evidenced, brought to light, shown-forth) 
    • being witnessed of (attested to)
    • by the power of the law (of Moses, which is part of the old covenant writings)
    • and the prophets (the prophecies that the prophets spoke and wrote down, which are also part of the old covenant writings),
  • emphatically the righteousness of God which is
    • by means of belief of Jesus Christ (through the faith/trust pertaining-to or regarding Jesus Christ)
    • into all the people believing (directed to everyone who has faith, trusting the belief that God makes known regarding Jesus Christ)....

Today, all who believe the belief regarding Jesus Christ receive holy spirit.

Ephesians 2:20 - built on the foundation of apostles and prophets:

Ephesians 2:19-22:
.19Consequently you are no-longer strangers and sojourners but you are citizens-together with the holy-people, even God's household-people, .20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets – Christ Jesus himself being (the) extreme-corner, .21in whom all (the) building joining-together increases into (the) holy interior-temple in (the) Lord, .22in whom also you are being built-together into (the) dwelling-down-place of God in spirit. 

Paul writes to holy-people (Christians):

  • ...you are citizens together (people who have citizenship, the rights of people within a walled-town or city in conjunction)
    • with the holy-people,
  • emphatically you and all other holy-people are household-people belonging-to God (people who are presently, and will continue to be, members of God's household, His family dwelling within His house, building or dwelling).

How?

  • You have been built resting or based upon
    • the foundation (that-which is put or laid being fundamental, like the foundation of a building whereby the rest of the building stands on top of it and is supported by it)
  • laid by apostles (people sent-forth by God and/or by the Lord Jesus Christ on a mission or specific assignment to other people)
  • and prophets (people who speak-forth for God to other people)
    • – Christ Jesus himself being the extreme-corner.

Christ Jesus is the one in whom all holy-people, from both the Israeli and the Gentile backgrounds, are being connected; we are limbs of his one spiritual body.

Ephesians 3:5 - the mystery of the Christ was revealed to God's holy apostles and prophets in spirit:

Ephesians 3:4 and 5:
.4towards which reading you are able to mentally-perceive my understanding in the mystery of the Christ, .5which (during) different generations was not made-known to the sons of men as now it was revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in spirit,

Paul explains that the mystery of the Christ (the secret pertaining-to the Anointed-one, the Messiah)…

  • during different generations
    •  was not made personally known to the sons of men (mankind),
      • as at the present time it has been revealed to God's holy apostles and prophets.

The present time, now, is this generation which began on the day of Pentecost when the gift of holy spirit was made available to mankind. How has the mystery of the Christ now been revealed to God's holy apostles and prophets? In spirit – within the sphere of action of their holy spirit, which is the spirit of Christ in them.

Romans 16:26 - the mystery has been manifested by means of prophetic writings:

Romans 16:25-27:
.25But to the (One) being able to set you fast - according to my good-message, even the heralded-proclamation of Jesus Christ according to revelation of (the) mystery having been kept-silent2 for agelong times, .26but now having been manifested by means of prophetic writings according to (the) command of the eternal God with-a-view-to obedience of belief having been made-known into all the Gentiles - .27to (the) only wise God, by means of Jesus Christ, to Whom (is) the glory into the ages, with-certainty.

Paul writes that God is able to set you holy-people fast (He is able to fix you firmly into the correct position, to establish you) -

  • according to my good-message (in accordance with the evangel, the gospel that I make known to people),
    • - which is -
    • emphatically the heralded proclamation of Jesus Christ (the proclamation that is heralded forth pertaining to Jesus Christ)
      • - which is -
      • according to revelation (the revealing or uncovering, as though removing a veil to expose what had previously been hidden)
      • of the mystery (the secret)

...which was kept-silent (this mystery was hushed, it was not spoken aloud by God) for agelong chronological times - but at the present time this mystery has been manifested (it has already been evidenced, brought to light, shown forth)...

  • by means of prophetic writings (through the scrolls, the scriptures of what God communicated to the old covenant prophets and which they spoke forth, prophesied, and which were written down, recorded in the old covenant writings)
    • according to the command of the eternal God (the command was issued by God Who is eternal)....

Paul quoted many times from the old covenant writings throughout this letter revealing the previously hidden information that was recorded in them.

Prophets can speak prophecy today

Ephesians 4:11 - Christ has given prophets:

Ephesians 4:11:
.11and he has given2 indeed the apostles, and the prophets, and the good-messagers, and the shepherds and teachers

Christ himself has given and he is still giving indeed…

  1. the apostles (this word places emphasis on being sent),
  2. the prophets (this word places emphasis on speaking to others), 
  3. the good-messagers (this word places emphasis on what is spoken, which is the good message),
  4. the shepherds (this word places emphasis on shepherding others – sometimes called "pastor" in today's society),
  5. and teachers (this word places emphasis on instructing others).

These holy-people have exactly the same holy spirit-life which every other holy-person has received from God by means of the Lord Jesus Christ, plus they have received added grace (unmerited favor) to enable them to carry-out the specific qualities of their assignments, etc, asked of them in the reception of that grace. These apostles, prophets, good-messagers, shepherds and teachers are to carry-out their assignment or mission(s) from the moment of commissioning onwards until completed.

Verses 12 and 13:
.12towards the full-equipping of the holy-people into work of ministry, into edification of the body of Christ, .13up-until we all may come-down into the oneness of the belief and of the full-knowledge of the son of God, into a complete adult-male, into (the) measure of stature of the fullness of Christ,

Why does Christ continue to give the apostles, and the prophets, and the good-messagers, and the shepherds and teachers? For the purpose that we are put down in a fitting straight/right order, having all that we need in the walk (behavior, conduct) category to carry-out duties or functions for God and the Lord Jesus Christ as we all await his coming to gather us all together with him.

Romans 12:6 - prophecy should be done according to the proportion of the belief:

Romans 12:6:
.6but having different gracious-gifts according to the grace, the (grace) having been given to us – whether prophecy according to the proportion of the belief,

In verse 6, Paul is continuing to give us examples of particular practices or functions within the one spiritual body of Christ and how we are to carry them out during the everyday living of our lives. He writes:

We presently continue having…

  • different gracious-gifts (gracious gifts that are carried or borne in various ways, so that any assigned practice or function within the one body can be carried-out effectively)
    • in accordance with the grace (the bestowed unmerited or undeserved favor),
      • emphatically and specifically the grace that has been given to us (each one of us) –
  • whether prophecy (if we receive words to speak-forth to, before, or in front of another person or people as directed by God via our holy spirit-life concerning the past, present and/or future) –
  • we must prophesy
    • in accordance with the proportion of the belief (the limit of words, the ratio, up to the word of the belief that God distributes to each one of us, the faith, the information that God makes known specific to that prophecy for us to have confidence-in with assured certainty and surety).

I Corinthians 12:10 - one of the contributions from the gift of holy spirit is prophecy:

I Corinthians 12:7 and 10:
.7But the manifestation of the spirit is given to each-person towards the-thing contributing ... .10but  ... for another (contribution) prophecy ... 

In I Corinthians chapter 12, Paul is teaching about spiritual-things. He explains that the gift of holy spirit, which is within each holy-person, is able to manifest itself to the person's physical, fleshy mind and/or body, whereby that person is aware of what the spirit communicates to him/her.

The manifestation of/from the spirit (the spirit's evidence of itself, bringing itself to light, showing itself forth in the physical realm)...

  • is presently given (by God Who is the source, or by the Lord Jesus Christ on behalf of God)
    • to each-person (to every holy-person)
  • towards the-thing that is contributing (for the purpose of that-which is contributive).

In verse 10, Paul writes that for another spiritual contribution is given:

  • prophecy.

Prophecy is given by the holy spirit-life. The spirit makes this prophecy known to that holy-person. The holy-person must decide by his own freedom of will to communicate to/with his holy spirit and thus accept (receive, take) this prophecy, and do what is required (speak it forth) having received this spiritual contribution.

That-which emanates from the gift of holy spirit is spiritual; it is supernatural; it is definitely proceeding from the holy spirit-life within that holy-person, not from his fleshly and natural thinking patterns or feelings.

Each recipient is to hear, believe and obey what is communicated to him/her, whether any other holy-person receives the same or similar information or not, and whether any other holy-person believes and obeys or not.

I Corinthians 13:8 and 9 - prophecies via the gift of holy spirit will be rendered ineffective when we are gathered together with our Lord Jesus Christ

I Corinthians 13:8-10:
.8The love1 never falls, but whether prophecies they will be rendered-ineffective, whether tongues they will stop, whether knowledge it will be rendered-ineffective – .9for partially we know and partially we prophesy, .10but whenever the completion may come the-thing (which is) partial will be rendered-ineffective.

God’s kind of love (which is available to be evidenced by all holy-people at all times during the everyday living of our lives)…

  • never falls (at no time does it fall, it is not falling down at any time in relation to its availability, purpose, etc, as from a higher to a lower place thereby being rendered ineffective or stopping).

But at various times during different situations and circumstances…

  • since there are holy-people who have prophecies via holy spirit,
    • these prophecies will be rendered ineffective (caused to be inactive, inoperative, useless at the future time of our gathering together with the Lord Jesus Christ)....

The reason why these will be rendered ineffective or stop in the future is that in truth…

  • partially we know (we personally know only part of the whole amount of God's knowledge which is given to us at specific times by means of holy spirit),
  • and partially we prophesy (we prophesy only part of the whole amount of God's prophecy which is given to us at specific times by means of holy spirit).

We don't know all of God's knowledge neither do we prophesy all of God's prophecy, but it is by God's grace that He would reveal a certain amount of knowledge and/or prophecy to us. Why does Paul write that the manifestation of holy spirit is only partial? Because the gift of holy spirit that every holy-person (Christian) has within him/her is only the token (earnest, deposit) of the whole inheritance that has been promised to us by God. It assures us that we will definitely receive the fullness of our salvation at a future time.

But at whatever time that…

  • the completion (that-which is perfect, reaching God’s fulfilling ending-issue)
    • would come,
  • then the-thing which we have only partially (not wholly)
    • will be rendered ineffective (caused to be inactive, inoperative, useless).

At that time, what is partial will be rendered ineffective – because we will receive what is whole. When the resurrected Christ comes to gather us together with him, then we will receive our full inheritance – the completion of the deposit of holy spirit that all holy-people have now as a gift from God by means of the Lord Jesus Christ. We will each have a spiritual body like the resurrected Christ has already received from God, and we will have the availability of all of God’s spiritual-things all of the time.

I Corinthians 14: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 - holy-people can prophesy in the church:

I Corinthians 14:1-4:
14:1You must pursue the love1; but you must be zealous-towards the spiritual-things; but rather in order that you may prophesy – .2for the (person) uttering-forth with a tongue does not utter-forth to men but to God, for not-one-person hears (with understanding) but he utters-forth mysteries with spirit, .3but the (person) prophesying utters-forth to men edification and encouragement and comfort; .4the (person) uttering-forth with a tongue edifies himself, but the (person) prophesying edifies (the) church.

All holy-people should pursue the Godly-love during the everyday living of our lives. We are limbs (members) of the one spiritual body of Christ – all interrelated and interacting with one another. It is also correct for holy-people to be zealous towards the spiritual-things. But when we are assembled together in a meeting…

  • rather (more-so, constantly-increasing – not ‘instead-of’ but more and more)
  • for the purpose and result that
    • you may prophesy (you would be speaking-forth God's words being revealed or communicated to you via your holy spirit-life concerning the past, present and/or future while you are among the other people attending the meeting; refer to I Corinthians 12:10)....

In verse 3, Paul continues:

  • but the holy-person who is prophesying (speaking-forth God's words being revealed to him/her via the gift of holy spirit)
  • utters-forth (is speaking)
    • edification (the action or process of building upwards and establishing)
    • and encouragement (exhorting, calling others beside oneself as a concerned father or mother would call/invite their children close to them under their arms so as to help them to do what is right)
    • and comfort (speaking in a soothing or tender manner)
      • to men (mankind, the person prophesying speaks words in a language that the speaker and most, if not all, of the people attending the meeting can understand).

In a meeting of the church, when holy-people are gathered-together in any location, God wants the people to understand the words that are spoken.

Verse 5:
.5But I intend all of you to utter-forth with tongues, but rather in order that you may prophesy; but the (person) prophesying (is) greater than the (person) uttering-forth with tongues outside-of except he may throughly-interpret in order that the church may receive edification.

Paul writes his intention for the church of holy-people:

  • I intend (I will with active volition and desire)
  • all/every one of you
    • to be uttering-forth with tongues (speaking with tongues, as verse 2 above),
  • but rather (more-so, more and more)
  • for the purpose and result that
    • you would be prophesying (as verse 1 above);
  • – why? – because during the time that holy-people are attending a meeting (an assembly of the church) –
    • the person who is prophesying
    • is greater (comparatively more-great, larger in quality, etc)
    • than the person who is uttering-forth with tongues
      • but this is excluding the exception that
      • the person who utters-forth with tongues would throughly interpret (interpret through-and-through, fully explain what he has just spoken with tongues; refer to I Corinthians 12:10)
      • for the purpose and result that
      • the church of holy-people would receive edification (take what is given to it which is the availability for them to be built upwards in their minds regarding God and the things of God by hearing the words of the interpretation of tongues to the end of understanding them).

We should note that Paul did not write that he did not want people to speak with tongues – but that during church meetings speaking with tongues must be accompanied with its interpretation in order that the holy-people, the church, would receive edification.  

I Corinthians 14:22 - prophecy is for a sign to the people believing:

I Corinthians 14:22:
.22so-that the tongues are with-a-view-to a sign not to the (people) believing but to the unbelievers, but prophecy (is with-a-view-to a sign) not to the unbelievers but to the (people) believing.

In verse 22 Paul writes that:

  • prophecy is with a view to a sign (the words of prophecy given by the spirit within every holy-person, which are prophesied by the speaker and are understood by people, are for a sign; they are directed-to and resulting-in being a designated signal or standard of authentication, showing or proving authenticity of God’s Word coming to pass)
    • not to the unbelievers,
  • but on the contrary, prophecy is for a sign
    • to/for the people who are believing (having faith, trusting all that God has accomplished by means of the Lord Jesus Christ including the manifestation of the spirit).

Acts 15:32 - prophets speaking words of prophecy encourage the brothers:

Acts 15:30-32:
.30Therefore indeed the (people) having been loosened went-down into Antioch, and having gathered the multitude together they gave-upon (them) the letter, .31and having read (it) they joyed on the encouragement; .32both Judas and Silas, also themselves being prophets, by means of much word encouraged the brothers and fully-set (them) fast.  

When they had finished reading the letter and the holy-people of the Gentile background rejoiced based on the encouragement (exhortation) in those letters - then...

  • both Judas and Silas
    • – also being prophets –
  • through a lot of speaking God’s Word (the spoken account of God’s inner thoughts)
    • to them,
  • encouraged the brothers (exhorted them, as calling the brothers, the holy-people with a Gentile background, beside themselves like a concerned father or mother would invite their children close to them to help them to do what is right)
  • and fully-set them fast (established, firmly fixed them in the truth of God’s Word).

I Thessalonians 5:20 - holy-people should not despise prophecies:

I Thessalonians 5:20:
.20prophecies you must not despise;

Paul is teaching how holy-people (Christians) ought to behave during the everyday living of our lives - and in verse 20 he writes:

  • prophecies you must not despise.

Do not think-nothing-of (treat-with-contempt, set-as-naught) the prophecies that you hear - the content of-which are God's words spoken forth to people by the one prophesying, having been given these words via his/her holy spirit concerning the past, present or future.

II Peter 1:19, 20, 21 - prophecy is given by holy spirit:

II Peter 1:19-21:
.19and we have the firmer prophetic word; to which having-attention you do beautifully, as to a lamp shining-light in a dark place until where (the) day lights-through and (the) light-carrier may arise in your hearts, .20firstly knowing this that all prophecy of writing does not come-into-being of (a prophet’s) own looseness, .21for prophecy was not carried at-some-time by an intention of man but men uttered-forth from God being carried by holy spirit.

In verse 19 Peter writes: during the time that you are having attention (holding your minds, thoughts and attention)…

  • towards the firmer prophetic word (the steadier or surer prophecy about the Christ since it has definitely come to pass because you have the spirit of Christ within you)
    • you do beautifully (you are performing in a manner that has a manifested decorous, harmonious and acceptable goodness),
  • as to a lamp shining-light (as to a lamp bringing light, causing light to shine so as to be evident, being clearly seen)
    • in a dark place (obscure)
  • continuing for as long a time to when
    • the daylight shines through (the dawn light of daybreak displaces any remaining darkness)
    • and the light-carrier (literally: phosphorus, the light bearer, the one who brings the light; figuratively as the eye allows light into the rest of the body, also as the light of the early morning star shines, the brightness)
      • would rise within your hearts,

…firstly knowing this fact that…

  • all prophecy of writing (every prophecy contained in the scripture, all the words that God reveals to His prophets who then speak these words to the people regarding the past, present and/or future, and which are also written down)
    • does not come-into-being of a prophet’s own looseness (it does not originate from a prophet’s own action of letting the mind run loose to produce it).

In truth, prophecy…

  • was not carried (brought, borne) at any time by/with an intention of man (mankind’s will, an individual’s active volition and desire)
  • but on the contrary,
  • men uttered-forth from God (certain members of mankind spoke words originating from God Who is the source of the prophecy)
    • being carried by holy spirit (while these people are being brought, borne in motion by/under the power, hand, or agency of the sanctified spirit within them).

Revelation 1:3 - the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ are words of prophecy:

Revelation 1:3:
.3Happy (is) the (person) reading and the (people) hearing the words of the prophecy and keeping the-things having been written2 in it, for the time (is) near.

Happy is...

  • the person who is reading (so as to personally know what is written, and also speaking out loud so others can hear what he is reading)
  • and the people who are hearing (listening to what is being read by the reader, which are)
    • the words of the prophecy (the information originally from God via Jesus Christ concerning the past, present and/or future that John received to speak-forth to, before, or in front of another person or people, and which he wrote down in this writing)
  • and keeping (as keeping an eye on, having in safekeeping, and therefore not neglecting or violating but watching over, taking care of, maintaining, and observing)
    • the things that were written and continue written in the prophecy,

...why? - in truth, the time is near (the season detailed in this writing is close).

Each second and minute and hour and day and month and year that goes-by brings all holy-people (every Christian) nearer in time to the event of Christ's coming to gather us all together with him. The fulfillment of all the prophecies regarding the day of the Lord will come to pass after our gathering-together with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 22:6 and 7 - God is the One Who gave holy spirit-life to His prophets:

Revelation 22:6 and 7:
.6And he said to me, "These words (are) believable and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, apostled His angel to point-out to His slaves which-things are necessary to come-to-pass in quickness." .7"And look!, I come quickly; happy (is) the (person) keeping the words of the prophecy of this book."

The angel (who was revealing this revelation) said to John...

  • "These words (referring to the entire prophecy of this writing of the revelation of Jesus Christ)
  • are
    • believable (faithful, trustworthy)
    • and true (their quality and essence is trueness, their consistency is truth, they are actual, certain, real, genuine words).
  • And the Lord,
    • specifically referring to the God of the spirits of the prophets (the prophets who prophesy do so by means of the spirit they receive from God),
  • apostled His angel (God sent forth/away His angel on a specific mission or assignment - this is the method that God has used many times to make known His information)
    • to point-out to His slaves (to indicate to the people serving in the capacity of being slaves from the working or service relationship viewpoint)
      • regarding the things which are binding (which must, ought)
      • to happen in quickness (once these things begin they will occur with speed, swiftly)."

John also writes the next words that he hears:

  • "And look (behold, see, pay attention)!,
    • I am coming quickly (I am definitely in the process of going to you with speed, swiftly - it occurs quickly);
  • happy
    • is the person keeping (as keeping an eye on, having in safekeeping, and therefore not neglecting or violating but watching over, taking care of, maintaining, and observing)
      • the words of the prophecy of this book (the information originally from God concerning the past, present and/or future that John received to speak-forth to, before, or in front of another person or people, and which he wrote down in this writing according to the instructions given to him; refer to Revelation 1:3)."

Also refer to the following: