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Christian (Post Pentecost) Prophecy

Christian prophecy is defined as post Pentecost prophecy. Let us look at two examples of Christian prophecy by the prophet Agabus. This one man gives us some amazing insights into Christian prophecy.

1) Agabus - Foretelling Famine

Acts 11:28-29 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea.

The Scripture explains that Agabus was correct in that the famine happened and the disciples sent help. This help may have been delivered by Paul and Barnabas and may have been the revelation spoken of in Galatians 2:2:

Gal 2:1-2 Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation

2) Agabus - Foretelling the Fate of Paul Acts 21:11
The word that Paul received himself

Acts 20:21-23 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.

The prophetic word of Agabus

Acts 21:10-14 After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul's belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, "The Holy Spirit says, 'In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.'" When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, "The Lord's will be done."

Finally what actually happened?

Acts 21:30-33 The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut. While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar. He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done.

The first question is - was the prophetic word of Agabus right or wrong? He was probably wrong in the detail; however it is likely that only Paul saw the bigger picture for his life, while Agabus saw a more narrow glimpse of what was to happen. The dramatic way in which the prophecy was delivered and the response of those who heard gives an insight that Agabus was warning Paul not to go to Jerusalem.

This shows three points of great importance:

1. Christian prophecy should always be weighed.

2. Care with Christian prophecy must be taken when given to an individual and where it is directional.

3. Agabus and the group allowed Paul the freedom to decide what to do.

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