Year of the Holy Spirit: Prophecy week 2
(1)Prophecy is not fortune telling.
why would the Holy Spirit send a prophecy concerning the Apostle Paul’s death?
To understand why God would foretell the Death of the Apostle Paul we have to look at the purpose of prophecy:
ιςb, εως f: a test of someone’s capability to resist or to respond to some difficulty—‘challenge.’ πολλὴν ἄθλησιν ὑπεμείνατε παθημάτων ‘in your sufferings you stood up to the great challenge’ He 10:32. For another interpretation of ἄθλησις in He 10:32, see 50.3.
74.14 σθενόω: to cause someone to be or to become more able or capable, with the implication of a contrast with weakness—‘to make more able, to strengthen.’ αὐτὸς καταρτίσει, στηρίξει, σθενώσει ‘he will restore, strengthen, and make (you) stronger’ 1 Pe 5:10. The terms στηρίζω (see 74.19) and σθενόω in 1 Pe 5:10 are very similar in meaning and serve primarily to intensify the meaning of making persons more able to engage in or to undergo certain experiences.
74.15 οἰκοδομέωb; ἐποικοδομέωb; οἰκοδομήc, ῆς f: to increase the potential of someone or something, with focus upon the process involved—‘to strengthen, to make more able, to build up.’
οἰκοδομέωb: οἰκοδομουμένη καὶ πορευομένη τῷ φόβῳ τοῦ κυρίου ‘built up and living in reverence for the Lord’ Ac 9:31.
ἐποικοδομέωb: ἐποικοδομοῦντες ἑαυτοὺς τῇ ἁγιωτάτῃ ὑμῶν πίστει ‘build yourselves up on your most holy faith’ or ‘… by means of your most holy faith’ Jd 20.
οἰκοδομήc: κατὰ τὴν ἐξουσίαν ἣν ὁ κύριος ἔδωκέν μοι, εἰς οἰκοδομὴν καὶ οὐκ εἰς καθαίρεσιν ‘according to the authority which the Lord has given me to build you up, not to tear you down’ or ‘… to strengthen and not to weaken’ 2 Cor 13:10.
25.150 παρακαλέωd; παράκλησιςa, εως f: to cause someone to be encouraged or consoled, either by verbal or non-verbal means—‘to encourage, to console, encouragement.’
παρακαλέωd: ἵνα γνῶτε τὰ περὶ ἡμῶν καὶ παρακαλέσῃ τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν ‘that you may know how we are and that he may encourage you’ Eph 6:22.
παράκλησιςa: εἴ τίς ἐστιν ἐν ὑμῖν λόγος παρακλήσεως πρὸς τὸν λαόν ‘if you have any message of encouragement for the people’ Ac 13:15; εἴ τις οὖν παράκλησις ἐν Χριστῷ ‘if then there is any encouragement in Christ’ Php 2:1.
25.154 παραμύθιον, ου n; παραμυθία, ας f: (derivatives of παραμυθέομαι ‘to comfort,’ 25.153) that which causes or constitutes the basis for consolation and encouragement—‘consolation, encouragement.’
παραμύθιον: εἴ τι παραμύθιον ἀγάπης ‘if there is any consolation of love’ or ‘if his love consoles you’ or ‘… encourages you’ Php 2:1.
παραμυθία: ὁ δὲ προφητεύων ἀνθρώποις λαλεῖ οἰκοδομὴν καὶ παράκλησιν καὶ παραμυθίαν ‘the one who declares God’s message to people speaks of that which builds up and encourages and consoles’ 1 Cor 14:3.
(2) Prophecy Points to Jesus
(3) Revealing secrets
24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. 25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.