Word Study on the Greek word prophḗtēs, prophet

The following is an examination of every occurrence of the Greek word προφήτης, prophet (singular), and prophets (plural) that are found in the New Testament. It occurs 144 times. My goal is to examine how God uses the word in different contexts. The New Apostolic Reformation, NAR, teaches that there are present-day apostles and prophets. Is that biblical?

You will notice in the table below that I offer possible meanings for each word in its context. Again, I’m not saying I’m 100% accurate in every verse. But, I did my best to let that context speak and then develop categories out of it.

Greek word: προφήτης prophḗtēs
Meaning:   prophet, prophets
Strong’s #: G4396
Frequency
:  144 occurrences

The following outline is developed out of the table that follows it. It is a summary of the meaning of the Greek word προφήτης prophḗtēs as occurs in every verse in the New Testament. I know the table is lengthy, but that is the nature of this kind of research. You can check them out and see if you agree with my categorization or not.

Also, you’ll see the outline where I’ve summarized the categories so you can see how the word is used in different contexts.

 

A prophet, generic

Matt. 10:41; 11:9; 21:26; Mark 6:15; Luke 4:24; 7:39; 13:33; 2 Pet. 2:16

Old Testament Prophets Mentioned by Name

Daniel the Prophet Matt. 24:15; David the Prophet Acts 2:30; Elisha the Prophet Luke 4:27; Isaiah the Prophet Matt.3:3; 4:14; 8:17; 12:17; Mark 1:2; Luke 3:4; 4:17; John 1:23; 12:38; Acts 8:28; 8:30; 8:34; 28:25; Jeremiah the Prophet Matt. 2:17; 27:9; Joel the Prophet Acts 2:16; Jonah the Prophet Matt. 12:39; Samuel the Prophet Acts 13:20

New Testament Prophets Mentioned by Name

Agabus the Prophet Acts 21:10; John the Baptist Matt. 14:5; 21:46; Mark 11:32; Luke 7:26; 20:6

New Testament Prophets

Acts 21:10; 11:27; 13:1; 15:32; 1 Cor. 12:28; 12:29; 14:29; 14:32; Eph. 2:20; 3:5; 4:11

Old Testament Prophet (singular)

Matt. 1:22; 2:5; 2:15; 13:35; 21:4; Luke 9:8; Acts 7:42; 7:48

Old Testament Prophets (plural)

Matt. 5:12; 13:17; 16:14; 23:29; 23:30; 23:31; 23:34; 23:37; 26:56; Mark 8:28; Luke 1:70; 6:23; 9:19; 10:24; 11:47; 11:50; 13:34; John 8:52; 8:53; Acts 3:18; 3:21; 3:24; 3:25; 7:52; 10:43; 13:27; 13:40; 15:15; 26:22; 26:27; 28:23; Rom. 1:2; 3:21; 11:3; 1 Thess. 2:15; Heb. 1:1; 11:32; James 5:10; 1 Pet. 1:10; 2 Pet. 3:2

Old Testament and/or New Testament Prophets

Luke 11:49; 13:28; Rev. 10:7; 11:18; 16:6; 18:20; 18:24; 22:6; 22:9

Jesus a Prophet

Matt. 13:57; 21:11; Mark 6:4; Luke 7:16; 24:19; John 4:19; 4:44; 7:52; 9:17

The Prophet

John 1:21; 1:25; 6:14; 7:40; Acts 3:22; 3:23; 7:37

The Two Prophets of Revelation

Rev. 11:10

Old Testament Scripture

Matt. 2:23; 5:17; 7:12; 11:13; 22:40; Luke 16:16; 16:29; 16:31; 18:31; 24:25; 24:27; 24:44; John 1:45; 6:45; Acts 13:15; 24:14

Secular Prophet

Titus 1:12

Address
prophet, prophets
Strong’s # 4396, προφήτης prophḗtēs

Possible
Meaning

Matt.
1:22

“Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet.
OT Prophet

Matt.
2:5

“They said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet.”
OT Prophet

Matt.
2:15

“He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON.’”
OT Prophet

Matt.
2:17

“Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:”
Jeremiah the Prophet

Matt.
2:23

“and came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
OT Scripture

Matt.
3:3

“For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, ‘THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!’”
Isaiah the Prophet

Matt.
4:14

“This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:”
Isaiah the Prophet

Matt.
5:12

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
OT Prophets

Matt.
5:17

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”
OT Scripture

Matt.
7:12

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the prophets.”
OT Scripture

Matt.
8:17

“This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: ‘HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.’”
Isaiah the Prophet

Matt.
10:41

“He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.”
A Prophet

Matt.
11:9

“But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.”
A Prophet

Matt.
11:13

“For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John.”
OT Scripture

Matt.
12:17

“This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:”
Isaiah the Prophet

Matt.
12:39

“But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;’
Jonah the Prophet

Matt.
13:17

“For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
OT Prophets

Matt.
13:35

“This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”
OT Prophet

Matt.
13:57

“And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.’
Jesus a Prophet

Matt.
14:5

Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.”
John the Baptist a Prophet

Matt.
16:14

“And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
OT Prophets

Matt.
21:4

“This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet.
OT Prophet

Matt.
21:11

“And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Jesus a Prophet

Matt.
21:26

“But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet.”
A Prophet

Matt.
21:46

“When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.”
John the Baptist a Prophet

Matt.
22:40

“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the prophets.
OT Scripture

Matt.
23:29

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,”
OT Prophets

Matt.
23:30

“and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.
OT Prophets

Matt.
23:31

“So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.”
OT Prophets

Matt.
23:34

“Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,”
OT Prophets

Matt.
23:37

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.”
OT Prophets

Matt.
24:15

“Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),”
Daniel the Prophet

Matt.
26:56

“But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.Then all the disciples left Him and fled.”
OT Prophets

Matt.
27:9

“Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “AND THEY TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER, THE PRICE OF THE ONE WHOSE PRICE HAD BEEN SET by the sons of Israel;”
Jeremiah the Prophet

Mark
1:2

“As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY;”
Isaiah the Prophet

Mark
6:4

“Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”
Jesus a Prophet

Mark
6:15

“But others were saying, “He is Elijah.” And others were saying, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”
A Prophet

Mark
8:28

“They told Him, saying, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but others, one of the prophets.
OT Prophets

Mark
11:32

“But shall we say, ‘From men’?”—they were afraid of the people, for everyone considered John to have been a real prophet.”
John the Baptist a Prophet

Luke
1:70

“As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—”
OT Prophets

Luke
1:76

“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS;”
John the Baptist

Luke
3:4

“as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.”
Isaiah the Prophet

Luke
4:17

“And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,”
Isaiah the Prophet

Luke
4:24

“And He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown.”
A Prophet

Luke
4:27

“And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
Elisha the Prophet

Luke
6:23

“Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.”
OT Prophets

Luke
7:16

“Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people!”
Jesus a Prophet

Luke
7:26

“But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one who is more than a prophet.”
John the Baptist a Prophet

Luke
7:39

Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were “a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”
A Prophet

Luke
9:8

“and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen again.”
OT Prophet

Luke
9:19

“They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.”
OT Prophets

Luke
10:24

“for I say to you, that many prophets and kings wished to see the things which you see, and did not see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and did not hear them.”
OT Prophets

Luke
11:47

“Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them.”
OT Prophets

Luke
11:49

“For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute,”
OT/NT Prophets

Luke
11:50

“so that the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation,”
OT Prophets

Luke
13:28

“In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.”
OT/NT Prophets

Luke
13:33

“Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem.”
A Prophet

Luke
13:34

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!”
OT Prophets

Luke
16:16

“The Law and the prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.”
OT Scripture

Luke
16:29

“But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’
OT Scripture

Luke
16:31

“But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”
OT Scripture

Luke
18:31

“Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, ‘Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.’
OT Scripture

Luke
20:6

“But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.”
John the Baptist a Prophet

Luke
24:19

“And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people,”
Jesus a Prophet

Luke
24:25

“And He said to them, ‘O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!’
OT Scripture

Luke
24:27

“Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”
OT Scripture

Luke
24:44

“Now He said to them, ‘These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’
OT Scripture

John
1:21

“They asked him, “What then? are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”
The Prophet

John
1:23

“He said, “I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”
Isaiah the Prophet

John
1:25

“They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
The Prophet

John
1:45

“Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
OT Scripture

John
4:19

“The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.”
Jesus a Prophet

John
4:44

“For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.”
Jesus a Prophet

John
6:14

“Therefore when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, “This is truly the prophet who is to come into the world.”
The Prophet

John
6:45

“It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.’
OT Scripture

John
7:40

“Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly is the Prophet.
The Prophet

John
7:52

“They answered him, ‘You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search, and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee.’
Jesus a Prophet

John
8:52

“The Jews said to Him, ‘Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.’
OT Prophets

John
8:53

“Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?”
OT Prophets

John
9:17

“So they said to the blind man again, ‘What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?’ And he said, ‘He is a prophet.’”
Jesus a Prophet

John
12:38

“This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: ‘LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?’”
Isaiah the Prophet

Acts
2:16

“but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel.”
Joel the Prophet

Acts
2:30

“And so, because he [David] was a prophet and knew that GOD HAD SWORN TO HIM WITH AN OATH TO SEAT one OF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE,”
David the Prophet

Acts
3:18

“But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.”
OT Prophets

Acts
3:21

“whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.”
OT Prophets

Acts
3:22

“Moses said, ‘THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you.’”
The Prophet

Acts
3:23

‘And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’”
The Prophet

Acts
3:24

“And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.”
OT Prophets

Acts
3:25

“It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.’”
OT Prophets

Acts
7:37

“This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN.’”
The Prophet

Acts
7:42

“But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘IT WAS NOT TO ME THAT YOU OFFERED VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAS IT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL?’”
OT Prophet

Acts
7:48

“However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says.”
OT Prophet

Acts
7:52

“Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become;”
OT Prophets

Acts
8:28

“and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.”
Isaiah the Prophet

Acts
8:30

“Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’”
Isaiah the Prophet

Acts
8:34

“The eunuch answered Philip and said, ‘Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?’”

Isaiah the Prophet

Acts
10:43

“Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
OT Prophets

Acts
11:27

“Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.”
NT Prophets

Acts
13:1

“Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.”
NT Prophets

Acts
13:15

“After the reading of the Law and the prophets the synagogue officials sent to them, saying, ‘Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.’”
OT Scripture

Acts
13:20

“After these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.
Samuel the Prophet

Acts
13:27

“For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the utterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him.
OT Prophets

Acts
13:40

“Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you:
OT Prophets

Acts
15:15

“With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,
OT Prophets

Acts
15:32

Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.
NT Prophets

Acts
21:10

As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
NT Prophet Agabus

Acts
24:14

“But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;
OT Scripture

Acts
26:22

“So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;
OT Prophets

Acts
26:27

“King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you do.”
OT Prophets

Acts
28:23

When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening.
OT Prophets

Acts
28:25

And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,
Isaiah the Prophet

Rom.
1:2

which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,
OT Prophets

Rom.
3:21

But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
OT Prophets

Rom.
11:3

“Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE.”
OT Prophets

1 Cor.
12:28

And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.
NT Prophets

1 Cor.
12:29

All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they?
NT Prophets

1 Cor.
14:29

Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.
NT Prophets

1 Cor.
14:32

and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets;
NT Prophets

1 Cor.
14:37

If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment.
NT Prophet

Eph.
2:20

having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,
NT Prophets

Eph.
3:5

which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;
NT Prophets

Eph.
4:11

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
NT Prophets

1 Thess.
2:15

who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men,
OT Prophets

Tit.
1:12

One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”
Secular Prophet

Heb.
1:1

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
OT Prophets

Heb.
11:32

And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,
OT Prophets

James
5:10

As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
OT Prophets

1 Pet.
1:10

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,
OT Prophets

2 Pet.
2:16

but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.
A Prophet

2 Pet.
3:2

that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
OT Prophets

Rev.
10:7

but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.
OT/NT Prophets

Rev.
11:10

And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
The Two Prophets

Rev.
11:18

“And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
OT/NT Prophets

Rev.
16:6

for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.”
OT/NT Prophets

Rev.
18:20

“Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her.”
OT/NT Prophets

Rev.
18:24

“And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”
OT/NT Prophets

Rev.
22:6

And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place.
OT/NT Prophets

Rev.
22:9

But he *said to me, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God.”
OT/NT Prophets

 

Dictionaries and Lexicons consulted

“to tell beforehand, which is from pró (4253), before or forth, and phēmí (5346), to tell. A prophet, a foreteller of future events, also an interpreter, what the Greeks called ho mántis (n.f.), the one who received the oracle. In the NT prophḗtēs corresponds to the person who in the OT spoke under divine influence and inspiration.

Zodhiates, Spiros. The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000

‘one who proclaims inspired utterances on behalf of God—‘prophet, inspired preacher.’ τοῦτο δὲ ὅλον γέγονεν ἵνα πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν ὑπὸ κυρίου διὰ τοῦ προφήτου ‘all this happened in order to make come true what the Lord had said through the prophet’ Mt 1:22; κατῆλθεν τις ἀπὸ τῆς Ἰουδαίας προφήτης ὀνόματι Ἅγαβος ‘a prophet by the name of Agabus came down from Judea’ Ac 21:10.

Louw, Johannes P., and Eugene Albert Nida. Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains. New York: United Bible Societies, 1996.

 

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