What does Prophets, The mean in the Bible?


Morrish Bible Dictionary - Prophets, the
The books so designated form a distinct and most important part of scripture. Prophecy usually implied a ruined state of things among God's people, calling for His intervention. Some of the prophecies are appeals, reminding the people of what God had done for them, and declaring how willing and ready He was to bless them if they would be faithful to Him; though interwoven with this are constant predictions of that which will be for the blessing of Israel in the future, after they have for the time been set aside. Others strictly allude to events which were then or are still future. As a whole the prophets refer to Israel as an inner circle, or chief platform, on which the dealings of Jehovah were and will be developed, and with which the Messiah is in immediate relation. The nations formed an outer circle, and were regarded more or less according to their relations with the twelve tribes. These nations are sometimes spoken of as being God's instruments by whom He punished His own people, they themselves having afterwards to bear the punishments of God. Beyond and above all, there is God's universal government; in which everything is in result to be made subject to the Messiah, while God's promises are made good to Israel, for all Israel will again be brought into blessing, with Jehovah in their midst surrounded with glory, and the nations will be blessed with them.
The Prophetic scriptures naturally fall into three divisions.
1. Those that were given to Israel while still a nation, though divided into two parts, extending to the complete break up of Judah.
2. Those referring to the times of the Gentiles, which began with Nebuchadnezzar, and, continuing beyond the days of the Messiah on earth, are still running on: these are almost entirely given in Daniel.
3. Those given after a portion of Judah had returned from exile, when they were helped by the prophecies of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, which present the time of the Messiah on earth, and go even beyond to future blessing.
To these may be added the prophecies in the Gospels, the Epistles, and the Revelation, embracing the judgements of God upon apostate Christendom and the nations generally; the final overthrow of Satan, and universal blessing, ending with the judgement of the dead and a glorious outlook into the eternal state.
It will not be inappropriate here to add a few words as to the relative position, in point of time, of the various O.T. prophetic scriptures. It may be premised that the burden of the prophets Obadiah, Jonah, and Nahum has special reference to Edom and to Nineveh, that is, to peoples that were always hostile to Israel. There is but little whereby to fix precisely the dates of Joel and Habakkuk. Of the remainder, Hosea, Amos, and Isaiah are anterior to the captivity of the ten tribes. The visions of Isaiah, however, have reference to Judah and Jerusalem. It appears probable, whatever may be the reason, that the testimony commonly known as "the prophets" began in the time of Jeroboam 2 king of Israel, Uzziah being his contemporary in Judah. The introduction of prophetic scripture indicated that the ordinary relations of the people with God had broken down, Lo-ammi being prophetically written upon them.
Others follow closely, as Micah, who prophesies concerning Samaria and Jerusalem, though no personal reference is made to a king of Israel; and, either before or contemporary with the captivity of Judah, Jeremiah and Zephaniah. The prophets Ezekiel and Daniel speak from the land of Chaldea, when all present hope was over for both Israel and Judah, and the times of the Gentiles had set in. After the return from the captivity we have Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The testimony of the prophets extended thus over a period of from three to four hundred years.
The approximate dates of each of the prophets may be seen in the tables of chronology under KINGS.
The Books of Isaiah and Jeremiah are remarkable, the former as being the most comprehensive of the prophecies, taking up almost in order the various moral questions involved in God's dealings with Israel, and giving what may be described as a general prophetic framework; and the latter as bringing out, in a peculiarly touching way, the feelings induced by the Spirit of Christ in regard of God's people when, there being no remedy, the end was come.
Two remarks of great importance as regards prophecy may be made: first, that no prophecy carries its own interpretation: each has to be understood in its place and relation to the whole system of prophecy. Secondly, that the scope of all prophecy takes us on to the day of the Lord; the judgement of the nations and of the wicked in Israel; the establishment of the kingdom; and the reunion of Israel and Judah under the Lord their righteousness. This is the great end of God's ways on earth. This recovery and blessing by God of His ancient people, in their Messiah, may be said to be a golden thread running through all the prophets. It was ever before God, and shines out everywhere.
It is of the greatest importance, both for the right understanding of these scriptures, and for a true appreciation of what Christianity is, to see that the church has no place in the prophets. In the church there is neither Jew nor Gentile, and the prophets recognise both, while carefully maintaining the distinction between them. Prophecy treats of the earth and of the government of God and its issue: the Christian belongs to heaven, and he will reign with Christ in the kingdom. In the A.V. of the O.T. the headings of many of the chapters are misleading: the church often spoken of in them is never found in the text; Christ is there, and the manifestation of God; and the scriptures which develop His ways, and speak of the sufferings and the glories of the One to whom the Christian is united, are of deep interest to him, though he himself may not be immediately spoken of.
Some Christians, though they know and enjoy certain portions of prophecy., without seeing its reference strictly to the remnant of Israel, fail to study the prophets. Not a few deem the study to be unprofitable — the subject is too mysterious, they say, and commentators differ so widely in their interpretation! One great hindrance to the understanding of the prophets is that they are not allowed to mean what they say. To allow Israel to signify Israel in its punishment, its restoration, and its future earthly glory, at once clears away a mass of difficulties. Many sayings of the Lord and other parts of scripture cannot be understood unless a true outline of prophecy be grasped; and if this be understood, none of the moral teaching and consolation as to the unchangeable nature and ways of God will be lost.
The twelve prophets that follow the Book of Daniel are often called THE MINOR PROPHETS, simply because they are shorter than the others, and not as being in any respect inferior.
The following are some prophetic events that await fulfilment:-
1. The rapture of the saints, when the dead in Christ will be raised, the living changed, and death swallowed up in victory. 1 Corinthians 15:51,52 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 .
2. The return of a portion of the Jews to Palestine, who in unbelief will rebuild the temple, and re-establish their ordinances. Isaiah 17:10,11 ; Isaiah 66:1-3 ; Revelation 11:1,2 .
3. The resuscitation of the Roman empire, ten of the western powers being more or less under one head. It will at first exercise a protectorate over the Jewish nation. Isaiah 28:14-18 ; Daniel 2:40-43 ; Daniel 7:7,8 ; Daniel 9:27 ; Revelation 17:7,8,10-13 .
4. The apostasy and the revelation of the man of sin. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 .
5. The full development of the Romish ecclesiastical system, which at first as a harlot dominates the empire, but afterwards is destroyed by the ten kings. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 ; 2 Timothy 4:3,4 ; 2 Peter 2:1-3 ; Jude 3,4,11 ; Revelation 17:1-6,16 .
6. The casting out of the devil and his angels from heaven, when Satan will energise the beast (head of the Roman empire) and the false prophet (Antichrist): they will persecute the pious Jews, will abolish the worship of Jehovah at Jerusalem, and enforce idolatry and the worship of the image of the beast everywhere. Thus there will be formed a trinity of evil. Daniel 7:19-25 ; Daniel 9:27 ; Daniel 11:36-39 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:4 ; Revelation 13:1-18 .
7. The appearing of the Lord with the heavenly saints to judge His enemies, and to deliver His earthly people. Daniel 2:34,35,44,45 ; Matthew 24:30 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:14 ; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 ; Revelation 19:11-21 .
8. The gathering of the ten tribes after the coming of the Lord so that all Israel will be reunited in the land, under the sceptre of the Lord, He being the Antitype of David. They will be attacked in their land by Gog (Russia) who will be utterly destroyed. Isaiah 11:11-14 ; Ezekiel 36 , Ezekiel 38 , Ezekiel 39 ; Daniel 12:2,3 ; Romans 11:26,27 .
9. The binding of Satan; the creation will be delivered from the bondage of corruption, and Christ will reign over the earth a thousand years in peace, being Antitype of Solomon. Psalm 72:8,17 ; Isaiah 2:4 ; Isaiah 11:6-9 ; Isaiah 25:6-8 ; Habakkuk 2:14 ; Zechariah 14:9 ; Romans 8:21,22 ; Revelation 20:1-6 .
10. The loosing of Satan for a short time, who will again deceive the nations: they will attack the saints on earth and Jerusalem; but the enemy will be destroyed by fire, and Satan be cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:7-10 . The eternal state will ensue.

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Revelation - ...
Special revelation is that which is given to us through Prophets, the Bible, and even visions and dreams (Numbers 12:6-8)
jo'el - (Nehemiah 11:9 ) ...
The second of the twelve minor Prophets, the son of Pethuel, probably prophesied in Judah in the reign of Uzziah, about B
Ezekiel - " ...
One of the great Prophets, the son of Buzi the priest (Ezekiel 1:3 )
Way - Butler’s remark that religion is a practical thing is quite in the spirit of the whole of Scripture, as seen in the Prophets, the Sermon on the Mount, the Parables, and the Epistles, ‘Every one … which heareth these words of mine, and doeth them … and doeth them not’ (Matthew 7:24; Matthew 7:26); ‘Inasmuch as ye did it … did it not’ (Matthew 25:40; Matthew 25:45)
Mat'Thew, Gospel of - This Gospel takes the life of Jesus as it was lived on earth, and his character as it actually appeared, and places them alongside the life and character of the Messiah as sketched in the Prophets, the historic by the side of the Prophetic, that the two may appear in their marvellous unity and in their perfect identity
Wisdom, the, of Solomon, - Generally, too, it may be observed that, as in the cognate books, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, there are few traces of the recognition of the sinfulness even of the wise man in his wisdom, which forms in the Psalms and the Prophets, the basis of the Christian doctrine of the atonement: yet comp
Lamentations of Jeremiah - Jeremiah as in the presence of Jehovah spreads out all the humiliating reverses that had fallen upon them, mentioning separately the Nazarites, the Prophets, the priests, and the people; and then he foretells that God's wrath should pass also unto Edom, who had doubtless rejoiced at the calamities of Jerusalem
Heresy - Since the remainder of 2 Peter 2:1 refers to the immoral living of the false Prophets, the word also refers to their decadent living
Pharisees - The working capital of the Jews was the monotheism of the Prophets, the self-revelation of God in His character of holy and creative Unity, and, inseparable from this, the belief in the perfectibility and indestructibility of the Chosen Nation (the Messianic idea). Now, it was the Pharisees who made idealized nationalism, based upon the monotheism of the Prophets, the pith and marrow of Judaism
Holy Ghost - The former by immediate inspiration, making men Prophets, the latter by his regenerating and sanctifying influences making men saints
Remnant - …”...
In the writing Prophets, the idea of the “remnant” acquired a growing significance
Gentiles - ...
According to the Prophets, the nations were under God's control and were unconsciously being used (Isaiah 10:5-7 ); but in turn would be punished (Isaiah 10:12-16 )
Wisdom - In one sense, wisdom is an appropriate theological complement to the law and the Prophets, the latter two religious paradigms basically addressing the nation
Psalms - The order of the Writings was much less fixed than the order of the Law and the Prophets, the other two groups of Scriptures; but the Psalms in all cases come near the beginning of this group, and in the modern Hebrew printed Bibles, which follow the great majority of German MSS, they stand first. In placing the Psalms, together with the rest of the Writings, before the (‘Latter’) Prophets, the EV Lamentations, Book of - 3 with late Psalms, the accumulation of pictorial metaphors, the denial of vision to Prophets, the reliance on Egypt ( Lamentations 4:17 ), are given (Löhr, Com
Nations, the - "...
For the Prophets, the failure of Israel and Judah to stand against the opposing nations served as a sign of God's judgment against his people rather than the superiority of the nations themselves
Daniel - ...
The book of Daniel...
Although the book of Daniel is commonly known as one of the Major Prophets, the Jews who arranged the books in their Bible included Daniel not among the prophets but among the miscellaneous writings
Learning - But while Israel was producing its Prophets, the imaginative genius of Greece was creating a secular literature and founding sciences
Philaster, Bishop of Brixia - 88) that it had been ordained by the apostles and their successors that nothing should be read in the Catholic church but the law, the Prophets, the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, 13 Epistles of St
Philistim - " There is yet another city which was noted by the Prophets, the very want of any information respecting which, and the absence of its name from several modern maps of Palestine, while the sites of other ruined cities are marked, are really the best confirmation of the truth of the prophecy that could possibly be given
David - His impact on the history of Israel is seen from the extensive interest in him and his successors as reflected in the Deuteronomic history, the Prophets, the Chronicler's history, the psalms, and the New Testament
Canon of the New Testament - " The anonymous epistle to Diognetus still earlier speaks of "the law, the Prophets, the gospels, and the apostles
Prophet - ...
Now, full of prediction as are the writings of the Prophets, the sayings of Jesus are even more so. ...
In addition to the predictions of general events, there is also found, but less frequently, among the Hebrew Prophets, the power of foretelling particular events to individuals
Deuteronomy, the Book of - In a lower sense the whole order of Prophets, the forerunners of THE PROPHET, is included; hardly Joshua, for he was already designated as Moses' successor (Numbers 27:18; Numbers 27:23), and the prophecy contemplates a future "prophet
Scripture - The Massoretes order is: the Law, the earlier Prophets, then Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel; and the kʿthubim or Writings are thus arranged: Psalms, Proverbs, Job, the five megilloth, viz
Peter, Second Epistle of - ); (4) the appeal to the three authorities of the primitive Catholic Church the Prophets, the Lord, and the Apostles ( 2 Peter 1:19-21 , 2 Peter 3:2 ); (5) the reference to St
Bible - Though they hated and killed the Prophets, they never mutilated their prophecies
Canaan, History And Religion of - Amidst the building of a Baal temple in the capital city of Samaria and the persecution of Yahweh's Prophets, the prophet Elijah emerged on the scene
Israel, History of - ” In addition, other literary products were formulated, including most of the written record associated with the preexilic Prophets, the final editorial work on the Deuteronomic History (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings), and the prophetic contributions of Ezekiel and the anonymous figure known as Deutero- or Second Isaiah
Perseverance - ‘The glorious company of the Apostles, the goodly fellowship of the Prophets, the noble army of the martyrs, the milder bands of the mystics’ perfect each other (cf
Priest - On the other hand, they were the representatives of God to man; and, however this character may have been claimed or possessed by the Prophets, the prophets were rather preachers of righteousness, and not directly concerned with the administration of institutional religion
Revelation (2) - It is the portion of the Prophets, the ‘seers,’ to whom the ‘word of the Lord’ speaks with an irresistible authority
Canon of the New Testament - ’ The author refers to three divisions of Scripture: (1) Prophetic writings the OT Prophets, the Apocalypse, Hermas; (2) the Gospels; (3) the Apostolic Writings Paul, 1 John, Hebrews
Psalms, Theology of - As in the oracles of the Prophets, the emphasis in these psalms is on integrity and moral purity as defined by the Sinai covenant rather than merely on ritual purity and sacrifices
Apocrypha - The stream of prophecy which ran clear and strong in the OT became turbid and obscure in those degenerate successors of the Prophets, the Apocalyptic visionaries
Confession - In his treatise against heresies, this father affirms that "the faith of the church planted throughout the whole world," consisted in the belief of "one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and sea, and all that are in them; and one Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who became incarnate for our salvation; and one Holy Spirit, who foretold, through the Prophets, the dispensations and advents, and the generation by the virgin, and the passion, and the resurrection from the dead, and the ascension in the flesh into heaven, of Jesus Christ our beloved Lord, and his appearing from heaven in the glory of the Father, to unite together all things under one head, and to raise every individual of the human race; that unto Christ Jesus, our Lord and God, and Saviour and King, every knee may bow, and every tongue confess; that he may pronounce just sentence upon all
Bible - Till the time of the persecution of Antiochus Epiphanes, they read only the law; but being then prohibited from reading it any more, they substituted in the room of the fifty-four sections of the law, fifty-four sections out of the Prophets, the reading of which they ever after continued
Teaching of the Twelve Apostles - " If there are no Prophets, the first-fruits are to go to the poor
Mahometanism - As to the Scriptures, the Mahometans are taught by the Koran, that God, in divers ages of the world, gave revelations of his will in writing to several Prophets, the whole and every one of which it is absolutely necessary for a good Moslem to believe