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The Bible has clearly defined the role and purpose of prophecy. Prophecy means speaking on behalf of God about matters that people didn’t have foreknowledge, or totally forgotten about. Prophecies reveal the truth and the secrets of the past or present, foretell future events, or bring a new message directly from God.

ُSome believers who have the gift of encouragement or exhortation (Romans 12:8) may confuse it with the gift of prophecy. Therefore, many who have the gift of encouragement don't necessarily have the gift of prophecy. The examples in Acts 11: 27-28, Acts 21:10-11, and 1 Corinthians 14: 24-25 point out that, on all those occasions, prophecy reveals secrets. As the result of a prophecy, believers are strengthened, encouraged, and comforted:

“But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, exhortation, and consolation.” 1 Corinthians 14:3

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