Origin: OE. Prophecie, OF. Profecie, F. Prophetie, L. Prophetia, fr. Gr, fr. To be an interpreter of the gods, to prophesy, fr. Prophet. See Prophet.
1. A declaration of something to come; a foretelling; a prediction; especially, an inspired foretelling. He hearkens after prophecies and dreams. (Shak) Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man. (2. Pet. I. 21)
2. A book of prophecies; a history; as, the prophecy of Ahijah.
3. Public interpretation of Scripture; preaching; exhortation or instruction.