“And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.”
Today, we will be exploring the subject of Prophecy. Prophecy is such an important tool for direction because we see its precedent for direction in the birth, life, dealings, persecution, death and resurrection of Christ.
In essence, the entire redemptive work was prophesied even before Jesus stepped His foot on the earth.
This is one of the reasons why the Apostle Matthew took the responsibility of helping us see how countless of such prophecies were fulfilled in Christ.
One key thing about prophecy is its dependability. Prophecy was so dependable, that even Herod could use it as a reliable basis to conduct a search for a supposed earthly king. (Matthew 2:4-5)
What about career choices or investment options or calls to ministry?
We know that Timothy was called into his ministry through prophecy.
“Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.”
1 Timothy 4:14
At another instance, Paul instructs Timothy to fight a good warfare according to the prophecies which had gone ahead of him.
“This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;”
1 Timothy 1:18
Our opening scripture tells us of Agabus, one of the prophets who had come to Antioch from Jerusalem and signified that there was going to be a great famine in the land.
Agabus prophecy about the economic state of the nation gave room for preparation and proper help dispensed to Judea. The next verse sheds light on this.
“Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:”
What prophecy does is that it points people or situations out. It provides information on what should be. Just like Paul and Barnabas, Prophecy can be the tool through which a man is set apart for ministry.
It can be the tool to direct you on the career path to take or the investment option to be a part of.
It’s our responsibility to be conscious of prophecy – to act on it. In some instances, Prophecy is simply “what should be”, our disposition to that prophecy is what brings it to fruition.