Prophecy is the name given to the process of conveying a single or multiple messages to someone considered as a true prophet. Now, a prophet is a person with whom, the divine or the supernatural is believed to have contacted. Thus, when he delivers a prophet, he is sometimes considered as a messenger, serving as a link between the Almighty and the mortal world.
Though similar, a prophecy should not be confused with oracle, fortunetelling or apocalypse. Prophecy is much more attached to religion that any other of the mentioned processes. Only a deeply religious man’s vision or message may be defined as prophecy. The messages conveyed by the prophets are meant to address to the whole world or at least, to a whole community, unlike fortunetelling or divination, which generally involve an individual or a small group of people.
The idea of prophecy is much more profound in Islam and Christianity than most other religions. Even then, there have been numerous claims about prophecies in other cultures like Judaism, Delphic Oracles and the Sibylline. A prophet, in Judaism, is considered as the God of Israel’s official representative, who is entrusted with delivering messages that can bring about a social change.
Christians consider that a prophet is someone who has the supernatural power of getting messages from Jesus Christ and delivering them to the society. The Muslims also believe in the same lines, except that the Almighty in question is the Allah, instead of Jesus Christ. However, there have been several instances of prophecies and dawn of some prophets in other religions and communities like Buddhism, among the Chinese, etc which led the people of those sects to believe in prophecies too.
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