1 : an inspired utterance of a prophet, one who delivers messages that are believed to have come from God
2 : the function or vocation of a prophet; specifically : the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose
3 : a prediction of something to come



Prophecy (n): c. 1200, prophecie, prophesie, “function of a prophet,” from Old French profecie and directly from Late Latin prophetia, from Greek propheteia “gift of interpreting the will of the gods,” from prophetes. Meaning “thing spoken or written by a prophet” is from c. 1300.

Prophet (n.): late 12th century, “person who speaks for God; one who foretells, inspired preacher,” from Old French prophete, profetesoothsayer” and directly from Latin propheta, from Greek prophetesan interpreter, spokesman,” especially of the gods, from pro– “before” + root of phanai to speaker.”



“For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973, major English language scholar and professor at the University of Oxford, specializing in Old and Middle English; writer, poet, and the author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.)

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“In every crowd are certain persons who seem just like the rest, yet they bear amazing messages.”

Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1900-1944, aristocratic French military test aviator, writer, poet, and reporter; best known for writing the fable, The Little Prince.)

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“All men are Prophets or else God does not exist.”

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French philosopher and author, received The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964)

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“Every single human being should be the fulfillment of a prophecy: for every human being should be the realisation of some ideal, either in the mind of God or in the mind of man.”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900, Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, poet, and one of London’s most popular playwrights in the Victorian age; best known for writing The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest)

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“The right word said at right time is sacred utterance.”

Lailah Gifty Akita (Ghanaian writer, founder of Smart Youth Volunteers Foundation, and author of Think Great)

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“The historian is a prophet looking backwards.”

Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829, German writer and literary critic, originator of many philosophical ideas that inspired the early German Romanic movement)

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“A most elaborate theory may be constructed by a devout mind.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Particular Baptist preacher, who was known in his day as the “Prince of Preachers.”)

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“God doesn't bribe, child. He just makes a sign and lets people take it as they will.”

Stephen King (b. 1947, American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy)

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“All men are Prophets or else God does not exist.”

— Jean-Paul Sartre


Growing up in my family of devout believers prophecy was part of the norm.   We believed everyone in the family could intuit some great wisdom, either as a child or as an elder.  Every person had the capacity to tap into Source at any unpredictable moment and give a great answer to an unbeknownst question of another.

Sometimes these divine messages were light as a snowflake, but oftentimes they unfurled dramatically with important and needed information.  It wasn’t fortune telling.  It was a divine message in preparation for a potential outcome,  not certainty, which changed frequently depending on an individual’s choice.

Although, everyone was sensitive and gifted in some way, there were a few family members who had extraordinary gifts of prophecy.  Mama, a grandmother and one of the great matriarchs was a quiet, sweet, gentle, very loving and kind woman.  But when she channeled a message from God she was large and her voice became strong, loud, and bellowing.  It was liked being struck by lightning.  Everyone stopped whatever they were doing to listen.

My cousin Brenda’s messages, on the other hand, were seamless.  She threaded her prophecy lyrically and poetically into her conversations like a song.  It was much like unwrapping a gift of music to listen and process at a later date.

I feel so blessed to have such experiences.  Over time I have come to trust what I feel, hear, and know implicitly for myself.   I’ve learned to perceive at every possible level and not to dismiss any message so quickly, not from strangers, nor friends, nor any creature or being in nature.  I am learning to discern it all.

Please know and trust yourselves, my friends.  There are so many depths of knowledge, gifts, talents and wisdom to explore within yourselves.

With Love, Tonya






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