By Charles H. Welch
Prophecy. Peter tells us that prophecy is like a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn (2 Pet. 1:19). Strictly speaking the Mystery cannot be the subject of prophecy, as it was hid in God and not revealed until it was entrusted to Paul the Prisoner. While the Mystery cannot be the subject of prophecy, it has a prophetic view of its own which is gathered up in 1 Timothy four and in 2 Timothy three and four, where "the light shines in the darkness" that will obtain just before the day of the Lord's appearing. The subject matter of these prophetic portions of the epistles of the Mystery have been examined in the article entitled LATTER TIMES.
While there were prophets as well as apostles in the beginning of this dispensation, the gift of prophecy as exercised by the church of Corinth was not continued. Like the Apostle, the prophet was a "foundation" ministry (Eph. 2:20), and has .no successor. The continuing ministry being that of the evangelist, pastor and teacher. These we find in the epistles, to Timothy and Titus, the bishop being equivalent to the pastor (see Acts 20:28, 1 Pet. 2:25). The great prophetic book of the N.T. is the book of the Revelation, called "This Prophecy" and this is given full attention in the article entitled REVELATION.
Note. Part 8 of the Alphabetical Analysis is devoted entirely to Prophecy and allied subjects.