The Spirit Has Spoken Through the Prophets!

2 Peter 1:20-21

First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

It is the peculiar glory of the prophets that, supreme among human beings, they did not know what they were talking about.  We’ve all had experiences of saying more than we realized.  But nobody did this more than the prophets.  The Spirit was speaking through them, readying both them and the world for a revelation which neither they, nor the world, could have anticipated.  When it did come, even those who ate and drank with the Revelation and met Him on the Emmaus Road after His death and Resurrection still did not understand, any more than the prophets, what the words of the prophets had ultimately meant.  The Revelation Himself, Crucified and Risen, had to open their eyes, in the breaking of the bread so that they could finally drink of the Holy Spirit, the “Spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10).

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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