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Paul and Agabus
by Wayne Blank
"there came down from Judaea a certain prophet named Agabus"
Agabus is first mentioned at the time when Paul, who was still known as Saul, was with Barnabas:
"Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples [see Disciples of Christ] were called Christians first in Antioch."
Agabus is mentioned the second and last time in the Scriptures when Paul was returning from his third missionary journey. Agabus met Paul at Caesarea and prophesied that troubles awaited Paul upon his return to Jerusalem, and it happened just as Agabus said that it would. Paul was arrested, and after facing Felix and Festus, was sent as a prisoner on a voyage to Rome, a voyage that resulted in his shipwreck on Malta (see Paul's Journey To Rome).
"And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day. And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip The Evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him. And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy."
Fact Finder: Agabus was described as a prophet, while Paul was described as an apostle. What other types of service are there in Christianity?