A prophet can mean the same thing as a preacher. It can also refer to someone who has insight into the future or predicts future events, which is called a prophecy.
Many books in the Old Testament were written by or about prophets and contained their messages for repentance or predictions for future events. Many of these prophetic predictions anticipated Jesus, though some had a more current focus, while a few looked at the end times.
Minor Prophets are not unimportant, but merely those who wrote shorter books! (Compare to Major Prophets.) The books of the Minor Prophets are:
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