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The concept of foretelling is very old and goes back to the role of the prophet. The prophets dealt primarily with their contemporary situation, but in light of future events.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

for-tel’, for-told’: The King James Version occurrences of these words in the New Testament represent as many Greek terms, and are in each case rendered differently in Revised Version:

(1) Mr 13:23 (proeipon), the Revised Version (British and American) "told beforehand";

(2) Ac 3:24 (prokataggello), the Revised Version (British and American) simply "told";

(3) 2Co 13:2 (prolego), the Revised Version (British and American) "said beforehand," margin "plainly"; compare 1Th 3:4.

The foretelling of future events is claimed in the Old Testament as a prerogative of Yahweh (Isa 41:22,23; 42:9, etc.; compare De 18:22).

See Prophecy.