AGABUS (ag' uh buhss) Personal name meaning, “locust.” Prophet in the Jerusalem church who went to visit the church at Antioch and predicted a universal famine. His prophecy was fulfilled about ten years later in the reign of Claudius Caesar (Acts 11:27-29). His prediction led the church at Antioch to begin a famine relief ministry for the church in Jerusalem. Later, Agabus went to Caesarea and predicted that Paul would be arrested by the Jews in Jerusalem (Acts 21:10-11). Still, his friends could not persuade Paul out of going to Jerusalem.
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