Y O U N G P E O P L E ' S D I C T I O N A R Y O F S C R I P T U R A L • & • R E L I G I O U S T E R M S
Harbinger is an old English word which means something that announces or signals
a coming event or something else that is coming but not yet arrived. It is not found
in the KJV bible, though prophecy—a related word is often used in the Bible. Two
words that mean the same thing as harbinger are forerunner and precursor.
We could say that many of the events we as Christians see taking place in the world are
harbingers of the Lord Jesus’ promised coming for His bride, the church (the rapture).
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take
heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day
star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads;
for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).
The above two verses suggest the thought of harbinger and there are many more
verses like these two found in the Bible.