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Do people still prophesy/predict the future?

During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) Acts 11:27-28
            Much of the prophecy in the Bible pointed to the fulfillment of the Messianic mystery.  Once that was done, does God still speak to people about future events like he did with Joseph and a famine and Elijah and a drought?
            In Acts 11, God told a man named Agabus about a famine that would happen during the reign of Claudius throughout the Roman empire.  This prediction brought attention and glory to God and motivated the church to help.  Agabus shows up again in Acts 21, prophesying about Paul’s arrest.
After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’”  Acts 21:10-11
            And then, also in Acts, Philip had four daughters who also had the gift of prophesy.
We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed with them for a day. Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied. Acts 21:7-9
Some say that by the time Revelation was finally written, there was no more need for prophecy and that our Bible gives us all the direction we need.  True, but what’s to say that God can’t do speak today through people?  We must always be cautious and check people’s motivations.  Many want power through their predictions, not glory given completely to God.