The apostle Paul and Barnabas are considered prophets - teachers in the early New Testament church. The brethren lay hands on both men and ordain them as apostles in the late Spring of 44 A.D.
1 In the church at Antioch there were some prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon (called the Black), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (who had been brought up with Governor Herod), and Saul. 2 While they were serving the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to them, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul, to do the work to which I have called them.'
From Antioch Paul, Barnabas and John (surnamed Mark) begin their missionary journey (Acts 13:4-52, 14:1-25). They travel to Seleucia then sail to Salamis, the principle city and seaport of the island of Cyprus. Cyprus is where Barnabas was born and raised (Acts 4:36). In Salamis they preach the gospel in several synagogues. Paul and company then cross the island by foot and arrive at Paphos.
Barnabas and Saul went to Seleucia and sailed from there to the island of Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues. They had John Mark with them to help in the work.
While in Paphos the island's Roman governor requests Barnabas and Paul meet with him so that he can personally hear the word of God. Accompanying the governor to the meeting is a sorcerer and false prophet known as Elymas the magician. Elymas resists the gospel and tries to prevent the governor from accepting the truth of God (Acts 13:6-8). Paul perceives Elymas' intentions, intently looks at him, then strikes the magician of the black arts BLIND.
'You son of the Devil! You are the enemy of everything that is good . . . The Lord’s hand will come down on you now; you will be blind and will not see the light of day for a time.'