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Where have all the Prophets gone?

Posted by Jeremy Paris on February 26, 2009

by Benjamin West

Just before drifting off to bed a couple of nights ago I was thinking about the Bible.  I had just read the beginning of the Bible (not Genesis…the part before that where it gives you the history of the Bible), and noticed that one of the first people to alter the Bible, adding the marginal annotations and such, was a guy named F. S. Paris.  Any relation?  No idea.  I’m too cheep to pay for

As I’m staring at the ceiling, knowing that I have to be awake in less than 5 hours to do my P90X, I start analyzing it more and more.  I couldn’t get around one question that popped into my head.  “Why would God write the Bible, through Prophets, from 2166BC to 95AD and then just stop”?  Reading Deuteronomy 18:18, God said, “I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them all that I command him.”

I wonder if God has been trying to put words into people’s mouths since then, but society has stopped trusting just ordinary people who claim to be Prophets.  It’s hard to blame us for our lack of trust when 99% of modern Prophets are just trying to increase their own profits.

What are your thoughts?

5 Responses to “Where have all the Prophets gone?”

  1. You are absolutely right… God does speak through Prophets and although for a time none existed they do again today and are found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

    • parisj13 said

      Hmmm, you may be right…but I find it hard to believe that God is speaking through every person in every congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. How is it possible for any one religion to say “yep…we got it 100% right…the only ones…all of the other religions are wrong…listen only to us!

  2. Marq-Paul said

    It has been my understanding that the canon of Scripture, that from Genesis to Revelation, has been closed for quite some time. God has said all that He is going to say in the form of Scripture. And believe me, He has already said a lot! We tend to think, “Well, we can’t put a limit on God.” True, but without a knowledge of all that God has already said, and without that knowledge the understanding that the bible is already pretty complete already, there is little more God would need to add to get us into a right relationship to him, and to lead us in all of life’s facets.

    The bible states that God is always at work around us, that His Creation is constantly “speaking” to us, revealing Himself to the world. Theologians call that “general revelation”, general in audience and content. Additionally, the bible says that the Holy Spirit will constantly minister to true believers, guiding and directing them, “speaking”. I can attest to the Holy Spirit’s work in me personally. In that sense, God is constantly talking to me.

    The specifics come from scripture; “special revelation”. All that is needed to know God and His will for your life is in that book, nothing more is required. The prophets of today, the TRUE prophets, are ones that merely proclaim what God has said; adding nothing more. Revelation tells us that if anybody adds anything to the bible, then all the plagues will be added to him, and that if anybody takes away anything from the bible, that his portion of heaven will be taken away from him.

    There have been many false prophets teaching false doctrines since Jesus came. It is then our job to make sure that we know the bible well enough to discern if another teaching is from God or not. If it contradicts what God already said, it should be rejected immediately because if it is not from God, it is from the Enemy and the message is meant to deceive and to weaken you.

    Great question, bro!

    • parisj13 said

      Thanks Marq-Paul. Great information. It’s just hard to believe that with all of the advances that humans have made in the last 2000 years that God wouldn’t want us to have more modern information. We’re we expected to continue living the same way as back in Biblical times?

      • Marq-Paul said

        I would say so, at least as far as our motives and whatnot. Technology has certainly changed things, but real life, how we treat people and our selves, and our God, has always been the same.

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