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Who is considerd a prophet in today's society?

Are there inspired prophets today?

Thanks for your question.

I assume that you are using the term ‘prophet’ in the sense of one supernaturally endowed with a special message from God.

Many people are considered to be prophets by different religious groups in today’s society so I cannot answer your question in the way that you ask it.As far as the Bible is concerned the last and greatest prophet was Jesus Christ, the son of God.

Hebrews 1:1,2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

His final prophecy was given to John c AD96 and is the last book in the New Testament. The opening verse reads:

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Some of the final verses read

Revelation 22:18,19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

This principle applies to all the canon of scriptures completed by the end of the 1st century. There have been no prophets since, neither is there a need because God’s revelation of his plan and purpose was completed in Jesus Christ and all that is necessary for us to know is preserved in written form.

NKJV 2Timothy 3:16,17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The doctrine is complete.

1Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

2John 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

The gospel is complete.

Galatians 1:8,9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

All professed prophets that have arisen since the end of the 1st century have been false prophets.

Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

No further prophets are required because the scriptures themselves are able to make us ‘wise unto salvation’

2Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

I hope this helps

Glenn Smith

 
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