Thursday, 15 November 2018

Were There God-Ordained Prophets After John?

In my continuing, and hopefully not tedious, comparison of Islam and Christianity, I need to deal with the subject of prophets prophesying after John. Both Islam and Mormonism claim to have been given revelations from the Lord through their divinely-inspired prophets. Is that true?

According to Matthew 11:13 (KJV), John was the final prophet sent by God. "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John."

Likewise, Luke 16:16 (KJV) explains, "The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it."

But what about Acts 11:28 (KJV)? Does this contradict what Jesus said? "And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar."

The verse doesn't say that Agabus was a special prophet, as Muhammad and Joseph Smith claimed themselves to be. This man just prophesied according to what the Holy Spirit told him. What he said came to pass, proving that he spoke from the Spirit and not from his own ideas.

Furthermore, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:8 (KJV), "Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."

By the way, this shows that tongues and prophecies wouldn't be with us forever but Christ's love is eternal. I know that some Christians assume those gifts are for our time too but this verse tells me otherwise.

This is one subject which I can't adequately cover in a blog post. I'll expand on it in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Many people figure that speaking in an unknown language is still for today but studies have shown what those people speak is gibberish and not a real language.

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