Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. – Hebrews 1:1-3
Look … instead of building a classic argument with an introduction, main body, and closing remark I will say up front that Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, and Mormonism’s prophet, Joseph Smith, are not prophets at all. They are false teachers and following their religious teaching will never gain you eternal life with God; instead, their advice will lead you to hell – eternal death, a place described in the Bible as place of unquenched fire and maggots that feast on your body throughout eternity. (Also click here)
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Jesus Christ is the seal of all religious prophets. Before His incarnation God spoke to people through Abraham, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Hosea, Malachi and a host of others. All of these aforementioned true prophets of God directed their listeners to look, not to them, but for the greatest Prophet of all, the Living Lord Jesus Christ. Christ’s arrival was the fulfillment of all ages – past, present and future. Therefore no other prophet is necessary. Those who know the Lord are not looking for any new prophets either. Why would we? Jesus is enough for us.
God now speaks only through Jesus. Any man who arises after Christ claiming to be a new prophet with a new message, publishing new revelation, is a false prophet. Muhammad and Joseph Smith and the rest are mere antichrists.
What is a prophet?
According to Scripture a prophet is one who speaks for God. In Exodus 7:1 it is said, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.” Moses was assigned as the authoritative source of the message, Aaron the means of communication. This is the relationship of the prophet to God. God is the author of the message; the prophet announces the message which he has received from God. In Exodus 4:16, it is said of Aaron in relation to Moses, “He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him.” And in Jeremiah 15:19, it is said of the prophet, “You shall be as my mouth.”
In the inauguration of any prophet, or in constituting a man as the spokesman of God, it is said, “… I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:18-19) A prophet, therefore, is one who speaks in the name of God.
In one sense everyone who reads or preaches the word of God may be said “to speak in His name.” The truths which he utters rest upon the authority of God; they are His words which the preacher is announcing to the people. Ministers, however, are not prophets. A distinction is made both in the Old and New Testaments between prophets and teachers. The former were inspired; the latter were not. In the Scriptures, any man receiving a revelation from God is called a prophet. Hence all the sacred writings are called prophetic.
The Jews divided their Scriptures into the Law and the Prophets. The first classification, Law (also known as the Pentateuch), was penned by Moses, who was a prophet. The other class, the Prophets, including all the historical, devotional, and prophetic portions is also the work of prophets, or, to be precise, of inspired men.
Some of the communications which the prophets received included references to future events. The prediction of future events, which modern man thinks of “prophesy,” was only an accompanying part of the prophet’s primary work, which was to declare the message of Jesus Christ, the coming Messiah.
Therefore the Messiah was foretold as The Prophet, and it was said that He would be the greatest and final of all the Messengers of God. Only Jesus, being God Himself, could fully communicate God’s thoughts and will to men. And when our Lord appeared on earth it was to speak the very words of God in a way never done before – directly. “…the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me” (John 14:24) “…Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people” (Luke 24:19).
In the carrying out of His prophetic office, Christ is revealed first of all as the eternal Word, the Λόγος, the manifestation of Almighty God. Jesus is the source of all knowledge, especially to those of whom are born anew by the spirit of God, His adopted children – Christians! He was, and is, the light of the world. He is the truth. In Him dwell all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. From Him radiates all the light that men receive or attain. Men do not need any other prophetic words other than those of Jesus. All religious teachers before Him or after Him pale in comparison to His greatness.
God no longer needs prophets. He has delegated that authority by creating a book, The Bible. Because it conveys His message, the Bible carries the same weight as God Himself would command if He were speaking to us personally – Millard Erickson
Secondly, had He not in Himself be the abundant, bountiful dispenser of all divine wisdom Jesus could not be the source of knowledge, and especially that knowledge which is eternal life to all His people.
In the days prior to coming of Christ, God made known His purposes and will, not only by personal manifestations of Himself to the Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the prophets, but also by his Spirit. God inspired those appointed to record these revelations in what we call the Old Testament. In illuminating the minds of his people, He brought them to the saving knowledge of the Gospel.
Thirdly, while on earth the Lord Jesus continued the exercise of his prophetic office by His personal instructions, in his discourses, parables, and expositions of the Law. All that He taught concerning His own Person and work, and concerning the progress and consummation of His Kingdom was now revealed in full.
Lastly, since His ascension into heaven, He performs the same office not only in the fuller revelation of the Gospel made to the Apostles and in their inspiration as infallible teachers, but also in the institution of the ministry and constantly calling men to the ministry. By the influences of the Holy Spirit, who penetrates the truth into human hearts, renders it certain to sanctify and save His people who are called by His name. Thus Christ executes the office of a prophet by revealing to us by his Word and Spirit the will of God for our salvation.
Think about it: Islam’s prophet and the Mormon prophet are dead. They rot in their tombs. Muhammad and Joe Smith are now helpless and hopelessly confined to their graves, like prisoners. When they walked the earth they claimed to represent Jesus and spoke in His name; but they added words to His message. They were “prophets,” so-called, who came after the Living Lord Jesus. If Jesus is alive, why settle for any less than the Living Prophet? Why seek eternal life among the dead?