Last prophet

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The term Last prophet is used in religious contexts to refer to the last person through whom God speaks, after which there is to be no other. The appellation also refers to that prophet which will induce Mankind to turn back to God.

Islam[edit]

The phrase "Last Prophet" is used primarily in Islam, where it refers to Muhammad, whom Muslims hold to be the final prophet in the monotheistic Abrahamic tradition.

Judaism[edit]

Classical Judaism teaches that there will be no prophet greater than Moses, and all the other prophets mentioned in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) were inferior to Moses and his prophecies. This was enunciated by Maimonides in the Jewish principles of faith about the status of Moses:

Moses was superior to all prophets, whether they preceded him or arose afterwards. Moses attained the highest possible human level. He perceived God to a degree surpassing every human that ever existed... God spoke to all other prophets through an intermediary. Moses alone did not need this; this is what the Torah means when God says "Mouth to mouth, I will speak to him. (The Siddur.)

The last of the twelve minor prophets (canonically) (and the final book of the Christian Old Testament) is commonly attributed to a prophet by the name of Malachi.

End Time Perspective[edit]

The Last Prophet induces the conclusion to the first prophecy made in the Holy Bible by Almighty God. In that prophecy God declared that independent Man could not survive without Him. After many centuries of independence, the advent of the climate crisis is demonstrating this very vulnerability. Consequently, the Last Prophet is not a person associated with a religion, but is in actuality the earth itself.

In accord with the first prophecy, the Last Prophet is not concerned with beliefs, nor even with good or bad, but acts to convince everyone alive of our need for Divine assistance. This is in accord with the parable of the Prodigal Son[1] who returned to his Father when he was in dire need, and was warmly welcomed back into the family.

Transcending language, race, creed, beliefs and status, it speaks in a manner which everyone can understand. As such, is the perfect Prophet leading to the end of our era of independence.[2][3] The non-religious nature of this Last Prophet, together with the objective behind its message, demonstrates the Almighty to be a supremely just and benevolent God rather than One intent on a sudden and devastating judgement.

Other religions[edit]

Other religious traditions have used this or similar terms. Mani, founder of the Persian faith Manichaeism, also claimed to be the Seal of the Prophets and the last prophet.

In Mandaeanism, John the Baptist is considered the last prophet.

The Iglesia ni Cristo, an independent, non-trinitarian Christian religion based in the Philippines, professes that Felix Manalo was the last messenger sent by God to reestablish the original church founded by Jesus.

Jainism[edit]

Mahavira is also claimed to be the last prophet[citation needed] in a series of 24 Tirthankars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holy Bible - Gospel of Luke 15:11-32. 
  2. ^ taylor, catherine (2012). Divine Rescue from Mankind's Final Crisis - Listening to the Last Prophet. worshipJehovah.org. ISBN 978-1-908627-00-1. 
  3. ^ "Divine Rescue".