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Was John the Baptist the last prophet?

Submitted: 3/8/2006
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Question: Was John the Baptist the last of the prophets? If the Bible states that, where is it in the scriptures of the Bible?

Answer: If you are asking whether John was the last of the Old Testament prophets, the answer depends on whether you are counting Jesus as an Old Testament prophet. John and Jesus are the last prophets identified by the Scriptures as operating in the Old Testament period before the point in time when the New Testament began.

During the New Testament period there have been many other prophets. For example, Acts 13:1 mentions certain prophets at Antioch; Acts 15:32 mentions two prophets named Judas and Silas; and Acts 11:28 and 21:10 mention a prophet named Agabus. In addition, Ephesians 2:20 says that the Church rests upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets; Ephesians 3:5 says that the mystery of the Church has been revealed by the Holy Spirit to the apostles and prophets; and Ephesians 4:11 says that prophets, along with others, have been given by Jesus to the Church for the equipping of the saints. We certainly need God to raie up more genuine prophets among us today!