Last prophet?


Does Church teach us that some one(for example Saint Paul) is the last prophet or the last messenger of God? Or A new prophet is probable?

The fullness of divine revelation is found in the Incarnation, through Jesus. There will be no additional revelation. This is a doctrine of the Church.

That does not preclude holy people in various generations who call people to the Faith, to repentance, etc.

So what exactly do you mean by “prophet”?

Saint Paul chosen as a Prophet after Christ’s Ascension into heaven, Is it probable that another man be chosen by God as a prophet, again?

There is much misunderstanding about the charism of prophecy. It is not primarily about future events. Its purpose is to build up the Church, which is the mystical body of Christ on earth. That is done, as we see in Paul’s letters, through encouragement, calling to a deeper faith, and occasionally, chastisement of those who are straying. Thus, Paul had the great gift of prophecy, and revealed to the world how that charism is to be used.

We do not have “on-going revelation” which some false religions claim to have. That subjects all believers to false prophets. John, in his first letter, warns of those.

The last of the prophets was Saint John the Baptist. However, the fullness of Divine Revelation (as mentioned above) came through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose threefold miasion is as Priest, Prophet, and King.

May God bless you abundantly and forever! :slight_smile:

Would you please give me a evidence for this, that shows the Church teaches this?

This passage from the Catechism of the Catholic Church may serve:
III. Christ Jesus — “Mediator and Fullness of All Revelation”

God has said everything in his Word

65 “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son.” Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one, perfect, and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything; there will be no other word than this one. St. John of the Cross, among others, commented strikingly on Hebrews 1:1-2:
[INDENT]In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word—and he has no more to say… because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behavior but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty.
There will be no further Revelation

66 “The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries.

67 Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.

Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such “revelations.”

For starters:


1 Corinthians 14

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues
14 Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, he who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in tongues, unless some one interprets, so that the church may be edified.**

And this from the catechism:



Grace is first and foremost the gift of the Spirit who justifies and sanctifies us. But grace also includes the gifts that the Spirit grants us to associate us with his work, to enable us to collaborate in the salvation of others and in the growth of the Body of Christ, the Church. There are sacramental graces, gifts proper to the different sacraments. There are furthermore special graces, also called charisms after the Greek term used by St. Paul and meaning “favor,” “gratuitous gift,” "benefit."53 Whatever their character - sometimes it is extraordinary, such as the gift of miracles or of tongues - charisms are oriented toward sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the Church. They are at the service of charity which builds up the Church.54

2004 Among the special graces ought to be mentioned the graces of state that accompany the exercise of the responsibilities of the Christian life and of the ministries within the Church:

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.55** However: **


799 Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of men, and to the needs of the world.

800 Charisms are to be accepted with gratitude by the person who receives them and by all members of the Church as well. They are a wonderfully rich grace for the apostolic vitality and for the holiness of the entire Body of Christ, provided they really are genuine gifts of the Holy Spirit and are used in full conformity with authentic promptings of this same Spirit, that is, in keeping with charity, the true measure of all charisms.253

801 It is in this sense that discernment of charisms is always necessary. No charism is exempt from being referred and submitted to the Church’s shepherds

. "Their office [is] not indeed to extinguish the Spirit, but to test all things and hold fast to what is good,"254 so that all the diverse and complementary charisms work together “for the common good.”** To those who claim to have received revelation regarding the future, it is, by definition a private revelation, such as Fatima. The Church studies such alleged revelations before ruling on them. She does not declare any private revelation to be binding upon the faithful, but rather, worthy of belief and veneration.

The bible will not be added to. So, speaking of biblical prophets, there will be no more new prophets.

However, the gift of prophecy is still alive today. A person who speaks the truth in love, even when it’s hard, has the gift of prophecy. Imagine a young child precariously standing on a chair and rocking the chair back and forth. The child is at risk of falling and banging their head. A good caretaker would warn the child, in a loving way, that what they are doing is not a good idea and they are apt to get hurt. That is the role of today’s prophets. They are here to build up the church and speak the truth in love, even when what they have to say is unpopular to church authorities.

Yes, but authors of Sacred Scripture are not necessarily prophets. All the books of the New Testament were written years or decades after Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension. They are inspired works, proclaiming the Gospel but not necessarily prophetic.

I am not sure how the book of Revelation squares with CCC 65-67 and the idea that there will be no new revelations. While that book may have been written around the same time as the Gospels, it seems to reveal things that were not apparent in the Gospels. :confused:

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