Who was the last prophet?


Was it Saint John the Baptist? Or St. John of Patmos? Or do we still have prophets?


The NT Church continued to have “prophets” (see Luke 11:49, 50; Acts 11:27-30; 13:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:29; Ephesians 4:10-16; Daniel 12:4 alludes to the it’s interpretation being opened up at the end of time).


The Catholic Church recognizes St. John the Baptist as the last of the Old Testament Prophets.


Prophets were messengers from God, not to be confused with Angels which are also messengers from God albeit spirit ones. People often confuse Prophets with just 1 aspect of them “reveal the future” we are fixated with knowing the future. GOD knows this and expressively forbids us from seeking this knowledge.
Many prophets did not say anything about the future.

So St. John the Baptist is the last of the OT prophets.
St. John, the writer of the book of Revelation is not technically a prophet, he was an Apostle of Jesus, 1 of the original 12.

however after him though there have also been many messengers sent either from God, Jesus or Mary.
They did not call themselves “prophets” but they did carry on what the job description entails :smiley:
I am thinking of St. Paul, St. Juan Diego, St. Joan of Arc, or St. Bernadette and many more. They all carried on the mission of spreading the message given to them.
Were they “prophets”?
I will let you decide. :thumbsup:


Hope this clarifies it for you.
Pax Christi

It is the last book of the collection of the twelve Minor Prophets which is inscribed with the name of Malachias. As a result, the author has long been regarded as the last of the canonical prophets of the Old Testament. All that is known of him, however, is summed up in the tenor of his preaching and the approximate period of his ministry.


523 St.** John the Baptist is the Lord's immediate precursor or forerunner, sent to prepare his way.196 "Prophet of the Most High", John surpasses all the prophets, of whom he is the last.**197 He inaugurates the Gospel, already from his mother's womb welcomes the coming of Christ, and rejoices in being "the friend of the bridegroom", whom he points out as "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world".198 Going before Jesus "in the spirit and power of Elijah", John bears witness to Christ in his preaching, by his Baptism of conversion, and through his martyrdom.199

719 John the Baptist is "more than a prophet" *94 * In him, the Holy Spirit concludes his speaking through the prophets. John completes the cycle of prophets begun by Elijah.95 He proclaims the imminence of the consolation of Israel; he is the "voice" of the Consoler who is coming.96 As the Spirit of truth will also do, John "came to bear witness to the light."97 In John's sight, the Spirit thus brings to completion the careful search of the prophets and fulfills the longing of the angels.98 "He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God. . . . Behold, the Lamb of God."99

The** last prophetic work which the Church acknowledges as Divinely inspired is the Apocalypse*. *[Book of Revelations[/COLOR]] The prophetic spirit did not disappear with the Apostolic times, but the Church has not pronounced any work prophetic since then. though she has canonized numberless saints who were more or less endowed with the gift of prophecy. The Church allows freedom in accepting or rejecting particular or private prophecies according to the evidence for or against them. We should be slow to admit and slow to reject them, and in either case treat them with respect when they come to us from trustworthy sources, and are in accordance with Catholic doctrine and the rules of Catholic morality.B] The real test of these predictions is their fulfilment; they may be only pious anticipations of the ways of Providence, and they may sometimes be fulfilled in part and in part contradicted by events. The minatory prophecies which announce calamities, being for the most part conditional, may or may not be fulfilled. Many private prophecies have been verified by subsequent events, some have not; others have given rise to a good deal of discussion as to their genuineness. Most of the private prophecies of the saints and servants of God were concerned with individuals, their death, recovery from illness, or vocations. Some foretold things which would affect the fate of nations, as France, England, and Ireland. A great number have reference to popes and to the papacy; and finally we have many such prophecies relating to the end of the world and the approach of the Day of Judgment.



Thank you all for your kind responses! :)


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