From: bivalve (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Feb 19 2003 - 18:33:57 EST
>There is no scriptural reason for saying that prophecy should end with the Bible.<
Several verses could be cited, including Galatians 1:8-9, Hebrews 1:1-2, and Rev. 22:18-19. The Hebrews passage is probably the most important, in asserting that Jesus constitutes the ultimate revelation of God. The OT also foresees a time when prophecy is no more, e.g. Jer. 31:34 or Zech. 13:2-5.
Zechariah 13:2-5, NIV "On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land. 3 And if anyone still prophesies, his father and mother, to whom he was born, will say to him, 'You must die, because you have told lies in the LORD's name.' When he prophesies, his own parents will stab him.
4 "On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his prophetic vision. He will not put on a prophet's garment of hair in order to deceive. 5 He will say, 'I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.'"
Such passages are the basis for the view that new revelation no longer occurs. God continues to give new insights into understanding and applying the Bible, but does not supplement or supplant it.
Many others maintain that new revelations continue; often this is associated with a belief in the permanent continuation of all of the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in the Bible. However, most cults claim to have new revelation as well. The question then becomes how to tell what is legitimate. The "prophecy has ceased" view identifies all claimed revelations (distinguished from insights) subsequent to the NT as incorrect.
Dr. David Campbell
University of Alabama
Biodiversity & Systematics
Dept. Biological Sciences
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0345 USA
That is Uncle Joe, taken in the masonic regalia of a Grand Exalted Periwinkle of the Mystic Order of Whelks-P.G. Wodehouse, Romance at Droitgate Spa
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