If one sits down and reads the entire Old Testament one cannot helpbut be struck by the succession of prophets throughout the ages. A few thousand years are covered in those pages and it would seem that each age had its significant prophetic figure whose encounters with God provided the major fodder for the entire book: Noah, Moses, Abraham, Job, Ezekiel, Amos, Jeremiah, Ruth, Esther, Isaiah, Daniel, David, etc., etc. But after You, the times of the prophets seems to have ended; and I’m wondering why while I contemplate the great need for a Jeremiah in our own times.
Billy Graham and the pope notwithstanding, where are thegreat individuals who, as of old, proclaim the necessities of a straight path to You? I have a feeling that they are being drowned out by the noisy prophets of so many other worldly concerns. Their voices are small and our attention span is waning. Yet isn’t that the exact scenario of the times when prophets appeared in days of old? If the time is ripe, where are they?
If we began a new testament, a third testament, what, first of all, would be the precedent for it, and, secondly, who would its prophet be?We might say the precedent for the Old Testament was the establishment of man’s relationship with God; and the precedent for the New Testament was the globalization of that establishment. But what would be the precedent for a third testament? And who might be the prophets filling its pages?
I would suggest the precedent would be an exposition on attaining spiritual depth; and its prophets might be the likes of Cardinal Newman, Eric Bonheoffer, Pope John XXIII, Thomas Merton, and Mother Teresa. It’s been a couple thousand years since You walked this earth. Maybe as the ultimate fulfillment of the prophets before You it would be redundant to expect new ones, but it does so often seem that the world needs powerful personalities who will set our paths straight.