Steve (as 41oo) wrote:
So who was the last true prophet who died 2500 years ago?
It's not like there was one or two last prophets. There were bunches and whole flocks of them.
Originally being a prophet was like being one of the Greek oracles. As in the case of the oracles, prophesy involved a trance state in which the prophet supposedly joined his mind to the spirit realm in order to comprehend what God would have us do. Seeing into the future was a side effect, and not the main intention of the business, presumably because the spirit realm exists outside our notion of time and joining one's mind to that of the spirit realm presumably enabled the person doing it to see as much of the future as the spirit realm sees. In my view, this would involve seeing possibilities and not certainties since seeing the future in certainties would imply predestination which is pretty nearly impossible to believe in.
Likewise certain psychics have been able to know of events occurring in far parts of the world before anybody ever saw or heard of them on television or media, and this does not imply predestination; only a better means of communication.
In our world, however, all such phenomena are so problematical as to be essentially worthless. Jews believe that idolatry, prophesy, and every sort of thing which Jaynes referred to as "bicameral" phenomena died out at the time of Zechariah. Zechariah refers to prophets as "unclean spirits" and advises parents to kill children show any signs of the ability. The reason for this is that the whole business stopped working at some point, presumably in Zechariah's time, and oracles, prophets, idols, diviners, and every sort of thing like that were simply coming in with garbage information, and trying to run cities and countries on garbage info simply was not working.