About The Modern Prophet
As a prophesied son of man, he is a witness and servant of God and a messenger for the Spirit of truth. But, he's not "holier than thou." In fact, he says he is only too human and like a prodigal son, because in fulfilling the prophecies of Isaiah, he has been willful and covetous, and he “brings Jacob again” because, like Jacob in the book of Genesis, he has "wrestled with God."
Most Jews have not recognized him yet, for two reasons. Secular Jews believe that the Hebrew Torah and Tanakh of the "Old Testament,” including the book of Isaiah, are entirely and exclusively about Jews and the nation of Israel, also known as the "House of Judah" and the "House of Jacob." And religious Jews who believe in the messianic prophecies believe that the Messiah must literally be a biological descendant of King David of ancient Israel, and that he must be a mighty warrior king.
However, the modern prophet understands the Lord Our God is the God of the world, of all peoples, and all nations (as Moses, Isaiah, Jesus and others stated). He understands that being a "branch of David" does not necessarily refer to genealogy, but of spiritual calling and mission to save and liberate humanity. And a true servant and representative of God is chosen by God, not by Man. His authority is not inherited, but given by the God who called, chose, and sent him.
That is why Isaiah wrote that "they shall fear the name of the Lord from the West" (Isaiah 59:19), because Jews in Israel "know not the ways of peace" and have instead caused much violence, death and destruction. For the Messiah-Prophet is in the West, and he serves in the name of the Lord of Lords, our God in heaven, and also in the name of the Ancient One, the Lord (Christ) who is in heaven with God, who has a "new name" according to Isaiah 62:2 and Revelation 2:17 and 3:12.
However, given authority by God he tells them they really have nothing to fear but the consequences and repercussions of their own iniquity, offenses and trespasses, and he counsels them and advises them to repent and make amends.
He understands real prophecies (as distinguished from symbolic ones), because he fulfills them, and he has insight into scriptural truths that have heretofore been misunderstood, misinterpreted, or ignored. And, because he does show you things to come and foretells how the humble and meek shall inherit the earth, make peace and turn "swords into plowshares," some would call him a prophet.
Unfortunately, the nature of prophets is misunderstood, and his role has been grossly misunderstood. Some Jews and Christians think he will be a warrior king who will wage and win a "holy war" and then rule the world, and some Christians even think he will appear magically, from out of the clouds. Therefore, it should be explained what he really is, and what he was called and chosen to do.
Even though the modern son of man has been "in the mountain of the Lord" and on the "Mount of Olives" (which symbolizes "the high and holy mountain of peace where God inhabits eternity"), and even though his mission is rooted in and stems from the spiritual legacy and line of Jesse, David, Solomon and Jesus, he is not what you would call a "holy man." In fact, like Isaiah and Jesus and all other true prophets and servants of God, the son of man knows that only the Lord Our God is the Holy One. And he was chosen and sent by God to teach humanity the truth about prophecies and divine intent.
The following is generally true with any prophet who tries to explain the truth and tell people what the future holds. However, this is regarding this modern prophet, and it is put in terms that should be most recognizable to people influenced by Judeo-Christian traditions.
The prophet is from your midst, and of your brethren. Each one naturally brings something new, has a somewhat different mission, and serves to advance understanding of divine intent.
Sometimes, at first, the prophet is not recognized or honored as such in his own family, nor in his own house. And it is only natural that his family thinks he is "beside himself."
The prophet is at odds even with himself, because he knows he cannot follow some of his own advice to others — like judge not, and love even your enemies. For he must deliver righteous judgment, and rebuke hypocrites, wrongdoers, and enemies.
He must denounce the egotism of those who are self-important and self-righteous, who are as the blind leading the blind. Yet, he must learn to allow himself to accept (but temper) a mentality which may seem to others as the extreme height of self-righteousness, self-importance, and judgmental egotism.
The prophet must expose and rebuke greedy misers and those who lust after and fight for worldly power, wealth and domain, especially when they do it in the name of religion and at the expense of others.
He follows the precedents set by Jewish prophets, including the prophet Jesus of Nazareth. But few believe his message. That is why Jesus said that the (following) son of man, the messenger for the Spirit of truth, would issue judgment, guide you unto truth and show you things to come, but would first be rejected by his generation and suffer many things.
But how could it be otherwise? Consider what he is up against. Some people expect a holy superman, and some people justifiably suspect anything touted as "divinely inspired."
Nevertheless, the prophet must say "I am what I am," only human, and no person is or ever has been holy. Even Jesus said only the eternal, omnipresent Great Spirit-Parent in heaven is the Holy One. Even Jesus said "God is greater than I," and in the last moments of his life, said: "My God, why have you forsaken me?"
Jesus echoed the words that King David had written in Psalm 22. For all true servants of God realize they are not God, and they fully acknowledge that they are only human. And Jesus himself was only human, literally a son of man.
There is no trinity or triune God. The fact is that God is One, and is known by many names, including The Creator, Jehovah, Yahweh, Brahman, The Supreme Universal Consciousness, Ahura Mazda, The Absolute Tao, Allah, The Great Spirit, Wakan-Tanka, to mention some of the most well known names for the Holy One, who is both in heaven and eternally omnipresent in the world, and in the whole universe. And "Zion" is not a specific place in the world, but is that "high and holy place where God inhabits eternity."
This point cannot be made strong enough. For as the prophet Isaiah wrote, the fact is that besides God there is no Savior. No son of man has ever been, nor will ever be, the Savior God "Himself," because as Moses wrote, God is not a man, nor a son of man.
A son of man may be a prophet and a Mashiach (or Moshiach or Messiah), but only God is the Holy One and Savior, and the servant of God is not God. That is why Jesus of Nazareth said, "God is greater than I." He also said: "You have not heard God's voice or seen God's shape at any time."
Those who do not know this modern prophet, but know his words, dismiss or reject him, and some even despise him. After all, he breaks tradition, refutes many beliefs and doctrines of men, and dispels myths — all of which are regarded as sacred truth by many people. He always does.
This modern son of man has written under a pen name because it is the message that is important, not the messenger, and it is the truth, and nothing but the truth, that shall set you free. And, as Isaiah foretold, he doesn't cause his voice to be heard in public as an orator, and it is as if he is hidden in the shadow of God’s right hand.
It is not he who does the work. Of himself he can do nothing, but do the will of the One who sent him. He cannot take the credit, nor does he deserve the blame.
His life has been prolonged many times since he was stricken and afflicted by the first disease in 1977, and it is only by miracles that he is still alive at age 70. If another miracle happens and his life is prolonged even further, and if his body is healed enough once again, he wants to focus on his music and songs, and on the world, in the light of love and joy, and he thanks God that he can still see it. He simply want to sing, God willing, and let God work in the mysterious ways that God works.
You see, the son of man fulfills prophecy not only as a writer who brings out of his treasure things old and new, but as a singer of new songs.
"Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise. For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth." – David’s Psalm 33:3-4
And, by the way, ancient history has repeated itself, because here’s what our Lord God prompted the prophet Ezekiel to write about himself:
"As for you, son of man, your people talk about you, saying, listen and hear what comes forth from the Lord. But, even though they listen to and appreciate your song and music, and hear your words, their hearts are still covetous and they seek unjust material gain. And when this comes to pass – and behold, it will come – then shall they know that a prophet has been among them." (Ezekiel 33:30-33 from the Hebrew Tanakh or "Old Testament")
The modern son of man follows that precedent, and fulfills the prophecies of other prophets, especially Isaiah. He sings new songs, as a one man band, playing all instruments and singing the vocal harmonies by himself.
However, the question is this: How long will it be before humanity recognizes his work as the work of a prophet?
Some misguided religious people call the son of man a liar, and some want to crucify him (by character assassination). Thus history repeats itself because people do not learn the lessons of history. They keep repeating the mistakes of history over and over again.
That's why we should all remember these words: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
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A song can be the best way to communicate an idea, but many songs are sung to the air because many people do not understand or do not pay attention to the words.
Many singer-songwriters have been trying to get through to humanity for a very long time. Countless songs have been sung, all trying to point out the need for love, justice, fairness, equality, and peace.
"Don’t let it bring you down. It’s only castles burning. Find someone who’s turning, and you will come around." – Neil Young
"There's battle lines being drawn. Nobody's right if everybody's wrong. Young people speaking their minds, Getting so much resistance from behind. I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody look what's goin' down." – Stephen Stills
"All you need is love." "If you say you want a revolution, well you know, if you're talking about destruction, you can count me out." -- The Beatles
"The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, and tenement halls." – Paul Simon
"The truth you might be runnin' from is so small. Yet it's as big as the promise -- the promise of a comin' day." – Stephen Stills
"Democracy is coming to the U.S.A." – Leonard Cohen